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Thursday, Nov. 20
Mancos Public Library hosts a free preview of “Evolution of a Criminal,” at 6 p.m., 211 West First Street, Mancos, followed by a community discussion and BBQ Sampler provided by Bubba’s RealTexas BBQ.
SouthWest Colorado Concerts presents The Tony DeSare Trio at 7 p.m. in the Montezuma-Cortez High School auditorium. Tony’s performances of classic/pop standards and original compositions have propelled him into the national spotlight. Info: Lindsay Havran 565-7676.
Great American Smokeout, hosted by Montezuma County Public Health Department and San Juan Coffee, 508 E. Main St., Cortez. Receive information, support and discuss a plan to quit your tobacco use.
Saturday, Nov. 22
Dance to “Country Expressions,” a music duo, Dale & Judy Bailey, performing a variety of country, oldies and classics. At The American Legion, 320 N. Harrison, Cortez, 7-10 p.m. Cover charge: $5.
Hip Hop for the Hungry canned food drive with G-Life, Nu3tron, DJ Pookie, Ill Methods, Obi Won, and more at Blondies in Cortez 9 p.m. Ages: 21+. Two cans of food for cover.
Sunday, Nov. 23
Community Thanksgiving dinner, The Summit Lake Community Church at 5:30 p.m. Turkey and trimmings provided; bring a side dish or dessert. At 36501 Colorado 184 across from Summit Lake. Info: 882-4144.
Crafted beer, great food and live music with Roscoe at the new Mancos Brewery, 6 p.m., no cover.
Thursday, Nov. 27
For Pets’ Sake Humane Society holds its annual Cortez Turkey Trot fundraiser, 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at the Parque de Vida Pavilion near the Cortez Recreation Center. The 1-mile run/walk starts at 10 a.m. regardless of the weather. The $20 entry fee includes a commemorative T-shirt. Info: 565-PETS/7387.
Thanksgiving morning yoga class for all levels from 9-10:15 a.m., Heart and Core Yoga studio at 30 W. Main St. Cost: donation, to benefit the Bridge Emergency Shelter. Info: Jill Lawson (970) 739-0547.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner, 11:30 and noon, 110 W. North St. Turkey with all the fixings. If unable to attend, call 565-7865 no later than Monday, Nov. 24 for delivery or a pickup.
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. Info: Patricia Faulkner, 564-9458.
Friday, Dec. 5
The Ancestral Homelands exhibit opens at the Anasazi Heritage Center with a reception at 5 p.m. The Anasazi Heritage Center is located at 27501 Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323. The exhibit will run through October 2015.
Photos with Santa, 5-6 p.m. at the San Juan Coffee Shop before the Parade of Lights. Cost: $5 per photo, with proceeds going to the Cortez Rotary Club’s local literacy projects. First-come, first-served.
Saturday, Dec. 6
The 25th 4 Corners Board of Realtors Parade of Lights, 6 p.m. on Main Street, Cortez. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Three float categories; commercial, non-profit, and other, with three prizes awarded for each of the three categories. No entry fee, but an entry form must be submitted. Entry forms will be published in the Cortez Journal, picked up at Century 21 West Slope Realty, or call Terry McCabe at 970-565-8408 ext. 115, Or email terrymc@move2swcolo.Com .
Dolores Christmas Bazaar, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Dolores Community Center. Door prizes. Proceeds go to the Dolores Community Center.
Coolzey & Belly Belt at Blondies in Cortez 45 E. Main St., 8 p.m. Call (970) 739 4944.
Catholic Daughter’s Christmas Bazaar, St. Margaret Mary Church Hall, 28 E. Montezuma Ave., Cortez, Saturday 8 a.m.–3 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch, gifts, wreaths, baked goods, music, floral arrangements, door prizes, holiday gift baskets, and more. Proceeds benefit CDA.
The Dolores River Brewery Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brewery, 100 S. Fourth St., Dolores. Local artists will have pottery, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, handmade soaps and more. Live music, refreshments and good cheer. Info: Michele Martz, 562-4494.
