Community Calendar

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Friday, Oct. 25

Cortez Middle School and the M-CHS will hold Parent-Teacher Conferences 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 25. No appointment is needed.

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.

Dave Mensch plays at Blondies in Cortez at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, no cover.

Beech Street Preschool's third annual Halloween Carnival and Fundraiser will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at 510 N. Beech St. $1 per person or $5 per family.

The Cortez Elks Lodge is currently seeking donations of stuffed animals that will be given to children at the Halloween Carnival this year. Drop off donations at the Cortez Elks Lodge, located on Colorado Hwy. 145 next to the golf course before Friday, Oct. 25. Call Sally at 739-0616 for more details.

Women's Health Week Lecture Series will be held from now until Friday, Oct. 25. For classes and times or to RSVP, contact Susan Thomas at or 739-3158 to reserve a seat.

Friday, Oct. 25, is Make A Difference Day in Mancos, a day of community service. Volunteers will be working in Boyle Park starting around 10 a.m. to paint picnic tables, the base of the stage, pick up litter, etc.

KSJD invites the public to Happy Hour to honor Melissa Betrone and say farewell from 4:30 to 6 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 25 at Stonefish Sushi on Main Street in Cortez.

Saturday, 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. A raffle for a mountain bike and a costume contest will be held.

DJ Two Tone spins at Blondies for a pre Halloween party at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Feel free to dress up.

For Pets' Sake Humane Society will hold a Halloween Bake Sale to benefit local pets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the north entrance to City Market in Cortez. For more information, call Janet at 533-7402.

Girl Scout Troop 1199 will be hosting a Halloween Family Fun Night from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 26, at the Cortez Fairgrounds. Cake walk, costume contest, silent auction and a raffle for a room at the best western, movie tickets and a gift card to Stonefish. Girl scouts $3 a family and $5 a family for non-members.

Oct. 26-27

Jones Farm will hold a Pumpkin Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26-27 at 25450 Road. M, Cortez, $3 entry fee. For more information, call 759-4502.

Sunday, Oct. 27

An informational meeting to discuss the proposed regulations for Industrial Hemp in Colorado will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Cliffrose, 27885 U.S. Highway 160. For more information, call Sharon at 739-0342.

Monday, 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

Tuesday, Oct. 29

The Dolores Rotary Club will sponsor Bingo Night at the Dolores Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Bingo kicks off with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. for a $5 donation, followed by bingo at 7 p.m. For further information, call Tom Seymour at 799-7708 or Laurel Rematore at 564-1241. Proceeds benefit the Dolores High School Junior Class.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Montezuma County Senior Services is holding a Navajo Taco Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, for $7, includes: dessert and drink. Proceeds cover costs for all senior service programs. For more information, call 565-4166.

A National Hip-Hip tour, Grayskul and Graves33, bring their dark, Northwest hip-hop to Blondies at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

The Baptist Chapel will be holding its second annual Candy Corn Carnival, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. All children are welcome.

The Mancos High School Blood Drive will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Performance Center. To schedule an appointment contact Justin at (970) 903-5512 or visit and enter sponsor code: mancoshs

Teen Impact invites students seventh to 12th grade to the first annual Blackout Night Games at Lighthouse Baptist Church, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Capture the Flag: Zombie Mayhem! $5 admission. Call Youth Pastor Ben Erickson at 565-9302 for more information.

Mancos Public Library invites the public to The Halloween Howl (a pre-trick or treat party) from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. For more information, call 533-7600.

The Evangel Harvest Party will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at 209 West Fifth St. Safe environment with free games, food, prizes and more.

Through October

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer computer classes in October. For more information on the classes or to sign up, stop by or call the library at 565-8117.

Denny's of Cortez will hold a Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser during October. Pink AYCE pancakes, ribbons, bracelets and more will be available.

"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, call 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, 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, 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. Muscle power is needed to help with construction. Work parties are held 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. Hwy. 160. For more information, call 565-9808.

Friday, Nov. 1

Mancos Valley Distillery presents the Moetones, Friday, Nov. 1, at the Zombie Party. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Prize for best costume.

Calling for Vendors for the Cortez Elks Lodge Christmas Bazaar. Book your vendor booth space before Friday, Nov. 1, and pay only $25. The event is Dec. 15. Call Sally at 739-0616 for more information.


Kevin Black, Assistant State Archaeologist, will teach a class called Prehistoric Lithics, Description and Analysis Nov. 1-4. at The Anasazi Heritage Center on Colorado Hwy. 184. The cost is $12. For questions or to sign up, email terry at or call 560-1318.

Saturday, 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 stop by for bakery treats and information. Lawrence Speech and Hearing is at 515 Grand Avenue in Mancos.

Jessica Peterson of Nighteagle Flute Company will present a Native American Flute Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Barnabas Church, at North and Elm streets. The workshop will begin with a half-hour demonstration that is open to the public. A $10 donation to St. Barnabas for Grace's Kitchen is encouraged. Call 565-1595 to register or for more information.

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

Medicine Horse Center invites the public to a benefit for the scholarship fund for Medicine Horse equine-assisted therapy center. The benefit will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Millwood Junction in Mancos. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and are available at Millwood Junction, by phone at 533-7403 or on the website at

The National Honor Society and Student Council will hold its first annual silent auction and chili cook off from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Mancos School Cafeteria. Costs are $10 per person, $15 per couple and $20 per family. Proceeds will help the Mancos Valley Fire Protection District with safety gear.

