Community Calendar

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Tuesday, Oct. 21

Clint Simmons, of Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters, and write-in sheriff’s candidate Mike Steele will be at Blondies Trophy Room, 45 E. Main St., Cortez, at 5 p.m. to answer questions.

The annual meeting of RENEW, Inc. Board of Directors will be held at noon at the Cortez Police Department, 608 N. Park Ave. RENEW is an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and manages the local safe house. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board or a volunteer advocate, call 565-4886.

Mancos crochet group, 6 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library. This new group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library. Sessions planned Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, and Dec. 16. Free. Bring your own crochet hooks and yarn. Info: Kathy Graf at 970-565-7600 ext. 206 or email

Wednesday, Oct. 22

“What’s the result of Hope?” at 6:30 p.m. for 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 at St. Barnabas Church (corner of North and Elm). Questions required. No answers promised. Info: 565-7865.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Archaeologist Dr. Laurie Webster of Mancos presents “New Work with Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood and Hides from Southeastern Utah.” Webster shows Native American perishables that date to 85 AD. At the Cortez Cultural Center, 6:30 p.m. Free to members: $5 for nonmembers.

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22-23

Messiah sing-in. Solo auditions 7-8:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Cortez at 515 N. Park. The sing-in will be on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Cortez. Questions? Call Patricia Faulkner at 564-9458.

Thursday, Oct. 23

The Mancos Public Library to presents the film, “GMO OMG” at 6 p.m. A community discussion will follow the film and information ​about the Mancos Seed Library, Right to Know Colorado, and Prop 105​, will be available. Snacks from Zuma Natural Foods will be provided.

The Painted Turtle Studio’s Grand Re-Opening Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. All ages are invited to celebrate with us and enjoy games for kids, coloring contests with prizes, a raffle for local goodies, delicious baked treats, hot chocolate and chai at 200 Grand Avenue, Mancos. Info.: 533-7136.

Friday, Oct. 24

Cortez FFA & FCCLA hosts a food drive to benefit the Good Samaritan Center food bank on at 7 p.m. at Panther Field. Bring canned goods to the M-CHS football game and get up to a $2 discount to the game.

Saturday, Oct. 25

Halloween Parade on the Plaza at the Cortez Cultural Center. 12:30–2 p.m. Costume Contest followed by a Pumpkin Festival with games and fun.

For Pets Sake Humane Society Halloween Bake Sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Market’s north entrance. Baked goods can be dropped off that morning at 9:30 or Friday, Oct. 24 at Let It Grow Nursery, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Janet at 970-394-4164, for information.

Annual Pumpkin Festival and costume contest at the Cortez Cultural Center. Registration for the costume contest begins at 12:30; judging at 1 p.m. A trick or treat parade and pumpkin festival starts after the costume contest on the patio behind Stonefish Sushi. The festival ends at 4 p.m. More info: 565-9075.

Cortez Elks Annual Kids Halloween Carnival, 4-8:30 p.m. Games, food, pinata and costume contests. Tickets: four for $1, dinner $3 a plate.

Monday, Oct. 27 - Nov. 15

Annual Juried Art Show at the Cortez Cultural Center. Includes Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

The Cortez Cultural Center hosts a slideshow of the buildings and development of Cortez. Presented by Dale Davidson at 6:30 pm. Free to members; $5 for nonmembers.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

The Dolores Rotary Club sponsors a bingo night at the Dolores Community Center. A light supper, for a $5 donation, at 6:30 p.m. followed by bingo at 7 p.m. Proceeds will help fund Dolores High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Info.: Laurel Rematore at 970-529-4642.

wednesday, Oct. 29

Stormys ATC (air traffic control) Gymnastics will have a free demonstration from 12:50 to 1:30 p.m. Info: 560-3916.

Thursday, Oct. 30

A Spooktackular Family Night by the Montelores Early Childhood Council, 5:30–7 p.m. at the Church of Christ annex, 631 E. Montezuma, behind City Market, across from Kemper Elementary. Free spooky dinner and activities. For children ages 0 to 5 and their siblings. Come with or without a costume, must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 564-3211.

Friday, Oct. 31

Dolores Middle School/High School PTO present Halloween Carnival, 5:30–9 p.m. in the Dolores School District Office Courtyard and Professional Development Room, 100 N. 6th St., Dolores. Games and food. Prizes/candy for all participants. Bring a trick-or-treat bag, tickets cost 25 cents each. All ages welcome. Info: 560-1144 or 882-3477.

Through October

Shirley Diederich is the artist for October for the Southwest Artists League. She is displaying a watercolor and oils at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Call 970-565-8117.

