Briefly: Dec. 15
Briefly items deadline is at 11 a.m. Friday two weeks prior to the desired date of publication. To submit a briefly item, send by email to ccasillas pueblowestview.com.
The Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West, 434 S. Conquistador Ave., will host a candlelight service with lots of music for the whole family at 3 p.m. Dec. 24.
For your listening enjoyment, music will begin at 2:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Dec. 25, there will be just one Christmas Day worship at 11 a.m. and also one service at 11 a.m. on Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.
Regular services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. will resume on Jan. 8.
For more information, call 547-3088.
Christmas Eve services
Services for Christmas Eve at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 275 W. John Powell Blvd., will be at 10 p.m. Dec. 24.
For more information, call Sandee at 547-3391.
The Pueblo West Firefighters’ Association will be holding its monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Fire Station 1, on the corner of
Hahns Peak Avenue and Joe Martinez Boulevard.
Donation of $5 per plate are appreciated.
River of Grace Church will host a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome for this traditional service.
Christmas Day service will begin at 10:30 a.m.
River of Grace Church meets at 84 S. Masters Dr. in Pueblo West.
Parking can be accessed through the alley just west of the Econo Lodge.
For more information, call 647-9686.
Amateur Radio Club
The Pueblo West Amateur Radio Club meeting and program will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Pueblo West Library, 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd., in Pueblo West.
The meeting will include election of 2017 officers followed at 11 a.m. by a Winter Solstice Fiesta potluck and social.
If you are interested in amateur radio, join us.
There will no licensing exams this month.
The Blue Spruce Gallery is participating in the downtown merchants Second Saturday event from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in Florence.
This popular gallery stroll through historic downtown Florence offers the unique opportunity to visit seven local galleries.
This is also a great opportunity to get a look at the 16th annual Holiday Marketplace show at the Blue Spruce, with handmade unique gift items from 12 invited artists, as well as specialty items from our gallery members.
The market runs through Jan. 3.
There are sculptural candles, handmade wood and turquoise crosses, Viking Weave jewelry , photographs, copper wire sculptures, unique beaded jewelry for both men and women, and a wide selection of hand crafted Christmas ornaments!
Other gift items include handmade candles in a variety of colors and scents., handmade greeting cards, weavings, scarves, and handmade folk dolls.
Rob Brown hand paints his small Santa Claus sculptures, you can add a new one to your collection each year.
There are alpaca scarves, hats, and whimsical small animals, homemade fruit jams,, and barbed wire wreaths and stars to round out the selection.
Come to Florence and enjoy the wide selection of art in a festive holiday setting.
Blue Spruce Gallery is located in Florence at 205 West Main Street.
Call 784-1339 for more information.
Polka Club Dance
The Alan Polivka band will be playing a variety of music for the Southern Colorado Family Polka Club dance from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 18 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.
Majestic Baptist Church is hosting family Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church at 494 E. Hemlock Dr., in Pueblo West.
Invite your family to join you for this special evening.
There will be a family worship service at 10 a.m. Christmas morning.
There only will be one service on New Year’s Day at 10 a.m.
Call Kay at the Church Office for more information, 647-9200.
Run for the Raptors
The Raptor Resolution Run is back for its sixth year.
The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo invites participants for a 5-mile run or a 2.5-mile fun walk at 10 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Nature Center Yurt, 5200 Nature Center Road, in Pueblo.
The race begins and ends at the Nature Center Yurt with water stops in between. Before the race you can meet live raptors up close and learn about the important work of the Raptor Center.
All registered entrants will be eligible for various door prizes.
All entrants will receive an R3 race T-shirt and resolution cards plus warm refreshments. After the race, participants may enjoy a free lunch courtesy of Goal Ventures. ($5 non-participants).
Walkers: One male and one female, picked at random, will each receive a $100 NRCP gift certificate.
Cost is $33 for SCR and NRCP members and $35 for non-members by 11 a.m. on Dec. 23 or $45 after 11 a.m. on Dec. 23. It will be $50 on race day.
More Information: For race information call the Nature & Raptor Center at 549-2414 or see natureandraptor.org.
The Advent services at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 275 W. John Powell Blvd., will be Dec. 14.
