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Community Calendar: What’s happening in the Cortez area

Cooks fill up to-go platters at the Cortez Thanksgiving dinner Thanksgiving Day 2021. Grace’s Kitchen at 110 W. North St. will have their annual free Thanksgiving meal, but ask that you reserve your meals for delivery or pick-up by Nov. 20 at (970)-565-7865. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)
Now through Dec. 8

Christmas for Kids, Piñon Project, 210 E. Main St. All completed applications need to be received no later than Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. Assisting Montezuma County families who have applied in celebrating the holidays! Sponsors are also needed to assist in making this possible for the most vulnerable in our community. Details: (970) 564-1195 or www.pinonproject.org

Saturday, Nov. 18

Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Love on a Hanger, 34 E. Main St. Holiday cheer, gift ideas, refreshments and giveaways!

Monday Nov. 20 through Dec. 1-3

Festival of Wreaths, Pick-up your Scavenger Hunt Passports at the Colorado Welcome Center or Pioneer Printing. Tour more than 40 beautifully decorated wreaths and play our Scavenger Hunt to win prizes! Details: shopcortez.com/festival-of-wreaths/

Thursday, Nov. 23

For Pets' Sake Annual Turkey Trot, 9:30 a.m. Parque de Vida Pavilion, behind the Cortez Rec Center. $25 registration fee and t-shirt. Walk starts at 10 a.m. Costumes are encouraged and a prize will be awarded for the Best Costume. Details: forpetssakehs.org, info@forpettsakehs.org or (970) 565-7387

21st Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal, 12 – 2 p.m. Grace’s Kitchen, 110 W. North St. Free. Please reserve your meal to pickup on the day of or sign-up for delivery at www.stbarnabascortez.org/events Deadline to reserve pickup is Nov. 22 at noon. Delivery deadline is Nov. 20 at noon. For volunteer/donation details: (970)-565-7865

Friday, Nov. 24

Pack the Patrol Car, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Walmart, 1835 E. Main St. Taking donations. The Colorado State Patrol and the Pinon Project invites everyone to pack the patrol car with toys and gift cards. Details: (970) 385-1675

Saturday, Nov. 25

Fall Young Entrepreneur Showcase, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cortez Retail Enhancement Association, 20 W. Main St. Join us to help showcase our young entrepreneurs in Montezuma County and their “small businesses” on Small Business Saturday! Details: (970) 564-4159 or jthurman@co.montezuma.co.us

Music & Mimosas feat. Kevin Frazier, 10 a.m. ZU Gallery, 48 W Main St. Free. Perfect blend of art, music, and refreshments on a Saturday morning. Details: www.zugallery.com

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Lost Art of Random Conversations, 6 p.m. ZU Gallery, 48 W Main St. Free. Network and create deeper connections with those around you. Details: www.zugallery.com

Friday, Dec. 1

Denim and Lace Runway Show, 5:30 p.m. Turquoise Raven Art Gallery, 104 E. Main St. Free. Kat Berner will have her unique upcycled clothing on display in the live runway show. Details: (970)529-3597.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Breakfast with Santa, 7 - 10 a.m. Elks Lodge Cortez. Details: (970) 560-6198.

BOCES Withdrawal Meeting, 10:15 a.m. Cortez Library, 202 N. Park St. Montezuma Cortez School District Superintendent Tom Burris will discuss the reasons the District plans to withdraw from BOCES. This program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montezuma County.

Saturday with Santa! 1 p.m. ZU Gallery, 48 W Main St. Free. First 100 visitors will receive a FREE 5x7 photo with Santa. Details: www.zugallery.com

34th Annual Parade of Lights, 6 p.m. Main St. Cortez. Theme: The Hidden Spirit of Christmas! Bundle up and come out to see the parade! For parade participation information you can email fcborparadeoflights@gmail.com

Monday, Dec. 4 through Dec. 14

Open Registration for GED/ESL Classes, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Cortez Adult Education Center, 10 W. Main St. Suite 110. Classes start in January. Must register in person. Details: (970) 564-7004 or www.cortezadulted.org

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Charlie Albright in Concert, 7 p.m. Montezuma-Cortez High School Auditorium, 418 South Sligo St. Adult tickets $25, youth/student tickets $5. Charlie presents a delightful evening of entertainment. Mixing classical with a bit of pop, all tied together with his relaxed and friendly stage presence. Details: www.swcoloradoconcerts.org

