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.

Presentation on equine brand inspection regulations

The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen will present guest speaker Joe Stevenson, Brand Inspector, on the topic, “Equine Brand Inspections” on Tuesday, Oct. 2 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. Joe, our local brand inspector, will provide information about brand inspection regulations for horses and will then open the floor for questions. The public is always welcome! Call Nihla McCabe at 570-5036 for more information, or visit

Archaeologist presents ‘Desert Varnish in the Four Corners’

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will present Tim Kearns to discuss Desert Varnish in the Four Corners on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Desert varnish is a naturally occurring coating on exposed rock surfaces and is relatively common in the Four Corners region, and often associated with prehistoric rock art. Kearns will begin by addressing various aspects of desert varnish including formation, chemical components, age, and relevance, and will then discuss its occurrence in the region. He will summarize the investigation of two prehistoric tool stone procurement (quarry) sites near Montezuma Creek where many of the artifacts were coated with desert varnish, and address the ramifications of this assemblage to the prehistory of the region and describe a varnish dating technique that was applied to the artifacts. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of new directions in desert varnish research. Tim Kearns is a professional archaeologist currently associated with Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants. For more information, call Bob Bernhart at 739-6772.

‘The Line’ will screen at Conscious Movie Night

Center of Light presents a Special Feature Conscious Movie Night, “The Line”, Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center, 19581 Road 31. In Dolores, turn left on 11th, go 1.8 miles, and look for the large sign with the dove, on the left. From Emmy Award-winning producer Linda Midgett, The Line is a ground-breaking documentary chronicling the new face of poverty in America. As Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis puts it, “more and more of our friends are in poverty — in the pews, in our workplaces — through no fault of their own, and they are slipping below the poverty level.” In the Chicago suburbs, a single dad was laid off from his bank and is now a regular at the local food pantry, trying to make it by with three kids. On Chicago’s west side, deep poverty creates a culture of violence and hopelessness. On the Gulf Coast, a fisherman struggles post-BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina because environmental crises mean the loss of his livelihood. In North Carolina, we see that hard work and determination don’t always mean success. What does this mean for the future of our country? How do real-life stories change the narrative about poverty? What can we do about it? This film is free, and all are welcome. If you would like to give a donation, we will send it to an organization that’s truly helping the world. To RSVP or for more information, contact Rev Meira Leonard at 882-2123.

Incredible Years parenting class series

The Piñon Project will hold a 14-week Incredible Years parenting class that will begin on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at The Piñon Project, 300 N. Elm St., Cortez. Dinner and childcare will be provided. There is no cost to participants. Enrollment is limited, so call soon! For more information and to register, contact Lara at 564-1195.

Martha Becker Memorial Quilt Show & reception

Enjoy the beauty of fiber arts at the Cortez Cultural Center’s Art Gallery, 25 N. Market St. The Center is honored to host the Martha Becker Memorial Quilt Show beginning Monday, Oct. 1 through Nov. 3. Martha was a valued volunteer at the Center, as well as an award-winning quilter. Also, please join the family of Martha Becker in celebrating her life and beautiful quilts at a reception on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the Center at 565-1151.

Memorial Service for those who have lost a pet

Hospice of Montezuma will provide a memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., for those that have lost pets that they wish to remember. The service will be held at the gazebo area at Hospice, 1345 S. Broadway. Please call 565-4400 for information and directions.

Hollywood’s Saturday Pool Tournaments at new location

The Hollywood Saturday Pool Tournaments begin soon and will be hosted at the American Legion Post 75, 320 N. Harrison St. in Cortez until the rebuild of the Hollywood Bar. Tournament play begins Saturday, Oct. 6, and goes for 10 weeks. For more information, call 565-8151.

Contemporary fine art photography show opening

Join us for the opening of a contemporary fine art photographic show at Olio Wine Bar & Restaurant in Mancos, 114 W. Grand Ave., from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The show features work by Cortez photographers Mark Montgomery and Barbara Grist. View the show through Nov. 3. For more information, contact Barbara at 560-2767.

Orchard Social celebrates

autumn fruit harvest

The Montezuma Orchard Project/Let it Grow Nursery and the Cortez Cultural Center will host an Orchard Social at 25 N. Market St. on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy locally grown heirloom fruits, cider-pressing, a dessert auction, recipe swap, stories, live music, and more. For more information, call 565-1151.

Blessing of the Animals to celebrate Feast of St. Francis

To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, St. Barnabas Church, 110 W. North St., will have a blessing of the animals at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 to which all are invited. Animals large and small — four-legged, two-legged, feathered, and finned (and their humans) — are welcomed. The service will be outdoors, so please have some way to contain any overly-energetic friends. In case of rain, we will gather in the sanctuary. Call 565-7865 for more information.

