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.

Knot Tying 101

Everyone is welcome to a presentation by Bill Vicary, "Knot Tying 101" at the Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen gathering on Tuesday, March 5, at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd., in Cortez. Arrive for dinner at 6:15 p.m. for buy your own Taco Tuesday; the presentation will start at 7 p.m. Bill Vicary became interested in knot tying back in Michigan where he was involved with sailing small boats while working at a summer camp. Bill is knowledgeable in the knots he uses everyday, especially those used for horse packing. For more information, visit contact Nihla McCabe at 570-5036 or

Volunteer training at Medicine Horse Center

Medicine Horse Center will hold a volunteer training on Wednesday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone wishing to participate. Looking for a great way to spend your free time this year? Volunteers are needed for our therapeutic riding sessions in Mancos. Horse experience is welcome, but not necessary. We'll teach you everything you need to know. New volunteers are always welcome! If you love horses, helping people, and spending a few hours a week in the great outdoors, you'll love volunteering for Medicine Horse Center! Lynne or Rachel 533-7403.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

A fruit tree pruning workshop will be held on Thursday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southwest Colorado Research station, approximately 17 miles north of Cortez on Hwy. 491 and west 1/4 mile on Road Z. Participants are asked to register by phoning either Montezuma County Extension at 565-3123 or Dolores County Extension at 677-2283. The cost is $15 per person, payable the day of the workshop. You must bring your own chair, water, snacks, lunch and dress in warm clothing. If you want to learn by hands-on pruning, bring your loppers or hand pruners. Please leave pets at home.

2013 Birding Festival meeting

Join the Cortez Cultural Center 25 N. Market on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. and learn everything you always wanted to know about the Birding Festival. Our local festival has become one of the best. A presentation will be offered by Diane Cerbak who will discuss some of the exciting adventures planned for this year's event. Questions you've always wanted to ask but were to busy to ask are welcome. For more information contact the center at 565-1151.

Classical Gas performs Cortez concert

Southwest Colorado Concerts presents Classical Gas, a concert with piano, violin and a whole lot of fun, on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Montezuma-Cortez High School auditorium. Pianist Rich Ridenour teams up with violinist/comedian Steve Brook for a show that is a little bit Jack Benny and a little bit Victor Borge as they perform classics fueled by their own imaginations. They will perform great classics such as "At the Old Ballgame," Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" and "11 Finger Rag" by Dykstra. Tickets will be on sale at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.; single-concert tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and under. Paul Bostrom 565-9127.

Presbyterian Women Spring Rummage Sale

The Presbyterian Women will hold their Spring Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington St. next to the Manaugh School. There are no prices, so make an offer - there should be something for everyone. All proceeds raised go to mission projects. For more information, call the church office at 565-7024.

Music in Motion classes

Music in Motion, a music class for children ages birth through 6 and their caregivers, will begin on Monday, March 11 at Come Dance Tonight, located at 30 West Main, Cortez, at 9:30 AM. This will be a 10-week session, running every Monday (except for April 1), until May 20. Participants in the 45-minute class will sing traditional folk songs; moving/dancing/playing along to varied, multi-cultural music; using percussion/rhythm toys; learning rhymes/finger plays and more

Cost is $120. To register call Katya Chorover at 565-0144 or email or just show up to class on the first day

Harlem Ambassadors basketball show

Get ready for dazzling ball-handling tricks, high flying slam dunks and hilarious family comedy. Join the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. as they take on the Montezuma Mavericks at the Montezuma-Cortez High School gym. Purchase tickets in advance for $7 for students and seniors or $10 for adults, at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. and at M-CHS. Tickets will also be available at the door for $2 more. Admission free for age 5 and under. All proceeds benefit the Cortez Cultural Center, 565-1151.

Horsemen to hold monthly meeting

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 14 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango. Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7. Guests are always encouraged to attend.

This is an important meeting to attend if you'll be volunteering to work at the Tack Sale in April. There will be an ice cream social starting at 6:30.

To learn more, go to: or call Bob Volger, chapter president, at 970-883-4004 or

Core essence course

Learn how to connect to and work with your 5th dimensional energy field through your core essence. Join Carla Fox at the Cultural Center 25 N. Market, March 14 7 p.m. $10 at the door For more information call the center at 565-1151 or Carla at 565-2624

Supper Bowl and Cupcake Bar benefit

Come out Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. for a build-your-own chili "Supper" Bowl for $3 a bowl.

Treats from the Cupcake Bar will be $1 per cupcake. Complimentary coffee and assorted teas will be provided. A silent auction will be held ending at 7:15. This fundraiser is under the direction of Team God's Kidz and will be held in the lower level of First Baptist Church, 100 North Market Street in Cortez, across from the Cortez Cultural Center and Ertel Funeral Home. All proceeds will benefit The American Cancer Society. For more information contact team captain, Donna Pharo at 565-3193.

Spring Hoedown multi-band fundraiser

The Spring Hoedown fundraiser is set for Saturday, March 16 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Mancos Opera House. This event benefits Montezuma School to Farm Project and Pay It Forward Fund. There will be musical performances by Robbie Overfield and the Breaks, Hello Dollface, Caruta Roma, as well as square dancing and line-dancing with Carla Roberts, and the Wild West Squares Hoedown. There will also be a silent auction, and local food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Art Goodtimes will emcee the event. Admission is $20 for adults; ages 17 and under are free. Tickets are available at Maria's Bookstore (Durango), Zuma Natural Foods (Mancos), Dolores Food Market, Spruce Tree Espresso (Cortez), or at the door. For more information, contact Tami Graham at 759-9716.

'Play It Safe' presentation on consumer fraud, financial abuse

AARP ElderWatch in conjunction with Montezuma County Senior Center will offer "Play It Safe," a presentation featuring Bob Mager of AARP ElderWatch. This interactive presentation will instruct you on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from consumer fraud and financial abuse. Join us at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at 107 N. Chestnut in Cortez. Marsha Green 564-2775.

Two on Tap coming to Cortez

Southwest Colorado Concerts presents Two on Tap performing a concert of song and tap dance, on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Montezuma-Cortez High School auditorium. Two On Tap marks the creative collaboration of two celebrated Broadway musical theatre performers Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. Their combined love for the beautiful melodies from the early days of Broadway along with the classic precision of tap choreography take center stage in their hit show A Tribute To Song And Dance. Tickets will be on sale at the door; single-concert tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for youth, 18 years old and under. Season tickets for the 4-concert 2013-2014 season will also be on sale, $45 for adults and $10 for youth 18 years old and younger. If you are not a current season ticket holder and purchase a season ticket for the 2013-2014 season at this concert, you will get into Two On Tap for free. For more information contact Paul Bostrom at 565-9127 or Joyce Stevenson at 565-4757