There will be a free soup and dessert meal starting at 5:30 p.m. with the Advent Services starting at 7 p.m.
For more information, call Sandee at 547-3391.
The Pueblo West Senior Retirees will host its annual Christmas dinner at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Hen House, 53 E. Palmer Lake Dr. in Pueblo West.
Bring unwrapped gift for patients of the Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo.
Gifts may include clothing, toiletries, soft toys, etc.
Friends welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Bette Whelan at 547-0117 or Marie at 778-7373.
The Pueblo West Women’s League will host its monthly meeting Dec. 13 at the Pueblo West Library.
Arrive at 11:15 a.m. for sign-in; lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Pueblo West Library, rooms A & B.
Lunch is $10 for members and guests.
This month we will be having pizza.
Reservations can be made via email to email@example.com with number of guests no later than Dec. 9.
The Colorado State University-Extension in Pueblo County is now taking applications for the 2017 Colorado Master Gardener training course.
This program is for garden enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Participants learn science based gardening information and become involved in their communities through volunteer outreach activities.
There are volunteer based, and non-volunteer based options available.
The 10-week course begins Jan. 26.
For more information and to obtain an application, visit the website at http://pueblo.extension.colostate.edu/programs/gardening-horticulture/master-gardener/, or contact the CSU Extension office at 583-6566.
The Pueblo West Knights of Columbus Council 12020 recently donated $2,000 to the Southeast Area Colorado Special Olympics bowling tournament.
The support enabled Special Olympics, Colorado to provide the regional (Pueblo) competition to more than 373 athletes, partners and coaches.
This is the highest number of athletes who have ever competed in regional bowling tournament; it is the third year that Knights have contributed $2,000 to the bowling tournament.
The Knights also have donated $1,000 each year the past two years to Special Olympics for their basketball Tournament.
Also past five years Knights have donated $10,000 for the Southeast Area Special Olympic Track and Field events to include volunteers and presentation of Colors by Knights Color Corp.
Come see friends and neighbors in a musical version of the holiday favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Musical Community Productions will present its 26th Christmas show at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo.
Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 16; and at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17.
Tickets are $12 and can be obtained at the Sangre de Cristo box office or by calling 295-7200.
Bella Prima concert
The Bella Prima Christmas Concert will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the historic Sacred Heart Cathedral, 414 W. 11th St. in Pueblo.
Admission is free, donation accepted.
More information about the choir can be obtained by visiting Bellaprimamusica.com.
Yule Love It Downtown
The Pueblo Creative Corridor comes alive with art, performance and a merry, old-fashioned holiday atmosphere on Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16, as well as on Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17.
Enjoy this winter wonderland from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays during the Yule Love It Downtown, Pueblo’s Arts & Shopping Crawl.
Revel in winter walking and shopping in the Mesa Junction, Union Avenue and Main Street districts with the addition of carolers, holiday singers and street performers. Art galleries will be open with newly hung shows, offering refreshments and music.
Many local businesses will be serving up special promotions as well.
Nominate a nurse
Nominate a special nurse for the 2017 Southeastern Colorado Regional Nightingale Nurse Recognition Event.
Think about a nurse who has touched you or your family. Nurses make an incredible difference in people’s lives every day!
The Colorado Nurses’ Association and Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center are soliciting nominations for the annual Southeastern Colorado Regional Nightingale Nurse Recognition Event. The regional event will be held at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center on Friday, March 31, 2017.
Nominations are encouraged by community members and other health care professionals. This event will recognize exceptional nurses who are working or retired from nursing in southeastern Colorado.
Submit applications on-line at http://www.coloradonursesfoundation.com/nominate.
Deadline for nominations is Dec. 16 and deadline for all supporting documents is Jan. 15, 2017.
For information, call 544-7833.
It is once again that time of year when the days get shorter and the nights get cooler.
To help keep park visitors warm this season, Lake Pueblo State Park is once more allowing visitors to gather firewood within park boundaries.
Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, driftwood found along the shorelines may be taken for personal use by visitors with a park pass and a free permit. No other wood, including limbs and branches on live or dead standing trees, may be gathered.
Permits are unlimited and can be found at the park’s Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days-a- week.
