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CortezSaturday, Jan. 12
“The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes,” book talk and signing with Andrew Gulliford, professor of History and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College, 2-4 p.m., Cortez Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St. Sponsored by the Montezuma County Historical Society. Learn about Colorado Basque, Greek and Hispano shepherding families. Refreshments. Details: Joyce Lawrence 970-882-2636 or DeEtta Johnson 970-560-4717.
Diné artist Benton Yazzie plans two events, a 2-4 p.m. Navajo Sand Painting workshop for adults and ages 8 and up (reservation required) and a 4-6 p.m. exhibit and reception of his acrylic paintings. Both are at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., and are free. Refreshments served at the reception/exhibit. Details and workshop reservations: 970-565-8117.
The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County meet, 10 a.m. at the Dolores Public Library. Marc Meyer from the Southwest Memorial Hospital will talk about the overuse of antibiotics and what is being done to correct the situation. Free. Details: Eleanor Kuhl at 970-564-0708.
Monday, Jan. 14
Dolores River Anglers chapter meeting, 7 p.m., with meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m., Wildedge Brewery at 111 N. Market St. Jim White, Aquatic Biologist for CPW’s Southwest Region will speak on the effect of the 416 Fire on the Animas River fish population and what it means to the Dolores River. Guest fly tier Brad Waltman. Pizza and salad for a donation. Cash bar. Details: Dale at 970-759-3020 or Brad at 970-759-0175.
Four Corners Community Band weekly rehearsals begin, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, at Market and North streets. Musicians playing an instrument at least at the high school level are welcome. Some instruments may be available for loan. Details: email@example.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
“How can we heal the partisan and social divisions in our community,” will be the topic at the “How You Can Be Part of a Christian Community with Integrity and Not Believe All Those Things You Thought You Had to Believe” at 6:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 110 W. North St. Questions required. No answers promised. Details: 565-7865.
Thursday, Jan. 17
For Pets’ Sake Humane Society monthly board meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Discussion will include the group’s finances, pet assistance programs, fundraising efforts and New Year’s resolutions. All are welcome! Details: 970-565-PETS/7387.
Friday, Jan. 18
Silver Echoes Flute Choir performs for Literary Friday, 10 a.m., Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. The choir features Fawn Curtis, Jean Schwein and Mary McKean on flute with Dani Long on cello. Musical selections range from the classical to the whimsical. Free. Refreshments served. Details: 970-565-8117.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Last Stand of the Pack, a discussion about reintroducing the wolf to Colorado, with authors Andrew Gulliford and Tom Wolf, 6 p.m. at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Based on their edited version of Arthur Carhart’s book “Last Stand of the Pack.” Free. Refreshments available. Books available for sale and autographs. Details: 970-565-8117.
Free nondenominational silent meditation, Johnson Building, 7 p.m., 925 Broadway, No. 184. Call 970-560-2822.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Cortez Public Library computer and tech tutoring, 202 N. Park St. Call 970-565-8117 or visit the library for an appointment.
The Montelores Early Childhood Council’s monthly luncheon, 11:45 a.m., in downstairs meeting room 110 in the Johnson Building, 925 S. Broadway. Public is invited. RSVP for lunch to Vangi McCoy, 970-749-7017. Bring your beverage.
Southwest Cowboy Church, Lewis Arriola Community Center. Potluck at 6 p.m., service and message at 7 p.m.
American Legion Ute Mountain Post 75 meets, 7 p.m., the Legion Hall, 320 N. Harrison St. Details: 970-565-8151.
The Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen meet, 7 p.m., the Southwest Memorial Physicians building, 20 S. Market St. Details: 970-882-4255 or mesaverdehorsemen.com.
Diabetes support group, 3:30-5 p.m., cafeteria, Southwest Memorial Hospital. Learn to manage diabetes. Share ideas. Sessions are free and open to anyone with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. Details: Jenny Nuuttila, CDE, RDN, 970-564-2352.
Montezuma County Democratic Women meet, 11:30 a.m., The People’s Place, 215 E. Main St. Details: Tulli Kerstetter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montezuma County Republican Central Committee, noon at Shiloh Steakhouse. Email Jan Gardner at email@example.com or call 970-565-2197.
Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Support Group, 5-6:30 p.m., Southwest Memorial Hospital cafeteria. Share ideas and exchange information. Free. Details: Laura Taylor, 970-564-2276.
Montezuma County Democrats meet, at The People’s Place, 215 E. Main St. All are welcome. Details: 970-516-1693.
