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Friday, Jan. 10
Art students at Southwest Open School are currently exhibiting their work at the Cortez Cultural Center. A public reception for “As We See It” will be held Jan. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Most work is for sale, with funds going directly to individual student artists. Refreshments will be served and SWOS students will perform music.
Saturday, Jan. 11
The League of Woman Voters of Montezuma County will hold a breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Dolores. Melissa Brunner will discuss all the services the county provides, the funding sources and the county budget. For more information call 564-0708.
Jan. 11 from 10 to 12 a.m. Let It Grow will hold a Hand Tool Maintenance workshop. take a tool and gloves and wear a long sleeve shirt. For more information call 565-3099.
Sunday, Jan. 12
The public is invited to a Revival Service with Dr. Gary Woods on Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Cortez Family Worship Center Foursquare Church. Call 565-3709 for more information.
Tuesday, Jan. 14
The Montezuma Community Economic Development Association (MCEDA) has scheduled their Community Membership meeting for Jan. 14 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Mancos Community Center. There is a $12 cost for lunch (no capacity for credit cards). For more information or to RSVP call or email Christ Burkett at email@example.com or 560-5581.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Barbara Grist, Nancy Sawyer, Roberta and Shelby Smith will present Travel Tips on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center in the Gallery. Free to members, $5 others.
The Chamber Luncheon will be held at Shiloh Steakhouse from 12 to 1 p.m. on Jan. 15
Thursday, Jan. 16
There will be a presentation going over judging changes that will take affect this year in the 2014 Montezuma County Fair in the Community Open Class Food Preservation. The presentation will be held at the Montezuma County Extension Office, 109 W. Main, Rm 102 on Jan. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 565-3123 to register ahead of time.
The next Twin Topics conversation will be held at Mesa Elementary School from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The two topics to be taken up are “The Future of Inter-Scholastic Sports” and “Thinking About School Calendars.”
The Montezuma County Democratic Party Central Committee is having a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at The Spruce Tree Espresso Shop on Main St. in Cortez. Call Ric Plese if you have any questions.
Friday, Jan. 17
Celebrate “Tombstone style casino night” with the Citizen of the year, Green Business of the year, Business of the year and with the special unsung Hero on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at Fiesta Mexicana Banquet Hall. Play Blackjack, Poker, Roulette or Craps for chances to win prizes! Tickets are $25 until Jan. 17 and then they go up to $30 a piece. Call 565-3414 for reservations and more information.
Saturday, Jan. 18
Jan. 18 from 10 to 12 a.m. Let It Grow will hold a Pruning Fruit Trees workshop. Wear winter outdoor & safety gear, bring water, snacks and pruners or handsaw if you have one. For more information call 565-3099.
Yoga for athletes workshop at Heart and Core Yoga Studio, 30 W. Main St. in Cortez on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn to use yoga to enhance your performance while soothing aches and pains. All levels welcome, no yoga experience necessary. Cost is $20. Call 739-0547 for more information.
Join San Jaun Mountains Association (SJMA) for a family exploration on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon for some fun outside at Boggy Draw in Dolores. For ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult. Snowshoes for children are provided. Snowshoes for adults can be provided if registered by Jan. 16. To sign up contact Gabi at 759-1170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Program provided by SJMA, San Juan National Forest and BLM Tres Rios Field Office.
Pizza and Dance Party will take place at the Montezuma County Annex on Jan. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. to benefit the Children’s Kiva Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten. Pizza will be from Sweetwater Gypsies wood-fired pizza and salad from Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery and the Farm Bistro. Enjoy a performance and learn some moves from Suzanne’s School of Dance High School Competitive Team. $10 per adult, $5 per child. For more information call 565-8586.
Sunday, Jan. 19
Jennifer Hope will present Literary Explorations on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Exploring all kinds of writings both fiction and non-fiction upstairs at the Cortez Cultural Center. Free, donations are welcome. The ongoing discussion group is the third Sunday of each month.
Monday, Jan. 20
Four Corners Dancers invite the public to come take square dance lessons starting Jan. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through May 19 at Kemper School. Fun for ages 9 – 90, single or family, great for the mind and physical body. There will be a meet and greet on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. For more information call Judy or Don Morris at 565-9836 or Ronnie and Vonnie Robinson at 749-9682.
Thursday, Jan. 23
The Montezuma County Historical Society will sponsor a History Symposium about the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in Hampton Hall of the First United Methodist Church at 515 N. Park St. The presentation given by Mr. Lew Matis is titled Four Summits, Five Counties, Six Rivers. There is no charge and the public is invited.
Saturday, Jan. 25
Jan. 25 from 10 to 12 a.m. Let It Grow will hold a Learn to Graft workshop. Free to observe or $2.50 per rootstock to graft your own heritage tree. For more information call 565-3099.
Live music at Mr. Happy’s downtown in Cortez on Jan. 25 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Cat Hill, Tony Little John, Linda Baker, Herb Folsom, Blues, Swing, Motown and more. No cover.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
William Hendrickson will discuss the history of oil and gas in Montezuma County on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery at the Cortez Cultural Center. Free to members, $5 to others.
“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.
Current displays at the Cortez Public Library are: Jay Whitewolf, featured artist for January for the Southwest Artists’League. Mary North, Huichol Indian beaded items (through February) Otter Lopez, acrylic on canvas and pencil drawings (through February) The library is located at 202 N. Park St., Cortez, CO. and may be reached by calling 565-8117.
Saturday, 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.
The Montezuma School to Farm Project is hosting a Talent Show at the Dolores River Brewery, 100 S. 4th St. in Dolores on Feb. 1! Family contest from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Cake Walk at 7 p.m., and adult contest from 8 to 10 p.m. Prizes will be awarded and a karaoke machine is available. Email email@example.com or call 303-918-3538 to enter. All proceeds will go to support school gardens in Montezuma County. $5 cover.
Monday, Feb. 3
The Jordan World Circus 2014 is coming to Cortez at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds on Monday, Feb. 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.thejordanworldcircus.com or their facebook page TheJordanWorldCircus.
The PAAC Class Colorado Archeology will be held Jan. 31 at the Anasazi Heritage Center from 5 to 8 p.m. then continue on Feb. 1 from 9 to 5 p.m., Feb. 2 from 9 to 5 p.m. and Feb. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $12. Call 560-1318 or email Terrywoodrow@gmail.com to register.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-9372.
First Friday Leadership is held the first Friday of every month at First National Bank in Cortez from 8 to 9 a.m. Join the free event at 7:45 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts. For more information, call Dena at 565-3414. This months topic is The Law of Connection.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
First and Third Thursdays
Planning committee for the 10th Annual Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival meets at 10 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month upstairs at the Cortez Cultural Center. Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to attend. Call 565-1151 for details.
A new Republican woman’s club has been formed locally called 4 Corners Republican Women’s Club. Regular meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elk’s Lodge. For more information, please call 565-2197.
First United Methodist Church has a Native American Worship Service at 2 p.m. every Sunday. For more information call 565-3002.
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.
The Kiwanis Club of Mesa Verde meets at noon each Tuesday at Shiloh’s. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Way Christian Church has a Bible Studies class every Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Free Community Dinner every Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Cortez Family Worship Center Foursquare Church, 500 N. Washington. Donation is always appreciated. Call 565-3709 for more information.
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 Hwy 145. For more information, call 970-562-4217 or email email@example.com