Community Calendar

The Cortez Journal encourages people to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to news@cortezjournal.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 Journal at 565-8527.

Christmas on the Trail & Night of the Cowboy Western Gear Show

The Goodnight Trail Gallery in downtown Mancos will host our 4th annual Christmas on the Trail event on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited! The Rockin' W Chuckwagon will be in front of the gallery, making chili, cowboy coffee, and homemade desserts. There will be a lot of new work in the gallery, and this is also Nathaniel's Hats and Goodnight Trail Gallery's Night of the Cowboy Western Gear Show. Live traditional country music will be provided by Lynne Lewis. For more information, call Jamie at 533-1177.

Poetry with Yule bards you'll enjoy

Join Art Goodtimes, Rosemary Wahtola and David Feela for an intimate conversation of poems that promise to entertain and inspire from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Sweeter than sugar cookies, stronger than eggnog and more interesting than stocking stuffers. Listening is free and the event is open to the public. Wine and goodies will also be available for a donation. For more information, call 565-1151.

Cortez community mobile blood drive

United Blood Services will hold a mobile blood drive on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at Walmart, 1831 Main St. Look for the Bloodmobile. Donors should have identifica­tion with them at the time of donation. To set up an appointment or for more information, call 385-4601 or sign up online at www.united­bloodservices.org.

Cortez Audubon Christmas Bird Count

The Cortez Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Participants should meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Routes will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. The Christmas Bird Count is an Audubon-sanctioned event and used to help compile data. The count is open to all birders - from beginners to experts - and beginners can go with a more experienced birder. Participants can bird for as many hours as they want - from several hours to all day. Participants receive the annual summary, and in lieu of the $5 participant fee, Audubon is asking for voluntary donations. For more information, call Carolyn at 882-7742 or 529-3544.

Mother & Daughter Teatime Luncheon

Christian Women's Celebrations will be having a Snowflake Spectacular - Teatime by Candlelight Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 5, at noon at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd. Mothers and daughters are invited and will be honored. A princess party dress fashion show will be featured by girls ages 4 to 18. Call 560-3328 if you would like to model. Songs with sparkle will be performed by Amanda, Skylar and Sariah Robinson. Speaker Teresa Reynolds will tell a story fit for a princess. The luncheon is $14.50 per person and includes the meal, dessert, beverage and tip. Reservations should be made by Monday, Dec. 31 by contacting Cindy Bennetts at cncfunevents@gmail.com or 560-3328. Complimentary tickets are offered for first timers and daughters under age 18.

Health presentation 'Heavy Metals and Depression'

"Heavy Metals and Depression - Make the Connection" will be presented by Dyanna Hoffman, Natural Health Practitioner, on Friday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Mesa/Canyon Room at the Cortez Recreation Center. T.O.N.I. share sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Listen, learn and share on topics of health interest. For more information, call Joe Keleher, T.O.N.I. facilitator, at 565-5448.