Community Calendar

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May 6-9

The Mancos Valley Chorus’ Spring 2014 Concert, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” with songs from “The Lion King,” and lead song “Seasons of Love,” from the show “Rent.” Free. Refreshments. May 6, 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St., Cortez. May 7, 7 p.m. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Rd., Durango. May 9, 7 p.m. Mancos United Methodist Church, 470 W. Grand Ave. Information: 970-946-1267.

May 5

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

May 6

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s director of archaeology, Susan Ryan, speaks at next meeting of the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society. At 7 p.m., at First Methodist Church, 515 N. Park, Cortez. Ryan’s talk is titled, “New Approaches to Architectural Analyses: Ancestral Pueblo Kiva Production in the Northern Southwest.”

Relay for Life Team Captains Meeting at Southwest Physicians Building, 20 S. Market, Cortez, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by American Cancer Society, Cortez chapter. Contact Jessica Blais at

May 7

Birding lecture at the Cortez Cultural Center at 25 N. Market St. “Cavity Nesters, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Cost: $5 per lecture., Cost: $5 per lecture.

May 8

Local candidates on the “Hot Seat.” Bring your questions to the next Meeting of Republican Women of Montezuma County at noon at Shiloh’s. A drawing for the recently held Gun-Raffle. (Tickets at the Home & Garden show and at the meeting). Call Rosemarie Beall at 564-1576.

Birding lecture at the Cortez Cultural Center at 25 N. Market St. “Spirit Birding’ 4-5 p.m.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango. Mark Stiles discussing “Wilderness.” To learn more visit or contact Pat Amthor at 970-382-0980 or

May 9

12th Annual Four Corners Walking Together for Healthier Nations. Registration 6 a.m.; start 7 a.m. Walk 3 miles, get a free T-shirt. Start at one of following three points and walk to the Four Corners Monument. Information: Brian Sandoval, (505) 368-6300 at Ute Mountain Visitor Center; Regina Blueeyes, (928) 656-5388 at Four Corners Regional Health Center; Calandra Hollie, (928) 656-5329 at Montezuma Creek.

Birding lecture at the Cortez Cultural Center at 25 N. Market St. “Deep Bird Language” 4-5 p.m. Cost: $5 per lecture.

May 10

Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen sponsors a Poker Ride at Sage Hen Day Use Area (U.S. 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 970-570-5036 or go to

Summit Ridge Women’s Club’s annual yard sale, bake sale, original art and photography sale 8 a.m. to noon, Summit Lake Community Church, 36501 Hwy. 184, Mancos. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local youth, Thanksgiving and Christmas donations.

A nondenominational Animal Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church in the courtyard (weather permitting) and will include a time of remembrance. To have your animal companion’s name recorded in the bulletin, call 565-7865.

Reception for “Beyond the Pavement” art show (R. Lillian Siefer) from 4-6 p.m. at Olio 114 West Grand Ave in Mancos.

Live swing, blues and more with WE-4 at Mr. Happy’s in downtown Cortez, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Free Flying Wild Festival at the Plaza of the Cortez Cultural Center, 1-4 p.m. as part of the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival. See bird biofacts, make a bird, eat like a bird, play bird games, and more. Presenters include: San Juan Mountains Association, Forest Service, Cortez Cultural Center, Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance, Manaugh Montessori students, and Girl Scouts of Colorado.

May 11

A May Day Festival will be held at the Mt. Lookout Grange in Mancos at 2 p.m. It will be celebration of spring with facepainting, crafts and a maypole walk.

The Dolores River Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts its 5th Annual Spring Fling cookout and fly-casting clinic at 6 p.m. at Denny Lake Park. Free hot dogs and hamburgers; bring side dishes and drinks. Call Brad Waltman at (970) 759-0175 or Marc Meyer at (970) 560-4956.

The Mt. Lookout Grange will be hosting a Spring Festival at 2 p.m. followed by the Mancos community dinner at 6 p.m. Both events held at 680 Grand Ave.

May 12

Cortez Animal Shelter starts summer hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit to view adoptable animals. Call 970-565-4910.

May 16

Biker pot-luck dinner, 6 p.m., the Calvin Denton Room, Empire Electric, 801 N. Broadway, Cortez. No registration required. Call Sharon, 970-570-1630.

