Community Calendar

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Cortez



Saturday, May 28Annual Plant Sale by Mesa Verde Gardeners, 8:30 a.m. to noon at Front Row Seat parking lot (next to City Market) on Main St. Amazing perennials, annuals, vegetables and tomatoes. Everyone is invited. Plants sell quickly. Details: 970-882-8022.



Monday, May 30Memorial Day celebration, 7 a.m. at the American Legion Post 75, 320 N. Harrison St. Followed by a breakfast. All veterans and their families are invited. Details: 970-739-4537.



Wednesday, June 1The Colorado National Guard’s 101st Army Winds band gives a free concert, 6 p.m. at the Montezuma-COrtez High School auditorium.



Thursday, June 2The rodeo comes to the Cortez Public Library, 10 a.m., 202 N. Park St. with crafts and a life-size mannequin horse, stories and crafts. Bring a camera and dress Western. Each child receives a free rodeo ticket if accompanied by an adult ticket holder June 9-11 at the fairgrounds. Details: 970-565-8117.



Saturday, June 4Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen tack sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, 30100 U.S. 160. Sellers drop off items on June 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Horse tack and related items, ag items, art, clothing, boots and horse trailers. Details: Cindy Clare at 970-882-4255 or www.mesaverdehorsemen.com.



Trout Unlimited and the city of Cortez host a free Trout Fishing Festival/Derby, at Parque de Vida pavilion and pond. Fly casting instruction for ages (10–17) is 9:30–11:30 a.m.; for adults at 12:30–1:30 p.m.; accuracy contest 2:30–4:30 p.m.; fishing derby 5 p.m. to dusk. Registration required for classes at Recreation Center or with Brad Waltman at 970-759-0175. Adults (16+) must have valid fishing license.



10k running race on singletrack trails, 9 a.m. at Geer Park, 25502 Road L. All proceeds will go toward local trails through the Montezuma Land Conservancy. All ages and abilities. Prizes and raffle items. Register: ultrasignup.com or on race day for $25.



Master gardeners their secrets on Planting Day, June 4, at 10 a.m. at the Anasazi Heritage Center Plaza. The series concludes on Saturday, July 9, at 10 a.m. with a presentation called Weeds & Things at the Anasazi Heritage Center Plaza. Details: the Anasazi Heritage Center at 970-882-5600.



Sunday, June 5Dolores County Jr. Rodeo Series, Dolores County Fairgrounds, Dove Creek. Check in at 8:30 a.m.; rodeo begins at 9 a.m. Details: Dolores County Jr. Rodeo on Facebook.



Monday, June 6The Montelores Early Childhood Council holds its monthly luncheon, 11:45 a.m., in the downstairs meeting room 110, in the Johnson Building, 925 S. Broadway. The public is invited. Lunch will be provided so RSVP to Vangi McCoy at 970-749-7017.



Tuesday, June 7The rodeo comes to the Cortez Public Library, 10 a.m., 202 N. Park St. with crafts and a life-size mannequin horse, stories and crafts. Bring a camera and dress Western. Each child receives a free rodeo ticket if accompanied by an adult ticket holder June 9-11 at the fairgrounds. Details: 970-565-8117.



Wednesday, June 8



Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance presents Dr. Scott Ortman, 7 p.m. at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for a free lecture. Ortman will discuss Re-Balancing the Narrative of Spanish Colonization in New Mexico. Details: Diane McBride, 970-560-1643 or diane.mcbride@swcocanyons.org.



Archaeologist Grant Coffey will speak on “Creating Symmetry: Building Social Landscapes in the Central Mesa Verde Region,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K. Details: 970-564-4362.



Sunday, June 12A viewing of “Prayers for Bobby,” 4-7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 110 W. North St. Food, refreshments and a discussion of how local LGBT people are treated. Hosted by Four Corners Safe Space Coalition.



THURSDAY, June 16



For Pets’ Sake Humane Society’s monthly board meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Discussion will include the group’s finances, pet assistance programs, 2016-17 membership drive and upcoming fundraisers. All are welcome! Details: 970-565-PETS (7387).



Friday, June 17The M-CHS Class of 1986’s 30-year reunion ice-breaker event, 7 p.m., Blondie’s Trophy Room. Anyone who attended or worked at MCHS during the 1980s is invited. Details: Leanne Rich at lrich1968@yahoo.com or (970) 749-5317.



Saturday, June 18Tire cleanup day for Montezuma County residents only, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Montezuma County Landfill, 26100 Road F. The landfill will collect 1,000 tires for free, nine tires per load, if they’re free of debris, have no rims and are from passenger and light trucks. IDs will be checked. Details: 565-9858 or 565-3056.



