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Cortez Community Calendar

Michael Pruett's paintings line a wall in the Dolores Public Library. Pruett’s exhibit will run through Aug. 31.
Thursday, Aug. 26

Four Corners Lecture Series: Preserving and exhibiting southwestern jewelry from Mary Colter with Tara Travis, 4 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.crowcanyon.org.

Youth Leadership Council, 6 p.m., Cortez Cultural Center. Free. Youth Leadership Council offers a wide variety of projects and programs to fit just about anyone. Details: Angela Adams at aadams@scyclistens.org or 602-505-0308.

Saturday, Aug. 28

Play Music on the Porch Day, 10 a.m-2p.m., downtown. A variety of musicians will participate in the event at locations around town. Details: bit.ly/3zdGeq3.

Cortez Coffee, Tea and Spirituality, 10 a.m., Cortez Public Library, 202 N Park St. Details: www.meetup.com/Cortez-Coffee-Tea-and-Spirituality.

Four Corners Lecture Series: Exploring Utah’s Bears Ears and Cedar Mesa, 2 p.m., CANM theater room if conditions allow or virtual. Free. Details: www.swcocanyons.org.

Fall Colorfest Arts and Crafts Show, City Park on Main Street. Arts and crafts, food, Indian jewelry, music and kids games. Details: 565-1151.

Lip Sync Battle, 7 p.m., Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 N Dolores Road. $25. Support local talent acts while enjoying lip sync performances. Proceeds benefit Four Corners Child Advocacy Center. Tickets: www.nestcac.org or in-person at 118 N. Chestnut St..

Sunday, Aug. 29

Retirement celebration for Laurie Knutson, executive director of The Bridge, 5-7 p.m., Parque de Vida Amphitheater. This will also be a welcoming celebration for Benjamin Harris, the new executive director. Light refreshments served. Details: 565-7506.

Wednesday, Sept. 1

ZU Galerry ribbon cutting and grand opening with Chamber of Commerce, noon, 48 W. Main St. Free. Goodies provided. RSVP requested. RSVP: meet@zugallery.com or 235-1107.

Thursday, Sept. 2

Youth Leadership Council, 6 p.m., Cortez Cultural Center. Free. Youth Leadership Council offers a wide variety of projects and programs to fit just about anyone. Details: Angela Adams at aadams@scyclistens.org or 602-505-0308.

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Four Corners Lecture Series: Reconstructing the Pueblo Bonito Mounds, with Wirt Wills, 7 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.sjbas.org.

Thursday, Sept. 9

Republican Women of Montezuma Co. monthly meeting, noon, Baymont Inn, 2279 Hawkins St. Lunch of sandwiches and sides will be provided for $10. Presentation by director of Heart to Heart ministry. Attendees are asked to bring a "baby gift" as a donation for Herat to Heart. Diapers or wipes needed. RSVP: Emiko South at 565-4280.

Four Corners Lecture Series: Ancient ornithology and continuity of the Four Corners, with Chuck LaRue, 4 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.crowcanyon.org.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 11-12

Friends of Recreation for a Healthy Community and the Cortez City Recreation Center second annual pickleball tournament, 8 a.m. each day, Cortez Recreation Center, 425 Roger Smith Ave. $25 doubles, additional $10 for mixed and single events. Proceeds support low-income scholarships. Register by noon Sept. 8. Registration: www.onwardfoundation.org. Details: Debi Berger at 739-1135 or bergerpt51@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Dark Sky Library Event, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Cortez Public Library, 202. N. Park St. Mesa Verde National Park and the library will host an astronomy evening. Enjoy the night and learn about the importance of dark skies. Information tables and a craft activity for kids will be followed by multiple astronomy talks and stargazing. Details: m.facebook.com/events/217105973707263.

Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 15-18

For Pets' Sake Humane Society's Yard Sale fundraiser, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Montezuma County Fairground beef barn. Donations accepted onsite from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14. Details 565-7387.

Thursday, Sept. 16

Four Corners Lecture Series: Ancestral Puebloan fishing strategies in New Mexico’s middle Rio Grande, with Jonathan Dombrowsky, 4 p.m., CANM theater room if conditions allow or virtual. Free. Details: www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/colorado/canyons-of-the-ancients.

Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband, 5 p.m., Montezuma Park, 3 W. Montezuma Ave. Rock and roll bluegrass-style music. Details: www.bandsintown.com/e/102733609.

Saturday, Sept. 18

VFW Post 5231 of Cortez Stand Down for Veterans, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Montezuma County Annex Building, 107 N. Chestnut. At 9:30 a.m. there will be an invocation, pledge, national anthem and presentation of colors. Vendors with services and information for veterans will be present. Refreshments and food served.Details: John Davis at (720) 388-5602.