Breakfast with Santa, 8-10 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Road, Cortez. Free pancake/sausage breakfast and meet with Santa for a photo and gift. Presented by Kiwanis of Mesa Verde.
Sunday, Dec. 7
The Third Annual Messiah Sing-in, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church at 515 N. Park St., Cortez. Suggested arrival time for choral singers: 5:30 p.m. Please bring music. All are welcome. Info: Patricia Faulkner, 564-9458.
Korean War Veterans will be recognized on Pearl Harbor Day, 1-4 p.m. at Montezuma County Annex. Sponsored by Montezuma County VFW Post 5231 and its Ladies Auxiliary. Korean War Veterans, their families are invited to attend. Please call 970-739-6270 or 970-560-6375.
The Mancos Valley Chorus’ free Home for the Holiday concert, 3:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 470 W. Grand, Mancos. Arrive early – seating is limited. Info: mancosvalleychorus.org
Monday. Dec. 8
The Montelores Early Childhood Council’s monthly luncheon meeting, 11:45 a.m., Meeting Room 110, in the Johnson Building, 925 South Broadway, in Cortez. The public is invited. Lunch provided. RSVP Vangi McCoy, 970-749-7017.
Tuesday, Dec. 9
The Mancos Valley Chorus’ free Home for the Holiday concert, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 515 N Park, Cortez.
Thursday, Dec. 11
Holiday toy and coat drive – last day to donate. Drop off coats, hats, gloves, movies, books, etc., at C&G Healthcare, at Mildred and Main. Cash donations also accepted. Call Brittny Weir, 970-560-0919.
Friday, Dec. 12
The Mancos Valley Chorus’ free Home for the Holiday concert, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 470 W Grand, Mancos.
Saturday, Dec. 13
The Mancos Valley Chorus’ free Home for the Holiday concert, 3:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 470 W. Grand, Mancos.
The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County meets at 9 a.m. at Beny’s Restaurant on South Broadway to learn about threats to TV service, with speakers from the Television Translator District. Open to the public. Information: Eleanor Kuhl, 970-564-0708.
Ute Mountain Tribal Park Special Winter Tour, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting at the Tribal Park Visitor Center/Museum, Junction 160/491. Tour of Anasazi Sun Calendars in Mancos Canyon conducted by Virginia Wolf, $29 per person. Call 970-565-9653.
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.
Friday, Dec. 26
DJ P.A.’s annual Naughty or Nice costume party at Blondies, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve party with JR Stafford at Blondies, 8 p.m.
M-CHS Coat Drive for the Renew Shelter through Dec. 12. Drop off coats and warm winter clothing at the M-CHS Library, sponsored by the National Honor Society.
Raising Readers Storytime’s December theme is “Holiday Time!”At the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Preschool Storytime program is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Older children welcome for a craft at 11:15 a.m. “The Letter W for Winter,” Dec. 4; “The Color Green for Evergreens,” Dec. 11; “Who’s Your Santa?” Dec. 18. No Storytime on Dec. 25 Info: 970-565-8117.
MOndays and Fridays
Open riding hours at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds indoor arena have been extended until 9 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, from Oct. 20 to the end of the year. User must have a Horseman card with the fairgrounds and are encouraged to call 565-1000 before arriving to confirm open riding hours.
Cortez Public Library is offering one-on-one computer and tech tutoring. Call 970-565-8117 or visit the library, 202 N. Park in Cortez, to schedule an appointment.
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.
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 doloresmountainquilters.org or call 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: www.mesaverdehorsemen.com.
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.
Montezuma County Republican Central Committee meets at noon at Shiloh’s Steakhouse. Email Nicci Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 www.HUMUH.org
4 Corners Republican Women’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elk’s Lodge. Info: 565-2197.
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.
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.
Suicide Support Group, 6:15 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Info: 565-4400.
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 www.mancoslibrary.org
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
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
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.