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.

Cortez Cultural Center’s 8th Annual Birding Festival

The Cortez Cultural Center hosts the 8th Annual Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival, running through May 13. Enjoy tours, lectures, book signings, and demonstrations for birders advanced and new; several activities are free or $5. For registration information, call 565-1151 or go to

Mancos Valley Choir concerts

The Mancos Valley Choir will hold a spring concert Saturday, May 12, 7 p.m. at Mancos United Methodist Church.

Free admission, limited seating, reception to follow.

Girl Scouts to host yard sale

Dolores Girl Scout Troop 1192 is hosting a yard sale and car wash on May 12 at the Dolores Fire House to raise money so the girls can attend summer camp. We invite the community to donate items for the girls to sell. If you have any items to donate, please call Laura Thomas for drop-off times and location at 946-7475.

Hothouse seminar in Cahone

M-CAN is presenting a “Do It Yourself High Tunnel and Hothouse Seminar” on Saturday, May 12 at Songhaven Farm in Cahone.

Learn about placement, pros and cons, and uses of a variety of season extending structures. The workshop will take place from 9:30 12:30 followed by lunch and a farm tour for those interested.

Space is limited, so please call 882-2155 to RSVP, for directions, or for more information.

Suggested donation of $10.

For Pets’ Sake Society holds bake sale fundraiser

For Pets’ Sake Society will hold a Bake Sale Saturday, May 12 at the Cortez Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be lots of cookies, cakes, pies, breads, and homemade dog treats. Proceeds will aid the pet population of Montezuma and Dolores counties as well to help spay/neuter assistance programs. Donations of baked goods can be dropped off at Wal-Mart starting at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the sale. Baked goods can also be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Let It Grow Nursery on Mildred across from the Colorado Welcome Center. For more information, contact Janet at 533-7402.

Furse hosting ‘Meat and Greet’ in Dove Creek

Will Furse, candidate for District Attorney will be hosting a “Meat & Greet” on Saturday, May 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The outdoor event will be at Sinclair Smoked Meats located at 419 W. Hwy. 491 in Dove Creek. Details about the upcoming June 26 Republican primary and voter registration information will be provided.

Contact Will Furse with any questions at 903-8183 or

Back Country Horsemen tack and yard sale

Annual Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen Tack and Yard Sale, everything you need for your horse and home, Lewis/Arriola Community Center, Road S west of 491, Saturday, May 12 at 8 a.m. Contact 882-8866 or 739-0006 for more information.

Astrological, storytelling event planned

On Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kaleidoscope Wellness Center in Mancos, Two Eagles Astrologer Cassandra Leoncini will facilitate a light-hearted day of myth & storytelling and experiential diversions. May’s astrological signatures will inspire the day’s play, including Jupiter’s largesse, and the May 20 (visible locally) Solar Eclipse .

Please pre-register: Contact Cassandra Leoncini,, 970-565-7272.

Pen and ink show to open at Sideshow

Victory Camera: pen and ink renderings by Dan Groth will open Saturday, May 12 in Dolores.

Durango-based Dan Groth’s precisely-drawn surrealism merges humans, creatures and landscapes into illustrative stream-of-consciousness tableaux.

Opening Night Reception with the artist at Sideshow Emporium & Gallery Saturday May 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Also music from DJ Cannonball, cake and refreshments to celebrate Sideshow’s 5th Anniversary.

Victory Camera will be at Sideshow through July 14. Sideshow is at 411 Central in Dolores. Call 739-4646 for more details.

The Geology of our Geography

Leadership Montezuma will offer the Geology of our Geography tour on Saturday, May 12 around Cortez.

Tours and talks include the Sleeping Ute, the mesa of Mesa Verde, the many canyons and Totten Reservoir.

The day will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at the Cortez Chamber of Commerce. There will be a one hour classroom presentation prior to carpooling to field locations. The tour will end at approximately 1 p.m. at the Chamber.

The cost is $15 for Leadership Montezuma alumni and each of their family members; $25 for the general public, space permitting. The tour is limited to a total of 15. Contact Jim Skvorc at 903-0944, as soon as possible to reserve your space.

