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.

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. “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 565-8117.

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

Hummingbird Monitoring Network presentation

The San Juan Mountains Association, in conjunction with the Cortez Cultural Center, will host a Member Series Presentation by Susan Wethington, PhD, on Wednesday, July 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Ms. Wethington is the Executive Director of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network (HMN) and has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Arizona. Since 2002, the Hummingbird Monitoring Network has monitored hummingbird populations at a variety of sites throughout western North America. Susan will discuss patterns of hummingbird occurrence, diversity, and abundance at these sites with a focus on hummingbirds occurring in southwestern Colorado. She will also describe key conservation issues facing hummingbirds, such as climate change and habitat loss, and how results from HMN’s monitoring work are helping. Members and friends of both organizations are invited to join us. Call 385-1312 for more information.

Barbershop Quartet to perform at Entertainment Series

The Durango Barbershop Quartet is the final group performing in the Cortez Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Family Entertainment Series on Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. The library is located at 202 N. Park St. The quartet is a select group from the Durango Barbershop Chorus. They’re bringing harmony to our library and will sing many popular favorites and sleepytime songs for you to dream on. Please come join us for this great finale. For more information, call 565-8117.

Cowboy entertainer Stamey to perform House Concert

Nationally-acclaimed cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey will perform on Wednesday, July 18 at Western Belle’s House Concert Series at 32229 Road P, Mancos. Come at 7 p.m. for a potluck (bring your favorite dish to share), and music begins at 8 p.m. The director of the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festivals says, “Stamey is one of the best Western songwriters alive today; his melodies blend perfectly with his lyrics to the point where you can almost feel the wind against your face and smell the soft scent of the sage. He never fails to engage his audience and take them on a rewarding journey through the panorama of the West.” Don’t miss a chance to see him while he’s in the area. Tickets are $15 and will sell out. Call to reserve your seat at 882-1413 or 729-8408, or by email to

Dance, ‘Dive-In’ Movie for kids at outdoor pool

The City of Cortez and the Cortez Police Department invites middle school and elementary students to the free “Dive-In” Movie on Thursday, July 19 at the Cortez outdoor swimming pool. First, there will be music at the pool from 6 to 8 p.m. where you can dance or just hang out with your friends; next, the Dive-In Movie will start at 8:30 and go to 10 p.m. Watch a movie on a huge screen from the cool comfort of the pool — bring floaties, air mattresses, pool chairs, inner tubes, or whatever floats. Since it gets cooler at night, attendees are urged to bring an extra towel or some clothes. This is a DARE-sponsored event.

Democratic Party to hold Get Together Potluck Fundraiser

The Montezuma County Democratic Party will have a “Get Together Potluck Fundraiser” on Thursday, July 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cliffrose Nursery, 27885 Hwy. 160, Cortez. A minimum $10 donation is suggested. All interested persons are welcome to attend and questions can be addressed to Ric at 565-8994.

Anger Management classes

CARS/TRC will offer a 12-week Anger Management class starting on Thursday, July 19. Classes are two hours per week. Learn the roots of your anger, learn skills to manage your feelings, learn how to prevent outbursts and improve your relationships. CARS/TRC is at 35 N. Ash St. in Cortez. Effective July 1, CARS’ new name is The Recovery Center: A Behavioral Health Organization (TRC). Call 565-4109 to set up an intake appointment.

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 19, a basic Word class will be taught, and on Friday, July 27, a class on the various aspects of finding a job on the Internet will be held. 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.

‘A Night Out’ fundraiser for Bridge Emergency Shelter

A Night Out, Friday, July 20, is the Bridge Emergency Shelter’s summer fundraising event. This is the day and/or night to eat out for the shelter! There are 35 restaurants in Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos who are participating in our event this year by donating a percentage of their sales that day to the Bridge. Free t-shirts are available for 100 folks who eat out! Go as a group of friends, co-workers, or family. Eat out for the shelter on July 20! To see which restaurants are participating, look for our posters around town, or call the Bridge at 565-9808 or Karen at 570-0038.

Vanishing Breed to perform at Hollywood’s Earl benefit

On Saturday afternoon, July 21, The Hollywood Bar and Grill, 417 Central Ave., Dolores, will host a benefit for our friend Dan Earls, who was injured in a construction accident. We will have a buffet, silent auction and live music from Hollywood favorites, Vanishing Breed. Music begins at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to help Dan with medical bills from several surgeries. Join the fun for a good cause! For more information, call the Hollywood at 882-9998.

‘Fierce Grace’ will screen at Conscious Movie Night

The Center of Light presents “Fierce Grace” at Conscious Movie Night on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center, 19581 Road 31 (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). “Fierce Grace” documents Ram Dass remaking his life since suffering from a stroke. While the illness might have broken others, it provided Dass with a new passion: using an unexpected, uninvited challenge as a tool for spiritual transformation, and using what he learns to help others face issues of aging, death and dying. This event is free, and all are welcome. Donations are accepted and will support the Seva Foundation. Seva is a sanskrit word meaning service to others. Since 1978, Seva has been a leading innovator in building partnerships that deliver cost-effective, culturally informed health service for some of the world’s most vulnerable — including women, children and indigenous peoples. To RSVP or for more information, contact Rev. Meira Leonard at 882-2123 or

‘Ethical Issues in Advanced Illness’ training

Hospice of Montezuma and Life Quality Institute will sponsor a training conference “Ethical Issues in Advanced Illness” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 at the Cortez Conference Center, 2121 E. Main St. Attendees should register by Friday, July 20. The cost is $35 for breakfast, lunch and training. Topics will include: Raising Your Ethical Antennae; Getting the most out of the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment; and Palliative Sedation: Extreme Symptom Management or Veiled Assisted Death?

For more information or to register, contact Hospice of Montezuma at or 565-4400.

‘Promises of the Master and Commander’ 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

‘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 23-27 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.

Free 6-week Intro to Meditation & Christian Mysticism

The Center of Light presents Intro to Meditation & Christian Mysticism starting on Monday, July 23 at 6:30p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center, 19581 Road 31 —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.This is a powerful 6-week introductory course designed for modern mystics. Classes will include teachings on the Inner Spiritual Path, Meditation, Soul, Light, Prayer, and Blessing. Time will be spent teaching the principles of meditation that will allow you to move deeper than the body, beyond thinking and emotions and into the reality of God’s peace and presence within.This course is free, and all are welcome. To RSVP or for more information, contact Rev Meira Leonard at 882-2123 or

4CORE ‘Radon Control’ webcast

The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) and Colorado State University Extension Service will offer a free live web cast presentation “Radon Control Techniques for New Homes” from 12:45 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 at the Montezuma County CSU Extension Office, 109 West Main, Room 102 in Cortez. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book “Protecting Your Home from Radon” and lunch. This is a special session for builders and building officials, although anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.To RSVP to this free event contact Cori Andreatta at 259-1916 ext 111 or email You may also visit for details.