Thursday, June 23“Enslavement” will be the topic at the “How You Can Be Part of a Christian Community with Integrity and Not Believe All Those Things You Thought You Had to Believe,” 6:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church – 110 W. North St. Questions required. No answers promised. Details: 565-7865.



Saturday, June 25Dolores County Jr. Rodeo Series, Dolores County Fairgrounds, Dove Creek. Check in at 8:30 a.m.; rodeo begins at 9 a.m. Details: Dolores County Jr. Rodeo on Facebook.



A celebration of the arrival of the Lewis and Neely families in Dolores County, in 1916-1917. If you have a connection to these families, go to the Lewis Arriola Community Center at 1 p.m. for a discussion of the family history. Call Gary Lewis: 970-565-7605.



Through JuneThe Cortez Public Library is displaying African batik prints, by artist Heidi Lang, which are available for purchase. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the library, 202 N. Park St. Call 970-565-8117.



The Raising Readers Storytime program, every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., and every Saturday at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting, at the Cortez Farmers Market, on the corner of Main and Elm streets. Older children are welcome to join for a craft at 11:15 a.m. for the Thursday Storytime at the library. Details: 970-565-8117.



Saturday, July 16Dolores County Jr. Rodeo Series, Dolores County Fairgrounds, Dove Creek. Check in at 8:30 a.m.; rodeo begins at 9 a.m. Details: Dolores County Jr. Rodeo on Facebook.



Sunday, Aug. 14Dolores County Jr. Rodeo Series, Dolores County Fairgrounds, Dove Creek. Check in at 8:30 a.m.; rodeo begins at 9 a.m. Details: Dolores County Jr. Rodeo on Facebook.



Monday-FridayFree nondenominational silent meditation, in the Johnson Building at 7 p.m. at 925 Broadway, No. 184. Call (970) 560-2822.



Monday, Tuesday and WednesdayCortez Public Library computer and tech tutoring, 202 N. Park. Call 970-565-8117 or visit the library for an appointment.



First MondayCortez Emblem Club No. 261 meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Monday every month at the Cortez Elks Lodge. Details: 565-2197.



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



The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen meet, Elks Lodge in Cortez at 6:15 p.m. (except December). Buy a taco or hamburger and drink. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Details: www.mesaverdehorsemen.com.



First WednesdayDiabetes support group meets, 3:30–5 p.m. in the Kiva Room at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Learn to manage diabetes; share ideas. Sessions are free and open to anyone with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. Contact Laura White, RD, at 564-2276 for details.



First ThursdayMontezuma County Republican Central Committee meets, noon at Shiloh Steakhouse. Email Jan Gardner at montezumagop@gmail.com or call 565-2197.



Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Support Group meets, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Kiva room at Southwest Memorial. Share ideas and exchange information. Free. Details: Laura White, 564-2276.



First FridayCaregiver/Advocate support group for caregivers of any person with Alzheimer’s, dementia or chronic illness, noon at Vista Mesa Assisted Living, 1206 N. Mildred, Cortez. Lunch. Details: 259-0122.



The Disabled American Veterans’ monthly meeting, The Veterans Outreach Center, 7 W. First St., Cortez. Lunch at noon, meeting at 12:30 p.m. Details: 560-2793.



Second TuesdayThe Ute Mountain High School Rodeo Team meets, 6 p.m. in the outdoor arena at the fairgrounds. Details: Karen, 970-560-2657.



The Cortez Beading Guild meets, 5 p.m. in the Cortez library conference room. All skill levels and talents welcome. Details: 970-529-0149.



A support group for people with disabilities meets, 2–3:30 p.m. at 2409 Empire St. Sponsored by the Southwest Center for Independence. Details: 970-570-8001 or e-mail Luanne@swilc.org.



The Montezuma County Historical Society Board of Directors, meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elks Club and includes a no-host lunch. History buffs welcome.



The Southwest Art League meets, each month. Details and locations, 882-4770.



Second WednesdayMontezuma County Hospital District monthly board of directors meets, 6-8 p.m. in the Kiva Room at Southwest Memorial hospital. Public is welcome. Details: 564-2146.



Second ThursdayThe Southwest Woodworkers Guild meets, 7 p.m. at various locations. Beginners and experts welcome. Details: Tom, 882-7360.



Montezuma County Republican Women meet, noon at Shiloh Steakhouse at Veach and Main streets. All are welcome. Details: Rosemarie Beall, 564-1576.



