Community Calendar

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Pie auction to aid

Relay for Life

Southwest Memorial Hospital will hold an old-fashioned pie auction 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 will be county commissioner Larry Don Suckla. All kind of pies will be sold. For more information, call Robyn Bragg at 564-2243.

Emergency preparedness seminar

On Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. the Dolores Public Library will be hosting an emergency preparedness seminar. The County Health Department, County Sheriff’s Office, Montezuma County Fire Chiefs Association, and American Red Cross will give short presentations and answer questions to help you prepare for wildfires, pandemics, and other disasters in our area. There will be information for kids, literature you can take home and door prizes. Similar presentations will be offered in Mancos and Cortez later in July. For more information please visit or call 970.882.4127.

Insurance exchanges explained

Colorado is a leader in creating a health-care 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 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.

Cortez Support Group

The Cortez support group will meet on Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at 515 North Park in the Memorial room. This group is for any family member or caregiver of persons with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or any chronic illness. For more information please call Elaine at 970-259-0122.

Community garage sale

Starting July 19 through September, every Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a community garage sale at Pleasant View Mercantile parking lot. Participate for free. Open to the public. For more information call 562-6372.

Rummage sale

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

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.

Titans Football registration

Montezuma Titans Youth Football registration for the 2013 fall season is July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cortez Recreation Center for grades second through sixth. Call Kyle Lester at 799-7694 for more information.

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 5½ 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.

Dedicate bronze plaque to Columbine Bar

The E Clampus Vitas, a Historical non-profit group, also known as, The Clamper’s are going to dedicate a bronze plaque to the Columbine Bar in Mancos, Colorado. The Columbine is the oldest active saloon in the state. The Clamper’s will be at the Columbine Bar on Saturday, July 20 starting at noon to dedicate the bronze plaque.

SouthWest Colorado Concerts tickets

Season tickets for SouthWest Colorado Concerts 2013-14 season will be on sale at the Cortez Farmers’ Market, July 20 beginning at 7:30 a.m. This season begins Oct. 6 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 Nov. 12. 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 four-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 call Paul Bostrom at 565-9127 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757

Dolores Chamber’s monthly meeting

The Dolores Chamber’s monthly membership meeting will be Wednesday, July 24 at NOON at the Ponderosa. Please attend to find out the latest on Escalante Days and listen to Jay Mann, our guest speaker. Jay is the assistant director at the Dolores Public Library and is implementing some very exciting and innovative programs at the library that will benefit local businesses as well as local individuals. Call the Chamber at 882-4018 for more information.

Dolores Chamber’s Business After Hours

The Dolores Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours will be Thursday, July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Four Corners Properties in Dolores. This is a wonderful opportunity to relax and network with other like-minded professional’s in the community while having some great food and refreshments. Call the Chamber at 882-4018 for more information.

Intermountain Weavers to hold conference

Intermountain Weavers Conference will be holding their bi-annual conference this month at Fort Lewis College from July 25 to 28. They offer fiber related three-day workshops, two gallery shows and shopping. There will be about 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

ALL-SCHOOL Reunion Spaghetti Dinner

The Mancos Alumni Scholarship Association (M.A.S.A.) is having their Third Annual ALL-SCHOOL Reunion Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, July 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Mancos Schools Cafeteria. All proceeds will benefit the Mancos Centennial SCHOLARSHIP that is awarded each May to two M.H.S. graduating seniors. Adults $10, kids 10 and under are FREE. Book your class or family reunion with us for an extra special evening with other alumni, friends and family. For $25, decorations will be provided specific to your class. For reunion reservations, contact Dolores Martinez 970-533-7860 or Margie Russell 970-533-7169

Mancos Day Pancake Breakfast 2013

Boy Scout Troop 518 will have their annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on July 27, before the Mancos Day Parade. The Boy Scouts of Troop 518 invite the community to come and enjoy breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Mancos School Cafeteria, 395 Grand Ave. The cost for the breakfast is $5 for an adult for all you can eat pancakes and sausage. A family of two adults and two children under 10 may eat for $12. Tickets are available at the door that morning. The troop uses the fundraiser profits to support their service projects and activities throughout the year. Get a great start on the day’s festivities by enjoying breakfast prepared by the scouts and families of Troop 518, followed by the Mancos Days Parade. For more information, please call Sensa Wolcott @ (970) 903-9882.

Presbyterian Church Rummage Sale

The Presbyterian Woman will hold their “Back to School” Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3. It will be held in the fellowship hall of the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church at 350 S. Washington in Cortez from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be household goods, books, clothing, glassware, appliances, plants and a children’s room.

Proceeds go to the P.W. Mission Projects. For further information you may call 565-7024 or 565-8927.

Volunteer needed for Hot Air Balloon Rally

Crew volunteers are needed for the Cortez Hot Air Balloon Rally August 2 - 4 at Parque De Vida. Morning launches (weather permitting) will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed for all 3 mornings. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and bring gloves. It is a fun experience to lend a hand to balloon pilots for the launches and landings! Be at the park by 6:30 a.m.

Questions, contact Cookie See at 505-977-2679

The balloons fly at the mercy of the winds and pilots seek clear spaces to safely land. If you are willing to allow a balloon to land in your yard, lay out a white sheet as a signal.

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 sixth grade, are invited to attend this special week at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 11502 Highway 145, 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.

M-CHS 1963 50th class reunion

The M-CHS class of 1963 is having its 50th class reunion Aug. 15 and 16. There are several people who organizers are unable to locate. If anyone knows the location of any of these 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.

DHS Class of 1993 20-year reunion

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

K-9 Team hosting annual pancake breakfast benefit

The K-9 Search and Rescue Team will again be sponsoring their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 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 percent volunteer nonprofit 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

Harvest Beer Festival

Sample microbrews from eight regional breweries at the foot of Mesa Verde in beautiful Cortez on Saturday, Sept. 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 nonprofit 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 nonalcoholic beverages. Children: 12 and under free with paid adult.

For more information call 556-1664 or go to