May 18

The Mt. Lookout Grange is hosting a Cultured Veggies Workshop 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 680 Grand Ave, Mancos. Join Janneli Miller to learn the health benefits of cultured veggies, like sauerkraut and kim chee, and how to make them.

May 17

Hospice of Montezuma 13th Annual Golf Tournament, Conquistador Golf Course, Cortez, Colo., 18-hole scramble, 5-person teams (must have one lady). Entry fee $40 per player (green fees and cart extra.) Registration at 11 a.m. Call Hospice at 970-565-4400.

May 17

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County welcomes the public to attend a meeting at 9 a.m. at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Dolores. Kellie Willis of the Piñon Project will talk about the Montezuma Economic Assistance Coalition and the work that nonprofit organizations do for underserved citizens. Call 565-0708.

May 19

The Colorado Small Hydro Association is hosting an agricultural hydropower workshop from 6:30-9 p.m. at Nobel Hall on the Fort Lewis College Campus.

Four Corners 9/12 will be hosting question and answer session with County Sheriff Candidates Dennis Spruell and Steve Nowlin. The group will also host David Cox, a candidate for the congressional seat held by Scott Tipton. The meeting will be held in the Cortez Elks Lodge at 7 p.m.

May 29

“What is Spirit” is the topic at 6:30 p.m. for the “How You Can Be Part of a Christian Community with Integrity and Not Believe All Those Things You Thought You Had to Believe” conversation at St. Barnabas Church (North and Elm). Wine and cheese. Call 565-7865.

May 31

The Mt. Lookout Grange is hosting a Soil Building Workshop,11 a.m.-1 pm at the Mancos Public Library. Learn simple, low-cost, do-it-yourself techniques to create healthier soil. Be prepared to be outside and get dirty!

Through May

Animal welfare exhibit at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. The exhibit, centered on the book “We Animals,” includes fliers, brochures, library books and a computer. View videos and photos of animals and lesson plans for teachers. Information: 970-565-8117.

Currently on display at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St.: Kim McDonnell is the Southwest Artists League artist of the month for May. Photography by Marc Meyer and Chuck Haspels. All proceeds from the sale of the photos benefit the library. This display will run through the end of June. Information: 970-565-8117.

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.

First Tuesday

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


Diabetes support group meets from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the Diabetes Education Room at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Learn how to manage diabetes; share share ideas with others. Sessions are free and open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Call Michael Dohn, 564-2352, for details.

First Thursday

Montezuma County Republican Central Committee meets at noon at Shiloh’s Steakhouse. Email Nicci Crowley at or call 570-9372.

Bariatric surgery weight-loss support group meets from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Kiva room at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Share ideas and exchange information with others who have had weight loss surgery. Free. Call dietitian Laura White, at 564-2276.

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.

Second Thursday

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours at various locations from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 565-3414.

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

Third Saturday

Christian Motorcycle Association, CMA – Cortez Chapter holds its 8 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. chapter meeting and 10 a.m. ride (weather permitting). At Beny’s restaurant in Cortez. Call Chapter President Steve Reed at 970-565-7233. No motorcycle required.

Third Sunday

Literary Explorations with Jennifer Hope won’t meet in April. The next meeting will be May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Cortez Cultural Center.

Third Wednesday

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

First and Third Thursdays

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

Fourth Tuesday

4 Corners Republican Women’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elk’s Lodge. Information: 565-2197.

Last Tuesday

Loss & Grief Support Group, 5:15 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Drop in – Discussion of any loss issue. Information: 565-4400.

Last Thursday

Suicide Support Group, 6:15 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Information: 565-4400.

Every Sunday

First United Methodist Church has a Native American Worship Service at 2 p.m. Information: 565-3002.

Every Monday

Southwest Singers for fall-season rehearsals. Public invited. Practice at 6:30 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Cortez. Information: director Ruth Wilson Francisco at 872-3870.

Every Tuesday

The Kiwanis Club of Mesa Verde meets at noon at Shiloh’s. Information, email

Every Thursday

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

Every Friday

Friendship Social Group, 1 p.m. at Beny’s Diner, 640 S. Broadway, Cortez. For those who are looking for support with finding new friends and social activities after a loss, or need a break from the role of a caregiver. Sponsored by Hospice of Montezuma.