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Social Security benefits

Learn how to work with the Social Security Administration to get the most out of the benefits and options provided at retirement time, through a program at the Pueblo West Library.

A representative of the Pueblo Social Security office will present information that helps people develop a foundation for planning their future with Social Security. The program is open to anyone interested, and is especially aimed at people nearing retirement.

The program will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Pueblo West Library.


Firearm shooting clinic slated

A women only firearm shooting instructional clinic, a program of The NRA Foundation and Women on Target, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Cactus Flats Shooting Range in Penrose.

Training includes handgun, rifle, shotgun and archery.

All equipment and ammunition are supplied as are lunch and refreshments.

Fee is $90 and is due by Sept. 6.

For more information or an application form, contact Chris Lytle at 647-1908, 338-3930 or by email at


Liberty Action Group special meeting

A special presentation for the Liberty Action Group is at 6 p.m. Aug 18 at Montgomery & Steward, 1317 N. Main Street, in Pueblo.

Ret. Border Patrol Officer Zack Taylor is speaking about the current border situation and how it is affecting the country.

Taylor is the founder and Chairman of the National Association of Retired Border Patrol Officers, and has been on many radio and tv spots recently, including an interview in the recent feature film, “America.”

Taylor has more than 26 years experience as a Border Patrol Officer, and supervised operational units working drug and alien interdiction, along the Arizona border with Mexico.


Rally for the Cure tourney

A Rally for the Cure 18 hole ladies golf tournament will be held Oct. 3 at Desert Hawk Golf Club.

The Iron Ladies Golf league of Desert Hawk and the Ladies 9-Tees League of Elmwood are hosting the event that is a grass roots Susan Koman program that works to educate women about breast cancer.

The $75 entry fee for the tournament includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, lunch, a goody bag, a one year subscription to Golf Digest, Self or Bon Appetit and many prizes.

Entries are due Sept. 12.

For further information and to obtain entry blanks, contact Denise at 547-0424 or Mary at 510-5074.


Liberty Action Group meets

Liberty Action Group meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Pueblo West Library, Room A.

The group is hosting David Justice, constitutional activist. He will be updating us on the current situation with the land grabs and road closures by the BLM.

No charge, donations accepted.

Come at 5:30 p.m. for social time, bring a snack to share.


Polka Club dance

The Rhinelanders Band will be playing a variety of music for the Southern Colorado Family Polka Club dance from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Pueblo Elks Club ballroom, 426 N. Santa Fe Ave. Participants are asked to use the Fifth Street entrance.

The public is welcome.

Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.


Bella Prima Musica

Bella Prima Musica will be holding auditions for children and young men and women who love to sing the week of Aug. 18.

Auditions will be held at the Ecumenical Church, 434 Conquistador.

For more information and/or to set up an audition time, call 547-7635.

Visit for more detailed information about the choirs.

BPM is also on Facebook.


Alternative high school options

Pueblo Community College Pre-College Programs offers two alternative high school options.

Students who have dropped out of school or recognize that they do not fit in a traditional high school environment and are between the ages of 17-20 have a second chance to earn a diploma.

To receive an application packet and reserve a spot in the next available information session, call 549-3096.


We R Singles meeting slated

Pueblo West residents ages 55 and older are invited to become part of the We R Singles group of Pueblo West.

The club meets for breakfast on Monday mornings, lunch every other Thursday, and dinner the second Wednesday of the month.

Travel is anyway you can get there, whether it’s by car, bike, walk or horseback.

For more information, call Lew at 547-0235.


Mental/Dental 5K Run/Walk

West Mountain Dental, along with Barbara C. Murray, LCSW are hosting their Inaugural 5K called the Mental/Dental 5K Run/Walk, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 16.

All proceeds will go to Mental Health America of Colorado and Dentistry from the Heart, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping those in financial need gain access to these very necessary services.

The race will start and end at West Mountain Dental’s office at 141 S. Purcell Blvd, Suite 120, Pueblo West.

