Community Calendar

The Cortez Journal encourages people to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to Items submitted at least two weeks in advance will have a better chance of getting published; items submitted several days before the event might not get published. For more information, call the Journal at 565-8527.

Presbyterian Women’s Spring Rummage Sale

The Presbyterian Women will have their Spring Rummage Sale Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington, Cortez.

This will be an open sale and there will be lots of treasures.

For more information, call 565-7024 or 565-8927.

Experts will present Soil Health Workshop

The Dolores Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will sponsor The Soil Health (Wealth) Workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.) on Saturday, March 3 at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center at 21615 Road S. There will be a $10 charge per family or farm with lunch provided (please pre-register).

Sponsors will put tools in the hands of farmers to help them improve soil health and increase profitability. Speakers include: Mike Collins, NRCS Soil Scientist “What makes a soil healthy?”; Dick Sparks, NRCS Agronomist “Why does it matter?”; Ron Godin, CSU Agronomist PhD “How do I create and maintain a healthy soil?” and Brendon Rockey, local ag producer “How does it affect the bottom line?” All topics will focus on the relationship between soil structure and soil health. The panel of experts will end the workshop to answer questions: ‘On the Road to Improve Soil Health and Increase Profits.’

For more information about the workshop or how to register, please contact Judy at the Dolores Conservation District at 565-9045 ext. 3.

Millwood Follies benefits Mancos Library

The Millwood Junction Restaurant presents the 29th Annual Millwood Follies on Saturday, March 3 at the restaurant, 101 Railroad Ave., right next to the only stop light in Mancos. Doors open for the silent auction at 4 p.m. and entertainment starts at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Mission (Im)Possible” so come dressed in your best spy-wear. We are anticipating an exciting evening with dinner, silent auction, and (of course) a great line-up of entertainment — Mancos style. Proceeds from the event will help support the Mancos Public Library. Seating is limited; there is a special menu for this evening and no reservations can be made.

For more information or to provide a donation for this event, call the Mancos Public Library at 533-7600.

Planning meeting for Day Labor Center garden

Cortez Day Labor Center will host a planning meeting for our 2nd year garden on Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. at the Day Labor Center at 2405 East Empire.

This garden project provides opportunities for clients to develop skills related to agriculture; they learn how to work for others in their gardens. Our garden provides fresh local produce for the soup kitchens, for the shelter, and for those needing food in the community. Be part of this hands-on and productive activity.

Call the shelter office at 565-9808 for more information.

Bottom Line Duo to perform eclectic bass, cello

SouthWest Colorado Concerts welcomes Bottom Line Duo to Cortez on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. at the M-CHS auditorium.

The Duo promises an eclectic bass and cello program featuring works from Mozart to Ozzy Ozbourne. Tickets will be available at the door and are $20 for adults, and $5 for youth under 18.

For more information, call Paul Bostrom at 565-9127 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757.

Webster presents on Basketmaker, Pueblo-period artifacts

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society is pleased to present Dr. Laurie Webster to discuss “New Research with the Earliest Perishable Collections: The Green and Lang Collections at the Field Museum” on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St.

During the 1890s, local collectors excavated literally thousands of Basketmaker and Pueblo-period artifacts from rock shelters and cliff houses in southeastern Utah. Despite the importance and rarity of these collections, only a handful of these artifacts have been studied or published. In her presentation, she will highlight some of the more remarkable perishable artifacts encountered during the project and present new insights gleaned from the study of these early collections.

Laurie Webster is an anthropologist and specialist in Southwestern perishable material culture. She is a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate at both the American Museum of Natural History and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

For questions about this or other lectures, please call Bob Bernhart at 739-6772.

Czech film will screen at Independent Film Series

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will screen the Czech film, “Protektor” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 as part of their Independent Film Series.

The film is directed by Marek Najbrt, and its summary states, “1938, Prague. Emil, a radio reporter, is married to the beautiful Hana, an actress whose film has catapulted her into fame. As the Nazis come to power, however, Hana’s Jewish heritage precipitates her fall from stardom to the bottom of the social ladder. In order to protect her, Emil compromises himself collaborating with the new Nazi-controlled state radio station. But as Emil starts enjoying the attention and respect that had previously evaded him, his fidelity and loyalty towards his wife begin to falter. The assassination of the Third Reich Deputy Protector and a chance encounter on a bicycle bring their lingering marriage to a crisis, possibly sealing Hana’s fate.” This film won “Best Film” at the Denver Film Festival.