Showing at Olio Restaurant in Mancos: Mark Montgomery’s “Junk in the Trunk” hand-colored photos and Barbara Grist’s “Fluidity” photographs of reflected light on water printed on metal, through Nov. 1. Info: For Barbara @ 560-2767 or Olio at 533-1381.

The Good Samaritan Center food pantry will accept a monetary donation during October to ensure help to families during the holiday season. PO Box 662 Cortez, CO.

Saturday, Nov.1

Zombie Prom, a benefit for The Pinon Project, 6 p.m. at the Cortez Elks Lodge. Tickets: $25. Event includes a silent auction, zombie prom pictures, pumpkin carving contest, dessert auction and costume contest. All proceeds go to The Pinion Project Family Resource Center. Info: 564-1195.

The Presbyterian Women’s Fall Bazaar will start be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fellowship hall, Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington, Cortez. Gifts, crafts, baked goodies, jam, jelly, candy and more will be for sale. Pie will be for sale, as well as a soup lunch. Info.: 565-7024 or 565-8927.

Four Corners Chapter of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union annual meeting, doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Lookout Grange hall in Mancos. Enjoy a home style turkey dinner as we celebrate family farming and ranching. Guest Speaker, Kent Peppler president of RMFU, will address current issues in agriculture and what RMFU is doing to help the next generation of farmers. Food costs $9 a plate. Doors open at 4:30, and dinner is at 5:30. For info or to RSVP e-mail or call 882-4222.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

The Colorado Wild Horse Inmate Program (CWHIP) at Canon City will be the topic at the November meeting of the Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen. This talk will be presented by Fran Ackley, director of CWHIP. The meeting is at the Elks Club on Highway 145. Tacos and hamburgers are available for purchase at 6 p.m. Talk starts at 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Thursday, Nov. 6

Free small claims clinic, at 5:30 p.m., Justice Building, 601 N. Mildred Road, Cortez. Info: 564-5029 8 a.m.-noon or 564-5073 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Dolores Elementary Schoolarama, 5-7:30 p.m., 15-minute workshops, tours of the new building, spirit sticks, passports with family photos, dinner with music by “bees knees, and door prizes. Bring cookies or brownies for dessert

Friday, Nov. 7

Annual Pancake Supper, hosted by the Hospice of Montezuma, at Montezuma County Annex, 103 N. Chestnut, Cortez. Serving starts at 5 p.m., ends at 7 p.m. Three raffle drawings at 6:30 p.m. for hometown gift baskets worth $1,500, $750 and $500. A wonderful supper, fun, and a worthy cause. Supper tickets are $7.50 adult, $3.50 children under 12, and $20.00 family. Call 565-4400.

Sunday, NOv. 9

The Lighthouse Baptist Church invites all veterans and their families to please join us for a special service as we honor the men and women who gave so much to our country at 10:45 a.m. We will give a small gift and serve lunch to the veterans and their families right after the service. 11502 Highway 145, Cortez. Info.: 565.9302.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Dance to the Tim Sullivan Band, 7 p.m. at the American Legion, Cortez. Info: 565-8151.

Through November

The annual Messiah Sing-in will be on Dec. 7. Tryouts for soloists will be Oct. 1-2 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Cortez at 515 N. Park, Cortez. Info: Patricia Faulkner, 564-9458.

Friday, Dec. 7

Korean War veterans will be recognized on Pearl harbor Day, 1-4 p.m. at Montezuma County Annex. Public is invited. Sponsored by VFW Post No. 5231 and Ladies Auxiliary. Reservations, 970-739-6240 or 970-560-6375 by Nov. 28.

Sunday, Dec. 14

Cortez Elks 20th Annual Christmas Craft Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pay for vendor space before Nov. 10 for $25; $30 after Nov. 10. Info: 970-739-0616.

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 at 10 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave, Dolores. Guests and visitors are welcome. Visit or call Judith Swain, 970-560-4426.

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 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 at 10 a.m. All ages welcome. Call 970-403-9237.

Second Saturday

The Mancos Valley Historical Society meets at the Mancos Public Library at 10 a.m. Info: Bob Huffman, 406-249-7733

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 out 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: Call 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

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 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 or call Tif at 903-8752.

Consider your every-day language is a prayer. A short recorded teaching by Wisdom Master Maticintin and discussion. At Mancos Public Library Meeting Room, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Info: 800-336-6015 or

Fourth Tuesday

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

Last Tuesday

Loss & Grief Support Group, 5:15 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Drop in; discussion of any loss issue. Info: 565-4400.

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

Suicide Support Group, 6:15 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 from 1 to 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

Every Wednesday

Yoga Flow with Lily, Wednesdays 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 senior 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

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.