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Thursday, Jan. 23
The Montezuma County Historical Society will sponsor a History Symposium about the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in Hampton Hall of the First United Methodist Church at 515 N. Park St. The presentation given by Mr. Lew Matis is titled Four Summits, Five Counties, Six Rivers. There is no charge, and the public is invited.
The Mancos School District will host the Mancos Education Fair at the school cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 23. Student work and science fair projects from elementary, middle and high school students will be displayed for the public to see. At 5:30 the eighth-grade students will prepare and serve a fundraising dinner for their Grand Canyon trip in the spring. The dinner will be a potato bar, dessert and a drink for $5.
The public is invited to the Open Shutter Gallery for an artist's reception and a chance to meet Kevin DesPlanques and find out more about his work on Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information contact the Open Shutter Gallery at 970-382-8355 or visit www.openshuttergallery.com
Saturday, Jan. 25
This months Monthly Yoga "Grange Benefit" will be held 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Jan. 25. Donation only, all levels are welcome. All proceeds will benefit Mt. Lookout Grange. Take towel/mat and water. Refrain from eating an hour before.
Yoga for beginners with Lily Russo will be held at Kaleidoscope, 233 Park St. in Mancos from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 25. Arrive in comfy clothes that you can stretch in, with an empty belly and take a water bottle. If you have a mat, take it, otherwise one will be provided to you.
Celebrate Mac Neely's birthday at the Columbine in Mancos on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. live music provided by WE-4. No gifts please; no cover.
Sunday, Jan. 26
Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance will be playing three films for Sunday matinee at Empire Electric from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 26. Pathway to the gods plays at 1:15 p.m.; NEMO, 1934 plays at 2:35 p.m. and Death Of Place plays at 3:35 p.m. Read full film descriptions at www.swcocanyons.org on the Jan. 4 newsletter.
Monday, Jan. 27
Join the 2014 Great Decision discussion group at the Mancos Puplic Library on Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. This year they will tackle critical issues from the relationship between Israel and the U.S. to China's foreign policy. For more information call 533-7600 or visit http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/
Wednesday, Jan. 29
William Hendrickson will discuss the history of oil and gas in Montezuma County on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery at the Cortez Cultural Center. Free to members, $5 to others.
Movie Monday's at the Mancos Public Library at 4 p.m. every Monday for the month of January: Jan. 6 - Turbo (1 hour, 36 minutes), Jan. 13 - 2 episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender (1 hour), Jan. 20 - Library Closed, MLK Day. Jan. 27 - Planes (1 hour, 32 minutes). Movies are for children 8 and older. Younger children are welcome with an adult. Free! For more information call 533-7600.
Saturday, Feb. 1
The Cortez Cultural Center's annual Sweetheart Ball fundraiser will be held Feb. 1 at the Cortez Elks. This year's theme is "Abracadabra Sweetheart Ball" featuring dinner, auction, magic entertainment and dancing. Donations for the auction are being accepted Jan. 7 - 29 and can be taken to the center at 25 N. Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gift certificates faxed to 565-4075. For more information call 565-1151.
Monday, Feb. 3
The Jordan World Circus 2014 is coming to Cortez at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds on Monday, Feb. 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.thejordanworldcircus.com or their facebook page TheJordanWorldCircus.
The Montelores Early Childhood Council (MECC) will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting on Monday Feb. 3 at 11:45 a.m. at the Johnson Building, 525 S. Broadway, in the downstairs meeting room 110, Cortez, CO. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP to MECC's coordinator, Vangi McCoy, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, PO Box 1725, Cortez, CO 81321, phone 749-7017.
Friday, Feb. 7
The 28th Annual Chocolate Fantasia, a fundraiser benefiting the Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse and the Durango Community Shelter, will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds (2500 Main Avenue), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Chocolat De Paris." Tickets are available throughout the Durango community as well as at the door. For more information call Volunteers of America at 259-1021.
The Montezuma School to Farm Project is hosting a Talent Show at the Dolores River Brewery, 100 S. 4th St. in Dolores on Feb. 7! Family contest from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Cake Walk at 7 p.m., and adult contest from 8 to 10 p.m. Prizes will be awarded and a karaoke machine will be available. Email email@example.com or call 303-918-3538 to enter. All proceeds will go to school gardens in Montezuma County. $5 suggested donation at the door.
Southwest Center for Independence Second Chance Brain Injury group meetings will be the first Monday of every month at noon at the Cortez Office at 2409 E. Empire. For more information, call Matthew at 570-8001.
Montezuma County Republican Central Committee meets at noon the first Thursday of every month at Shiloh's Steakhouse. For more information, email Nicci Crowley, secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-9372.
Mancos Community Dinners will be the Second Sunday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Lookout Grange, 680 Grand Ave,. This is a pay -what-you-can event. All ages are welcome. Main dishes will be provided. Participants can bring a dish to share, ideas, a plate, silverware and instruments, too. For more information, call Gretchen at (509) 830-4380.
The Mancos Water Conservancy District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 42599 Road N off of Road 42.
Southwest Inter-Tribal Voice and Montelores Human Rights Committee meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Community Meeting Room in First National Bank. Email Art Neskahi at email@example.com.
Republican Women of Montezuma County invite the public to meet at noon every second Thursday at Shilo's Steakhouse at 5 Veach St., in Cortez. For information, call Rosemarie Beall at 564-1576.
A Free legal self-help clinic for Montezuma County parties without an attorney will be held the second Thursday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St. Volunteer attorneys will assist one-on-one, via computer link. First come first-served basis.
First and Third Thursdays
Planning committee for the 10th Annual Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival meets at 10 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month upstairs at the Cortez Cultural Center. Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to attend. Call 565-1151 for details.
A new Republican woman's club has been formed locally called 4 Corners Republican Women's Club. Regular meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elk's Lodge. For more information, please call 565-2197.
The Kiwanis Club of Mesa Verde meets at noon each Tuesday at Shiloh's. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St., will be offering Little People Storytime on Tuesday's at 10:30 a.m. The program is geared towards children ages 2 - 6 but all ages are welcome. For more information call 533-7600.
Wednesday Morning Yoga will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Kaleidoscope, 233 Park St. in Mancos.
Every Monday and Wednesday
Freestyle Defensive Arts is held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Community Center in Mancos. Kids Freestyle Defensive Arts class, for ages 8 to 15, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call instructor Brian Williams at 903-5576.
Every Tuesday and Thursday
Karate "Ryukoku Seidokan" is held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Community Center in Mancos. Ages 5 to 10 is held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and costs $5 each class. Ages 11 and older is from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $10 each class. For more information, call Victor Pilcher at 533-7471.
Every Thursday the Community Drum Circle will be held at Kaleidoscope Wellness, 233 Park St. in Mancos. For more information call 533-1100
Free Community Dinner every Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Cortez Family Worship Center Foursquare Church, 500 N. Washington. Donation is always appreciated. Call 565-3709 for more information.
The Mancos Indoor Flea Market is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the old hardware store in Mancos, 192 S. Main St. To become a vendor, call Queenie Barz at 749-9320. The booth fee is $15 per weekend, along with insurance and vendor license charges.