Community Calendar

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Friday, Sept. 19

Local author Amy Cook holds a book-signing for her debut paranormal romance novel “Edge of Instinct” at the Cortez Public Library, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The novel is sold on in ebook and paperback. Copies will be available for cash at the signing.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 19-20

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society’s fall yard sale on Sept. 19-20 and 26-27 at 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Cortez Industrial Park near the entrance on Road L. Look for the signs. Donations accepted at the building Sept. 18, 2-7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 25, 3-6 p.m. Call 565-PETS/7387.(No computers or other electronics, no tires or TVs.)

Southwest Christian Writers Association 35th Annual Conference, Friday 2–8:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Vectra Bank, Community Room, 1201 Escalante Drive., Durango. Keynote Speaker: Beth K. Vogt. $100 for both days; Saturday-only rate available. Registration at the door. Info:,

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 19-21

The town of Mancos will accept scrap metal, old furniture, and old household items excluding electronics at the public workshop, 300 S. Monte. Friday, the workshop will be open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, it will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Standard-size tires will be accepted for a $3 fee.


Meet with birders at the Cortez Cultural Center at 7:30 a.m. for a trip toward La Plata River and Blue Lake Ranch. Bring lunch and water. Cost is $3 for members of the Cortez Cultural Center and $5 for nonmembers. Mark your calendars for the third Saturday each month for additional outings. Info: Donna Steward 970-565-1151 ext. 10.

Colorado State University Extension Apple U-Pick harvest, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the CSU Southwestern Colorado Research Station. The station is about 18 miles north of Cortez. Take U.S. 491 to Road Z and turn left or west – it’s the first place on the left after crossing Road 17. Info: 970-562-4255.

Meeting about Montessori-based religious information for kids 3-6 at St. Barnabas Church at 3 p.m. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd uses the stories of faith to give expression to their connection to God. Information: 303-883-5679 or 565-7865.

Tim Sullivan Band plays at a dance at the American Legion, 320 N. Harrison St., in Cortez at 7 p.m. Info: 565-8151.

Local cowboy poet and singer Slim McWilliams will be perform at the Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington St., Cortez. A dinner of pulled pork will be served at 5:30. Donations of salad or dessert would be appreciated. Slim will begin his program at 6:30.

Square dance lessons at Kemper Elementary: A meet-and-greet at Kemper on Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m.; lessons beginning Sept. 22, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Info: Judy Morris 565-9836 or Vonnie Robinson 749-9682.

Mesa Verde National Park will host a pottery making demonstration by Santa Clara Pueblo born Starr Tafoya at 10 a.m. at the park’s Visitor Center as part of the annual Four Corners Lecture Series. All programs are free. Info:

Tuesday, SEPT. 23

Calling all volunteers for the Mancos Balloon Festival to attend the Volunteer Potluck on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Bauer House. Bring a favorite dish and meet the pilots. Info: Dee Lynn Ford, 970-560-0259.

Celebrate Active Aging at Vista Mesa ALF, 1206 N. Mildred Ave., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Honor the elders of our community and learn about Conscious Aging, a curriculum celebrating wisdom, connecting with others and celebrating life, presented by Susan Sheely Ullman. Enjoy music, poetry and refreshments.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving class hosted by the Colorado State Patrol at 8:30 a.m. in the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez, taught by certified instructors and designed for drivers of all ages. Info:

Mesa Verde National Park’s annual Hike and Bike. The 5.5 mile Wetherill Mesa Road loop is open 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Visitors must exit Wetherill Road by 4:30 p.m. Entrance fees will be waived for participants. Info: 529-4465.

Four Corners Rifle and Pistol Club and San Juan Farm Bureau Turkey Shoot. Sign in at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Door prizes and chili feed $5. Exploding targets at 300 and 500 yards; also shoots for pistol and .22 long rifle. Prizes include turkeys and hams.

Monday, Sept. 30

United Blood Services Mobile Blood Drive, 3-7 p.m. at the Mancos Community Center, 130 E. Grand Ave., Mancos.

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.

Saturday, Oct. 4

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.

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.

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 by The Farm Bistro. Film presentation at the Cortez Library, 7 p.m. of “The Ghosts in Our Machine,” 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.

Thursday, Oct. 16

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.

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.

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.

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

Second Tuesday

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 Thursday

The Southwest Woodworkers Guild meets at 7 p.m. at various locations. Woodworkers welcome, beginner to expert. Call Rick, 533-7180.

Second Thursday

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

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.

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.

Last Thursday

Suicide Support Group, 6:15 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Info: 565-4400.

Every Tuesday

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.

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.

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.