Southwest Colorado Concert season ends Sunday

Redhead Express, the final concert of Southwest Colorado Concert season is Sunday, May 13, at the Montezuma-Cortez High School Auditorium at 3 p.m. Redhead Express will provide a night of entertainment and high-energy mu sic with hits of the 1950s and ’60s, to country, originals, traditional, bluegrass and old time music.

Tckets are $20 for adult, $5 for youth (under 18 years of age). Doors open at 2 p.m., and tickets for the 2012-2013 season will be available. Call Paul Bostrom 565-9127 or Joyce Stevenson 565-4757 for information.

Mother’s Day brunch at the Elks

The Cortez Elk’s Lodge with be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 10:30 to 2 p.m. for Elks members and their guests. All Lodge members are encouraged to attend. RSVP appreciated. For questions, please call 565-3557.

Dolores Healing Space information sessions

Dolores Healing Space will begin their Monday evening information sessions on Monday, May 14 with a showing of the 20 minute film Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer by Rosita Arvigo and a short talk on Mayan Abdominal Therapy by Janneli F. Miller, PhD. The session begins at 6 p.m., will last about an hour, and is free and open to the public. Dolores Healing Space is located at 102. S. Fourth St. in Dolores

Meet and greet for Bud Garner

The public is invited to a meet and greet for District 2 Montezuma County commissioner candidate Bud Garner at Zuma Natural Foods, 121 Railroad Ave. in Mancos. Complementary coffee and cookies will be served on Tuesday, May 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Also there will be another meet and greet at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Dolores on Tuesday May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Meet and greets for DA Russell Wasley

Incumbent District Attorney Russell Wasley will hold meet and greet meetings at 7 p.m. on the following dates and at the following places: Tuesday, May 15 at the home of Richard and Catherine Kipp, 28202 CR 16, Pleasant View; Thursday, May 17 at Jack and Jannelle’s Country Kitchen, 801 East Main, Cortez; Tuesday, May 22 at the home of Don and Gaylene Etnier, 12449 CR 29, Dolores; Thursday, May 24 at Mr. Happy’s Bakery and Café, 332 East Main, Cortez. These will be a great chance to discuss one on one any questions you have with your District Attorney and to get updated voter registration information.

Contact Jack Robbins at 749-1588 or Nancy Jennings 739-3040 for further information.

Community input on community college

Pueblo Community College will present a draft of its proposed 2012-2015 Strategic Plan and seek input during a community session that will take place 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. The event will be available via polycom at the Southwest Colorado Community College campuses in Durango (East Campus - The Commons building, Room 219) and Mancos/Cortez (West Campus - Learning Center, Room 109). All interested community members are encouraged to attend.

Shopping Matters offers grocery store tips for adults

A free Shopping Matters for Adults guided tour through City Market will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Cortez store, 508 E. Main St.

Participants can practice skills like buying fruits and vegetables on a budget, comparing unit prices, reading food labels, identifying whole grains and sticking to a budget.

Participants also will receive a $10 gift card to the grocery store, a free workbook full of recipes, and tips on buying healthy, low-cost foods.

Plan to meet in front of the produce section.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kelly Proctor at or 970-509-0816.

Health Dept. has bone density screening

Montezuma County Public Health Department, in conjunction with the Osteoporosis Prevention Project of Western Colorado, will be providing a low cost ($29) Osteoporosis Bone Density Screening at Montezuma County Public Health Department, 106 West North Street, Cortez on Thursday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call the Montezuma County Public Health Department at 565-3056, ext. 221 to schedule your appointment.

McClellan to hold meet and greets

The public is invited to a meet and greet for Casey McClellan, District 3 Montezuma County commissioner candidate on Thursday, May 17 at Lewis Arriola Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m., and at the Baymont Inn in Cortez, May 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cortez library announces May theme for Storytime

“Celebrate, Even the Little Things” is the May theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St. 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.

“Take a Walk” will be presented on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18. “Picnics and Parades” will wrap up the month on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25.

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

Mancos library features film about female Olympian

Community Cinema Mancos Public Library is showing “STRONG!” The film by Julie Wyman features Cheryl Haworth. The the 300-pound U.S. Olympic weightlifter prepares for the 2008 games in Beijing, China she struggles with injury, self-confidence, and body image. The film will be shown on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. A panel discussion may follow. For more information please call the library at 533-7600.