Dec. 5 through Dec. 23

Boys Youth Basketball Grades 3-6, Cortez Recreation Center, 425 Roger Smith Ave. $20. Registration open from Dec. 5-23, 6-game season with 7 teams, and 10 spots per team. Details: (970) 564-4080

Saturday, Dec. 9

Catholic Daughters Christmas Bazaar Breakfast, 8 a.m. Saint Margaret Mary Church Hall, 28 E. Montezuma Ave. Come and have breakfast with our parish. Details: (970) 565-7308.

Catholic Daughters Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saint Margaret Mary Church Hall, 28 E. Montezuma Ave. Crafts, wreaths, gift baskets, decorations, silent auction & raffle. Details: (970) 565-7308.

Catholic Daughters Christmas Bazaar Santa and Lunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saint Margaret Mary Church Hall, 28 E. Montezuma Ave. Come visit Santa and have lunch with our parish. Details: (970) 565-7308.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Four Corners Community Band Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Cortez, 100 N Market St. Free. Details: Facebook @4CCBand

Thursday, Dec. 14

Diaper Pick Up, 12-2 p.m. The Big Pink Warehouse, 30 N. Beech St. Montezuma County WIC program provides 1 box of diapers per month to those who may need them. Details: (970) 565-3056.

Friday, Dec. 15

Coffee Hour, 5-6 p.m. Cortez Chamber, 20 W. Main St. All businesses invited! Details: (970) 565-3414 ext. 1002 or info@cortezchamber.com

Cortez Adult Education Center: GED Graduation, 6 - 7 p.m. Turquoise Raven Art Gallery, 104 E. Main St. Join in celebrating out newest GED graduates! Open to all friends, family, and community members. Details: (970) 564-7004 or info@durangoadulted.org

Sunday, Dec. 17

Indoor Farmers Market, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Warehouse, 30 N. Beech St. Free entry. Indoor market with locally grown food and handmade goods. Booths available. Details: fourcornersfoodcoalition@gmail.com

Wednesday, Jan. 13

The 3rd Annual Boots & Brews, 5 p.m. Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Road. $30 advance purchase tickets, $35 at the door. Please join us for a night of dancing, live and silent auction, games and fun. This is a 21-and-over event benefiting the Montezuma-Cortez Wrestling Club. Details: www.cortezelks.com or (970) 565-3557.

Second Tuesday

Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen monthly meeting, Happy half-hour at 6:30 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. First National Bank Meeting Room, 2258 E. Main St.

Diabetes Support Group meets, 3-4:30 p.m. Southwest Memorial Hospital in the Kiva Room, 1311 N. Mildred Road. Details: (970) 564-2275.

Third Tuesday

Click Clique Photography Club, 6 p.m. ZU Gallery, 48 W. Main St. Free. Open to the public. Details: zugallery.com.

First and Third Tuesday

Trivia Tuesday, 6:30-7:45 p.m. WildEdge Brewery, 111 N. Market St. bit.ly/3GE6Khm.

Third Thursday

In-person dementia support group, Beehive Homes at the Cortez Homestead, 694 Cottonwood St. Details: (970) 529-2050.

Shop Cortez Third Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. Montezuma Park. Music, food and drink. Details: shopcortez.com.

First and third Thursday

Alphabet Soup Support Group meeting, 6 p.m. The Piñon Project, 210 E. Main St. Support group for parents, caregivers or guardians of children with special needs or behavioral challenges. Child care available with advanced arrangements. Details: Maggie at mtevault@pinonproject.org or (970) 564-1195.

First Friday

Chapter 44 Disabled American Veterans. Lunch at Noon. Lindsay-Geer monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Veterans Outreach Center, 432 N. Broadway.


Square Dance lessons with Four Corners Dancers, 7-8:30 p.m. Cortez Senior Center, 117 N. Chestnut St. Enter through the west entrance. Make friends, laugh and exercise. No partner needed. Details: Duane Randol at 560-2137, Patty Randol at (970) 560-4709 or duaneandpatty.randol@gmail.com.

