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.

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

Presentation on Colo. State asbestos requirements

Four Corners Builders Association invites you to a presentation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 in the First National Bank. Join us for an overview of the Colorado State asbestos requirements for demo and remolding, presented by Doug Yearout of C.A.R.E. of Cortez. This is open to the public, so if you have any questions or concerns come and talk to the experts. For more information call the FCBA office at 565-1771.

‘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. Easton LaChapelle, a Mancos high school student, will also be at the library with his award winning “mechanical hand” that he designed and built. 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.

Fade Left tour lands at Blondie’s

The Fade Left tour with Toki Wright, Burnell Washburn, Whiteowls, and more will be at Blondie’s, 45 E. Main St., Cortez, at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. This show is for ages 18 and older. For more information, call 739-4944.

Storyteller Penwell uses music, puppets at library

Laurel Penwell will perform at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., on Wednesday, June 27, at 2 p.m. as part of the Summer Reading Program Family Entertainment Series. Laurel’s a librarian and storyteller based in Hesperus and uses humor, music, and puppets. Laurel has twelve years of library and school storytelling experience. She’s a perfect fit for the “Dream Big, Read” theme.

For more information, call the library at 564-4073.

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.

‘Farmageddon’ screens at Conscious Movie Night

The Center of Lights will show “Farmageddon” at Conscious Movie Night on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center, 19581 Road 31, Dolores. In Dolores turn left on 11th at the Riverside Gas Station, go 1.8 miles. Look for the large sign with the dove, on the left.

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why. Filmmaker Kristin Canty found policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasonably burdensome regulations. For more information, contact Center of Light at 882-2123 or

Allegretto will perform and teach harmonica workshop

Learn to play the harmonica instantly! “Best of the West” award-winner, Gary Allegretto will perform and teach a unique harmonica workshop to folks of all ages at noon on Saturday, June 30, at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. An internationally-touring musician, Allegretto is also the director of the award-winning nonprofit humanitarian organization “Harmonikids” that provides the joy of music to children worldwide. He will first perform a concert, and then will instruct audience members — adults and kids aged 5 and older — how to play harmonica immediately with his quick-learn method; no prior musical experience is needed. Allegretto’s methods are guaranteed, and audience members will leave knowing how to play four songs. The cost is $20 and includes a top-quality Hohner harmonica and music booklet in addition to the expert instruction and performance.

This event will sell out. Call the Cultural Center at 565-1151 to register and reserve your seat.

‘Harmonicowboy’ will perform at Western Belle’s House Concert

Gary Allegretto, “The Harmonicowboy” will perform on Saturday, June 30 at Western Belle’s House Concert Series at 32229 Road P in Mancos. Come at 7 p.m. for a potluck (bring your favorite dish to share), and music begins at 8 p.m. Allegretto has received extensive honors for his music, including a Best of the West Award, two WMA nominations and two Grammy Award considerations. True West Magazine declares he’s “sure to impress the cowboy hat off your head!” Don’t miss a chance to see him while he’s in the area. Tickets are $15. Call to reserve your seat at 882-1413 or 729-8408, or by email to

Donors will get free movie ticket at mobile blood drive

United Blood Services will hold a mobile blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Fiesta Twin Movie Theater, 23 W. Main St. in Cortez. One movie ticket will be given to donors at the drive.

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

‘Impressions of India’ photography show

Join Barbara Grist at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, for the opening of “Impressions of India” a colorful collection of photographs from her recent exploration. This art opening and showing will be hosted at Jill Lawson Yoga Studio, 100 N. 4th St., in Dolores. Sit back, relax, and take a journey through India during this inspiring slideshow and talk. Learn about Barbara’s experience and about India’s rich culture. For more information, call Barbara at 560-2767.

Patriotic service will celebrate Independence Day

With the fourth day of July, Independence Day, meaning so much to the citizens of the United States, because of what occurred on that date in 1776, there will be a special patriotic service at the Lifeway Baptist Church, 601 N. Dolores Rd., Cortez on Sunday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m. There will be a special emphasis in this service with patriotic subjects being the theme of the speakers, and the music will also consist of patriotic songs. Three patriotic topics will be expounded for those in attendance. Pastor Andy Johnson invites all to attend this special service at Lifeway Baptist Church. For more information, call 565-1269.

