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Merry Merchant Hunt businesses

Looking for that special prize? Looking for something to do this holiday season that includes community participation?

The Pueblo West Chamber Merry Merchant Hunt organizers are looking for businesses that want to participate.

If interested, contact Judy Leonard at 547-5002 or 242-5715 for details.

Without business participation, the hunt will be defunct.

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Thursday Cruisers continue

The Thursday night cruiser rides officially ended in October with colder weather and shorter days. 

But at least two cyclists are still meeting to ride if anyone is interested. 

You are welcome to join Tim and Anthony who continue to meet at Bingo Buger at 6 p.m. and ride an hour or so.

They tend to swing by Bingo Burger around 6:30 p.m. to see if any others come to join a bit later. 

For more information, click on the website at www.activepueblo.net.

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Youth performance

Celebrate the Christmas season with The Oasis Christian Church at 10 a.m. Dec. 22 with a special performance by the youth.

Free pictures with Santa will follow immediately at 12:30 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.

For more information, call 647-0800 or click on the website at www.theoasiscc.com.

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Teen Lock-in

Calling all teens.

New Year’s Eve Lock-in Teen Event sponsored by the Overflow-Teen Ministry of The Oasis Christian Church is from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 8 a.m. Jan. 1 at the new building at 347 S. Del Norte in Pueblo West.

Events include food, games, movies, laughter and fellowship to ring in the New Year all for free.

For more information, call 647-0800 or email jeff-daphne@theoasiscc.com visit our website www.theoasiscc.com

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Christmas Eve worship service

A Christmas Eve worship service is at 7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 275 W. John Powell Blvd.

Special music will be offered by the choir. 

The service will conclude with a candle-lighting service.

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Photo contest

The Southern Colorado Photography Society and the InfoZone News Museum at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library will accept entries for its co-sponsored 2014 Annual Photography Show on Jan. 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., fourth floor, InfoZone News Museum.

This show will be judged by Chris McLean, Pueblo Chieftain photographer.

Categories for this show are professional color, professional black and white, non-professional color, non-professional black and white and student (under 19 years of age).

A maximum entry per person is two.

Entry fees are $8 per entry for Southern Colorado Photography Society members; $9 per entry for non-members; and $5 per entry for students. Maximum outside frame size is 22”x30” with gallery wraps acceptable.

All entries must be ready to hang with wire on the back.

For more information and entry forms, please email socolophoto@gmail.com.

To find out more about the Society, follow on Facebook at Southern Colorado Photography Society.

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Grand ReStore reopening

The Habitat for Humanity of Pueblo, Inc. Grand ReStore is opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at 2313 S. Prairie Ave., in Pueblo.

All proceeds that come from ReStore sales are used to build and refurbish homes for needy families from the Pueblo community.

The store also seeks quality donations.

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Irish Club of Pueblo

The Irish Club of Pueblo hosts a luncheon and program at 11:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

For more information, call 948-1388.

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Colorado Master Gardener course

Attention all gardeners: Are you looking for the latest information on soil, insects, weed management?

The most effective way of planting and pruning trees and shrubs or how to grow more productive vegetables?

Colorado State University Extensions Office-Pueblo is offering a day time Colorado master gardener training course Thursdays beginning Jan. 23 through March 27.

For application and details, contact 583-6566 or http://pueblo.colostate.edu.

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Compassion food bank

The Compassion Food Bank is open every first Wednesday of every month from noon to 4 p.m. at the Pueblo west Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave.

This is available to anyone.

The VFW requests a $15 donation to help cover the cost of the truck, as well as fueld.

For more information, call 547-2770.

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Weight and Wellness

Please join this support group in an in-depth look into three components of individual wellness and weight loss.

This Christian perspective will focus on peaceful harmony between the mind, the spirit and the body by overcoming every day battles.

It will continue at 6 p.m. for eight weeks at 1099 W. Mcculloch Blvd.

For more information, email myweightismyweapon@gmail.com.

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Straight talk on the future

Many are concerned with what is going to happen in their lifetime.

The Peak will host a series on the last book of the Bible, Revelation, taught by Pastor Craig Chambers each week from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The purpose of the book is to encourage those who trust in God by showing how the future will unfold.

As always, this will be free to everyone, including the materials and child care. 

