A&E Briefs

Boot Camp for Writers

Erica Olsen, the author of "Recapture & Other Stories" (Torrey House 2012), will present a boot camp for writers at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Join her for a session of fun, low-impact writing exercises - a creativity workout to start the new year "write." Bring pen/pencil and paper or a laptop. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students (high school or college). There is a sliding scale; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds benefit Cortez Cultural Center. Call Erica for more information at 435-210-1847.

Southwest Open School student art show, opening reception

The Cortez Cultural Center gallery will feature amazing art by Southwest Open School students from Wednesday, Jan. 9 through Jan. 19, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening reception is to be held Friday, Jan. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. You may be viewing the artwork of the next famous artist from the area. The Center is at 25 N. Market St. Join us on Facebook or call 565-1151 for more information.

McElmo Flume historic preservation program

Montezuma County Historical Society is sponsoring a free program on the restoration of the McElmo Flume. The date is Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Hampton Hall, 515 N. Park St., Cortez. Linda Towle, local historic preservation consultant, will present a talk, "Saving the McElmo Creek Flume." She will briefly review the history of this local water delivery system developed in the late 1890s. Of the 105 wooden flumes in the system, the McElmo Flume is the only one left in existence.

For more information, contact Phil and Vivienne Kenyon, Program Chair at 565-7714.