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 better chance of getting published; items submitted several days before the event might not get published. For more information, call the Journal at 565-8527.

Cortez Farmers Market vendor application deadlines

The Cortez Farmers Market applications for returning and new 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.

Mobile blood drives will take place in region

United Blood Services will hold a mobile blood drive 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

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.

“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.

Opening Reception for Dolores High School student art show

Sideshow Emporium & Gallery will host the Opening Reception for the art show, Visual Metaphors: Art from Dolores High School students from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Sideshow is at 411 Central in Dolores. Visual Metaphors will run through May 5 in the gallery.

For details, call 739-4646.

DA candidate Furse will host Morning Coffee Meet & Greet

District Attorney candidate Will Furse and will host a Morning Coffee Meet & Greet on Thursday, April 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Spruce Tree Coffee House located at 318 E. Main St., Cortez.

Details about the upcoming June 26 Republican primary, and voter registration information will be provided.

Contact Will Furse with any questions at 903-8183 or

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

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 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.

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.

‘Education Under Fire’ screening, discussion at library

The public is invited to view and discuss the “Education Under Fire” DVD April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St.

This is a local opportunity to join Amnesty International, Nobel Peace Prize recipients President Jose Ramos-Horta and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and others in sharing concerns about human rights, specifically the right to universal education. Joshus Rubenstein, Northeast Regional Director for Amnesty International USA, writes, “Education Under Fire illuminates a little-known struggle for human dignity by the Baha’i community in Iran to overcome systematic discrimination and secure higher education for its young people. Amnesty International is proud to be associated with this project and encourages its members and supporters to pay attention and get involved!”

For more information, contact Carole Hitti at 565-7910.

Walking Together event promotes health

The Journey to Wellness Walking Together for Healthier Nations event will take place May 4 at several starting points with the walk ending at the Four Corners Monument. Registration is at 6 a.m. with the walk starting at 7 a.m.

All participants that walk three miles will receive a free T-shirt.

More information: Brian Sandoval at (505) 368-6300,;Rita King 564-5391,; Julie Olexa 563-0154,; Lorraine Thomas at (435) 651-3763,; Valerie Dance at (435) 651-37700,; Yvonne Denetsosie at (435) 678-2261,; Northbear Fragua at (928) 656-5389,; Regina Blueeyes at (928)656-5388,

Disc Golf Picnic benefits American Red Cross

The 4 Corners Red Cross Disc Golf is hosting the “World’s Biggest Disc Golf Picnic” that will benefit the Southwest Colorado chapter of the American Red Cross on Sunday, May 6 at the Centennial Park Disc Golf Course in Cortez.

The public is invited to spectate, or stop by and learn about becoming a local Red Cross volunteer at the big gazebo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Disc golfers can participate in Random Draw Doubles teeing off at 10 a.m., fee is $20 with lunch included.

Local professional disc golfers will offer lessons all morning for $5, lunch and a golf disc included.

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