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.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

The Dolores River Anglers invite the public to an evening of fly fishing videos and film shorts at the SW Memorial Hospital Annex at 20 S. Market in Cortez on Jan. 21. Doors open at 6 p.m. For information call 759-0175.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

The Children’s Kiva, 1204 E. Empire St. will hold a meeting and parent education night on Jan. 22. The community is invited for dinner at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. In addition, two parenting classes on early childhood behavior and nutrition will be offered. Childcare will be provided.

The Dolores Chamber’s monthly membership meeting will be Jan. 22 at noon at the Hollywood. Call 882-4018 for more info. Everyone is invited.

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.

“Are Christians More Likely to Lose Their Faith With Money and Education?” will be the topic on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. 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. Wine and cheese will be served. Call 565-7865 for information.

The Dolores Chamber’s Business after Hours will be Jan. 23 at the Dolores Public Library from 5 to 7 p.m. Get involved in Dolores in a more meaningful way through networking with some great food and refreshments. Call 882-4018 for more information.

The Mancos School District will host the Mancos Education Fair at the school cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 23. Student work and science fair projects from elementary, middle and high school students will be displayed for the public to see. At 5:30 the eighth grade students will prepare and serve a fundraising dinner for their Grand Canyon trip in the spring. The dinner will be a potato bar, dessert and a drink for $5.

The public is invited to the Open Shutter Gallery for an artist’s reception and a chance to meet Kevin DesPlanques and find out more about his work on Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information contact the Open Shutter Gallery at 970-382-8355 or visit www.openshuttergallery.com

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.

This months Monthly Yoga “Grange Benefit” will be held 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Jan. 25. Donation only, all levels are welcome. All proceeds will benefit Mt. Lookout Grange. Take towel/mat and water. Refrain from eating an hour before.

Yoga for total beginners with Lily Russo will be held at Kaleidoscope, 233 Park St. in Mancos from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 25. Arrive in comfy clothes that you can stretch in, with an empty belly and take a water bottle. If you have a mat, take it, otherwise one will be provided to you.

Celebrate Mac Neely’s birthday at the Columbine in Mancos on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. live music provided by WE-4. No gifts please; no cover.

1980’s dance party with DJ P.A. on Jan. 25 at Blondie’s at 9 p.m. Dress up for prizes!

Sunday, Jan. 26

Heart and Core Yoga Studio, 30 W. Main Cortez, will have a Free Yoga for beginners Class on Jan. 26 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Class lead by certified yoga teacher, Sharon Englehart. For more information visit www.heartandcoreyoga.com

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance will be playing three films for Sunday matinee at Empire Electric from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 26. Pathway to the gods plays at 1:15 p.m.; NEMO, 1934 plays at 2:35 p.m. and Death Of Place plays at 3:35 p.m. Read full film descriptions at www.swcocanyons.org on the Jan. 4 newsletter.

Monday, Jan. 27

Join the 2014 Great Decision discussion group at the Mancos Puplic Library on Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. This year they will tackle critical issues from the relationship between Israel and the U.S. to China’s foreign policy. For more information call 533-7600 or visit http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/

Tuesday, Jan. 28

The Dolores Rotary Club will sponsor a bingo night at the Dolores Community Center on Jan. 28 beginning with a light dinner of soup, rolls and dessert, for a $5 donation, starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by bingo at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Bridge Emergency Shelter. For more information call 799-7708 or 564-1241.

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.

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.

Movie Monday’s at the Mancos Public Library at 4 p.m. every Monday for the month of January: Jan. 6 – Turbo (1 hr. 36 min.), Jan. 13 – 2 episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender (1 hr.), Jan. 20 – Library Closed, MLK Day. Jan. 27 – Planes (1 hr. 32 min.). Movies are for children 8 and older. Younger children are welcome with an adult. Free! For more information call 533-7600.

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.

The Dolores River Anglers will offer fly tying lessons to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. at the SW Memorial Hospital Annex located at 20 S. Market in Cortez on Jan. 13, Jan. 28, Feb. 3, and Feb. 10. For information call 759-0175.

