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.

Cortez Middle School holds Parent/Teacher Conferences

Cortez Middle School will have Parent/Teacher Conferences today, Oct. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. No appointment is necessary. Students will be released on Thursday afternoon at 2:40 p.m. and there will be no school on Friday. Call Cortez Middle School at 565-7824 for more information.

Manaugh Elementary Book Fair

Manaugh Elementary will hold a Book Fair though Friday, Oct. 26. The Book Fair will be held in the library of the school at 300 E. 4th St. in Cortez. The hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. If you prefer to order your books online go to: Contact Karen Yarbrough at 565-7691 ext. 5131 for more information.

Spooktacular Halloween light display happens nightly

The public is invited to view a free Spooktacular Halloween light show set to music for kids and adults alike. Enjoy the show nightly from 7 to 10:30 p.m. from now through Sunday, Nov. 4. The display is located south of Cortez at 6821 Hwy. 160/491 (next to Redburn Tire). This annual light display is done as a gift to the community.

Mesa Elementary School Scholastic Book Fair

“Every Reader is a Star!” is the theme for this year’s Scholastic Book Fair at Mesa Elementary School from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 25. The fair will take place in the Mesa Elementary library, 703 W. Seventh St., Cortez. Funds raised will help purchase books for Mesa’s media center and classroom libraries. Families, community members, and home school families are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. The Book Fair will feature special drawings and incentives for those who attend. For more information, call 565-3858.

Civil Rights Commission invites public to two area meetings

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission invites the public to two meetings today, 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, 2258 E. 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.

Kemper Elementary annual Book Fair

Kemper Elementary will host their annual Book Fair today, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in their school library, 620 E. Montezuma Ave. Books are reasonably priced and proceeds benefit the school. For more information, call the school at 565-3737 ext. 4126.

Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church Halloween party

The Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church at 350 S. Washington in Cortez will hold its annual Community Halloween Party for kids ages 2-10 years old, on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be games, prizes, candy, cookies, cake, drinks, hayrides and a costume contest. Contact 565-7024 for more information.

For Pets’ Sake Halloween Bake Sale

to benefit local pets

For Pets’ Sake Humane Society will hold a Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the north entrance to City Market in Cortez. As usual, there will be lots of cookies, cakes, pies, breads, and homemade dog treats! Proceeds from the fundraiser will aid the population of Montezuma and Dolores counties. In addition to running a spay/neuter assistance programs, For Pets’ Sake provides foster homes for animals awaiting adoption and helps local people pay for emergency veterinary care for their pets. Donations of baked goods from the group’s members and supporters can be dropped off at City Market starting at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the sale. Baked goods can also be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Let It Grow Nursery on Mildred across from the Colorado Welcome Center. For more information, contact Janet at 533-7402.

Halloween Carnival in Mancos

The Mancos Valley Lions Club will hold their annual Halloween Carnival at the VFW Hall, 136 W. Grand Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All kids are welcome. For more information, call 533-7180.

Mancos weekend Indoor Flea

Market begins

There will be an Indoor Flea Market in Mancos every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Flea Market will be held at the Old Hardware Store, 192 S. Main, across the bridge and just past The Absolute Bakery. Spaces are available — a 12-by-12 foot space is $12 for both days. Call 749-9320 for more information. Be sure to leave a message if no answer and your call will be returned.

Fantastic Fall Festival

Blessed Bible Church, 23826 Road G, is having a Fantastic Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. A great alternative to Halloween, all children preschool through the sixth grade are invited. There will be games, snacks, prizes and an old fashioned hayride. Children can dress up like their favorite critter; the best-dressed critter gets a prize. For more information, call Pastor Lewis at 565-5360.

Dolores Rotary Club bingo

season begins

The Dolores Rotary Club will kick-off their annual bingo season with a bingo night on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. A light supper and dessert will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. for $5, with bingo following at 7 p.m. Cards are $1 per game or $10 for the evening. All proceeds will benefit the Dolores Boosters Club. For more information, contact Dave Sanford at 882-7428.

Library Libations fundraiser

Library Libations, a fundraiser by the Cortez Public Library Advisory Board, will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Cortez Journal, 123 N. Roger Smith Ave. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a dessert auction, are features of the annual event. Admission is $25 per person and $40 per couple. All proceeds go to the library.

