Community Calendar

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

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. Call 565-1151.

One week till deadline for County Fair book cover and poster contest. Participate in a contest to design the fair book cover and poster for the 2014 Montezuma County Fair. Theme: “Rural Roots.” Deadline: 4 p.m., April 1, at the Montezuma County Extension Office, 109 W. Main, Room 102, Cortez. Call 970-565-3123.

Thursday, March 27

Watercolor demonstration by artist Jan Wright starting at 2 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at Mancos Public Library. Wright’s paintings of Mesa Verde National Park scenes are on display on the library’s Art Wall through April 3.

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

The Cortez Public Library offers a Google apps class on March 27 at 1 p.m. Sign up in advance by stopping by or calling the library at 565-8117.

Saturday, March 29

The United Methodist Women sponsors a women’s retreat 9 a.m. till noon. “Springing into Easter” includes hymns, discussion, crafts, fellowship and snacks. United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St., Cortez.

Stormys and ATC Gymnastics will host the Telluride Team for a free gymnastics demonstration at 11 a.m. at the Cortez Rec Center. All welcome. Call 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.

Zumba! 8-9 a.m. at Kaleidoscope Wellness, 233 Park St., Mancos. Call 533-1100.

March 29-30

Blue Star Mothers Durango Chapter 1 hosts the 9th Annual Motorcycle Expo & Swap Meet and benefit auction at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-3. Auction is on Sunday at 1 p.m. Food and beverages. Call Todd at 970-799-8881.

Mancos Meditation Group: 8:00 – 9:00, at Kaleidoscope Wellness, 233 Park Street Mancos 533-1100 for questions

March 30

“Experience Pain with Those in Pain” is the third part of the Anglican Church’s “Easter Experience” at 9:45 a.m., St. Philip Church, at South Market and Seventh Street. Information: 565-1555.

Monday, March 31

Cortez Cultural Center in collaboration with Conservation Colorado’s “What does wilderness mean to you?” Youth Poetry Contest. Submission deadline is March 31. Email submissions to Emily@conservationco.org or Anne at annebeach@cortezculturalcenter.org. Poetry reading and awards ceremony with Dave Mason will be April 18 at the Cortez Cultural Center. For submission guidelines or information call 565-1151.

Through March

“Let’s Celebrate!” is the March theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library. Storytime is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers. Older children may join for the craft at 11:15 a.m. Call 565-8117.

Displays at the Cortez Public Library: through March, Linda Geisler with the Southwest Artists League; through mid-April, Dolores Mountain Quilters’ works are in the atrium; through April, Addie Dodson’s Easter collection and Laura McHenry’s vintage tie collection. At 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Call 970-565-8117.

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, P&D Grocery in Mancos, and the Dolores Food Market in Dolores. Donate at P&D or Cliffrose and receive a discount.

Tuesday, April 1

Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen invites the public to their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Empire Electric in the Calvin Denton Room, 801 N. Broadway (Hwy 491), Cortez. Pleasantview Fire Chief Jeff Yoder will talk about defensive space and other fire prevention topics. Snacks and social time start at 6:15 p.m. Information: Susa at 928-600-2993.

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society presents Fred Blackburn at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 Park St., Cortez, to discuss “Prayer Rock: In the Shadow of the Bear.” Prayer Rock was the place of the last great Bernheimer expedition. Blackburn investigated the area for 11 years. Call Kari Schleher, 505-269-4475.

Friday, April 4

Jake Wise, also known as, Fiddle Jake, returning to the Mancos Valley Distillery on Friday, April 4, at 8 pm.

Saturday, April 5

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance invites you to celebrate its First Birthday on Saturday, April 5, from 3–6 p.m. at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez. Includes: “State of the Alliance,” refreshments, silent auction, presentation on Miera y Pacheco: A Renaissance Spaniard in 18th Century New Mexico. Call Diane McBride, 560-1643.

Montelores Baptist Church hosts the Country Gospel band WestWind Connection for a free concert at 5:30 p.m. Free barbecue dinner; donations accepted. At 18735 CR 23.5 off Hwy 184 across from Narraguinnep Reservoir. Information: Pastor Paul Gleason, 970-882-2418.

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 7

Montelores Early Childhood Council’s monthly luncheon meeting starts at 11:45 a.m. in downstairs meeting room 110 in the Johnson Building, 525 S. Broadway, Cortez. The public is invited. Lunch provided; RSVP to Vangi McCoy at 970-749-7017.

April 9

Kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year at Dolores Elementary School is noon to 6 p.m. at the Dolores Elementary Office. Bring a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence. Children must be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2013.

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 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, Kathe@sjma.org, or 385-1310. Background check may be required.

April 12

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County will hear from Chris Burkett concerning the work of the Montezuma Community Economic Development Association at their breakfast meeting on April 12, at 9 a.m. at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Dolores. Anyone interested in economic development and learning about MCEDA is welcome to attend. Information: Call Eleanor at 564-0708.

Spring Hoe Down Fundraiser at the Mancos Opera House on 5–11 p.m. Carute Roma Gypsy Band, Sand Sheff and the Desert Mongers and Carla Roberts Square and Line Dancing. Silent auction, local taco bar, local beer and wine. Adults $15; kids 17 and under free. Fundraiser for the Montezuma School to Farm Project, Mt. Lookout Grange and Mancos Valley Resources. Tickets available at FB Organics, Zuma and Dolores Food Store. Call 903-8831.

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will host a dog and cat vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to noon at the IFA Country Store, 10501 Highway 491 in Cortez. Dog and cat vaccine includes rabies, distemper (dogs), leukemia (cats), and more for $41; or $15 for rabies only. Packages without rabies are $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. Call 562-4217.

