Community Calendar

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Thursday, Aug. 21

Montezuma County Democratic Party Central Committee meets at Cliffrose Gardens. Meeting at 6:30 p.m.; social hour at 7 p.m. Information: Co-chair Ric Plese, 970-739-4365.

Friday, Saturday Aug. 22-23

Biennial Dolores Mountain Quilters Quilt Show Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center. The show will feature over 100 quilts. Admission is $3 for those 16 years and older and free for kids. Info.: 560-4426.


Southwest Colorado Wine, Food and Art Festival sponsored by the Cortez Civitan Club from 1 to 6 p.m. at Parque de Vida in Cortez. Music, wine tasting, food vendors and local artists. Wine tasting tickets are $20 before the event and $25 at the gate. Entrance is free for nondrinkers. Information: 882-4585.

The 6th Annual Medicine Horse 'Masters' Golf tournament registration is 8 a.m. with a Scramble Format/Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at the South Forty (Par 3) Course, 25500 Road H, Cortez. Cost: $25 per player or $100 per 4-person team. Funds go to Medicine Horse therapy programs. Pre-register at 970-533-7403 or at medicinehorsecenter.org.

Poultry Slaughter Class from 8 to 11 a.m. Learn how to humanly slaughter and process broiler chickens. Class size is limited, preregistration by Aug. 21 is required. The cost ranges from $15 to $30. Proceeds will go to Montezuma County 4-H Poultry member activities. Call 970-560-0781 to register.

The Country Girls Reunion will be at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a potluck at noon. All families and friends of The Country Girls are welcome. The group started in the mid 1950s. Information: 247-0299.

Wild Mushroom Hunting with John Sir Jesse near Lizard Head Pass. Learn about mushrooms, their habitats and edibility. The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. about an hour north of Cortez. Participation is limited and registration is required. Call 970-728-0639.

Sunday, Aug. 24

The Bridge Emergency Shelter is holding its 2nd Annual Homeless Awareness Walk. Registration 4:30 to 5 p.m. at the Playground Shelter at Parque de Vida. This one-mile walk is open to all. It will celebrate the community's efforts toward the homeless. Food and monetary donations accepted. To register or for information, call 970-565-9808 or e-mail ktworek@thebridgeshelter.org.

Monday, Aug. 25

Wildfire Preparedness for Professionals seminar will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at First National Bank of Cortez. Seminar is catered toward realtors, builders, insurance agents, landscapers, lenders and all professionals who can influence rural residents. Info.: 564-7860.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Goal Academy plans an open house on from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 19 N. Maple St. in Cortez. Goal Academy is a free and accredited online/blended learning high school serving students ages 14-21. Currently accepting applications and enrolling at www.goalac.org or 213-0923 and 412-0630.

Find and prepare local edible wild plants with Katrina Blair, edible plant expert and co-founder of Turtle Lake Refuge. Free walk along the Colorado Trail from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register by calling San Juan Mountains Association at 970-385-1288 or emailing MK@sjma.org.

Thursday, Aug. 28

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Montezuma County Historical Society, 7 p.m. at the Cortez United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St. After the business meeting, a free presentation by Mike K Maddox, based on his recent book "Porter and Ike Stockton: Colorado and New Mexico Outlaws." Refreshments and book signing. Public invited. Info: Philip and Vivienne Kenyon, 565-7714.

Friday, Aug. 29

Eating Smart-Being Active class for anyone with children under 5 years old. Learn to cook and be active with your children. Classes start Aug. 29 and run from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Info.: 564-1195 ext. 126.

Saturday, Aug. 30

The Hollywood Bar and Grill Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The event will celebrate the old and the new with historical photos, local characters, live music and food. Info.: 882-9998.

Josh Blue, winner of Last Comic Standing, performs in Cortez at 6 p.m. at the Parque de Vida pavilion to benefit Special Olympics Cortez. Gates open at noon. Bring ID to purchase alcohol. Cost: $20 in advance $25 at the gate. Tickets at Rocky Mountain One Stop or 565-9249

The Montezuma Early Childhood Council Free Family Day at the Park De Vida before the Josh Blue Special Olympics Fundraiser on Saturday, August 30th. Fun events start at 1 p.m.

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.

Tri-County Head Start/Early Head Start is taking enrollments for the 2014-2015 school year in Montezuma County. To see if your child qualifies for a head start, call Toni Gilge, 970-565-6040 ext. 11 (for 3-5-year-olds) or Nancy Daves 970-565-8850 (for infants and toddlers).

Southwest Artists League artist for August is Shirley Percell, at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Bill Lemons' display of wild orchids of Montezuma County photos continues through August, and Ramon de Encio displays his wood impressions through September. Info: 970-565-8117.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

The Four Corners Lecture Series, the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society, presents Dr. Jeffrey Dean on Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 Park Street in Cortez, to discuss "New Research on Old Dates: Dendroarchaeology of Pueblo III Kiva Construction on Mesa Verde." Dean's presentation will focus on four kivas. Contact Kari Schleher at 505-269-4475 with questions.


The Montelores Catholic Community holds its Annual Rummage/Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, at Montezuma and Market streets in Cortez. A wide array of items will be available. Information: Barbara at 565-9673.

Saturday, Sept. 6

The Guardian Angel's Walk to End Alzheimer's is at Cortez City Park. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the Walk begins at 10 a.m. Country fair, with food, drinks, entertainment and games. Free, but donations welcome. Information: Cindy Lichliter (749-2319).

Sunday, Sept. 7

Join Lee Bartley and friends to celebrate the release of this new solo piano CD, "Carried Away" from 3 to 6 p.m. at the home of John and Mary Ann Ross: 19021 Rd. 26.2 loop, Dolores. RSVP to Janet Lever-Wood at 882-2274 or blueglyph@centurytel.net.

Saturday, Sept. 13

The Galloping Goose Historical Society's annual meeting is Sept. 13, lunch starts at noon, followed by the annual meeting at 1 p.m. Call 882-7082 for location and information.

Saturday, Sept. 27

The Dolores Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival at Flander's Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No charge for setup, but vendor's must call 882-7717 or 882-4018 to register. Music and activities are scheduled in addition to local produce, baked goods, crafts, jams and jellies.

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. 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 Thursday

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.

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 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.

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.

Every Tuesday

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