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.

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 Montelores Early Childhood Council (MECC) will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting is Monday Feb. 3 at 11:45 a.m. at the Johnson Building, 525 S. Broadway, in the downstairs meeting room 110, Cortez, CO. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP to MECC’s coordinator, Vangi McCoy, mecc.coordinator@gmail.com or vangim@monteloresecc.org, PO Box 1725, Cortez, CO 81321, phone 749-7017.

Friday, Feb. 7

The 28th Annual Chocolate Fantasia, a fundraiser benefiting the Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse and the Durango Community Shelter, will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds (2500 Main Avenue), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Chocolat De Paris.” Tickets are available throughout the Durango community as well as at the door. For more information call Volunteers of America at 259-1021.

The Montezuma School to Farm Project is hosting a Talent Show at the Dolores River Brewery, 100 S. 4th St. in Dolores on Feb. 7! 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 will be available. Email mstfpamericorps@gmail.com or call 303-918-3538 to enter. All proceeds will go to support school gardens in Montezuma County. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Sunday, Feb. 16

The Anasazi Heritage Center presents David Mattson, of Yale University, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. for his presentation “Lions in Your Back Yard.” Free to the public. Contact the Center at 882-5600 for information on upcoming events or go to their website at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ahc.html

Through February

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.

“A Literary February” is the February theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Storytime is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Older children are welcome to join us for the craft at 11:15 a.m. For more information, contact the library at 970-565-8117.

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer computer classes in February: Feb.13, at 1 p.m., beginning computer class, called Incredibly Basic Computers. On Friday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. the Workforce Center will hold a class on finding a job. On Thursday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m., there will be a class called Basics II. All classes must be signed up for ahead of time by stopping by or calling the library at 565-8117.

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 Matthew at 570-8001.

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.

Dolores Mountain Quilters meet 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. February meeting will include new squares for veteran’s quilts. Instructor is Regina. Bring sewing machine and neutral thread. More information is available at doloresmountainquilters.org or by calling Judith Swain 560-4426

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 nicci.crowley@gmail.com or call 570-9372.

First Friday

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.

Second Sunday

Mancos Community Dinners will be the Second Sunday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Lookout Grange, 680 Grand Ave, Mancos. This is a pay -what-you-can event. All ages are welcome. Main dishes will be provided. Participants are can bring a dish to share, ideas, a plate, silverware and instruments, too. For more information, call Gretchen at (509) 830-4380.

Second Tuesday

The Mancos Water Conservancy District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 42599 Road N off of Road 42.

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 taachinii@yahoo.com.

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.

Third Thursday

Dolores secondary PTO meets the third Thursday of every month at 3:45 p.m. in Mr. Thurston’s office. For more information, email Heather Alvarez at halvarez0722@gmail.com or call Tif at 903-8752.

First and Third Thursday’s

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.

Fourth Tuesday

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.

Every Sunday

First United Methodist Church has a Native American Worship Service at 2 p.m. every Sunday. For more information call 565-3002.

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 sue@simmonssecondchanceranch.com.

The Dolores Public Library will answer technology/software questions about Microsoft Word, email, digital pictures, etc. free from 2 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 882-4127.

The Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St., will be offering Little People Storytime on Tuesday’s at 10:30 a.m. Previously Storytime was offered on Wednesday’s. The program is geared towards children ages 2 – 6 but all ages are welcome. For more information call 533-7600.

Every Wednesday

The Way Christian Church has a Bible Studies class every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday Morning Yoga will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Kaleidoscope, 233 Park St. in Mancos.

Every Monday

and Wednesday

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

Every Tuesday

and Thursday

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 Thursday

Every Thursday the Community Drum Circle will be held at Kaleidoscope Wellness, 233 Park St. in Mancos. For more information call 533-1100

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

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 info@byeshua.org

Every Saturday

The Mancos Indoor Flea Market is open 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. The booth fee is $15 per weekend, along with insurance and vendor license charges.