Registration and packet pick-up starts at 7:30 a.m.; race starts at 8:30 a.m.

To register, click on or visit West Mountain Dental on Purcell for a registration form.

The race costs $25 for adults and $15 for the kid’s 1K Fun Run.

Awards will be given to first place male and female runners and medals to all kids, just for participating.

Not a runner?

Volunteers are needed on race day.

For more information, call 547-8338.


Tea time

The sixth annual fundraiser tea for the Paradise Memorial Garden is slated for Sept. 13 at the Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West.

Tickets are printed.

There will be limited seating, and it is not too early to reserve a seat.

Tickets cost $25.

For more information, call 547-3088 or 547-3669.


Tornado simulation training

The Pueblo Crisis Response Unit is presenting a tornado simulation at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at 2039 Alma Ave. in Pueblo.

The event will be a dinner experience with a viewing of a tornado scene and victims. After the scene, participants will get vital signs measured in the medical tent, visit music in the HOPE tent and learn about incident command.

Cost is $15.

For more information, call Kelly at 406-4639.


Two Al-Anon meetings in PW

There are now two Al-Anon Family Group Meetings in Pueblo West. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who join together for support and comfort. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution.

One meeting is Wednesday night, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Crown of Life Lutheran Church, 145 South Abarr Drive. The other meeting is Sunday night, 7 to 8 p.m. at SonRise Methodist Church, 421 East Spaulding Avenue.

For information, call Ken at 547-2221.


Iron Ladies Golf League

The Iron Ladies 9 hole Golf League is looking for new members to join the 26-member league.

The purpose is recreation, socializing and assisting in the development of skills and knowledge of the golf game.

The league plays from April through October on Tuesday mornings.  

For more information, call Molly, 372-6847 or Denise, 547-0424. 



Come and learn about the fastest growing game in the country at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Lovell Park.

For more information, call 547-0768.


Living Circle

The Living Circle Therapeutic Center, 427 Colorado, is offering a low-cost massage clinic every Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sessions are only $15 for a 30-minute massage with hour bookings available.

Massage options include deep tissue, Swedish, facial, reflexology and sports.

Appointments are required.

To schedule an appointment, call 778-1269.


Neighborhood Crime website

The Pueblo West Neighborhood Crime Watch has a new website that details meeting information and upcoming events.

The website is at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office page at, then click on the Neighborhood Watch.


“Meals on Wheels” help

The Senior Resource Development Agency is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Pueblo.

Meals go out at approximately 10:45 a.m. and a typical route takes approximately one hour. Drivers must have their own vehicle, a valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance and also must pass a background check. Days of the week are flexible and mileage reimbursement is offered.

For more information call Karen at 553-3422.


Oasis Christian Church

Oasis Christian Church holds its worship service at 10 a.m. each Sunday. The church is located at 347 S. Del Norte Ave. in Pueblo West. For additional information call 719-647-0800 or log onto

A new opportunity for young adults, age 18-24ish, to fellowship with others their age while doing various activities from a movie night to games.

Overflow-Teen Ministry, grades 6-12, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the church.

The church is located at 347 S. Del Norte Ave. in Pueblo West. For additional information on the church or its programs, call 719-647-0800 or log onto


Volunteer programs

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for three of our volunteer programs.

Courier Details and Requirements.

For more than 14 years, the Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Couriers have provided daily delivery service to the Sheriff’s Office and related criminal justice agencies. 

Applications are available at the Sheriff’s Pueblo West Substation, 320 E. Joe Martinez Blvd., and Emergency Services Bureau, 320 10th St. B-1 (Judicial Building basement) in Pueblo. 

For more information, call Sherri Herrera 583-6204 or John Parmenter 647-0547.

ACOVA Details and Requirements. Since 1991, ACOVA has been committed to ensuring the rights of victims.

They work to offer support to victims of crime by directing them to the appropriate resources and being there for Pueblo County citizens and guests in times of crisis. 

