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.

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.

‘Where Do We Go Now?’ screens at Conscious Movie Night

The Center of Light presents “Where Do We Go Now?” at Conscious Movie Night, on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center, 19581 Road 31; in Dolores, turn left on 11th, go 1.8 miles, and look for the sign with a dove on the left. Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, this film follows the antics of the town’s women to keep their men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses and the unexpected. The screening is free. Any donations will be given to United Religions Initiative whose purpose is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously-motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. To RSVP or for more information, contact Deacon Bridget Wyatt at 882-2123 or at deaconbridget@centersoflight.org.

Catholic Daughters’ Christmas Bazaar

The Catholic Daughters’ Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Hall, 28 E. Montezuma Ave., Cortez. Breakfast burritos will be served on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. and Navajo tacos will be served from noon to 3 p.m. The Junior Catholic Daughters will serve soup for lunch on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Craft items, gift baskets, baked goods, stocking stuffers, wreaths, Christmas items, and homemade gifts are some of the items that will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit our organization, which in turn supports local, national and global charities. For more information, call Elva at 565-8741 or Lucy at 564-1468.

Science cartoon art show opening reception, dance

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

‘Abe & Alice’ sing cowboy and folk music at indoor flea market

“Abe & Alice” will play and sing cowboy and folk music at the Mancos Indoor Flea Market on Saturday, Dec. 1, at noon. The Market is open every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is located on Main Street, over the bridge, in the old Krayjacks Hardware Store. For more information, call Bonnie at 739-6741.

Open House and Christmas Tea

The Ginger Jar, Rivers Edge, Terri’s Hair & Nails and Art Girls Studio & Quilting in Dolores will kick off the holiday season with an Open House and Christmas Tea on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Ginger Jar, 202 S. 4th St. in Dolores. There will be a variety of teas served with finger foods, as well as door prize drawings. Call Ginger at 882-7271 (Outpost Motel) for more information.

Veterans Christmas Bazaar

The American Legion, 320 N. Harrison St. in Cortez, invites all to the upcoming first-ever Veterans Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bazaar will also have food available for purchase. For more information, contact Dale Wilson at 882-4531.

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.

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 fourcornerscommunityband.com, email terrymc@move2swcolo.com, 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 www.mancosvalleychorus.org.

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.

Childhood council to meet Dec. 3

The Montelores Early Childhood Council (MECC) will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting on the first Monday in December, the 3rd, at 11:45 a.m., at the Cortez Church of Christ Annex, 631 E. Montezuma Ave. All are invited to these meetings, especially parents. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to MECC’s coordinator, Vangi McCoy, mecc.coordinator@gmail.com, PO Box 1725, Cortez, CO 81321, phone 749-7017.

Dolores Library to offer money workshops

A free “Making Money Work for You” workshop at the Dolores Public Library is expected to start in December. The five-week, 10-hour workshop is open to all Dolores residents, including those with limited financial resources. Workshop materials are provided for free and snacks are provided during each session. For more information, contact Lara or Ken at the Pinon Project 564-1195.

Also at the Dolores Public Library right now is a photography show by Bill Lemons titled “Wild Orchids of Montezuma County.”

Parent Coalition to meet Dec. 4

The Dolores Student-Parent Coalition would like to invite students and parents (guardians, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles or concerned citizens) from the Dolores School District to join us on Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dolores Public Library. Thank you to everyone for making our first meeting a great success. Through mind mapping we were able to gain insight on several issues. With anonymous collaboration we identified probable causes, developed a structured framework to inspire our brainstorming efforts which in turn generated creative solutions. Please join our dynamic group of concerned students and parents so that you to may champion our children. We need to be heard.

For information you can e-mail our group @ doloressypcoalition@hotmail.com or call 970-739-6522.

Toy Drive is underway

The fifth annual Dolores Toy Drive is underway and collecting new, un-wrapped toys for children ages 1 to 12 years. Please drop off the toys at the following locations, during business hours from Nov. 23 to Dec. 14 at the Riverside Convenience Store, Dolores State Bank and the Ponderosa Restaurant. If your family needs help, or you know of a family that needs help with Christmas toys, please call Laurie at 759-3601 or Debbie at 882-2446. Please leave a message. This program is endorsed by the Dolores Christian Child Care, Dolores Chamber of Commerce, Laurie McGuire independent Party Lite Consultant, Bee’s In A Bonnett, Lori Shearer independent Mary Kay Consultant. All Dolores families are provided for first, and then we expand out to other areas if we have toys left. Toy distribution will be Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dolores Fire House.