Mahjong, 12:00-3:30 p.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. American and/or Hong Kong. The public is welcome.


Southwest Art League, 10 a.m. Annex Building, Senior Center, 107 N. Chestnut St. Paint, share ideas, give demos and give unsolicited advice. All welcome. Details: (720) 448-0418.

Family Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. For pre-K and younger.

Cellphone/Tablet Tech Help, 10-11 a.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. For cellphone tech help at the Cortez Library schedule your time by contacting Heather Roe: hroe@cortezco.gov, (970) 568-5380.

Bridge, 1:30-4 p.m. Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington St. Beginners, veteran players and experts. Coffee and snacks with light fellowship. Attendees should be vaccinated and/or masked. Details: (970) 565-7024 or (970) 565-6088.

Show Me the Money, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Montezuma County High School Library, 418 S. Sligo St. A program for high school students to learn about finances. Details: (602) 505-0308 or aadams@scyclistens.org.

Indigenous Wellbriety Talking Circles, 6-7 p.m. Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Wellbriety Peer Recovery meeting. All are welcome. Join our Talking Circles in person and online: ucdenver.zoom.us/j/94721296364. Details: Frankiana, 317-8037 or Imo Succo, (970) 564-3301.


Computer and Technology Help, 3:30-5 p.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. www.cortezlibrary.com.

Montelores Catholic Community LIFT Religious Education classes, 5:45-6:45 p.m. Church Center, 20 S. Market St. Preschool through Grade 8. Love and praise Jesus, learn the Catholic tradition, grow in prayer and service. Details: (970) 565-7308, ext. 102.


Family Storytime, 11-1:30 a.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. For pre-K and younger.

Drop-in Storytime, 3:50-4:45 p.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. All ages welcome, 1st – 4th interest level.

Youth Leadership Council, 6-8:30 p.m. Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Open to Montezuma County high school students.

55+ Senior Dance Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Montezuma County Senior Center, 107 N. Chestnut St. Details: (970) 560-2137.

Bingo, 6:45 p.m. Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Road. Begins Sept. 2. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food and beverages available. Details: (970) 565-3557.

Indigenous Wellbriety Talking Circles, 1-2:30 p.m. Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Wellbriety Peer Recovery meeting. All are welcome. Join our Talking Circles in person and online: ucdenver.zoom.us/j/94721296364. Details: Frankiana, (970) 317-8037 or Imo Succo, (970) 564-3301.


TOPS weight-loss meeting, weigh-in at 10:45 a.m. Meeting at 11:30 a.m. City Hall (when open), 123 Roger Smith Ave. Everyone welcome. Details: kkamminga17@yahoo.com.

Game Night with Piñon Project, 6 p.m. Free. Virtual. Ages 7-17. Details: Landon, (970) 529-3305 or lcook@pinonproject.org

Country Western Dance, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Jack Hamilton's Dance Hall, 705 W. North St. Live music and country-western dancing.


Red Dress Awareness and Action events, noon-2 p.m. Corner of Main Street and Mildred Road. Details: (612) 422-0791.

First and Third Saturday

Square Dance with Four Corners Dancers, 6:30 p.m. Cortez Senior Center, 117 N. Chestnut St. A night of dancing lead by Duane Randol and Patty Randol. Square dance lessons return Monday, Sept. 18

Saturday – Sunday, Nov. 18-19

Holiday Soiree & Market, 2-8 p.m. Eso Terra Ciderworks, 18390 CO-145. Free Admission. Join us to shop local craft sellers! Details: (970) 676-0053 or esoterracider.com

Thursday, Nov. 23

Turkey Trot, 8 a.m. Dolores High School, 1301 Central Ave. Non perishable food donation covers entry fee. 5K Fun Run/Walk, costumes encouraged, T-shirts while supplies last.

Friday – Saturday, Dec. 1- 2

Dolores Christmas Bazaar, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. Contact Laurie McGuire at (970) 759-3601 to reserve vendor space.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Holiday Arts Bazzar, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dolores River Brewery, 100 4th St. Featuring live music, food, fun, and handmade gifts. Details: https://bit.ly/47G9kPF or (970) 882-4677

First Tuesday

Dolores Mountain Quilt Guild, 10 a.m. Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Drive. Socialize at 9:30 a.m. Details: Allyson Cook, (951) 392-9486.


