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HEART of Safety in Saguache Today

Last month the HEART of Saguache/KV hosted their 2nd Saguache Community Health and Safety Event.

Saguache Volunteer Fire Department present on fire safety and first aid.

“We had an incredible turnout of both information booths and visitors and it was great to share so much information with the community,” said Miracle Gomez one of the event’s organizers.   

The idea for this event first came about at the suggestion of Valley-Wide Health Services which was interested in making stronger connections in KV Estates. As a result HEART of Saguache/KV hosted the event for the first time in 2018 at the KV Clubhouse as an outreach specifically for residents of KV Estates. During the inaugural event, it was suggested by many that HEART should do a similar event in Saguache so that more people could participate and attend. The event was held on October 19 on the Saguache County Courthouse lawn and was made possible in part by a generous grant for the Alpine Achievers Initiative.

The 2nd Annual Saguache Community Health and Safety Event was held Oct. 19.

And the timing couldn’t have been better with a number of safety issues have been in the news headlines, from the Moffat fire to an escaped inmate. The goal was to provide necessary safety information and equipment as well as information about community resources to the residents of Saguache County.

The highlights of the day were the talks given twice during the day by the Volunteer Fire Department and EMS on fire safety and first aid. Participants who signed up for and attended those talks received a fire extinguisher and smoke/carbon monoxide detector and a first aid kit respectively. The talks were engaging and the rewards; useful, necessary household items, were well received.

The Saguache County Courthouse lawn proved to be the perfect venue with lovely fall weather in a beautiful setting. There were free drawings throughout the day for useful safety-related equipment and many people left with great prizes.  Music was provided by Jacob Chavez of Remedy Records and HEART of Saguache/KV volunteers cooked up a free barbecue lunch for the entire community. Cory Ross and Larry Ormsby kindly offered their assistance and vehicle for set-up.

Neighbors catch up at the Saftey Event hosted by HEART on the courthouse lawn.

Groups attending were, the League of Women Voters, Saguache County Museum, Communities that Care, the Libertarian Party, Planned Parenthood of Alamosa/Salida, The Saguache Chamber of Commerce, The Saguache Senior Center, Valley to Valley Senior Care, Butterflies Sing, the San Luis Valley Veterans Coalition, Alpine Achievers Initiative, Saguache Works, Cooking Matters, Valley Roots Food Coalition, Valley-Wide Health Services, Department of Social Services, AirMedCare Network, Saguache Volunteer Fire Department, Northern Saguache County Ambulance District, and of course HEART of Saguache/KV. Groups that didn’t participate this year and would like to next year are encouraged to contact HEART of Saguache/KV.

In addition, Valley-Wide brought their mobile medical unit and offered free dental and health screenings. Coats and backpacks were given away to children. HEART also thanks the Saguache County Sheriff’s office for spending time at the event getting to know the community.

Members of HEART/KV Estates at the 2nd Annual Community Health and Safety Event.

HEART of Saguache/KV is a grassroots health equity organization committed to ending poverty and disengagement among affected populations through education, increasing diversity, and creating equity throughout our community to secure a positive future.

Spooky Time in Saguache Today

Trick or Treaters – young and bold – will have plenty of fun to behold when it comes to celebrating the spookiest season of the year in Saguache Today! So grab your Halloween costume and candy bag. It’s time to get your spooky on!

This Thursday, October 31, the afterschool Halloween fun begins at 4:30 p.m. when children are asked to gather at the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department’s station to head out on the hayride. What a great way for the kiddos to get out and collect their goodies in a safe manner. Thanks to the Mountain Valley School Booster Club who join efforts with local firefighters in helping to coordinate this safe, family-friendly event.

The Annual Halloween Costume Contest is serious businsess as pictured here in the 2017 competition at the Saguache Fre Station. Who will claim top prize this year?!

One of the stops along the hayride will be the Oasis Restaurant. Here costumed kiddos will have a chance to enter the eatery’s contest. According to Josh from the Oasis, they will take a special picture of the kiddos all dressed up for Halloween and then post that picture to the Oasis Facebook Page. The ones with the most likes will get a first and second prize. Every kid will also get a special goodie bag with yummy treats. But for Halloweeners not on the hayride, all are welcome to stop in for trick or treating on Halloween night! Things at the Oasis will get going at 5 p.m and wrap up by 7:30.

Meanwhile, the hayride will return to the firehouse for a delicious chili dinner starting at 5 p.m. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Afterward, there will be the fantastic costume contest! Which outfit will claim the top prize? Find out for yourself and join the competition parade which begins at 6 p.m. at the firehouse located on Denver Avenue and 4th Street in the heart of downtown Saguache. There will be some candy, delicious chili, and hot chocolate.

Photo from Halloween 2017 via Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

From here, the Halloween fun for the kids continues across the street at the Cozy Castle Cinema when starting at 8 p.m. there will be a special Halloween presentation of the movie “Hocus Pocus,” a Halloween classic! Ticket prices are only $10 and include popcorn and pop!

“The money we raise is to help pay our way to the Fall Leadership Conference in Denver,” stated Booster organizer Crystal Knight. She also gave a “shout-out to Cozy Castle Cinema for always supporting our youth!” Seating is limited for the movie event, so plan ahead by connecting on the Cozy Castle Cinema Facebook Page.

While the kiddos fun is winding down with a movie, the adults will be making plans for babysitting and face-painting, as the adult fun will fire up late-night starting at 10 p.m. at The Village Pub, Pizza and Spirits in downtown Saguache.

The Halloween costume competition is fierce as the judges confer in Saguache Today!

 “The Pub’s Halloween Party is going to a blast of awesome, scary, and funny!” the eatery posted on its Facebook Page. The inaugural event will include a special drink menu, seasonal menu treats, and an adult costume contest. In addition to the food and libations, guests will also have an opportunity to take in a midnight screening at the Cozy Castle Cinema located next door. Movie-goers can pick from the top four film choices to see which one is the winner and the theater will show that movie at midnight on Halloween!

Well, that’s a (mummy) wrap for what’s happening for Halloween this Thursday. Take it all in, and if you take any pictures be sure to #photoshare with your friends in Saguache Today!