Each permit will include a map that shows where wood may be gathered.
Music and craft fair
The Pueblo West High School band will be playing host to a celebration of the arts and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the high school, 661 W. Capistrano Ave., in Pueblo West.
Local schools and performing groups will present musical performances throughout the day in the auditorium. More than 50 vendors will have gifts to purchase.
For more information, visit Celebration of the Arts and Craft Fair on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-1822.
stress-free me course
A Holiday Stress-Free Me Course is at Open Studio Yoga, 120 Colorado Ave., in Pueblo.
The class meets twice a week from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.
The classes offer finding more balance and more sanity during the eight-week course.
This one-hour flow is designed to work out stress on the mat with 35 minutes of vinyasa, and then relax the body with some mat work before settling into a much-deserved savasana. Registration is $100.
There is space for up to 12 students.
Mountain Shadows Baptist Church runs JOY CLUB (Jesus, Others & You) each Sunday, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
For kids ages 3 years old through 6th grade.
Each week there is a Bible lesson, Scripture memorization, games, songs and prizes.
For more information, contact 561-0977. email@example.com; 947 N. Gantts Fort Ave.
Drug poster contest
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 12020 in Pueblo West are sponsoring its annual Substance Abuse Awareness poster contest on alcohol and drugs.
The poster contest is open to all boys and girls ages 8 through 14.
Age categories include 8 to 11 and 12 to 14.
Students may choose their own theme.
There will be eight winners from each school, four for alcohol and four for drugs, each receiving a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.
Each school that has more than 100 entries will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.
The top three producing schools will receive an additional $50 gift card.
The final eight district winners will progress to the Knights of Columbus State Level (state level winners receive additional gift cards).
Posters must be 11x17 inches, original work, in any medium, laminated, if necessary, and on the back must be written: School, teacher’s name, student’s name, grade and age, plus top either drugs or alcohol. Entries become the property of the Knights of Columbus.
Posters will be picked up the week of Dec. 12.
For more information, contact Tom Sibcy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-924-8604.
New Bible study group
Come explore the book of Revelations in a DVD Bible Study held on Monday evenings through Jan. 2.
The class will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West, 434 S. Conquistador Ave.
The class is limited to 25 participants.
Call 547-3088 to reserve your spot.
Majestic Baptist Church will host Awana Clubs (Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed) on Thursdays, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
For kids 3 years old to 5th grade.
There will be fun games, practical Bible lessons, Bible memorization, Grand Prix races, and crazy contests.
PW Tennis Players
Pueblo West tennis players come together at the Civic Center Drive tennis courts for pick-up tennis 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
All levels of tennis players are welcome to join us.
Contact Gary Weaver at email@example.com for more information.
Pueblo West Swim Club
Pueblo West Swim Club director Cheryl Higdon-Holloway sent eight out of 12 swimmers from the Pueblo West Swim Club team to the local Regional Championship Swim Meet, with three of the swimmers being new to the team this year!
If you are interested in becoming part of the PWSC, the new season starts Sept. 6.
Try outs are the third week of every month.
Call 505-469-0048 or visit our web site: Pueblo West Swim Club.
Air Force Association
The Mel Harmon Chapter 128 of the Air Force Association meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum at 31001 Magnuson.
The Air Force Association is strictly a volunteer organization and membership is open to all civilians and veterans.
The association is a nonprofit service organization comprised of men and women dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Aerospace education of school children.
It also supports wounded disabled veterans and Veteran’s-Homes -confined veterans.
For more information, call 547-3302.
The Rocky Mountain Back Country Horsemen will meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Penrose Community Center, 401 4th Ave, Penrose.
This is a group of horsemen and women whose main purpose is to assist federal agencies, especially the BLM and Forest Service, in such projects as clearing blowdowns from forest trails or building new trail sections. It also schedule rides just for fun, and we welcome new members.
For more information, call 719-275-5094.
PW Horsemen Association
Pueblo West Horsemen’s Association, a local trail riding club, meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Pueblo West VFW located at 127 E. Spaulding Avenue at 7 p.m.
Happy Hour Rendezvous are held on the first Friday of each month at 5 p.m.
