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Community Calendar

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Tuesday, Oct. 6

Free Consumer Education Class, noon–1 p.m. at District Court, 109 W. Main St. in Cortez. Details: Colorado Legal Services 970-247-0266.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Tryouts for solos in the annual Messiah Sing-In, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 512 North Park, Cortez. The Sing-In will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 6. Details: 970-564-9458.

Hip hop with Sammy Warm Hands, dubldragon, Ogar Burl, and more at Blondies in Cortez. Details: 739-4944.

“Alive Inside”, 2014 Audience Choice at Sundance Film Festival, will be shown at Sunflower Theatre, 8 E. Main St., Cortez, at 6 p.m. Free. A panel of elder-care professionals will lead a Q&A afterward. Details: www.sunflowertheatre.org

Friday, Oct. 9

Ska band The Casual Fridays at Blondies, in Cortez, 9 p.m. No cover. Details: 739-4944.

The Cortez Special Olympics Bowling Team’s silent art auction, at The Farm Bistro, 34 W. Main St., Cortez. Team artwork is up, and bids are accepted till 3 p.m. Help the team get to the regionals in Grand Junction. Donations welcome. Call 565-3834.

Saturday, Oct. 10

DJ Smash plays club music at Blondies, in Cortez, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Details: 565-4015.

The League of Women Voters meet, at 9 a.m., at the Community Room of the Hospital Annex Building at 20 S. Market St. in Cortez to learn about the hospital expansion plan. Bring brunch items to share with participants. Coffee and juices will be provided.

Herb Folsom plays live music, at the Cortez Farmers Market with Beth Wheeler. He has a new CD out. Details: 970-317-9242.

The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project’s free social, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Cortez Middle School’s Garden & Orchard, at Maple Street and U.S. 160. Donations accepted. Activities: apple contest, music, kids activities, pie walk, cider demos and samples. Details: montezumaorchard.org, Facebook or 565-3099.

Christian Women’s Celebrations Event, “An Autumn Surprise,” at noon at the Baymont Inn, at Main and Hawkins streets. Catered lunch $15/person, including room fee, program, meal, drink, dessert and tip. Music by Southwest Singers. Speaker Lorraine Wickstrom. Free admission for first-timers and teachers. Details: cwcfunevents@gmail.com or 560-1824.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Ride of the Ancients, Parque de Vida, 400 N. Mildred, Cortez. Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance (SCCA) and Southwest Memorial Foundation (SWMF) launch the first area century ride. Individuals and teams of up to 4 riders may enter. Register at www.rideoftheanicents.com. Proceeds benefit SCCA’s mission Montelores Cancer Care Fund. Volunteers needed. Contact Diane McBride at diane.mcbride@swcocanyons.org or 970-560-1643.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Community Open Forum for MCHD Hospital Building Project, Elks Lodge in Cortez, 6-8 p.m. Details: Email contact@swhealth.org or call 970-564-2040.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Do you like to read, crochet, or visit? Consider becoming a volunteer. Hospice of Montezuma is hosting a Volunteer Orientation from 6-7:30 p.m.and Specialized Training on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m.-noon. Light meals will be served. Details: 970-565-4400.

Thursday, Oct. 15

Love on a Hanger’s 5th Annual Pretty in Pink Fashion Show, at Four Seasons Greenhouse. Show starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Women’s Cancer Coalition. General Admission $15; VIP Seating $30. Tickets available at Love on a Hanger or at bitly.com/LoveHanger. Details: 970-565-9075.

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society holds its board meeting, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library at 202 N. Park St. Discussion will include the group’s finances, assistance programs, and fundraising efforts. All are welcome to attend. Details: (970) 565-PETS/7387.

Saturday, Oct. 17

Simone Sanchez & The Machine, at Blondies in Cortez, 8 p.m. to midnight. $5 cover at door. All ages. Details: 739-4944.

