Community Calendar

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Thursday, July 30

Mancos Public Library offers a plein air painting demonstration with Mancos artist Deb Doty at 6:30 p.m. Free. Several paintings are being featured in July on the library’s Art Wall through Aug. 4. Details: or 970-533-7600.

Free Small Claims Clinic at 3:30 p.m. at the Justice Building, at 601 N. Mildred Road, in Cortez. Details: 970-564-5029 from 8-noon and 970-564-5073 from 1-4 p.m.

Free Concert Hall @ The Park at Buckley Park in Durango (between 12th and 13th Streets off Main Avenue), 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bring picnic, lawn chairs and the family Fired Up Pizzeria will have food for sale.

Friday, July 31

The Mancos Valley Distillery presents Little Wilderness. Doors open at 5 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m. Cover charge: $3.

Live music with Nic Watrous at Blondies in Cortez, 8 p.m.

Through July

Artists of the Southwest Art League exhibit at the Cortez Cultural Center. Reception to be announced.

Southwest Art league member Judi McDonald is a featured artist at the Cortez Cultural Center.

Become a volleyball official and make some extra money while supporting student athletes. Experience not necessary; knowledge of the game is very helpful. Call Kami Oliver, (970) 562-4506.

Applications available for the 2015-2016 class of Leadership Montezuma, a two-year, countywide course with a 20-year history of engaging, developing, and inspiring community leaders. Sessions held on the third Thursday of each month. Registration closes Aug. 1. Application and details:, or (970) 903-0944.


Southwest Art league member Jay Whitewolf exhibits at the Cortez Cultural Center.

Saturday, Aug. 1

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society holds its annual Summer Wine Festival from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Cliffrose Gardens just east of Cortez on U.S. 160. Wines, beers, appetizers, desserts, music by the Carl Johnson Trio, and a silent auction. Details: (970) 565-PETS/7387.

Mancos School Bluejazz Band will play at Telluride Jazz Festival on Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Wilkinson Public Library Stage. Free. Visit for more information.

Live music with Kyle T. at Blondies in Cortez, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 3

Free Alive @ 25 class on Aug. 3 at Mancos High School for students who will be 15½ years old by Aug. 3. Once registration opens, register your student online at:

The Montelores Early Childhood Council holds is 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 to these meetings, especially parents. Lunch will be provided so RSVP to Vangi McCoy at 970-749-7017.

Slim Jenkins performs at the Sunflower Theatre at Main and Market streets in Cortez at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets $15, available at and at the door.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen hold its monthly meeting at the Elks, Colorado Highway 145, Cortez. Guest speaker is from Piñon Project. Purchase dinner at 6:15 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Mancos Valley Distillery presents Eric Hisaw with special guest Moe. Doors open at 6 p.m.; music starts at 8 p.m. Cover: $3, with “Tastes Like Friday” cocktail specials. More info:

The Cortez Evening Market brings local goods, fresh food and live music to City Park at. 4-7 p.m. This is a free and family-friendly event. Support your community, grow your economy. Details: 509-830-4380.

Friday, Aug. 7

George Geer Memorial Burn-off contest at Angel’s Endzone at 5:30 p.m., in conjunction with registration from the George Geer Memorial Car Show. The entry fee is $25, and trophies will be awarded. Details: Sandi at 560-2572.

Dance music with Inner Orbit Sound System at Blondies in Cortez, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8

39th Annual Escalante Days at Flanders Park in Dolores. Details:

The 17th annual Escalante Days Mountain Bike Race in Dolores. Register at, or visit the Dolores Rotary page at

The George Geer Memorial Car Show, hosted by Southwest Chapter 2 Blue Star Moms, is in Centennial Park at 10 a.m., with the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. and a cruise afterward. Registration: $25 at Angel’s Endzone on Friday, Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m. or $35 on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. Details: Sandi at 560-2572.

K-9 Search and Rescue Team, Inc. holds its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser beginning at 6 a.m. at the team’s base, “The Doghouse,” located at 35 Railroad Ave. Details:

Pancake breakfast to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, 8–11 a.m., Masonic Lodge, (lower level), 141 E. Montezuma Ave., Mancos. Hosted by the Mancos Valley Lions Club.

Dance music with DJ Vanessa P. at Blondies in Cortez, 9 p.m.

Thursday- Saturday, Aug. 6-8

The DAC Applause! performs “101 Dalmatians,” “kids” and “Once on this Island, Jr.” on Aug. 6 at 1 p.m., Aug. 7 at 1 and 7 p.m., and Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 general.

Monday, Aug. 10

“Cortez Cultural Center: New Directions,” an open meeting for members and the public to share information about the new direction of the Cortez Center, Inc., at 6 p.m., Cortez Cultural Center Gallery, 25 N. Market St., Cortez.

