Latest News – June 26

Volunteers Needed in Saguache Today

In an effort to encourage folks to share in stewardship of the nonprofit stores operated by Saguache Works, they are now offering regular volunteers a 20%  discount on both food and thrift store items.

Saguache 4th Street Food Store

From fresh produce to BULK items, the 4th Street Food Store has what you need in Saguache Today. The store is located at 404 4th Street in downtown Saguache, Colorado.

Volunteers who help out for at least one 3-hour shift per week at Blue Earth Thrift & Mercantile and the 4th Street Food Store are eligible for the discount.  Both morning (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and afternoon (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) shifts are available.  Please stop by or call 655-0216 for more information.   

With additional volunteer support, they are hoping to keep the stores open until at least 5 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate shoppers who work until 4 in the afternoon. In every way possible, Saguache Works is there to satisfy your needs for living a healthy lifestyle. 

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At your service at the Blue Earth Thrift and Mercantile, Candice (pictured left) is ready to help customers find that special something! Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

They also are seeking community input regarding their ever-expanding product inventory.   What are your needs?  Stop in and let them know.

At the 4th Street Fod Store, BULK orders are welcome, as well at Cost + 10%.  Split a case with a friend; or the grocery store may be able to share the cost.   Order by noon Sunday for weekly delivery Thursday mornings. BULK bins allow you to purchase just the amount you desire.

Warmer weather has arrived, so stop in for a variety of healthy snacks, drinks or treats while out and about. 

Book Sale Through End of Month

Don’t forget about the book sale happening down at the Thrift Store through the end of this month. Paperback are only 25 cents and hard cover only 50! Perfect for summer reading!



Latest News – June 23

​St. John Celebrated in La Garita

 The San Juan Catholic Community will celebrate “El Dia de San Juan” (Feast Day of St John the Baptist) tomorrow, Saturday June 24 in La Garita. Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. in Saint John the Baptist Church located at the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center. Refreshment and fellowship will follow.St John Feast Day san Juan Catholic Center

For readers unfamiliar with the center, it is a unique 10-acre site that offers a historical view of cultural traditions and a Catholic way of life brought from old Spain by the first Hispano settlers who traveled to the Spanish northern frontier from New Mexico.

As noted on the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center’s website, it’s a place of panoramic beauty, in the northern portion of the San Luis Valley, protected by the rugged San Juan Mountain Range to the west and looks across the vast valley floor towards the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east.

As a visitor, you can trace the path of the Hispano settlers when you see St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Iglesia de San Juan Bautista); as you pause at the site of the ruins of the old convento, now a monument dedicated to San Juan Bautista (Casa de Cura/Convento); as you wander through the rows of graves in the Carnero Creek Cemetery (Cemetario del Carnero) you can see family inscriptions and old gravesite markers; and finally, as you look upon a recent addition to the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center, a Rosary Walk dedicated to Saint John Paul II.

And if you like scenic natural beauty to accompany your spiritual quests, then the view from the “top of the hill” will not disappoint.  

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The Church of St. John The Baptist overlooks the San Luis Valley from the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center in La Garita, Colorado. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

In 2007, a revitalization of the church and the surrounding property was inspired and guided by Father Joseph Vigil of the San Juan Catholic Community.  Through his efforts, a renewed pride emerged for the treasure and beauty of the tradition and history of the church.   As a result, the interior of the church has been restored, and the grounds now include walkways, a monument dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and a rosary walk dedicated to St. John Paul II.  Collectively these comprise the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center, dedicated to the courageous Hispano people who settled in La Garita and to the Priests and Sisters that supported them in their Catholic faith.  It is also dedicated to the Penitentes who helped keep the Catholic faith alive in the absence of priests during the early settlement.

So if there are any Saguache Today readers who are looking for a “place of peace, prayer and reflection in the San Luis Valley,” head toward La Garita and the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center and celebrate the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist on June 24.


Latest News – June 22

Supplemental Food Distribution in Saguache Today

Food Box Canon CityThe Supplemental Commodity Distribution and CSFP will be today, Thursday, June 22, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Commodity Building at 505 3rd Street in Saguache.

Today in Center distribution will be from 10:30 a.m. noon in at the Kiwanis Building at 5th & Broadway.
Everyone is welcome for the supplemental distribution!

