Pueblo events this weekend: candidate forum, ghost walk, fundraiser for unhoused veterans

Tracy Harmon
Pueblo Chieftain

Friday, Sept. 29

Candidate Forum Luncheon at Pueblo Convention Center

320 Central Main St. | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | The Latino Chamber will host the luncheon to give voters a chance to hear from candidates running for Pueblo mayor, city council and the civil service commission. Cost is $28 per person. For reservations, call 719-542-5513 or visit pueblolatinochamber.com and click the register tab in the top right-hand corner.

Pueblo Ghost Walk at El Pueblo History Museum

301 N. Union Ave. | 5 p.m. Sept. 29-30 and again Oct. 6-7, and Oct. 13-14 | The walk takes about 1½ to 2 hours as Pueblo's neighborhood "ghosts" lead the way from the museum to the Pueblo Union Depot, sharing stories about local lore. Cost is $10 and tickets are on sale at eventbrite.com. Proceeds benefit the Pueblo Domestic Violence Community Task Force.

Word to the Underground at Blo Back Gallery

131 Spring St. | Doors open at 7 p.m. | The spoken word and hip-hop event costs $10 per person.

Homeless Veteran Stand Down at American Legion

Post 2, 701 W. Ninth St. | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | This year’s Stand Down will provide basic comfort and hygiene items, information from local organizations and services, access to Veterans Affairs representatives, haircuts, showers and a warm meal. Pueblo County Veterans Services will co-host the event with the legion to help connect homeless veterans with services that will help reintegerate them into society with long-term success. Funding is being provided by the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Veterans Trust Fund Grant.

“The local homeless population in Pueblo County has grown significantly over the past five years, which includes numerous veterans from the Vietnam and Gulf Wars,” said Legion Commander Chuck Wright. “These veterans have served our great country with pride and respect, so we assume the responsibility to provide them some basicassistance, access to services and temporary comfort.”

For details call 719-544-8245 or email ALPOST2@comcast.net.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Pueblo Palooza at Analogue Books, Records and Bar

216 N. Main St. | noon-9 p.m. | The free event is a celebration of music, art and fun. All ages are welcome.

Keating Middle School Reimagined Theater Fundraiser

Tour of the school, 215 E. Orman Ave., from 3-5 p.m. | Live music by Dr. Fine Rhyhm & Blues Revue, dinner and cocktails from 5-8 p.m. at the Abriendo Inn, 300 W. Abriendo Ave. | The event is a theater fundraiser for the school project. School tour only is $50; school tour and dinner event is $100; the VIP school tour with spirit tasting, the dinner event plus pedicab ride is $150. Call 719-671-6776 for reservations.

Suicide Awareness Month program at Pueblo Heritage Museum

201 W B St. | 3:30-6:30 p.m. | In light of increasing rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide, Access Consciousness facilitators and practitioners will be hosting the free event for anyone looking for a different possibility, or a spark of hope. Many of these facilitators and practitioners who offer these sessions have overcome their own mental health struggles and feelings of not being “enough” and have joined in this powerful initiative. For more information go to accessconsciousness.com.

Triple Nickel will perform Sept. 30 in Pueblo West.

End of Summer Country Jam at Civic Center Park

61 E. Civic Center Plaza, Pueblo West | 4-9:30 p.m. | Live music featuring Trigger Warning and Triple Nickel starts at 5 p.m. | The event will feature food trucks, a beer garden and children's activities. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 or free for children 5 and younger.

Shrine of St. Therese Parish Festival at the church

300 Goodnight Ave. | 4-9 p.m. | The event features live entertainment, dancing, kids games, games of chance, a silent auction, a pet photo contest and food. Menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, sloppers, tamales, enchiladas, baked goods, soda, water and beer. 

Screening of "The Bat" at The Impossible Playhouse

1201 N. Main St. | 7:30 p.m. | The Impossible Players are raising funds for the next play, "The Haunting of Hill House" by screening the 1959 Vincent Price and Agnes Moorhead crime, mystery, thriller film "The Bat." Cost is $3 general admission or $5 with admission and a box of popcorn. A concession stand will be open offering sodas, teas and candy. Join the actors as they celebrate the 57th season in the newly renovated theater.

Sunday, Oct. 1

The Ritual Room at Fuel & Iron Food Hall

400 S. Union Ave. | 10 a.m.-9 p.m. each Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 31 | This Halloween Pop-Up Bar features Halloween-themed cocktails from the twisted minds behind Hell or High Water Tiki, The Electric Cure, and Honor Farm Haunted Spirit House.

"Pergola" by Steve Mason

Monday, Oct. 2

Art show at Pueblo West Library

298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd. | 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday | The Vectra Art Gallery will feature the works of Mo-Keenan Mason and her husband Steve Mason throughout the month of October. Keenan-Mason’s background in folk art influences her colorful, joyful and whimsical animals. Mason is an oil and acrylic painter — and urban sketcher — who depicts many Pueblo County scenes. Gift items will be sold including small paintings, fridge and white board magnetst, and greeting cards. For information, visit Facebook/MoreMoArt.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

Pueblo Library District All Pueblo Reads events

Online author talk on the library district's Facebook and YouTube pages | 1 p.m., Oct. 3 | Kate Messner, author of “Over and Under the Pond” a picture book for children in kindergarten through third grades, will deliver an online author talk as part of the library's literacy program.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Candidate Debates Part 1 at Pueblo Memorial Hall

1 City Hall Place | 5-5:15 p.m. for Pueblo Water Board candidates; 5:30-5:45 p.m. for Pueblo City Council District 4 candidates; 6-7 p.m. for Pueblo City Council District 2 candidates; 7:15-8:15 p.m. for Pueblo City Council at-large candidates | The event is hosted by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Pueblo Community College's Center for New Media, the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, and Action 22. The debates will be televised on Xfinity, Pueblo Community College’s Channel 19 and streamed on the Greater Pueblo Chamber website.