April 16

Southwest Colorado Green Party meets 6:60-8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Wilson Building, 16 W. Main St., Cortez. All are welcome. Visit southwestcoloradogreens.org for more information.

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.

April 24

Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez. On April 24, “Fairies.” For preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome for the craft at 11:15 a.m.

April 29

The Montezuma Agility Dog Club offers Basic Obedience classes for dogs 5 1/2 months and older. Classes are on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., last one hour, and begin on April 29 and continue for six weeks. Class size is limited. Registration is first-come, first-served. Information: 970-882-5404.

Through April

On display at the Cortez Public Library: through mid-April, Dolores Mountain Quilters’ works in the atrium; through April, Addie Dodson’s Easter collection and Laura McHenry’s vintage tie collection. At 202 N. Park St. Call 565-8117.

May 3

SouthWest Colorado Concerts presents the famous Golden Dragon Acrobats at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Middle School Auditorium. This 26-member company of Chinese acrobats perform astounding acrobatics and traditional dance. Tickets at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. Information: Lindsay Havran at 565-7676 or Paul Bostrom at 565-9127. May 10

Fourth Annual Dairy Goat Information Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 23161 Road G.2 in Cortez. Presented by Four Corners Dairy Goat Breeders. See animals and get advice on care and maintenance. Multiple breeds; goats, equipment may be for sale. Call Jeanette at 565-9065 and leave a message.

Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen sponsors a Poker Ride at Sage Hen Day Use Area (Hwy 184). Start selling hands, 8 a.m.; riders on trail, 10 a.m.; first hand, $20; additional hands, $5. Prizes for 5 highest hands. Lunch available. Call Nihla, 970-570-5035 or go to mesaverdehorsemen.com

First Monday

Southwest Center for Independence Second Chance Brain Injury group meetings at noon at the Cortez office, 2409 E. Empire. Call Matthew at 570-8001.

Cortez Emblem Club No. 261 meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday (except in January and February). Call 565-2197.

First Tuesday

Amerian Legion Ute Mountain Post 75 meets at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 320 N. Harrison St. Call the Legion at 565-8151.

Dolores Mountain Quilters meet 10 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave, Dolores. Guests and visitors are welcome. Information: doloresmountainquilters.org or Judith Swain, 970-560-4426

First Wednesday

At noon the first Wednesday of each month, the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its business lunch forum. Call 565-3414.

First Thursday

Montezuma County Republican Central Committee meets at noon the first Thursday of every month at Shiloh’s Steakhouse. Email Nicci Crowley at nicci.cr1owley@gmail.com or call 570-9372.

The First Thursday Art Walk will be downtown Telluride from 5 to 8 p.m. Listen to Open Art Radio on KOTO noon to 1 p.m. on first Thursdays for interviews with artists. Maps available at participating venues and at the Telluride Arts offices in the Stronghouse Studios + Gallery at 283 S. Fir St. Information: www.tellurideinside.com.

First Friday

First Friday Leadership at First National Bank in Cortez, 8 to 9 a.m. Free. Coffee and doughnuts at 7:45 a.m. Call Dena, 565-3414.

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 welcome. Call 970-403-9237 for information.

Second Sunday

The Mancos Community Dinners each month at Mt. Lookout Grange in Mancos (680 Grand Ave). Pay-what-you-can dinner, bring a dish if you want. For information, to help out, or to make donations call Gretchen at 509-830-4380.

Second Tuesday

The Mancos Water Conservancy District holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at 42599 Road N, off Road 42.

Second Wednesday

Southwest Inter-Tribal Voice and Montelores Human Rights Committee meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Community Meeting Room in First National Bank. Email Art Neskahi at taachinii@yahoo.com.

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 information, call 565-3414.

Republican Women of Montezuma County invite the public to meet at noon every second Thursday at Shiloh’s Steakhouse at 5 Veach St., in Cortez. Call Rosemarie Beall at 564-1576.

A Free legal self-help clinic for Montezuma County parties without an attorney are held the second Thursday of every month 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.

Third Sunday

Literary Explorations with Jennifer Hope will not meet in the month of April. The next meeting will be Sunday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center.

Third Wednesday

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is held at noon the third Wednesday of the month at Shiloh Steakhouse. Call 565-3414.

Third Thursday

Dolores secondary PTO meets the third Thursday of every month at 3:45 p.m. in Mr. Thurston’s office. Email Heather Alvarez at halvarez 0722@gmail.com or call Tif at 903-8752.

First and Third Thursdays

Planning committee for the 10th Annual Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival meets at 10 a.m. the first and third Thursdays each month upstairs at the Cortez Cultural Center. Potential volunteers welcome. Call 565-1151.

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 Montezuma Agility Dog Club offers Basic Obedience classes for dogs 5 1/2 months and older. Classes are Tuesdays at 7 p.m., last one hour, and begin on April 29 and continue for six weeks. Class size is limited. Registration is first-come, first-served. Information: 970-882-5404.

The Kiwanis Club of Mesa Verde meets at noon each Tuesday at Shiloh’s. For more information, email sue@simmonssecondchanceranch.com.

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 at 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Mancos Community Center. Ages 5 to 10 is 5:30 to 6 p.m. and costs $5 each class. Ages 11 and older is 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $10 each class. Call Victor Pilcher at 533-7471.

Zumba with Chanelle is Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Kaleidoscope 233 Park St., Mancos. All levels.

Every Thursday

The Community Drum Circle will be held at Kaleidoscope Wellness in Mancos every Thursday. 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. For preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome for the craft at 11:15 a.m.

“Babar, An Old Friend” is the subject on April 3; “Signing with Lillian Orbke” on April 10; “Mudge Redux” on April 17; and “Fairies” on April 24. Call the library at 565-8117.

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

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.” Call 970-562-4217 or email info@byeshua.org.