Community Calendar

The Porchlights

at Mancos Valley Distillery

The Mancos Valley Distillery presents The Porchlights at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Doors open at 5 p.m. There is a $3 cover charge, and "Tastes Like Friday" cocktail specials will be featured. For more information, call (970) 946-0229.

Free programs on estate planning

Erin Johnson will present two free programs on estate planning at the Cortez Welcome Center on Tuesday, May 14.

The first session will cover common errors in estate planning efforts and will be presented at 1:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.

The second session will introduce succession planning tools for businesses, farms and ranches. This session will be presented at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

To register online, go to and click on workshops. For more information, email or call (970) 247-7009.

FireWise Home Ignition Zone workshop

FireWise of Southwest Colorado is offering a Home Ignition Zone Workshops as part of Wildfire Prevention and Education Month in May. During the 12-hour workshop, attendees will learn risk factors around their home that could cause it to burn, how to conduct an assessment, review case studies of homes that have burned due to flying embers, and more.

This is an ideal course for anyone interested in providing important wildfire risk information to residents.

Attendees will get to practice the information they learned by conducting on-site assessments on Saturday.

The workshop will be held May 17-18 at the Mancos Public Library, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Registration is required, as space is limited. There is a $10 fee; dinner Friday night and lunch on Saturday will be provided.

RSVP to Becca Samulski at 564-4007 or

The Revolutionary Optimists

The Mancos Public Library will show the film The Revolutionary Optimists on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. This film is part of the Rocky Mountain PBS Community Cinema film series.

Amlan Gangula is a visionary. This lawyer-turned community activist is not only changing a neighborhood but also changing the way its youngest residents envision their lives. Filmed over the course of three and a half years, The Revolutionary Optimists follows Amlan and three of the children he works with through adolescence as they challenge the idea that marginalization is written into their destiny.

The film is free. For more information, call the library at 533-7600. The library is at 211 W. First Street, Mancos.

Mancos Girl Scouts need yard sale donations

Mancos Girl Scouts are collecting items for a yard sale now through May 17. Yard sale will take place May 18 at 315 S Oak in the parking lot of Valley Repair. To donate items, please drop off at 600 Grand Ave., Mancos or call Brandy at (970) 759-3105.

Dairy Goat Information Day

The Four Corners Dairy Goat Breeders will hold a dairy goat information day on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 23161 Rd. G.2 in Cortez.

Ask questions about raising dairy goats. See animals and get advice and demonstrations on care and maintenance. Multiple breeds will be represented. Some will be available for sale. Some equipment may be available for sale.

MELC preschool celebration

On May 20, the Mancos Early Learning Center will hold a potluck for the celebration and continuation of their preschool students. The event will be held at Boyle Park, beginning at 5:30.

Public plant sale to be held

The Mesa Verde Gardeners are hosting their Fifth Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of Front Row Seat (next to City Market) on Main St in Cortez. This is your chance to add some new and perhaps unusual plants to your landscape. Plants are provided by our garden club members and by local nurseries. Perennials, annuals, herbs, houseplants and vegetables will be available.

Mesa Verde Gardeners is a group of men and women dedicated to enriching the lives of the local gardening community through education and experience in all aspects of horticulture and gardening. Anyone interested in plants or gardening is invited to join. There are educational meetings and garden tours throughout the year. For more information or to donate additional plants for the sale, please call Mary Ann Bruner at (970) 565-9158.

Baby-sitting class rescheduled

A baby-sitting class originally scheduled for May 4 will be held on Friday, May 31, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Southwest Memorial Hospital Community Annex Room. The cost is $25 per participant, and all proceeds will go to the SWMH Relay for Life Team.

The course will cover how to stay safe, feeding, playtime, and how to start and safely advertise a baby-sitting business. Students will learn how to change diapers and identify age-appropriate toys and games, and will receive a basic first aid overview. Choking and what to do in an emergency is also covered.

To register, call Robin Bragg at 564-2243 or email

Kaleidoscope continues activities

Gentle yoga basics with Keneen is at 9 a.m. to 10:15. Yoga all levels with Keneen is at 10:30 a.m. to noon. The first class is free and drop ins are $12 and sign-in is encouraged. Register online at

Also, Zumba with "Coco" Chanelle, all levels is $5. The classes are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 and on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m.

Indoor flea market ongoing event

The Mancos Flea Market is every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Hardware Store, 192 S. Main, across the bridge and just past The Absolute Bakery. Everyone is welcome to come sell, browse and buy. Spaces are available - 12'x12' for $15 for both days. Call 749-9320 for more information. Be sure to leave a message if no answer and your call will be returned.

Teen writing group meets on Wednesdays

Local writer Suzanne Strazza in partnership with the Mancos Public Library, will be leading a writer's group for teens ages 13-19. This group will meet at the Mancos Public Library, located at 211 W. First St., every Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. No prior writing experience is needed. There will be no homework or required writing for this class; it is merely to explore ideas and how to get them onto paper. For more information, please call MPL at 533-7600.

Teen Computer Club at Mancos library

The first Wednesday of each month at 5 to 6:30 p.m. teens will meet in the Community Meeting Room at the Mancos Public Library to work on various computer projects. All meetings will have hands-on experience with digital devices, disassemble, build, etc. At times, they will have regional computer geeks visit. They will answer questions on specified topics, such as animation, robotics, game development hacking, etc. Questions?

Call for more information at (970) 533-7600.