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Community Calendar: What’s happening in the Cortez area

The Wesley Bell Ringers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the First United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St. in Cortez. The concert is free. For information, email, thewesleybellringers@gmail.com or call (856) 454-3671 or visit thewesleybellringers.com. (Jake Allison Photography)
CORTEZ
Wednesday, June 12

Acoustic Jam, 4 - 6 p.m. Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main St. Free. Expand your musical journey visitors and locals alike: all are welcome to play, sing, and listen! Details: Event is every other Wednesday all summer long. Call (970) 565-4048 for info.

Thursday, June 13

Rumpelstiltskin Puppet Show, 5 p.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park Ave. Free. Adventure begins with the summer reading kickoff event featuring the Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Details: (970) 565-8117.

Friday, June 14

Handbell Choir by Touring Musicians: The Wesley Bell Ringers, 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St. Free. Enjoy a Handbell Concert with The Wesley Bell Ringers. Details: thewesleybellringers@gmail.com, (856) 454-3671 or visit, thewesleybellringers.com.

Saturday, June 15

75th Anniversary of Jackson Gulch Dam, 2 p.m. Outside at the Mancos State Park Pavilion, 42250 Road N. Free. Celebrating 75 years of water supply to the Mancos Valley, including presentations, barbecue and fireworks. Details: Please RSVP by calling (970) 533-7325 or email gary.mwcd@gmail.com or wescolemanmwcd@gmail.com.

Thursday, June 20

Third Thursdays, Cortez Downtown Market, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Montezuma Park, 3 W. Montezuma Ave. Free. Join this community event featuring live music, vendors, food & drink, giveaways and family fun! Details: shopcortez.com/third-thursdays/.

Saturday, June 22

Galloping Goose’s Impact, 2-3 p.m. Montezuma Heritage Museum, 35 S. Chestnut St. Donations are encouraged. Joe Brecker will describe the importance of the Galloping Goose to Dolores.

Monday, June 24

Marcie Ryan's Tanzania Trip, 5-6 p.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park Ave. Free. Marcie Ryan's presentation on her Tanzania trip. Summer 2024 Reading “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” Details: hroe@cortezco.gov.

Tuesday, June 25

A screening of the documentary “Undivide Us,” in a partnership between the League of Women Voters of Montezuma County and KSJD, and the Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos libraries, 5:30-7:30 at each library.

Saturday, July 27

From Sagebrush to Sweet corn, 2-3 p.m. Montezuma Heritage Museum, 35 S. Chestnut St. Donations are encouraged. Simon Martinez will inform the crowd on the operations and products of the Ute Farm.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Spaghetti Fundraiser/Annual Meeting, 6–8 p.m. Montezuma County Annex Building, 107 N. Chestnut St. $10 /plate, members $8/plate. Learn about the Heritage Museum.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Sweet Taste of Success, 2-3 p.m. Montezuma Heritage Museum, 35 S. Chestnut St. Donations encouraged. Jack and Jude Schuenemeyers will tell of operations and efforts of MORP.

Mondays

Square Dance lessons with Four Corners Dancers, 7-8:30 p.m. Cortez Senior Center, 117 N. Chestnut St. Enter through the western 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, Noon – 3:30 p.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. American and/or Hong Kong. The public is welcome.

Tuesdays

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.

Free Summer Meals for Kids, 10-11 a.m. Kemper Elementary School, 620 E. Montezuma. No cost or enrollment required. Open to all kids 18 and under. June 3 through July 23, pick up four days of breakfast and lunch. Details: surveymonkey.com/r/YFNM33X or Sandi (970) 565-5157.

Family Storytime, 10:30–11 a.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. 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 library, schedule your time by contacting Heather Roe: hroe@cortezco.gov. Details: (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.

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

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.

Smart Recovery, 5-6 p.m. Cortez Integrated Healthcare, 691 E. Empire St. Free. Peer led support group, self-empowering abstinence based self help group. Details: Kevin Frazier (970) 335-2203.

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.

Dance With Grace and Rhythm classes, 7 p.m. County Annex Building, 107 N. Chestnut. Salsa lessons for May and Two-Step lessons in June. Details: Jared Rogers (970) 560-7462 or dancewithgraceandrhythm@gmail.com.

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. Group meets every second Tuesday of the month. Details: mesaverdehorsemen.com

Wednesdays

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

Acoustic Jam, 4-6 p.m. Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main St. Free. Expand your musical journey visitors and locals alike: All are welcome to play, sing, and listen. Details: Event is every other Wednesday starting June 12 all summer long. Call (970) 565-4048 for info.

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.

Thursdays

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

Drop-in storytime, 3:50-4:45 p.m. Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. All ages welcome, first through fourth interest level.

Cortez Downtown Market, 5-8 p.m. Montezuma Park, 3 W. Montezuma Ave. Free. Join this third Thursday community event featuring live music, vendors, food & drink, giveaways and family fun! Details: shopcortez.com/third-thursdays/.

