Community Calendar

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Oct. 9

Art classes with Donna Steward will be at the Cortez Cultural Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9, upstairs at the Cultural Center. Members $15, others $25, includes; supplies and wine. Call Debie or Anne at the Center to register.

Oct. 10

“Hula in the Mountains” is the theme of the 11th annual Pink Ribbon Affair beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Street. Dr. Robert Heyl will discuss “What Would Dr. Welby say about Breast Cancer, Then and Now?” Everyone is encouraged to dress Hawaiian. Tickets are available at the door for $15.

Kemper School invites the public to a series of informal conversations, the 2nd Twin Topic series will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. The two topics are: “The Basics of School Finance” and “Parental Involvement with School.” For more information call 565-7282 ext. 1119

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Pine River Senior Center in Bayfield. To learn more, go to or call Bob Volger, chapter president, at (970) 883-4004 or

The Cultural Center seeks community members to help plan and orchestrate the 10th annual Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival, scheduled for May 7-11, 2014. Plan to attend the meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, upstairs at the Cultural Center. Contact Anne Beach, 565-1151 or for more information.

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Mancos Public Library at 211 West First Street in Mancos. Upcoming dates are Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec.12.

A representative to order letter jackets will be at M-CHS on Oct. 10 at lunch in the activities office. Pick up an order form in the office for more information. All orders must be paid for by Oct. 15 to receive them by Christmas.

The public is invited to Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Cortez Fire Department at 30 N. Ash St. There will be tours, demonstrations and a special fundraiser for the Cortez High School Rodeo Club and a live pie auction with local auctioneer Ellis Yates.

Republican Women of Montezuma County will meet at noon Oct. 10 at Shiloh’s Inn. The public is invited - for info call Rosemarie Beall at 564-1576

To both assist hunters and protect valuable electrical equipment, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will help underwrite “Sight-In Days” at the Durango Gun Club Outdoor Range, Oct. 10-11 and 17-18, and Oct. 31-Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact LPEA at 970-247-5786 or visit

Oct. 11

The Cortez FFA Chapter and M-CHS Panther Football Team will hold a Food Drive to benefit the Good Samaritan Center on Friday, Oct. 11, at Panther Stadium. For each canned good donated, football fans will receive 50 cents off admission (up to $2 maximum off the admission price) to the M-CHS vs. Eagle Valley football game at 7 p.m. For more information, or to make a donation, contact the Cortez FFA Chapter at 565-4314.

The Mancos Public Library will hold its second “Science Friday” on Friday, Oct. 11. The subject will be “Moon Madness.” The first session is 10 to 11:30 a.m. for grades kindergarten to third. The second session is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, for fourth through eighth grade. Friday, Oct. 11, also is International Observe the Moon Night; there will be telescopes available at the library from 7 p.m. on to have a closer look at the moon. Events are free. For more information, call MPL at 533-7600.

Author Erica Olsen will present “Writing the Four Corners” at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, Colo., at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. For more information 970-564-4396 or 800-422-8975, ext. 136.

Oct. 12

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will host a Low-Cost Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at the IFA Country Store, 10501 U.S. Highway 491 in Cortez. For more information, call the Humane Society at 565-PETS (7387).

Mancos Valley Resources, a 501(c)3 organization, invites the residents of the Mancos Valley to discuss community resources, needs and areas ripe for collaboration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Mancos Community Center, 110 W. Grand Ave. For more information, call 739-1172.

The Children’s Kiva Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten is having its fall yard sale 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1204 E. Empire St. in Cortez. Donations for the sale will be accepted at the Children’s Kiva from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 11. Call 565-8586 for more information.

Montelores Baptist Church will hold its third annual Fall Chili Fest and Cook-off from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at 18735 Road. 23.5 across from Narraguinnep Reservoir. For more information, visit the church website: To enter the cook-off, call the church office at (970) 882-2418, or Pastor Paul Gleason at (719) 468-1291.

Canyonlands Natural History association invites the public to join us on our Annual Fall Membership Hike in the parking lot at the Sand Island Ranger Station at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The charge is $25 per person and snacks will be provided. To RSVP or for more information, call (435) 259-6003, ext. 12, or email

Cortez Animal Shelter is having a fall Adopt-A-thon Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Animal Shelter 2791 Main St. All adoptable pets will be half price. For more information, call the shelter at 565-4910.