For more information, call 565-8117.

Re-1 Interim Superintendent will speak at Chamber Luncheon

The Montezuma-Cortez School District Interim Superintendent Mary Rubadeau will outline the district’s initiatives during the monthly Chamber of Commerce Business Club Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, March 7 at First National Bank, 2258 E. Main in Cortez. Everyone is welcome to attend, no membership is required.

Ms. Rubadeau will present the results of the recent strategic planning work that the district has been engaged in and the goals that were developed by the committee. She will also discuss the superintendent search and budget development process. An RSVP is strongly encouraged; lunch will be catered by Nero’s Restaurant and is $12 payable at the door, no credit cards please.

The Chamber’s Business Club Luncheon is held the first Wednesday of each month and features prominent speakers who inform and update us on issues that directly impact all of us. Call the Chamber at 565-3414 to reserve your space or for more information.

‘Split Estates’ film on land rights will be screened

The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County will sponsor a film called “Split Estates,” a 2009 production of Bullfrog films on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cahone Community Center, 1018 Hwy 491, Cahone. This film is free and open to the public.

Split estates are those in which different parties own the surface and sub-surface rights to land, a situation common in areas of oil and gas exploration. In addition to the film, there will be written information on fracking questions to ask and handouts with Colorado-specific information.

For more information, call Jodi Foran at 882-2401.

AARP driver safety course offered to older motorists

AARP will sponsor a driver safety course Wednesday, March 7 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Calvin Denton Room in the Empire Electric Building, 801 N. Broadway, Cortez.

This four-hour course is authorized by the state of Colorado. It is designed to meet the needs of older drivers. The course will review safe driving techniques as well as Colorado traffic laws. Completion of this course can qualify you for a discount on your automobile insurance. The course is available to all motorists whether or not they are members of AARP. There is a $12 fee for AARP members and a $14 fee for nonmembers, to be paid by check (no cash), which covers materials. Please bring your driver’s license and your AARP membership number, if you have one.

If interested, leave your name and phone number on the answering machine for Scott and Judy Aeschlimann at 565-3872. Class size is limited.

‘The Revenge of the Electric Car’ will screen at library

The Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. will show the film “The Revenge of the Electric Car” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. This screening is free.

In “Revenge of the Electric Car,” director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. A panel-led discussion will follow the film.

For more information, call the library at 533-7600 or visit

March Storytime theme at Cortez Public Library

“In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” is the March theme of Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park Street. Storytime is held every Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Both days will follow the same theme. On Thursday there will be no craft. Older children are welcome to join in for the craft at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays.

“Hats” will be discussed on Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9. “St. Patrick’s Day” will be presented on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16. “Just Ducky” will be the focal point of Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23. Storytime will wrap up the month with “Pizza Party!” on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30.

Storytime offers songs, stories, crafts and silliness and uses the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative program.

For more information, contact the library at 565-8117.

3 Season Swap Meet for SWOS

Southwest Open School’s Generation Impact will sponsor a 3 Season Swap Meet of sporting goods and outdoor recreation items on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10 at the Montezuma County Annex, 107 N. Chestnut in Cortez. Check-in time on Friday is from noon to 7 p.m. The main event on Saturday is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SWOS will accept any indoor/outdoor sporting and recreation equipment with the exception of skiing and snowboarding items. All proceeds from the sale go to support Colorado non-profit organizations. Items accepted are baseball, basketball, football, softball, and soccer equipment, athletic shoes/cleats, bikes, clothing, kayaks and other boating/rafting equipment, climbing gear, hunting gear, 4-wheelers, and camping equipment such as tents and backpacks.

For more information, contact Southwest Open School at 565-1150.

Cortez Library offers March computer classes

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer a series of computer training classes in March. All classes start at 1 p.m. On Friday, March 9 and 23, Gabe Torres from the Southwest Colorado Workforce Center will teach computer classes on various aspects of finding a job on the Internet, including: registering with the Workforce Center; updating your Workforce registration; conducting job searches statewide; updating skills which will allow the system to find more jobs for the client; applying for unemployment insurance; ONET-ON-Line website job title searches; resume preparation; searching for state applications; labor market information; labor law information; and facilitating the WorkKeys Skills Assessment. On Thursday, March 15, Randy Funk will instruct on Google where attendees can learn simple searching tips and techniques, Google Maps, and Google Images. On Thursday, March 29 she will teach Email with Gmail on getting and using a Gmail account.

