Community Calendar

Pick 'n' Hoe celebration As they tackle the pig, two of the 18-and-up women get a faceful of dirt along with the pig at the at the Dove Creek Pick 'n' Hoe celebration on the Fourth of July.

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Thursday, July 10

What is a Grand Jury all about? For answers, come to the next meeting of RWCMC at noon on Thursday, July 10 at Shiloh's, with District Attorney Will Furse. All are welcome. Call Rosemarie at 564-1576.

Saturday, July 12

Freshly made Navajo Tacos will be available 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Dolores United Methodist Church, 105 N 8th Street, Dolores. Cost is $7 per person or $5 for kids under 12. Also available are homemade baked goods and pies, and crafts. See the stone church that was ordered from the Sears catalog.

Montezuma Acoustic Trust at Mancos Valley Distillery. Doors open at 6 p.m.; music starts at 8 p.m. Glenn Smith on guitar, Hutchinson with vocals and banjo, Jack Tallmadge on stand-up bass. A live performance on KSJD on July 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Free Second Saturdays Concert Series. Music on The Plaza, 7-9 p.m., with Jill Haley, with music written while she was artist-in-residence at Mesa Verde National Park. Coming up Saturday, Aug. 9: Tarnished Brass.

Sunday, July 13

The Compassionate Friends hosts its annual Walk to Remember at 9 a.m. at the Centennial Park, Cortez. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Compassionate Friends is a national organization for families who have lost a child. Donations accepted. Call Cherie McAndrew at 565-6480 or Debbie Snead at 565-4732.

Tuesday, July 15

The Mesa Verde Gardeners hosts Design Workshop in advance of the Montezuma County Fair and Flower Show. Receive instruction on Fresh and Dried Floral Arrangements. The class will be held at 9:30 a.m. at 29204 County Road M. Call Dayna at 570-9048 by 5 p.m. July 13 to reserve a seat or for information.

Wednesday, July 16

Southwest Colorado Green Party quarterly meeting. Second floor of the Wilson Building, 16 W. Main Street, Cortez, CO at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Join Jim Jackson (Art Guffaw) of the Millibo Art Theater for the last Family Entertainment Program performance of the 2014 season, 2 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library. Jim presents an hour of circus silliness and gigantic bubbles. Part of the fizz of our Fizz! Boom! Read! theme. Free, by Golden Dreams through Onward! A Legacy Foundation. The library is at 202 N. Park St., Cortez, CO. Call 970-565-8117.

Thursday, July 17

Cortez GOAL Academy Open House about our free, blended high school at the Cortez GOAL Academy site at 19 N. Maple St., 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We're an online schooling option, with drop-in centers, providing an accredited high school diploma to youths ages 14 through 21. Contact Kimberley Bradshaw at (970) 576-8076 or Liz Starks at (970) 213-0923 or

Printmaking with artist Bryan Kyle, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mancos Public Library, 211 West First Street in Mancos. Free. All ages are welcome.

Saturday, July 19

Watch "Open Sesame - The Story of Seeds," a new documentary about the importance of seeds, at 7 p.m. at Mt. Lookout Grange in Mancos (680 Grand Ave). Suggested donation of $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Call 509-830-4380.

Thursday, July 24

"Wildlife Conservation and Zooarchaeology," presented by Steve Wolverton at 7 p.m., Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez. It's part of the 2014 Four Corners Lecture Series. Admission is free. Call 970-564-4362.

The Mancos Friends of the Library is celebrating its five year anniversary from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include a book sale, live piano music by Lee Bartley, a reading by John Wright from La Grulla and storytelling by John Pfeiffer, aka Mancos John, from Fantastical Treasure Tales of the Colorado Rockies. There will also be cake and ice cream.

Saturday, July 26

Annual Mancos Centennial Scholarship Spaghetti Dinner will be held at the Mancos school cafeteria, 5:30-7 p.m. Dinner will be $10 for adults. Children 10 and under eat free. The dinner benefits two scholarships for Mancos high school seniors each year.

Mancos Boy Scout Troop 518 and Cub Scouts' annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, Mancos School Cafeteria, before the Mancos Days Parade, 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Cost: $5 per adult; $2.50 per child 10 years and younger; $12 per family of two adults and two children under 10 years. Advance tickets sold at the school cafeteria door the morning of the event.

Tuesday, Aug. 5

First Tuesday Evening Market. Local produce, handmade goods, music. At City Park next to the Welcome Center on Main, 4-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Support local economy, grow community! Information: Gretchen, 509-830-4380.

Friday Aug. 8

The 38th Annual Escalante Days celebration in Dolores, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday. Mountain bike race, live music, food, parade, softball tournament, bike race, duck race, activities for kids and families. Venues include Flanders Park and Dolores River Brewery's indoor and outdoor stages. Information: 970-882-4018, or

Escalante Days: Free Children's Bicycle Rodeo after the Children's Parade behind the Dolores Medical Center. Learn safety skills. Participants receive free helmets and chance to win a bike.

Saturday, Aug. 9

Escalante Days mountain bike race starts at 9:50 a.m. at Fifth and Central in Dolores. Register at by Aug. 6 ($35) or on race day ($45) at 8 a.m. at the Dolores Medical Office. Information: Volunteers needed: Contact Laurel Rematore at or 970-529-4642. Proceeds benefit various Dolores Rotary projects.

Seed School in A Day will be taught at the Mt. Lookout Grange, 680 Grand Ave, Mancos, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. It will be taught by Bill and Belle of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. Register online at

K-9 Search and Rescue Team Inc will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast at the "Doghouse" located at 35 Railroad Avenue in Dolores. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. Cost: $5

Through August

Indian Dancers and Sam Sandoval, Navajo Code Talker at The Cultural Center, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7-8 p.m. Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in The Gallery: Sam Sandoval, WWII Navajo Code Talker. Note: Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, Aug. 9, there will be no Indian Dancers.

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.

Dolores Mountain Quilters meets at 10 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave, Dolores. The July meeting includes two demonstrations by Gail Braunn: easy half-square triangles and disappearing 4 patch with variations. Information: or Judith Swain at 970-560-4426.

First Thursday

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

The Montezuma County VFW Post 5231 meets at 7 p.m. at the Post home in Mancos.

First and Third Thursdays

Learn signs and nursery rhymes at the Mancos Public Library at 10 a.m. All ages welcome. Call 970-403-9237.

Second Saturday

The Mancos Valley Historical Saturday meets at the Mancos Public Library at 10 a.m. For info., Bob Huffman: 406-249-7733.

Second Tuesday

The Mancos Water Conservancy District board meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the district's office 42599 Road N, Mancos. For info: Gary Kennedy 533-7325.

The Montezuma County Historical Society Board of Directors meets at 11:30 at the Cortez Elks Club and include a no host lunch. Anyone interested in the history of Montezuma County and the Four Corners is very welcome.

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 Thursday

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.

A free legal self-help clinic for Montezuma County parties without an attorney are 2-5 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.

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 or call Tif at 903-8752.

Fourth Tuesday

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

Every Tuesday

The Dolores Public Library answers technology/software questions about Microsoft Word, email, digital pictures, etc., free at 2-5 p.m. Information: 882-4127.