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. Storytime is held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Older children are welcome to join in for the craft at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays. The Saturday Storytime is held, weather permitting, at the Cortez Farmers Market on the corner of Elm and Main St. All days of any particular week will follow the same theme except on Thursdays and Saturdays there will be no craft. “Hush Little Baby” will wrap up the month on Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. For more information, contact the library at 565-8117.

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 Friday, July 27, a class on the various aspects of finding a job on the Internet will be held. 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.

Mancos Days Queen Tea

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 5231 invite the public to join them on Friday, July 27 at 1 p.m. at the Bauer House in Mancos to meet and visit with the 2012 Mancos Days Queen, Wanda Goode. Light refreshments will be served and there will be entertainment provided. For more information, call Queenie at 749-9320.

Annual Mancos Days Book Sale

The Mancos Friends of the Library will hold their Annual Mancos Days Book Sale at the library, 211 W. First St., on Friday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a “Friends Only Ice Cream Social” with early bird shopping for all members of the Mancos Friends of the Library on Thursday, July 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. Memberships will be available at the door. Join in the fun and catch up with “Friends” over ice cream sundaes at the biggest book sale of the year! There will be a fantastic selection of gently used books of every category along with books and music on tape and CD. All proceeds go to support the Mancos Library and its programs. For more information, call Silvia at 739-6834.

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society Summer Wine Festival

For Pets’ Sake will hold its fifth annual Summer Wine Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Cliffrose High Desert Gardens just east of Cortez on Highway 160. The evening will include wines and a few choice beers provided by Smitty’s Liquors, yummy appetizers, solo piano by Lee Bartley, and a Silent Auction featuring items and gift certificates from your favorite businesses, restaurants, artists, and vacation destinations. Tickets are $25 each or two for $40, and are available before the event at Cliffrose Gardens and at the door. All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs of Montezuma and Dolores Counties. For more information, call 565-PETS.

Mancos Days Pancake Breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 518 would like to invite you to their annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, July 28 before the Mancos Days Parade. The scouts of Troop 518 invite the community to come and enjoy pancakes and sausage from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Mancos School Cafeteria, 355 Grand Ave. The cost for the breakfast is $5 for an adult — all you can eat. A family of two adults and two children under 10 may eat for $12, so bring the whole family! Tickets for the breakfast are available at the door that morning. Get a jump start on the day’s festivities by enjoying pancakes and sausage prepared by the scouts and families of Troop 518, followed by the Mancos Days Parade. For more information, contact Sensa Wolcott at 903-9882.

Four Corners Community Band play parade, park

The Four Corners Community Band will play in the Mancos Days parade, Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m., with a concert following at Boyle Park at 11:30 a.m. For more information on Mancos Days, band membership, scheduling a concert, and upcoming events, visit or call Sue at 564-1245.

Hurwitz plays ‘cowboy prairie blues’ for Nat’l Day of the Cowboy

Come celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy with Michael Hurwtitz, who will perform his cowboy prairie blues on Saturday, July 28 at Western Belle’s House Concert Series at 32229 Road P in Mancos. Come at 7 p.m. for a potluck supper (bring your favorite dish to share), and music begins at 8 p.m. A lot of cowboy, a little blues, and a lot of talent you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $15. Call to reserve your seat at 882-1413 or 729-8408, or by email to

Lutheran Church holds annual church picnic

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold their annual church picnic on Sunday, July 29. The church service will be held at 10 a.m., with the picnic to follow at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us for great food and fellowship. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 208 N. Dolores Rd., Cortez. For more information, call 565-9346.

Chimney Choir plays the Dolores River Brewery

The band Chimney Choir has recently returned from a European tour and will be playing a handful of Colorado mountain towns this summer. See them perform at Dolores River Brewery, 100 N. 4th St., on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Chimney Choir skillfully interweaves genres resulting in a “folk meets world music sound, steeped in psychedelia.” All multi-instrumentalists, writers and singers, Kevin Larkin, David Rynhart and Kris Drickey change instruments (sometimes within a song) and sing in three-part harmony while balancing field recordings and computer synths with traditional acoustic instrumentation. In February, the trio released a new album “ladder” recorded live in front of a small audience inside of a pipe organ chapel. To learn more about them, check out For more information about the show, call the Brewery at 882-4677.