Strengthening Families Class, 5:30-8 p.m. The Piñon Project, 210 E. Main St. Come out to learn skills for the whole family to support bonding and communications. Meets Thursdays through May 30. Details: Asialynn Hager (970) 529-3305.

Alphabet Soup Support Group meeting, 6 p.m., Piñon Project, 210 E. Main St. First and third Thursday 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.

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.

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

Fridays

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.

Chapter 44 Disabled American Veterans. Lunch at noon. Lindsay-Geer monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Veterans Outreach Center, 432 N. Broadway. Group meets every first Friday of the month. Details: (970) 565-4310.

Men's Support Group, 2–3 p.m. Hospice of Montezuma, 512 N. Broadway, Cortez. Details: (970) 565-4400.

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

Saturdays

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

Second Saturdays: Four Corners Dance, 7–9 p.m. Montezuma County Senior Center, 117 N. Chestnut St. First dance is free, cover is $15 general admission or $10 per member. DJ plays dance music for all ballroom and two-step dances, all ages welcome. Details: (970) 759-0980 or janheylart@yahoo.com.

Sundays

Farmers & Artisans Market, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Warehouse, 30 N. Beech St. Free admission. Local produce, meat, plants, herbs, products, handmade goods. Third Sundays through April. Details: (970) 565-6424 or fourcornersfoodcoalition@gmail.com

DOLORES
Saturday, June 15

Heritage Apple Tree Sale & Fundraiser, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, 13729 Road 29. Free. Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project's heritage apple tree sale and fundraiser, Orchard Hub. Details: https://montezumaorchard.org/events.

Mondays

Wobblers & Walkers, 11 a.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Free. Come out to enjoy an hour of free play, reading, and a surprise activity! Details: (970) 882-4127.

Afterschool Theatre & Improv, 4:30–6 p.m. LBP Productions, 400 Riverside Ave. $135. Join the LBP staff for a fun & empowering after-school musical theater program for children ages 6-11. Details: https://bit.ly/489Y9zu or (307) 829-0262.

Tuesdays

Dolores Rotary Club Meetings, 7:30 a.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. First meeting is free, annual membership $155. Details: Susan Lisak, doloresrotary3256@gmail.com or (970) 426-9902.

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

Qi Gong w/ Andy Parks, 10:15 a.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Qi Gong is a mindful movement practice integrating exercise, posture, breathing awareness, and meditation. Space is limited, please register. Details: (970) 882-4127.

Wednesdays

Middle School Meet Up, 4 p.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Middle school after school program with games, movies and learning. Details: (970) 882-4127.

Community Yoga, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Details: (970) 882-4127.

Thursdays

Book Club, 10–11 a.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Book club meets every second Thursday of the month. Details: (970) 882-4127.

Fridays

Mahjong, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. All skill levels welcome! Seasoned players/handbooks available to help you level up. Details: (970) 882-4127.

Lego Lab, 1-2 p.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Free. LEGO Lab activity for young builders, to explore their creativity and imagination through the colorful world of LEGO! Details: (970) 882-4127.

MANCOS
Saturday, June 15

Fifth Annual Burro Fest, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Boyle Park, 150 W. Grand Ave. BurrOlympics, featured artists, makers market, food trucks, beer, and lots of kids activities. Details: burrofest.com.

Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14

Mesa Verde Writer’s Conference, Schedule TBA. Harmony Barn, 45262 Road J.8. $425. A generative conference and work created may become a finished story, personal essay, novel or poem. Details: mesaverdewritersconference.org

Mondays

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

Tuesdays

Montezuma County free legal clinic, 2–5 p.m. Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. Available every Second Tuesday of the month. Details: (970) 533-7600.

Thursdays

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.

Durango
Saturday, July 20

Christmas in July, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 2500 Main Ave., Durango. $5. Join in for a festive day of holiday cheer in the heart of summer. Details: https://bit.ly/3vxCjbd or info@bci-events.com.

FARMINGTON
Wednesday-Thursday, June 12-13

2024 Animas and San Juan Watersheds Conference, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center, 4601 College Blvd. Free. Presentations on local water resources research, management, and monitoring. Lunch/refreshments provided. Details: cvent.me/BoLwV5 or email nmwrri@nmsu.edu.

Monday, June 17

Native Veterans Art Voices of the 4 Corners, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd. Admission Free. Join Veteran artists in the Student Sun Lounge as they demonstrate in the moment creations and share their craft! Details: (505) 566-3321.

Wednesdays

Toddler play date, 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.

Paonia
Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16

Make Better Medicine: The Art & Science of Botanical Tincturing, Elderberry's Education and Retreat Center, 1978 Harding Road. $450. A 4-day course designed to help herbalists learn the art and science of crafting potent herbal tinctures. Details: https://bit.ly/48niGjo

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