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.

CMS dramatic arts club's The Masked Musketeer

The students of Cortez Middle School's dramatic arts club will present their production, "The Masked Musketeer" for the public on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the main gym of the middle school. Tickets may be purchased at the door; children 12 and under are $5; age 13 and older are $7. Information 565-7876 ext. 3302.

Big Moon in the La Platas SJMA winter nature tour

A winter nature tour, Big Moon in the La Platas, will take place Saturday evening, Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Folks of all ages are invited to go snowshoeing with the San Juan Mountains Association, in partnership with San Juan National Forest, and certified interpretive guide MK Thompson. Explore wonders of La Plata Canyon as the sun sets and the moon comes up. Snowshoes are available for kids under 120 pounds. To reserve your spot, contact MK@sjma.org or 759-9113. Various tours are offered throughout the winter.

Family Pizza, Movie Night event will feature 'Babe'

Bring the kids for Family Pizza and Movie Night on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Montezuma County Annex Building, 107 N. Chestnut, Cortez. Doors open for dinner at 4:30 p.m., and the movie begins at 6 p.m. The G-rated film being featured is "Babe," a funny, heartwarming tale about a little pig that goes a long way. Dinner will include pizza, salad, desserts and lemonade. Bring cash to purchase extra concessions. Feel free to bring a sleeping bag or blanket and pillow; kids are invited to wear PJs. There will be drawings for prizes, and Katya Chorover will hold a Music and Motion session starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $5 per child and $10 for adults - please help us plan for the event by buying tickets in advance at The Children's Kiva and Silver Bean, or tickets will also be available at the door. All proceeds will benefit the tuition subsidy and scholarship programs at The Kiva. For more information, call us 565-8586, or stop by.

Fun-A-Day art show reception, DJ dance party

Sideshow Emporium & Gallery in Dolores, 411 Central Ave., will host the Fun-A-Day art show opening reception and dance party on Saturday evening, Feb. 23 from 6 to 11 p.m. DJ Cannonball and DJ Needlz will spin bumpin' dance beats from 8 to 11 p.m. The Fun-A-Day show is a nationwide creativity movement where artists work on a project daily for one month, then display the work in a collective show. Eight participating Montezuma County artists will have their contributions on view at Sideshow through March 21. Join us for this evening of art, dancing and refreshments. Sideshow Emporium 739-4646.

Ramsay Midwood performs at Dolores Brewery

Singer-songwriter Ramsay Midwood from Austin, Texas and his band the 13 33's will perform at the Dolores River Brewery, 100 N. 4th St., on Saturday night, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Ramsay is a self-proclaimed make-believe cowboy who has started his own space program. His bluesy, rootsy romps instantly start your head bobbing as his bizarre lyrics full of rich, Southern Gothic visuals set your imagination flowing. Tickets are $15 at the door. www.doloresriverbrewery.com.

'Death By Medicine' documentary screening

Dolores Healing Space, 102 S. 4th St., will have a free screening of Gary Null's documentary, "Death by Medicine" on the American medical system at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25. Come learn how health care has become the leading cause of injury and death in the U.S.; a discussion will follow. Amy Loschert 676-1011.

M-CHS choir performance

Join the M-CHS choir for a grand performance from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Marla Sitton and the choir will be featured in the gallery of the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Donations at the door are appreciated. Cultural Center 565-1151.

Dolores Rotary Club Bingo Night

The Dolores Rotary Club will sponsor a bingo night, with all proceeds to benefit the Pinon Project, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. A light supper and dessert will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. for $5 with bingo to follow at 7 p.m. Cards are $10 for the evening. Dave Sanford 882-7428.

Cortez Beautification Community Design Workshop

The City of Cortez will be rebuilding the South Broadway highway medians, planning for pedestrian improvements downtown, and designing the entryways along Highways 491, 145, and 160. Cortez Heart & Soul invites the community to a public design workshop for the South Broadway medians, downtown pedestrian improvements, and highway entrance features on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cortez Recreation Center. Presentations will take place at 4:15 and 5:45 p.m., but feel free to drop by anytime. Illustrators from the design team will be there to capture community input, and the public is also welcome to draw their own design visions. Free childcare and refreshments will be provided for participants. Please bring ideas so this project reflects our community's character. Contact Kirsten Sackett at 564-4049 or heartandsoulcortez@gmail.com, or visit www.cortezheartandsoul.com.

Senior Cabaret Show

The public is invited to attend a Senior Cabaret Show on Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m. at Vista Mesa Assisted Living, 1206 N. Mildred Rd. There will be music from the early 1900's to the 1950's, including Broadway show tunes, cowboy music, and we'll also share a few great stories and memories. For more information, contact Rayna Hale at 564-1888.

