Community calendar

The Cortez Journal encourages people to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to Items submitted at least two weeks in advance will have a bet grieter chance of getting published; items submitted several days before the event might not get published. For more information, call the Journal at 565-8527.

Spring is theme of April Storytime at the Cortez Public Library

“Too Early for Spring?” is the April theme of the newly-renamed Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Storytime is held every Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Both days will follow the same theme. On Thursday there will be no craft. Older children are welcome to join in for the craft at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays.

“Did the Tooth Fairy Come?” will be discussed on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13. “Are You a Good Steward?” will be presented on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20. “Jump Frog” will wrap up the month on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27.

Raising Readers Storytime offers songs, stories, crafts and silliness and uses the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative program. For more information, contact the library at 565-8117.

Nest will host Business After Hours networking event

Relax and unwind with friends, both old and new at Business After Hours on Thursday, April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Nest Child Advocacy Center, 140 N. Linden in Cortez.

There is no cost to attend and Cortez Chamber’s Business After Hours are open house events for Chamber Members and invited guests. The events are designed to provide chamber members with networking opportunities in a casual setting, after standard business hours, and are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at various exciting locations.

Contact the Chamber at 565-3414 to learn more.

Grief camp for kids and their families

Hospice of Montezuma will host The Healing Garden Grief Camp for kids ages 6-18 and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one. The camp will be held Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 515 North Park, Cortez. The camp is free and a breakfast snack and lunch will be provided. Through a combination of therapeutic and fun activities, participants are helped to process their feelings and learn new ways to help themselves cope with the experience. Advance registration is requested, but not required. Please call Hospice at 565-4400 for more information.

Area 9Health Fairs offers free or low-cost health screenings

In partnership with 9HealthFair, Southwest Memorial is proud to assist with the Mancos Valley, Dove Creek, and Cortez Health Fairs. The Mancos 9Health Fair will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Mancos Valley Junior High School. The Cortez 9Health Fair will be on Saturday, April 21 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Cortez Recreation Center. The Dove Creek 9Health Fair will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Dove Creek High School.

Take advantage of opportunities on these dates to access health services you may have missed during the year, and learn about important health topics from many local providers. Free screenings will include: Blood pressure checks, Heart health screening, Breast exams, Vision and hearing screening, Body mass index measurement, Balance assessment, Sleep apnea assessment, Spinal alignment evaluation, Nutrition screening, and much more. Low-cost blood draw screenings include: Blood chemistry screening $30, Prostate specific antigen (PSA) $25, Blood count screening $15, Vitamin D screening $40, Hemoglobin A1C (blood sugar) $25, Take-home colon cancer screening kit $20. Do not eat anything or drink beverages that contain sugar or cream for 12 hours prior to blood draw. Diabetics should not fast. Drinking plenty of water and staying warm will make your blood draw easier.

Call Robyn Bragg, RN, at 564-2243 for more information or register online at To learn more about what is provided at these Health Fairs, go to

Masonic Lodge Vial of Life Project will be offered during 9Health Fair

The Cortez Masonic Lodge #133 A.F.& A.M. in partnership with the Montezuma County Emergency Services Association will host a Vial of Life Project during the county 9Health Fair. We will be set up at both 9Health Fair sites: Mancos on Saturday, April 14 and in Cortez on Saturday, April 21.

The Vial of Life is a nationally recognized program, designed to speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself. The vial contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment. Montezuma County EMS staff will be present to answer your medically-related questions.

For more information, call 759-9710.

3rd Annual Early Childhood Fair and Celebration

The 3rd Annual Early Childhood Fair and Celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at the County Annex Building, 107 N. Chestnut St.

This free event is for families with children from birth to five. It is an opportunity to find out about programs, supports and services for young children in our community. Free services will include: developmental screening, hearing, vision and dental screening, car seat and bike helmet safety, child ID and fingerprinting, preschool and child care enrollment as well as kid’s activities. Bring your child’s immunization records for review and free shot coupons. Bike helmets will be available for $5 and car seats for $20. Fabulous entertainment, door prizes and much more!

For more information, call Tyra at 529-0635.

Mobile blood drives will take place in region

United Blood Services will hold two mobile blood drives in the area, with the first from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Mancos Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, Cultural Hall, 201 Montezuma, and also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at the gym at Dove Creek High School, 525 N. Main St.

To set up an appointment or for more information, call 385-4601 or sign up online at

Cortez Farmers Market holds spring planning meeting

The Cortez Farmers Market invites all of last year’s vendors, and others interested in participating in this year’s Market, to attend its Annual Spring Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14 at the Calvin Denton Room, Empire Electric Association, 801 N. Broadway, Cortez.

Applications for participation in the Market will be available for returning and new vendors towards the end of the meeting. Applications, with fee payment may be returned to the Montezuma County CSU Extension Office beginning Monday, April 16. Returning vendors have until Friday, April 27 to submit their application with payment to reserve their space(s). After April 27, the Cortez Farmers’ Market Committee will meet to consider new vendor applications and assign space(s). The Market will open on Saturday, June 2 and end October 27.