Cortez Library August computer classes

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer a series of computer training classes in August. All classes start at 1 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 2, a class on Internet Maps and Google Earth will be held. On Friday, Aug. 10, the Southwest Colorado Workforce Center staff will teach computer classes on various aspects of finding a job on the Internet, including: registering with the Workforce Center; updating your Workforce registration; conducting job searches statewide; applying for unemployment insurance; resume preparation; and searching for State applications. On Thursday, Aug. 30, an Incredibly Basic Computer Skills class will be taught. This is our beginning class. If you have little or no computer skills, this is the class for you! 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.

Be a crew member at Cortez Hot Air Balloon Rendezvous

The Cortez Hot Air Balloon Rendezvous will take place at 6:30 a.m. on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 3-5, at Parque de Vida. Participating hot air balloons will be in Cortez from New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. This event is known as small-town flying at its best! This is a family event, so plan to bring along your kids and become crew for a hot air balloon — it is really a lot of fun. Be sure to wear tennis shoes and bring gloves, then get ready for a great experience. When the organizer, Cookie See, asks for crew, just step forward, and you will be assigned to a balloon. Balloon sponsors are welcome as well; contact Cookie to learn how your business can be a part of the Rendezvous. For more information or to be a sponsor, call Cookie at 505-977-2679.

Church holds Back to School Rummage Sale

The Presbyterian Women will hold their Back to School Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian church, 350 S. Washington. This will be an “open sale” with no pricing — make an offer. There will be the usual treasures, household items, bed linens, books, children’s clothing and toys, plus much more, including electrical items and plants. Come shop with us! Proceeds go toward our mission projects. For more information, call Gerry at 565-7024.

Rummage Sale will support M-CHS Marching Panthers

Come help support the M-CHS Marching Panthers! The Band Boosters will hold a Rummage Sale at the Notah Dineh parking lot from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. Contact Kerri to make item donations for the sale and for more information at 801-259-0016.

Noted Buddhist teacher, author to speak

Noted Buddhist teacher and international best-selling author Lama Surya Das will speak in Durango on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The event from 6 to 9 p.m. includes book signing and sales as well as a silent auction and Lama Surya’s presentation on Buddha Standard Time, which is the title of his latest book. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $18 for students. They may be purchased at the Community Concert Hall box office at 8th and Main St. in Durango, by phone at 247-7657, or at

Masonic Youth Car Wash fundraiser

The Masonic Youth will hold a car wash fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mobil station at Main and Washington St. Funds raised will help Bethel 42 of Job’s Daughters International to attend the Grand Session in Denver. The group assists hearing impaired kids in Colorado. For more information, call Halene West at 565-3279.

Summer Enrichment Programs at Medicine Horse

Medicine Horse Equine Therapy Center are holding their final Summer Enrichment Program of this season. 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 advanced skills camp runs from Monday through Friday, Aug. 6-10. Camps go 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

Planning meeting for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The local Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Cortez City Park, and there will be a meeting to plan the walk on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Hospital Annex Room at 20 South Market. Anyone interested in helping with this year’s walk or wanting information on the local Alzheimer’s Association are welcome to attend. For more information, call Elaine at 259-0122 or Cindy at 749-2319.

Stray Birds trio will perform in Dolores

The Stray Birds will performing on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Dolores River Brewery, 100 S. 4th St., in Dolores. Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony. The Stray Birds are a trio with captivating chemistry and sensitive musicality. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. For more information, contact the Brewery at 882-4677.

Final class of ‘Marketing for Smarties’ business series

The third class of the Marketing for Smarties Series will take place at the Welcome Center in Cortez, 928 E. Main St., on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Classes are from 1 to 5 p.m. This third installment of the 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

Children’s Kiva Open House, registration week

Join The Children’s Kiva Montessori School for our Fall Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at 1204 E. Empire St. in Cortez. There will be refreshments and door prizes! Registration week for the 2012-13 preschool and kindergarten school year is Monday through Saturday, Aug. 20-25. Tuition assistance is available. Check us out at or call 565-8586 for more information.