Presbyterian Women Fall/Christmas Bazaar

The Presbyterian Women will hold their Fall/Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Washington St. in Cortez. Pie and drinks will be served all day for $1.50 and lunch of your choice of soups, bread, pie and a drink will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $5 for adults, and $3 for children age 10 and under. There will be breads, pies, cakes, candy, cookies, jams, jellies, pickles, salsa, crafts, plants, gift items and more. There will also be a drawing for a Christmas quilted throw at 1 p.m. Come and join us — proceeds go towards Mission Projects. For more information, call the church office at 565-7024 or Gerry Brunk at 565-8927.

Pleasant View Elementary Fall Harvest Carnival

Pleasant View Elementary School will host its 12th annual Fall Harvest Carnival on Saturday, Nov. 3. A chili dinner will be served from 5:30-6:45 p.m.; the carnival will be open from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Wear your country duds or a costume and come enjoy dinner, games, door prizes, costume contest, fun and a Country Store to cash in your winnings.

Dinner is $5 for adults; $3 for children.

For more information call Kami Oliver 562-4506.

Vista Grande nursing home holds beaded jewelry bazaar

Vista Grande nursing home is holding their first ever beaded jewelry bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the nursing home lobby. The bazaar was started by staff and aids who helped Vista Grande residents design and make pieces of jewelry and other accessories. There will be earrings, necklaces, bracelets and decorated flip flops for sale. All the proceeds will be donated to benefit Parkinson’s disease. For more information contact Vista Grande’s activity director Kim McDonnell at 564-1122.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary holds post-vote chili & pie dinner

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #5231 encourages everyone to get out and vote! Then join them for chili and pie at the VFW Post, 136 W. Grand, Mancos from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Chili with all the trimmings is $5; Chili and pie is $7. Coffee and punch are included. For more information, call 749-9320.

Dolores Brewery hosts The Black Lillies

The Black Lillies, from Knoxville, Tenn. will be playing at the Dolores River Brewery on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. More information available at

12-week Anger Management Class

The Recovery Center (formerly Cortez Addictions Recovery Services), 35 N. Ash St., is offering a 12-week Anger Management class starting on Thursday, Nov. 8. Classes are two hours per week, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Learn the roots of your anger, learn skills to manage your feelings, learn how to prevent outbursts and improve your relationships. Call today to set up an intake appointment at 565-4109.

Pancake Supper fundraiser

and trip raffle

Hospice of Montezuma invites the community to a pancake supper and raffle drawing for a trip of a lifetime on Friday, Nov. 9 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Montezuma County Annex, 103 N. Chestnut in Cortez. Tickets for the supper and the raffle will be available from Hospice employees, at the Hospice office or sold at the door. The pancake supper will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, eggs, dessert toppings and beverages, and is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children and $15 for families. The raffle drawing will be held at 6:30 p.m. for a voucher from Cortez Travel in the amount of $4,000 to be used towards a trip of your dreams. Tickets for the raffle are $25 each and are available from board members, employees, at the office and at the door during the pancake supper. Come join us for a great meal and an exciting raffle. Proceeds will be used to provide end of life care regardless of ability to pay. Contact Hospice at 565-4400 for more information.

28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Join the Cortez Cultural Center in welcoming the holiday bazaar season at our 28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montezuma County Annex, 107 N. Chestnut St., Cortez. Vendor applications are due Friday, Nov. 9. Call 565-1151 for more information.

Author at Cultural Center

The Cortez Cultural Center will host, J. W. Keleher, a writer, educator, and archaeologist, who will have a presentation on Nov. 16 “Chasing Mermaids: The Process of Writing a Novel.” The presentation/workshop will be held from 5-6 p.m. and will follow the process Keleher went through in writing Beul Nam Beinn.

For more about Keleher, visit For more information about the center or the presentation call 565-1151.

Domestic & Sexual Violence Community Education Series

Renew will begin the Fall/Winter Domestic and Sexual Violence Community Education Series on Monday, Nov. 12. All seminars will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center, 140 N. Linden, and will run through Wednesday, Dec. 19. All meetings are brown bag dinner, drinks and light snacks are provided. If you are interested in attending this free 6-week training, call Diane at 565-4886 to register or email your name and contact information to Cheryl at