The next TEFAP Commodity will be tomorrow June 23, at the Saguache Commodity Building, 505 3rd Street from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

If available, please bring proof of income, residency, and photo id. If you are having someone pick up for you, don’t forget to send in your proxy form.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Seniors Saving Money with SHED in Saguache Today

Saguache County seniors are taking advantage of the SHED (Saguache Healthy Elders Discount) program and saving hundreds of dollars every week at the 4th Street Food Store.

The weekly truck arrives with more food to re-stock the shelves at the 4th Street Food Store in downtown Saguache. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

To sign up for SHED membership, you must be 60 years of age or older and reside in Saguache County.  Members receive a 20% discount on all food purchases at the nonprofit grocery.  Ride-share and/or grocery delivery service also is available through SHED.

The program, started last fall with generous support from the Saguache County commissioners, is intended to help seniors on fixed incomes who earn too much to qualify for other assistance but still struggle to make ends meet. 

Participation is increasing steadily as awareness of the program grows.   Nearly 40% of our customers now are taking the SHED discount, and we encourage eligible residents to do so as needed.

From squash to cherries, summer’s fruits & vegetables are coming soon to 4th St Food Store.

With the discount, on prices already significantly lower than those offered at comparable health or local food stores, low-income residents no longer need to drive 100 or so miles roundtrip to shop for healthy choices.

That saves time, gas money, wear and tear on vehicles, and it keeps more tax dollars in Saguache County.

The 4th Street Food Store, a nonprofit project of Saguache Works, is dedicated to providing affordable access to fresh, healthy food, to supporting Valley food producers and to creating jobs for area residents. Lower prices, and SHED discounts, leave very little margin to cover overhead expenses and to pay store staff.   Saguache Works very much appreciates, therefore, those senior customers who can afford to pay full price and decline to take food discounts.

To sign up for SHED, or to inquire about ride services, stop by the 4th Street Food Store, at 404 4th St. in downtown Saguache, or call 719-655-0216.

Latest News – June 20

School, Sewing and Something New in Saguache Today

This summer’s Vacation Bible School program continues this week offered by Pitkin Avenue Baptist Church in Saguache. The program is open to preschool (potty trained and able to stay away from parents for three hours) through Junior High students. The school will be held the week of June 19 – 23, starting at 5 p.m.

It’s a great summer program for the kids and includes studying some exciting stories from the Bible as well as food, activities, story-telling, games, songs and lots of fun!

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Children who attend the Vacation Bible School this week will be “submerged,” in educational fun and some scriptural stories. Photo: Pitkin Avenue Baptist Church in Saguache.

This year’s theme is “submerged” in fun! The Sanctuary and classrooms are decorated in underwater designs!

For more information about this program or to register your child, please contact Pastor Mark Swinney at 719-655-0201.

They are also looking for additional volunteers to help with this engaging group of children. The Pitkin Avenue Baptist Church is located at 610 7th Street in Saguache. 

The church offers services on Sundays: Bible Study 9:30 a.m., Worship service at 11 a.m.

Quilts on Display This Saturday

The Saguache Sagebrush Quilters will present their first quilt show on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Road and Bridge Building at 3rd Street and Denver Avenue in Saguache. There’s no charge for admission. Members will be displaying a number of full size quilts as well as smaller items such as table runners, wall hangings and a variety of miscellaneous quilted pieces.

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The Saguache Sagebrush Quilters have stitched together a group with similar interests that is the very fabric of the local community. Their next meeting is this Saturday in Saguache.

The club also have their newest joint effort quilt on display and tickets will be available for the drawing, which will take place at Fall Festival, Sept Visitors will be able to choose their favorite quilt as winner of the Viewers’ Choice Awards, which will be decided in two categories: full-sized quilts and the smaller quilted pieces.  Voting will close at 3 p.m. Ribbons awarded at 3:30 p.m. Please attend this event and support this talented group of women.

New Equipment At Community Building

There is a new microwave and a new conviction toaster oven in the Community Building kitchen!  After last year’s Community Thanksgiving meal there was a small amount of money left from the Colorado Trust.


