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.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary holds post-vote chili & pie dinner

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #5231 encourages everyone to get out and vote. Then join them for chili and pie at the VFW Post, 136 W. Grand, Mancos from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Chili with all the trimmings is $5; Chili and pie is $7. Coffee and punch are included. For more information, call 749-9320.

Speaker to discuss prehistoric kilns

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will host Joe Brisbin to discuss Prehistoric Kilns and their Firing Regimen on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 515 Park St., Cortez. This is a unique opportunity to discover how and where to find pottery kilns on the landscape, how they were constructed, the regimen of firing, and why location and air flow were important. Brisbin spent 45 years as a field archaeologist in the Four Corners region and spent five years as an excavation crew chief on the Dolores Archaeological Project. He currently lives in Dolores and is involved in stabilization work at the Haynie Great House site near Cortez. For more information call Bob Bernhart at 739-6772.

12-week Anger Management Class

The Recovery Center (formerly Cortez Addictions Recovery Services), 35 N. Ash St., is offering a 12-week Anger Management class starting on Thursday, Nov. 8. Classes are two hours per week, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Learn the roots of your anger, learn skills to manage your feelings, learn how to prevent outbursts and improve your relationships. Call today to set up an intake appointment at 565-4109.

Pampered Chef Good Samaritan Center fundraiser, food drive

A fundraiser and food drive will be hosted by The Pampered Chef on Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Cortez Journal, 123 Roger Smith Avenue. Bring a canned food item and receive a 10 to 50 percent discount on in-stock items. Pampered Chef items make great gifts for family and friends; you are invited to come see 40 new items and sign up to win door prizes. Bring your food chopper and get it sharpened for free. Proceeds from the sale go to the Good Samaritan Center, as well as the canned food items brought. Please come and give your support to the Good Samaritan Center. For more information, call Betty Apple at 394-4097.

Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive in Cortez on Friday, Nov. 9 as part of its 3,000 mile journey to Washington, D.C. The tree is being cut near Meeker. The 74-year-old, 73-foot tall tree will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and decorated with more than 5,000 ornaments handmade by Colorado children. Former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell will be driving the truck.

The Tree will be in Cortez from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the parking lot by First National Bank, 2258 E. Main.

Dolores Ski and Sport Swap

The 12th annual Dolores Ski and Sport Swap will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off items on Friday, Nov. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 749-2393.

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, 103 N. Chestnut St., Cortez. Vendor applications are due Friday, Nov. 9. Call 565-1151 for more information.

SW Colorado Concert’s ‘Grand

to be Irish’ show

Songwriter, masterful pianist, comedian and one of Ireland’s best vocalists, Cahal Dunne, will appear in concert in Cortez on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Montezuma-Cortez High School Auditorium as the second concert offered this season by SouthWest Colorado Concerts. A native of Ireland, he has performed with such luminaries as Bob Hope, Denis Day and ABBA, and has appeared on the David Letterman Show, Entertainment Tonight and PBS. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 2:30 p.m.. Season tickets (for three concerts) are $45/adult, $5/youth (18 years old and under); single tickets are $20/adult and $5/youth. Call Paul Bostrom at 565-9127 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757 for more information.

Domestic & Sexual Violence Community Education Series

Renew will begin the Fall/Winter Domestic and Sexual Violence Community Education Series on Monday, Nov. 12. All seminars will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center, 140 N. Linden, and will run through Wednesday, Dec. 19. All meetings are brown bag dinner; drinks and light snacks are provided. If you are interested in attending this free six-week training, call Diane at 565-4886 to register or email your name and contact information to Cheryl at

Elks Lodge will host Veterans

Day luncheon

Cortez Elks Lodge #1789 will host a free luncheon for Veterans Day. The luncheon will take place on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be free to all active military, veterans and their spouses. For more information, contact Dennis at 882-2614.

Veterans Day Program in Dolores

The Dolores School District will hold a Veterans Day Program on Monday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. in the Auxiliary Gym at the Dolores High School. All veterans are encouraged to attend and can register before the program at 8:30 a.m. There will be a reception after the program in the Band Hall. For more information, call 882-7288.

MECC’s November Family Night

Montelores Early Childhood Council presents “Healthy Kids Are Ready Kids!” on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cortez Church of Christ Annex Building, 631 E. Montezuma Ave. (corner of Adams and Montezuma). Learn tips for making family health a fun and rewarding experience. The night will include the preparation of a healthy dinner and lots of take away gifts promoting healthy family lifestyles. Don’t miss this fun and informative evening. Call Trish Peters at 565-8389 or 560-1360 by Monday, Nov. 12 to reserve your spot and leave a message with the number of people you will be bringing so we’ll have food and gifts for all!

Free oral health screenings

for children

Cavity Free at Three is a statewide program aimed at preventing oral disease in young children. Montelores Early Childhood Council is partnering with local physicians to join our effort and offer free oral health screenings for children ages 6 months to 3 years old, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. until noon. The event will be held at the Southwest Memorial Hospital Annex Building Community Room at 20 S. Market Street. There is no charge for the screening, which will include fluoride varnish, but you must make a reservation for your child to attend. Call Trish Peters at 565-8389 or 560-1360 to schedule an appointment for your child. Space is limited, so call today! Leave a message with your child’s name, birth date, and a number where you can be reached to confirm.

