Saguache News – November 30

Holiday Weekend Extravaganza in Saguache

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in Saguache Today! And there’s plenty coming up this weekend to get you into the holiday spirit. So break out the Jingle Bells and round up the children, it’s Christmastime!

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On Friday Dec. 1, friends and neighbors are invited to The Wapiti Coffeehouse for a live show, as local musician Daniel Peden shares his talents, playing some Celtic music from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Saguache’s newest coffeehouse this is a good time to do so.

You can read their story HERE. Keep in mind a gift certificate for your favorite coffeehouse  hipster mean one more check-off your holiday shopping list. The Wapiti Coffeehouse is located at 319 San Juan Avenue behind Southwest Bank in downtown Saguache.

Then on Saturday, the Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Community Building. Word on the curb is that the jolly guy himself, Santa Claus will be making an appearance from 1 – 3 p.m. So grab those wish lists and get the kiddos dressed in their Christmas finery for pictures. Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Holiday shoppers at Saturday’s Bazaar can find some great homemade gifts, like many which were on display at last September’s Fall Festival, pictured here. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

The 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar is sponsored by the Friends of the Saguache Public Library, and offers for sale a variety of beautiful handmade wares from local and regional craftspeople. There’s nothing like a homemade wreath or Christmas tree ornament to get you into the holiday spirit!

The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. The Holiday Bazaar is a great place to find that special gift for that hard-to-buy-for-person on your holiday list. Arts! Crafts! Food!

Then later Saturday evening, folks are invited downtown to watch the lighting of the Christmas Tree, proudly displayed at the intersection of 4th and San Juan Streets. The light switch will be flipped at 5:30 p.m. according to Town of Saguache officials. O Tannenbaum! O Tannenbaum!

And if Decking of the Halls, puts you in the mood to get your own tree, check out this Saguache Today story about where you can get a permit to harvest your own Yuletide fir (psst, if you know a fourth grader, you can get one for free!)

Downtown will be ready to receive shoppers all weekend, but Saturday will bring some special deals in support of the tree lighting. Saguache Works will be offering complimentary hot cocoa and cookies at the 4th Street Food Store. If you haven’t been in Saguache’s downtown grocery store in a while, it’s a good time to stop in and see what’s new. Be sure to put in your order for those special items for your holiday table. They can fulfill most requests at a good price, plus, you’d be supporting a local business!

Then pop next door to shop at the Blue Earth Thrift and Mercantile and catch some great gift deals. Right now they are having a 75% off sale on all summer items, a great way to put together your gift basket of hot springs apparel. It’s a perfect under-the-tree present for your favorite soaker. Shoppers can find other treasures and word on the curb is that they’ve been getting in some pretty sweet things that probably aren’t going to be sitting in the display window for very long. 

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From clothing to one-of-a-kind gift items, the Blue Earth Thrift and Mercantile has some great holiday shopping options, located in downtown Saguache. The store is owned and operated by Saguache Works. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

Local artists and antiquers will also be dusting off their one-of-a-kind wares after a sleepy fall to get folks into the shopping mood. Downtown shops like Magpie and  Antiques Etc. offer something for those hard-to-find people on your holiday list, from eclectic antiques, to local glass art and paintings. Support your local artists!

The Village Pub on the corner of 4th and San Juan Avenue (look for the tree!) will be serving up pizza and pasta, as well as a wide selection of holiday spirits to wash it all down. And if your holiday tradition includes some big-screen movie time then Cozy Castle in downtown Saguache is the perfect, intimate theater to watch the latest releases.  This weekend, December 1 – 3 they will be showing the mystery thriller “Murder on the Orient Express.” For showtimes and tickets, connect with them on the Cozy Castle Facebook Page. Remember, movie ticket gift certificates make great stocking stuffers or office gift exchange item. And you’d be supporting a local business!

While it may not be a snowy kick-off to the holiday season, it will be one to remember. Come and celebrate with friends and neighbors this weekend in Saguache! #HappyHolidays from your friends at Saguache Today!

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The official Saguache Christmas Tree will be lit up this Saturday in downtown Saguache. Come and kick-off the holiday season!  Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

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Saguache News – November 28

Saguache 81149: At Your (Postal) Service

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rear view mirror, if you’re wondering how and when you need to get all of those packages in the mail, then Saguache Today has got your covered with the 411 for 81149.

