Spanish Peaks Business Alliance would like to highlight where to get help and where to offer help this holiday season.
Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.
WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County. This free COVID-19 test is available to all members of the public, regardless of symptoms. No Insurance Required
Please call for an appointment. Testing will be available on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment. The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is: 119 E. 5th Street.
Community Holiday blessing
HUERFANO COUNTY — Let’s ring out the old and ring in the new in La Veta, Walsenburg and all over Huerfano County and beyond Sunday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m.. Begin walking from your home ringing bells, or chimes, or making sound on your favorite instrument, or ring from your porch beginning at 4 p.m.. The sound of a bell welcomes peace, happiness and wisdom. If you like, wear your most festive or vintage clothes and celebrate miracles. Everyone is welcome. Elves and angels too! Please wear masks and keep a significant distance, at the very least six feet.
La Veta Village Food Services boxes
LA VETA — We offer a grocery shopping service: (719) 357-7633. If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior, or have a preexisting condition that puts you at high risk and you live in the 81055 zip code and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlie’s to your home, please contact us at (719) 357-7633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders are taken Mondays and Thursdays. Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays.– lavetavillage.org. To volunteer, call 719-247-1393
Walsenburg COVID-19 Electronic Town Hall Fri., Dec. 11
WALSENBURG — Please attend a Walsenburg COVID-19 Electronic Town Hall meeting Friday, Dec. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m.. The town hall is sponsored by the World Journal and the City of Walsenburg.
The meeting will feature the Las Animas Huerfano County Public Health Department, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, South Central Council of Governments, Huerfano RE-1 School District, Health Solutions, and Huerfano County Emergency Management
Join Zoom Meeting, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83570495058
Support for health care workers
La Veta Merc. discounts for health care workers
La Veta Mercantile is offering a 20% discount for health care workers with a badge as a huge thank you for all you are doing right now. Bring in your badge and we’ll treat you to the discount on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main, La Veta. 719-742-3387.
Ways to support local nonprofits
Nonprofits are still seeking donations to help their pivot during COVID-19. Monetary donations are definitely the top priority but don't be afraid to ask if they have volunteer opportunities, need any in-kind donations, or if they need Board members through this unprecedented time. There is always something to be done in the nonprofit world.
The SPBA Holiday Giving Celebration! Will be open until Friday December 11th at noon!
Read about one of our participating nonprofits here-
Matching grant donations and volunteers needed for the Fox Theatre!
Our historic building needs help! We need to make a few repairs. We need a new roof. We need brickwork. We need proper drainage around the foundation. We need to secure the marquee to the building.
Our trusty volunteers are wore out! They save the day on a regular basis. It’s time to give them a break and make much needed repairs. We’ve experienced water lines exploding on Christmas, basement floods during community flood meetings, roof leaks, and cold movie screenings. Our time to fix these occurences is now!
The Fox Theatre was awarded a $200,000 grant from DOLA. We have to match those funds with another $200,000. We were awarded $50,000 from the State Historic Fund and $10,000 from the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation. We’ve requested another $100,000 from two other foundations.
We need cash to unlock the DOLA grant. We received $25,000 from resident and philanthropist George Birrer to purchase the empty lot next to the theatre, but if needed, he has permitted us to move the funds into this project. Our goal is $30,000 cash. We have to raise these funds by July 2021, or we will lose the DOLA grant. Any monetary donations help!
Our board members are committed and work well together. However, they have all extended their time on the board. Therefore, we are looking for fresh recruits. Board service is minimal; however, we are trying to raise a lot of money, so folks who are connected and enjoy fundraising would be a perfect fit!
Please contact Mike at 719-890-4292 or email him at email@example.com to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Kids winter gear donation box at Bachman & Associates office
LA VETA — Now accepting new or “near new” kids sized winter clothing. Donations will be frequently collected. We will sanitize and distribute items at La Veta School. Donations are accepted from Nov. 30th through Dec. 11th. Monetary donations can also be accepted at La Veta School. Thank you for your generosity!
Plant a book at La Veta Library
LA VETA — This holiday season make a reader’s Christmas bright and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection. Planting a book in the Library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside one of our pre-selected books and we will give you a personalized card for your special person. Plant-A-Book begins Tuesday, Dec. 1. All dedications cost $15. Contact us at 742-3572 for more information. You can view the books on our website lvpl.org and use the PayPal option to purchase or come in to the library.