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CortezTuesday, may 3The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society presents Paul Reed, 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 Park St., to discuss “Protecting Greater Chaco: Recent Efforts to Save a Fragile Cultural Landscape.” Details: Kari Schleher at 505-269-4475.Wednesday, May 4Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance presents Dr. Paul Reed, at 7 p.m. at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez for a presentation titled “Overlooked No More! The Pueblo Archaeology of the Chuska Valley.” Details: Diane McBride, 970-560-1643.Thursday, May 5Support group for parents of adult children, 6:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, corner of North and Elm. Try this group if you’re disappointed, or feel abandoned, alienated or worried. Details: 565-7865.Lighthouse Baptist Church National Day of Prayer, 6 p.m. in Cortez City Park’s Flag Display amphitheater. Church and community members and leaders pray for America. Details: 970-565-9302.Friday, May 6Celebrate Southwest Open School’s 30th Anniversary Celebration and All-School Reunion, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at SWOS, 401 N Dolores Road in Cortez. Campus tours, refreshments, music and a premiere of a SWOS documentary. Free and open to the public. Details: 565-1150.Friday and Saturday, May 6-7The Southwest Singers present “Nightingale Sings of Spring,” two evenings of springtime songs, at 7 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Cortez, 515 N. Park. An informal reception will follow.Saturday, May 7Mother’s Day Bake Sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Market North entrance. Drop off baked goods starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at City Market or Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NetForce PC. Details: Catherine, 739-9854.FireWise of Southwest Colorado and Pueblo Community College, celebrates National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Mancos campus, 33057 U.S. 160, a fire and EMS training center. See a demonstration of fire-resistant construction and landscaping. Contact Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org of 970-564-7860 to volunteer. Bring family, friends, or a service group for picnic duty, minor construction, masonry, irrigation, and landscaping tasks. Donated xeriscaping materials accepted.Sunday, May 8Geer Park Trail Series 5-mile Race, 9 a.m. at the north trailhead (25502 Road L). Race registration: $20 online at https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=37821. Race-day registration: $25 in cash or check. Details: ww.Facebook.com/GeerParkTrailSeries or Geertrailseries@gmail.comMonday, may 9The Cortez Public Library and the Sunflower Theater show the documentary “The Messenger,” at 7 p.m. at the Sunflower Theatre at Market and Main streets. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.Mesa Verde Aquatics Club board meeting, 6 p.m. in the Calvin Denton room at Empire Electric. Join the MVAC Masters swim, 6-7:45 a.m., every Tuesday and Thursday. All levels of swimmers welcome. Cost: $35 monthly fee.Tuesday, May 10Free eviction clinic for landlords and tenants, 3:30 p.m., at the Justice Building, 601 N. Mildred Road. No legal advice. Attendees learn about the eviction process and court forms. Details: Donna, at 970-565-7580.The Cortez Historic Preservation Board presents a free program by Jill Seyfarth, “Remember Woolworth’s?” at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center at 25 N. Market St. Seyfarth discusses her latest research on historical Main Street structures. Details: 970-565-3987.Thursday, May 12The annual Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival’s Local Lakes Tour, to view waterfowl, waders and shorebirds. Pre-registration required for tours and Saturday banquet. Registration and walk-ins accepted for lectures at Cortez Cultural Center. Details: www.utemountainmesaverdebirdingfestival.com and 970-565-1151.The Montezuma County Historical Society presents a free talk by Linda Towle, “Saving the McElmo Creek Flume: An Update,” 7 p.m. at Hampton Hall at the Methodist Church on N. Park St. Details: 970-565-3987.Friday, May 13Spaghetti dinner and pie auction for Linda Gardner, 6 p.m., at the Lewis Arriola Community Center. Cost: $5 per person. Sponsored by the Lewis Arriola Volunteer Fire Dept., community and friends. Details and donations: 970-529-3822.Saturday, May 14The Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival tours RSL Ranch, on Summit Ridge between Mancos and Dolores. Participants travel by van; seating is on a first-come, pre-registration basis. Register at www.utemountainmesaverdebirdingfestival.com. Call 970-565-1151.The Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Road, hosts a free Health, Safety and Wellness Information and Awareness Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information or an application, contact Lynn at 565-7423 or email@example.com. Vendor tables are free.Annual benefit golf tournament, Conquistador Golf Course. Registration at 11 a.m., lunch at noon and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entry fee: $40 per person, including lunch and prizes. Benefits the Hospice of Montezuma. To register, call Micah at 970-565-9208.The National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, with the Cortez Post Office. Set out your non-perishable food donations by your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick it up. Donated food goes to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry.Monday, May 16A Cappella Chorus from Rochester College performs at St. Barnabas Church, 7 p.m., 110 W. North St. The 40-member chorus presents a program spanning years, nationalities, and musical styles. An offering benefits Grace’s Kitchen. Details: 565-7865.Wednesday, May 18Amazing Authors Tour with Kevin Fedarko, published in “The Best American Travel Writing,” 6 p.m., Cortez Public Library.Saturday, May 21Sixth Annual Dairy Goat Information Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 20198 County Road P in Cortez. See animals and get advice and demonstrations on care and maintenance. Multiple breeds represented, some for sale. Equipment available for sale. Details: Call Jeanette at 565-9065 and leave a message.Free Classic Air Medical LZ Training and “Meet and Greet,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cahone Senior Center. Learn how to set up a landing zone for a helicopter. Hosted by Dolores County Search and Rescue and recommended for students and practitioners in the fields of first responder, health and transportation. Questions or reservations? Call 970-769-0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.The city of Cortez presents a National Register plaque to KSJD, recognizing its efforts to preserve the Montezuma Valley National Bank building. Jeff Pope will describe the process of preserving a historic building. “Preserving Old Buildings: Why Bother?” is at the Sunflower Theatre, 8 E. Main St., at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 for refreshments. Details: 565-3987.Sunday, May 22The Montezuma County Historical Society holds a Member Appreciation Day, from 1-3 P.M., at the Calvin Denton Room at Empire Electric. The Historical Society’s ultimate goal is a Pioneer Museum. Everyone is invited. Details: 970-565-3279.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.Sunday, 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.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 Nicci Crowley at email@example.com or call 570-9372.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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com.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 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.Three-day course on Billy Graham’s book “Nearing Home,” on April 27, May 4 and May 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at St. Philip Anglican Church, Seventh and Market streets. Reserve a spot: 505-608-4060.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. April schedule: April Fool’s Day, April 7; Turtles, April 14; Butterfly Kisses, April 27; Arbor Day, April 28. Details: 970-565-8117.Raising 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.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 SaturdayRestoration Bible Study Series, about the Hebrew roots and insights into the Gospel, at 10 a.m., ECBY, Tree of Life In’Jesus, 1509 Colorado 145, Cortez. Praise and worship, lecture, and workbook discussion. Cost: $32, including book and workbook. Details: 970-562-6311 and www.byeshua.org.Free silent nondenominational silent meditation, 10 a.m. at The Woozledoozer, 925 S. Broadway No. 211. Call (970) 560-2822 (Pixy).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.DoloresThursday, May 5Personal Finance Lecture Series, 6 p.m., Dolores Public Library. Pam Moore, of La Plata Homes Fund, focuses on understanding a credit report and ways to improve your score. Details: 970-882-4127.Friday, May 6Lego Club for kids, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Dolores Public Library. Snack provided. Details: 882.4127.Thursday, May 19Personal Finance Lecture Series, 6 p.m., Dolores Public Library. Donna Dyer, of Dolores State Bank, reviews the latest information on methods of identity theft and how to protect yourself. Details: 970-882-4127.First TuesdayDolores Mountain Quilters meeting, 10 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. The program for the May 3 meeting will be a program by Charlette and Corinna Gray on preparing coloring book blocks. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.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.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.email@example.comMancosWednesday, May 4 The Mancos School District’s kindergarten open house, 5:30-6:30 p.m. For children who will enter kindergarten this fall, and their parents. Call 970-533-7744 to list your child. Students must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 to enroll.Sunday, May 8Pictorial Copper Enameling with Jim and Dian Law, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mt. Lookout Grange. Create a picture with a copper enamel process at the Mancos School of the West.The Montezuma County VFW Auxiliary’s installation of officers, 5 p.m., at the Post home, 135 Grand Ave. The public is invited. A delegation from the VFW Department of Colorado will install the officers.Tuesday, May 10Free Mancos Bluejay Band Concert, 6 p.m., at Mancos School District Performance Center. Bake Sale items available.Wednesday, May 11“Let’s Dance,” an upbeat concert by the Mancos Bluejazz Band and Bluejay Singerz, 6 p.m., at Mancos Community Center. Admission: $3. Snacks and beverages available.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.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 GrangeEvery 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.