Durango Kennel Club Dog Show

The Durango Kennel Club Dog Show will be held May 18, 19 and 20 at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds.

The show, licensed by the American Kennel Club, will start at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. Sunday. Judging continues until about 2:30 p.m. all three days.

More than 100 breeds will compete in the sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding groups, in both conformation and obedience events. The show will have a junior showmanship class. No dogs are allowed on show grounds that have not been entered in the show. Admission is free and refreshments are available for purchase on-site. For more information, visit www.durangokennel

Explore Sand Canyon area

Explore the natural and cultural diversity of the Sand Canyon area of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument with Larry Eads, on Friday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the flora, fauna, and cultural sites that make this area so special. Contact Gabi to sign up at 759-1170 or

Rememberance and balloon release to honor loved ones

The Four Corners Chapter of the Compassionate Friends and Hospice of Montezuma will hold its second annual Community Sperings Rememberance and Balloon Release on Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at Centennial Park near the small gazebo.

People can share messages about loved ones, show photos and there will be grief rerource information availalbe.

If. This event is to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away, and a chance to release some emotions along with a special message.

For more information, contat Cherie at 565-6480 or Debbie at 565-4732.

Hospice of Montezuma golf tournament

The 11th annual Hospice of Montezuma golf tournament will be held on May 19 with all proceeds going toward Hospice of Montezuma patient care. The tournament is a five-person team that must have one women. 

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. The shotgun start begins at 1 p.m.  Cost is $40 and includes lunch. Green fees and golf cart fees are extra. 

For more information call Micah at Conquistador Golf Course at 565-9208 or Ronda at Hospice at 970-565-4400.

Cultural Center panel will explore Cortez’s early history

The Cortez Cultural Center will host a panel discussion on early Cortez leader Stephen Smith at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the center, 25 N. Market St. The panel also will explore the early development of Cortez and the Montezuma Valley.

Among other roles in Cortez, Smith conducted the Montezuma Valley Bank, the first bank in Cortez; was county clerk and recorder; and served as secretary of the irrigation district.

Donations are welcome.

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

Cortez Masonic Lodge Remembrance Service

Cortez Masonic Lodge No. 133 will hold a Remembrance Service on Saturday, May 19 at 8 a.m. in the lodge building. Guests of the lodge will be the Honor Guard of the Ute Mountain American Legion Post No. 75. As the Lodge Memorial Roll is read, the Honor Guard will also honor those who were veterans. Family members of past lodge members are invited to attend. For further information call 565-2309.

Montezuma Mayhem Obstacle Race

The first-ever Montezuma Mayhem Obstacle Race will be held Saturday, May 19 at Montezuma-Cortez High School, located at 206 W. 7th street in Cortez. Racers will run over a mile with 10 obstacles to overcome, as well as mini-fitness challenges along the way. Start times are between 1 to 2:40 p.m. Register at Pepperhead, Kokopelli’s Bike and Board or the Cortez Cultural Center for only $20. Contact Bethany Carriger for more information: or 565-3722 ext 152.

Grant writing 101 Workshop in Mancos

A grantwriting workshop will be held at the Mancos Valley Visitor’s Center on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $35, includes notebook of materials. Instructors: Mac Neeley and Marianne Griffin

RSVP required by contacting or by calling 533.7434

This course is a primer for anyone interested in researching for and writing grants, and as such, is an introductory level course.

Fancy Nancy and Dapper Dan party

The Mancos Public Library, located at 211 W. First St., will be holding a “Fancy Nancy and Dapper Dan” party on Saturday, May 19 from 10-11 a.m. for ages 3-7. Fancy Nancy is a well known book character who loves anything and everything “fancy.” There will be crafts, fancy tea and a dainty snack, and dress up time. To sign up and get more information please call 533-7600.

Battle Rock school accepting applications

Battle Rock Charter School has a limited amount of room for new studetns and will be accepting applications starting May 19. The school will hold a barbeque Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. and will have applications available. Battle Rock is a four-day week of standard-based teaching, with an emphasis on gifted and talented.

For more informartion, call 560-0158 or 565-3237.

