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Latest News – May 23

Libraries: Building A Better World

Baca Library Summer Reading for Kids

The Baca Grande Public Librarywill be offering s Summer reading Program for children who are grade school age or younger. Summer Reading Form Sagache Library.jpgStarting Tuesday, June 3 there will be a weekly program from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Baca Grande Library. Each week children can enjoy stories, crafts, a reading contest with prizes, and refreshments.

Enroll your child, by connecting with the Northern Saguache County Library District website. Help your child retain or improve their reading skills while having fun with friends and enjoying “Building a Better World” this summer!

Lend a Hand So The Library Can Lend a Book


Don’t get lost in the information jungle – Ask a Librarian, like Penny!

The Saguache Library needs help for a few minutes on Wednesday, May 24 evening. They are moving lots of boxes of no-longer-needed books into storage for the Friends of the Library to sell at a later date. Can you help us out? None of the boxes are too heavy, and if they get 5-10 people, it should take us only a half-hour or so. If you’ve got 30 minutes on tomorrow, head to the Saguache Library at 6 p.m.

FREE Legal Advice Thursday at Library

This Thursday, May 25 (and the last Thursday of every month) is the FREE Legal Clinic at the Saguache Public Library! Private, one-on-one legal assistance with an attorney is available for low-income SLV residents who have no attorney. Legal issues that qualify: Family Law (pre-decree); Landlord/Tenant Law; Protection Orders; Consumer/Collections; Probate; and Small Claims Court. Call the library at 719-655-2551 to prequalify. Early sign-in begins at 4:30; clinic runs 5-7. First come, first served.

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Latest News – May 22

It Will Be Memorable in Saguache This Weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend marks the officials start to the summer season. And things are no different in Saguache Today! This first one post honors those who gave their lives in service to the country. So enjoy all the festivities, but make sure to take the time to remember what Memorial Day is all about!

Hillside Cemetery Veterans Memorial

The American Legion Garcia Post 110 will conduct the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day May 29. the Hillside Cemetery Veterans Memorial. Photo: Saguache Today

While there has been some initially confusion about this weekend’s activities, Terry Gillette, Commander for the American Legion Garcia Post 110 has confirmed that the unit will conduct the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies in the Saguache area cemeteries on the morning of Memorial Day – Monday, May 29. The group will begin at the Hillside Cemetery Veterans Memorial at 10 a.m., then continue to the old Chicago Cemetery at 11 a.m. The public is encouraged to join these heart-felt traditions that honor those who fought for American freedoms! 

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Flags are flying in honor of the coming memorial Day Weekend in downtown Saguache Today. Pictured is the Saguache Crescent, providing news for 136 years!


Poppies Comemorate Veterans’ Sacrifices

It’s that time of year again when the ladies from the Garcia Unit 110 American Legion Auxiliary approach you with the memorial poppies on Memorial Day Weekend. For over 70 years the American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored poppy day to remind Americans that millions have sacrificed their lives and health to keep America strong and free.
After World War I the poppy flourished in Europe and quickly became the symbol of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women. So when you are offered one of these poppies, make a donation, take one and wear it proudly in honor of veterans!

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Memorial Day Services will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Saguache on Monday.

Latest News – May 19

“The ZooKeeper’s Wife” Monkeys Around Downtown Saguache 

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is playing this weekend (May 19-21)  in downtown Saguache, at Cozy Castle Cinema. This film, which is rated PG-13, is a drama based on the best-selling novel The Zookeeper’s Wife; by Diane Ackerman. 

In the movie, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” the time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski. The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto..

Cozy Castle Cinema

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.

Bravo! Bravo! Theater Alive in Saguache Today

The Saguache  Community Players seeking 30 plus actors for roles in “Alice in Wonderland,” the classic Lewis Carroll tale. The play will be presented during the summer at Mountain Valley School in Saguache.

Bravo! Bravo! Community Theater is alive in Saguache Today. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

Bravo! Community Theater is alive in Saguache Today. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

A wide variety of characters are being cast from Alice to queens to Cheshire Cat. Children as young as three years of age, boys and girls and men and women of all ages are needed.Most parts have very few lines and are easy to learn. This is a great opportunity for entire families to participate and be part of the repertory theater group. Make this a part of your summer fun!

If you – or some other theatrical type you know –  is interested in performing in any or all of these productions, please call Julia Hammel at 719-496-6528. Everyone of all ages and talents are encouraged to become a part of this exciting and dynamic theater group in Saguache Today. Break A Leg!