The Montezuma County VFW Post 5231 meets, 7 p.m., Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Details: Cmdr. Tom Endres, 970-560-5242.
Caregiver/Advocate support group for caregivers of any person with Alzheimer’s, dementia or chronic illness, noon at Vista Mesa Assisted Living, 1206 N. Mildred Road. Lunch. Details: 259-0122.
The Disabled American Veterans’ monthly meeting, The Veterans Outreach Center, 432 N. Broadway. Lunch at noon, meeting at 12:30 p.m. Details: 560-2793.
First and Third Saturday
Four Corners Square Dancers dance, 6:30 p.m., Kemper Elementary School, 620 E. Montezuma Ave. Details: 970-739-3385, 970-749-9682, 970-565-9836.
The Ute Mountain High School Rodeo Team meets, 6 p.m., outdoor arena at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. Details: Karen, 970-560-2657.
The Montezuma County Historical Society’s no-host luncheon, 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Call Ann Wilson Brown at 565-2747 for the meeting place.
Second and Fourth Tuesday
Mayor’s office hours, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mesa Verde Room at Cortez City Hall, 123 Roger Smith Ave.
Montezuma County Hospital District monthly board of directors meets, 6-8 p.m. in the EMS Training Room at 1450 E. Johnson Drive. Public is welcome. Details: 970-564-2146.
The Southwest Woodworkers Guild meets, 7 p.m. at various locations. Beginners and experts welcome. Details: Tom, 970-882-7360.
Montezuma County Republican Women meet, noon at Shiloh Steakhouse at Veach and Main streets. All are welcome. Details: Rosemarie Beall, 970-564-1576.
Free estate planning seminar, 5-7 p.m., Vectra Bank Conference Room, 350 W. Montezuma Ave. Overview of estate planning issues, including wills, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: 303-588-2695.
Free Supermarket Tours, noon to 1 p.m. A dietitian from Southwest Health System conducts a free supermarket tour to help explain food labels, healthy choices, food budgets. Space is limited. Call 970-564-2275 for the store location and to register.
Montezuma Community Barn and Contra Dance, 3-5:30 p.m., through May at Legacy Dance Studio, 20 W. Main St. Adults $10; students $5; family rates available. No experience or partner needed. Regional musicians and dance callers. Details: Text 970-739-4383.
The Compassionate Friends Four Corners Chapter, for Families Following the Death of a Child, 7 p.m., Hospice Building, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez. Use kitchen entrance. Call Cherie at 970-565-6480 or Debbie at 970-565-4732.
Every Tuesday, Jan. 8-29
Basic Ag Marketing lunch & Learn, noon to 2 p.m., Montezuma County Extension Office, 103 N. Chestnut St. Presented by Brent Young, CSU ag and business management. The schedule: cash markets and basis on Jan. 8; using the futures market to manage price risk on Jan. 15; using the options market to manage price risk on Jan. 22; price seasonality, selecting a broker, harvest market planning on Jan. 29 Cost: $5 each, with lunch. Details: 565-3123.
Embrace Grace, a free support group for pregnant women of all ages, 6:30 p.m. at Community of Believers Church, 23826 County Road G. Details: Debbie at 970-739-2344 or email email@example.com or Zandra at 970-764-0920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trivia, 7 p.m. at Blondie’s, 45 E. Main St.
Four Corners Community Band practice, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Market and North streets. Musicians who play at least at the high school level are welcome. Email email@example.com or visit “Four Corners Community Band” on Facebook. The band is supported in part by Onward! A Legacy Foundation and by the city of Cortez.
“Beyond Mesa Verde Tour,” 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Learn about the archaeological landscape beyond Mesa Verde National Park and the Chaco Phenomenon (A.D. 950–1150). Tour begins at the Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main St. Transportation provided. Tickets are $75 for adults, $60 for youths ages 10-17, and free for children under 10. Details: CrowCanyon.org.
Beginning Square Dance lessons, by the Four Corners Dancers, Jan. 21 through May 20, 7 p.m., Kemper Elementary School, 620 E. Montezuma Ave. Details: 970-739-3385, 970-749-9682 or 970-565-9836.
Every Monday and Thursday
One-on-one computer and tech tutoring, Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. For an appointment, call 970-565-8117 or visit the library.
The Mesa Verde Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the American Legion building, 420 N. Harrison St.
The Cortez Public Library’s Family Entertainment Series, 2 p.m., 202 N. Park St. Details: 970-565-8117.