Sullwolds, D.C., will present ‘Chiropractic Care for our Equine Athletes’

The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen will present guest speakers, Doctors Clay and Petra Sullwold on the topic “Chiropractic Care for our Equine Athletes” on Tuesday, July 3 at 7 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd., on Hwy. 145 in Cortez. Come early at 6:15 p.m. for buy your own Taco Tuesday. Doctors Clay and Petra are with Cafe of Life Chiropractic located in Durango. They will be discussing how important it is to consider chiropractic care for our equine friends. Please join us in welcoming Clay and Petra and to learn about how chiropractics can improve and resolve issues you might be having with your horse and how he travels. The public is always welcome!

Call Nihla McCabe at 570-5036 for more information, or visit

Davidson history presentation on ‘Early Development of Cortez’

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society is pleased to present Dale Davidson on Tuesday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St., to discuss Stephen Smith and the Early Development of Cortez. Stephen Smith came to Cortez in 1888 at the age of 23 and remained here for most of his life. When he first arrived he was employed by the investors who developed Cortez and the water diversion from the Dolores River. Over 400 of the business letters Smith wrote between 1891 and 1896 have been preserved. These letters offer important insights on how and why Cortez developed as it did. These letters will be the focus of Dale’s presentation. Dale Davidson came to the Cortez area 25 years ago when he became the lead archaeologist for the BLM’s Monticello, Utah office. He has been involved in a number of archaeological projects in the area, particularly in the Hawkins Preserve. He also co-authored a history of Cortez in the Acadia Press Series, “Images of America.” For more information, call Bob Bernhart at 739-6772.

July theme for Cortez Library Storytime is ‘Craving Sleep’

“Craving Sleep” is the July theme of Raising Readers Storytime at the Cortez Public Library, located at 202 N. Park St. Storytime is held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Older children are welcome to join in for the craft at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays. The Saturday Storytime is held, weather permitting, at the Cortez Farmers Market on the corner of Elm and Main St. All days of any particular week will follow the same theme except on Thursdays and Saturdays there will be no craft. “Lullabies” is the subject on Thursday, July 5, Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7. “Night Lights” will be discussed on Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. “Counting Sheep” will be presented on Thursday, July 19, Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. “Hush Little Baby” will wrap up the month on Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28.

This is the start of our Summer Reading Program season so come on in and pick up a reading log and “Dream Big, Read!” Join to have a chance at a big prize drawing at the end of the summer.

For more information, contact the library at 970-565-8117.

For Pets’ Sake holds Pennies for Pets at the Farmers Market

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society is seeking help from the community for their fundraiser Pennies For Pets on Saturday morning, July 7, at the Cortez Farmers Market in the Montezuma County Courthouse parking lot, 109 W. Main St.

Everyone who cares about animals can bring their pennies (nickels, dimes and quarters, too) to the For Pets’ Sake table at the Market’s Community Booth. You can even bring dollars! All donations are used to help the cats and dogs of Montezuma and Dolores counties live healthier and happier lives! This is also a fun way to get kids involved with helping the animals, so start saving now! For more information, call For Pets’ Sake at 565-PETS.

Musicians, singers invited to take part in Gospel Music Fest

A Gospel Music Fest will be held on Saturday, July 14 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Montelores Baptist Church parking lot, 18735 Rd. 23.5, off Hwy. 184 across from Narraguinnep Reservoir. We are looking for music groups or individuals to share their talents with our local community. All styles of Gospel/Christian music are welcome! If you would like to participate in an afternoon of Christian music, please contact Pastor Paul Gleason at 882-2418 or Seciel Foster at 565-3613.

Arriola Bible Church will hold Vacation Bible School

Arriola Bible Church will offer Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27. Our VBS is called “Promises of the Master and Commander,” Arriola Bible Church is located at 15998 Rd. 22 in Dolores, on the corner of Road S and Hwy. 491. For more information, call 882-4047 or email You can also register online at