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.

Hayes will present ‘Lightweight Horse Packing’

The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen will present guest speaker Kathe Hayes on the topic “Lightweight Horse Packing” on Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd., on Hwy. 145 in Cortez. Come early at 6:15 p.m. for buy your own Taco Tuesday.

Kathe is the Volunteer Program Director/Clearinghouse with the San Juan Mountains Association. Please join us in welcoming Kathe as she demonstrates a saddle system and lightweight gear that you can use to pack on your horse and eliminate the use of an additional pack horse. She will have a variety of stoves, tents, horse restraints, and sleeping gear on display. The public is always welcome!

Call Nihla McCabe at 570-5036 for more information, or visit

Rodeo Library Days held in Cortez

The Ute Mountain Rodeo committee will host several Library Days especially designed for kids ages 3-10. There will be a storytime with Mrs. Barbara, cowboy songs with Slim McWilliams, an explanation about what cowboys and cowgirls wear, a visit by the Rodeo Royalty, crafts, lariat lassoing instruction and a photo op on a horse. Each child who participates will receive a free rodeo ticket that is valid with the purchase of an adult ticket at the rodeo which is set to begin on Thursday, June 7.

The Rodeo Library Days will be held Tuesday, June 5 at the Cortez Library, 202 N. Park St., 565-8117. All programs will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Archaeologist Till will lecture on excavations in SE Utah

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will present Jonathan Till on Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 North Market St., to discuss An Archaeology of the 99 Percent: Excavations at Denison Mines’ White Mesa Mill, San Juan County, Utah. The White Mesa Cell 4B Archaeology Project, for which he is Project Director, is a multi-site excavation project in SE Utah. Getting away from the great houses and great kivas, we’ll see how, through the work of trowel and bulldozer, the humbler archaeological landscapes can harbor more than 25 sites on just 60 acres. Featured are excavation data from workaday sites that are representative of Basketmaker III, early and middle Pueblo II and late Pueblos III periods. Ultimately, Jonathan will focus on the excavation of a household that dates to the middle A.D. 1000’s.

Jonathan Till has worked for private archaeological firms; federal, state and tribal agencies; and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

For questions about this or other lectures, call Bob Bernhart at 739-6772.

Meet and greet for Pat DeGagne-Rule

Pat DeGagne-Rule, Montezuma County Commissioner candidate for District 2, will hold a meet and greet at the Republican Headquarters, 344 E. Main in Cortez, on Wednesday, June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 749-2770.

Baptist university ensemble to perform in Dolores

California Baptist University’s singing ensemble “Light” is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Baptist Church in Dolores, 16302 County Road 30.5.

“Light” is comprised of students from the Collinsworth School of Music whose mission is to minister through their music. This is one of two small singing groups from California Baptist University that travels throughout the United States during the summer months to minister through their music at different summer camps and churches. 

“Light” provides a fresh and exciting approach to music in a variety of styles. They combine musical variety with a high level of performance in their ministry.


Mesa Verde’s Spencer will speak at Chamber luncheon

On Wednesday, June 6 from 12 to 1 p.m. at First National Bank of Cortez, the public is invited to come hear from Mesa Verde Superintendent Cliff Spencer as he discusses the new Visitor’s Center, how the park affects our local economy and much more. Lunch is $12 and reservations are required by Monday, June 4. The Chamber of Commerce Business Club Luncheons are held the first Wednesday of each month, and are designed to provide community members a venue to network with one another while listening to influential speakers address issues that are timely, relevant, and engaging.

Call Dena at the Cortez Chamber of Commerce at 565-3414 or email cortezchamber@cityofocortez to reserve your space.

Findley meet and greet

Dewayne Findley, Montezuma County commissioner candidate for District 3 will hold a meet and greet coffee at P & D Grocery in Mancos on Wednesday, June 6 from 9 to 10 a.m. For more information, call 749-0831.

Weekly Beginner’s Luck art classes for adults

Try your artistic luck at the weekly Beginner’s Luck Art Class for adults offered at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St., 10 a.m. to noon, starting on Wednesday, June 6. Cost is $15 per session for members or $20 for non-members. Space is limited; call 565-1151 to pre-register.

Mancos Library Stuffed Animal Storytime and Sleepover

The Mancos Public Library, located at 211 W. First St., will begin its 2012 Summer Reading Program “Dream Big at Your Library.” All students age 5-18 are invited to participate in the programs, which will run on Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in June except for Wednesday, June 6 the program will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. These programs are run as a “drop in” but all children attending must enroll.