All classes must be signed up for ahead of time, as space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 565-8117 or by stopping by.

Slim McWilliams will perform cowboy songs, poems

Cowboy singer and poet Slim McWilliams will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington, Cortez.

McWilliams always wanted to be a cowboy, first hiring out at age 14. He worked as a cowboy, guide, packer, and rode rough-string on ranches from Wyoming to Arizona. Now retired from banking, he is living his dream life as a cowboy singer and poet. Slim has a number of CDs out with songs new, old, original and spiritual, all sung in his distinctive bass voice. The performance is free and the public is invited to stay for dessert afterward.

For more information, call the church at 565-7024.

Big Money will play multiple styles at the Hollywood

Big Money and the Corporate Citizens will occupy the Hollywood Bar and Cafe with socially conscious rock, blues, funk, and reggae at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. The Hollywood is at 417 Central Ave., Dolores. There is a $5 cover charge.

For more information, call 882-9998.

Atlanta band, Girlyman, will play Dolores

Girlyman, a 4-piece “harmonic convergence” from Atlanta will play the Dolores River Brewery at 7:30 p.m. Sunday night, March 11, in support of the release of their new CD, “Supernova.” The Brewery is at 100 N. 4th St., Dolores.

Tickets are $15, and available at the Brewery. Girlyman is a harmony-driven quartet playing acoustic, singer-songwriter and folk-pop genres. The Village Voice calls Girlyman “really good, really unexpected, and really different.”

For more information or to buy tickets, contact the Brewery at 882-4677.

Guest Evangelist will lead Community Revival Services

Lifeway Baptist Church, 601 N. Dolores Rd., invites you and your family to join us as we welcome from Fort Worth, Texas Evangelist Adam Robinson. Adam will lead our Community Revival Services on Sunday, March 11 through Wednesday, March 14, with Service times on Sunday morning at 10:50 a.m., Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

Special music will be provided by Steven Crane (Sunday morning and evening), Mark Baker and the Line Camp Riders (Monday evening), and the Seventh Day Adventist Worship Team (Tuesday and Wednesday evening).

Call the church at 564-1239 for more information.

Four Corners Community Band joint concert with school bands

The Four Corners Community Band will travel to Shiprock, N.M. to play a joint concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12 with the Shiprock High School and Newcomb, N.M. school bands at the Phil L. Thomas Center for Performing Arts, Hwy. 64, in Shiprock.

For information on directions to the Center, Band membership, scheduling a concert and upcoming events, visit or call Sue at 564-1245.

Business After Hours event at Four States Ag Expo

The Four States Ag Expo is holding a social extravaganza that business professionals in our area will not want to miss. Business After Hours, the premier networking event for the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce is Thursday, March 15 at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds in the Main Pavilion from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Ag Expo Vendor, Sponsor and Volunteer appreciation dinner.

In this busy age of emails and texting, the Chamber’s Business After Hours events provide a great opportunity to visit with friends, clients and colleagues in a relaxed environment. Meet men and women from all over the four states area and enjoy local foods and tasty beverages. You never know who you will see at Business After Hours, but you know that it will be a fun evening. There are no gate or parking fees for this unique event.

Call the Chamber at 565-3414 for more information.

Benefit for Mancos resident Tami Graham

Join us for the benefit event “Steers, Queers and Everything Inbetween” (Tami’s slogan for her resident town of Mancos) for Tami Graham on Saturday, March 24, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Mancos Opera House, 136 W. Grand Ave. There will be music and entertainment with numerous bands, food, beer and wine, a roast, and a silent auction.

In September, Tami was diagnosed with uterine cancer, and had surgery in mid-December. Her prognosis is excellent; however, she is still incurring medical expenses. This is an effort to give back to Tami in a way that she has given to our community over 25+ years of living in Southwest Colorado. Art Goodtimes will emcee this event and a roast of Tami. Musical acts include ASA Fire Tribe, The Lindells, John Thomas band, Salt Fire Circus, Diabolic Sound Platoon w/Dub Rock, Afrobeat Minions, and DJ Dr. Doom. The cost will be $25 for General Admission, or $75 VIP. Tickets are available at Animas Trading Company in Durango, Kaleidoscope Wellness in Mancos or at the door.

For more information on this event, contact Ryan Dennis at 394-9077 or