Next November’s Thanksgiving Community Meal in Saguache will have some added help in the kitchen with the town’s recent purchase of a new microwave and convection oven. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Those monies combined with some funds raised from selling some pies brought the total to $300, which after some smart shopping, allowed the town to purchases both pieces of equipment.

Special thanks to The Colorado Trust which continues to support community programs like these. 

Latest News – June 19

Ring in Summer in a “Joyful” Way

This week the seasons will turn and summer will officially appear on the calendar. So if you’re looking to ring in the Summer Solstice with some reflection and personal growth, then Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa is the place to be this week!

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Inner Vision Conference this week at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Located in the San Luis Valley, Joyful Journey is hosting their Second Annual Inner Vision Conference this week, June 21 – 25. This year’s theme is “Transitions,” featuring speakers programs and music which will help you access, educate and apply tools to assist you on your journey. The Inner Vision Conference begins on Wednesday, June 21 and 6 – 9 p.m. with the Summer Solstice celebration and drum circle in the new labyrinth.

Thursday features a showing of National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution” followed by “Getting in Touch with your Inner Gender” presented by Eric Attard, Behavioral Health Consultant and Counselor. On Friday, mingle and mix during Wine and Cheese Social, featuring local lines before enveloping yourself in a “A Sound Gathering for Inner Peace” with Pamela Hughes.

On Saturday, June 25, explore our Outdoor Marketplace and gain insight from a variety of speakers. The evening’s highlight at 7 p.m. is a special concert featuring Peter May’s Sonic Apothecary an extraordinary combination of nature and music.

The week wraps up on Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to noon with a closing ceremony led by The Reverend Marguita Oliver.

Inner Vision Conference Joyful JourneySome events are free and ticket prices vary. Here are those details. Wednesday’s Solstice Ceremony is free. Tickets for Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23 are $15. Saturday’s $25 price includes the All-Day lineup and evening concert. Sunday’s closing ceremony and entrance to the Outdoor Market are free. Or do it all for $40 total. Each ticket offers the purchase of a$10 soak.  Advance tickets are available by phoning or emailing Joyful Journey Hot Springs at or 719-256-4328.

For more information visit the Inner Vision Conference website. Come join us in awakening your inner essence and discover the healing waters at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa

Latest News – June 16

Summer Reading, Movies on Tap for Season

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The Saguache Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is off to a roaring start as Penny-the-Librarian (pictured, back) gets student engaged in summer educational programs. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World!” and that’s exactly what was happening in Saguache Today.

The summer season is underway and that means a little extra leisure time for most residents in Saguache Today. If getting some great summer reading in is on your list, then hit up the book section at the Blue Earth Mercantile Thrift. The non-profit organization is having a book sale at 25 cents for paperback books and 50 cents for hard covers. And the selection is spilling off the shelves, for now. You can find them at 404 4th Street in Downtown Saguache.

“The Pirates” Take Downtown Saguache Captive

The “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is playing this weekend (June 16-18)  in downtown Saguache, at Cozy Castle Cinema. This film, which is rated PG-13, is the next in the series, starring Captain Jack Sparrow, aka Johnny Depp.

About the movie, thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.

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The Cozy Castle Cinema in downtown Saguache.

Showtimes are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $7 with children 3 and under free. The Cozy Castle Cinema is located at 403 4th St, in downtown Saguache. 719-221-4159.

Latest News – June 15

Father’s Day Pig Roast in The Park!

Sunday is Father’s Day, so how about treating your Pop to a day in the park, complete with some tasty BBQ and good old-fashioned story telling. Join the Friends of the Saguache County Library at their annual “Hogs & Hot Air” event on Sunday, June 17 at Otto Mears Park in Saguache, Colorado.


Last year’s “Hogs and Hot Air” drew a good crowd for some good food and incredible stories. Photo: Colorado Trust, Arden Trewartha

The fun starts at 5 p.m. with local families and friend gathering around to talk about what Saguache was like growing up  in the 1930s ad 40s. Some of your favorites old-timers, along with a few more they’ve been able to coax out with some delicious BBQ will be there to talk about the old days and pass along some local history.

Please contact the library at 719-655-2551. Or just stop by and share your story at the Community Building during the FREE PIG roast dinner which starts at 5 p.m.sag_Library_fundraiser