Wine tasting and food event

The Civitan International presents Wine Tasting with Superb Finger Foods event on Sunday, May 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Stonefish restaurant at 16 W. Main in Cortez. The food will feature Old World (Italy, Spain, France) versus New World (Argentina, Australia, California) cuisine.

Cost is $40 for single and $75 for a couple.

The San Juan Basin Farm Bureau Meet the Candidates Night

A Meet the Candidates Nights sponsored by the San Juan Basin Farm Bureau will be held Monday, May 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montezuma County Annex Building located at 103 N Chestnut, Cortez.

There will be an open forum for 2012 Primary candidates to speak to the public regarding their campaign issues and proposals.

All candidates are invited to attend this forum but only be the candidates in the primary race will speak.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

A second forum will be held before the general election on Oct. 15

To RSVP or more information, contact Carol Baumgartner at 533-1498 or

Beer tasting will help raise appreciation for beverages

The Cortez Cultural Center will host a beer tasting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the center, 25 N. Market.

The tasting will help the Cultural Center expand its series on the appreciation of fermented and distilled beverages.

Cost is $20 per person.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call the center at 565-1151.

Findley meet and greet

Dewayne Findley, Montezuma County commissioner candidate for District 3 will be holding a meet and greet at Zuma Foods in Mancos on Thursday, May 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. Please come by and meet Dewayne and visit with him. He will be glad to answer your questions.

Variety of computer training classes offered at the Cortez Library

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer a computer training class at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 24: Basic II Computer Skills.

Registration required for all classes. Sign up by calling the library at 565-8117 or by stopping by.

Hollywood to feature Stephanie Hatfield and Hot Mess

On Friday, June 1, The Hollywood Bar and Grill, 417 Central Ave, Dolores, welcomes the return of Stephanie Hatfield and Hot Mess, from Santa Fe. Show starts 8 p.m., cover is $5. For more information contact (970) 882-9998.

Cortez Library June computer classes

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer a series of computer training classes in June. All classes start at 1 p.m.

On Fridays, June 1, 15 and 29, a class on the variety of aspects of finding a job on the Internet will be held.

On Thursday, June 7, Basic Internet Searching will be held.

On Thursday, June 21, a class on Using Google is scheduled.

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.

Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo Parade

Show your hometown spirit at the 82nd annual Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo Parade on Saturday, June 9 at 5 p.m. Parades reinforce the sense of community pride and tradition and acknowledge that there are reasons to celebrate. There is something for everybody and everyone has a role including parade participants, volunteers and spectators.

This year’s parade is coordinated by the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. There is no fee to enter and the deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 5 Entry forms can be picked up at the Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E Main in Cortez or by calling 565-3414.

Montezuma Agility Dogs Club classes

The Montezuma Agility Dogs Club is offering basic obedience classes for dogs 5 1/2 months and older. The classes begin June 9, 2012, are one hour long on Saturday mornings for six weeks. Class size is limited, registration is first-come, first-served. For more information call Bobbi at 882-5404.

Cortez Library summer reading program

It’s time once again for the Cortez Public Library’s children’s Summer Reading Program. This year the theme is “Dream Big, Read.” Come by the library on June 1 and you can pick up your reading log, no registration required. Information about the program is available now. You can earn books, prizes and a cool T-shirt (while supplies last). This year we’re having a big drawing for six great prizes at the end of the program. We’re also sponsoring five great performers with the first performance date on Wednesday, June 13, at 2 p.m.

The library is located at 202 N. Park St. and may be reached by calling 565-8117.

Nakai concert to benefit Mancos library

Tami Graham Presents “An evening with R. Carlos Nakai,” a benefit for the Mancos Public Library, Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Mancos Opera House.

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Since 1983, he has released over 35 album.

Nakai has earned two gold records for “Canyon Trilogy” and “Earth Spirit” and has received nine Grammy® nominations.

The cost for the concert is $35 for general admission, $75 for VIP private reception with R. Carlos Nakai (includes wine, beer and appetizers following the event). Tickets are on sale at Southwest Sound in Durango, Mancos Public Library and Rocky Mountain One Stop in Cortez. For more information call 759-9716, email or find the event on Facebook.