Four Corners Dancers meet and greet, 6:30 p.m., Cortez Senior Center, 117 N. Chestnut St. Enter through the west entrance. Learn about square dancing and its health and social benefits. Refreshments served. Details: Duane Randol at 560-2137, Patty Randol at 560-4709 or duaneandpatty.randol@gmail.com.

Thursday, Oct. 7

Four Corners Lecture Series: The Wallace Great House assemblage, with Michelle Turner, 4 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.crowcanyon.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Four Corners Lecture Series: Before Yellowstone, with Douglas MacDonald, 7 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.sjbas.org.

Thursday, Oct. 14

Four Corners Lecture Series: Indigenous subsistence on the Colorado Plateau, with Lisbeth Louderback and Bruce Pavlik, 4 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.crowcanyon.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Four Corners Lecture Series: Preliminary results of the drone-based sensing project of Chaco-era road, with Jonathan Till and Kenny Wintch, 4 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.friendsofcedarmesa.org.

Thursday, Oct. 21

Four Corners Lecture Series: Hopi history at the Homol’ovi settlement cluster, with Chuck Adams, 4 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.crowcanyon.org.

Thursday, Oct. 28

Four Corners Lecture Series: The Maize Database Project with Mark Varien, 4 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.crowcanyon.org.

Four Corners Lecture Series: Paquime, 7 p.m., virtual. Free. Details: www.sjbas.org.

Every other Wednesday

Red Dress Committee/Cortez Four Corners MMIP Committee meeting, noon-1:30 p.m., Cortez Public Library large study room, 202 N. Park St, and Zoom. Details: (612) 422-0791.

First and third Thursday

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

First Friday

Disabled American Veterans, chapter 44 Lindsay-Geer monthly meeting, 12:30 p.m., lunch at noon, Veterans Outreach Center, 432 N. Broadway.

Every Monday-Saturday

Conservative Grounds, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 40 E. Main St. Come in for coffee, friendship, conversations and outreach. All are welcome. Details: 560-6643.

Every Monday

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 new friends, laugh and exercise. No partner needed. Details: Duane Randol at 560-2137, Patty Randol at 560-4709 or duaneandpatty.randol@gmail.com.

Every Tuesday

Southwest Artists League, 10 a.m., Annex Building, 107 N. Chestnut. Artists may paint, draw. Call (720) 448-0418.

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

Every Wednesday

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

Every Thursday

Raising Readers Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Songs, stories and crafts. The program uses the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative program. Details: 565-8117.

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: 565-3557.

Every Friday

Game Night with Piñon Project, 6 p.m., virtual. Ages 7-17. Free. Landon, 529-3305 or lcook@pinonproject.org.

Every Friday, May-October

Gardening classes, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Good Samaritan Center Food Pantry, 30 N. Beech St., Unit C. Free. Three programs: gardening for adults, gardening for teens and indigenous foods. Participants do not needs to attend all classes. Details and registration: www.goodsamscortez.org/garden.

Every Saturday

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

Every Sunday

The Cortez Library Radio Show, 3:30-4 p.m., ksjd.org/#stream/0 or stations 90.5 FM or 91.5 FM. Join Ms. Laura as she reads.

Through Aug. 31

Michael Pruett art exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Michael Pruett, a longtime La Plata County resident, is a painter working primarily in oil on board and canvas. Visit the library to enjoy his artwork through August. Details: www.doloreslibrary.org/event/art-exhibit-michael-pruett.

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 must RSVP. Suzanne, (404) 374-6558 or sdbfield@aol.com; doloresmountainquilters.org.

Wednesdays, June 2 through October

Dolores Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Flanders Park. Local fruits, vegetables, meats, art and crafts. Live music. Details: Susan Lisak 426-9902.

Sunday, Aug. 29

Live music with Casey Wickstrom, 3 p.m., Mancos Brewing Company, 484 East Frontage Road. $5 cover. Wickstron is a dynamic live looping artist from California. Tickets: www.mancosbrewingcompany.com/event/casey-wickstrom.

Saturday, Sept. 11

League of Women Voters of Montezuma County meeting, 10 a.m., Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. Speakers at the meeting will be two of the Montezuma County Commissioners.


Yoga in the Park, 8:15-9:30 a.m., Cottonwood Park, 275 S. Spruce St. Details: Kim at 560-5677.


Mancos Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Grand Avenue. Food and live music.

Thursdays, June 3-Oct. 28

Downtown Maker’s Market, 4:30 p.m., Orchard Park. Baked goods, jams and jellies, handmade goods, art, repurposed items, antiques and vintage items.

Every Other Wednesday

Painting with Class, 6 p.m., Inspired Moments Event Center, 310 W. Main St. $30. All supplies included.

Saturdays Through October

Durango Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon through September, 9 a.m.-noon October, TBK Bank parking lot, 259 W. Ninth Street.

For more information and to confirm event information, visit each event page online or call the organizer.

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