Community Calendar

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Monday, May 18

Four Corners 9/12 hosts a meeting about Federal vs State lands in the West, at Cortez Elks Lodge at 7 p.m. A member of the American Lands Council will present information on current conditions of lands. Info: see

Tuesday, May 19

Lucy Hadley from the Dolores Mountain Quilters will offer a hands-on quilting workshop to make Yo-Yo quilt embellishments from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library. Fabric will be provided and participants should bring their own needle, thread and scissors. RSV to the library at 533-7600.

Deadline for applications to the Colorado Preschool Program’s 2015/2016 school year is today. Free tuition for qualifying 3- and 4-year-olds at select preschool centers. Info: Brittany Conner at 970-739-5728 or

Wednesday, May 20

Free Craft Party at the Painted Turtle Studio, 200 W. Grand Ave., Mancos from 5 to 7 p.m. Paint and fire a free tile to be used in a public art piece, create a glass fused pendant, enjoy free snacks and learn more about the Mancos Creative District.

Thursday, May 21

Free preview screening of “Limited Partnership,” followed by a community discussion, at 6 p.m., Mancos Public Library, 211 West First St.

Montelores Early Childhood Council hosts a free night of fun for parents and children, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., the Johnson Building Room 110, 925 S. Broadway, Cortez. Dinner, activities and games provided. Reserve a spot at or (970) 564-3211 or

Friday, May 22

The Mancos Public Library will host Barbara Grist’s slideshow presentation “Impressions of India” at 7 p.m. Grist’s photos are on display through May 28. Info: or call the library at 970-533-7600.

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.

The Mesa Verde Gardeners’ annual plant sale, 9 a.m. till noon at Front Row Seat (next to City Market) on Main St. in Cortez. Perennials, annuals, herbs, houseplants and vegetables will be available. For more information or to donate additional plants for the sale, please call Mary Ann Bruner at (970-565-9158.

Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24

The 2015 Colorado Permaculture Convergence in The Four Corners features speeches, dinner by Turtle Lake Refuge and music by Blue Coyote. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Hananiah’s Rest Ranch, 10501 Road 20, Cortez. Programs begin at 10 a.m.; closing address at 5 p.m. on May 24. Tickets at and Dolores Foods, Zumas, Spruce Tree Coffee House, FB Organics, San Juan Coffee Shop.

Ute Mountain Tribal Park 15th Annual Open House during the National Preservation Month of May. Tours are $29 per person, with the following events: Porcupine House Tour at 9:10 a.m. and Ute History Tour in Mancos Canyon at 9 a.m.

Saturday, May 23

Indian Art Market, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Montezuma Park.

Rug Auction in Cortez Cultural Center Gallery, 25 N. Market St. Preview at 11 a.m. to noon,; auction at noon.

Native American Dances, at the Cortez Cultural Center Plaza at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., at 25 N. Market St.

Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24

15th Annual Indian Arts and Culture Festival, Montezuma Park and Cortez Cultural Center Plaza, 25 N. Market St.

Sunday, May 24

Indian Art Market, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., Montezuma Park.

Native American Dances, on the Cortez Cultural Center Plaza, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., at 25 N. Market St.

Monday, May 25

Native American Dances, at the Cortez Cultural Center Plaza at 7 p.m., 25 N. Market St.

Tuesday, May 26

Old West Heritage Performances held in the Cortez Cultural Center Plaza at 7 p.m., 25 N. Market St.

Tuesday- Thursday, May 26-28

Dolores End of Year Sale in the garden located on north side of the school playground , noon to 2 p.m. For sale: Vegetable, fruit and flower starts, produce, greeting cards, herb teas, spice blends, bath bags, worm bins, accessories for kitchen and garden, t-shirts, hats, the first MSTFP cookbook. Benefits the Montezuma School to Farm Project and Dolores School Garden Program. Info: Megan Tallmadge at 882-5430.

Wednesday, May 27

Native American Dances, at the Cortez Cultural Center Plaza at 7 p.m., 25 N. Market St.

A free screening of “The Connection” and post-screening Q&A will be held at Mercy Medical Center Conference Room A/B from 6-8 p.m. “The Connection” reveals mind-and-body research and six true stories of recovery. Info: contact 970-779-0611.

Thursday, May 28

Heritage Storytelling session at the Mancos Public Library from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sally Pearce will facilitate a brainstorming session on identifying the special places, people, themes and historical events in the Mancos Valley. Mancos residents are encouraged to attend and to share their story. RSVP to Mancos Town Hall at 533-7725.

Old West Heritage Performances, at the Cortez Cultural Center Plaza at 7 p.m., 25 N. Market St.

The Dolores River Anglers chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts the 2015 Annual Spring Fling Fly Rod Casting Clinic and Cookout at Denny Lake Park, 6 p.m. to dark. The clinic will demonstrate several types of fly casts, how to set up gear, and basic knots for fly fishing. Experienced fly fishers will be coach and answer questions. Burgers and hot dogs will be served. All are welcome. Free.

“Is Andromeda Part of Creation?” 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. Meet at St. Barnabas Church, at 6:30. Questions required. No answers promised. Call 565-7865 for more information.

Acoustic Old Timey Open Jam Session, 6 p.m. at the Mount Lookout Grange in Mancos.

Friday, May 29

Native American Dances, at the Cortez Cultural Center Plaza at 7 p.m., 25 N. Market St.