Oct. 12-13

Jones Farm will hold a Pumpkin Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on three weekends; Oct. 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27 at 25450 Road. M, Cortez, $3 entry fee. For more information, call 759-4502.

Oct. 13

The Bridge Emergency Shelter is hosting an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. The Bridge will be open for guests beginning on Oct. 15. To find the Bridge Emergency Shelter, park in the parking area on the north side of the Justice Building at the corner of Mildred Road and Empire. There will be signs to show you where to enter.

Oct. 16

Cortez Cultural Center will hold an art film and discussion with Brenda Ives at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Gallery. Members free, others $5.

The next Chamber Luncheon will be at noon Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Shiloh Steakhouse. Meet Melissa Brunner, the new county administrator, and welcome her in her new position.

Oct. 17

The third annual Pretty in Pink Fashion Show presented by Love on a Hanger will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery. Tickets are $15 for general seats and $20 for VIP seats and may be purchased at Love on a Hanger. All proceeds will benefit the Women’s Cancer Coalition. For more information, please call 565.9075.

Oct. 17-20

Ninth annual Bluff Arts Festival will be held Oct. 17-20, this year’s theme is “Sand Water Stone.” For a schedule of events and to register for workshops, visit or find us on Facebook at

Oct. 19

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County invites the public to a breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Dolores. Shane Hale, Cortez city manager, will present the needs for additional space for the city of Cortez, as well as an overview of new events and programs in Cortez. For additional information, please call Eleanor at 564-0708.

The public is invited to join the Montezuma School to Farm Project for a Homespun Supper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Historic Mount Lookout Grange, 680 Grand Ave. in Mancos. Tickets are $50. For more information or to RSVP, call Harrison Topp at 303-918-3538 or email

Oct. 20

Jennifer Hope will provide an ongoing discussion group, exploring all kinds of writings, both fiction and nonfiction at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, upstairs at the Cortez Cultural Center. This event is free.

Catie Curtis will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Millwood Junction Restaurant, at U.S. Highway 160 and Main Street in Mancos. Tickets are available at Southwest Sound, Durango; Rocky Mountain One Stop, Cortez; and the Millwood Junction, Mancos. For more information, call 533-7338.

Oct. 23

Window into Malawi with Midge Kirk and Joanie Trussel will be presented beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Gallery at the Cortez Cultural Center. It is free for members, and $5 for others.

Oct. 24

The Mancos School District Advisory Accountability Committee (MSDAAC) will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the student lounge at the high school. For more information, contact Tyra Hughes at 970-529-0635,

Hospice of Montezuma invites the public to a suicide support group session at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Hospice office, 1345 S. Broadway in Cortez. Because of this event, the normally scheduled Suicide Support Group, will not be held in October. Call Sunny for more information at 565-4400.

Oct. 25

Rock Springs Church will hold a Night of Worship at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at 32233 U.S. Highway 160. Everyone is welcome.

Oct. 26

Pleasant View Elementary will be holding a “Harvest Carnival” on Saturday, Oct. 26. All you can eat chili dinner is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Carnival games will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There will be a raffle for a mountain bike and a costume contest.

Oct. 28

El Burro Pancho Restaurant will be hosting the Day of the Dead Art Competition. Entries are due Monday, Oct. 28. Judging will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 2. Participants do not need to be present to win a $20 gift certificate to El Burro Pancho. For more information, call 928-614-0016 or email

Through October

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer computer classes in October. An Internet shopping class will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. A class on finding a job will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. A class on Microsoft Word will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Sign up by stopping by or calling the library at 565-8117.

Denny’s of Cortez will be doing a Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser during October. Pink AYCE pancakes, ribbons, bracelets and more. Please stop in to help the restaurant meet its goal.

“Twirl into October” is the monthly theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St. For more information, contact the library at 565-8117.

Book a librarian for up to two hours for free at the Dolores Public Library to help with research, a job search (résumé), your computer or software. To schedule, please come in, call 882-4127 or visit our web page at

Ann Gray is the featured artist for the month of October for the Southwest Artists League. Ann’s oils are displayed at the Cortez Public Library at 202 N. Park St. in Cortez.

