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Community Calendar

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Friday, Jan. 30



Soups of the World to benefit the Bridge Emergency Shelter, 5-7 p.m. at the Montezuma County Annex on North Chestnut. Soups, salad, bread and live dessert auction, silent auction of interesting items. Tickets $10 for adults, 12 and under eat free.



Saturday, Jan. 31



The Dolores Groundhog Supper comes back. A pulled-pork dinner with all the fixin’s, 4-6:30 p.m. in honor of the groundhog’s prediction at the United Methodist Church at 105 N. 8th Street in Dolores. Enjoy a meal in a building that was ordered from a Sears Catalog. Cost: $9 per person ($5 for kids under 12). Info: 970-560-1390.



Mancos Valley Distillery presents Sol’ Emporium. Doors open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6:30 p.m. Cover charge: $3.



The Permaculture Provision Project hosts dinner and screening of “Greening The Desert” at 6 p.m. at the Sunflower Theatre, Main Street, Cortez. The short film examines effect Permaculture can have on the planet. Suggested $5 donation. Info: Permaculture Provision Project on Facebook.



Through January



Children’s Kiva Montessori School, a free Colorado Public Charter School under the Montezuma Cortez RE-1 School District, will begin enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year soon. Visit www.kivacharter.org for information and dates.



“Midwinter Fun” is the January theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome to join for a craft at 11:15 a.m. Info: 970-565-8117.



Sunday, Feb. 1



Super Bowl XLIX 9th annual party and potluck at the Columbine, 123 Grand Ave., Mancos. Door prizes galore and bring a dish to share for our 20-foot-long food table. Wear your favorite team colors. Party starts at 4 p.m., kickoff about 4:30.



Monday, Feb. 2



The Montelores Early Childhood Council holds its next monthly luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m., in downstairs meeting Room 110 in the Johnson Building, 925 South Broadway, in Cortez. The public is invited, especially parents. Lunch will be provided so RSVP to Vangi McCoy at 970-749-7017.



Thursday, Feb. 5



SouthWest Colorado Concerts holds its annual board of directors meeting at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the First United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park, Cortez. All season ticket holders are welcome.



Annual Mancos Citizen of the Year Award and Social at 6 p.m. in the Mancos Valley Visitor Center, 101 E. Bauer. This year’s recipient has been selected by members of the Lion’s Club to receive the honor for outstanding citizen of Mancos. Information: 533-7434.



Sunday, Feb. 8



Mancos Pizza, located in the P&D Grocery Store 280 Highway 160 West Frontage Road, Mancos, will host a fundraiser Feb. 8 all day for two local families. Pete Loyd, owner of P&D Grocery, said that 50 percent of the sales of all pizza on Feb. 8 will be donated to the family Hayden Kocourek, a local teenager who needs a kidney transplant and has had to travel back and forth between Denver and Gary Baker, who is also experiencing medical problems. There will also be a bake sale and locals are encouraged to bring by baked goods or to buy some. Information: (970) 533-7932.



Monday, Feb. 9



The 2015 Operation Graduation Committee’s first meeting is Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m., in Brooke Elder’s third-grade classroom at Dolores Elementary School. The committee is preparing for the safe alternative “All Night Party.” Parents are needed. Info: Brooke Elder at 970-560-4105 or Nancy Nelligan at 732- 693-6663.



Thursday, Feb. 12



A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, 2 – 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. By computer link, attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process for civil litigation. Walk-ins welcome. First-come, first-served basis.



Montezuma County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting at 6 p.m., SpruceTree Espresso House, 318 E. Main. Held every two years to elect Executive Committee officers who serve two years – chairperson, vice chair, treasurer and secretary. Offices are open to any registered Democrat in Montezuma County.



Montezuma County Habitat for Humanity invites all area residents to a Volunteer Recruitment Event, 6 p.m. at 1st United Method Church on Park & Empire. Light dinner, with beverages and dessert. Learn how you can help work on houses, the sales center and other volunteer possibilities. RSVP to 970-565-8312 or office@montezumahabitat.org”



Montezuma-Cortez District Spelling Bee, 6 p.m. at Cortez Middle School. Participating students check in at 5:30 p.m. Email Bernadette Espinoza at bespinoza@cortez.k12.co.us.



Friday, Feb. 13



Indie Folk-Rock Duo You Knew Me When to appear at the Mancos Valley Distillery. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. The cover cost is $5.



Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15



Field and lab photo class by assistant state archaeologist Kevin Black at the Anasazi Heritage Center on Colorado 184 near Dolores, from 8:30 a.m. to about 5 p.m. Call or email Terry Woodrow 560-1318, or Terrywoodrow@gmail.com for details.



Thursday, Feb. 19



Free Small Claims Clinic at 5:30 p.m. in the Justice Building at 601 N. Mildred Road in Cortez. Info: 564-5029, 8 a.m.-noon and 564-5073, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.



Saturday, Feb. 21



SouthWest Colorado Concerts presents an evening of jazz, 7 p.m. in the M-CHS auditorium. Local flugal horn player Bob Newnam and local musicians celebrate this American form of music. Tickets available at the door: $10/adult, $5/youth; SWCC season ticket holders get in free. Call Lindsay Havran at 565-7676 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757.



Saturday, Feb. 28



Plant and Animal Adaptations at Mesa Verde National Park, 9 a.m. to noon. Explore how animals and plants survive in the winter. Ages 7 to adult. Call 970-529-4631 for reservations. Fee: $10 per vehicle.



