Cortez Calendar

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Thursday, March 26

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office hosts a three-hour course titled Water Law 101 at 6:30 p.m. at the Montezuma County Fair Grounds, 30100 U.S. 160, Cortez. Civil and criminal aspects of water law and usage will be covered. To reserve a spot, contact Wanda Martin at or 970-564-4960.

Dr. Seuss family night and spaghetti dinner, 5:30–7 p.m., 915 Broadway, Room 110. Play with your children, eat a free dinner. Games provided. Save a spot at or 970-564-3211.

Saturday, March 28

Cortez Seed Lending Library Spring 2015 start-up meeting from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cortez Public Library. Bring seeds you would like to share with others. Information about Open Source Seed Initiative will be available. Contact for more information.

Monday, March 30

SouthWest Colorado Concerts presents Quartetto Gelato at M-CHS at 7 p.m. This Canadian quartet is known for clever programming and humor and includes clarinet, cello, violin, and accordion player. Info: Lindsay Havran 565-7676 or Joyce Stevenson 565-4757.

Wednesday, April 1

Free eviction clinic for landlords and tenants at 3:30 p.m. at the Justice Building at 601 N. Mildred Road in Cortez. Info: 970-564-5029 from 8 a.m. to noon and 970-564-5073 from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thursday, April 2

Volunteers of America kicks off Wear the Love Campaign to raise support for the women and children served by Durango Community Shelter and the Southwest Safehouse, 4-7 p.m., at the Taylor Raymond Gallery (835 Main Ave.) in Durango. Info: Volunteers of America at 259-1021.

Friday, April 3

St. Philip the Evangelist Anglican Church at Seventh and Market streets, offers a Good Friday Stations of the Cross Service at noon. Meditations follow scripture lessons. Info: Fr. Carl Brenner at 505-608-4060

Saturday, APril 4

Dolores Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. at Joe Rowell Park sponsored by the Dolores Student Leaders in Community Service.

Mancos Ladies Auxiliary at Montezuma County VFW Post 5231 Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bake Sale in downtown Mancos. Signups at 10:30 a.m. Egg hung begins at 11 a.m. Bake sale starts at 10:30 a.m.

Cortez Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Cortez Rotary Club at 10 a.m. at the Cortez City Park by the outdoor pool.

Dinner and A Movie at Fort Lewis College’s Vallecita Room. Learn about Permaculture and the abundance it can bring and enjoy a Curry dinner. Dinner service starts at 6 p.m. with movies to follow. Info: 970-759-2724. A $5 donation is suggested.

Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen request unwanted new or used equipment for the tack sale on April 4. All items will need to be cleaned before April 3. A volunteer signup sheet will be available at the March 3 meeting at the Elks Lodge in Cortez, 7 p.m. To donate, consign or ask questions, call Cindy Clare, 970-882-4255. Website:

Battle Rock 4-H Club and the Montezuma County fair board sponsor an Easter egg hunt at Four Seasons Nursery, 26650 Road P, at 11 a.m. Kids age 10 and under are invited.

Sunday, April 5

Lighthouse Baptist Church, 11502 Colorado Highway 145, Cortez, invites the community to attend its Resurrection Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, April 7

The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen present “Back Country First Aid Kit” at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Road, in Cortez. Dinner at 6:15 p.m.. Presentation starts at 7 p.m. Karen Dickson, of the county health department, gives tips on first aid kits for the back country. Info:

Wednesday, April 8

2016-16 kindergarten registration, Dolores Elementary office, noon to 6 p.m. Bring a birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence. Children must be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2015.

Thursday, April 9

“What Are We Afraid of Losing” 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. We will meet at St. Barnabas Church, at 6:30 p.m.. Questions required. No answers promised. Call 565-7865 for more information.

21 Ways to Wear a Scarf for Spring Workshop, at Love on a Hanger, at 5:30 p.m. Followed by refreshments. One winner of a scarf of her choice. Info: Tiffani at 970-565-9075 or

Friday, April 10

Life Is An Adventure at Mancos Public Library, at 6 p.m.: Rick St. Onge’s personal slideshow presentation of A Mount Everest Expedition. With photos and personal accounts from the expedition, St. Onge will guide you along his journey to the top of the world.

Saturday, April 11

The Mancos Valley Lions Club is sponsoring the annual 9Health Fair from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Mancos Middle School/Administration building. For more information contact Sandi Gregory at 533-7180 or Val Hobson at 533-7874. Register on line at

Learn to cope with difficult days at a “time away” for women, 9 a.m. – noon, at Hampton Hall at First United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St., Cortez. Presented by the Rev. Suzanne Listemann and Sandy Towns. Free. Info and reservations: Call Eleanor Kuhl at (970) 564-0708.

The Spring Hoedown fundraiser for the Montezuma School to Farm Project, from 5 to 11 p.m., at the Mancos Opera House. The $6 String Band, Carute Roma Gypsy Band, and The Badly Bent will perform. Local food, beer, wine and more than 50 Farmy, Homesteady, and silent auction items. Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 at the door, with kids 17 and under free. Tickets can be purchased at Zuma, Dolores Food Market and FB Organics (Cortez). Call 970-903-8831.

