Community Calendar

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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.

Christian Women’s Celebrations invite everyone to a mother and daughter Royal Teatime Banquet on Feb. 15 at 12 noon at the Elks. Favorite Party Dresses will be modeled by princesses under 18. Beautiful songs will be presented by Jewel Most, singing princess. Speaker Princess, Paula Podgornoff will present a royal story, “Once Upon A Time”. $14.50 per person included room fee, program, meal, drink, dessert, and tip. Please make reservations by Feb. 7 by contacting Cindy Bennets at or 560-0395. Complimentary tickets for first timers and princesses under 18. Let us know if your daughter would like to be a model.

The Colorado Workforce Center will present a workshop on how to fill out a paper application and how to create a resume at the Dolores Public Library on Friday, Feb.7 from 1 to 3 p.m. To sign up for this class please contact the library at 882-4127.

Saturday, Feb. 8

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

Southwestern Colorado Livestock Association’s annual meeting will be held at the Cortez Elks Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 8. The morning session will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed with a potluck at noon provided by Southwestern Cowbelles. The Business meeting and election of Directors will be at 1 p.m., Steak Dinner and the presentation of awards for Southwestern Cowbelle of the Year and Stockman of the Year will be at 7 p.m. Dance to the music of “Vanishing Breed” will begin at 8 p.m. From 3 to 10 p.m. there will be a silent auction to benefit the Scholarship Fund. For more information about the event or the Scholarship fund call 565-1972.

The next USDA Commodity Distribution will be Feb. 8 in Cortez at the Fairgrounds (30100 Hwy 160) from 8 to 8:30 a.m., in Dolores at the Fire Hall (45 Railroad Ave.) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and in Mancos at the United Methodist Church (470 Grand Ave.) from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Must bring a box large enough for your commodities.

Monday, Feb. 10

The Four Corners Community Band will begin practice Feb. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 100 North Market, Cortez. Prospective members are invited to attend. Visitors are welcome. For more information see or call 564-1245.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Fred Blackburn will discuss Yucca House and Snider’s Well “The untold story” and the connection to Meso America in the gallery at the Cortez Cultural Center at 25 N. Market St. in Cortez on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 565-1151.

Thursday, Feb. 13

A Free legal self-help clinic for Montezuma County parties without an attorney will be held Feb. 13 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.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold their monthly meeting on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Pine River Senior Center in Bayfield. Guests are encouraged to attend. This month’s topic is Horse Anatomy by Dr. Ben Hufnagel. For more information visit or contact Pat Amthor, chapter president, at 970-382-0980 or

Friday, Feb 14

Get your fix of country music On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. Dance with “Country Fix”, at The American Legion, 320 N. Harrison, Cortez. $5 cover charge

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.

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County will hold a breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. on Feb. 15 at the Ponderosa in Dolores. Mike Preston, General Manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District will discuss “Snowpack’s, kayaks, water taps and seepage facts” For more information call 564-0708.

A Business Planning Course is being offered by Small Business Development Center, for beginning or experienced business owners. The course starts on Sat., Feb. 15 in Cortez and continues on each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March 22 at the Cortez Welcome Center. Tuition is $280 for two people. Scholarships are available. To register, call 247-7009. For more details call Cindy at 882-4222.

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

Thursday, Feb. 20

Free Home Buyer Class will be held on Feb. 20 at 4 Corners Properties in Cortez. Learn the basic information you need to start buying a home. Register now, space is limited. Call or email Terry Woodrow at 560-1318, to sign up.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

The Dolores Rotary Club will sponsor a bingo night at the Dolores Community Center on Feb. 25. Proceeds will benefit the Mancos students traveling to Costa Rica for a science trip March 31 - April 7. Bingo kicks-off with a light dinner of frito pie chili and dessert, for a $5 donation, starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by Bingo at 7 p.m. For further information, please contact Tom Seymour at 799-7708 or Laurel Rematore at 564 -1241.

Friday, Feb. 28

The 9th Annual Lewis Arriola Community Center “Warm Up” chili and cornbread supper will be Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at 21176 MC Road S. (1/2 mile west of US 491). This is the primary fundraiser for the center. Funds raised help offset operating and maintenance expenses. There will be homemade chili and cornbread and an old-fashioned pie auction. Tickets are available at the door for $5 each or for $20 or can by purchased in advance from Chan 882-7318 or Carlo 882-7816.

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 to register.

“A Literary February” is the February theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St. Storytime is 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 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.