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.

Free Community Dinner on Thursday Nights

The Cortez Family Worship Center Foursquare Church invites the community to relax on Thursday nights and take a break from cooking dinner. Starting at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 and continuing on Thursday nights through the rest of this summer, there will be free community dinners at the church at 500 N. Washington St. in Cortez. Call 565-3709 for more information.

Piñon Project to offer free budgeting class

The Piñon Project will offer a free 5 week, 10 hour workshop called “Making Money Work For You” on Thursday evenings beginning Thursday, June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 300 N. Elm in Cortez. A meal is provided starting at 5:30 p.m. 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 & 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 mutual funds will be provided.

This workshop is open to TANF eligible families who live in Montezuma County. TANF eligible participants who successfully complete all 5 sessions will receive a $50 gift card. This course is free, and 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 The Piñon Project at 564-1195 and ask for Lara.

‘Animal Conservation and Applied Zooarchaeology’ presentation

Visiting scholar Steve Wolverton, Ph.D., will present issues pertaining to “Animal Conservation and Applied Zooarchaeology” at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. on Friday, June 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $5 for Cortez Cultural Center members or $8 for non-members. Call 565-1151 for more information.

Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Group Yard Sale

The Trinity Lutheran Church will hold their Youth Group Yard Sale on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot, 208 N. Dolores Rd., Cortez.

We will have clothes, shoes, washer and dryer, camping gear, and a little bit of something for everyone. The yard sale will help those who are traveling to the 2013 LCMS National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, call 560-3337.

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 albums. Nakai has earned two gold records 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. 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.

Moetones play Stonefish for 2 year anniversary

Stonefish Sushi & More is celebrating two years of business in downtown Cortez at 16 West Main St. The public is invited to a big rock and roll birthday party with return engagement with the Moetones at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. There is no cover charge, and there will be door prizes.

Hymn For Her will play eclectic ‘stomp-grass punk folk’

Hymn For Her will bring their blazing live show to the Dolores River Brewery on Sunday, June 17 at 7 p.m. The Brewery is at 100 North 4th St. in Dolores.

Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing are Hymn For Her, a rockin’ duo that hails from anywhere they can park their 16 foot, 1961 vintage Bambi Airstream (comes with dog and baby) as they tour the U.S. coast to coast. They describe their music as “stomp-grass punk folk with a hint of Americana.” Lucy plays a three-stringed broom handle/cigar box guitar, banjo and sometimes even a glockenspiel as she shares vocal duties with Wayne, who also plays acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, and/or harmonica all while handling percussion on bass drum and hi-hat! Bullet microphones and an arsenal of effect pedals give this band a sound like no other. The show is enhanced by a slide show of original photos projected on an old-fashioned slide projector. Wherever they play, this band wins over the audience with their amazing live show that sometimes might include a Led Zeppelin or other classic tune given the Hymn For Her twist! For more information, call the Brewery at 882-4677.

Summer Enrichment Programs begin at Medicine Horse

Medicine Horse Equine Therapy Center will begin their Summer Enrichment Programs next week. Kids ages 7 through 12 will learn about horses and how to take care of them, learn how to ride bareback, do art projects, make horse treats and just have fun with horses. The beginning skills camp runs from Monday through Friday, June 18-22 and again July 16-20. The advanced skills camp runs from Aug. 6-10. Both camps are from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $120 and space is limited to six kids.

Also, an art, essay and poem contest for kids who love horses is open. Draw a picture, write a poem or an essay about why you want to come to a Medicine Horse Summer Camp this summer. If your art, poem or essay is chosen, you will earn a 1/2 scholarship for camp. Entries for the contest should be sent by Wednesday, June 27. Send entries to Summer Camp Contest, Medicine Horse Center, P.O. Box 1074, Mancos, CO 81328. The winners will be announced before the July summer camp.

For more information, contact Lynne at 533-7403 or

‘Awesome Aliens’ for kids will explore life on other planets

The Mancos Public Library, located at 211 W. First St., invites kids to its 2012 Summer Reading Program “Dream Big at Your Library.” All students age 5-18 are invited to participate. These programs are run as a “drop in” but all children attending must enroll.

On Wednesday, June 20, join us for “Awesome Aliens.” Come explore what we know about life on other planets. Local artist Jaime Becktal will be on hand to help with a craft and will do some truly amazing face painting — think Avatar! Imaginations required! Wholesome snacks will be provided during each program. Younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult throughout the program. We also conduct a reading contest bingo (for kids, teens and adults) with books of their choice as prizes for all who complete the bingo. All programs are free. For more information, call MPL at 533-7600.