Open Mic, 7 p.m. at Blondie’s. Details: 739-4944.
Bridge players needed, 1:30 p.m., Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 305 S. Washington St. Everyone is invited, entry level and up. Mentors welcome. Details: 970-565-6088 or 565-7024.
“Excavation Site Tour,” 10 a.m.-noon. Learn about the impact of the Chaco Phenomenon (A.D. 950–1150) and visit a working dig site. Tour begins at the Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main St. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for youths 10-17 and free for children under 10. Details: CrowCanyon.org.
Every Tuesday and Thursday
Master’s Swimming Group with Cortez Water Dragons Club, 6-7:30 a.m. Swim with coach Kevin Ketterer at the Cortez Rec Center. All levels welcome. Entry fee at rec center and $40 a month to CWD.
Tai chi class, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Cortez Rec Center, 425 Roger Smith Ave. Exercise for strength and health. Cost: $4. Details: instructor Donna Hicks, 970-564-4080 or 435-705-3412, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sitting in the quiet, meditation, contemplation, centering prayer, 12:15–12:45 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 110 W. North St. Details: 565-7865.
Karaoke at Blondie’s Trophy Room, 8 p.m. to midnight. Details: 970-739-4944.
The Kiwanis Club of Mesa Verde meets, noon at Shiloh, at Main and Sligo streets. Details: 970-564-3144.
“Ask an Archaeologist,” 3-4 p.m. at the Crow Canyon Connection in the Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main St. Ask about the region’s archaeological history. Free.
Wednesday Activities Club, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Schedule coincides with the school district’s early release Wednesdays. Free for students ages 8-12. In January: Movie “Penguins of Madgascar,” Jan. 9; Make a Penguin, Jan. 16; Line Dancing and Fun with Cork, Jan. 23; Make Cocoa and Cookie Mixes to Take Home, Jan. 30.
Bingo at the Cortez Elks Club, 2100 N. Dolores Road. Early bird game at 6:45 p.m., with others to follow. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food and beverages available. Pots vary in payoffs with two progressive payoff games. Special giveaways at different times.
The Montezuma County Senior Center senior dance, 7-9 p.m., 107 N. Chestnut St. Details: Nita Warner, 970-565-9855.
Overeaters Anonymous weekly meetings, 8 p.m. at the Cortez Dental office, 43 W. Montezuma Ave., at Montezuma Avenue and Chestnut Street. Details: 970-799-2183.
“Pueblo Perspectives,” with Crow Canyon cultural specialist and Zuni Tribal member Dan Simplicio, 3-5 p.m. at the Crow Canyon Connection in the Colorado Welcome Center, 928 E. Main St. Free, open to public.
Raising Readers Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Older children may join for a craft at 11:15 a.m. In January: Winter Sports, Jan. 3; favorite author Don Freeman, Jan. 10; Castles, Dragons, Kings and Queens, Jan. 17; Nursery Rhymes, Jan. 24; Groundhog Day, Jan. 31. 970-565-8117.
TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly), 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cortez City Hall, 123 Roger Smith Ave. Details: 435-414-4733.
Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered, 12-step program at Rock Springs Church campus, U.S. Highway 160, 2 miles east of the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. CR Café at 6-7 p.m., large learning group, 7-8 p.m., open share 8-9 p.m. Child care is provided.
Free silent nondenominational silent meditation, 10 a.m. at The Woozledoozer, 925 S. Broadway, No. 211. Call Pixy, 970-560-2822.
The Unitarian Universalists meet, 11 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave., Dolores. Relevant eclectic topics. Details: Darlene, 970-565-6173; fourcornersuu.org.
Simply A Course in Miracles, 4 p.m. A small group will focus on studying miracles. Venue depends on size of group. Details: 970-946-2194 or email email@example.com.
DoloresMonday, Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve casino night, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. Beer, with spirits by Snaggletooth Saloon. Hors d’oeuvres, dancing, poker, blackjack. Ages 21-plus. Tickets: $30 per person, $50 per couple, at DoloresCommunityCenter.com.
Thursday, Jan. 10
Winter Tales Lecture Series, “Northern India Up Close,” with Carolyn Gunn, 6:30 p.m., Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Take a journey through Old Delhi’s ancient bazaar and monuments, Agra’s Taj Mahal, the British Raj’s residence at Shimla, the Dalai Lama’s residence-in-exile in Dharamsala, the Golden Temple of the Sikhs in Amritsar and points in between. Details: doloreslibrary.org/events or 882-4127.
