Community Calendar

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Free Zumba and Yoga

Free adult Zumba and Yoga classes every week in the County Annex building on North Chestnut. Exercise in air-conditioned comfort. Improve your health and exercise your mind and body. These classes are ongoing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Zumba on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Yoga on Tuesdays. Attend as few or as many evenings as you like. Beginners are always welcome so bring a friend or come and make new friends. Come join the fun! These classes are hosted by The Piñon Project through a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. For information call Lara at The Piñon Project, 564-1195.

Free cholesterol screening

The Montezuma County Public Health Department is offering free cholesterol screening for residents of Montezuma and Dolores County through their Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions program. Screening includes finger-stick blood sample, blood pressure reading, height and weight reading, and guidelines for a good cardiovascular health. Results are immediately available. Twelve-hour fasting is suggested. For an appointment, call 565-3056, ext. 248

Featured Artist for July

Shirley Diederich is the featured artist for the month of July for the Southwest Artists’ League. She is displaying her watercolors at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St., Cortez, CO.

Storytime in July at the Cortez Public Library

“Jive into July” is the July theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St., Cortez, CO. Storytime is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the library and every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cortez Farmers Market on the corner of Elm and Main streets (weather permitting) for preschool-aged children. Older children are welcome to join us for the craft at 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays. The Raising Readers Storytime offers songs, stories, crafts and silliness and uses the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative Program.

For more information, contact the library at 565-8117.

DHS Class of 1993 reunion

The Dolores High School Class of 1993 reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Southern in Dolores. All members of the DHS Class of 1993 are cordially invited to attend.

Please contact Kiera at 281-723-3151 or to RSVP or for additional information.

MCHS 1963 50th class reunion

The MCHS class of 1963 is having their 50th class reunion on August 15 and 16. There are several people that we are unable to locate. If anyone knows the location of any of the following people, please call and let us know: Gordon Rourk, Kathryn (Lynch) Martinez, Lucille (Luthi) Waterman, Mike Fisher, Myrtha (Bryan) Brossard, Natalie Jean Harvey, Paul Norris, Vickie (Roberts) McGuire, Wes Dunlap and Sharon Mays. Please call 749-0264 or 570-5181.

Lighthouse Christian Academy registration

Lighthouse Christian Academy, a ministry of Lighthouse Baptist Church, is now accepting registration for kindergarten through 12th-grade students for the 2013-2014 school year. The academy offers a warm Christian environment, a well-trained teaching staff, and small class sizes. Additionally, the curriculum employed, A Beka Book, is one of the premier Christian curriculums in the nation. Classes will begin on August 26. Please call the church office at 970-565-9302 for further information or to arrange for a tour.

Halos Youth Choir comes to Cortez Public Library

The Halos Youth Choir from Dove of the Desert U.M.C., in Glendale, Arizona, will be coming to the Cortez Public Library on Wednesday, July 10 at 2 p.m. They will perform their Pops Concert entitled: “Bring the House Down.” This is part of the Family Entertainment Series of the “Dig into Reading” Summer Reading Program season. The library is located at 202 N. Park St., Cortez, CO. and may be reached by calling 565-8117.

Back Country Horemen Meeting

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, July 11 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango. Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Guests are always encouraged to attend.

The educational program will be “Basics of Color Genetics” by Ann Streett-Joslin. This should be interesting!

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen works to perpetuate commonsense enjoyment of public lands by horsemen and pack stock users. To learn more, go to: or call Bob Volger, chapter president, at 970-883-4004 or

Computer Classes in July

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez will offer computer classes in July.

On Thursday, July 11, at 1 p.m. the Cortez Public Library will be holding a computer class called Basics II. This class will cover: documents, folders, drives, saving and printing documents.

On Friday, July 12, at 1 p.m. staff from the Workforce Center will be holding a class at the Cortez Public Library on finding a job. The class will be focus on various aspects of finding a job on the Internet and using the Workforce Center.

On Thursday, July 25, at 1 p.m. the Cortez Public Library will be holding a computer class on Internet Searching. Subjects covered will include: World Wide Web, URLs, Links, Web Browsers, Toolbars on Web Browsers, Address Bar, Simple Searching Tips and Techniques.

All classes must be signed up for ahead of time, as space is limited. To sign up, stop by or call the library at 565-8117.

Football Camp

Southwest Football Camp will be held on July 11, 12 and 13 for all 3rd to 7th grade students. Camp will be a full contact camp at Parque De Vida. Camp will be $50 per person. Contact Ray Weir at 882-4269 for more information.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary meeting

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary #5231 will hold their July meeting on July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Post Home, 36 Grand Ave., Mancos. Their regular meeting date is the first Thursday of the month, which falls on July 4, so to allow the members to celebrate our Nations Independence with their families, the date has been changed. Questions may be addressed to President Janet Lobato at 560-4679 or Secretary/Treasurer Queenie Barz at 749-9320.