'Healthy Homes' discussion

"Healthy Homes: The T.O.N.I. Approach to the Place Where We Live" will be presented by Joe Keleher, T.O.N.I. (Toxins Out, Nutrients In) Facilitator, and others on Friday, March 1 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Mesa/Canyon Room at the Cortez Recreation Center. Presentations are free of charge and open to the public. Listen, learn and share on topics of health interest. Joe Keleher 565-5448.

Millwood Follies returns

The 30th annual Millwood Follies will be held at the Millwood Junction Restaurant, 101 W. Railroad Ave., in Mancos on Saturday, March 2. Dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m., with entertainment starting at 7. A special dinner menu has been created for the event, and reservations will not be taken that evening. Seating is limited and audience members are encouraged to arrive early for the entertaining evening The event will raise funds for the Women's Cancer Coalition. There will also be a silent auction/door prize; item donations should be directed to Kelli Yeomans at 946-1843 or Dana Weaver at 533-7113. To book an act for the evening, please contact Karen Noack at 533-9026.

Knot Tying 101

Everyone is welcome to a presentation by Bill Vicary, "Knot Tying 101" at the Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen gathering on Tuesday, March 5, at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd., in Cortez. Arrive for dinner at 6:15 p.m. for buy your own Taco Tuesday; the presentation will start at 7 p.m. Bill Vicary became interested in knot tying back in Michigan where he was involved with sailing small boats while working at a summer camp. Bill is knowledgeable in the knots he uses everyday, especially those used for horse packing. For more information, visit contact Nihla McCabe at 570-5036 or nihla45@hotmail.com.

Volunteer training at Medicine Horse Center

Medicine Horse Center will hold a volunteer training on Wednesday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone wishing to participate. Looking for a great way to spend your free time this year? Volunteers are needed for our therapeutic riding sessions in Mancos. Horse experience is welcome, but not necessary. We'll teach you everything you need to know. New volunteers are always welcome! If you love horses, helping people, and spending a few hours a week in the great outdoors, you'll love volunteering for Medicine Horse Center! Lynne or Rachel 533-7403.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

A fruit tree pruning workshop will be held on Thursday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southwest Colorado Research station, approximately 17 miles north of Cortez on Hwy. 491 and west 1/4 mile on Road Z. Participants are asked to register by phoning either Montezuma County Extension at 565-3123 or Dolores County Extension at 677-2283. The cost is $15 per person, payable the day of the workshop. You must bring your own chair, water, snacks, lunch and dress in warm clothing. If you want to learn by hands-on pruning, bring your loppers or hand pruners. Please leave pets at home.

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 classics fueled by their own imaginations. They will perform great classics such as "At the Old Ballgame," Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" and "11 Finger Rag" by Dykstra. 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 and under. Paul Bostrom 565-9127.

Presbyterian Women Spring Rummage Sale

The Presbyterian Women will hold their Spring Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington St. next to the Manaugh School. There are no prices, so make an offer - there should be something for everyone. All proceeds raised go to mission projects. For more information, call the church office at 565-7024.

Harlem Ambassadors basketball show

Get ready for dazzling ball-handling tricks, high flying slam dunks and hilarious family comedy. Join the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. as they take on the Montezuma Mavericks at the Montezuma-Cortez High School gym. Purchase tickets in advance for $7 for students and seniors or $10 for adults, at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. and at M-CHS. Tickets will also be available at the door for $2 more. Admission free for age 5 and under. All proceeds benefit the Cortez Cultural Center, 565-1151.

Spring Hoedown multi-band fundraiser

Join us for a Spring Hoedown fundraiser on Saturday, March 16 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Mancos Opera House. This is a family-friendly event to benefit Montezuma School to Farm Project and Pay It Forward Fund. There will be musical performances by Robbie Overfield and the Breaks, Hello Dollface, Caruta Roma, as well as square dancing and line-dancing with Carla Roberts, and the Wild West Squares Hoedown. There will also be a silent auction, and local food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Art Goodtimes will emcee the event. The Montezuma School to Farm Project runs three student gardens that are successfully utilized to teach Seed to Table curriculums, using Colorado State Content Standards to educate area youth about water and soil conservation, healthy eating habits, active lifestyles, and local foods. The Pay It Forward Fund is a new fund to offer financial support for residents of the Mancos Valley that find themselves in need following an unexpected medical situation. The admission price is $20 for adults; ages 17 and under are free. Tickets are available at Maria's Bookstore (Durango), Zuma Natural Foods (Mancos), Dolores Food Market, Sprucetree Espresso (Cortez), or at the door. For more information, contact Tami Graham at 759-9716.

'Play It Safe' presentation on consumer fraud, financial abuse

AARP ElderWatch in conjunction with Montezuma County Senior Center will offer "Play It Safe," a presentation featuring Bob Mager of AARP ElderWatch. This interactive presentation will instruct on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from consumer fraud and financial abuse. Join us at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at 107 N. Chestnut in Cortez. Marsha Green 564-2775.