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society’s low-cost dog & cat vaccination clinic, 9 a.m. to noon at the IFA Country Store, 10501 Highway 491 in Cortez. A portion of each package will be donated to For Pets’ Sake. Info: 970-565-PETS/7387.

Sunday, Oct. 18

Hip hop from Fort Collins with Qbala, Kind dub crew, and more at Blondies in Cortez. Early show starts at 6 p.m. All ages. Details: 739-4944.

“Immigration” is the topic at 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. Meet at St. Barnabas Church, at 6:30. Questions required. No answers promised. Details: 565-7865.

Friday, Oct. 23

Live music with one-man band Rob Webster, at Blondies in Cortez. 8 p.m. No Cover. More info: www.robwebstermusic.com.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Halloween in downtown Cortez from 12:30-4 p.m. Registration for Costume Contest, with prizes, at 12:30 p.m., contest at 1 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center. Then join Trick or Treat Parade, followed by a Pumpkin Festival beside Moose and More. Games, face-painting, photo booth and more. Tickets: four/$1, 24/$5, 50/$10, 120/$20; each activity is 2 tickets. Details:: 970.565.9075.


Southwest Art League member Saralynn Risenhoover is a featured artist at the Cortez Recreation Center.


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

Mondays And Fridays

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


The Cortez Farmers Market, 7:30 a.m. until sellout through October in the County Courthouse parking lot at the of Main and Elm streets. Fruits and vegetables, baked goods, food and beverages, plants, crafts, story time and live music – all produced in Montezuma and Dolores counties.

First Monday

Cortez Emblem Club No. 261 meets, at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday every month at the Cortez Elks Lodge. More info: 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.

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.

First and Third Tuesday

Children Wanted! St. Paul’s Joyful Noise Children’s Choir meets 4 to -4:45 p.m. at Oak and Bauer. Learn traditional, upbeat songs children usually learn in Sunday school with piano, dulcimer, hand percussion, a few Orff instruments and some acting and dance moves. Free. All welcome, Ages K-5.

Second Tuesday

The Ute Mountain High School Rodeo Team meets, the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the outdoor arena at the fairgrounds. Contact Karen for information at 970-560-2657.

First Wednesday

Diabetes 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 Type 2 diabetes. Contact Laura White, RD, at 564-2276 for details.

First Thursday

Montezuma County Republican Central Committee meets, at noon at Shiloh 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. Free. Call Registered Dietitian Laura White, at 564-2276.

First Friday

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.

Second Tuesday

The Ute Mountain High School Rodeo Team meets, at 6 p.m. in the outdoor arena at the fairgrounds. Contact Karen for information at 970-560-2657.

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.

The Southwest Art League meets, second Tuesday of every month. For information and summer locations, call 970-882-4770.

Second Wednesday

Montezuma County Hospital District monthly board of directors meets, in the Kiva Room at Southwest Memorial hospital from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome. Information: 564-2146.

Second Thursday

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 Steakhouse at Veach and Main streets. All are welcome. Info: Rosemarie Beall at 564-1576.

Third Wednesday

The 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 any chronic illness at 6 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 North Park St. Cortez. Discuss options with other caregivers.

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. Call chapter president Steve Reed at 970-565-7233. No motorcycle required.

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, 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 Sunday

KIRTAN 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. Info: Jennie Nuriya 801-671-6275.

Last Wednesday

Bereavement Support Group, for anyone dealing with a sudden, accidental, suicidal or traumatic death event at 5:15 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Info: 565-4400.

Every Monday

The Four Corners Community Band meets, 7-9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cortez at the corner of Market and North Street. New members welcome. Call Fawn at 882-2522 or visit www.fourcornerscommunityband.com.

Every Tuesday

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.

Every Wednesday

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

The High Desert Conservation District’s 9-week course on sustainable and profitable farming, 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 9 through Nov. 4, at the First National Bank of Cortez. Details: www.dolorescd.org or Judy at 970-565-9045 x118. Space is limited so register soon.

Every Thursday

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

Elks Bingo, new hours, beginning at 7 p.m. Come eat, play and visit.