Titans Football registration

Montezuma Titans Youth Football registration for the 2013 fall season is on July 13 and July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cortez Recreation Center for grades 2nd through 6th. Contact Kyle Lester at 799-7694 for more information.

Dolores Methodist lunch, sale

The Dolores United Methodist Church will hold its annual “Navajo Taco Lunch, Crafts, Pie/Baked Goods and White Elephant Sale” on Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside. The cost of the taco lunch is $7 for adults ad $5 for children 12 and under.

Golf Tournament

Four Corners Builders Association hold its fundraising golf tournament July 13 at the Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez. This is a four-person shamble. The fee is $40 each, including lunch and range, not included cart or green fees. There will be optional purchases of mulligans and pro shots. New this year prizes for closest to pin, longest putt, longest drive and cash prize for hole-in-one. Sign-up is 7-8 a.m. Shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. A lunch will follow the tournament during the awards/prizes on the patio at Conquistador. Hole sponsorships are aveilable for $100. To sign up or for more information, call the Pro Shop at 565-9208 or FCBA office at 565-1771.

Dove of the Desert Concert

Lifeway Baptist Church at 601 N. Dolores Road invites the community to a concert given by Dove of the Desert Church, on July 14 at 5:30 p.m. There will be desserts served after the concert.

Christmas in July

The Auxiliary at Southwest Memorial Hospital will be having a “Christmas in July” sale on Monday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lobby. There will be lots of new merchandise and baked goods available for purchase. Sale prices will be at least 10% off all items and will only apply the day of the sale. Get there early for the best selection of yummy, homemade delights. For more information please call Linda Hooker, 565-2616 or Thelma Yoder, 562-4438.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is coming to First Baptist Church in Mancos, July 15-18, 9 a.m. to noon, for ages 4 through 6 Grade. Call Pastor Rick at 533-7634 for more information.

Malting barley test plot tour

A tour of the malting barley (dryland and irrigated) test plots at the Southwestern Colorado Research Center will be held on Monday, July 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.. Registration will start at 3:30 pm and snacks will be served at 6 p.m., courtesy of MillerCoors. Key speakers will be Judy Jolly, southern Colorado agronomist and Dr. Bob Brunick, malting barley breeder. The Research Center is located at 16910 Montezuma County Road Z, next to the Fairview Cemetery in Yellow Jacket. Please call (970) 562-4255 or email to RSVP in order to help plan for food and drinks.

Pie auction to aid

Relay for Life

Southwest Memorial Hospital will hold an old-fashioned pie auction on Tuesday, July 16, at 11:30 a.m. in the hospital cafeteria. This is a benefit for the Cure for Cancer Relay for Life team. Auctioneer is county commissioner Larry Don Suckla. All kind of pies will be sold. For more information, call Robyn Bragg at 564-2243.

Insurance exchanges explained

Colorado is a leader in creating a healthcare insurance exchange program for its residents under the Affordable Care Act. The program is scheduled to begin accepting applications Oct. 1, 2013, for coverage to begin Jan. 1, 2014. Learn about the application process and the various plans that are available for you, your family and/or your employees at the Chamber luncheon on Wednesday, July 17, at noon at Shiloh’s Restaurant. Kent Helwig, CEO of Southwest Memorial Hospital, will explain how the exchange will work in Colorado and in Montezuma County and discuss assistance that will be available to help people navigate through the application process.

Everyone is welcome to attend; the only fee is the cost of lunch. Call Dena Guttridge at the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce, 565-3414, for more information.

Eat out for the Bridge!

July 19, Friday, is the day and night to eat out for the Bridge Emergency Shelter. Participating eateries will donate a portion of their proceeds to the shelter. Grab some friends and plan to eat out early and often in Cortez at: Addison’s, Antonio’s, Burger-Boy, Cold Stone, Domino’s, J Fargo’s, Jack & Janelle’s, Koko’s, Nero’s, Ocean Pearl, Once Upon a Sandwich, Pepperhead, Pippo’s, Pizza Hut, San Juan Coffee, Shiloh Steakhouse, Silver Bean, Sonic, Spruce Tree Espresso, Stonefish Sushi, Tequila’s, The Farm, and White Cup Coffee. These eateries in Dolores and Mancos are also participating: Dolores Food Market, Dolores River Brewery, Ponderosa, Rio Grande Southern, Riverfront Bar and Grill, Absolute Bakery, Chavalo’s, Fahrenheit Coffee, and Olio’s Fine Food. In addition to the City of Cortez four banks are sponsoring A Night Out: Citizen’s State, Dolores State, First National, and Vectra.