Library hosts award-winning storyteller

The next performer in the Cortez Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Family Entertainment Series is Sara Ransom. Please come see her on Wednesday, June 20, at 2 p.m. Sara is a storyteller and has been featured in festivals from New England to New Zealand. She is the daughter and granddaughter of performing storytellers. Sara has traveled worldwide in learning her craft. Sara is a winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Performance Fellowship in 1991. Her international experience exhibits itself in her eclectic performances. The library is located at 202 N. Park St. and may be reached by calling 565-8117.

Mobile blood drive will take place in Cortez

United Blood Services will hold a mobile blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the west campus of Southwest Colorado Community College, 33057 U.S. Hwy 160.

To set up an appointment or for more information, call 385-4601 or sign up online at

Rockslide plays original music

Rockslide would like to invite you to a live music event at Blondies Pub at 332 E. Main St. in Cortez on Friday, June 22 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Rockslide recently opened for the Josh Abbott Band at Echo Basin, and has been receiving critical acclaim for their original music. Rockslide will be releasing their second CD of original music late summer of 2012. The members of Rockslide include Leo Herrera, Dennis Knuckles, Jimmy McClain and Thomas Martin Scott. For more information, call 739-5920, or go to

Wild Country will perform first show at the Hollywood

On Friday, June 22, 8 p.m., Wild Country plays the Hollywood Bar and Grill, 417 Central Ave. in Dolores. These Durango favorites have shared the stage with country music legends. Cover is $5. For more information, call 882-9998.

Baptist Church to hold Vacation Bible School

Lifeway Baptist Church is having it’s Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon beginning Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29. On the last Friday evening at 6 p.m. we will host a family night and hot dog dinner, so parents can come and see what their child has done. Lifeway is located at 601 N. Dolores Rd.

This year’s theme is “Amazing Wonders.” Children will have a great time of learning about other parts of the world. VBS is for all children from pre-K to those who have completed the 6th grade. You can register your child early by coming by the church from 9 a.m. untill noon Monday through Thursday or by calling the church office at 564-1239.

Marketing for Smarties for business owners

The first of the 3-session Marketing for Smarties Series will be offered in Cortez from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 at the Cortez Welcome Center, 928 East Main St. The next two sessions will take place on July 18 and August 15 at the same times.

These 3-part series’ break marketing down into a step-by-step process, and help to resolve a lot of the problems many small businesses encounter when trying to effectively promote their products and services. Recommended for new and existing businesses. The cost of $149 will cover all three sessions. Register now — space is limited. To register for the Marketing for Smarties Series, contact the Small Business Development Center by phone at 247-7009, by email at, or register online at

‘Heavy Equipment Petting Zoo’

The Mancos Public Library, located at 211 W. First St., has begun its 2012 Summer Reading Program “Dream Big at Your Library.” All students age 5-18 are invited to participate in the programs, which run on Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in June. These programs are “drop in” but all children attending must enroll. Dreaming big includes thinking about what you want to be when you grow up. Visit the library on Wednesday, June 27 for “Heavy Equipment Petting Zoo” and meet folks (and their big engines) that fight fires, track wildlife, do police work, dig enormous holes in the ground, etc. Wholesome snacks will be provided during each program. Younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult throughout the program. We will also conduct a reading contest bingo (for kids, teens and adults) with books of their choice as prizes for all who complete the bingo. All programs are free. For more information, call 533-7600.

Cortez Library offers educational Water Day

The Cortez Public Library will present Water Day 2012, an educational opportunity to learn more about our local water. The Dolores Water Conservancy District, Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company and the Cortez Water Plant will be joining us for the first ever “Water Day” in various area locations on Thursday, June 28. At 10 a.m., there will be a presentation by Mike Preston of the Dolores Water Conservancy District and Don Magnuson of Montezuma Valley Irrigation at the overlook at the end of the McPhee Campground. At 1 p.m., there will be a tour of the Cortez Water Plant hosted by Bruce Smart. For more information or directions, stop by the Cortez Public Library at 202 N. Park in Cortez, or call 565-8117.

Driver Safety Course offered by AARP

AARP will sponsor a driver safety course on Thursday, June 28 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, and 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. A $12 fee for AARP members and a $14 fee for nonmembers is to be paid by check (no cash or credit cards), which covers materials. Please bring your driver’s license and your AARP membership number (if you have one).

If interested, you are asked to register with Scott and Judy Aeschlimann at 565-3872. Please leave your name and phone number on the answering machine if we’re not available. We’ll return your call. The class number is limited.