Community Calendar

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Tuesday, Sept. 30

The Dolores Rotary Club’s bingo night at the Dolores Community Center benefits the Dolores Secondary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Bingo kicks off with a light dinner and dessert, for a $5 donation, at 6:30 p.m., followed by Bingo at 7 p.m. Info: Laurel Rematore at (970) 564–1241.

Through September

The Cortez Library Storytime offers “A Little Bit of Everything” through September. The preschool Storytime program is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the library and every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cortez Farmers Market, weather permitting. Info: 565-8117.

Thursday, Oct. 2

The Women’s Cancer Coalition of Montezuma and Dolores Counties will present the 12th Annual Pink Ribbon Affair from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center. “Pretty as a Picture” honors breast and other cancer survivors with a photo presentation by Barb Grist, a photo booth by FeVa Photos, catering by Seas’nings and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 at the door. Info: 882-4484.

Friday, Oct. 3

Pastors Wives Fellowship Dinner at Ivy’s Therapy Center at 5:30 p.m. Call Kathy McDonald or Liliana Hanold to RSVP at (970) 759-4183 or 739-9774.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Mancos Valley Resources hosts a grant-writing workshop at the Mancos Public Library, Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong for beginners, by Susan Matthews, , 11:15am-12:15pm, Shanti School of Taijiquan, Millennium Center, 20 W. Main, Cortez. Info:, 970-903-5723.

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance’s geologic tour of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument with Dr. Kim Gerhardt. Hike the lower Sand Canyon area and join a presentation in Battle Rock School. You must be a member of Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance. Contact Diane McBride at or 970-560-1643, by Thursday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m.

Lighthouse Christian Academy school fundraiser, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., 11502 Colorado 145, Cortez. Flea market/swap meet spaces are $20, and proceeds from individual sellers are kept by the seller. Call Berta 739-6014 or Natalie 739-8570.

Etz Chayim B’ Yeshua (Tree of Life in Jesus) Yom Kippur service, 10 a.m. at 1509 Highway 145, Cortez. Call 970-562-4217.

Montezuma County Republicans celebrate the opening of their 2014 headquarters in the Cortez Plaza Shopping Center (next to Aaron’s), noon to 4 p.m. Popcorn served. Pick up info about candidates on the November ballot. Info:

Sunday, Oct. 5

The San Juan Symphony opens the season for SouthWest Colorado Concerts with modern and classical music at 3 p.m. at M-CHS. Season tickets will be on sale at the door at 2 p.m. Season tickets for the 4-concert 2014-2015 season are $45 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and younger. Sale of single-concert tickets available at 2:40 p.m. $20 for adults and $5 for youth. Info: Lindsay Havran at 565-7676 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757.

Dale and Judy Bailey to perform at The American Legion, 320 N Harrison, Cortez, at 4 p.m. Come listen or dance to music by “Country Expressions” a music duo with a variety of country, oldies and classics. No cover charge.

Live music by Roscoe swinging’ the blues from 6 to 8 p.m at the Mancos Brewery, 550 W. Railroad Ave., Mancos. No Cover. Info.: 533-9761.

Monday, Oct. 6

The Montelores Early Childhood Council will hold its next monthly luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m., in the downstairs Room 110, in the Johnson Building, 925 South Broadway, in Cortez. The public is invited. Lunch will be provided so RSVP to Vangi McCoy at 970-749-7017.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Riding Safety During Hunting Season is the topic at the October meeting of the Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen, at the Elks Club on Highway 145, Cortez. Social hour at 6:15 p.m. (tacos and hamburgers available for purchase); meeting starts at 7 p.m. Presented by Scott Elder of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Everyone is welcome.

Autumn meeting of MSPERA at 11:15 a.m. at the Elks Club. Members and newly retired school and public employees may attend. An annual health report for PERA and speaker Steve Nowlin will be highlighted. Lunch is available. RSVP to 565-7964.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Chuck Haspels presents “Bird Watching with a Camera” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library, 211 West First St. Digital photography comes alive as Haspels shares with you his birdwatching adventures.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Cortez Elks 1789 Oktoberfest celebration. Open to the public and includes a golf tournament, autographed sports items silent auction, German food and more. Proceeds benefit Elks projects. Info: event chairman Lynn Gann at 970-565-7423 or club manager at 970-565-3557.

