Saguache News – November 22

The “Trolls” Arrive This Weekend in Saguache!

If catching a great movie is part of your Thanksgiving holiday tradition, then be sure to check in at Cozy Castle Cinema this weekend November 24 – 26. This one’s especially for the kids, as the “Thor: Ragnarok” thunderss into downtown Saguache!

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor’s quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the civilization of Asgard. This film is rated PG-13.

The Cozy Castle Cinema in downtown Saguache.

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.


Saguache News – November 21

The Saguache Town Hall and the saguache County Courthouse will be closed Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 thru Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. According to Deputy City Clerk Iris Garcia, the offices will resume their regular hours on Monday Nov. 27, 2017, daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. Photo: Saguache Today

Saguache News – November 20

What’s New With Orient Land Trust

It’s the week of Thanksgiving with all efforts focused on the big feast planned for this Thursday, Nov. 23. So if your recipe lists include pumpkin, then consider getting one fresh from the garden at the historic Everson Ranch, located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley .

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The historic Everson Ranch still has pumpkins available for sale at only $2 a piece. Photo: Orient Land Trust Newsletter.

Owned by the Orient Land Trust (OLT), their Fall Newsletter includes the good news that there are still plenty of pumpkins from the garden available for purchase. Only $2 each! Wow, you can’t beat that price! In addition, a variety of yummy pumpkin foods including baked goods and hummus are available in the welcome center.

Attention soakers, while the good news is that the San Luis Valley offers several options for hot springs and pools, the bad news is that one of them will be closed for a month! Just as they have done for many years, the OLT will be closing its Valley View Hot Springs for four weeks: December 1 – 28.

Valley View Hot springs Closed Saguache TodayReaders should note that during this hiatus the OLT plans on implementing a new database and reservation system. Therefore, they will not be answering the phones from December 4 – 11. Guests have been asked not to call during that week and to wait until after December 11 to make reservations.

The popular soaking spot for valley residents and visitors will re-open on December 29, just in time for the New Year!

For folks living in Saguache Today who miss seeing Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor Cynthia Nielsen, you can find her at the historic Everson Ranch, still doing what she does best – bodywork!

“It has been an exciting summer for bodyworkers and the tipi offers a calm relaxation,” stated Nielsen in the OLT Fall Newsletter, adding, “ As the weather cools, we will offer sessions in the small Amish Cabin.

Their team of dedicated therapists offers a variety of therapies, including various massage techniques, aquatic therapy and reflexology. You will find details on the OLT website, or contact Cynthia directly at: OLT Bodywork Coordinator, , 719-298-0360

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The team of dedicated therapists at Valley View Hot springs will take bodywork inside at the Amish Cabin as the colder months come on. Make your appointment or get a holiday gift certificate for some on your lists. DETAILS.


Saguache News – November 18

Saguache Serves Up Gratitude Tomorrow, Nov. 19

Saguache’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held tomorrow Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Community Building. The event begins at 5 p.m. and include all the traditional fixings, from turkey to stuffing to potatoes, all top off with some pumpkin pie!thanksgiving saguache

Everyone is invited and as the flyer says, “Come Together and Enjoy!” The community building is located at Christie & 7th Streets.

The Thanksgiving dinner will be sponsored by again this year by The Colorado Trust. Last year’s meal was a big hit! The food was delicious and prepared and served by a group of volunteers, bringing grateful hearts together under one roof.

Video from 2015 Thanksgiving Community Meal

Last year, the hall was filled with lively conversation and laughter as generations of families from diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs broke bread together in honor of the national day of gratitude. 

It was a packed house at the Thanksgiving Community Meal in Sagauche on November 22.

It was a packed house at last year’s Thanksgiving Community Meal in Sagauche – see you on Sunday.