Every Friday

Little Legs Adventures, for toddlers and preschoolers, at Denny Lake in Cortez at 10-11 a.m. on July 24, 31 and Aug. 7. Kids will learn about local critters, explore the natural world, read related books and have fun with friends. Pre-registration is encouraged. Details: Email gabi@sjma.org or call 759-1170.

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

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


Tuesday, Oct. 6

Community Open Forum for MCHD Hospital Building Project, Dolores Community Room, 6-8 p.m. Details: Email contact@swhealth.org or call 970-564-2040.

Dolores Mountain Quilters meets, at 10 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave., Dolores. The program will be a class on making a Snowball Man. Bring your sewing machine and supplies. Guests and visitors welcome. Details: doloresmountainquilters.org or 719-850-0923.

Saturday, Oct. 10

The Dolores Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Festival, at Flander’s Park, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Food, crafts, live music. The Tomlynns will be playing from noon – 2 p.m. For details of a free vendor booth, contact the chamber at 970-882-4018 or visit www.doloreschamber.com for a vendor application.

First Tuesday

Dolores Mountain Quilters meets, 10 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. The program for Aug. 4 will be information to increase your knowledge of various “fancy” feet for your sewing machines. Guests and visitors welcome. Info: doloresmountainquilters.org or Sine Skags at 719-850-0923.

Third Thursday

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.

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.

Every Tuesday

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

Every Wednesday

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


Friday-Saturday, Oct. 2-3

Music at the Mancos Brewing Co. celebrates one-year anniversary: Wake Up Laughing reggae, at 6 p.m. Friday; Kevin Frazier acoustic blues rock. at 3 p.m. Saturday; Last Nickel bluegrass, 6 p.m. Saturday. No cover charge.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Mancos Valley Distillery presents Stanley Maynard McNeil, in Mancos, Doors open at 5 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. Cover charge: $3.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 10-11

Dennis Brazeal holds a benefit clinic for Medicine Horse Center Horse-Assisted Therapies, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the horse center, 40700 Road J in Mancos. Cost: $124 per day to attend; $25 to audit. Register: Lynne Howarth at 970-533-7403 or go to www.medicinehorsecenter.org.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Mesa Verde National Park’s Sunrise Tour of Balcony House, tickets will go on sale Oct. 1 at the Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main St. in Cortez. The tour is 90 minutes and limited to 25 people. Cost: $15 per person.

Friday, Oct. 16

Mancos Valley Distillery presents MamaLaya. Doors open at 4 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. Cover charge: $3. “Tastes Like Friday” cocktails will be served.

Saturday, Oct. 17

The Mancos Common Press presents Matt Neff, director of the Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania, for a public lecture and slideshow presentation at 4 p.m. at the Mancos Community Center. Appetizers and light refreshments will be served.

Friday, Oct. 23

Montezuma County Democrats present the film “Merchants of Doubt,” 7 p.m. Mancos Public Library 211 E. First St. How scientists misled the public for four decades on tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, and global warming.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays

Knitting Club at the Mancos Public Library, 6-7 p.m., Learn to knit. Come to any or all sessions. Free. Teens and adults welcome. Bring your own needles and yarn if possible. To sign up or for info, ​visit www.mancoslibrary.org or ​call Kathy Graf at 970-565-7600 ext. 206 or email kgraf@mancoslibrary.org.

First Thursday

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

First Saturday

Teen 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 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.

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 donate, call Gretchen, 509-830-4380.

Second Thursday

A free legal self-help clinic, for Montezuma County parties without an attorney are 2-4 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 Friday

Teen 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 too.

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 Thursday

The Mancos Public Library Board of Trustees meets, at 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., at 5 p.m. – a time change.

Every Tuesday

“Joyful Noise” Children’s Choir starting in Mancos, Grades K-6, Homeschoolers welcome. Tuesdays, 4-4:45 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, corner of Bauer and Oak.

Every Wednesday

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