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.

July theme for Cortez Library Storytime is ‘Craving Sleep’

“Craving Sleep” is the July theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St. “Night Lights” will be discussed on Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. For more information, contact the library at 970-565-8117.

Piñon Project hosts Toddler Olympics

Beginning Thursday, July 12, The Piñon Project’s Parents As Teachers program will host the Toddler Olympics, a fun 6-week series of games and activities designed to encourage a healthy family lifestyle. Each Thursday we will meet at the Parque de Vida amphitheater at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and then play Olympic-themed games until 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided by The Piñon Project. This is a free activity, open to families of 2 and 3 year olds. Please RSVP to Lara at 564-1195 to reserve a spot.

Champion for Children Benefit

Please join us at Let It Grow from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 13 for the Champion for Children Benefit where we will honor a community member who is a true “Champion for Children.” Enjoy appetizers, beverages, and music in our beautiful garden environs at 90 N. Mildred Rd. The Champion for Children Benefit is an opportunity to honor a champion in our community and support the NEST Child Advocacy Center in their mission to intervene and prevent child abuse in the Four Corners region of Colorado. Admission is $25 per person or $40 per couple. Tickets are available at Let It Grow. For more info contact Rose Jergens at 565-8155 or

Cortez Library July computer classes

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer a series of computer training classes in July. All classes start at 1 p.m. On Fridays, July 13 and 27, a class on the various aspects of finding a job on the Internet will be held. On Thursday, July 19, a basic Word class will be taught. All classes must be signed up for ahead of time, as space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 565-8117 or by stopping by.

Day lily plant sale will benefit Mancos Library

The Mancos Friends of the Library and Holly Cruser will present a Day lily plant sale at her plant nursery on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Mancos Public Library landscaping projects. The location is at 10405 Road 41.4, Mancos, in the Sun West Estates north of Mancos and east of Highway 184. Prices are $5/double plant and there are discounts for bulk buying. More than 65 varieties are currently in bloom. After the sale Holly will dig and label the plants and deliver them to the library for pickup on Sunday, July 15. Printed planting instructions and tips are included with each sale. For more information, call Holly at 533-7046.

Navajo taco lunch at Dolores Community Center

Dolores United Methodist Church will hold a Navajo Taco Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. Adults are $7, children 10 years old and under eat for $3. This event will also include a bake sale, craft sale and White Elephant sale. For information, contact Christine Chadwick at 882-7772.

Flower Show Design Workshop

The Mesa Verde Gardeners will host a Design Workshop in advance of the Montezuma County Fair and Flower Show. Helen Pruski, a design judge from Durango, will give interested participants a class focusing on petite designs and basic design elements to better prepare for the show which runs from Aug. 2-4. The class will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, July 16, at 29204 County Road M. Anyone who is interested in flower design is welcome to attend. We especially encourage youth and novice arrangers. Fair booklets with complete rules for submitting a design are available at the Montezuma County Extension Office. If interested in attending, call Dayna at 565-2598 by July 14 to reserve a seat or for further information.

Family Cowboy Days & Vacation Bible School

Southwest Cowboy Church will present Family Cowboy Days with Vacation Bible School for kids at the Baptist Chapel, 1509 N. Dolores Rd., Cortez. Join them Monday through Thursday, July 16-19 for four days of fun featuring Dewey Stanford and friends. The offerings for kids age 4-12 will be from 10 a.m. to noon and will include a stick horse rodeo, pole bending barrel racing, flag relay, dummy calf roping, and Bible teaching and songs. Each day’s events for families are from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include round pen clinic, special teaching, and big barbecues. Meals will be served from 5 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Mark Baker at 882-1433.

Bird-Brained Kids Camp at Denny Lake

Birds are beautiful and interesting wildlife that we see every day! Learn about amazing bird adaptations, habits and habitats with fun activities and games in this free camp at Denny Lake in Cortez. Camp takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, July 16–19. Children ages 6 to 10 are welcome, and pre-registration is required. Contact San Juan Mountains Association for more information and to register at 759-1170 or SJMA is a non-profit membership organization that supports responsible care of natural and cultural resources through education and hands-on involvement that inspires respect and reverence for our lands. Camp is made possible with support from San Juan National Forest and BLM Tres Rios Field Office.