Volunteers are required to participate in an extensive training program and are expected to be available as on-call support a minimum of two 24-hour periods each month.

For more information, call Jan Curtis 553-2490 or Jennifer Olmstead 553-2460.


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.


Compassion food bank

The Compassion Food Bank hours have changed.

The new hours will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Pueblo West Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave.

The Compassion Food Bank requests a $20 donation to help cover the cost of the truck, as well as fuel.

For more information, call 547-2770.


Kingdom training

Kingdom Training Center is offering training every Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Kingdom Dimensions and Expressions of the Tabernacle, 30, 60 and 100 Fold Revelational Truths at 5 Fold Training and Equipping Center, 2601 N. Elizabeth in Pueblo.

For more information, call 271-2792.


Ladies Auxiliary meetings slated

The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812 of Pueblo West will meet every first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 127 E Spaulding Ave.

Membership requirements can be picked at the VFW Post 5812 or you can call 719-547-2770 for more information. All family members of a qualified veteran are encouraged to join one of these auxiliaries to help ensure the continued support of the programs that help veterans receive the Aid and Benefits they are entitled to receive.


Men’s auxiliary meetings set

The newly formed Veterans of Foreign Wars 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.


VFW meeting changes time

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.


Bingo comes to the VFW

The VFW Post 5812 now is offering Progressive Bingo on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

The doors will open at 10 a.m. and Bingo will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Bingo will be held in the back hall of the VFW Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave.

A limited lunch menu will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 547-2770.


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.


PW 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.


Third Thursday moves to Friday

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5812 will be moving the third Thursday dinner to the fourth Friday, beginning April 25. The dinners are 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.


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.


Civil Air Patrol meetings set

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


Horseshoe lodge

The HORSESHOE LODGE at Mountain Park Environmental Center Experience the quiet peace of Nature in the newly renovated lodge that offers beautiful and comfortable accommodations for a wonderful night’s sleep.

You can easily book a room on-line by going to and click Book one of our Rooms.

Also available for Group Retreats.

For group rates, information, or to schedule a group rental, call 719-485-4444 or email


Horse 4-H program

The Pueblo West Twisters horse group are looking for new members for the upcoming 4-H year.

Kids ages 8-18 that would like to participate with a horse project are encouraged to join us.

For more information, contact Ammie Thomas at 225-9961 or


Flow style yoga

Register to Aug. 1 for the next session of yoga for $27.

Held on Tuesdays for four weeks from 6 to 7 p.m. to Aug. 26 at the Memorial Recreation Building.

Come and enjoy this relaxing, toning, and flexibility improving class and meet new friends too. Students will need to bring a yoga mat.


Learning skills workshop

Register the week of July 14 for a new skills workshop program for kids ages Pre-K to 6th grade for $12.

The program is headed by a school counselor that will lead the workshops in age appropriate skills for learning, emotional management, and being assertive.

The two-day workshop is held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 30 for grades pre-k and first grade, at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for second through fourth grade and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for fifth and sixth grade.

The skills children learn will increase their academic achievement and social success.


Job opportunity

The Pueblo West Parks and Recreation is looking for a children’s dance instructor and also a part-time teacher that can run a pre-school like format children’s program.

If interested, call the parks office at 547-7400.


Kids clay

Register the week of July 28 for a Friday afternoon kids clay class for ages 7-14 years old.

Designed to introduce clay to the beginning students, the program is for three weeks, Aug. 8, 15, and 22 from 3 to 4 p.m.

The program fee is $48 which includes all materials needed for the weekly projects.

A max of seven students will be taken.


August Nature Toddlers

Being outdoors with young children and babies is healthy for both parents and young ones in Beulah.

At Nature Toddlers, the Mountain Park Environmental Center enjoys being outside to play games, learn songs and explore what is happening on the forest floor.

Join the center for this fun time of learning, exploration and play at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 and 10 a.m. Aug. 16.


