Community Calendar

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Tuesday, June 30

Old West Heritage Show, Wanda Martin, , 7 p.m., at the Cortez Cultural Center.

Hope, a small group from Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University, presents a concert at First Baptist Church, 100 N. Market St., Cortez, at 7 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Through June

“Superheroes All Around” is the June theme of the Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, at 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. Storytime also is at the Cortez Farmers Market on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. The schedule: “Tall Tales,” Thursday, June 4 and Saturday, June 6; “Animal Heroes,” Thursday, June 11 and Saturday, June 13; “Dad’s My Hero,” Thursday, June 18 and Saturday, June 20; “Kid Heroes,” Thursday, June 25 and Saturday, June 27. Info: 970-565-8117.

Southwest Art league member Joe Slaughenhoupt is a featured artist exhibiting at the Cortez Cultural Center.

Southwest Art League member LaDean Chadwick is a featured artist at the Cortez Library.

The artists of the Southwest Art League exhibit at the Cortez Recreation Center.

Mancos Gallery Nights, every Friday until 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a meal, stroll Grand Avenue, visit the galleries. Raven House Gallery, Oilo, Artisans of Mancos, Millwood Junction Restauranrt, Goodnight Trail Gallery, Mancos Pizza Company and Chavolo’s Mexican Restaurant.


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.

Wednesday, July 1

Robin Hood takes the stage in Hampstead Stage’s adaptation of the classic English folktale, at 2 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Details: 970-565-8117.

The Pinhead Institute presents the first installment of its 6-week Punk Science lecture series for kids of all ages featuring rocket scientist Kevin McNeill on the exploration of Mars. Cortez Cultural Center Plaza, Wednesdays from July 1- Aug. 5, 5:15 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Friday, July 3

Simone Sanchez & The Machine perform at Blondies in Cortez at 8 p.m. Cover: $5 at the door. Details: 565-4015

Saturday, July 4

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society seeks help for their Pennies For Pets fundraiser, Saturday morning at the Cortez Farmers Market in the Montezuma County Courthouse parking lot, 109 W. Main St. Donate to For Pets’ Sake at the Market’s Community Booth to help cats and dogs of Montezuma and Dolores counties. Info: (970) 565-PETS-7387.

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

The sixth annual Cortez Burst Triathlon at City Park has events for all ages and abilities. Benefits Friends of Recreation for a Healthy Community, which provides scholarships to the Cortez Rec Center. Details: Sensa Wolcott at (970) 903-9882, or

Rico hosts a Fourth of July celebration. The parade (entry is free) starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Community Church next to the Courthouse. Free fireworks Saturday night and an old-timers picnic on Sunday at noon. Details: Jenny at 970-903-3841.

The Sunflower Theatre presents “The Harmonicowboy” Gary Allegretto for performance at 4:30 p.m. and a workshop at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the concert; $20 for the workshop; and $30 for both. Details:

Fireworks after party with Cinematica, Dj Kiosk, and more. Blondies in Cortez 9 p.m. Free 21 years and up.

Tuesday, July 7

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society presents James Davenport at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 Park St., Cortez, to discuss “’Literal Providers of Food and Drink’: The Inka Empire, Feasts, and Ritual Control.” Davenport will explore the extent of this ritual control through analysis of ceramics recovered from Pachacamac, a ritual center conquered by the Inka on the Peruvian coast. Details: Kari Schleher at 505-269-4475.

Lynne Howarth of Medicine Horse Center speaks at the Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen meeting at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Road in Cortez. Dinner at 6:15 p.m.; presentation at 7 p.m. Details:

MSPERA members and new PERA retirees are invited to a summer picnic at Denny Lake, 11 a.m. on July 7. Bring chairs and a dish to share. More details coming. Call to confirm 970-565-1937 or 970-565-7964.

Wednesday, July 8

Free wildflower walk “Wildflowers of Hermosa Fens & Wetlands,” west side of Bolam Pass. Details and reservations: Bob Powell at 970-385-8949 or Al Schneider at 970-882-4647. Sponsored by he San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society:

Indiana Bones caps off the Cortez Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Family Entertainment Series with his “Indiana Bones – Heroes Past, Present and Future show, at 5 p.m. Travel through time with storyteller Indiana Bones as he unveils fossils and artifacts. The library is at 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Details: 970-565-8117.

Thursday, July 9

Mancos Public Library hosts Anna Taft’s slideshow “Intercultural Adventures in Ecuador and Mali,” in the “Life Is an Adventure” series. Mancos resident Taft is the founder and executive director of The Tandana Foundation. Details: or 970-533-7600.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Guests welcome. This month’s presentation takes place at the pavilion at 7:30 p.m. with a saddle fitting demonstration by Kristi Sweney. Details:, 970-749-0316 or

Friday, July 10

Dave Mensch performs at Blondies in Cortez at 8 p.m. to midnight. No Cover. All ages welcome.

