Community Calendar

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Tuesday, Jan. 28

The Sheridan Opera House in Telluride will present Young Peoples Theatre Edition Twenty(by)Telluride on Jan. 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Sheridan Bar. Featuring: Jen Julia, Lyndia Peralta, Rob Wagner, Amy Palamar and Bob Israel

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.

The public is invited to enjoy live swing music by WE-4 at the Vista Mesa Assisted Living Residence, located at1206 N. Mildred rd. in Cortez on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 12:30-2 p.m. Linda Baker, Cat Hill, Herb Folsom and Tony Littlejohn will deliver a toe-tapping good time.

Friday, Jan. 31

The Montezuma Land Conservancy will be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Jan. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center. There will be an award-winning selection of films that bring a human face to the environmental movement, beer and wine, and drawings. Support local land conservation in and around Montezuma County!

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.

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.

Midge Kirk will discuss Tobacco Education and Prevention at the Montezuma County Department of Health, 106 W. North St. in Cortez. For more information call 565-3056 or email

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.

Cortez Special Olympics will be hosting their second annual Music Festival on Feb. 1 at Blondies at 7 p.m. Three bands will be playing: They Guys, Beach Street Blues Band, and Redneck Symphony. No cover. Funds raised will be used to send athletes to State and Regional basketball tournaments. You can also donate by mailing a check to Marcy Aldaz, 13691 Rd. 28, Dolores, CO 81323. Make checks payable to Cortez Special Olympics. For more information call 749-5096

Join San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon for a fun and educational snowshoe walk to Chris Park. Search for signs of life in the winter stillness. Look closely, and you will realize that life lives on in the cold and snow of winter. For ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult. Snowshoes for children are provided. Snowshoes for adults can be provided if you register by Jan. 29. Contact MK to sign up at or 970-759-9113. Program provided by SJMA, San Juan National Forest and BLM Tres Rios Field Office.

The Recovery Center (formerly CARS) 35 N. Ash St. in Cortez will be offering Level II (DUI) Classes beginning on Feb. 1. $12.50 per class. Call 565-4109 for an appointment to get enrolled.

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 or their facebook page TheJordanWorldCircus.

The Montelores Early Childhood Council (MECC) will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting on 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, or, PO Box 1725, Cortez, CO 81321, phone 749-7017.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society is pleased to present Jonathan Till on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 Park Street in Cortez to discuss the Results of the Hovenweep Pottery Analysis Project, Year 2.

Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen invite the public to their monthly meeting on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Empire Electric in the Calvin Denton Rm, 801 N. Broadway (Hwy 491), Cortez. Betty Schneider will discuss First Aid in the back country. Snacks and “meet and greet” start at 6:15 p.m. Call Susa for more info at 928-600-2993 or email

Thursday, Feb. 6

“Why Is It That Christians with Money and Education Are Able to Keep Their Faith?” will be the topic on Feb. 6 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. Wine and cheese will be served. Call 565-7865 for information.

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 or call 303-918-3538 to enter. All proceeds will go to school gardens in Montezuma County. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Lu Nettleton of the Colorado Plateau Growers Association will present a workshop on the local production of marijuana at the Dolores Public Library 1004 Railroad on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 12:30 p.m. Several topics will be discussed including the difference between marijuana and hemp, GMO/patented seed vs. organic seed, farmers’ rights vs. monopoly rights, and the potential for profit. For further information please call the Dolores Public Library at 882-4127.

Four Corners Beekeepers Assoc, “The Buzz Club” is sponsoring beginning beekeeping classes at Let It Grow Nursery in Cortez. The class will be in two sessions, Feb. 8 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will cost $40 for both sessions. Both top-bar and Langstroth hives will be shown. For more info or to reserve a space, contact Tina at (970) 884-8190

Tuesday, Feb. 11

The Cortez Public Library is holding a free Online Dating Workshop on Feb.11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Learn how to find sites that are right for you, how to create your profile and about online communication safety. For more information call 565-8117.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Cheri Valle presents a Victorian Fashions and Dressmaking Techniques workshop at the Cortez Cultural Center, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch on your own. Members free, $5 all others. Pre-registration requested by calling the Center 565-1151.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Jim and Karen Mischke present the Cheetah Conservation fund, a non- profit in Namibia that is engaged in saving the cheetah on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery at the Cortez Cultural Center. Educational videos highlight the successful program and are a good fit for children and families. Free to members, $5 all others. Call 565-1151 for more information or visit

Monday, March 3

SouthWest Colorado Concerts presents award winning concert pianist Charlie Albright at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the Montezuma-Cortez High School Auditorium. Charlie has been hailed as being “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post. 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.