4 Corners for Animals, animal welfare conference, at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Many local speakers and organizations represented. Lunch provided by The Farm Bistro. Film presentation at the Cortez Library, 7 p.m. of “The Ghosts in Our Machine,” a documentary about the use of animals in our society. Pick up a registration at the Cortez Library or call Mary at (970) 394-0387. Please preregister.

Etz Chayim B’ Yeshua (Tree of Life in Jesus) Sukkot Celebration, 9 a.m. at 1509 Highway 145, Cortez. Call 970-562-4217.

Monday, Oct. 13

Meet Republican candidates. Speak with Rep. Scott Tipton and other local and state candidates at the Cortez Conference Center (2121 E. Main), from 5:30-7:30. Candidates will address Montezuma County Republicans and answer questions. Cash bar. Info:

The 4th Annual Pretty in Pink Fashion Show by Love on a Hanger, 7 p.m. at Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery. Desserts, cash bar and silent auction, supporting the Women’s Cancer Coalition. Tickets at Love on a Hanger, 34 E. Main St., or online at General admission $15; VIP seats $30. Info: (970)565-9075.

Montezuma County Democratic Party Central Committee, 6:30 p.m. meeting, 7 p.m. social hour. 100 E. Main, Cortez. Info: co-chair Ric Plese, 970-739-4365.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

The Southwest Colorado Green Party will hold a regular meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Wilson Building, 16 W. Main, Cortez. All are welcome.

Thursday, Oct. 16

Mancos Public Library presents an advance screening of MAKERS: Women in Comedy at 6 p.m. Appetizers from the Millwood Junction Restaurant will be served prior to the screening and a community discussion will follow the screening. Tracking the rise of women in the world of comedy from the 1970s to now, comics talk and joke about the challenges of breaking through in a male-dominated profession. Women in Comedy is one of six episodes in the “MAKERS Series” that profiles the impact women have had over the past 50 years in industries once largely closed to women — comedy, politics, space, war, business and Hollywood.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Low-cost dog and cat vaccination clinic, 9 a.m. to noon at the IFA Country Store, 10501 Highway 491 in Cortez. Hosted by For Pets’ Sake Humane Society. Packages include rabies, distemper,leukemia, and more for $41; or $15 for rabies only. A portion will be donated to For Pets’ Sake. Call the Humane Society at 565-PETS/7387.

Halloween Dance at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, Cortez, with the Tim Sullivan Band. Costume prizes. Info: 565-8151.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Clint Simmons, of Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters, and write-in sheriff’s candidate Mike Steele will be at Blondies Trophy Room, 45 E. Main St., Cortez, at 5 p.m. to answer questions.

The annual meeting of RENEW, Inc. Board of Directors will be held at noon at the Cortez Police Department, 608 N. Park Ave. RENEW is an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and manages the local safe house. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board or a volunteer advocate, call 565-4886.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

“What’s the result of Hope?” at 6:30 p.m. for 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 at St. Barnabas Church (corner of North and Elm). Questions required. No answers promised. Info: 565-7865.

Thursday, Nov. 6

Free small claims clinic, at 5:30 p.m., Justice Building, 601 N. Mildred Road, Cortez. More info: l 564-5029 8 a.m.-noon or 564-5073 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Dance to the Tim Sullivan Band, 7 p.m. at the American Legion, Cortez. Info: 565-8151.

Through November

The students of Lighthouse Christian Academy of Lighthouse Baptist Church will be doing fall yard clean ups for a fundraiser. Cleanups include leaf raking, shrub trimming, and yard mowing. Call Randy Davis at 970-739-9490.

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, Cortez. Info: Patricia Faulkner, 564-9458.

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 American Legion Hall, 320 N. Harrison St. Call 565-8151.

Dolores Mountain Quilters meets 10:00 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave, Dolores. The Oct. 7 meeting includes a demonstration by Corrina Gray of creating one seam Flying Geese. Guests and visitors are welcome. Visit or call Judith Swain, 970-560-4426.

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 Saturday

The Mancos Valley Historical Saturday meets at the Mancos Public Library at 10 a.m. Info: Bob Huffman, 406-249-7733

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.

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

Fourth Tuesday

4 Corners Republican Women’s Club meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elk’s Lodge. Info: 565-2197.

Last Tuesday

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.

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 Thursday

Suicide Support Group, 6:15 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.

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.

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.