Presbyterian Women will hold its fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Presbyterian Church, 250 S. Washington. Lunch will be provided, $6 for adults, $3.50 for children 8 and younger. Pie and drinks served all day for $2. For more information, call 565-7024.

Friends of Cedar Mesa present their 2013 Celebrate Cedar Mesa event "Beyond The Archaeological Story" from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Bluff Community Center in Bluff, Utah. For more information or to RSVP, visit

On Friday, Nov. 2, Herb Folsom, Tony Littlejohn, Cat Hill and Linda Baker will play a mixture of blues, swing and motown music at Mr. Happy's in Cortez from 7 to 10 p.m. Costume Party.

Monday, Nov. 4

Southwest Center for Independence Second Chance Brain Injury group meetings will be rescheduled to the first Monday of every month starting Nov. 4, at noon at the Cortez Office at 2409 E. Empire. For more information, call Rose at 759-2347.

The Montelores Early Childhood Council (MECC) invites the public to their next monthly luncheon meeting on Nov. 4, at 11:45 a.m., at the Johnson Building, 525 S. Broadway, in downstairs meeting room 110, Cortez, CO. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to MECC's coordinator, Vangi McCoy, or, PO Box 1725, Cortez, CO 81321, phone 749-7017.

Thursday, Nov. 7

A new Mancos Toastmasters group, will hold an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Mancos Public Library. Contact club sponsor Darrel Ellis at 533-7372 or Shaine Gans at the at 533-7600 or

Friday, 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. Call 565-4400 with any questions.

Club 20, a coalition of counties, communities, businesses and individuals would like to invite Montezuma County residents 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.

Nov. 8-9

The Dolores/Ski Snowboard Swap will be held at the Dolores Community Center. It begins with gear drop-off from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. Contact Clay Tallmadge at 882-7255 or

Sunday, Nov. 10

The public is invited to Lighthouse Baptist Church for "Veteran's Sunday" at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, to honor our nation's heroes. Call the church office for more information at 565-9302.

Monday, Nov. 11

Cortez Elk's Lodge #1789 will host a veteran's day luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 at 2100 N. Dolores Hwy. The free luncheon is for all active military, veterans and their spouses. For more information, call Dennis at 882-2614

Tuesday, Nov. 12

SouthWest Colorado Concerts presents Vocaldente, a German a cappella male quintet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Montezuma-Cortez High School Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757 or Paul Bostrom at 565-9127.

Thursday, Nov. 14

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

A new Mancos Toastmasters group, will hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Mancos Public Library. Contact club sponsor Darrel Ellis, at 533-7372 or Shaine Gans at the Mancos Public Library at 533-7600 or

Nov. 21

The Mancos Public Library in partnership with ITVs Community Cinema and Rocky Mountain PBS will have a free screening for the State of Arizona followed with a discussion about immigration reform at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Mancos Public Library Community Meeting Room. For more information call 533-7600 or visit

Thursday, Nov. 28

The Four Corners Board of Realtors 24th annual Parade Of Lights will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 7. This year's theme is "Bringing Life to Christmas." Participants must complete and sign an entry form by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. Judges and photographer will be at the corner of Market Street and Main Street. Candy throwing is prohibited. Participants can hand items to crowd only.

Through November

"Sweep into November" is the November theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Storytime is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers. Older children may join for the craft at 11:15 a.m. There will be no Storytime on Nov. 28 because of Thanksgiving. For information, call 565-8117.

The Cortez Cultural Center is presenting a Juried Art Show From 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3-23. a the Gallery. For more information call the center at 565-1151 or email

Friday, Dec. 13

The Piñon Project's Christmas for Kids Program has applications available to help support families during the Christmas holiday. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 13. For more information, visit the Piñon Project Resource Center at 300 N. Elm, call 564-1195 or visit

Saturday, Dec. 14

Cortez Knowledge Bowl will be hosting its annual tournament Saturday, Dec. 14, an all-day event beginning at 8 a.m. and ending around 3 p.m. Seeking volunteers from the district and professional community. For more information or to complete a form, please email or fax 565-5118.

First Tuesday

American Legion Ute Mountain Post 75 meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall located at 320 N. Harrison Street, Cortez. For additional information, call the Legion at 565-8151.

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 Shilo'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 meet 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 invite the public to meet at noon every second Thursday at Shilo's Steakhouse at 5 Veach St., in Cortez. 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.

The Mancos Indoor Flea Market is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the old hardware store in Mancos, 192 S. Main St. To become a vendor, call Queenie Barz at 749-9320. Booth fee is $15 per weekend, along with insurance and vendor license charges.

Every Monday and Wednesday

Freestyle Defensive Arts is held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Community Center in Mancos. Kids Freestyle Defensive Arts class, ages 8 to 15, will be held every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. Call instructor Brian Williams at (970) 903-5576 for more information.

Every Tuesday and Thursday

Early Bird Yoga is held 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 15 through Dec. 19 at the Community Center in Mancos. Eirin MacLaren is the instructor. For more information, contact Eirin at 739-8679 or

Karate "Ryukoku Seidokan" is held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Community Center in Mancos. Ages 5 to 10 is held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and costs $5 each class. Ages 11 and older is from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $10 each class. For more information, call Victor Pilcher at 533-7471.

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 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. The presentation Friday, Oct. 25, will be "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.