Support group for people living with Fibromyalgia, 1-2:30 p.m. at the SWCI office at 2409 E. Empire, Cortez. Details: 970-570-8001 or luanne@swilc.org.



Free estate planning seminar, 5-7 p.m., Vectra Bank Conference Room, 350 W. Montezuma Ave. Overview of estate planning issues, including wills, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney. No reservation needed. Details: erin@fone.net.



Third TuesdayThe Compassionate Friends Four Corners Chapter, For Families following the Death of a Child meets, 7 p.m. at the Hospice Building, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Use kitchen entrance. Call Cherie at 565-6480 or Debbie at 565-4732.



Third WednesdayThe Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, noon at Shiloh Steakhouse. Call 565-3414.



Caregiver/advocate support group for caregivers of any person with Alzheimer’s, dementia or chronic illness at 6 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St.



Third SaturdayChristian Motorcycle Association Cortez Chapter, 8 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. chapter meeting and 10 a.m. ride (weather permitting). At Jack & Janelle’s, 801 E. Main St. Details: Steve Reed, 970-565-7233. No motorcycle required.



Third SundayThe Cortez Fire Protection District’s CPR and First-aid certification classes, 9 a.m., Station 1, 30 N. Ash St. Courses are six to eight hours and include CPR/AED, CPR/AED and First-aid, Healthcare Provider CPR. Minimum class size is four. Register: 565-3157.



Fourth Tuesday4 Corners Republican Women’s Club meets, 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elks Lodge. Details: 565-2197.



Fourth SaturdayThe Cortez Beading Guild meets, noon in the Cortez library conference room. All skill levels and talents welcome. Details: 970-529-0149.



Fourth SundayKIRTAN in Cortez (Bhakti Yoga practice), 6-8 p.m., at Heart and Core Yoga Studio, 30 W. Main, Cortez. All are welcome. $10 donation suggested. Details: Jennie Nuriya 801-671-6275.



Every MondayThe Four Corners Community Band, 7-9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cortez at Market and North streets. New members welcome. Details: 882-2522 or fourcornerscommunityband.com.



Every Monday, Tuesday and WednesdayOne-on-one computer and tech tutoring, Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Details: 970-565-8117 or at the library.



Every TuesdayThe Cortez Public Library’s Family Entertainment Series, 2 p.m., 202 N. Park St. The schedule: June 7, Denise Gard and her Border Collie, Sienna; June 14, Kate O’Kami and her limberjack puppets and workshop; June 21, Eli the magician and workshop; June 28: Luke Renner’s yo-yos and magic; July 5, the Salida Circus’ Olympic Games; July 12, Rocky Mountain Puppets climbs Mount Healthmore. Details: 970-565-8117.



Volunteer at the Mesa Elementary School Garden, 9-11 a.m. in June and July. Montezuma School to Farm project invites families to learn gardening techniques, and take home produce. Details: Danyel Mezzanatto, cortezelementaryschoolgardens@gmail.com



Every WednesdaySitting in the quiet, meditation, contemplation, centering prayer, 12:15–12:45 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 110 W. North St. Details: 565-7865.



St. Paul’s Joyful Noise Children’s Choir, meets 4-4:45 p.m. at Oak and Bauer. Traditional songs with piano, dulcimer, hand percussion, Orff instruments and some acting and dance. Free. All welcome, Ages K-5.



Open House GOAL Academy, 1-4 p.m., 215 N Linden Street, Unit D, Cortez. Free blended online High School for students ages 14-21. Sign up for the 2016-2017 school year or call Liz at 970-213-0923.



Karaoke at Blondie’s Trophy Room, 8 p.m. to midnight. Hosted by JR Stafford. Details: 565-4015.



Volunteer at the Kemper Elementary School Garden, 9-11 a.m. in June and July. Montezuma School to Farm project invites families to learn gardening techniques, and take home produce. Details: Danyel Mezzanatto, cortezelementaryschoolgardens@gmail.com



Every ThursdayRaising Readers Storytime, 10:30 a.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Older children may join us for a craft at 11:15 a.m. May schedule: Mother’s Day, May 5; Alligators, May 12; author and illustrator Leo Lionni, May 19; Popcorn, May 26. Details: 970-565-8117.



Country music and dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Cortez Senior Center.



Bingo at the Cortez Elks Club, 2100 N. Dolores Road. Early Bird game at 6:45, with others to follow. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverages available. Pots vary in payoffs with 2 progressive payoff games. Special giveaways at different times.