The United States Postal Service will handle approximately 750 million packages this holiday season, an increase of more than 12 percent over last year. Americans are expected to ship a record number of packages during the 2016 Holiday Season and the U.S. Postal Service, the largest e-commerce deliverer, is ready to deliver. And that includes Saguache 81149, at your (postal) service, and anticipating a large volume of packages to change hands over the next 30 days.  

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Make sure you get your holiday packages to the Saguache Post Office in time or they won;t arrive on time! Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

To make sure that process goes as smoothly as possible, the Saguache Post Office reminds residents of some important mailing deadlines: 

  • Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground (domestic)
  • Dec. 19– First-Class Mail Cards and Letters
  • Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
  • Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express
  • MILITARY Guidelines for delivery: LINKLINK 

Holiday Facts and Figures

  • About 16 billion total pieces of mail & packages will be delivered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.
  • The Busiest MAILING day for greeting cards & packages is Monday, Dec 18.  More than 611 million pieces of mail will be processed. 
  • The Busiest DELIVERY day for greeting cards & packages is Thursday, Dec 21. More than 30 million packages will be delivered. 
  • Dec. 18 will also be the busiest day for usps.com with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit on that day alone. 37 million visits will be logged during the holidays and 3 million of those people will Click and Ship their package.

While most Saguache residents don’t mind going to the local PO, as it’s a community meeting place for friends and neighbors, for those wanting a stress-free holiday without leaving the comforts of home, the Postal Service offers solutions on usps.com that make gift-shipping easy and convenient. 

  • Order free flat-rate USPS Priority boxes at usps.com/freeboxes – delivered to any home or business.
  • Skip the trip with Click-N-Ship. Create mailing labels with USPS Tracking and print postage online at usps.com/ship.
  • Free package pickup when the carrier delivers the mail.

So there you have it, be prepared and be sure to get those packages down to Saguache 81149 as soon as you can! They are ready to serve!

Saguache News – November 25

Advocates Distribute Warm Items for Winter

Tomorrow Sunday, Nov. 26, the Saguache Victims Advocate Group will be distributing coats and blankets from 1:30-3 p.m. at Dave Martinez Park, in downtown Saguache. 

Dave Martinez Park

The Saguache Victims Advocate Group will be distributing winter coats and blankets in the Dave Martinez Park on Sunday, Nov. 26.

Saguache Victims Advocate Group can always use help if anyone is wanting to volunteer. They are also still accepting donations of new and gently used coats of all sizes.

Please contact Luana Lovato at 719-221-5702 or Sky Wright at 719-849-3699 if you have items to donate. Additionally, we are looking for 3 or 4 big boxes or bins to place around Town at collection points.

 

 

Saguache News – November 24

Know Your ABCs, Get a FREE Christmas Tree!

Of all the great things there are about knowing a 4th grader, you can add one more to the list: A Christmas Tree. Fourth graders may get a free Christmas tree permit when they present a valid Every Kid in a Park pass. These passes may be obtained at www.EveryKidinaPark.gov.

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While the official Saguache Christmas tree has not arrived yet, if you’re looking to harvest one for your own home, permits are now available at the Saguache Ranger District Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

The free permit is only good at Rio Grande National Forest offices, which includes the Saguache Ranger District, 46525 State Highway 114, Saguache, CO 81149. Be sure to bring the paperwork – and the student! –  when you apply for your free tree permit!

For everyone else who is preparing for the “Tannenbaum” season, permits are available as well as the Saguache Ranger District Office. The Christmas tree permits cost $8.00 each, with a limit of five permits per household.

Christmas tree permits are valid only for trees growing on land managed by the Rio Grande National Forest. All trees must be at least 100 feet away from any campground, picnic area or road and can be up to five inches in diameter at shoulder height. Cutting trees within designated wilderness areas or the Conejos Canyon is prohibited.

For more information concerning Christmas tree cutting permits, contact the Saguache Ranger District at 719 655-2547 or see the information below:Saguache Christmas tree permit:Christmas tree Care.jpg

Saguache News – November 23

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone in Saguache Today!happy-thanksgiving1

Saguache News – November 22

“Thor” Arrives 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