This year the entire cost of the meal – will again be picked by The Colorado Trust (CT), a health foundation dedicated to ending inequalities that affect racial, ethnic, low income and other vulnerable populations.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saguache News – November 17

New Coffee House Opens in Saguache Today

As the colder months and winter comes on, it’s nice to know that there’s a new coffeehouse open in Saguache Today! So, it’s a big WELCOME and CONGRATULATIONS to The Wapiti Coffeehouse located at 319 San Juan Avenue behind the 4th Street Food Store in downtown Saguache.

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The Wapiti Coffeehouse located at 319 San Juan Avenue in downtown Saguache is now open seven days a week.

The newly-fulfilled dream of Stephanie and Dave Buechler, the eatery had their official Grand Opening on November 15 and were warmly embraced by the local community.

“WoW!! What a day!” Stephanie reported from The Wapiti Coffeehouse Facebook Page. “Dave and I are still dumbfounded, amazed, happy, humbled by the show of support the Saguache and SLV communities have given us. Folks from all over the San Luis Valley came in yesterday giving us gifts, words of encouragement and wisdom. . . We are so excited to continue on with this new adventure!”


Dave and Stephanie Dave Buechler making their dreams of The Wapiti Coffeehouse come true one paint stroke at a time last spring. Congratulations! The new business is open 7 days a week.

Transplants from Kentucky, the couple has been visiting and investing in the San Luis Valley for years, finally making the jump to full-time residents this fall. And while they will be closing the day-to-day chapters on their former lives and business, the Buechlers certainly bring years-and-years of entrepreneurial experience to the San Luis Valley.

The Wapiti Coffeehouse menu offerings consist of everything from the morning fare of pastries, bagels and Sunday waffles, then moving diners through lunch with homemade soups, customized salads and sandwiches served on freshly baked breads, to and staying open for the daily after-work crowd who now have one more option for “What’s for Dinner?”

Guests can expect to see such unique offerings as baba ganoush, squash soup, black walnut latte, sunflowerseed bread, and even lavender muffins.  If you’re looking for something hot and comforting on a cold winter day, The Wapiti offers everything from French Press coffee to a wide array of organic teas, to espressos and cappuccinos.

Readers may also be interested to know that aside from the culinary fare, the couple will also add to the burgeoning arts and entertainment scene that has been humbly growing in downtown Saguache in recent years. And tonight, residents and visitors can get their first taste of what’s in store.

cropped-colorado-coffee-house-1On Friday, Nov. 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. The Wapiti Coffeehouse will host an opening reception for local artist Sarah Krantz. A Saguache resident, Krantz has a long history in the creative arts, working with a vast variety of mediums from acrylics to stained glass to landscape design, where she won first place in this year’s Saguache Hollyhock Festival for best whimsical garden.

If you can’t make it tonight, Sarah Krantz’s metals and glass work will be showcased at The Wapiti from November 15 through the end of the year, December 31.

 For more information, check out The Wapiti Coffeehouse website or stay connected with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Saguache News – November 15

Supplemental Food Distribution in Saguache Thursday

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Supplemental Food Programs are available in Saguache Today. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

The next Supplemental Commodity Distribution and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) will be today, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the commodity building at 505 3rd Street in Saguache. Later they will be in Center from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon in Center at the Kiwanis Building at 5th & Broadway.

Everyone is welcome for the supplemental distribution!

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 – November 13

Vendor Booth Available for Holiday Bazaar

The 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Saguache Community Building. Vendor applications are now available for this event, which is one of several fundraisers held throughout the year sponsored by the Friends of the Saguache Public Library.Holiday Bazaar Goodies

The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. There are still vendor booth available at $10/table. There will be lots of homemade Christmas treasures to decorate your home and tree with. In addition, find that special gift for that hard-to-buy-for-person on your holiday list.

This year there will be a donation drawing for decorated Christmas Tree and an hourly door-prize giveaway! Arts! Crafts! Food!

 The Friends of the Library meets monthly on the second Friday of each month at 10:45 a.m. at the library located at 702 Pitkin Ave. in Saguache.  Everyone is welcome.