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.

Eating Smart — Being Active classes start Tuesday

The Piñon Project, 300 N. Elm St., will offer an Eating Smart — Being Active class for Kemper, Manaugh, and Mesa families who want to learn about preparing healthier meals and bringing a basic level of activity into their lives. The classes will start Tuesday, Oct. 16, and go from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Kelly Proctor, facilitator, will lead the group through eight weekly lessons designed to help them shop, cook and enjoy entry-level activity. The class offers ideas for a healthier life for families, who will work as a team to develop healthy and tasty recipes. Participants will create (and devour) delicious snacks and light meals in the class while developing friendships and 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. Classes are further enhanced with small take-away incentives useful for food preparation and activity. There is no charge for this program. Class size is limited; sign up with Lara Blair at 564-1195.

MECC holds October Family Night

The Montelores Early Childhood Council invites families of preschoolers to come to their October Family Night. It’s a free night of Halloween fun on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Church of Christ Annex on the corner of Adams and Montezuma across from Kemper Elementary. Dinner is included! Please RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 16 to Tricia at or 719-849-1523.

‘An Evening With Mark Twain’ fundraiser evening

“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 at 6 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside St. 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 assist Montezuma and Dolores County women with cancer screening. Tickets will be available at the door. 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 or for more information.

New Odyssey kicks-off SouthWest Colorado Concerts season

New Odyssey, a band with three guys and 30 instruments, will kick off SouthWest Colorado Concerts 2012/2013 season on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Montezuma-Cortez High School auditorium. All of them play the trumpet ... and the sax ... and, well, 28 other instruments. With classic rock, country, novelty and specialty arrangements, and a good dose of comedy, they provide a fun evening for the entire family. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., when doors open. Season tickets (for all four concerts) are $45 for adult and $5 for youth (18 years and under); single tickets are $20 for adult and $5 for youth. Call Paul Bostrom at 565-9127 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757 for more information.

MECC holds parenting skills training classes

Parenting can be hard! The Montelores Early Childhood Council invites families to join us to learn new parenting skills and knowledge, plus meet other parents and caregivers in a fun, supportive atmosphere. This free, six-week training is based on the Pyramid Model and begins Thursday, Oct. 18 and meets from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 208 N. Dolores Rd., Cortez. Dinner and childcare is provided. For more information and to register, call Lisa at 529-6326.

Children’s Kiva Yard Sale fundraiser for tuition program

The Children’s Kiva Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Kiva, 1204 E. Main St. in Cortez. For sale will be household items, Halloween costumes, clothing and miscellaneous other items. This semi-annual sale is a fundraiser for Kiva’s tuition assistance program. For more information, call Erin at 749-3644.

Al Basics headlines Hip-Hop show fundraiser for Cortez Santa

Al Basics, founder of Kamerata Records, will make a Cortez pit stop on his tour and headline a show with fellow label mates Pablo S. Cobars and P.ost S.cript at Blondies, 45 E. Main St., at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Hip-Hop collective are touring to promote their most current albums which all were released this past summer. Some local artists that will perform as well are Ugliboiodditi, Ice Man, and All Day. The event is a toy drive in which all benefits will go to Cortez Santa. It will be an age 18-and-over event and admission is $10 or a brand-new toy. For more information, call Blondies at 565-4015.

M-CHS fall drama production

is a dark comedy classic

Montezuma-Cortez High School drama department will present their fall production, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a dark comedy classic on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the M-CHS auditorium. The 2012-2013 theatre season will feature shows from the 1930s and 1940s era, keeping with the department’s theme this year, “A New Deal.” 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.

Heart to Heart 20th Anniversary open house

Heart to Heart, Montezuma Crisis Pregnancy Center, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open house on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. For 20 years, Heart to Heart has provided free pregnancy tests and counseling to those facing at unplanned pregnancy. The community is welcome to come see the recently updated look of the center, and to enjoy light refreshments. We especially wish to honor past volunteers, board members and directors of this ministry. For more information, call Cynthia at 560-1645.