Latest News – May 17

Supplemental Food Distribution Near Saguache

The next Supplemental Commodity Distribution and CSFP will be tomorrow Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the commodity building at 505 3rd Street in Saguache. They will also be in Center earlier the same day from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the Kiwanis Building at 5th & Broadway. Food Box Canon City 

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 – May 10

Celebrate Student Art at The Range

Tomorrow, Thursday May 11 the students from Mountain Valley Schools will present their Spring Concert and Art Show. This is your chance to see all of the great, creative projects students have been working on this year.


The arts are alive at Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache. Pictured here are students who participated earlier this year in the sculpture project for the Telluride Fire Festival. 

The community is welcome and encouraged to attend. The program will begin at 6 p.m. at The Range, Saguache’s Art Gallery located downtown at 307 4th Street.

The evening will begin with some wonderful music played by the pre K – 5th grade students. Then attendees are encouraged to tour the K – 12th grade art show which will be on display at The Range. Refreshments will be provided, so come and join the celebration of the arts in the Saguache schools!

In January, the 3rd Annual Telluride Fire Festival premiered the fire-spewing, three-headed Youth Pyros sculpture created with the help of several Saguache students. You can READ FULL STORY and see the final fire-breathing sculpture HERE. This sculpture was created in November by regional youth in a special workshop produced by Coldharbour Institute and Telluride Fire Festival through grants from Coldharbour Institute, Saguache County and scholarships from Telluride Fire Festival.

The Range

The Range Art Gallery.

The Range Art Gallery which will be hosting the local student art show on May 11, is described as an artist space for exhibitions, events, and visiting artists. It was established in 2015 by  Alex DeCarli & Adrienne Garbini. The Range is located at 307 4th Street and visitors are encouraged to ring the bell or by set an appointment.

Latest News – May 3

Salsa, Cerveza and Sambas in Saguache

South of the border in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is commemorated in a more ceremonial manner, marking the date of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. cincoHowever, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance way beyond that celebrating Mexican-American culture, in a sea of cerveza, salsa and samba dancing late into the night! And this year – the inaugural year – you can join the fiesta this Friday, May 5 in downtown Saguache.

A Cinco de Mayo Street Festival will be held on 4th Street this Friday, May 5 from noon to 7 p.m. The fiestas will include everything you think it should from a green chili cook-off to live music, to vendors, a car show and  activities for the kids.


Fiesta-lovers can also find some Cinco de Mayo fun at the Oasis Restaurant. This Friday, May 5, come and  celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Oasis Restaurant from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Oasis Restaurant.jpgThey will have a special Cinco menu including lots of their tasty Mexican food specials. Cold cerveza can also be found from the keg at a dollar cup or $4 for a pitcher in the beer garden.

The Oasis Restaurant is located off the highway at 630 Gunnison Ave.  (719) 655-2884.


Latest News – April 27

Library Programs: Legal Advice to School News

Tonight Thursday, Apr. 27 is the FREE Virtual Legal Clinic held at the Saguache Public Library. This clinic provides confidential one-on-one legal advice for low  income, unrepresented residents of the San Luis Valley by video conference.  Attorneys can answer legal questions, help with court forms and explain the law and procedure for many legal issues, such as Family Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Protection Orders, Consumer Law/Collections, Probate and Small Claims. 


Get lost in the stacks at the Saguache Library located at 702 Pitkin Avenue.

This clinic is first come, first served and runs from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Saguache Public Library. The next clinic will take place on Thursday, May 25 for more information and pre-qualify,  email Sarah Koehn Frey at librarydirector@nsclibrarydistrict.org.

Also at the Saguache library on Friday, Apr. 28, Travis Garoutte and Kathy Hill with Mountain Valley School will present a program at the libarary starting at 6 p.m.  The discussion will focus on new programs, as well as safety issues with the current school buildings and the need for a new school. This will be the library’s final Friday program for the year. But summer fun is just around the corner, so stay tuned and connected on the Northern Saguache County Library District Facebook Page.

The Friends of the Library is looking for new and renewing members to join up. Memberships range anywhere from $5 for individuals, $10 for families, $25 for sustaining members, $50 for super friends,  and $100 for gold members.  Stop by the library and fill out a form; All donations are tax deductible. 

Memberships along with two bake sales, and three root beer float bar sales are the primary means for raising money for the library.  The donation’s received from book sales in the library, as well as the Hogs and Hot Air Community Meal and the Holiday Bazaar Christmas tree and paintings also help raise money. 


The Friends of the Library fundraising efforts have purchased new computers, which are heavily used by many Saguache residents, from students to adults! Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

With that money the Friends bought new computers, which are heavily used. In addition, they purchased some computer friendly chairs, books on CD, replaced the back door to the library and purchased new books.  With a decrease in tax revenue for the library they are hoping for more contributions during 2017 to use as matching funds for future projects.  Of course, the Friends of the Library will continue with their bake sales and root beer float bars throughout the summer.