SWMH Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale

The Southwest Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold their Annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale on Friday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the waiting area near the gift shop. There will be lots of goodies and some great deals on early holiday shopping. For more information, call Linda Hooker at 565-2616 or Thelma Yoder at 562-4439.

Book reading for local authors Olsen, Feela

On Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. there will be a book reading with local writers Erica Olsen and David Feela at Sideshow in Dolores, 411 Central. Olsen will read selections from her new short story fiction collection “Recapture,” and Feela from his recent essay collection “How Delicate These Arches” (Colorado Book Awards Finalist) and “The Home Atlas,” a book of poetry. Both Olsen and Feela live in and write about the Four Corners region: its geography, artifacts, inhabitants and ways of life. Signed copies of their books will be for sale at this free event. For more details, call 739-4646.

Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar

Candy and pies and decorations — oh, my! Plan to do your early Christmas shopping from 9 to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Hampton Hall at the First United Methodist Church at 515 N. Park. Ornaments and other decorations, needlecraft, baked goodies and candy, toys and other items will be offered at reasonable prices. A complete lunch that includes a choice of homemade chicken and dumplings or chili, cornbread and pie, and a drink. Pie and beverages will also be available all morning for a donation. For more information, call Karen Bohn at 565-9273 and leave a message if there is no answer (phone will ring 10 times).

An evening with Robby Overfield and trio The Breaks

Join Durango musician, Robby Overfield and his trio, The Breaks at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Millwood Junction restaurant, corner of Hwy. 160 and Main St. in Mancos. Tickets are $12 and are available now at Southwest Sound in Durango, the Millwood Junction Restaurant in Mancos and Rocky Mountain One Stop in Cortez. Robby Overfield blends the art of storytelling and genuine lyrics with a powerful voice to complement an encapsulating listening experience. Stretching his soulful Detroit, Michigan roots, Robby Overfield and his trio have some of the best soul jams you’ve ever heard. For more info, check out or his facebook page, or contact Tami Graham at 759-9716.

Guest Pastor Russell will speak at Thanksgiving conference

Mountain View Baptist Church will hold a Thanksgiving conference with speaker Dr. Rodger Russell. Dr. Russell will preach Sunday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mountain View Baptist Church is located on the Corner of Hwy. 184 and CR 30.5 in Dolores. Dr. Russell has served a total of 30 years as pastor of four churches in Utah and New Mexico, and has a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a Doctorate from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif. For more information, call Pastor Scott Hartle at 739-4496.

Tables available for upcoming Elks Christmas Bazaar

The Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd., is offering table rentals for their upcoming 17th Annual Christmas Bazaar, to be held on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tables are now available for rent at $25 each; we will provide the table. The deadline to reserve a table is Nov. 20. The Bazaar begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. Entertainment will be at 2 p.m. with the arrival of Santa at 3 p.m. He will visit with all the children who attend. There will be door prizes at least every hour, and food will be available for purchase. For more information call Sally at 739-0616.

Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will hold its Ninth Annual Cortez Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 at the Parque de Vida Pavilion near the Cortez Recreation Center, 425 Roger Smith Avenue. The 1 mile fun run/walk starts at 10 a.m., regardless of the weather.

This is probably For Pets’ Sake’s most enjoyable event of the year! The entry fee is $20 and includes a cool serene green commemorative T-shirt. Costumes for all are encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for fastest people and pets, best and best-coordinated costumes, best pet trick, most unusual pet to cross the finish line, and lots of other categories. All proceeds benefit For Pets’ Sake Humane Society and their work for the dogs and cats of Montezuma and Dolores counties. For more information call 565-PETS (565-7387).

Annual Dolores Community Center Christmas Bazaar

The Annual Dolores Community Center Christmas Bazaar will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bazaar already has 40 vendors signed up to display various crafts such as Christmas wreaths, scarves, candles, homemade breads, pies and pumpkin rolls. There will also be handmade aprons, ornaments, quilts, afghans, leather items, toys, artwork and jewelry of all kinds. Come and do your special Christmas shopping. Refreshments are being provided by the Girl Scouts and all proceeds will go to the Dolores Community Center. Contact Ruby Gonzales for more information at 882-7717.

Series of Christian conversations

“How You Can Be Part of a Christian Community With Integrity and Not Believe All Those Things You Thought You Had to Believe.” On Tuesday, Dec. 3, this series of conversations will continue at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 110 W. North Street (corner of North and Elm). The topic for the evening is “What/who is God for You?” Everyone is welcomed. These gatherings are for folks who can’t reconcile what they believe the church requires with their life experience; who don’t want to check their minds at a church door; or who just don’t want to live in a world they think the Christian church espouses but who might value being part of a community of faith. Questions are required. No answers are promised. Call 565-7865 for information.