Democracy Now! host/author Amy Goodman book tour

KSJD Community Radio and Tami Graham Presents invites you to hear Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, who will be at the Mancos Opera House from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 as she tours with her newly-released book, co-authored by Denis Moynihan, titled “The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.” The Opera House is located at 136 W. Grand Ave. This event is free with a $10 suggested donation. Proceeds raised will benefit KSJD Dryland Community Radio. This timely new sequel gives voice to the many ordinary people standing up to corporate and government power — and refusing to be silent. Throughout, Goodman and Moynihan show the work of ordinary people to change their media — and change the world. For more information, go to, or call Tami Graham at 759-9716.

Series of three conversations for Christians

“How You Can Be Part of a Christian Community With Integrity and Not Believe All Those Things You Thought You Had to Believe” is a series of three conversations to be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 110 W. North St. (corner North and Elm) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 9, 16, and 23. These classes are open for everyone, and are for folks who don’t want to check their minds at a church door; who can’t reconcile what they believe the church requires with their life experience; or who just don’t want to live in a world they think the Christian church espouses but who might enjoy being part of a community of faith. Questions are required; no answers are promised. Call 565-7865 for information.

Driver safety course offered by AARP

AARP will sponsor a driver safety course on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Calvin Denton Room in the Empire Electric building, 801 N. Broadway, Cortez. This four-hour course is authorized by the state of Colorado, and designed to meet the needs of older drivers. The course will review safe driving techniques as well as Colorado traffic laws. Completion of this course can qualify you for a discount on your automobile insurance. The course is available to all motorists whether or not they are members of AARP. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers, to be paid by check (no cash or credit cards) which will cover materials. Please bring your driver’s license and your AARP membership number (if you have one). Class size is limited; please register with Scott and Judy Aeschlimann at 565-3872. Leave your name and phone number on the answering machine if we’re not available and we’ll return your call.

Chamber holds Business After Hours networking event

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Cortez Quilt Company, 40 W. Main St. This is a popular, casual networking option for your business. Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers are served. Open to all Chamber members, member employees and invited guests. Bring yourself, your guests, and even current clients for an evening of business and fun, all rolled into one. These events are held the second Thursday of every month at various locations, and give members the opportunity to network with others in the business community in a relaxed setting, while mingling with potential customers, business associates, and community leaders. Call Dena at the Chamber at 565-3414 for more information.

M-CHS gears up for fall drama production

Montezuma-Cortez High School drama department is gearing up for their fall production, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a dark comedy classic. The 2012-2013 theatre season will feature shows from the 1930’s and 1940s era, keeping with the department’s theme this year, “A New Deal.” The show will run on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the M-CHS auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Five and under are free. For reservations call 565-3722 ext. 2198 or send an email to with your name, phone number, date of show and number of seats you’d like to reserve. Visit for information on upcoming shows.

Low-Cost Fall Pet Vaccination Clinic

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will host a Low-Cost Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the IFA Country Store, 10501 Hwy. 491 in Cortez. Veterinarian Dr. Sue Grabbe with Four Corners MASH will offer dog and cat packages which include rabies, distemper, parvo (dogs), leukemia (cats), and more for $39 each, or $14 for rabies only. Packages without rabies shot are just $32. Exact change is appreciated; checks are okay, but no credit cards please. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. A portion of each package purchased will be donated to For Pets’ Sake. For more information, call them at 565-PETS (7387).

Hawaiian Luau Craft and Bake Sale includes lunch, music

Christian Women’s Celebrations invites everyone to their Hawaiian Luau Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon at the Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd. Donated crafts and homemade baked goods are needed and can be brought by 10:30 a.m. Shopping starts at 11 a.m., with an auction to follow after lunch. Hou’oli melodies will be performed by a trio that includes Crystal Bates, Maryann Graff and Cathy Knox. Local speaker, Mickie Baker, will talk about “What Makes a Life.” Admission is $14.50 per person and includes admission, lunch, beverage and dessert, music, and the program. Reservations should be made by Monday, Oct. 8 at or 560-3328. All teachers are honored; complimentary tickets are offered for all teachers and malahinis (first time attendees).

All-day Mexican meal fundraiser for Parish kitchen

Antonio’s Restaurant, 104 E. Main St., will host an “Afternoon Delight” fundraising dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 for the kitchen remodeling project for St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church’s Parish Hall. The church needs to renovate the kitchen to provide a facility for updated, workable and efficient usage, as well as to host events for the parish. “Afternoon Delight” will include a special menu with a choice of two complete Mexican dinners with sides, and will include tea or coffee and a dessert. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 8 years old. Alcoholic beverages or fountain drinks are not included in the cost, and the two dinners will be the only ones served at Antonio’s throughout the day. Take out orders will also be available. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the purchase of cooking and serving utensils and small equipment for the newly-remodeled Parish kitchen. Additional parking will be available at Rimco’s parking lot next door. This event is open to the public. For more information, call Elva Norte at 565-8741.