What's Happening

'Watershed' Movie Night screening and discussion

Dolores River Boating Advocates will host a free public screening of "Watershed" on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Dolores Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. A documentary film produced and narrated by Robert Redford, "Watershed" examines the increasing pressures on the Colorado River from growing population in the basin and a changing climate. Communities throughout the region are finding ways to conserve water and sustainably protect their economic base. A discussion will follow the film, focusing on how our community can do the same and enhance the health of the Dolores River. For more information, visit www.doloresriverboating.org or call 799-1475.

Johnny and the Bluenotes perform blues, old rock 'n roll

John Hernandez, guitar and vocals, Mark Allen, sax, Bob Carey, bass, and Catfish, drums - better known as "Johnny and the Bluenotes" - will perform their brand of blues and old rock 'n roll on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. at Mr. Happy's, 125 E. Main St. in Cortez. For more information, call Mark at 565-9804.

Public invited to meeting on possible hiking program

For those interested in hiking, the City of Cortez Recreation Department is exploring the community's interest in a hiking program. The public is invited to an open meeting on Monday, Jan. 21, at 7:15 p.m. at the Recreation Center for a discussion to see if there is enough interest to pursue this program. Contact Megan Coxwell at lwprojects.coordinator@gmail.com, or Joye McHenry at 564-4083 or jmchenry@cityofcortez.com with any questions.

Montezuma Land Conservancy Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Montezuma Land Conservancy is proud to host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Dr. This year's festival showcases short films rethinking how we inhabit the planet. The films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the theme of "A Climate of Change." Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children, and includes nine short films, beverages including free beer (ID is required), and refreshments; all proceeds will benefit Montezuma Land Conservancy, the only non-profit land conservation organization focused on land protection in Southwest Colorado. For more information, please contact Montezuma Land Conservancy at 565-1664 or info@montezumaland.org.

Presentation of journey through Egypt at Cultural Center

Visit Egypt for an hour from Giza to Aswan with a Powerpoint presentation by Shelby and Roberta Smith on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Enjoy sights, sounds and stories of the ancient land. Travel by plane, river cruiser, camel and hot air balloon to see the pyramids, temples and other wonders along the Nile. The presentation will be at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Admission is $3 for members, $5 for non-members. For more information, contact the center at 565-1151.

Local History Book Club now forming

The Montezuma County Historical Society and the Cortez Public Library are joint sponsors of a local History Book Club, currently forming. The group plans to meet monthly to discuss a book about local, regional or state history. The first meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the library's meeting room, 202 N. Park St. The book to be discussed will be "Great Sage Plain to Timberline: Our Pioneer History" Volume I. Copies of the book are available at the library, from local booksellers, or from the Historical Society. For more information, call Dale Davidson at 565-3862.

Registration open for Rock Art Studies PAAC class

Kevin Black, Assistant State Archaeologist, will teach a four-day class called Rock Art Studies the first weekend in February, and registration is open now. Beginning Friday, Feb. 1, the class will be from 4 to 7 p.m.; on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2 and 3, we will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Monday, Feb. 4, class will be from 4 to 7 p.m. The course provides a general overview of the field of rock art. Participants will learn about a variety of rock art recording techniques, current research in conservation and interpretation of rock imagery, and styles documented in Colorado. It will be of value to those interested in broadening their knowledge of Colorado's cultural heritage. Participants will meet at the Anasazi Heritage Center just west of Dolores on Hwy. 184. The cost is $12 to cover the cost of materials. Space is limited. For questions and to sign up, contact Terry at Terrywoodrow@gmail.com or 560-1318.

Happy Trails Sweetheart Ball

Wear your jeans and boots and come ready to party Western Style. The 7th Annual "Happy Trails Sweetheart Ball' to benefit the Cortez Cultural Center will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Cortez Elks Lodge. Cocktails will be at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. A choice of rib eye steak or chicken Cordon Bleu is being offered. Live and silent auctions will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a star-studded live show "Grand Ol' Opry" style with dancing to follow. Tickets are $40 per person or $400 for a table of ten with your business name/family name or logo displayed. Tickets are available at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. from through Jan. 26. For more information, contact the center at 565-7423.

Classical Gas performs Cortez concert

Southwest Colorado Concerts presents Classical Gas, a concert with piano, violin and a whole lot of fun, on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Montezuma-Cortez High School auditorium. Pianist Rich Ridenour teams up with violinist/comedian Steve Brook for a show that is a little bit Jack Benny and a little bit Victor Borge as they perform great classics fueled by their own imaginations. Their program for the evening includes such great classics as "At the Old Ballgame," Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" and "11 Finger Rag" by Dykstra. Don't miss this musically dazzling and funny show! Tickets will be on sale at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.; single-concert tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for youth, 18 years-old and under. For more information, contact Paul Bostrom at 565-9127.