Mesa Elementary School’s 1.5-mile run/walk to benefit the Bridge in Cortez. Prizes include a $50 prize for the top male and female runner. Cost: $5 donation or unscented bleach, liquid laundry soap, paper towels, toilet paper, coffee or sugar. Booths promoting healthy living on site. Info: Ms. Stevens or Ms. Domenichini at 565-3858 or

Saturday, April 11

The Mancos Valley Lions Club sponsors the 9Health Fair, 7 to 11 a.m. at the Mancos Middle School/Admin building. Info: Sandi Gregory at 533-7180 or Val Hobson at 533-7874. Register at

Sunday, April 12

Seed Swap at Mancos Public Library, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Hosted by the Mancos Seed Library and SeedBroadcast, at 211 W. First St. Bring your seeds, your friends, and your stories. Leave with new seeds, new friends, and new stories. For more news and updates “Like” the Mancos Seed Library Facebook page

Monday, April 13

The Montelores Early Childhood Council holds its monthly luncheon meeting 11:45 a.m., in downstairs meeting room 110 in the Johnson Building, 925 S. Broadway, in Cortez. The public is invited. Lunch be provided. RSVP to Vangi McCoy by calling 970-749-7017.

Saturday, April 18

Montelores Baptist Church hosts WestWind Connection in concert at 5:30 p.m., 18735 CR 23.5 off Colorado 184. Free and includes a barbecue dinner; donations accepted. Info: Pastor Paul Gleason at 970-882-2418.

Mancos Community Summit, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mancos Community Center on Grand Avenue. Collaborate, problem-solve and take action around sustainable economic and community development. Target audience: Business, community leaders, nonprofits, realtors, bankers, and the public. Info:

Thursday, April 23

Highway 160 Corridor Public Input Session with CDOT and Town of Mancos from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mancos Community Center, 130 Grand Ave. Your feedback is needed on new access points for the highway corridor and other improvements, including bike and pedestrian safety.

U.S. 160 Corridor Public Input Session with CDOT and Town of Mancos, 6–8 p.m. at Mancos Community Center, 130 Grand Ave. Give feedback on new access points for the highway corridor, including bike and ped safety.

Friday, April 24

The Telluride Mountain Film Fest and Great Outdoors Silent Auction at the Dolores Community Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and films start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information:

Saturday, April 25

Dinner and A Movie at the Sunflower Theatre in Cortez. Learn about Permaculture and the abundance it can bring and enjoy a Curry dinner. Dinner service starts at 6 p.m. with movies to follow. Info.: 970-759-2724. A $5 donation is suggested.

Children’s Festival, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cortez Recreation Center. Vision, hearing, dental and developmental screenings plus family fun and preschool activities. Free.

Tuesday, April 28

A Colorado Cottage Food Producer Training will be held 1–5:30 p.m. at the Montezuma County Extension Office, 109 W. Main, Room 102, Cortez. Learn basic food safety, foods permissible in the Colorado Cottage Food Act and ingredient labeling and disclaimer. Cost: $32.40 per person. Pre-register by April 23. Info: Call 565-3123.

Through April

“Here Cometh April Again” is the April theme of the Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, at 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Preschool program is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Older children may join for a craft at 11:15 a.m. The schedule: “Easter,” April 2; “Gardening,” April 9; “Shrek and Friends,” April 16; “Clouds,” April 23; “Berries,” April 30. Info: 970-565-8117.

Saturday, May 2

Christian Women’s Celebrations’ “A Tribute to Heroes,” 6 p.m., Lewis Arriola Community Center, featuring The Bar-D Wranglers and a chuckwagon dinner catered by Seas’nings. Cost: $25/person includes room fee, program, meal, drink, dessert and tip. Speaker: Sam Jarrett. Reservations/tickets required by April 25. Contact Cindy Bennetts or call 560-6273.

Monday, May 4

The M-CHS Band Boosters raffle takes place at the All-District Band Festival at MCHS at 7 p.m. Grand prize is a home theater system including a 55-inch HDTV, and BlueRay/DVD player valued at $1,800. Second prize is a Specialized mountain bike from Kokopelli Bike & Board valued at over $800. Tickets: 1 for $10 or 3 for $30. Information and tickets: Jacque Cook, 970-560-0108.

Saturday, May 9

Baby-sitting Course, 9 a.m. to noon at Southwest Memorial Hospital Kiva Room. Meet in the cafeteria. Designed for age 11 to 15 to learn Basic First Aid, Basic Child and infant CPR and baby-sitting skills. Cost: $30, with all proceeds going to the Montelores Cancer Fund.

Saturday, May 23

Fifth Annual Dairy Goat Information Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 20198 County Road P in Cortez. Get advice and demonstrations on care and maintenance. Multiple breeds will be represented, some for sale. Info: Jeanette at 565-9065 and leave a message.

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.

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 10 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. On April 7, Gail Braunn will show how to make a modern wall hanging, table runner and placemats. Guests and visitors are 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. Limited knitting needles and yarn are available, so bring your own if possible. To sign up or for information, ​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.

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’s on Veach and Main St. 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 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 West First Street, Mancos. 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.

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

“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 in Mancos.

Every Wednesday

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

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. The theme for March is “Almost Spring.” “Get Your Goat,” on March 19 and “Use Your Words” on March 26.

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 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.

Life Drawing, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cortez Cultural Center 25 N. Market St., Cortez. 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 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.