Community calendar

The Dolores Star 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 Star at 882-4486.

Light Alignment classes

Light Alignment classes are self-empowerment courses, offered with the beginner in mind, combines yogic practice, reflective centering and mindful polarity processing. Health benefits include: strengthening mental clarity, the spine, muscles, nervous and endocrine systems and stress reduction. Light Alignment classes meet twice weekly: Wednesday's and Fridays. There will be two sessions: early morning 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. and after work 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. The class is offered in a six-week block, twice weekly June 19-July 26 at the Mancos Community Center, 138 Grand Ave. Participants are advised to refrain from eating an hour before class, wear loose clothing and bring a mat or towel to sit on. The course fee, $65, is payable to Dharmatma Press the first day of class. Participants may opt to pay $11/week. For further information call Barbara at (970) 946-1267.

Business After Hours

The Dolores Chamber's monthly Business After Hours will be Thursday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Soft Adventures Rafting. This is an opportunity for great networking, fantastic food and a chance to see what Dolores' only local rafting company has to offer. Call 882-4018 for more information.

Honor Mike Rich as he retires

An open house will honor Mike Rich, District Conservationist, as he retires from over 30 years of federal service, Thursday, June 27 from noon to 3 p.m. at the USDA Service Center, 628 W. 5th St. Cortez, CO.

Irrigation water to be turned off

The Board of Directors of the Summit Reservoir and Irrigation Co. announce that the irrigation water will be turned off for the season on Friday, June 28. Shareholders are urged to keep their stock ponds full and not wait until the last day as it may run out a couple of days earlier.

Dolores River Dialogue

There will be a full Dolores River Dialogue meeting on Tuesday, July 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the offices of the Dolores Water Conservancy District.

The topics of this meeting will be the "319 Watershed Plan" that the DRD Steering Committee has been working on since early 2012, updates on the next version of the Lower Dolores River Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for Native Fish, as well as other updates including drought forecasting.

Online dating workshop

Are you having trouble finding "the one" in your small town? Come to a free Online Dating Workshop at the Dolores Public Library on Saturday, June 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. Learn how to find sites that are right for you, how to create your profile, and about online communication and safety. For more information visit or call the library at 970-882-4127

Chamber membership meeting

The Dolores Chamber's next membership meeting will be Wednesday, June 26, at noon, at the Naked Moose. The featured guest speaker will be Heather Hughes. She is the new director of Mesa Verde Country, replacing the retiring Lynn Dyer. Come hear her innovative and exciting new approach to the country's largest marketing entity. Call 882-4018 for more information.

Women's small business conference

The Fourth Annual Southwest Colorado Women's Small Business Conference will take place Friday, July 13, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Durango. Female entrepreneurs are invited to join the Colorado SBDC Network for educational seminars, one-on-one consulting, valuable networking opportunities and informative speakers. Training topics will include marketing, sales and social media, strategic planning, the Colorado Healthcare Exchange, accounting and finances, funding options and more.

For more information or to register, log onto Early registration fee is $45; it goes up to $50 after June 29. Scholarships are available.

Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendar! Write it down! Tell your parents! Tell your grandparents! Vacation Bible School is coming to First Baptist Church in Mancos July 15-18, 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 4 through 6 Grade. Call Pastor Rick at 533-7634 for more information.

K-9 SAR pancake breakfast

The K-9 Search and Rescue Team will again be sponsoring their Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Escalante Days. Based in Dolores, K-9 Search and Rescue Team Inc. is a non-profit organization with no tax base that depends solely on donations, grants, and fundraisers for support.

The annual pancake breakfast is the team's largest and only major fundraisin event of the year, featuring a hot cooked breakfast for a small donation. Funds from the pancake breakfast help purchase and update vital equipment, and maintain basic operational readiness for when the Team is needed. More importantly, it helps the Team to maintain the ability to offer their services free to the lost or missing.

Plan to come support the Team, meet the "K-9'ers", view the facility, and hang out with the four-legged members of the team!

For more information about the K-9 Search and Rescue Team, visit its website at