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.

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 of Durango. They will discuss how important it is to consider chiropractic care for our equine friends. Please join us and learn 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 and will be the focus of Dale’s presentation. Dale 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 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.

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

Cortez Library July computer classes

The Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., will offer a series of computer training classes in July. All classes start at 1 p.m. On Thursday, July 5, there will be a class on Internet shopping. On Fridays, July 13 and 27, a class on the various aspects of finding a job on the Internet will be held. On Thursday, July 19, a Basic Word class will be taught. 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.

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.

Young Eagles Flight Experience

Cortez Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1451 has scheduled a Young Eagles Flight Experience for children from the ages of 8 to 17 on Saturday, July 7 at the Cortez Municipal Airport. Flights will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m., weather conditions permitting. Flights are provided to participating children at no cost. Please call 394-9128 or 560-0781 for details and registration.

Cortez Cultural Center celebrates 25 years

Join the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St., on Saturday, July 7 in celebration of its 25th year as the center of culture and art in our community. Cake and ice cream will be served at 4 p.m., along with a book signing, followed at 5 p.m. by a panel enjoying early memories of the Center. For more information, call the Cultural Center at 565-1151.

‘Amazing Desert Journey’ theme for Vacation Bible School

The Dolores United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 9 to 11:30 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, July 9 to 13. “Amazing Desert Journey” is the theme for this year which will be held at the Johnson Memorial UMC at 105 N. 8th St. in Dolores. Children ages 5-11 are invited to come and learn about Jesus through interesting Bible stories. Games, snacks and music will also be part of the special activities planned. For more information, call Jan Ray at 882-4854 or Pastor Rick at 573-0335.

Habitat for Humanity site dedication

Habitat for Humanity of Montezuma County extends an invitation to county residents to join in the formal dedication of its first land purchase on Wednesday, July 11 at 9 a.m. The dedication will be short and conclude with the placement of a sign designating the lot as the site of a future Habitat for Humanity home. Acquisition of this property spanned three years of fundraising and hard work, and we hope folks will come join us in this celebration. To reach the dedication site, travel north on Hwy. 145, and turn right at T-Box Liquor on Fairway, just after the Elks Lodge. Turn again at the first intersection on your right. See you there!

Piñon Project hosts Toddler Olympics

Beginning Thursday, July 12, The Piñon Project’s Parents As Teachers program will host the Toddler Olympics, a fun 6-week series of games and activities designed to encourage a healthy family lifestyle.Each Thursday we will meet at the Parque de Vida amphitheater at 11:30 a.m., have a nutritious, delicious lunch together, and then play Olympic-themed games until 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided by The Piñon Project.This is a free activity, open to families of 2 and 3 year olds.Please RSVP to Lara at 564-1195 to reserve a spot for your little athlete.

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, contact Pastor Paul Gleason at 882-2418 or Seciel Foster at 565-3613.

Hellbound Glory from Reno plays the Hollywood

On Saturday, July 14, the Hollywood Bar and Grill, 417 Central Ave., Dolores, will host Hellbound Glory from Reno, Nevada. Their flavor of scumbag country — featuring songs of love, heartbreak and destruction — are making them one of the bands in country to be reckoned with. Having played with the likes of David Allan Coe and Kid Rock, the band is going to bring a rockin’ time right here to Dolores! Show begins at 9 p.m.; tickets are $7. For more information, call the Hollywood at 882-9998.

Summer Enrichment Programs at Medicine Horse

Medicine Horse Equine Therapy Center are holding their Summer Enrichment Programs. 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, 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. For more information, contact Lynne at 533-7403 or

‘Amazing Wonders Aviation’ Vacation Bible School

Mountain View Baptist Church of Dolores invites any child between the ages of 3 years-old and 6th Grade to join us for fun at the “Amazing Wonders Aviation” Vacation Bible School to encounter God’s awesome powers. The adventure begins Monday through Friday, July 16-20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come join us as we fly to some of the world’s greatest natural wonders and encounter God’s awesome power. As we fly around the world, kids will take off from Worship at The Worship Rally Hangar and make their first stop at the stunning Victoria Falls for Bible study and enjoy dinner at the Paricutin Volcano. They will also have fun with cool crafts, fun games, and motivating music. Mountain View Baptist Church is located on the corner of Hwy. 184 and County Road 30.5. Amazing Wonders Aviation will be an event to remember. For more information, call the church office at 882-7521 or 739-4496.

‘Adventures on Promise Island’ Vacation Bible School

Plan to join us at The First United Methodist Church of Cortez, 515 N. Park St., for Adventures on Promise Island Vacation Bible School, Monday through Thursday, July 16-19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For children ages 5 up to 5th grade. For more information and to pre-register your child, call the church office at 565-3002.

‘Bug Zone — Transformed by our Big God’ Vacation Bible School

Montelores Baptist Church will hold its Vacation Bible School the week of Monday through Friday, July 16-20 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. All ages of children are invited to join us for a week of Bible lessons, crafts, music, and games. The theme this year is “Bug Zone — Transformed by our Big God!” Montelores Baptist Church is located at 18735 Rd. 23.5 (off Hwy. 184 and across from Narriguinnep Reservoir). For more information, call the church office at 882-2418.

Second class of ‘Marketing for Smarties’ business marketing series

The second and third classes of the Marketing for Smarties Series will take place at the Welcome Center in Cortez, 928 E. Main St., on Wednesday, July 18, and Wednesday, Aug. 15. Classes are from 1 to 5 p.m. This 3-part series breaks marketing down into a step-by-step process, and helps 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 is $149, and scholarships for attending are available. Contact Lynn Asano at 247-7009 or to register or for more information. You may also register online at

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