Community Calendar

People are encouraged to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to Items submitted less than two weeks in advance will be less likely to be published.

Tuesday, March 4

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society is pleased to present Linda Honeycutt on March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 Park Street, in Cortez to discuss Seven Basketmaker III Black-on-white Bowl Motifs. Contact Kari Schleher at 505-269-4475 with questions.

The Montezuma County Democrat Caucus for 2014 is being held on March 4 at Mesa Elementary School Cafeteria from 6 to 9 p.m. This will be for Precincts 1-10. Precinct 11 (Mancos) will have their Caucus at the Mancos Public Library at the same time. Please contact Ric Plese at 739-4365 for any questions.

Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen invite the public to their monthly meeting on March 4 at 7 p.m. at Empire Electric in the Calvin Denton Rm. 801 N. Broadway (Hwy 491), Cortez. Chris Bouton, Recreation Specialist from the San Juan National Forest, will talk about trails and projects scheduled for this summer. Snacks and social time start at 6:15 p.m. Guests welcome! For more info call 928-600-2993.

The Best Ever Pancake Dinner will be on March 4 at 6 p.m. at the St. Philip the Evangelist Anglican Church (corner of S. Market and 7th St.). The dinner is free and will include homemade pancakes, breakfast meats, coffee, tea, juice, and all the trimmings.

Zumba will be from 5:30 to 6:30 on March 4 at Kaleidoscope Wellness, 233 Park Street in Mancos. Call 533-1100 for questions

Wednesday, March 5

The public is invited to Ash Wednesday Services, which will begin at 7 p.m. on March 5 at the St. Philip the Evangelist Anglican Church (corner of S. Market and 7th St.). For more information call Pastor Carl Brenner at 505-608-4060.

Filmmaker/photographer Mike Wilkinson will be at the Cortez Public Library Meeting Room on March 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. and will discuss the challenges of working in winter conditions while capturing visuals of athletes and landscapes. A non-formal lecture will include photo and video examples, and conclude with time for questions.

Thursday, March 6

A fruit tree pruning workshop will be held on March 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southwest Colorado Research station located approximately 17 miles north on hwy 491 and west one-quarter mile on Road Z. Participants are asked to register by phoning either Montezuma County Extension at 565-3123 or Dolores County Extension at 677-2283. The cost is $15 per person, payable the day of the workshop. Must bring chair, water, snacks, lunch and dress in warm clothing. For hands-on pruning, bring loppers or hand pruners. Leave pets at home.

March 7 and 8

The Presbyterian Women’s Spring Rummage Sale will be March 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington, Cortez. Proceeds are used for mission projects. Call 565-7024 for further information.

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.

Join Jude & the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project for FREE hands-on pruning workshops in the heritage orchards on March 8. Meet at Let It Grow, 90 North Mildred in Cortez at 1:30 p.m. to caravan, or call ahead for directions to the orchard. 565-3099. Dress for the weather, wear boots, gloves, and glasses. Bring water and snacks.

Sunday, March 9

Little League Baseball is open for registration. Super Saturday registration will be 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. Registration closes March 9. Registration forms can be downloaded from or picked up at the Rec Center, Hibbets, or the Super Saturday event. For more info call 560-3029 or email

Monday, March 10

The Four Corners Community Band will play a concert with the Newcomb, New Mexico High School Band, at the Phil Thomas Center for the Performing Arts, in Shiprock, New Mexico, on March 10, at 7 p.m. For more information, please see or call 564-1245.

Wednesday, March 12

The Montezuma Valley Farm Hub presents four in-depth classes featuring local experts & experienced farmers & ranchers. The first class in this series, Opportunities in Sheep & Goat Production, takes place March 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Let It Grow in Cortez, 90 North Mildred Road. Preregister at Let It Grow, cost is $15. 565-3099.

THURSDAY, March 13

Friday, March 14

Hope Taylor will be presenting “Hope for America – Our Nation’s Future” on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mesa/Canyon rooms at the Cortez Rec Center. You are welcome to visit They will collect a Free-Will offering. This is sponsored by the Colorado Coalition for Regional Transformation and Community of Believers. For more information call Gregg at 739-3323, Elaine at 739-9785 or Zandra at 739-0920.