Volunteer at the Cortez Middle School Garden, 9-11 a.m. in June and July. Montezuma School to Farm project invites families to learn gardening techniques, and take home produce. Details: Hannah Hall, mstfpamericorps3@gmail.com



Every FridayTOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly), meets at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Cortez Public Library. Details: 970-882-4369.



EVERY FRIDAYRestoration Bible Study Series, 6:30 p.m. at 1509 Colorado 145. A look into Hebrew roots and insights of the Gospel. ECBY, Tree of Life In‘Jesus, teaching, praise and worship. Details: 970-562-6311.



Every SaturdayFree silent nondenominational silent meditation, 10 a.m. at The Woozledoozer, 925 S. Broadway No. 211. Call (970) 560-2822 (Pixy).



Yoga for students, Heart and Core Yoga Studio, 30 W. Main St. Class for high school students noon-1 p.m.; middle school students at 1:15-2:15 p.m. A well-rounded experience for all abilities. Parents welcome, but not required. Details: 739-0547, www.heartandcoreyoga.com



Every SundayThe Unitarian Universalists meet, 10:30 a.m. upstairs in the Cortez Cultural Center, with presentations on comparative philosophies and religions. Details: 970-677-4189.



Course in Miracles meeting, 7-9 p.m., two miles north on Road 25. All are welcome. Details: Larry at 970-565-4286.



Dolores



Friday-Sunday, May 27-29The Riverfront Bar and Grill in Dolores hosts three musicians this weekend, at 1319 Railroad Ave. On Friday night, the Rhythm Dogs will perform; on Saturday evening, Simone Sanchez will play; and for Sunday brunch, Thomas Scott will perform. No cover charge.



Saturday, June 4Kiwanis Youth Fishing Tournament, Groundhog Lake RV Park. No license needed; it’s Colorado Free Fishing weekend. Participants: 16 years and under. Prizes. A goody bag includes power bait, night crawlers, lake sinkers, hooks, and a nylon fishing stringer for the first 20 who register. No registration fee. Registration: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., weigh-in at 1 p.m. Details: 970-739-5533.



Miramonte State Natural Area Botany Field Trip, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., presented by the Southwest Chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society. Join the search for the imperiled Cushion Bladderpod and other rare plants. Free. Details and carpooling: John Bregar at johnbregar09@gmail.com.



Saturday, June 11The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County meet, 9 a.m., at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Dolores. Connie Fox of Mancos and Eleanor Kuhl of Cortez, will report to the local Leaguers with information from the statewide conference of the Council of the League of Women Voters.



First TuesdayDolores Mountain Quilters meeting, 10 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. The program for the June 7 meeting includes information about preparing quilts and quilt sleeves for our August quilt show. There will also be a potluck luncheon. Guests and visitors are welcome. Info: doloresmountainquilters.org or 719-850-0923.



Third ThursdayDolores secondary PTO meets, 3:45 p.m. in Mr. Thurston’s office. Email Heather Alvarez at halvarez0722@gmail.com or call Tif at 903-8752.



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



Civil Air Patrol Mesa Verde Cadet Squadron meets, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at K9 Search & Rescue in Dolores. Details: Maj. Debrah Archer, 970-759-5669.



Volunteer at the Dolores School Garden, 9-11 a.m. in June and July. Montezuma School to Farm project invites all families to learn gardening techniques, and take home produce. Details: Contact Megan Tallmadge, megantallmadge@centurytel.net



Every WednesdayBible studies at Chapel on the Farm, 6 p.m. 19927 Road 26.2 Loop, Dolores. Details: 903-6153.



Dolores Public Library Storytime, at 10 a.m. throughout the year. Each Storytime will include stories, crafts, and more.



Third and fourth ThursdayK9 Search & Rescue Team meets at the Dog House, 7:30 p.m., for training. Open to the public. Volunteers are needed for response, training, and administration. No dogs needed Details: 970-882-4746.



Every SundayBring a classical instrument to the Dolores Public Library, and join the Sunday Strings group. Play with local musicians of varying skill-levels. Group meets Sundays at 4 p.m. in the library meeting room. Details: 882-4127 or Sheri.doloreslibrary@gmail.com



Mancos



Saturday, May 28Fermentation Class, 2-4 p.m. at the Mount Lookout Grange, 680 Grand Ave. Learn how to ferment ordinary veggies into extraordinary foods such as sauerkraut, kim chi and pickles. Taught by fermentation enthusiast Gretchen Groenke. Cost: $30 per person. All materials provided.