Breakthrough approaches for treating mental health disorders

Dr. Amy Loschert, a local naturopathic physician, will give a two-part series on how to assess and address mental health disorders from a physical perspective and will discuss the latest research on Monday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Dolores Healing Space, 102 S. 4th St. This first segment will address depression and its related nutrient deficiencies, along with shortcomings of antidepressant therapy. For hundreds of years, Western Medicine had viewed disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and addiction from a strictly psychological perspective. In fact, many people who suffer with such issues have a physical cause that can be addressed through specific nutrient supplementation or dietary intervention. For more information, contact Dr. Amy at 676-1011.

Manaugh Elementary Book Fair

Manaugh Elementary will hold a Book Fair from Monday through Friday, Oct. 22-26. The Book Fair will be held in the library of the school at 300 E. 4th St. in Cortez. The hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. If you prefer to order your books online go to: Contact Karen Yarbrough at 565-7691 ext. 5131 for more information.

Civil Rights Commission invites public to two area meetings

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission invites the public to two meetings on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Cortez and Towaoc for an informal discussion on civil rights issues facing Coloradans. The meetings will be held at First National Bank in Cortez, 140 W. Main St., from 1 to 3 p.m., and at the Ute Mountain Casino Conference Room, 3 Weeminuche Dr. in Towaoc, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meetings will be held to educate the public on state civil rights laws and also to take any complaints related to employment, housing, or public accommodations, such as service in a restaurant, park or other public place. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Shayla Malone at 303-894-7805.

Kemper Elementary annual Book Fair

Kemper Elementary will host their annual Book Fair this year on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in their school library, 620 E. Montezuma Ave. Books are reasonably priced and proceeds benefit the school! For more information, call the school at 565-3737 ext. 4126. We hope to see you there!

For Pets’ Sake Halloween Bake Sale to benefit local pets

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will hold a Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the north entrance to City Market in Cortez. As usual, there will be lots of cookies, cakes, pies, breads, and homemade dog treats! Proceeds from the fundraiser will aid the population of Montezuma and Dolores counties. In addition to running a spay/neuter assistance programs, For Pets’ Sake provides foster homes for animals awaiting adoption and helps local people pay for emergency veterinary care for their pets. Donations of baked goods from the group’s members and supporters can be dropped off at City Market starting at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the sale. Baked goods can also be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Let It Grow Nursery on Mildred across from the Colorado Welcome Center. For more information, contact Janet at 533-7402.

Dolores Rotary Club Bingo Night

The Dolores Rotary Club will kick-off their annual bingo season with a bingo night on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. A light supper and dessert will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. for $5, with bingo following at 7 p.m. Cards are $1 per game or $10 for the evening. All proceeds will benefit the Dolores Boosters Club. For more information, contact Dave Sanford at 882-7428.

Pancake Supper fundraiser and trip raffle

Hospice of Montezuma invites the community to a pancake supper and raffle drawing for a trip of a lifetime on Friday, Nov. 9 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Montezuma County Annex, 103 N. Chestnut in Cortez. Tickets for the supper and the raffle will be available from Hospice employees, at the Hospice office or sold at the door. The pancake supper will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, eggs, dessert toppings and beverages, and is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children and $15 for families. The raffle drawing will be held at 6:30 p.m. for a voucher from Cortez Travel in the amount of $4,000 to be used towards a trip of your dreams. Tickets for the raffle are $25 each and are available from board members, employees, at the office and at the door during the pancake supper. Come join us for a great meal and an exciting raffle. Proceeds will be used to provide end of life care regardless of ability to pay. Contact Hospice at 565-4400 for more information.

28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Join the Cortez Cultural Center in welcoming the holiday bazaar season at our 28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montezuma County Annex, 107 N. Chestnut St., Cortez. Vendor applications are due Friday, Nov. 9. Call 565-1151 for more information.