Celebrating Women’s History Month, HerStory - Midge Kirk and Terri Helm present Two Women from Rico, Lizzy Knight and Betty Pellet. on March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. A cash bar and appetizers will be offered before the program. For more information, contact the Cultural Center at 565-1151.

Saturday, March 15

A Tarot Wisdom Retreat: Diving Your Life’s Purpose will be March 15. Prior Tarot experience is not necessary to benefit from this special day. Pre-registration required, to reserve your space call 570-9323 or email $50 for the day or Special Offer: $25 for those under 21 years old.

Hovenweep National Monument is presenting a night sky program at visitor center, 7:30 p.m. to about 10 p.m. Call 970-562-4282 ext. 10.

Sunday, March 16

Literary Explorations with Jennifer Hope will be March 16 at the Cortez Cultural Center. An Ongoing discussion group, 3rd Sunday of the month, exploring all kinds of writings, both fiction and non-fiction, Free, donations welcome. For more information call 565-1151.

Monday, March 17

The public is invited on March 17 at 7 p.m. to the Cortez Elks Lodge to join Four Corners 9/12 and Jeff Wright to discuss a new book, “Citizens Last Stand: Are you Ready?” They will offer a handbook that covers Education, Economics, Restoration of the Republic, Constitutional Sheriffs, State Powers and Nullification. For more information call 882-2360.

Wednesday, March 19

The Southwest Colorado Green Party will hold a quarterly meeting in the Wilson building, 16 W. Main Street Cortez, on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, March 22

There will be a benefit Chili dinner and silent auction for Amy Martin, a mother of three fighting stage two 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. To donate or for more info call Heather Veach at 560-9316.

The Montezuma County Democrat Party is having their County Assembly on March 22 at 9 a.m. at the Mesa Elementary School Cafeteria. Please contact Ric Plese at 739-4365 or Orly Lucero if you have any questions.

The Cortez Farmers Market invites all to its annual spring meeting at the Calvin Denton Room, Empire Electric Association, 801 N Broadway, 9:30 a.m. till noon. Topics include a financial report, market manager’s report, a review of the 2013 season and of the rules and regulations, and instructions for vendor applications. Call (970)565-3123 or contact Theresa at

Wednesday, March 26

Diane Cherbak will be at the Cortez Cultural Center on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Bird’s Eye View Sneak Peak at the 10th annual Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival. Free to members, $5 others. For more information call 565-1151.

Thursday, March 27

“Is there pure evil?” will be the topic 6:30 at St. Barnabas Church (corner of North and Elm). Wine and cheese will be served. Call 565-7865 for information.

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. For submission guidelines or more information call 565-1151.

Through March

“Let’s Celebrate!” is the March 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, call 565-8117.

Every Thursday Night until March 20 The Cortez Family Worship Center Foursquare Church, 500 N. Washington, will be offering a free meal at 6 p.m. followed by an archeological documentary at 7 p.m. Call 749-9774 for more information.

The Cortez Public Library will offer computer classes in March: On March 13 at 1 p.m. there will be a beginning computer class, on searching the Internet. On March 14 at 1 p.m. staff from the Workforce Center will be holding a class on finding a job. On March 27 at 1 p.m. there will be a class on Google Apps. All classes must be signed up for ahead of time by stopping by or calling the library at 565-8117.

In the Gallery at the Cortez Cultural Center throughout March: Ann Gray with the Southwest Artists League will show her Oil Painting. MCHS Schools from March 1 to 14, Opening Reception will be March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., Mancos Schools, from March 15 to 31, Opening Reception will be March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Drop off your working condition garden tools to support the Cortez Middle School Garden and the Montezuma School to Farm Project! Donation centers include Cliffrose Nursery in Cortez, the P&D Grocery in Mancos, and the Dolores Food Market in Dolores. Donate at the P&D or at Cliffrose and receive a special discount!

Through April

Chris Vest exhibit will be April 1-18 at Cortez Cultural Center, opening reception April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information call 565-1151.