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.

For Pets’ Sake 3-day yard sale

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will have its biggest yard sale ever on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30 at the Cortez Christian Church Family Life Center on the corner of Empire and Hwy. 145. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Have fun with your fall cleaning and donate those unwanted treasures to the humane society! Donations can be brought to the building on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 2 to 7 p.m., or call For Pets’ Sake at 565-7387 for other options or for pick-up of large items — please, no computers or accessories, tires, or TV’s. We need a lot of goodies to make money to help the dogs and cats in Montezuma and Dolores Counties.

Presentation on equine brand inspection regulations

The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen will present guest speaker Joe Stevenson, Brand Inspector, on the topic, “Equine Brand Inspections” on Tuesday, Oct. 2 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. Joe, our local brand inspector, will provide information about brand inspection regulations for horses and will then open the floor for questions. The public is always welcome! Call Nihla McCabe at 570-5036 for more information, or visit

Archaeologist presents ‘Desert Varnish in the Four Corners’

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will present Tim Kearns to discuss Desert Varnish in the Four Corners on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Desert varnish is a naturally occurring coating on exposed rock surfaces and is relatively common in the Four Corners region, and often associated with prehistoric rock art. Kearns will begin by addressing various aspects of desert varnish including formation, chemical components, age, and relevance, and will then discuss its occurrence in the region. He will summarize the investigation of two prehistoric tool stone procurement (quarry) sites near Montezuma Creek where many of the artifacts were coated with desert varnish, and address the ramifications of this assemblage to the prehistory of the region and describe a varnish dating technique that was applied to the artifacts. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of new directions in desert varnish research. Tim Kearns is a professional archaeologist currently associated with Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants. For more information, call Bob Bernhart at 739-6772.

Memorial Service for those who have lost a pet

Hospice of Montezuma will provide a memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., for those that have lost pets that they wish to remember. The service will be held at the gazebo area at Hospice, 1345 S. Broadway. Please call 565-4400 for information and directions.

Hollywood’s Saturday Pool Tournaments at new location

The Hollywood Saturday Pool Tournaments begin soon and will be hosted at the American Legion Post 75, 320 N. Harrison St. in Cortez until the rebuild of the Hollywood Bar. Tournament play begins Saturday, Oct. 6, and goes for 10 weeks. For more information, call 565-8151.

Blessing of the Animals to celebrate Feast of St. Francis

To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, St. Barnabas Church, 110 W. North St., will have a blessing of the animals at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 to which all are invited. Animals large and small — four-legged, two-legged, feathered, and finned (and their humans) — are welcomed. The service will be outdoors, so please have some way to contain any overly-energetic friends. In case of rain, we will gather in the sanctuary. Call 565-7865 for more information.

Series of 3 conversations for Christians

“How You Can Be Part of a Christian Community With Integrity and Not Believe All Those Things You Thought You Had to Believe” is a series of three conversations to be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 110 W. North St. (corner North and Elm) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 9, 16, and 23. These classes are open for everyone, and are for folks who don’t want to check their minds at a church door; who can’t reconcile what they believe the church requires with their life experience; or who just don’t want to live in a world they think the Christian church espouses but who might enjoy being part of a community of faith. Questions are required; no answers are promised. Call 565-7865 for information.