Community Briefs

The Dolores Star 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 Star at 882-4486.

Dolores naturopath to speak in Mancos

A Fireside Chat with Dr. Amy Loschert is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17 at 1:30 at the library. She will talk about, Uncovering the Myths and Facts About Naturopathic Medicine, A New Model of Care.

Many people are justifiably frustrated with the care they have received within the conventional Western medical model. Feeling that one is heard, validated, and then cared for throughout their treatment is lost in this model most of the time. Naturopathic medicine is an alternative system that utilizes the ancient wisdom of our ancestors combined with an evidence-based approach to healthcare. Dr. Amy Loschert, Naturopathic Doctor, will be discussing the whole-person philosophy and history of naturopathic medicine as well as the training an ND undergoes compared to an MD and other practitioners such as herbalists, homeopaths and unlicensed naturopaths. Case studies from patients with menopause, colitis, anxiety and eczema will be used to illustrate what one can expect when seeing a naturopathic doctor.

Dr. Amy-Jane Loschert has opened her practice, River of Health Family Care this year in Dolores after having practiced for the past 8 years in Phoenix, AZ focusing on Women’s Health.

Summit Lake church to host Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Summit Lake Community Church will host a community Thanksgiving dinner again this year, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening, Nov. 18. The church is located at 36501 Hwy. 184, just across from Summit Lake. The church will furnish the turkey and all the trimmings and drinks, and ask that the members of the community bring a side dish or dessert. This has been an annual event for several years and gives the community a chance to get together and get acquainted with new folks in the area. Everyone is welcome so if you have company, bring them too. For more information, call the church at 882-4144.

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).

Heritage Center celebrates ancient skywatchers with exhibit

Come see the new special exhibit at the Anasazi Heritage Center. Ancient Skywatchers of the Southwest opens Friday, Nov. 23 and there will be an opening celebration on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. Admission is free at the Anasazi Heritage Center from November through February 2013.

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.

Mancos Public Library is located at 211 W. First St. and may be reached by calling 533-7600.

Mancos host to indoor flea market

An Indoor Flea Market will be held in Mancos every Saturday and Sunday through December from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m. Items for sale include: Antiques, Western items, clothing, aris and crafts, furniture, jewelry and misc. We are located at the Old Hardware Store, 192 S. Main, Mancos, just south of the Absolute Bakery and the bridge. Everyone is welcome to come sell, browse, and buy. Spaces have all been rented at present, but if you have questions about the Flea Market, call 749-9320 for more information. Please leave a message if no answer.

‘Adventures in a Blue World’ coming to the Sideshow

Sideshow presents “Adventures in a Blue World,” a science cartoon show for all ages by Cathrine Fox, local educator and NOAA Teacher at Sea. The opening reception is Saturday, December 1st, 6-11 pm with refreshments, dance music from DJ Cannonball, NOAA give-aways, and real scientists! All ages welcome. The show will be up through December. Sideshow is at 411 Central in Dolores, call 970-739-4646 for more details.

Mancos Valley Chorus gears up for concert season

Very soon, the snow will be flying, and it’ll be time to celebrate the season with a Mancos Valley Chorus Christmas concert! This year, in addition to new songs, we’ll bring back some of our favorite Christmas songs from the past ten years, including “Sleigh Ride,” “I’m Gonna Email Santa,” and “Prayer of the Children.”

Please join us for CHRISTMAS PAST on one of the following dates: Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM at the Mancos United Methodist Church on 470 W. Grand Ave. in Mancos, on Tuesday, December 4th, at 7:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park in Cortez, on Friday, December 7th, at 7:00 PM or Saturday December 8th at 3:30 PM both at Mancos United Methodist Church on 470 W. Grand Ave. Mancos. Hope to see you there! For questions call Carol at (970) 882-0120 or visit our website