Community Calendar

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Tuesday, Dec. 17

Cortez Lions Club is selling raffle tickets for a Surface RT for its annual fundraiser. Tickets can be purchased from Lions Club members or at Four Corners Hearing. The drawing will be held Dec. 17. Money raised from the raffle will be for Eyeglasses Assistant Grants.

The M-CHS Instrumental Music Department is raffling off an Apple iPad valued at $500 at 7 p.m. Dec. 17. All proceeds will go toward the band. Tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 7 for $20. If interested, contact Mr. Ritthaler at 565-3722, ext. 2158, or

The next Parent Meeting for the System of Care will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Dove Creek High School, 525 N. Main St., and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in Mancos at Mount Lookout Grange Hall, 680 Grand Ave. For more information, email Shannon Jones at

Wednesday, Dec. 18

The Children’s Kiva Montessori Charter School will hold the first of four enrollment meetings for the 2014-15 school year at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the First National Bank of Cortez. Additional meeting dates/times will be posted at For more information, call 565-8586.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town, he will be arriving Dec. 20, high noon until 1 p.m. at the corner of Market & Main. Santa will be handing out presents & goodies to good little girls & boys!

Saturday, Dec. 21

A candle-lit labyrinth walk will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the winter solstice (Dec. 21) at St. Barnabas Church. There is no charge, and it is open to the public. For more information, call 565-7865.

The M-CHS band will play Dec. 21 at 12 noon at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new high school, which will be held at the new High School site at 7th and Sligo St.

Dec. 21 and 31

The public is welcome to two Holiday Yoga Gatherings Saturday, Dec. 21, winter solstice, and Tuesday, Dec. 31 New Year’s intention: 3 to 6 p.m. Stretching and yoga from 3 to 4 p.m.; meditation, discussion and refreshments follow at 40594 Road G. White Wind Ranch, Mancos. Suggested donation $15-20. For more information, call 946-1267.

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Every Christmas Eve at Lighthouse Baptist Church celebrate’s the birth of Jesus Christ. Enjoy a night of celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at 11502 Highway 145. For more information, call the church office at 565-9302.

Wednesday, Dec. 25

St. Barnabas Church, 110 W. North St., will offer a Blue Christmas service at 5 p.m. Christmas Day. This is a service for those for whom Christmas, for whatever reason, is not a joyous time. Communion will be offered for those who wish to partake. For more information, call 565-7865.

The public is invited to the Community Christmas Dinner that will be held on Dec. 25 at the Montezuma County Annex from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dinner is free but donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at Vectra Bank or Citizens State Bank. For more information or to volunteer, call 565-1151.

Through December

Kaleidoscope Wellness at 233 Park St. in Mancos will have Zumba on Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and Dec. 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. They will have Morning Yoga on Dec. 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Community Drum Circle on Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and Mancos Meditation Group from 8 to 9 a.m. for questions call 533-1100.

“Dance into December” is the December theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library. Storytime is held at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday for preschool-aged children. For more information, call the library at 565-8117.

Mancos watercolor artist Jan Wright exhibits paintings of Mesa Verde at The Farm Bistro, 34 W. Main in Cortez, through Jan. 1, 2014.

Displays at the Cortez Public Library: Larry Condon and Carol Rhan are displaying their Christmas collection from around the world; Betty Ann Grip and Judi McDonald / featured artists for the month of December for the Southwest Artists League; Sharon Englehart, Deb Harriman and Darnell Bane through the end of December.

“NEWSFLASH” One day in 1963, a history told in teletype by Royce Atkinson through Dec. 21.

“Snuggle Up in January” is the January theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library. Storytime is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Older children are welcome to join for the craft at 11:15 a.m. For more information, contact the library at 565-8117.

Thursday, Jan. 9

The public is invited to the Dolores River Management Coordination (DRMC) Workshop held from 9 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Jan. 9 at Holiday Inn Express, 212 E. Main St. in Cortez. RSVP to Kathy Sherer at or Marsha Porter-Norton at or call 247-8306 by Jan. 7.

“How Can Christianity Contribute to the Evolution of a Better Society?” will be the topic on Thursday, January 9th at 6:30 for the next “How You Can Be Part of a Christian Community with Integrity and Not Believe All Those Things You Thought You Had to Believe” conversation held at St. Barnabas Church (corner of North and Elm). Wine and cheese will be served. Call 565-7865 for information.

First Monday

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

The Cortez Emblem Club No. 261 meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month (except January and February). For more information, call 565-2197.

First Tuesday

American Legion Ute Mountain Post 75 meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Hall, 320 N. Harrison St. For more 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, email Nicci Crowley, secretary, at 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. Email 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.

A Free legal self-help clinic for Montezuma County parties without an attorney will be held the second Thursday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. Volunteer attorneys will assist one-on-one, via computer link. First come first-served basis.

Third Sunday

Jennifer Hope will host Literary Explorations, a free ongoing discussion group exploring all kinds of writings, both fiction and nonfiction, upstairs at the Cortez Cultural Center at 6:30 p.m. every third Sunday of the month.

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 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. For more information, email

Every Thursday

The public is invited to have a free dinner at 6 p.m. every Thursday until Friday, Nov. 15, in Cortez at 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. 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 are available.