Monthly trail rides are held the third weekend of each month.
Club dues are $30.
For more information, contact 250-0720 or check our Facebook page.
The Pueblo West Eagles Aerie meeting is the first and third Wednesday of the month.
The Auxiliary meeting is the second and fourth Monday of the month.
All members are welcome, and the meetings begin at 7 p.m.
Breakfast AT THE VFW
The Pueblo West VFW Post 5812, 127 E. Spaulding Ave., is serving breakfast every fourth Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m.
The menu will be scrambled eggs,sausage links, pancakes or waffles, biscuits and gravy, coffee and orange juice.
Cost is $6.
The VFW Post 5812 is serving dinners every fourth Friday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 127 E. Spaulding in Pueblo West.
The menu varies month to month.
The cost is $8 per person.
Profits from the dinners are used to promote various programs that benefit veterans and their families.
For more information, call 547-2770.
Family Bingo NIGHT SLATED
Family Bingo is at 7 p.m. every Monday night at the Pueblo West Eagles, 348 S. McCulloch Blvd.
Children who are old enough to play are welcome.
Hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza will be on sale at 6 p.m.
For more information, call 647-9261.
Friday night dinners sET
Friday night dinners are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Pueblo West Eagles, 348 S. McCulloch Blvd.
The menu varies each Friday.
Karaoke follows at 7 p.m.
For more information, call 647-9261.
Jam Session ON SUNDAYS
A Sunday Jam Session with the Pueblo West Eagles is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call 647-9261.
The San Isabel Chapter 2 and Auxiliary Unit 2 of the Disabled American Veterans meet at 6 p.m. for dinner and at 7 p.m. for a meeting every third Thursday of the month at 701 W. 9th Street.
For more information, call Commander Don Sandoval at 565-9370.
All veterans and families welcome.
Pilots, or if you want to be pilots in general aviation or experimental, come join this group to share your flying or aircraft building experience.
Call Experimental Aircraft Association President Ron Davidson at 647-2386 for more information.
Neighbor Crime SITE
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, a free community-style ear acupuncture clinic for veterans, active military and spouses is offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 44 E. Spaulding Ave.
The treatment can improve sleep, anxiety, stress, depression, physical and emotional pain, overall well-being and PTSF symptoms.
Mystery book club
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 Kathy at 322-8185.
PUEBLO WEST book club
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.
Al-Anon family group
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.
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.
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 www.hikeandlearn.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write Now forming
Pueblo Write Now, a group open to writers and potential writers who are interested in sharing their experiences, will hold twice-monthly meetings.
The meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Wesley United Methodist Church, 85 Stanford Ave.
There is no charge to join Pueblo Write Now, but steady participation of members is a goal. For more information, contact Ledema Renfrow at 544-7918 or Ledema@Renfrow.com.
‘FORGING THE WEST’ SHOW
“Forging the West,” the 60-minute documentary being produced by Havey ProCinema on the history of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co., will premier at Memorial Hall scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11.
Tickets are on sale at Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Place or the Pueblo Convention Center Box Office, 320 Central Main St. Box office tickets are $17 with reserved seating.
The CF&I began production in 1872 and grew to become the largest steel mill in the Western United States. and a firm of enormous importance to the industrialization of the American West.
Historic Pueblo Inc. is the executive producer of the documentary. All net proceeds from the premiere will be used to purchase DVDs and flash drives loaded with lesson plans to be distributed to private and public schools in the state of Colorado.
PUEBLO DAY NURSERY
The Pueblo City-County Library District’s Adult Literacy Program, along with Pueblo County United Way, Catholic Charities and the Department of Social Services, has launched the photo campaign Adults READ in Our Community to increase awareness of the importance of adult literacy in the community.
The photo campaign features six local Pueblo “celebrities” reading with children. They include Christie Koschke, Colorado State University-Pueblo softball coach; Luis Velez, Pueblo police chief; Kirk Taylor, Pueblo County sheriff; Shawn Shelton, Pueblo fire chief; state Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo; and state Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo. The photos will be on display at all library locations as well as Downtown and will be shared through social media.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Jackie Swanson, adult literacy coordinator, at 553-0206 or email email@example.com.