For more information contact Theresa at or call the Extension Office at 565-3123.

Local favorites Farmington Hill, Crags play the Hollywood

The Hollywood Bar and Grill, 417 Central in Dolores, welcomes the return of local rock favorites Farmington Hill on Friday, April 20, with band The Crags opening the show at 8 p.m.

Cover is $7 for these two great bands.

For more information, call 882-9998.

Manaugh program seeks donated items for Trash & Treasures Sale

Manaugh Elementary School will hold their 1st Annual Trash & Treasure Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 at the New Wings Day Treatment Center (north of Manaugh) at 210 S. Washington St., Cortez.

All proceeds from the sale will go towards buying educational materials for the New Wings program and the Manaugh Elementary library. Donations for the sale may be dropped off any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the Monday through Thursday before the sale date at 210 S. Washington St. Volunteers are also needed for the sale.

For more information, call Tracey at 565-3372.

Montelores Catholic Community holds Spring Rummage Sale

The Montelores Catholic Community will hold a Spring Rummage & Yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, at St. Margaret Mary Church at Montezuma and Market St.

A wide variety of merchandise will be offered, including canning jars and canners, yard and garden tools and supplies, riding mower attachments, furniture to include dressers, table and chairs, a patio set, bookcases and also a very large offering of women’s plus size clothing (18 to 4x), and tools and shop items, along with the usual books, clothing, linens, holiday and household goods.

For more information, call Barbara at 565-0776.

8th Annual MountainFilm On Tour will stop in Dolores

Greater Dolores Action will present the 8th Annual Telluride MountainFilm On Tour and Great Outdoors Silent Auction from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave.

This event is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, and conversations worth sustaining. The Great Outdoors Silent Auction will feature a vast selection of outdoor recreational gear and river equipment from favorite outdoor companies, as well as goods and services from local businesses. Dinner will be donated by Absolute Bakery & Café, beer brewed by Dolores River Brewery, and snacks and other refreshments from Dolores Food Market will be available for purchase. Admission for adults is $10 at the door; children 15 and under are free. All proceeds benefit Greater Dolores Action, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and will support the Dolores River Festival and local river projects.

For more information about this event or the Dolores River Festival visit or contact the Fundraiser Coordinator, Megan Coxwell at 882-3344 or

Fire Protection District will host open house, food drive

The Cortez Fire Protection District will host an open house and food drive on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 1, 30 N. Ash Street.

Activities will include fire engine rides on an antique Seagrave fire engine, fire extinguisher training and an auto extrication demonstration at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Stop by and meet your local firemen and women and learn more about how the fire department serves you. Bring non-perishable food items to donate for the Good Samaritan Center.

For more information, call 565-3157.

Spring Tea Party will benefit Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

This year the American Cancer Society Relay for Life theme is The Magic of Relay. As one of the many team fundraising events that are scheduled to be held, the Hocus Pocus Magic Team cordially invites you and yours to attend their Saturday, April 21 Spring Tea Party to be held at the elegant Seas’ning Tea Room at 319 W. Montezuma Ave. There will be a 1 p.m. seating, and a second one at 3:30 p.m.

Get your personal tea grove on, and come to enjoy Seas’ning’s tea, scones, music, and great company. Reserved seating is recommended as the tea room seating is limited. Tickets cost $15.95 each, and additional donations are appreciated.

Call 560-1226 for advance ticket sales or more information.

Get Yourself Talking, Get Yourself Tested Campaign comes to Cortez

This April, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is again participating in the GYT: Get Yourself Talking, Get Yourself Tested Campaign as a part of STD Awareness Month. The Cortez health center at 20 W. North St. will offer $10 STD testing and $10 HIV screening on Monday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One in two sexually active young people will get an STD by the time they turn 25 and most won’t know it, which is why it is so important to get yourself tested. Appointments are recommended, but not required.

To make an appointment, call 800-230-PLAN (7526). For more information, call this number or check out

Dolores Rotary Club Bingo Night

The Dolores Rotary Club will be sponsoring a bingo night on Tuesday, April 24 at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. Chili, cornbread and dessert will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. for $5 with bingo following at 7 p.m. Cards are $1 per game or $10 for the evening. All proceeds will benefit Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Dolores High School.

For further information please contact Neal Stephens at 564-4440 or Dave Sanford at 882-7428.

Chamber will hold 1st Annual Professional Assistants’ Day Event

The First Annual Professional Assistants’ Day Event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at First National Bank in Cortez.

In honor of National Administrative Professionals’ Day, the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce and AboutFace Aesthetics has prepared an event to help celebrate your administrative professional. The day planned for your assistant will let them know just how much you appreciate all that they do for you throughout the year. Guests will enjoy two full hours of pampering, lunch and fellowship with other professionals. The celebration will feature a gourmet lunch catered by Seas’nings and special demonstrations by Georgia Stanley of AboutFace Aesthetics. Each attendee will receive special gifts and be eligible for door prizes and drawings worth over $5,000. Tickets are $40 per person and must be pre-paid. Space is limited.

To make a reservation or learn more, contact Dena at the Chamber at 565-3414.