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.

Friday, March 21

Looking for a job? The Colorado Workforce will present a free workshop open to the public at Dolores Public Library from 1-3 p.m. Topics covered will include finding and applying for a job as well as creating a resume. To sign up for this workshop and for information, call Dolores Public Library at 970-882-4127.

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

Sale of used books, vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, video movies, jigsaw puzzles and games at 1:30-4 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church at the corner of North and Elm to benefit Grace’s Soup Kitchen. Information: Judy Schuenemeyer at 565-7837 or


Experiencing Easter Part II, “Disappointment, Repentance and Restoration,” a graphic DVD presentation at the Anglican Church of St. Philip the Evangelist, begins at 9:45 a.m. Refreshments and encouraging discussion. Information: 565-1555 or 565-8665.

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.

Tuesday, March 25

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.

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.

Saturday, March 29

Stormys and ATC Gymnastics will host the Telluride Team for a free gymnastics demonstration at 11 a.m. at the Rec Center. All all welcome. Information: Rayna at 560-3916

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.

A workshop on healing herbs at Dolores Public Library on at 1 p.m. Remedies for common ailments. For information or to sign up for a free session, call 970-882-4127.

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

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

“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 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!

Tuesday, April 1

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society is pleased to present Fred Blackburn on Tuesday, April 1st at 7:00 PM at the Methodist Church, 515 Park Street, Cortez, to discuss Prayer Rock: In the Shadow of the Bear. Prayer Rock was the place of the last great archaeological horse expedition conducted by the Bernheimer expeditions in 1930. For 11 years Blackburn investigated the area using reverse archaeology to find the 30 sites excavated and to make sense of the Basketmaker III discoveries. Blackburn has worked as an archaeologist in the Four Corners region since the 1970s.

Saturday, April 5

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance invites you to celebrate their First Birthday on Saturday, April 5, from 3:00 – 6:00, at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez. The celebration will include: “State of the Alliance” refreshments a Silent Auction. Dr. John Kessell will also give a presentation on Miera y Pacheco: A Renaissance Spaniard in Eighteenth Century New Mexico. Contact Kari Schleher at 505-269-4475.

April 3

“Let’s Communicate!” is the April theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez. On April 3, “Babar, An Old Friend.” For preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome for the craft at 11:15 a.m.

April 9

Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Support Group meets 5–6:30 p.m. at the SWMH Annex Building, 20 South Market St. in Cortez. Share ideas and information with others who have had weight-loss surgery at this free meeting. Information: SWMH dietitian Laura White, 564-2276.

April 10

Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez. On April 10, “Signing with Lillian Orbke.” For preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome for the craft at 11:15 a.m.

April 11

San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan National Forest will plant Ponderosa Pine trees with Dolores 4th- and 5th-graders. Adult volunteers needed in Haycamp Mesa area. Contact Kathe Hayes,, or 385-1310. Background check may be required.

April 12

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).

April 14

The Tree of Life In Jesus Messianic Community (Etz-Chayim B’Yeshua) invites you to Passover Seder 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Shiloh’s Restaurant, at Main and Sligo. Adults $25, children $15. Information: 970-562-4217.

April 17

Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez. On April 17, “Mudge Redux.” For preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome for the craft at 11:15 a.m.

Fourth Tuesday

4 Corners Republican Women’s Club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elk’s Lodge. For more information, call 565-2197.

Last Saturday

Last Saturday of each month Mt. Lookout Grange, 680 W. Grand, Mancos, will have a Yoga Benefit for the Grange, donation only. Bring towel or mat and water. Refrain from eating an hour before.

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 for rehearsals for the fall season. The choir practices at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings at First United Methodist Church in Cortez. For more information, call Director Ruth Wilson Francisco at 872-3870.

Every Tuesday

The Kiwanis Club of Mesa Verde mee ts at noon each Tuesday at Shiloh’s. For more information, email

The Dolores Public Library will answer technology/software questions about Microsoft Word, email, digital pictures, etc. free from 2 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 882-4127.

The Mancos Public Library, offers Little People Storytime on Tuesday’s at 10:30 a.m. The program is geared towards children ages 2 – 6 but all ages are welcome. For more information call 533-7600.

FREE MEDICAL CARE, TUESDAYS from 1 to 1:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 110 W. North St, Cortez. Call 565-4436 to schedule or show up. Limited primary and pediatric care.

Every Wednesday

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

Wednesday Morning Yoga will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Kaleidoscope, 233 Park St. in Mancos.

Wednesday community drum circle will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Kaleidoscope, 233 Park St. Mancos. Bring your drum (and an extra to share) and a folding chair to sit in.

Every Monday and Wednesday

Freestyle Defensive Arts is held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Community Center in Mancos. Kids Freestyle Defensive Arts class, for ages 8 to 15, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call instructor Brian Williams at 903-5576.

Mancos Yoga/Meditation Monday and Wednesday’s 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. (except first Monday of the month) Mt. Lookout Grange, 680 W. Grand, Mancos. Bring towel or mat and water. Refrain from eating an hour before.

Every Tuesday and Thursday

Karate “Ryukoku Seidokan” is held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Community Center in Mancos. Ages 5 to 10 is held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and costs $5 each class. Ages 11 and older is from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $10 each class. For more information, call Victor Pilcher at 533-7471.

Zumba with Chanelle is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Kaleidoscope 233 Park Street Mancos. All levels.

Every Thursday

Every Thursday the Community Drum Circle will be held at Kaleidoscope Wellness in Mancos. For more information call 533-1100.

Raising Readers Storytime offers songs, stories, crafts and silliness and uses the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative program at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez. For preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome for the craft at 11:15 a.m.

Free Community Dinner every Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Cortez Family Worship Center Foursquare Church, 500 N. Washington. Donation is always appreciated. Call 565-3709 for more information.

Every Saturday

The Mancos Indoor Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the old hardware store in Mancos, 192 S. Main St. To become a vendor, call Queenie Barz at 749-9320. The booth fee is $15 per weekend, along with insurance and vendor license charges.

At 10 a.m., the Tree of Life In Jesus Messianic Community (Etz-Chayim B’Yeshua), 1509 Highway 145, will be in the Book of Joshua, “Crossing over into Victory.” Information: Call 970-562-4217 or email