A&E Briefs

Santa Claus is coming to downtown Cortez

Every year, Santa Claus comes to town - Cortez, that is - with the help of the American Legion and the Fire Department. A Cortez Christmas tradition for over 65 years, this year, Santa will appear on Saturday, Dec. 22, from noon until 1 p.m. at the corner of Market and Main Streets. Santa will hand out gifts and goodies. Helping Santa get to Cortez while his reindeer rest up for the big night are the American Legion Post #75, the Cortez Fire Department and the Men's Motorcycle Club. For more information, call Cyndy at 565-8151.

'Thirteenth Year in Zion' author reading, book signing

Author Duane Keown will be at the Cortez Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. to read and discuss his book "Thirteenth Year in Zion." The book is about his personal experiences of being a non-mormon in Blanding, Utah, where he worked as a science teacher during the 1950s to 1970s. The author will sign copies of his book that will be available for purchase at the event.

Photographers needed for Durango gallery

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave. Durango, is extending a call to all artists in the region to enter photographs for the annual community show. The show dates run from Jan. 18 through Jan. 30. The theme this year is "Shadow."

Photographers are challenged to show the best visual interpretation of the word "Shadow." All forms of photographic media will be accepted. There is a $15 fee to enter one or two photographs. All entries must be framed behind glass, ready for hanging with wire and available for sale. This is not a juried exhibit. Applications will be accepted from Dec. 17 through Jan. 11.

To download an application from the submissions page and for more information, go to www.openshuttergallery.com. Applications may also be obtained at the gallery. There will be an artists' reception on Friday, Jan. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m