Leading Edge Business Management and Planning course, by the Small Business Development Center. Master essential skills needed for starting, managing or growing a business. Runs through April 25th (every other Saturday, for 5 days) 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Cortez Welcome Center. To register call Mary Shepard at 970-247-7009; for details, Cindy Dvergsten or Mike Rich at 970-882-4222.



Friday, March 6



Mancos Valley Historical Society variety show at will present the play “The Cowboy Kidnapping Mystery,” at Mancos Opera House. Part of the annual Mancos Melt celebration. Benefits historical society youth projects, historic renovation and a museum fund. Tickets on sale at the Mancos Visitors Center on Feb. 1.



Saturday, March 7



Winter Plant Identification Hike at Mesa Verde National Park, 9 a.m. to noon. Join the San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society on a hike to learn how to identify plants in winter. Recommended for high school age to adult. Call 970-882-4647 for reservations. Fee: $10 per vehicle.



MOndays and Fridays



Open riding hours at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds indoor arena have been extended until 9 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, from Oct. 20 to the end of the year. User must have a Horseman card with the fairgrounds and are encouraged to call 565-1000 before arriving to confirm open riding hours.



Cortez Public Library offers one-on-one computer and tech tutoring. Call 970-565-8117 or visit the library, 202 N. Park in Cortez, to schedule an appointment.



First Monday



Southwest Center for Independence Second Chance Brain Injury group meets 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.



First Tuesday



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



Dolores Mountain Quilters meets 10 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave., Dolores. The program for the Feb. 4 meeting will be an introduction to batting. Guests and visitors are welcome. Info: doloresmountainquilters.org or Judith Swain 970-560-4426.



The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen meet at the 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. Info: www.mesaverdehorsemen.com.



Second and Fourth Tuesdays



Knitting Club at the Mancos Public Library. Learn to knit, 6 – 7 p.m. Come to any or all of the sessions that you like. Free. Teens and adults welcome. Limited knitting needles and yarn are available, so bring your own if possible. To sign up or for information, ​visit www.mancoslibrary.org or ​call Kathy Graf at 970-565-7600 ext. 206 or email kgraf@mancoslibrary.org.



First Wednesday



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.



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. Free. Call 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, 8–9 a.m. Free. Coffee and doughnuts at 7:45 a.m. Call Dena, 565-3414.



Caregiver/Advocate support group for caregivers of any person with Alzheimer’s, dementia or any chronic illness at noon at Vista Mesa Assisted Living, 1206 N. Mildred, Cortez. Discuss options with other caregivers. Lunch provided. Info: Elaine at the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 259-0122



First and Third Thursdays



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



Second Tuesday



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



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. Anyone interested in area history is 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. To help or make donations, call Gretchen, 509-830-4380.



Second Thursday



The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours at various locations, 5–7 p.m. Call 565-3414.



The Southwest Woodworkers Guild meets at 7 p.m. at various locations. Woodworkers welcome, beginner to expert. Call Rick, 533-7180.



Montezuma County Republican Women meet at noon at Shiloh’s on Veach and Main St. All are welcome. Info: 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 Saturday



Christian Motorcycle Association – Cortez Chapter holds its 8 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. chapter meeting and 10 a.m. ride (weather permitting). At Jack & Janelle’s, 801 E. Main St., Cortez. Call chapter president Steve Reed at 970-565-7233. No motorcycle required.



Third Wednesday



Caregiver/advocate support group for caregivers of any person with Alzheimer’s, dementia or any chronic illness at 6 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 North Park Street, Cortez. Discuss options with other caregivers.



Third Thursday



Adult Computer Classes, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library, Community Meeting Room 211, W. First St., Mancos. Call 970-533-7600 to enroll. No charge.



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



Third Sunday



The Cortez Fire Protection District holds CPR and First-Aid certification classes at 9 a.m., Station 1, 30 N. Ash St., Cortez. Courses are six to eight hours and include CPR/AED, CPR/AED and First-Aid, Healthcare Provider CPR. Minimum class size is four students. Call 970-565-3157 to register.



Fourth Monday



The Southwest Center for Independence Potluck Lunch Group meets the fourth Monday at noon, 2409 E. Empire St., Cortez. Call Matthew, 570-8001.



Fourth Tuesday



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



Fourth Thursday



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



Last Wednesday



Suicide Support Group, 5:15 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Info: 565-4400.



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.



Free medical care, Tuesday 1 – 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.



The Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St., continues the Little People Seasonal Storytime, at 10:30 a.m. The program follows the Mancos Re-6 schedule; runs through May. Children ages 2-6 will be taught songs, verses and stories. A craft is offered. Free. Call the library at 533-7600 or visit www.mancoslibrary.org.



Every Wednesday



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



Bible studies at Chapel on the Farm, 6 p.m. 19927 Road 26.2 Loop, Dolores. 903-6153



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.



Weekly weigh-ins available with the Waist Management Group, 4:40 to 5:30 p.m., 343 E. Main St., Suite 300, Cortez. Free. Info: Berta at 565-9515 or 739-6014 after 4:30 p.m.



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



Overcomers Outreach bridges the gap between 12-Step recovery groups and churches of all denominations. Christ-centered and Bible-based. Evangel Assembly of God, 209 W. 5th St., Cortez. 6:30 p.m. Call James, 303-519-7523.



Elks Bingo. New hours, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Come eat, play and visit.



Every Friday



Friendship Social Group, 1 p.m. at Beny’s Diner, 640 S. Broadway, Cortez. For those looking for support with finding friends and social activities after a loss, or need a break as a caregiver. Sponsored by Hospice of Montezuma.



TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Cortez Public Library.



“Bereavement & Caregiver Support Group, 1 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma. Call Sunny for information and location. 565-4400.