Southwest Intertribal Voice is building a hogan, sweat lodge, and cooking arbor on Native American ceremonial grounds under the direction of Art Neskahi. They need muscle power to help build. There are work parties every Saturday through October; beginning at 7 a.m. The hogan is located on the former Powwow grounds of the Neskahi family at 3900 U.S. Highway 160. For more information, call 565-9808

Nov. 2

Free hearing screenings and speech evaluations will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Call 970-459-1179 to schedule an appointment or simply stop by for bakery treats and information. Lawrence Speech and Hearing is at 515 Grand Avenue in Mancos.

The next USDA Commodity Distribution will be Saturday, Nov. 2. It will be held in Cortez at the Fairgrounds, 30100 U.S. Highway 160, from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Distributions also will be held in Dolores from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Fire Hall, 45 Railroad Ave., and in Mancos at the United Methodist Church, 470 Grand Ave., from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Recipients must bring a box large enough for their commodities. For more information or to help with the distribution, contact Judy at 564-2772.

Nov. 8

The Hospice of Montezuma Benefit Pancake Supper will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Montezuma County Annex, 103 N. Chestnut St. All you can eat pancakes, bacon, eggs and beverages. The raffle drawing will be at 6:30 p.m. Tickets sold at the door: adults $7.50, children $3.50, families $20. Questions? Call 565-4400.

Club 20, a coalition of counties, communities, businesses & individuals would like to invite Montezuma County to its Community Meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at Jack & Janelle’s Country Kitchen, 801 E. Main St. to RSVP email or call 970-242-3264.

First Wednesday

At noon the first Wednesday of each month the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its business lunch forum. For more information and locations, call 565-3414

First Thursday

Montezuma County Republican Central Committee meets at noon the first Thursday of every month at Shiloh’s Steakhouse. For more information, contact Nicci Crowley, secretary, or call 570-9372.

First Friday

The first Friday of each month, the public is invited by the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce to participate in a leadership development program at First National Bank, 2258 E. Main in Cortez. For more information, call Dena at 565-3414.

Second Wednesday

Southwest Inter-tribal Voice and Montelores Human Rights Committee meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the community meeting room in First National Bank. Contact Art Neskahi at

Second Thursday

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours at various locations from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. For more information, call 565-3414.

Republican Women of Montezuma County meet at noon, every second Thursday at Shiloh’s Steakhouse at 5 Veach St., in Cortez. The Public is invited. For information, call Rosemarie Beall at 564-1576

Third Wednesday

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will be held at noon the third Wednesday of the month at Shiloh Steakhouse. For more information, call 565-3414

Every Monday

The public is invited to join the Southwest Singers as they begin rehearsals for the fall season. The choir practices at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings at the First United Methodist Church in Cortez, 515 N. Park. For more information, call Director Ruth Wilson Francisco at 872-3870.

Every Tuesday

The Kiwanis Club of Mesa Verde meets at noon each Tuesday at Shiloh’s. Contact for more information.

The Dolores Public Library will answer technology/software questions for free from 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 882-4127.

Every Second Tuesday

The Mancos Water Conservancy District will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at the district’s office.

Every Thursday

The public is invited to have a free dinner at 6 p.m. every Thursday until Friday, Nov. 15, in Cortez at the Cortez Family Worship Center Foursquare Church, 500 N. Washington. There will be a Holy Spirit Bible Study after the dinner. No one is not obligated to attend. Call 749-9774 for more information

Every Friday

Every Friday at 6 p.m. the Tree of Life In Jesus Messianic Community (Etz-Chayim B’Yeshua) will begin a new Bible Study Series: “Survey of Messianic Judaism” at Baptist Chapel, 1509 Colorado Highway 145. Oct. 11 “Introduction”, Oct. 18 “Foundation Part 1”, Oct. 25 “Foundation Part 2”. For more information, call 970-562-4217 or email

Fall Semester

The Cultural Center is offering after-school programs for creative kids and adults for ages 6 and older. Classes slated for the fall semester are: Feel for Art, visual art program, Silent Storytelling the Art of Mime, Young Playwrights, Actor’s Studio and Story Arts, storytelling. Registration and course descriptions can be found on the website. Partial Scholarships available.

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