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.

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 one-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.

Bingo at Dolores Rotary Club

The Dolores Rotary Club will have their monthly bingo night on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Dolores Community Center, 300 Riverside Drive. A light supper and desert will be served beginning at 6:30 PM for $5, with bingo beginning at 7 p.m.. Bingo cards are $1 per game. Ten games will be played. All proceeds will benefit the Cortez Cultural Center. For more information call David Sanford at 882-7428. Come enjoy the fun and support a worthy cause.

How to stay healthy through the change of seasons

Cold temperatures got you down? Come hear Paula Parks, LMT, Amy Loschert, ND and Janneli F. Miller, Ph.D. give a free educational talk on how to stay healthy during the change of seasons using natural remedies and therapies. Tips on healthy diet, exercise and cost effective strategies for weathering the temperature changes will be shared. The session is from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Dolores Healing Space, at 102 S. 4th in Dolores. For more information call (970) 882-3032.

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 50 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 Dolores Booster Club 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, arts 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, Dec. 1, 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.

Community Band to play in parade

The Four Corners Community Band, for their first event of the Christmas season, will be playing holiday music on the float sponsored by the Pleasant View Mercantile in the Board of Realtors Parade of Lights. Riding on the float also will be the Pleasant View Elementary School students. The parade starts at 6 p.m., Dec. 1, on Main Street in Cortez.

For more information on the band, Pleasant View Mercantile and the Parade of Lights, please visit, email, or call Sue: 546-2345.

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, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. 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

Dolores Mountain Quilters to stuff stockings Dec. 4

The Dolores Mountain Quilters will be meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Community Center 400 Riverside Ave., Dolores, CO.

We will share a potluck luncheon and ‘Show and Tell” about our favorite project completed this year.

We will be stuffing Christmas stockings, made by the members, for local children in need.

Are you ready to invest in your future?

A workshop being planned for early December at the Dolores Public Library will help you get started. Topics to be covered in the five-week, 10 hour course include identifying income and expenses; tracking spending; credit, debt and intsurance issues; creating a spending plan, and investment options.

All workshop materials will be provided free to each registered participants, and snacks will be served at each session.

For further information, contact Lara or Ken at the Pinon Project, 564-1195.

Healthy Gift Giving I: How to Stock a Healthy First Aid Kit

Are you looking for innovative gift ideas? Paula Parks, LMT, Amy Loschert, ND and Janneli F. Miller, PhD will give a free educational talk on easy to find and/or make natural gifts that can be used to stock a first-aid kit with cost effective non-pharmaceutical items. Come learn how to give gifts which promote healthy living during the holiday season. The session is from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Dolores Healing Space, 102 S. 4th St. in Dolores. For more information call (970) 882-3032.

Healthy Gift Giving II: Healthy Foods and Herbs

Tired of shopping? No extra cash? Paula Parks, LMT, Amy Loschert, ND and Janneli F. Miller, PhD will give a free educational talk on easy to make healthy foods and herbal items that are good gifts for the holidays. Come learn how to make these cost effective and healthy foods and herbal products that will contribute to a happy healthy holiday season. The session is from 6-7pm at the Dolores Healing Space, 102 S. 4th St. in Dolores. For more information call (970) 882-3032.