community briefs

The Dolores Star encourages people to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to news@doloresstar.com. 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 Star at 882-4486.


Memorial quilt show to hang in Cortez

Enjoy the beauty of fiber arts at the Cortez Cultural Center’s Art Gallery,25 N. Market Street, Cortez. The Center is honored to host the Martha Becker Memorial Quilt Show October 1 through November 3. Martha was a valued volunteer at the Center, as well as an award-winning quilter. Join the family of Martha Becker in celebrating her life and beautiful quilts at an Art Show Reception at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market Street, Cortez, on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Voter information forums Oct. 6 and 13

The League of Women Voters is presenting two forums to provide information on candidates and issues prior to the election. The first will feature candidates for County Commissioner and other local offices. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 pm in the Calvin Denton Room at Empire Electric. The second forum will be about the state and local issues that will be on the November ballot. It also will be in the Calvin Denton Room at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. For more information, call Judy Schuenemeyer at 565-7837.


Lewis author to host book signing in Cortez

Lowell F. Volk, a resident of Pleasant View, CO, will be available to sign copies of his book, Trevor Lane and the Civil War on Oct. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N Park St, Cortez

After Trevor’s father is killed in a mining accident and his mother dies a questionable death, Trevor is alone on the streets during the cusp of the Civil War. He gets into trouble with the local law where the Chief of Police takes pity on him and convinces the Judge to allow Trevor to join the Army instead of going to jail. The story of Trevor runs during the Civil War from 1861 to the first part of 1865 when he is mustered out of the Sixth Pennsylvania Calvary.

Trevor Lane and the Civil War shows some of the problems that a young, enlisted man encounters. Sam Smith takes him under his wing when he firsts gets into the Calvary and they become good friends. While Sam is at home recovering from a wound, Trevor is captured by the Confederates and sent to Belle Isle prison camp. He is one of the lucky ones who escapes but on his way back to his company he becomes deadly sick, and only lives because of the kindness of a widowed mother and her two children.


Horse Club to meet in Cortez Oct. 8

The Mesa Verde Paint Horse Club will meet Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Jack and Janelle’s Country Kitchen, 801 E. Main St. Cortez. Business will include plans for our all-western open show, which will include a costume class at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango on Oct. 14 for information, call 565-7615, 739-4003 or 247-9086.


Commissioner debate is Oct. 9

Constitution First will be sponsoring a forum/debate for candidates for Montezuma County Commissioner, District 3 at the Cortez Elks Lodge on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Anyone wishing more information is encouraged to contact Georgia Bignell at 560-1879.


Blair to discuss wild and living food in Mancos

Mancos Public Library is excited to announce an evening with Katrina Blair, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at 211 West First St., Mancos.

Katrina began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains for her senior project at Colorado College. In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education.

In 1998, Katrina founded Turtle Lake Refuge in Durango, Colorado. The Refuge is a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. Turtle Lake Refuge opens as a wild harvested, locally grown and living foods café every Tuesday and Friday. Katrina teaches sustainable living practice classes through John F. Kennedy in California, San Juan College in New Mexico, and Fort Lewis College in Durango. She is the author of “Local Wild Life-Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep”

Join us for a talk with Katrina about wild and living food and perhaps a sample of a “green” shake!

Free and Open to the public, for more information call MPL @ 533-7600.


For Pets’ Sake Humane Society to Host Fall Pet Vaccination Clinic

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will host a Low-Cost Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the IFA Country Store, 10501 Highway 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 $39.00 each, or $14.00 for rabies only. Packages without rabies are just $32.00. 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 the Humane Society at 565-PETS (7387).


Evening with Mark Twain to benefit cancer coalition

“An Evening With Mark Twain” by Dennis Seibel is the program of the local Women’s Cancer Coalition’s 10th Annual Pink Ribbon Affair on Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center. Spouses, families, and friends are invited to attend this special evening that honors breast and all cancer survivors. In addition to Mark Twain, there will be an Americana style show, an all-American buffet, a silent auction of great values, and fun door prizes. All proceeds from the $15 ticket benefit Montezuma and Dolores County women with cancer screening. If you have items to donate to the silent auction, please drop them off at Planned Parenthood in Cortez or call 882-4484 for pick up.


Miniatures on display at Cortez library

The Four Corners Miniatures Club is currently displaying their miniatures and dollhouses at the Cortez Public Library. The display will be up until the end of October. The club welcomes new members. Brochures are available at the library. Douglas May’s display of his cartoons continues through the end of October. Douglas is donating half of his sale proceeds to the library. The library is located at 202 N. Park St., Cortez, and may be reached by calling 565-8117.