Thursday, Oct. 5

Candidate Debates Part 2 at Pueblo Memorial Hall

1 City Hall Place | 5-6 p.m. for Pueblo District 60 School Board candidates; 6:15-8:15 p.m. for Pueblo Mayoral candidates| The event is hosted by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Pueblo Community College's Center for New Media, the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, and Action 22. The debates will be televised on Xfinity, Pueblo Community College’s Channel 19 and streamed on the Greater Pueblo Chamber website.

Friday, Oct. 6

Campapalooza at City Park

Horseshoe Lake, 800 Goodnight Ave. | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo County will introduce young people to the joys of camping and outdoor activities. The free event is open to the public and features hands-on introductions to outdoor activities including setting up a tent, fire safety, wildlife ID and animal tracking, water safety and fishing. There will be an outdoor craft station and a hot dog lunch. Event partners are the Pueblo Fire Department, Lamb Branch Library, Trout Unlimited, Lake Pueblo Rangers, Fountain Creek Watershed District, Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center and the Girl Scouts. The event is funded by a $150,000 grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado and the Outdoor Equity Grant Board to improve access, representation, meaningful participation and quality experiences for youth and their families.

"Families come to Colorado from all over the country to be outdoors. However, in Pueblo, we have kids who have never been outside of their neighborhood," said Cheryl Califano, special events and stewardship manager for the Boys and Girls Club.

"Youth in high poverty areas and communities of color in Pueblo express interest in exploring nature but confront barriers such as lack of transportation or cost. We work to give our members, 79% who live at or below the poverty level and 77% of who are people of color, access to opportunities to create healthy, successful lives," Califano said.

Oktoberfest at The Walter Brewing Company

126 S. Oneida St. | 3-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7 | Food trucks will be serving German-inspired food plus there will be beer stations, vendors, live polka bands and music, hair braiding and accessories, a costume contest, stein racing, games, prizes, face painting, and more. Members of the Walter family will fly in from Wisconsin to celebrate.

"There Goes the Hat" by Lynette Green

"Fall into Art" at Steel City Art Works

216 S. Union Ave. | 5-8 p.m. | The gallery will celebrate the First Friday Art Walk with six featured artists who will be on hand to talk to the public. The artists are offering everything from watercolor and acrylic paintings to beaded jewelry and T-shirts. Complimentary refreshments will be offered during the opening reception. The show will run throughout October and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

First Friday at Blo Back Gallery

131 Spring St. | 6-9 p.m. | Opening reception for three featured artists who will showcase paintings, quilts and more through Oct. 28. The event is an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists. It is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Multicultural Festival at Mineral Palace Park

1600 N. Santa Fe | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Come celebrate many cultures from around the world featuring: Grupo Xochitl (Aztec), Russian Folk Dance, Egyptian/Arabian, Las Estrellas (Chicano), Native American Drum/Dance, The New Potatoes (Irish), It's a Trade Thing(Soul/Funk), Hula/Tahitian Dance, Gypsy Dance, and Creole. Food trucks and more than 70 vendors will be on hand. Bring lawn chairs for seating. The event is free.

An Oktoberfest celebration is set for Oct. 7 at Tabor Lutheran Church in Pueblo.

Oktoberfest at Tabor Lutheran Church

102 E. Orman Ave. | 4-10 p.m. | The event will feature beers from local breweries, food truck fare, Mustache Mikes Frozen Ice, kids activities and live music. Proceeds will benefit church programs.

"New Kids on the Block" Metal Show at Blo Back Gallery

131 Spring St. | Doors open at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m. | Performers will include Liars, Handshake, Cortez, Hate Season, Rosemount and FatCamp. The Mosh Noshery food truck will be providing food. Cost is $10 and the show is open to all ages.

Monday, Oct. 9

Online author talk for All Pueblo Reads

Pueblo Library District Facebook and YouTube pages | 1 p.m. | Texas author Lynne Kelly, who penned “Song for a Whale," a book for younger readers in grades 4 through 8, will give a talk. Her book is about a deaf girl named Iris who forms an unlikely bond with the “loneliest whale in the world." It received the 2020 Schneider Family Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by New York Public Library. Hundreds of copies of the title are available for checkout at Pueblo libraries.

Thursday, Oct. 12

Solar Eclipse presentation at Pueblo West Library

298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd. | 6-7 p.m. | Two solar eclipses will be visible in the United States on Oct. 14 and again April 8, 2024. Learn about these exciting and awe-inspiring events at this presentation given by retired Colorado State University Pueblo Professor, William Brown.

Life Drawing at Blo Back Gallery

131 Spring St. | 6-9 p.m. | The drawing session is open to artists 18 and older. Cost is $15. Bring your own supplies.

Want us to include your event in this calendar? Send details by email, with "Things to Do" in the subject line, totharmon@chieftain.com. The calendar is available online and in print every Friday.