Community Calendar

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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.

Monday, July 21

The Four Corners 9/12 group will meet at the Cortez Elks Lodge at 7 p.m. Public is invited. This meeting will interview Michael Steele, a write-in a candidate for Montezuma County sheriff.

Medicine Horse Center is holding a volunteer training at its Mancos Center from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Medicine Horse needs people who are interested in leading or side-walking next to riders of all ages with disabilities. If interested, please call 570-9611 and go on our website www.medicinehorsecenter.org to fill out our Volunteer Application.

The town of Mancos is holding a free golf clinic in Boyle Park from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for kids 7 to 17 years old. Preregistration is required by July 18. Register at 533-7725 and leave your child’s name, age and phone number on the voicemail.

Baptist Chapel Vacation Bible School, July 21-24, 9 a.m. to noon, 1509 W. Dolores Road, Cortez. For kids ages 4 years through sixth grade.

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 Colorado Department of Human Services has begun its planning process for 2015 and has scheduled a town hall meeting in Cortez to gather feedback. Information from these meetings will be incorporated into the strategic plan. The meeting is at 8 a.m. at the Montezuma County Annex, 107 N. Chestnut. Information: Contact Liz McDonough at: liz.mcdonough@state.co.us

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.

July 25-27

Mancos Days events will be held in Boyle Park and around town during the three-day festival. Events will start at 9:30 a.m. on Friday with a kids parade and conclude with water fights Sunday afternoon. Find a full schedule at mancostimes.com

Friday, July 25

The Artisans of Mancos artist cooperative gallery at 101 Grand Ave. in Mancos hosts a new-artist reception for Bonnie Loving, horseshoe sculpture artist, at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in conjunction with Mancos Days. Refreshments will be provided.

Saint Barnabas of the Valley Episcopal Church in Cortez will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Bozeman-Gibson pipe organ with a recital by one of its builders, George Bozeman at 6:30 p.m. the public is invited. A reception will follow.

The San Juan Mountains Association will host a program for toddles and preschool student a Denny Lake from 10 – 11 a.m. Kids will learn about local critters, explore the natural world, read related books and have fun. The progam is free. Contact SJMA: gabi@sjma.org or 759-1170.

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.

Volunteers with the San Juan Mountain Association volunteers plan to rebuild and repair the boardwalk at the Calico Trail above Dolores. Meet at the trailhead at 8 am. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, and bring gloves, water and eye protection. To help call Chris Bouton, 882-6831.

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will hold its Summer Wine Festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cliffrose Gardens just east of Cortez on U.S. 160. The evening will include wines and beers, other cold beverages, appetizers, desserts, music by Redneck Synfuny, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit local pets. Information: (970) 565-PETS/7387.

July 28

The Piñon Project will hold a 12-week Strengthening Families parenting class beginning weekly on Monday, July 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at The Piñon Project Annex Campus, 300 N. Elm St., Cortez. For families with children 12 to 17 years old. Dinner and childcare for children under 12 years. Free for participants. Enrollment is limited. Call Lara at 564-1195.

Thursday, July 31

“Does Theology Evolve?” will be the topic on Thursday, July 31st at 6:30 for the next “How You Can Be Part of a Christian Community with Integrity and Not Believe All Those Things You Thought You Had to Believe” conversation held at St. Barnabas Church (corner of North and Elm). Questions required. No answers promised. Call 565-7865 for information.

Aug. 1 and 2

Presbyterian women will have their back-to-school rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington Street. The proceeds go toward our mission projects. For info: 565-7074.

Aug. 1-3

The Cortez Hot Air Balloon Rally will start each day at 6:30 a .m. flying from Parque de Vida. KOA Kampgrounds will be the host for balloons flying from its park. Volunteers are needed. Call Cookie See: 505-977-2679.

Monday, Aug. 4

The Montelores Early Childhood Council will hold its next monthly luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m., in the downstairs Meeting Room 110, in the Johnson Building, 525 South Broadway, in Cortez. The public is invited. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Vangi McCoy by calling 970-749-7017.

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.

Aug. 8-9

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 dolorechamber.com.

Saturday, Aug. 9

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 www.RockyMountainSeeds.org.

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

Saturday, Aug. 16

Dirt Riot 4x4 Endurance Racing at BattleRock Offroad Park, 5740 County Road G, Gates open at 9 a.m. Full-day action, with food vendors. More than 40 competitors. Tickets: $15/adult; $5 ages 8-16; free for ages 7 and under.

Sunday, Aug. 17

All Terrain Hero Race.Run.Walk at BattleRock Offroad Park, 5740 County Road G, Registration online at www.allterrainhero.com or 6:30-7:10 a.m. day of the race. First flight for timed racers at 7:15 a.m. All funds from the All Terrain Hero raise money for The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation. The run is b 4.5 miles on rough terrain, with altitude changes. Information: shelley@werocklive.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

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: doloresmountainquilters.org or Judith Swain at 970-560-4426.

First Wednesday

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. Contact Laura White, RD, at 564-2276 for details.

First Thursday

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

Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Support Group meets at 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 at this free meeting. Contact Registered Dietitian Laura White, at 564-2276.

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

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 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 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 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 Wednesday

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is held at noon 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 halvarez0722@gmail.com 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.

Fourth Thursday

Monthly Civil Air Patrol Senior Squadron’s monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, First Baptist Church of Mancos, 150 N. Walnut St.

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 Tuesday

The Montezuma Agility Dog Club’s 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.



Free medical care, Tuesday 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 Bible Studies class at 6 p.m.



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.

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

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.