Community Calendar

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Tuesday, Jan. 20

HÜMÜH Clear Mind Buddhism offers a short recorded Teaching on The Logic of Clear Communication, by Wisdom Master Maticintin, followed by discussion lead by a local student. Mancos Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Info: 800-336-6015 or

The Southwest Colorado Green Party will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2015 on the second floor of the Wilson Building, 10 W. Main Street, Cortez, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Mancos School District Open House and Education Fair, 5-7 p.m., Mancos Elementary School and the Cafeteria. Science Fair Projects by grades 5-8 for public viewing; student work from many classes in the cafeteria and elementary. Buy a loaded baked potato, dessert, and drink for $5; all proceeds benefit the 8th grade Grand Canyon Field Trip in May.

Thursday, Jan. 22

Law enforcement appreciation day at J. Fargo’s, 1209 E. Main St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Law enforcement officers can stop by for a sandwich, coffee or soft drink for free.

Free screening of A Path Appears: Episode 2, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, followed by a community discussion at the Mancos Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 211 W. First St. Mancos starting at 6 p.m. Info:

Friday, Jan. 23

Support the Dolores Secondary PTO at the Dolores Community Center. PTO will serve delicious crock pots meals, bread and coffee at the 4th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival for the Montezuma Land Conservancy. Cost: $5 for all you can eat soup/stew and bread, and $1 for a cup of coffee. Baked goods available for a donation. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and films run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission: $15 at the door for Conservancy; kids, $5. Prepurchase tickets for $12 at 970-565-1664.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Free chronic pain relief intro class, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Balance mind and body with biomechanics and mental practices that revitalize, relieve stress and pain, improve posture. Presented by 30-year expert Susan Matthews, MS, ND, at the Millennium Center, 20 W Main. 970-903-5723

Monday, Jan. 26

The Dolores River Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s membership meeting and presentation by nationally known fly tyer and guide Larry Kingery from Canon City. Downstairs at Fiesta Mexicana Monday, with meet and greet at 6 p.m. and program at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Info: (970) 759-0175 or (970) 759-3020.

The Southwest Singers are beginning rehearsals for the spring season. Choir meets Monday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. in the choir room at the First United Methodist Church, Cortez Concerts scheduled for May. Info: Ruth Wilson Francisco, director, 562-4476.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Colorado State University Extension presents an information session on radon. The class will be held on Jan. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Montezuma County Extension Office, 109 W. Main, Room 102. Call ahead to make your reservation 565-3123.

Quarterly Business Meeting Four Corners Rocky Mountain Farmers Union from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mt. Lookout Grange in Mancos. All are welcome to attend.

The Southwest Center for Independence, a nonprofit that works with the disability community, will have an ADRC representative on site to help file tax rebates for state and city, at the Durango office, 3473 Main Ave., No. 23, 9 a.m. to noon. Space is limited; sign-up appreciated: Ellinda, 403-1463.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

“Forgiveness” 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 meet at St. Barnabas Church at 6:30. Questions required. No answers promised. Call 565-7865 for more information.

Friday, Jan. 30

Soups of the World to benefit the Bridge Emergency Shelter, 5-7 p.m. at the Montezuma County Annex on North Chestnut. Soups, salad, bread and live dessert auction, plus silent auction of interesting items. Tickets $10 for adults, 12 and under eat free.

Saturday, Jan. 31

The Dolores Groundhog Supper comes back. A pulled-pork dinner with all the fixins will be served 4-6:30 p.m. in honor of the groundhog’s prediction at the historic United Methodist Church at 105 N. 8th Street in Dolores. Enjoy a meal in a building that was originally ordered from a Sears Catalog. Cost: $9 per person ($5 for kids under 12). Info: 970-560-1390.

Through January

Children’s Kiva Montessori School, a free Colorado Public Charter School under the Montezuma Cortez RE-1 School District, will begin enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year soon. Visit for detailed information and important dates.

“Midwinter Fun” is the January theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome to join us for a craft at 11:15 a.m. Info: 970-565-8117.

Sunday, Feb. 1

Super Bowl XLIX 9th annual party and potluck at the Columbine, 123 Grand Ave., Mancos. Door prizes galore and bring a dish to share for our 20-foot-long food table. Wear your favorite team colors. Party starts at 4 p.m., kickoff about 4:30.

Monday, Feb. 2

The Montelores Early Childhood Council holds its next 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, especially parents. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Vangi McCoy by calling 970-749-7017.

Thursday, Feb. 5

SouthWest Colorado Concerts holds its annual Board of Directors meeting at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the First United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park, Cortez. All season ticket holders are welcome.

Thursday, Feb. 12

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, 2 – 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Mancos Public Library at 211 W. First St. By computer link, attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process for civil litigation. Walk-ins welcome. First-come, first-served basis.

Montezuma County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting at 6 p.m., SpruceTree Espresso House, 318 E. Main. Held every two years to elect Executive Committee officers who serve two years – chairperson, vice chair, treasurer and secretary. These offices are open to any registered Democrat in Montezuma County.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Free Small Claims Clinic at 5:30 p.m. in the Justice Building at 601 N. Mildred Raad in Cortez. Info: 564-5029 from 8 a.m.-noon and 564-5073 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SouthWest Colorado Community Concerts presents an evening of jazz, 7 p.m. in the M-CHS auditorium. Local flugal horn player Bob Newnam has gathered local musicians to celebrate this American form of music. Tickets available at the door: $10/adult, $5/youth; SWCC season ticket holders get in free. Call Lindsay Havran at 565-7676 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Plant and Animal Adaptations at Mesa Verde National Park, 9 a.m. to noon. Explore how animals and plants survive in the winter. Ages 7 to adult. Call 970-529-4631 for reservations. Fee: $10 per vehicle.

Saturday, March 7

Winter Plant Identification Hike at Mesa Verde National Park, 9 a.m. to noon. Join the San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society on a hike to learn how to identify plants in winter. Recommended for high school age to adult. Call 970-882-4647 for reservations. Fee: $10 per vehicle.

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.

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., Dolores. The program for the Feb. 4 meeting will be an introduction to batting. 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 to 7 p.m. Come to any or all of the sessions that you like. Free, and 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 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 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.

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. Course 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 the fourth Monday 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

Suicide Support Group, 5:15 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.

Elks Bingo. New hours, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Come eat, play and visit.

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.

“Bereavement & Caregiver Support Group, 1 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma. Call Sunny for more information and location. 565-4400.