Summer Enrichment Programs at Medicine Horse

Medicine Horse Equine Therapy Center are holding their Summer Enrichment Programs. Kids ages 7 through 12 will learn about horses and how to take care of them, learn how to ride bareback, do art projects, make horse treats and just have fun with horses. The beginning skills camp runs from Monday through Friday, July 16-20. The advanced skills camp runs from Aug. 6-10. Both camps are from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $120 and space is limited to six kids. For more information, contact Lynne at 533-7403 or

‘Amazing Wonders Aviation’ Vacation Bible School

Mountain View Baptist Church of Dolores invites any child between the ages of 3 years old and 6th grade to join us for fun at the “Amazing Wonders Aviation” Vacation Bible School to encounter God’s awesome powers. The adventure begins Monday through Friday, July 16-20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come join us as we fly to some of the world’s greatest natural wonders and encounter God’s awesome power. As we fly around the world, kids will take off from worship at The Worship Rally Hangar and make their first stop at the stunning Victoria Falls for Bible study and enjoy dinner at the Paricutin Volcano. They will also have fun with cool crafts, fun games, and motivating music. Mountain View Baptist Church is located on the corner of Hwy. 184 and County Road 30.5. Amazing Wonders Aviation will be an event to remember. For more information, call the church office at 882-7521 or 739-4496.

‘Adventures on Promise Island’ Vacation Bible School

Plan to join us at The First United Methodist Church of Cortez, 515 N. Park St., for Adventures on Promise Island Vacation Bible School, Monday through Thursday, July 16-19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For children ages 5 up to 5th grade. For more information and to pre-register your child, call the church office at 565-3002.

Second class of ‘Marketing for Smarties’ business marketing series

The second and third classes of the Marketing for Smarties Series will take place at the Welcome Center in Cortez, 928 E. Main St., on Wednesday, July 18, and Wednesday, Aug. 15. Classes are from 1 to 5 p.m. This 3-part series breaks marketing down into a step-by-step process, and helps to resolve a lot of the problems many small businesses encounter when trying to effectively promote their products and services. Recommended for new and existing businesses. The cost is $149, and scholarships for attending are available. Contact Lynn Asano at 247-7009 or to register or for more information. You may also register online at

Hummingbird Monitoring Network presentation

The San Juan Mountains Association, in conjunction with the Cortez Cultural Center, will host a Member Series Presentation by Susan Wethington, PhD, on Wednesday, July 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Ms. Wethington is the Executive Director of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network (HMN) and has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Arizona. Since 2002, the Hummingbird Monitoring Network has monitored hummingbird populations at a variety of sites throughout western North America. Susan will discuss patterns of hummingbird occurrence, diversity, and abundance at these sites with a focus on hummingbirds occurring in southwestern Colorado. She will also describe key conservation issues facing hummingbirds, such as climate change and habitat loss, and how results from HMN’s monitoring work are helping. Members and friends of both organizations are invited to join us. Call 385-1312 for more information.

Democratic Party to hold Get Together Potluck Fundraiser

The Montezuma County Democratic Party will have a “Get Together Potluck Fundraiser” on Thursday, July 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cliffrose Nursery, 27885 Hwy. 160, Cortez. A minimum $10 donation is suggested. All interested persons are welcome to attend and questions can be addressed to Ric at 565-8994.

‘Ethical Issues in Advanced Illness’ training

Hospice of Montezuma and Life Quality Institute will sponsor a training conference “Ethical Issues in Advanced Illness” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 at the Cortez Conference Center, 2121 E. Main St. Attendees should register by Friday, July 20. The cost is $35 for breakfast, lunch and training. Topics will include: Raising Your Ethical Antennae; Getting the most out of the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment; and Palliative Sedation: Extreme Symptom Management or Veiled Assisted Death?

For more information or to register, contact Hospice of Montezuma at or 565-4400.

‘Promises of the Master and Commander’ Vacation Bible School

Arriola Bible Church will offer Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27. Our VBS is called “Promises of the Master and Commander,” Arriola Bible Church is located at 15998 Rd. 22 in Dolores, on the corner of Road S and Hwy. 491. For more information, call 882-4047 or email You can also register online at

‘Bug Zone — Transformed by our Big God’ Vacation Bible School

Montelores Baptist Church will hold its Vacation Bible School the week of Monday through Friday, July 23-27 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. All ages of children are invited to join us for a week of Bible lessons, crafts, music, and games. The theme this year is “Bug Zone — Transformed by our Big God!” Montelores Baptist Church is located at 18735 Rd. 23.5 (off Hwy. 184 and across from Narriguinnep Reservoir). For more information, call the church office at 882-2418.