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.

Ladies’ Night Out will raise art scholarship funds

Support the Cortez Cultural Center and the Patsy Brown Art Scholarship by attending Ladies’ Night Out at the Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Road, Saturday March 24, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy information, products, and services, including cosmetics, hair and nails, home decor, health and wellness, massages, financial and insurance information, and clothing and accessories. Admission is $5 per person.

For more information, call the Cultural Center at 565-1151.

Amlight Players will perform skits and improv

See what the kids have learned in their theater class at the Center: Lecil James and Amlight Players will perform three short skits and some improv from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Cortez Cultural Center’s main gallery, 25 N. Market St.

Call the center at 565-1151 for more information.

‘Down and Dirty With Your Local Farmer’ workshop

The Mancos Public Library will present a workshop “Down and Dirty With Your Local Farmer” on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to noon in the library’s Community Meeting Room, 211 W. First St.

The discussion will be about basic seed collection — the how’s and why’s — with a panel of local farmers. This will also introduce the new Lending Seed Library at MPL.

For more information, call 533-7600 or visit

Community Theater performs one-act originals

Local theater troupe Out of Pocket Community Theater, led by Don Kirk, will perform a free one-act play Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in the main gallery at the Cortez Cultural Center, 24 N. Market St.

For more information, contact Don Kirk at 739-4064.

Live National Hip Hop tour comes to Blondie’s

Live National Hip Hop tour is coming to Blondie’s Pub & Grub, 45 E. Main St., on Sunday, March 25, at 8 p.m. The tour is called the Fake Four North American Spring Tour.

The tour features one of hip hop’s underground legends, Sole, from the famed Anticon collective. Also known as Tim Holland, Sole has been deeply involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement’s Occupy Denver Camp. He has been featured in magazines like Playboy, Spin, Rolling Stone, etc. Sole is one of the most prolific artists among his peers, applying a Situationist method of detournement to make political statements out of his songs. Also performing with Sole is Ceschi and Bleubird. Both MCs perform and deliver a fist pumping unforgettable experience.

For more information, call 739-4944.

Pancake Breakfast will raise funds for Job’s Daughters

Job’s Daughters will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Masonic Lodge, 304 E. First St., Cortez.

The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, and juice. The price is $5 for adults, and $3 for children under age 12. This breakfast is to raise funds for the girls to attend the annual Grand Session in Denver.

For more information, contact Linda Dosh, Bethel Guardian, at 560-2301.

Dolores Rotary Club Bingo Night and chili dinner

The Dolores Rotary Club will sponsor a bingo night with a chili dinner on Tuesday, March 27, at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Drive. Chili, cornbread and dessert will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. for $5, with bingo following at 7 p.m.

Cards are $1 per game or $10 for the evening. All proceeds will benefit Operation Graduation at Dolores High School.

For more information, contact Neal Stephens at 564-4440 or Dave Sanford at 882-7428.

Builders Association offers presentation on flooring

Four Corners Builders Association Building a Better Community invites the public to a free presentation by Top Line Floors on the Wonderful World of Carpets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at Beny’s diner.

If you are remodeling or building a new home, gather information from these experts so you know the questions to ask when shopping for new flooring.

For more information, call FCBA at 565-1771.

Mancos library will hold computer dismantling, building workshop

The Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St., will sponsor a computer dismantling workshop for teens on Wednesday, March 28, at 4:30 p.m.

The library has five older computer towers that teens will disassemble, gather usable parts and plan reconstruction of a usable computer with the materials. The goal is to build a new computer by using the old towers. Free! No prior experience needed. For ages 13 to 19.

Call the library at 533-7600 or visit for more information.

Geotourism talk by Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway coordinator

The Cortez Civitans Club invites the public to hear a free presentation about Geotourism by Susan Thomas, coordinator for Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Cortez Elks Club, 2100 N. Dolores Ave.

As defined by the National Geographic Society, geotourism sustains and enhances the geographic character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. In partnership with National Geographic and other Four Corners communities, Indian tribes, and national parks and monuments, Trail of the Ancients just completed a geotourism map and website featuring area attractions nominated by local residents.

Questions can be directed to Judi Lichliter, Civitan Program Coordinator at 565-7370.

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.

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.

Pinon Project to offer free budgeting class

The Pinon Project of Cortez will offer a free five week, 10 hour workshop called “Making Money Work For You.” This workshop is open to TANF eligible families who live in Montezuma County, and will meet at 300 N. Elm in Cortez on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, March 29.

This basic budgeting program is designed for people who are concerned about their money, whether just starting out or struggling to make it paycheck to paycheck, looking for ways to manage their debt or starting a savings plan. The workshop covers goal setting, credit and debt, various types of insurance, stretching personal resources, spending choices and creating a spending and savings plan. In addition, based on participant interest, a presentation regarding investment options, such as stocks, bonds, and funds will be provided. A meal is provided starting at 5:30 p.m. TANF eligible participants who successfully complete all five sessions will receive a $50 gift card. There is no cost to interested individuals for this course. Licensed child care and meals will be provided free each night of the class for participants and children who are pre-registered.

For information about eligibility requirements and to register, call Pinon Project at 564-1195 and ask for Lara.

Sarah Siskind, Travis Book play bluegrass at Brewery

Sarah Siskind and her husband/Infamous Stringduster Travis Book will play the Dolores River Brewery, 100 S. Fourth St., on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m.

Sarah Siskind began writing music at age 11. Born to a family of bluegrass musicians, she’d been exposed since birth to both contemporary music and the classics. Since releasing her first album at 14, Siskind has won several songwriting competitions, shared a stage with Doc Watson and Maya Angelou, and received a Grammy nomination for writing 2007’s Alison Krauss song “Simple Love.” In 2008, Siskind toured with the popular indie-rock band Bon Iver, which frequently covers her song “Lovin’s for Fools” at shows. Tickets are $10 at the door.

More information is available at, or by calling 882-4677.

Mancos Library screens “Lioness” film for Community Cinema

The Mancos Public Library, located at 211 W. First St., as part of Women’s History Month, will show the Community Cinema film “Lioness” on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. in the meeting room.

They went to Iraq as cooks, clerks and mechanics and returned a year later as part of America’s first generation of female combat veterans. How did five female army soldiers end up fighting alongside the Marines in some of the bloodiest battles in the Iraq War?

For more information, call MPL at 533-7600 or visit

Silent auction will raise funds for Caughey memorial playground

A silent auction to raise funds for the Louie Caughey Memorial Playground at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds will be held during the upcoming High School Rodeo on Saturday, March 31. The silent auction will start at 9 a.m. and bids will close at 5 p.m.

Plans are underway for the renovation of the playground in memory of longtime Montezuma County resident Louie Caughey. The public is invited to attend the rodeo and participate in the silent auction.

For more information, or to donate an item for the silent auction, call Bonny White at 560-0795 or LuAnn Meyer at 739-6874.