“Stuffed animal Storytime and Sleepover” is the first event. Dress in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal for a snack, storytelling done by professional storyteller Jaime Becktal, and a craft. In the morning collect your furry friend and find out all about their adventures in the night.

Wholesome snacks will be provided during each program. Younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult throughout the program. We will also conduct a reading contest bingo (for kids, teens and adults) with books of their choice as prizes for all who complete the bingo. All programs are free. For more information, call MPL at 533-7600.

Medieval and Spanish blues come to Dolores

Claude Bourbon from England will give a unique concert of medieval and Spanish blues at the Dolores River Brewery on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. The Brewery is at 100 North 4th St.

Born in France in the early ’60s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.

For more information and reservations, call 882-4677. To learn more about Claude, visit

Chamber’s Business After Hours event will kick off Rodeo

Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce’ Business After Hours will be at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds to celebrate the kickoff of the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo on Thursday, June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a chance to gather together after hours and “do business” without the time clock ticking. The monthly Business after Hours provides a more casual environment to build relationships and increase visibility; these are light-hearted, well-attended, fun events with good food, refreshing drinks and great company. There is no fee to attend and all Cortez Chamber members and employees are encouraged to attend, and guests are always welcome. This month’s Business After Hours is sponsored by Will Furse, CARE Cleaning and Restoration Experts, Keenan Ertel, the Ute Mountain Casino and Four Corners Community Bank.

For more information call the Chamber at 565-3414.

Pinon Project will offer Eating Smart — Being Active class

The Piñon Project will offer an Eating Smart — Being Active class for anyone 14 or older who wants to learn about shopping, preparing healthier meals, and bringing a basic level of activity into their lives. This 8-week class will meet once a week on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. for 90 minutes, beginning on Thursday, June 7. The classes will be held at St. Barnabas Church.

The class will give you ideas for a healthier life for you and for your family. You will work as a team to develop healthy and tasty recipes. You will create snacks and light meals in the class while developing friendships along with new and useful skills. The activity level is appropriate for any age and almost any condition, as it emphasizes basic stretching and movement, and each person is encouraged to work at a comfortable level.

There is no charge for this program. Class size is limited. For more information, call The Pinon Project at 564-1195.

Casida for Congress in Cortez for meet and greet

The Casida for Congress Campaign will be in Cortez on Friday, June 8, for a meet and greet at the Spruce Tree Coffeehouse from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. It is open to the public, we just encourage everyone to buy a cup of coffee and support the business where we will be gathering. For more information people can call Steve Thompson at 719-369-0623 and visit

Annual Rodeo Dance at the American Legion

The American Legion will present the annual Rodeo Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, featuring Vanishing Breed Friday night and Special Guest Danny Hale & The Legion Band Saturday night. Dancing shoes encouraged. There is a $5 cover charge.

Art classes for kids, Mancos Mix artist reception for adults

The Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market Street, offers two arts events on Friday, June 8. First, we will offer an Arts and Crafts class for kids age 10 to 14 years old. Weekly classes start June 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. $10 per class, or $35 for four classes pre-paid. Space is limited; call 565-1151 to pre-register.

Also, the Cultural Center is pleased to host the annual Mancos Mix Art Show, featuring a variety of local artists and media. Join us for a reception in our Art Gallery with the artists on June 8. The show will run through June 16.

Historical Society will sponsor ‘Lizzy Knight’ monologue

The History and Legend of Disappointment Valley with Marsha Bankston as “Lizzy Knight” will be presented on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. at Hampton Hall of the United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St., Cortez. This is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Homestead Act. Marsha will present a monologue, costumed as her pioneer ancestor, Lizzy Knight, whose log cabin at Disappointment is on the Colorado list of Endangered Historic Structures. Her new book, “Lizzy Knight, from English Blacksmith to Colorado Pioneer Cattlewoman,” will be on sale as well as reprints of “Where Eagles Winter” written by her mother, Wilma Crisp Bankston. The Historical Society’s history book “Great Sage Plain to Timberline,” Vol. 4, will also be available. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. Contact persons are Vivienne and Phil Kenyon, Program Coordinators at 565-7714.

Experimental Aircraft Association Pancake Breakfast

The Four Corners Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is sponsoring a pancake breakfast, Saturday, June 9, at the Cortez Municipal Airport, starting at 8 a.m. Proceeds will go toward support of the local EAA Young Eagles Flight Experience, which offers children, from eight to 17 years of age, a free introductory flight. The cost of breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Parents may sign up their children for the next Young Eagles Flight Experience at the breakfast, and drawings will be held for a discovery flight for two in a Maule M-5 and two flights in a weight-shift Light Sport Aircraft. For more information, contact 560-0781 or

Meet and greet for Ertel, Furse

There will a meet the candidates event for Montezuma County commissioner candidate Keenan Ertel and 22nd Judicial District Attorney candidate Will Furse on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at All Weather Storage (Hwy 160 and 29.25 Road, next the fairgrounds). There will be barbecue — first come, first served.

Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo Parade

Show your hometown spirit at the 82nd annual Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo Parade on Saturday, June 9 at 5 p.m. Parades reinforce the sense of community pride and tradition and acknowledge that there are reasons to celebrate. There is something for everybody and everyone has a role including parade participants, volunteers and spectators.

This year’s parade is coordinated by the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. There is no fee to enter and the deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 5. Entry forms can be picked up at the Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main in Cortez or by calling 565-3414.

Day of fire-themed events include barbecue, All Firemen’s Ball

Support wildfire education in Southwest Colorado on Saturday, June 9 at the Dolores Fire Station. There will be free family fun during the Wildfire Field Day from 2 to 6 p.m. including face painting, kiddie train, Smokey Bear, Fire Fighter competitions, and more. The Barbecue will run from 5 to 7 p.m. with $3 burgers and dogs; kids 16 and under eat free. From 6 to 10 p.m., a beer garden featuring microbrews from Dolores River Brewery and Main Street Brewery, and wines from Guy Drew vineyards will be open and you can dance to the beat of DJ P.A. Admission starting at 6 p.m. will be $5 in advance at Blondie’s Pub and Grub or Slavens True Value in Cortez, The Dolores Food Market or Chamber of Commerce in Dolores, Zuma Natural Foods or Cox Conoco in Mancos, or $10 at the door. Volunteers are needed during the event and will be rewarded with free admission and a food or drink coupon. For more information or to volunteer for the event, call Becca at 564-4007.

Montezuma Agility Dogs Club classes

The Montezuma Agility Dogs Club is offering basic obedience classes for dogs 5 1/2 months and older. The classes begin Saturday, June 9, are one hour long, and take place on Saturday mornings for six weeks. Class size is limited, registration is first-come, first-served. For more information call Bobbi at 882-5404.

Trees of Trail Canyon Nursery tour

Join M-CAN and learn how to create a comfortable microclimate around your house and property by planting trees that shade, buffer and produce fruit in our low moisture environment. See more than 5,000 locally grown trees and shrubs at Trees of Trail Canyon Nursery guided by owner and certified arborist David Temple, on Saturday morning, June 9. Those interested should meet at the intersection of Roads G and J in McElmo Canyon, 7 miles west of the airport, at 9 a.m. Tour ends at noon. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your hat and sunglasses. For questions and RSVPs, call Susan Thomas at 739-3158.

Compost 101 Workshop

Cortez Community Garden will host Compost 101. The workshop, taught by Greg Valeming, will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday June 9 at 1202 E. Empire, just west of the Children’s Kiva. Parking will be available on site, bring your own chair. For more information, call Bobbi at 529-0689.

Vacation Bible School at Church of Christ

Cortez Church of Christ announces Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15. Activities are planned for four-year olds through fifth grade. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the church annex. For more information, call 882-4885.

‘Introduction to QuickBooks’ workshop

The Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College will sponsor “An Introduction to QuickBooks” workshop on Tuesday, June 12. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cortez Welcome Center. A brown bag lunch break will take place at noon.

Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Bethany McManus will lead this introduction and tutorial looking at one of the most powerful accounting software packages available. Anyone interested, regardless of familiarity with QuickBooks, is invited to attend.

The cost for the workshop is $55 for Chamber of Commerce members and $60 for non-members. To register contact the Small Business Development Center at 247-7009 or visit

Nakai concert to benefit Mancos library

Tami Graham Presents “An evening with R. Carlos Nakai,” a benefit for the Mancos Public Library, Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Mancos Opera House.

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Since 1983, he has released over 35 albums. Nakai has earned two gold records and has received nine Grammy nominations.

The cost for the concert is $35 for general admission, $75 for VIP private reception with R. Carlos Nakai. Tickets are on sale at Southwest Sound in Durango, Mancos Public Library and Rocky Mountain One Stop in Cortez. For more information call 759-9716, email or find the event on Facebook.

Wild Country will perform first show at the Hollywood

On Friday, June 22, 8 p.m., Wild Country plays the Hollywood Bar and Grill, 417 Central Ave. in Dolores. These Durango favorites have shared the stage with country music legends. Cover is $5. For more information, call 882-9998.