Rummage Sale

Madison House will have a rummage sale on Friday, July 19. One day only! Please bring you gently used items by Madison House Wednesday, July 17, or Thursday, July 18. Donated items are tax deductible.

Stonefish Club Mudd Dance Party

Stonefish Sushi & More presents another After Hours Club Mudd Dance Party, Saturday, July 20 at 9 p.m. No Cover. Electronic DJ Z RIDE turns on the vibes, turns down the lights, picks up your beat and spins it out on the dance floor. Stonefish Sushi & More, 16 W. Main, Cortez. 970-565-9244.

Dog Obedience Classes

The Montezuma Agility Dog Club is offering basic obedience classes for dogs 5 1/2 months and older. Classes will be on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and start on July 20 and continue for six weeks. Class size is limited, registration is first-come first-served. For more information call 970 882-5404.

SouthWest Colorado Concerts season tickets

Season tickets for SouthWest Colorado Concerts 2013-2014 season will be on sale at the Cortez Farmers’ Market July 20, 2013 beginning at 7:30 a.m. This season begins October 6, 2013 with the San Juan Symphony performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica at the Montezuma-Cortez High School Auditorium. The award winning German a cappella male quintet Vocaldente, which has wowed audiences throughout Europe, performs the second concert on November 12, 2013. Concert pianist Charlie Albright, winner of the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, performs the third concert on March 3, 2014. The 26-member Golden Dragon Acrobats performs astounding feasts of skill and daring on May 3, 2014 to finish the season at the Cortez Middle School auditorium. Season tickets for the 4-concert season are $45 for adults and $10 for youth 18 years old and younger. Season tickets also may be purchased from any SouthWest Colorado Concerts Board member or by mail using the flyers available at the Cortez Public Library and Cortez Recreation Center. For more information contact Paul Bostrom at 565-9127 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757

Intermountain Weavers Conference will be holding a bi-annual conference

Intermountain Weavers Conference will be holding their bi-annual conference this month at Ft. Lewis College From July 25 to 28. They offer fiber related 3 day workshops, 2 gallery shows and shopping! There will be around 25 vendors coming to the conference with yarns, roving for spinning, knitting and weaving supplies, and handwoven items for sale. This will be the 30th anniversary! Visit their website at

Lighthouse Baptist Church Vacation Bible School

Lighthouse Baptist Church will be hosting this year’s vacation Bible school, “Investigation Destination: Follow Clues to the King of Kings”. All children, kindergarten through 6th grade, are invited to attend this special week. Please join us at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 11502 Highway 145 on Aug. 5-9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Church vans will be available for children needing a ride. Please call the church office at 565-9302 for more information.

DHS 20-year reunion

The 20-year reunion for the Dolores High School Class of 1993 will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Rio Grande Southern. All members of the DHS Class of 1993 are invited to attend. Contact Kiera at (281) 723-3151 or email to RSVP or for more information.

K-9 Team Hosting Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

The K-9 Search and Rescue Team will again be sponsoring their Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 10 from 6 a.m. onward. Located at 35 Railroad Avenue in Dolores (next to the Dolores Fire Dept.), K-9 Search and Rescue Team Inc. is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization that is on-call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, regardless of weather conditions or circumstances, to assist local, state, and federal agencies in the search for missing persons. The Annual Pancake Breakfast is the Team’s largest fundraiser and is held during August, and features a hot cooked breakfast for a small donation. The funds from the Pancake Breakfast help purchase and update vital equipment, and maintain basic operational readiness for when the Team is needed. Plan to come support the Team, meet the “K-9’ers”, view the facility, and hang out with the four-legged members of the team! For more information call 970-882-4746 or visit

15th Annual Harvest Beer Festival

Sample microbrews from eight regional breweries at the foot of Mesa Verde in beautiful Cortez, CO. Saturday, September 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. This year’s festival will feature music by Cortez’s very own Beautiful Loser Society. Food vendors will be on hand and there will be children’s activities. All proceeds benefit Montezuma Land Conservancy, the only non-profit land conservation organization focused on land protection in Southwest Colorado.

Beer tasting: $30 includes beer tasting, souvenir pint glass, door prizes and live music. Must be 21 years of age. General Admission: $15 includes pint glass, door prizes, live music and non-alcoholic beverages. Children: 12 and under free with paid adult.

For more information call 556-1664 or go to

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