Community Calendar

People are encouraged to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to news@cortezjournal.com. Items submitted less than two weeks in advance will be less likely to be published.

Wednesday, Dec. 25

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.

Monday, Dec. 30

Due to the contract with the Holiday Inn Express in Cortez, the RSVP date for the Dolores River workshop has been moved up to Monday, Dec. 30. If you plan to attend, email Kathy Sherer at jksherer@q.com or call 970-247-8306.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

The public is welcome to a Holiday Yoga Gathering on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Intention’s: 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.

Through December

“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.

Monday, Jan. 4

There will be a fundraiser for Vickie Wallace, who was recently diagnosed with Metastatic Colon Cancer, on Jan. 4 at Lewis Arriola Community Center at 4 p.m. The event will feature: Cow Patty dinner, silent auction, dessert auction and chicken bingo. All proceeds will help the Wallace’s to pay for medical bills. For more information email kx4les0207@hotmail.com.

Monday, Jan. 6

The Montelores Early Childhood Council (MECC) will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting on Monday, Jan. 6, at 11:45 a.m., at the Johnson Building, 525 S. Broadway, in the downstairs meeting room 110, Cortez. Lunch will be provided, RSVP to MECC’s coordinator, Vangi McCoy, mecc.coordinator@gmail.com or vangim@monteloresecc.org, PO Box 1725, Cortez, CO 81321, phone 749-7017.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen will hold its general membership-planning meeting on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N Dolores Rd, Cortez. New members welcome! Learn what we do to ensure public lands stay open to horsemen. Tacos can be purchased at 6:15 p.m. Call Sue for more information at 564-9454.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Yoga and meditation, regularly held on Mondays/Wednesdays, will begin Jan. 8 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. classes at Mt. Lookout Grange, 680 Grand Ave. in Mancos. All levels are welcome, arrive early for registration, bring a towel/mat, water, wear loose clothing, and refrain from eating one hour before class. Call or text 970-946-1267 for details.

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 jksherer@q.com or Marsha Porter-Norton at porternorton@bresnan.net 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.

The Dolores River meeting will be held Jan. 9 in Cortez at the Holiday Inn Express. Please RSVP by Dec. 30 to Kathy Sherer at jksherer@q.com or call 970-247-8306.

Colorado State University Extension is presenting an information session on Radon on Jan. 9 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Montezuma County Extension Office, 109 W. Main, room 102. To make reservations call 565-3123. The class is $5, which includes a Radon Test Kit. Radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer.

Through January

“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.

Sunday, Feb. 1

The Cortez Cultural Center’s annual Sweetheart Ball fundraiser will be held Feb. 1 at the Cortez Elks. This year’s theme is “Abracadabra Sweetheart Ball” featuring dinner, auction, magic entertainment and dancing. Donations for the auction are being accepted Jan. 7 – 29 and can be taken to the center at 25 N. Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gift certificates faxed to 565-4075. For more information call 565-1151.