Community Calendar

The battle was on Saturday in the Dolores Elementary School Little Bear Gym as Boy Scouts raced their pinewood derby cars against each other. After perfecting their designs and making sure their cars stayed underweight and followed the guidelines, the moment of truth came as the Scouts stared down the track and their cars were released. In the end, Ty Gaddis' blue car came out on top. Pictured: Darwin Cooper, at left, and Ty Gaddis stare down the track as Gaddis' car pulls ahead.

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.

THURSDAY, March 13

Dolores High School 2014 Operation Graduation Committee will meet at 6:30 P.M. at the Dolores School Commons/Lunchroom. Parents are encouraged to attend. Operation Graduation is an all-night, drug- and alcohol-free party. Wendy Moore at 970-799-4815 or Michelle Whatcott at 970-759-3799.

Friday, March 14

Four Corners Dancers invite you to our Four Corners Fling. We will be Round and Square Dancing on the 14th and 15th at the Cortez Middle School gym. Spectators can watch for free. They will dance to Caller, Greg Tillery from Albuquerque. Round dancers will be having Pat and Wanda McBride doing the cueing from Grand Junction. Call Don and Judy Morris at 970-565-9836 or Ronnie and Vonnie Robinson at 970-749-9682.

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, call the Cultural Center at 565-1151.

Saturday, March 15

Get your fix of country music. Dance with "Country Fix" at The American Legion, 320 N. Harrison, Cortez, at 7 p.m. Cover charge: $5.

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County will host a program with state Sen. Ellen Roberts and Rep. Don Coram at 1:30 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library for the annual "Legislative LowDown." The public is invited.

Monday, March 17

The Four Corners Beekeepers Association will meet at 6 p.m. and the third Monday of each month this year at the Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's Corner, on Highway 160. This month, we'll discuss ordering bees, and wooden ware. A demo on setting up a Langstroth hive. Call Paula at 970-903-1877

The Mancos Seed Library workshop: "The Abundance of Seeds: Basics of Seed Saving," 6-8 p.m. at the Mt. Lookout Grange at 680 Grand Avenue in Mancos.

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 information, 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


The Mancos Seed Library Seed Swap at 4 p.m. at the Mt. Lookout Grange, 680 Grand Avenue in Mancos, with a potluck and raffle to follow. Free and open to the public. Information: Gretchen at, or 509-830-4380.


Dolores Rotary Club and Operation Graduation 2014 plan an evening of Bingo at the Dolores Community Center. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with soup and dessert for $5. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Play 10 games of Bingo for $10. Benefits Operation Graduation lock-down party intended to keep seniors safe on graduation night. Call Wendy Moore at 799-4815.

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.

Through March

The Mancos Seed Library will be hosting three seed workshops and a seed exchange in March with "The intelligence of Seeds: Reproductive Biology" on March 10 and "The Abundance of Seeds: Basics of Seed Saving" on March 17. All workshops will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mt. Lookout Grange at 680 Grand Avenue. The Seed Swap will be March 23 at 4 p.m. with a potluck and raffle to follow. For more information and to register for the workshops, call 509-830-4380 or email

In the Gallery at the Cortez Cultural Center through 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!

April 12

Win a big stuffed animal for Easter at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. One ticket per person. Call 970-565-8117.

For Pets' Sake Humane Society will host a Low-Cost Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic from 9 a.m. until noon at the IFA Country Store, 10501 Highway 491 in Cortez. Dog and cat vaccine include rabies, distemper (dogs), leukemia (cats), and more for $41; or $15 for rabies only. Packages without rabies are just $32. A portion of each package purchased will be donated to For Pets' Sake. Call the Humane Society at 565-PETS (7387).

Through April

In the Gallery at the Cortez Cultural Center through April: Addie Dodson's Easter collection and a vintage tie collection, owned by Laura McHenry. The library is at 202 N. Park St., Cortez; call 970-565-8117.

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.

First and Third Thursdays

Learn signs and nursery rhymes the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Mancos Public Library at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome. Call 970-403-9237 for more information.

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 or call Tif at 903-8752.