Full Moon Music Hike scheduled

A perfect way to spend a summer Sunday evening, sauntering under August’s “Green Corn” Moon, with the added treat of a trailside mini-concert with some acoustic sounds of the Van Manens at the Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah.

The hike will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 8.


A Special Yoga Session held

Join Julie Emmons as she leads us through a session of yoga that will fire you up, then wind you down from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14.

Includes a Yoga- nidra.

Appropriate for all levels.

Program takes place in the beautiful and historic Pavilion, a wonderful place to practice yoga on a summer evening.


Eighth Annual Butterfly Count

This excursion is less of a hike and more of a saunter that stays pretty much to the park’s roads, in search of butterflies at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 in Beulah.

This is the eighth Annual Butterfly Count in Pueblo Mountain Park, guided by Mark Yaeger of the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society.

No experience is necessary.

Bring close-focus binoculars and/or a digital camera if you have them (although they are not necessary).


Yoga in Nature Women’s Retreat

Join Beth McCarthy, Colorado Springs’ only certified Structural Yoga Therapist  and author of Women’s Awakening Joy, for this overnight retreat designed to inspire and rejuvenate the whole you Aug. 16-17.

Day participants welcome.


August Walk Your Dog Hike

The Mountain Park Environmental Center’s Walk Your Dog Hike for all you hikers who want to bring your dog along, with the added bonus of healthy treats for your pooch, will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 23.

Dogs must be leashed.

The following is a list of events that can be found at the Pueblo West Library:

Book clubs

• Pueblo West Book Club

Monday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

• The Pueblo West Mystery Book Club

Thursday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m., Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt


Computer classes

Dr. Gerry Burgess has a wealth of knowledge and experience teaching computers. Preregistration is required. Students may register at the public desk at the Pueblo West Library or by calling 563-5664. Students may bring their own laptop computer if desired; otherwise a laptop will be provided for the class.

• Basic Internet Class

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 10-11:30 a.m.

• Introduction to Word 2010

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 10-11:30 a.m.


• Picassa: Photo Editing*

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 10-11:30 a.m.

*required: bring own computer with Picassa and photographs on it.


Senior classes

• Ready, set, RETIRE!

Social Security Administration

Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m., Pueblo West

A representative of the Pueblo Social Security office will present information helping people develop a foundation for planning their future with Social Security. Learn about how to work with the Social Security Administration to  get the most out of the benefits and options provided.

• Know the 10 Signs — Early Detection Matters Alzheimer’s talk

Thursday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m., Rawlings, Bret Kelly Room A

Ann Carter, Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association, will lead a class on understanding the warning signs that may be symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. This class will help people to understand the importance of visiting their doctor early for an assessment which can rule out treatable conditions that may be the cause of these symptoms. Early diagnosis helps with legal and financial planning, care options and treatment, and the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.


Business classes

• Friday, Aug. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Pueblo West

Instructors: Iris Clark and Rita Friberg

An introductory session of SCORE’s nationally recognized Simple Steps for Starting Your Business.  It presents all the basics needed to start a business.

The course is set out in a practical workbook that will be completed through the five sessions. Create an outline for constructing a business plan.


Kids events

• Mesa Junction Kid’s Parade

Saturday, Aug. 30, Rawlings, courtyard

7-10 a.m. Pancake breakfast

8 a.m. - Pre-parade activities

11 a.m. - Kid’s dance party

Join us before the Mesa Junction Kid’s Parade for some fun activities, including tile painting from the Fire Playce, for all ages in the intersection of Colorado and Abriendo Avenues!  Then stick around for a Kid’s Dance Party in the Rawlings Library courtyard!

• Lego Club

Friday, Aug. 15, 3 p.m., Pueblo West

Enjoy free building time with Legos and marble runs. Lego Duplos are provided for the youngest builders.

• Anime Club

Thursdays, Aug. 7 and 21

6 p.m., Pueblo West

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