Community Briefs

The Dolores Star encourages people to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to 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 Star at 882-4486.

DANCE!! WHERE? American Legion March 30

Beautifull Loser's are playing at 8 p.m. Now that you've shaken off the Winter Blues lets bring in the Spring with the Beautiful Loser's! Put those dancing shoes on & let's go to 320 N Harrison! See you there! $5 cover, 21 & over please.

Bring in the Spring with a seed swap

Mancos Seed Swap, Saturday March 30 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Mancos Library. Bring seeds, transplants and cuttings to share or trade. Kids Activities, Seed Bank Information, Free Soup and seed donations from local nurseries and heirloom seed companies. This is a Free Event!

For more info call 509-830-4380

Bake Sale and Easter Egg Hunt

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary #5231 will hold their annual Bake Sale and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at the Post Home, 136 Grand Avenue in Mancos. Children should be at Post at 1 p.m. To watch a short movie while volunteers hide eggs. The hunt will begin at 2 p.m. Children are asked to bring a non-perishable food item. The youngsters will be divided into groups for the hunt, ages toddler to 3, (may be helped by one adult); headstart and kindergarten (no helpers); first and second grades; third and fourth grades, with a scavanger hunt for the fifth and sixth graders. Several plastic eggs will hold prizes. The Ladies Auxiliary will also have homemade baked goods available at the Post from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Easter egg hunt

The Cortez Rotary Club will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30. The event will be held on the west side of the Cortez City Park just outside the Cortez Municipal Pool. All children are invited.

Easter season celebrated at Dolores Methodist church

The Johnson Memorial United Methodists are offering a variety of opportunities for locals and visitors alike to celebrate the Easter season at the Church, located at 105 N. 8th Street in Dolores. Holy Week on the Christian calendar is a time of joy, heartache and Good News. To fully understand what Jesus went through, we must walk this part of his journey with him. Then we can begin to see and comprehend the significance of his actions and the depth of God's love for each one of us. All are welcome to come learn more about these special moments.

On Good Friday, March 29th, at 5:00 p.m., we will meet at the First United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St., Cortez, in a special Tenebrae Service, hearing God's words surrounding the death of his only Son on the cross for our sins. "Tenebrae" comes from the Latin word for darkness.

On Easter Sunday, March 31st, at 9:15 a.m., we will share in the joyous cry of millions of followers of Jesus the Christ, celebrating the truly good news that, "He is Risen, Indeed!"

For further information about any of these events, please contact the Church office at 970-882-7780.

Easter party for children

All children in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to attend an Easter party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington St., Cortez, directly across the street from Manaugh School.

This activity is being organized by the "Fellowshipping Fun Loving Outreaching Christian" committee and the Youth Group of the church. Numerous games and activities are being planned for the children to enjoy. A raffle will be held for a number of items, including a large vinyl bunny. Refreshments will be available for parents who accompany their children.

For more information, contact the church at 565-7024 or Jack Robbins at 882-1444.

Easter Services

The Cortez United Methodist Church will have a celebration of Easter on Sunday, March 31. Morning services will be at 7, 8:30 and 11.

Sunrise Easter Service

There will be a Sunrise Easter Service at the Center of Light, located at Sophia Peace Center, 19581 CR 31 in Dolores, on Sunday, March 31 with mediation starting at 6:30 a.m.

To RSVP or to find out more information, contact Deacon Crystal Kaems or Deacon Bridget Wyatt at 970.882.2123

For Pets' Sake Humane Society to Host Spring Pet Vaccination Clinic

For Pets' Sake Humane Society will host a Low-Cost Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 13 at the IFA Country Store, 10501 Highway 491 in Cortez.

Veterinarian Dr. Sue Grabbe with Four Corners MASH will offer dog and cat packages which include rabies, distemper, parvo (dogs), leukemia (cats), and more for $40.00 each, or $15.00 for rabies only. Packages without rabies are just $32.00. Exact change is appreciated, checks are okay, but No credit cards please. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. A portion of each package purchased will be donated to For Pets' Sake.

For more information call the Humane Society at 565-PETS (7387).

Archeologist to discuss Chuska Valley

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society is pleased to present Dr. Paul Reed on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Cortez, 515 Park Street. Dr. Reed will present his research, titled The Chuska Valley: Chacoan Colony or Ancient Puebloan Heartland. The Chuska Valley has long been linked to Chaco Canyon in southwestern archaeological literature. Various items were traded or brought from the Chuska area into Chaco: gray ware ceramics, Narbona Pass chert, and high elevation construction timbers (ponderosa pine, spruce, and fir). Aside from the clear economic linkage, however, sociopolitical connections between the two areas have hardly been explored. In this presentation, Dr. Reed will approach this issue drawing on Chuska Valley research over the last 20 years and via comparison to the Middle San Juan Chacoan colonies at the Salmon and Aztec communities.

Paul F. Reed is a Preservation Archaeologist with Archaeology Southwest (formerly the Center for Desert Archaeology) currently assigned as Chaco Scholar at Salmon Ruins, New Mexico. Reed has been employed in this position for a dozen years. He completed work as editor (and author of several chapters) on Chaco's Northern Prodigies: Salmon, Aztec, and the Ascendancy of the Middle San Juan Region After AD 1100, published by the University of Utah Press in August 2008. Reed was also editor (and author of several chapters) of the three-volume, comprehensive report entitled Thirty-Five Years of

Archaeological Research at Salmon Ruins, New Mexico published in 2006 by the Center and the Salmon Ruins Museum. His other books have explored the origins of Anasazi- Pueblo culture and Chaco Canyon.

Together with a group of research partners, Reed has recently finished a National Science Foundation-sponsored research project investigating the late 11th and early 12th century Chacoan presence in the Middle San Juan region. This research was published in a dedicated issue of the southwestern journal Kiva in late 2011 (volume 77; no. 2). The basic question addressed was did Chaco Canyon residents migrate to the Middle San Juan region to construct and reside at the great house sites of Salmon and Aztec or are the Chacoan traits (architecture, ceramics, stone tools, perishable items) from these sites the result of emulation of Chacoan culture by local residents? Is there evidence for both processes? Results of the project concluded that Chacoan people did migrate to Salmon and Aztec West, to establish these great houses as ritual and residential centers. Current research involves the complicated post-Chacoan, Pueblo III period in the Middle San Juan. In addition, Reed and his colleagues at Archaeology Southwest are beginning a research project that will investigate the southern Chacoan periphery and Mogollon interface in the period from 1150-1450. For more information on Reed's talk or the Chapter, please contact Diane McBride at 970-560-1643.