MCHS Building Closing Party from 5 to 8 p.m. The entire community is invited to comewalk the halls one last time and share your memories. Refreshments will be provided. Hosted by the MCHS Student Governmetn and Drama club.

Saturday, May 30

Native American Dances, at the Cortez Cultural Center Plaza at 7 p.m., 25 N. Market St.

Celebrate Life Annual Skateboard and BMX competition and music festival, 9 a.m., Parque de Vida. Cortez. Info: 970-739-4944

Hip Hop with GeorgeLife, DJ Pookie, Honey, and more, 9 p.m. at Blondies in Cortez. Info: 970-739-4944.

The Mancos Valley Distillery presents The Lindells. Doors open 5 p.m., and music starts 8 p.m., with special guest Stan Davis. Cover charge is $3. Check out their web page at:

Sunday, May 31

The Painted Turtle Studio gears up for summer with a workshop on making homemade natural sunscreen, 1-3 p.m. at 200 W. Grand Ave. Check out the Painted Studio Facebook page or website at for details about classes for adults and youths, drop by noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, or call 970-533-7136.

Through May

“Mary Poppins,” by the Durango Merely Players May 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., with matinees on May 2 and 9 at 1 p.m. Tickets: $24 at The Ticket Office in the Durango Welcome Center or at 970-247-7657, or All performances at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., Durango.

“Spring Possibilities” is the theme of the Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez, every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Older children may join for a craft at 11:15 a.m. May 7, “It’s All About You Mom!”; May 14, “Clowns”; May 21, “National Bike Month”; May 28, “Bears Galore.” Info: 970-565-8117.

2015 Bird Art Show, Cortez Cultural Center Artist Gallery, 25 N. Market St.

June – August

Summer Camp art classes run June 1 through August on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Painted Turtle, 200 W. Grand Ave., in Mancos. For details about classes for adults and youths, visit the Painted Studio Facebook page or, drop by noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, or call 970-533-7136.Monday, June 1

The Mt. Lookout Grange (680 Grange Ave, Mancos) hosts a free presentation at 7 p.m. about the biology of bees and their importance in Montezuma County. All are welcome.

Deadline to apply for child-care programs in Montezuma, Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata and San Juan counties. Maximum award is $1,500 per an infant/toddler slot. Apply at: or contact Jessica Edelbaum, regional collaboration coordinator, at (970) 247-0760 or

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

Tuesday, June 2

The Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo Committee hosts the first of two Rodeo Days at 10 a.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez, to promote rodeo and ranch life to children. Stories, songs, explanations of rodeo and ranch equipment use, talks by the rodeo royalty, crafts, steer roping and a photo op. Each child receives a free rodeo ticket (if accompanied by an adult ticketholder.) Info: 970-565-8117 (library); 970-759-3358 (Ranette, rodeo committee).

Wednesday, June 3

The Cortez Public Library’s Summer Reading Program’s Family Entertainment Series kicks off with Mr. Kneel Hip-Hop for families, 2 p.m., at 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Join Neil McIntyre and his special blend of hip-hop for an entertaining hour of fun. Info: 970-565-8117.

Tuesday, June 9

The Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo Committee hosts the second of two Rodeo Days at 10 a.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortez, to promote rodeo and ranch life to children. Stories, songs, explanations of rodeo and ranch equipment use, talks by the rodeo royalty, crafts, steer roping and a photo op. Each child receives a free rodeo ticket (if accompanied by an adult ticketholder.) Info: 970-565-8117 (library); 970-759-3358 (Ranette, rodeo committee).

Friday, June 5

Mancos Community Fireworks Fund seeks donations. Drop off a donation at Mancos Valley Bank in Mancos or Cortez. Join one of the fundraisers at the Mancos Valley Bank in Mancos. The annual bake sale and silent auction is June 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the National Honor Society is washing cars on June 20; and the Independence Run is June 27.

Through June

“Superheroes All Around” is the June theme of the Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, at 202 N. Park St., Cortez, every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome to join for a craft at 11:15 a.m. Storytime also is at the Cortez Farmers Market on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting.The schedule: “Tall Tales,” Thursday, June 4 and Saturday, June 6; “Animal Heroes,” Thursday, June 11 and Saturday, June 13; “Dad’s My Hero,” Thursday, June 18 and Saturday, June 20; “Kid Heroes,” Thursday, June 25 and Saturday, June 27. Info: 970-565-8117.

Mondays and Thursdays

Free nondenominational silent meditation in the Johnson Building at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., beginning May 4. At 925 Broadway, No. 184. Call (970) 560-2822.

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 June 2, the annual Pot Luck Luncheon and “Crazy Hexies,” a workshop for charity quilts (bring all your sewing stuff). Guests and visitors 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 info, ​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.

The Southwest Art League meets the second Tuesday of every month. For information and summer locations, call 970-882-4770.

Second Wednesday

Montezuma County Hospital District monthly board of directors meeting in the Kiva Room at Southwest Memorial hospital from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome. Information: 564-2146.

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 Steakhouse at Veach and Main streets. 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.

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 Wednesday

GOAL Academy/Rocky Mountain Digital Academy, a free, accredited online high school, hosts informational sessions and wait-list applications every Wednesday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Education Zone, 19 N. Maple St. (next to Audio Box). Info: 970-213-0923 or

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

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.

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.