Saturday, Jan. 12
Book talk with children’s author Brooke Smith, 10 a.m., Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Bayfield children’s author and librarian will read from her new picture book, “The Mango Tree,” and do a mango-related craft with kids. Details: DoloresLibrary.org/events or 882-4127.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Winter Tales Lecture Series, “Archaeology in Tanzania & Kenya,” with Kristin Kuckelman, 6:30 p.m., Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Crow Canyon archaeologist Kuckelman will address recent travels involving hominin excavations at Olduvai Gorge while camping on the Serengeti in Tanzania. She also studied paleoanthropology at Lake Turkana, Kenya, with the Leakey family, which included viewing the oldest stone tools ever recovered. Details: DoloresLibrary.org/events or 882-4127.
Saturday, Jan. 26
Book talk with Curt Melliger, 1 p.m., Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Cortez writer Curt Melliger reads from and talks about his new book, “Heaven Here on Earth.” Details: Doloreslibrary.org/events or 882-4127.
Dolores Mountain Quilters meet, 10 a.m., Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. Guests and visitors welcome. Details: www.doloresmountain quilters.org or Judy Bryan at 970-739-9994.
Third and Fourth Thursday
K9 Search & Rescue Team meets at the Dog House, 7:30 p.m. Join to learn about search and rescue, wilderness navigation, survival and more. Accepting applications; new member training begins soon. Details: 970-882-4746.
Bright Babies, at 10 a.m., Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Infants and their caregivers are invited to a 30-minute program with stories, sensory play and signs. Details: 882-4127 or DoloresLibrary.org.
Technology/software help with Microsoft Word, email, digital pictures, etc. Free, 2-5 p.m., Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Details: 970-882-4127.
Civil Air Patrol Mesa Verde Cadet Squadron meets, 6:30–8:30 p.m., at K9 Search and Rescue in Dolores. Details: Debrah Archer, 970-759-5669.
The Dolores Rotary Club meets, 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the Ponderosa Restaurant, 715 Railroad Ave. Enjoy stories, camaraderie, and get involved in your local community on volunteer community projects. Attend a couple of meetings for free; yearly membership is $150. Details: Susan, 970-426-9902 or DoloresRotary3256@gmail.com.
Bible studies at Chapel on the Farm, 6 p.m. 19927 Road 26.2 Loop, Dolores. Details: 903-6153.
Storytime program, 10-10:30 a.m., at Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. Half-hour of storytelling, interactive songs, snack and a fun theme-based activity for preschoolers and their caregivers. 882-4127.
Dolores Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. in Flanders Park, 420 Central Ave. No booth fees. Musicians welcome. Details: 970-882-4018.
Recovery Support Group meets and follows 12-step traditions supporting sobriety, 7 a.m. at the Dolores Methodist Church 105 N. Eighth St. Enter through the front door to Fellowship Hall. Details: Sue, 970-739-1049.
American Sign Language Class, 5-7 p.m. Dolores Public Library, 1002 Railroad Ave., 882-4127. Free 8-week ASL course through Nov. 1. In addition to communicating in sign language, instructor James Martin, who is deaf, will teach attendees about deaf culture. RSVPs appreciated. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Unitarian Universalists meet, 11 a.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Ave. Eclectic topics relevant to everyone. Details: Darlene, 970-565-6173; fourcornersuu.org.
MancosSaturday, Jan. 12
Children’s author Brooke Smith, of Bayfield, shares her new book, “The Mango Tree,” and guides a craft, 1 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library, 211 E. First St. Snacks provided. Free and open to the public.
Teen Café Nights at the Mancos Public Library, 7-10 p.m. in the community meeting room. Details and schedule: 970-533-7600 and eens.mancoslibrary.org/
Knit or crochet at the Mancos Public Library, 6-7 p.m. Teens and adults are welcome. Free. Limited supplies, so bring your own if possible. Sign up at mancoslibrary.org; 970-533-7600, ext. 206; or email email@example.com.
Kids Storytime at the Mancos Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. A bilingual, seasonal storytime for ages birth through 6 years old.
After-school program for kids in grades 1-5, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. Explore art, science, stories, outdoor, and living skills activities. Details: 533-7600.
Science Fridays, at the Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. Kindergarten-grade 3, 10-11 a.m. Grades 4-5, 11 a.m.-noon. In collaboration with The PowerHouse Science Center and Montezuma School to Farm Project. Details: 970-533-7600.