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.

Series of three conversations that ask ‘Am I a Christian?’

“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 to 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.

Driver safety course offered by AARP

AARP will sponsor a driver safety course on Thursday, Oct. 11 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, and designed to meet the needs of older drivers. The course 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. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers, to be paid by check (no cash or credit cards) which will cover materials. Please bring your driver’s license and your AARP membership number (if you have one). Class size is limited; please register with Scott and Judy Aeschlimann at 565-3872. Leave your name and phone number on the answering machine if we’re not available and we’ll return your call.

M-CHS gears up for fall drama production

Montezuma-Cortez High School drama department is gearing up for their fall production, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a dark comedy classic. The 2012-2013 theatre season will feature shows from the 1930s and 1940s era, keeping with the department’s theme this year, “A New Deal.” The show will run on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the M-CHS auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Five and under are free. For reservations call 565-3722 ext. 2198 or send an email to with your name, phone number, date of show and number of seats you’d like to reserve. Visit for information on upcoming shows.

Low-Cost Fall Pet Vaccination Clinic

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will host a Low-Cost Dog and Cat Vaccination Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the IFA Country Store, 10501 Hwy. 491 in Cortez. Veterinarian Dr. Sue Grabbe with Four Corners MASH will offer dog and cat packages which include rabies, distemper, parvo (dogs), leukemia (cats), and more for $39 each, or $14 for rabies only. Packages without rabies shot are just $32. Exact change is appreciated; checks are ok, but no credit cards please. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. A portion of each package purchased will be donated to For Pets’ Sake. For more information, call them at 565-PETS (7387).

Hawaiian Luau Craft and Bake Sale includes lunch, music

Christian Women’s Celebrations invites everyone to their Hawaiian Luau Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon at the Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd. Donated crafts and homemade baked goods are needed and can be brought by 10:30 a.m. Shopping starts at 11 a.m., with an auction to follow after lunch. Hou’oli melodies will be performed by a trio that includes Crystal Bates, Maryann Graff and Cathy Knox. Local speaker, Mickie Baker, will talk about “What Makes a Life.” Admission is $14.50 per person and includes admission, lunch, beverage and dessert, music, and the program. Reservations should be made by Monday, Oct. 8 at or 560-3328. All teachers are honored; complimentary tickets are offered for all teachers and malahinis (first time attendees).

Cowboy Church holds Fall Round-up chuckwagon event

The Southwest Cowboy Church will host their first-ever Fall Round-Up event on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center, 21176 Rd. S. At noon, a chuckwagon meal of cowboy coffee, cowboy cobbler, and cowboy beans, cooked by JD Baker of the Sons of the Pioneers, will be served. Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs will also be available at no cost. The meal is followed at 2 p.m. with entertainment from Sky Shivers, a cowboy humorist, Sam Noble, cowboy poet of the Bar-D, and a concert by the Line Camp Riders. The event is free. A love offering will be taken. Call 882-1433 for more information.

All-day Mexican meal fundraiser for Parish kitchen

Antonio’s Restaurant, 104 E. Main St., Cortez, will host an “Afternoon Delight” fundraising meal from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 for the kitchen remodeling project for St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church’s Parish Hall. The church needs to renovate the kitchen to provide a facility for updated, workable and efficient usage, as well as to host events for the parish. “Afternoon Delight” will include a special menu with a choice of two complete Mexican dinners with sides, and will include tea or coffee and a dessert. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 8 years old. Alcoholic beverages or fountain drinks are not included in the cost, and the two dinners will be the only ones served at Antonio’s throughout the day. Take out orders will also be available. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the purchase of cooking and serving utensils and small equipment for the newly-remodeled Parish kitchen. Additional parking will be available at Rimco’s parking lot east of the restaurant. This event is open to the public. For more information, call Elva Norte at 565-8741.

Bethel Church Ministry Team coming to Cortez

The Cortez Family Worship Center Foursquare Church will host a ministry team from Bethel Church in Redding Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Bethel Church has been experiencing a dynamic move of the Holy Spirit for several years with verifiable miracles, signs and wonders. Everybody is welcome to attend the service at 500 N. Washington. Call 749-9774 or 565-3709 for more information.

Eating Smart — Being Active classes

The Pińon Project, 300 N. Elm St., will offer an Eating Smart — Being Active class for Kemper, Manaugh, and Mesa families who want to learn about preparing healthier meals and bringing a basic level of activity into their lives. The classes will start Tuesday, Oct. 16, and go from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Kelly Proctor, facilitator, will lead the group through eight weekly lessons designed to help them shop, cook and enjoy entry-level activity. The class offers ideas for a healthier life for families, who will work as a team to develop healthy and tasty recipes. Participants will create (and devour) delicious snacks and light meals in the class while developing friendships and new and useful skills. The activity level is appropriate for any age and almost any condition, as it emphasizes basic stretching and movement, and each person is encouraged to work at a comfortable level. Classes are further enhanced with small take-away incentives useful for food preparation and activity. There is no charge for this program. Class size is limited; sign up with Lara Blair at 564-1195.

‘An Evening With Mark Twain’ fundraiser evening

“An Evening With Mark Twain” by Dennis Seibel is the program of the local Women’s Cancer Coalition’s 10th Annual Pink Ribbon Affair on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside St. Spouses, families and friends are invited to attend this special evening that honors breast and all cancer survivors. In addition to Mark Twain, there will be an Americana-style show, an all-American buffet, a silent auction of great values, and fun door prizes. All proceeds from the $15 ticket assist Montezuma and Dolores County women with cancer screening. Tickets will be available at the door. If you have items to donate to the silent auction, please drop them off at Planned Parenthood in Cortez or call 882-4484 for pick up or for more information.

New Odyssey kicks-off SouthWest Colorado Concerts season

New Odyssey, a band with three guys and 30 instruments, will kick off SouthWest Colorado Concerts 2012/2013 season on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Montezuma-Cortez High School auditorium. All of them play the trumpet ... and the sax ... and, well, 28 other instruments. With classic rock, country, novelty and specialty arrangements, and a good dose of comedy, they provide a fun evening for the entire family. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., when doors open. Season tickets (for all four concerts) are $45 for adult and $5 for youth (18 years and under); single tickets are $20 for adult and $5 for youth. Call Paul Bostrom at 565-9127 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757 for more information.

Civil Rights Commission invites public to two area meetings

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission invites the public to two meetings on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Cortez and Towaoc for an informal discussion on civil rights issues facing Coloradans. The meetings will be held at First National Bank in Cortez, 140 W. Main St., from 1 to 3 p.m., and at the Ute Mountain Casino Conference Room, 3 Weeminuche Dr. in Towaoc, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meetings will be held to educate the public on state civil rights laws and also to take any complaints related to employment, housing, or public accommodations, such as service in a restaurant, park or other public place. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Shayla Malone at 303-894-7805.