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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.
Celebrate the completion of the new School Based Health Clinic at Southwest Open School. The school is hosting an open house of the new clinic, which will offer services to all students of the Cortez School District, as well as launching the next phase of a capital campaign to build new buildings on campus to replace dilapidated modular structures. There will be free food, refreshments, music and drawings for prizes. The fun starts at 4 p.m. at Southwest Open School, 401 N. Dolores Road, Cortez. This event is free and open to the public. Info.: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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- to 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.
Equine packing presentation by Daniel Russle at the Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen meeting at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd. Arrive for dinner at 6 p.m. for buy your own taco and hamburger Tuesday. The presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. Daniel has been packing for 13 years. Info.: www.mesaverdehorsemen.com, or 739-8787.
Wednesday, Sept. 3
The city of Cortez and the Cortez Historic Preservation Board invite the public to a meeting at 6 p.m. at Kemper School Elementary School, 620 E. Montezuma Ave., in Cortez ,to discuss a possible historic district on Montezuma Avenue. Info.: 565-3987.
Thursday, Sept. 4
Choices & Options, a support group for families dealing with mental illness. The group is for regular people, not professionals, dealing with the daily struggles of mental illness. Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Rose at 560-5662 for meeting location.
United Blood Services Mobile Blood Drive from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 515 North Park, Cortez.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, SEPT. 5-6
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. Please RSVP to Janet Lever-Wood at 882-2274 or email@example.com.
Monday, Sept. 8
The Southwest Singers will begin rehearsals for the fall season at 6:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park, Cortez. Holiday concerts will be given in December. Info.: 562-4476.
The Montelores Early Childhood Council will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m., in the downstairs meeting room 110, in the Johnson Building, 925 South Broadway, Cortez. The public is invited to these meetings, especially parents. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Vangi McCoy by calling 970-749-7017.
Thursday, Sept. 11
Free Pottery-Making Program with Artist in Residence Michael Savage at 7:30 p.m., at Far View Lodge Library at Mesa Verde National Park. Learn about the aspects of pottery production that are rarely shown or demonstrated, including clay and slip preparation, paint preparation and manufacture, pottery tool construction, and the design and painting of pottery vessels. Info.: 970-529-4445.
Saturday, Sept. 13
The Montezuma VFW will be hosting its Annual End of Harvest Dinner for Veterans and their families Saturday at our Post home in Mancos, Sept.13, starting at 5 p.m. This event is open to all Veterans. Join us good fellowship, and for roasted pig, corn and ice cream. The event is free, donations will be accepted.
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.
Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Goodman Point Area and help clean up trash and tires and reclaim social trails and ATV routes. Volunteers must register and need to dress for safety wearing long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves and bring water and snacks. Lunch will be provided by the San Juan Mountains Association. Info.: 970-385-1310 or Kathe@sjma.org.
Thursday, Sept. 18
The Mancos Tree Board conducts a workshop on pruning street trees, concentrating on the area of Montezuma Avenue to 1st Street and Main to Aztec streets. Meet at Main and First at 9:30 a.m.
United Blood Services Mobile Blood Drive from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Pleasant View Fire Department, 15529 Road CC, Pleasant View.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 20
Meeting about Montessori-based religious information for kids 3-6 will be held at St. Barnabas Church at 3 p.m. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd uses the stories of faith as vehicles to give expression to their connection to God. Information: 303-883-5679 or 565-7865.
Dolores Secondary Parent/Teacher Organization for the Dolores Middle/High Schools will have a dance to raise funds for the PTO from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Elk’s Lodge in Cortez. There will be a DJ and the charge is $5 at the door. A cash bar will be available and the dance is open to anyone 18 and over. ID will be required at the door.
Tuesday, SEPT. 23
The Red Arrow Mill clean up will be discussed at a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mancos Town Hall. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will share their findings and other government agencies will be present as well.
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.
Monday, Sept. 30
United Blood Services Mobile Blood Drive from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Mancos Community Center, 130 East Grand Ave., Mancos.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Cortez Elks 1789 Oktoberfest celebration. Open to the public and includes a golf tournament, autographed sports items silent auction, German food and more. Proceeds benefit Elks projects. Information: event chairman Lynn Gann at 970-565-7423 or club manager at 970-565-3557.
Thursday, Oct. 16
The 4th Annual Pretty in Pink Fashion Show by Love on a Hanger will start at 7 p.m. at Four Season’s Greenhouse and Nursery. Enjoy an evening of fashion and talent along with complimentary desserts, cash bar and silent auction all while supporting the Women’s Cancer Coalition. Tickets for the event are now being sold at Love on a Hanger, 34 E. Main St., Cortez or online at bit.ly/1poI2o6. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP Seats are $30. Information: (970)565-9075.
Southwest Center for Independence Second Chance Brain Injury group meetings at noon at 2409 E. Empire, Cortez. Call Matthew, 570-8001.
Cortez Emblem Club No. 261 meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday (except in January and February). Call 565-2197.
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 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave, Dolores. The Sept. 2 meeting will include results and reviews of 2014 Quilt Show. As always, guests and visitors are welcome. Info.: doloresmountainquilters.org or Judith Swain at 970-560-4426.
Diabetes support group meets 3:30–5 p.m. in the Kiva Room at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Learn how to manage diabetes; 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.
Montezuma County Republican Central Committee meets at noon at Shiloh’s Steakhouse. Email Nicci Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Leadership at First National Bank in Cortez, 8–9 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.
4 Corners Republican Women’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elk’s Lodge. Information: 565-2197.
Monthly Civil Air Patrol Senior Squadron’s monthly meeting, 6:30 pm, First Baptist Church of Mancos, 150 N. Walnut St.
Suicide Support Group, 6:15 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Information: 565-4400.