Community Calendar

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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.

Trio Talent Search will hold an informational meeting on filling out application for federal student aid for college on Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mancos High School student lounge. The meetings are open to Talent Search seniors and their parents.

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

The Cortez High School will hold a blood drive on Feb. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Gym. Drink plenty of water and eat before donating. Bring photo ID and donor card. 16 & 17 year old students must have a Minor Permit signed by a parent/guardian before they will be able to donate. To schedule an appointment call 565-3722 ext. 133 or visit online at sponsor code: cortezhs

The Chamber’s Business After Hours will be Feb. 13 at the Piñon Projects new Administrative Office at 212 W. Montezuma From 5 to 7 p.m.

Trio Talent Search will hold an informational meeting on filling out application for federal student aid for college on Feb.13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Montezuma Cortez High School library. The meetings are open to Talent Search seniors and their parents.

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

Surprise your Valentine with a Bavarian Cream Puff. Beautiful large puffs in a decorated box; $6 each or 2 for $10. Pre-order at Madison House, 120 S. Madison St. Cortez 565-2047 for pick-up on Feb. 14. Or they can deliver to Cortez Businesses for a $2 additional fee.

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.

The Public is invited to join Susan Matthews for a relaxing, opening, energetic Qigong set from the Liu He Ba Fa tradition at Shanti School of Taijiquan, Millennium Center for the Performing Arts, 20 W. Main St., Cortez on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No experience necessary. Free for newcomers! Call 970-903-5723 or visit for more information.

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

Monday, Feb. 17

Four Corners Nine Twelve & TEA Party group is hosting a vetting of Senatorial Candidate Ken Buck. This is an opportunity for local voters to meet and question to decide their voting preference at the Elks Lodge in Cortez on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Mr. Buck is running for the U.S. Senate seat occupied now by Mark Udall.

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.

Friday, Feb. 21 & Saturday, Feb. 22

The Sixth Annual Homegrown Food Retreat will be at Fort Lewis College in the Student Union Ballroom on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Coordinated by Southwest Colorado and sponsored by Zia Taqueria, Fort Lewis College Environmental Center, Sodexo, CSU Extension and Durango Natural Foods. The cost is $15 and suggested donation for lunch. For more information or to RSVP visit

There will be a free clinic on Chronic Pain and inflammation using Tai Chi and Qigong taught by Susan Matthews at the Shanti School of Taijiquan, Millennium Center for the Performing Arts, 20 W. Main St., Cortez on Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn relaxation techniques for better posture, plus nutrition essentials. Call 970-903-5723 or visit for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 27

The public is invited to the Cortez Public Library Storytime on Feb. 27 to join children’s author Melanie Milburn while she reads her book “Imagination, It’s Up To You.” The library is at 202 N. Park St. in Cortez and can be reached at 565-8117.

“How Can We Help Christianity Evolve?” will be the topic on Feb. 27 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.

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

“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.

The 20th Annual Pueblo to Pueblo Run-Bike Event will be held April 26 and is now open for registration. Register by visiting The Center also seeks health conscious organizations to sponsor the event. Call 565-1151 for more information.

Saturday, March. 1

The Dolores Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Spring Banquet on March 1 at the Dolores Community Center with a Cash Bar at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is Mardi Gras. There will be music by the AfrobeatMinions and a silent auction to benefit the Dolores High School Scholarship fund. Tickets are $30 with a table of 8 selling for $210 and are available at the Dolores Chamber and Visitors Center. Call 882-4018 for more information.

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.

Saturday, March 8

There will be a Brain Workshop for Stress, Mindfulness and Brain Health on March 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. taught by Susan Matthews at the Shanti School of Taijiquan, Millennium Center for the Performing Arts, 20 W. Main St., Cortez. Call 970-903-5723 or visit for more information.

Sunday, March 9

Little League Baseball is now open for registration. Super Saturday registration will take place at the Cortez Recreation Center on Feb. 8 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at Hibbett Sports on March 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Baseball is open for ages 4 to 15 as of April 30. Cost varies from $55 to $105 according to age. To save money register by Feb. 15, registration closes March 9. Registration forms can be downloaded from or picked up at the Rec Center, Hibbets, or the Super Saturday events. For more info call 560-3029 or email

Saturday, March 22

There will be a benefit Chili dinner and silent auction for Amy Martin, a mother of three fighting stage 2 breast cancer, to help with medical bills on March 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lewis Arriola Community Center. Kids are $4 and adults are $10. If you would like to donate or need more info call Heather Veach at 560-9316.

Monday, March 31

Cortez Cultural Center in collaboration with Conservation Colorado announces, “What does wilderness mean to you?” Youth Poetry Contest. Submission deadline is March 31. Email submissions to or Anne at Poetry reading and awards ceremony with Dave Mason will be April 18 at the Cortez Cultural Center, details to follow. For submission guidelines or more information call 565-1151.

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

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.

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.

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 Wednesday

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

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