The Peak is located at 694 E. Spaulding Avenue (the south frontage road between McCulloch and Purcell boulevards).

For more information, call 647-2248 or click on the website at www.thepeakchurch.net

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Mystery book club meetings

The Pueblo West Mystery Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Pueblo West Library.

For more information, call Judi at 225-3039.

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Pueblo West book club meets

The Pueblo West Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. the last Monday of each month at the Pueblo West Library, 298 Joe Martinez Blvd.

All interested adults are welcome.

Call 547-4247 for more information.

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Toastmasters meeting slated

The Pueblo Toastmaster Club No. 795 meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at the Security Service Federal Credit Union, 310 E. Abriendo Ave., in Pueblo.

All interested parties are welcome to attend.

The Toastmasters Club offers an educational program to enhance your public speaking and communications skills.

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Swedish weavers meeting slated

Join the Pueblo West Swedish Weavers from 10 to noon Mondays at the Pueblo West Library. 

For more information, call Cathy at 925-817-8297.

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Ladies Auxiliary Third Thursday

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812 will be hosting third Thursday dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the VFW, 127 E. Spaulding Ave., in Pueblo West.

The menus vary each month, as well as price.

The public is welcome.

All meals go toward projects supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for veterans.

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New VFW men’s auxiliary slated

The newly formed Veterans of ForeignWars Men’s Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at the VFW, 127 E. Spaulding Ave.

Membership in the men’s auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars shall be limited to husbands, widowers, fathers, grandfathers, sons, grandsons, brothers, half-brothers who attaines that status prior to age 16 or persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

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VFW meeting change

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812 of Pueblo West have changed their meeting day and time to the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the VFW hall located at 127 E. Spaulding Ave. in Pueblo West.

All qualified veterans are invited to join and take part in helping fellow vets and enriching our Pueblo West community.

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Retired RVers monthly meeting

Retired RVers who may be interested in an RV club are invited to attend a monthly luncheon meeting about the club by calling 547-7537.

From April through October, the RV club holds a monthly weekend camp-out and during the winter, a monthly luncheon.

For more information, call 547-7537.

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Al-Anon family group starts

A second Al-Anon family group has started in Pueblo West.

The group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. every Sunday at SonRise Church, 421 E. Spaulding Ave, Room 115.

For more information, call 547-9589.

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Donations sought

Five months after the Black Forest Fire, families who have lost their homes face a new challenge, winter.

 Black Forest Crosses for Losses is collecting winter items for the people who are living in camps on their land where they once had a home. 

There are hundreds of families living in their campers, trailers, cars and tents as winter arrives. 

 Donations are needed to help these families who lost everything get thru the cold weather.  Donations are needed for cloths, coats, hats, gloves, boots, especially for men. 

 Clayton Homes of Pueblo has offered taking in donations for Black Forest Crosses for Losses. 

Clayton Homes is at 3912 N. Freeway Road (Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 50) next to UHaul, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Civil Air Patrol meets

The Civil Air Patrol — Pueblo Eagles Composite Squadron, meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Colorado National Guard Armory, 1215 Acero St., in Pueblo.

The meetings are for youth ages 12 to 18 and adults.

For more information, call Captain Shad Brown at 250-0887 or click on the website at www.pueblo eagles.us.

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Winter Solstice Drum Circle

Winter’s arrival and the shortest day of the year deserves to be acknowledged.

The Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah is hosting a Winter Solstice Drum Circle from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

They will be acknowledging winter’s arrival, with our drums, around the fire circle.

Dress to be outside.

Bring your own drums or use the center’s drums.

Details/registration at www.hikeandlearn.org.

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Winter Break Day Camp

Would you like your child to stay active during the break?

Sign up for MPEC’s Nature Day Camp and they will enjoy Pueblo Mountain Park through hikes, games, and other fun activities from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 to Friday, Jan. 3.

Transportation from Pueblo provided.

For kids in third through fifth grades

Scholarships available.

Details/registration at www.hikeandlearn.org.

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First Hike of 2014

A great way to begin the New Year — be outside, get some exercise, meet some new friends, learn some things about nature - start the new year off right!

The Mountain Park Environmental Center is offering its first hike of 2014 at 1 p.m. Jan. 5 in Beulah.

Details/registration at www.hikeandlearn.org.

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