Thursday, Aug. 13

The Mancos Public Library hosts Dustin Partridge’s slideshow “Thru-Hiking the Continental Divide,” at 7 p.m. The Masncos resident hike more than 3,000 miles on the Continental Divide Trail through five states. Details: or 970-533-7600.


D.C. Rat Rod Nationalz Antique Car and Rat Rod Auction in Dove Creek. Gates open to drop off autos for auction at 10 a.m. at 60741 Highway 491 (east end of town). Auction begins at 6 p.m. Call Linley at 970 560-4350 for details.

Hip Hop with Nu3tron, DJ Stimulus, and more Blondies in Cortez 9pm more info call 739-4944

Saturday, Aug. 15

First annual Mancos Brew Fest, 1–7 8 p.m., Cottonwood Park. Gates open at noon, and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, with kids 12 & under free. Music, regional beer sampling, vendors and a kid’s activity area. Benefits Mancos Valley Resources and the Mancos River Trail. For a list of ticket outlets and more information please visit

D.C. Rat Rod Nationalz Car Show and Swap Meet in Dove Creek. Any and all vehicles are welcome. Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. at New Frontier, 313 West Highway 491. Awards presented at 3 p.m. Details: Art at 970 677-2676 or Larry at 970 677-2863.

Community Swap Meet, sponsored by Cortez Civitan, 8 a.m. to noon 20620 U.S. 491, 12 miles north of Cortez at mile marker 39.. Space rental: $10. To RSVP, call Gayle 970-529-3747.

ThUrsday, Aug. 20

Jan Wright is at the Mancos Public Library at 211 W. First St. from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a free workshop utilizing the artist’s newly created Hands of the Ancients Medicine Cards. ​Explore the magic of this new divination deck of 28 cards. Details: or 970-533-7600.

Friday, Aug. 21

Start-Up Showcase, Fort Lewis College Ballroom, 1:30–4:30 p.m. Come and see five innovative startups selected and sponsored by SCAPE – Telluride VA, and the New Mexico Angels.

Saturday, Aug. 22

DJ Ralphsta spins at Blondies in Cortez, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 23

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society holds its Annual Pot Luck Meeting, 1–3 p.m. in Cortez at the large pavilion in Centennial Park near the duck pond. Please bring something to share. Drinks provided. There will be an election of board members. All are welcome. Details: 970-565-PETS/7387.

Thursday, Aug. 27

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society holds its monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. On tap: finances, pet assistance programs, fall yard sale and other fundraisers. All are welcome. Details: (970) 565-PETS/7387.

Friday, Aug. 28

Live country music with Carl Johnson Trio featuring slide guitar. Blondies in Cortez 7pm for more info call 564-0454

Saturday, Aug. 29

80s costume party with Inner Orbit Sound System at Blondies in Cortez, 9 p.m. Prize for best costume.

Friday, Sept. 11

Live music with Rob Webster at Blondies in Cortez, 8 p.m. More info at

Saturday, Sept. 19

Community Swap Meet, sponsored by Cortez Civitan, 8 a.m. to noon under the pig barn at Montezuma Counbty Fairgrounds. Space rental: $10. To RSVP, call Gayle 970-529-3747.


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


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 runs 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

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 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.

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: or Sine Skags at 719-850-0923.

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:

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.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays

Knitting Club at the Mancos Public Library. Learn to knit, 6–7 p.m. 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 or ​call Kathy Graf at 970-565-7600 ext. 206 or email

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Second Wednesday

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

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

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

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.

Summit Ridge Women’s Club seeks members to promote the organization and service club efforts of providing High School scholarships, sponsoring families in need during holiday events. The club meets once a month. For information, call Marie Chiarizia 757-395-0915.

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.

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 Wednesday

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is 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 Thursday

Adult Computer Classes, 1:30-3 p.m. at 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 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 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

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.

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.

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

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.

“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

GOAL Academy/Rocky Mountain Digital Academy, a free, accredited online high school, is enrolling for upcoming school year (now through Sept. 10th) and informational sessions every Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its new location at 215 N. Linden St. Suite D. Details: 970-213-0923 or

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

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

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 7 p.m. Come eat, play and visit.

“Summer Breeze” Bible study “Why I Believe,” 6-7:30 p.m., July 9 - Aug. 13, Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington St., Cortez, CO 81321. Details: 970-565-7024.

“Superheroes Continued ...” is the July theme of the Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St., at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome at 11:15 a.m. for a craft. The library offers a Storytime at the Cortez Farmers Market on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. Details: 970-565-8117.

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 or call 759-1170.

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.