Story time, 10:30 a.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave.


Qi Gong with Kristina Umberger, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Register: (970) 882-4127.


Community Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave.

Dolores Rotary Club Meetings, 6:30 a.m. Kelly's Kitchen, 315 Central Ave. First meeting is free, annual membership $150. Details: Susan Lisak, doloresrotary@gmail.com or (970) 426-9902


Mahjong Hong Kong Simplified Style, 2-4 p.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Free. All levels.

First Tuesday

Dolores Mountain Quilters meeting, 9:30 a.m. social, 10 a.m. meeting, Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. Masks required. Limit 50 people. Guests RSVP: Suzanne, (404) 374-6558 or sdbfield@aol.com; doloresmountainquilters.org.

Second Thursday

Book Club, 10-11 a.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Details: (970) 882-4127.

Third Saturday

Comedy Nights, 7 p.m. Dolores River Brewery, 100 S. Fourth St. $15 presale through ComicUprising.eventbrite.com, $20 at the door.

Sunday, Nov. 26

Mancos Art Market Artist Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mancos Creative District. Over 40 artists and their wares will be on display between Fenceline Cidery and Mancos Opera House. There will be family friendly activities, treats, live music, food and drinks.

Mancos Art Market, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Kilgore American Indian Art, 100 W. Grand Ave. Featuring awarding winning Navajo silversmiths Tommy & Marie Jackson, and fabulous jewelers Benny & Valerie Aldrich, plus live music and Navajo fry bread.

Afrobeatniks, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bomdiggity Art, Drums & Jewels, 106 W Grand Ave.Bradley and Danny play drums and guitar during the Mancos Art Walk. Details: (970) 903-0810 or lovelightstudioz@gmail.com

Friday, Dec. 1

Olde Fashioned Christmas, 5-8 p.m. Downtown Mancos. Come see Santa, the Rudolph Run 1K & 5K, tree lighting, Santa visit, scavenger hunt, music, and the ugly sweater contest!


Ballroom Dance Lessons, 3-8 p.m. Mancos Community Center, 130 W. Grand Ave.


Brown’s Good Eats, Greek Gyros, Boyle Park, 150 Grand Ave.

Teen Lounge, 4-5:30 p.m. Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St.

Every Second Tuesday

Montezuma County free legal clinic, 2-5 p.m. Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. Sign up at (970) 533-7600.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Spellebration Fundraiser, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The Powerhouse, 1333 Camino Del Rio. Free admission. Donations appreciated, fee for Spelling Teams $250- 3 member minimum per team. Details: www.durangoadulted.org.

Saturday, Nov. 11

Four Corners Local Author Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave. Free. Local, published authors will be at the fair. Details: Infoway.org

Wednesday-Saturday, through Nov. 25

Art fundraiser, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Three Rivers Art Center, 123 Main St. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for six chances to win beautiful fabric art, paintings, jewelry, pottery and more. Drawing on Saturday, Nov. 25. Details: (505) 716-7660 or www.facebook.com/threeriversartcenterandincahootsgallery.

Thursday Nov. 30

Christmas Parade, 5:30 p.m. Downtown Main Street. Free. Bundle up for this evening parade of lights. Children will be given a Christmas Bell to help ring in the Spirit of Christmas! Entry/registration details: (505) 325-0279 or farmingtonnm.org

Family Night with Santa, 6-8:30 p.m. Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington. Free. Spend the evening with your family at the Festival of Trees. Pictures with Santa, trees, a family friendly event. Details: www.pmsfestivaloftrees.org

Friday, Dec. 1

Santa’s Sleigh Ride, 5-9 p.m. Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington. $10 per person. Take a horse driven sleigh ride downtown on Santa’s sleigh! Details: www.pmsfestivaloftrees.org


Toddler playdate, 10 a.m.-noon. E3 Children's Museum and Science Center, 302 N. Orchard Ave. Free. Designed for families with young children to develop early motor skills and find new playmates. Details: (505) 599-1425.

Trivia at Traegers, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Traegers Bar, 5170 College Blvd.

Third Thursdays

Four Corners Old Car Club meeting. 6:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 865 N. Dustin St. The club meets every third Tuesday of the month. Details: (505) 716-7100.