Saturday, July 11

Comedian Josh Blue returns to Parque de Vida. Gates open at 5 p.m. The Carl Johnson Trio will perform, followed by comedienne Stephanie McHugh. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Colorado and Community Connections. Tickets at Rocky Mountain One Stop or by calling (970) 565-9249. $20 in advance, $25 on that Saturday. Rain backup will be inside the Rec Center.

Painted Turtle Studio hosts an estate sale and fundraising event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our Mancos location on 200 W. Grand Call for more details, 970-533-7136 or to find out about our summer classes and Kids Art Camp Scholarships.

The Montezuma County League of Women Voters hosts Brad Finch, regional coordinator of the Three Rivers Education Foundation, which aims to improve literacy and reading skills in primary school students. Its programs are available in the Dolores, Cortez and Silverton School Districts. Hear about the programs and Little Libraries at 9 a.m. on July 11, 2015 at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Dolores.

DJ Imperfect spins dance music from all genres at Blondies, 45 E. Main Cortez, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday, July 12

A procession from St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. will present the newly hand-painted banner picture from Italy and begin the celebration in honor of the First Native American Saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who was canonized in Rome in 2012.

Lighthouse Baptist Church, 11502 Colorado 145, Cortez, invites children in kindergarten through fifth grade to Vacation Bible School, July 12-16, 6–8:30 p.m. Games, lessons, snacks and more. Van pickups available. Call 970-565-9302 to sign up for pickup.

Monday, July 13

The Montelores Early Childhood Council holds its 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. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to Vangi McCoy at 970-749-7017.

Tuesday, July 14

The Mesa Verde Gardeners host a Design Class in advance of the Montezuma County Fair and Horticultural Show at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 14 at 29204 Road M. Participants will receive instruction on floral arrangements and how to prepare for the show on July 29 to Aug. 1. Reservations needed by July 13. Reservations: Dayna at 570-9048.


“Thou Shalt Not Kill except..?” will be 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 p.m.. Questions required. No answers promised. Details: 565-7865.

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

Koch Brothers Exposed 2014: The Montezuma County Democrats invite everyone to the Brave New Films expose of the Koch brothers plan to buy our democracy. Mancos Public Library, 211 E. First St., Mancos, starting at 7 p.m. Info: 970-739-9989

Montezuma County Democratic Party meets at the Mancos library from 6:30-9 p.m., with a showing of the film “Koch Brothers Exposed.” Learn about what’s going on with elections. All are welcome. Details: Ric Plese, 970-739-4365

Friday, July 17

The Champion for Children Event, 5-7 p.m. at the Cliffrose Garden Center, honors a local champion and supports the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center. Appetizers, beverages, and music in the garden. Free, but donations are accepted. Details: Rose Jergens at 565-8155 or

Rob Webster performs at Blondies in Cortez, 8 p.m. to midnight. Details:

Friday-Saturday, July 17-18

Second annual Four Corners Football Camp, 8-11 a.m. at Dolores High School. Cost: $30 per player, including camp T-shirt. Registration forms are available at the Dolores School District Office and at the Cortez Rec Center. Register by July 13.

Saturday, July 18

Toga Party at Blondies in Cortez, with music by Vanessa Perry, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Prizes for best togas.

Thursday, July 23

“NAGPRA+25: Where Do We Stand? Where Are We Going?” by Kathleen Fine-Dare at 7 p.m. at the Sunflower Theatre, 8 E. Main, Cortez. Part of the Four Corners Lecture Series and sponsored by the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and the Mesa Verde Foundation.

Friday, July 24

Reverend Catfish performs blues, rock, country, and more at Blondies in Cortez, 8 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, July 24-25

Book Sale and Yard Sale to benefit Mancos Public Library during the Mancos Days weekend. Book sale on Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donated books will be accepted at the library Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 am to 3 p.m. The Yard Sale is Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations accepted July 23 and July 24.

Friday-Sunday, July 24-26

The 56th annual Mancos Days event will be held at Boyle Park and Grand Ave. Family Fun with games, live music and food vendors. This year a classic car show will be held on Grand Ave after the parade. For a schedule of events go to

Wednesday, July 29

The sixth annual Women’s Small Business Conference is 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at Fort Lewis College’s student union building, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango Female entrepreneurs are invited to attend this conference to receive hands-on business training seminars, free one-on-one consulting, exhibitor tables with regional resources, breakout sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities. Cost: $50. Details:

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.


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

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:

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

Wednesday, Aug. 15

First annual Mancos Brew Fest, noon to 8 p.m., Cottonwood Park.


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. On June 2, the annual Pot Luck Luncheon and “Crazy Hexies,” a workshop for charity quilts (bring all your sewing stuff). Guests and visitors welcome. Info: 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:

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 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.


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.

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.

Life Drawing, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cortez Cultural Center 25 N. Market St. Bring your own drawing materials. Easels and models provided. Ages 18 and older. No instructor; $5 fee. Info: 970-565-1151, ext.10 and

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

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

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 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

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.