Saturday, June 4Secondhand Strings plays at the Mancos Brewing Co., at 6 p.m.



Friday-Saturday, June 3-4Radical Dimensions in Glass Mosaic workshop, with Kelley Knickerbocker, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mancos School of the West. Workshop size: Eight to 15, Fee: $400. Register by May 1.



Saturday, June 11Gourd Ocean Drum workshop, 10 to 4 p.m., Mancos School of the West. Construct and decorate an ocean drum out of a large canteen gourd. Workshop size: 3-6. Cost: $85 person, with materials. Register: www.schoolofthewest.org/



First ThursdayThe Montezuma County VFW Post 5231 and Auxiliary meets, 7 p.m. at the Post home in Mancos. Will open at 5:30 for a neet-and-greet, entertainment and food provided.



First SaturdayTeen Movie Nights at the Mancos Public Library, 7–10 p.m. in the Mancos Public Library Community Meeting Room. View a movie on the library’s big screen. Details and schedule: 533-7600. Snacks provided.



Second TuesdayThe Mancos Water Conservancy District board meets, 7 p.m. at the district’s office, 42599 Road N, Mancos. Info: Gary Kennedy, 533-7325.



Second ThursdayA free legal self-help clinic, for Montezuma County parties without an attorney are 2-3:30 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. Details: 970-564-5029 from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. and 970-564-5073 from 1–5 p.m.



Second SundayThe 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. To help or donate, call Gretchen, 509-830-4380.



Third MondayThe Mancos School District Re-6 Board of Education meets, 7 p.m., 395 W. Grand Ave., Room 503, Mancos. Work session at 6 p.m.; special meetings as needed.



Third WednesdayPlay video games at the Mancos Public Library, until 5 p.m.



Third FridayTeen Nights at the Mancos Public Library, every third Friday from 7–10 p.m. during the school year. Games on Wii, PS4, Xbox One and snacks.



Fourth ThursdayMonthly Civil Air Patrol Senior Squadron, monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mancos, 150 N. Walnut St. Call 970-759-7012.



Last ThursdayThe Mancos Public Library Board of Trustees meets, 5 p.m. in the library meeting room, 211 W. First St. Info: 533-7600.



The Mancos Historical Society meets, at the Mancos Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 470 W. Grand Ave., new time of 5 p.m.



Last FridayGrand Summer Nights in Mancos, May 26, June 24, July 29, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23. Free carriage rides and live music during summer.



Every TuesdayKnit or crochet at the Mancos Public Library, 6-7 p.m. Teens and adults are welcome. Free. Limited supplies of knitting materials, so bring your own if possible. Sign up at mancoslibrary.org or call 970-533-7600 ext. 206 or email kgraf@mancoslibrary.org.



Kids Storytime at the Mancos Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A bilingual, seasonal story time for ages birth through 6 years old.



Mancos School of the Wester writing workshop, with Suzanne Strazza, 6-7:30 p.m., April 12 through May 10, Mt. Lookout Grange



Every WednesdayYoga Flow with Lily, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Grange. Call 847-819-2039.



A free class for Spanish speakers, 10-11-30 a.m. at the Mancos Public Library. Work to improve your English skills.



“Joyful Noise” Children’s Choir starting in Mancos, 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, corner of Bauer and Oak. For grades K-6, Homeschoolers welcome.



Game Daze, 3:45-5 p.m., Mancos Public Library. For kids 8–12; opportunities to play technologically innovative computer-generated games.



Volunteer at the Mancos School Garden, 9-11 a.m. in June and July. Montezuma School to Farm project invites families to learn basic gardening techniques, and take home produce. Details: Erin Bohm, erinbohm@gmail.com.



MonticelloSaturday, Aug. 20Canyon Country Discovery Center grand opening, 10 a.m. to sunset, 1117 N. Main St. Musical guests include the R. Carlos Nakai quartet, Jenna Talbott, Ryan Barnum, Slim Pickins and Scott Ibex. Food, vendors, artisans, exhibits, bike rides, games, wagon rides and a star party in the observatory. Keynote speaker is the first Native American astronaut, Cmdr. John Herrington. Free.



Durango



Saturday and Sunday June 18-19Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad hosts the Dinosaur Train, based on the PBS Kids TV show. Three excursions per day: 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 1-4 p.m. Tickets: 888-872-4607.



Saturday and Sunday June 25-26Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad hosts the Dinosaur Train, based on the PBS Kids TV show. Three excursions per day: 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; 11:30-2:30 p.m.; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: 888-872-4607.