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Thursday, Sept. 11
Free Pottery-Making Program with artist in residence Michael Savage at 7:30 p.m., at Far View Lodge Library at Mesa Verde National Park. Learn about rarely shown aspects of pottery production that are rarely shown or demonstrated. Call 970-529-4445.
San Juan National Forest stakeholder panel workshop focusing on management of Rico-West Dolores roads and trails. This is the last in a series of three workshops which will take place at the Dolores Community Center at 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12
A collection of short films by Coloradans on the effects of fracking, 7 p.m. at The Annex Building, 108 N. Chesnut, Cortez. The film is called “Dear Governor Hickenlooper.” Info: www.DearGovernorHickenlooper.com.
The Mancos Public Library offers its first Science Friday program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will study electricity, with hands-on experiments. The program is for kids kindergarten through 2nd grade. In the afternoon, the program will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and is geared for kids in grades three through 8. Call 533-7600.
Saturday, Sept. 13
The Montezuma VFW hosts its Annual End of Harvest Dinner for Veterans and their families, 5 p.m. in Post No. 5231 home in Mancos, 135 W. Grand Ave. Open to all veterans. Fellowship, roasted pig, corn and ice cream. Free, but donations are accepted. Call 533-7144.
The Galloping Goose Historical Society’s annual meeting, lunch starts at noon, and its annual meeting at 1 p.m. Call 882-7082 for location and information.
Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Goodman Point Area and help clean up trash and tires and reclaim trails and ATV routes. Volunteers must register and wear wearlong pants, sturdy shoes and gloves and bring water and snacks. Lunch will be provided by the San Juan Mountains Association. Call 970-385-1310 or email Kathe@sjma.org.
The Montezuma County Democratic Party hosts an FDR Fundraiser dinner at Cliffrose Garden Center and Gifts in Cortez from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $40 a couple. Local foods, libations and music. Guest speaker is Abel Tapia. Call Ric Plese at 970-739-4365.
4th Annual Western Slope Toy Run starts at VFW Post 4031, 1550 Main Ave., Durango and ends at the American Legion Post 75, 320 N. Harrison St., in Cortez. Entry fee is $15 or and equivalent toy. T-shirts cost $15. Sponsored by The Men Motorcycle Club: 970-799-3031 or 970-739-4869.
SaturdaY-Sunday, Sept. 13-14
Dressage and Hunter/Jumper Horse Show hosted by the Four Corners Dressage and Combined Training Association at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. Info: www.4cdcta.org.
Sunday, Sept. 14
Meet Abel Tapia, Democratic candidate for representative of the 3rd Congressional District, at The Spruce Tree Espresso House, 9-10 a.m. Info: party co-chairman Ric Plese, 970-739-4365.
Monday, Sept. 15
Four Corners 9/12 will be meet at the Cortez Elks Lodge at 7 p.m., primarily to interview candidates for Montezuma County Clerk, Kim Purcell (R) and Judy Marquez (U). Open to the public; ask your questions.
Thursday, Sept. 18
United Blood Services Mobile Blood Drive, 3-6 p.m. at the Pleasant View Fire Department, 15529 Road CC, Pleasant View.
Alive at 25 class held by the Colorado State Patrol at 4 p.m. at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez. The 4½-hour class is designed to give 15- to 24-year-olds the tools they need to stay out of crashes. Info: coloradosafedriver.com
Friday, Sept. 19
Local author Amy Cook holds a book-signing for her debut paranormal romance novel “Edge of Instinct” at the Cortez Public Library, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The novel is sold on amazon.com in ebook and paperback. Copies will be available for cash purchase at the signing.
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 19-20
For Pets’ Sake Humane Society holds its fall yard sale Sept. 19-20 and 26-27 at 8 a.m.-p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Cortez Industrial Park near the entrance on Road L. Donations accepted at the building Sept. 18, 2-7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 25, 3-6 p.m. Call 565-PETS/7387.(No computers or other electronics, no tires or TVs.)
The Town of Mancos will accept scrap metal, old furniture, and old household items excluding electronics at the public workshop, 300 S. Monte. Friday, the workshop will be open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday it will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Standard-size tires will be accepted for a $3 fee.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 20
Colorado State University Extension Apple U-Pick harvest, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the CSU Southwestern Colorado Research Station. The station is about 18 miles north of Cortez. Take U.S. 491 to Road Z and turn left or west – it’s the first place on the left after crossing Road 17. Info: 970-562-4255.
Meeting about Montessori-based religious information for kids 3-6 at St. Barnabas Church at 3 p.m. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd uses the stories of faith to give expression to their connection to God. Information: 303-883-5679 or 565-7865.
Dolores Secondary Parent/Teacher Organization for the middle and high schools will dance to raise funds for the PTO from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Elk’s Lodge in Cortez. DJ, $5 charge and cash bar. The dance is open to anyone 18 and over. ID required at the door.
Tim Sullivan Band to play at dance at the American Legion, 320 N. Harrison St., in Cortez at 7 p.m. Info.: 565-8151.
Tuesday, SEPT. 23
The Red Arrow Mill cleanup will be discussed at a public meeting 6-8 p.m. at Mancos Town Hall. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will share its findings and other government agencies will be present too.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29
Mancos Valley/Mesa Verde Country Balloon Festival. Art Festival and Street Fair to coincide with balloon festival on Sept. 27 in Mancos from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, art, music, dancing, entertainment and kid activities. Info: 533-7434.
Saturday, Sept. 27
The Dolores Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival at Flander’s Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No charge for setup, but vendor’s must call 882-7717 or 882-4018 to register. Music, activities, local produce, baked goods, crafts, jams and jellies.
Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving class hosted by the Colorado State Patrol at 8:30 a.m. in the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez, taught by certified law enforcement instructors and is designed for drivers of all ages. Info: coloradosafedriver.com.
Monday, Sept. 30
United Blood Services Mobile Blood Drive, 3-7 p.m. at the Mancos Community Center, 130 East Grand Ave., Mancos.
The Cortez Library Storytime offers “A Little Bit of Everything” as the theme for the month of September. The preschool Storytime program is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the library and every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cortez Farmers Market, weather permitting. Info. 565-8117.
Saturday, Oct. 4
Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance will present a geologic tour of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument with Dr. Kim Gerhardt, This will be a two-part informational field trip: the morning will be a hike in the lower Sand Canyon area with an afternoon of indoor presentation at the historic Battle Rock School. You must be a current member of Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance to go on the trip. Please contact Diane McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-560-1643, by Thursday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m., to join the tour.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Cortez Elks 1789 Oktoberfest celebration. Open to the public and includes a golf tournament, autographed sports items silent auction, German food and more. Proceeds benefit Elks projects. Information: event chairman Lynn Gann at 970-565-7423 or club manager at 970-565-3557.
Thursday, Oct. 16
The 4th Annual Pretty in Pink Fashion Show by Love on a Hanger will start at 7 p.m. at Four Season’s Greenhouse and Nursery. Enjoy an evening of fashion and talent along with complimentary desserts, cash bar and silent auction all while supporting the Women’s Cancer Coalition. Tickets for the event are now being sold at Love on a Hanger, 34 E. Main St., Cortez or online at bit.ly/1poI2o6. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP Seats are $30. Information: (970)565-9075.
The Montezuma County Historical Society Board of Directors meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Cortez Elks Club and includes a no-host lunch. Anyone interested in the history of Montezuma County and the Four Corners is welcome.
The Southwest Woodworkers Guild meets at 7 p.m. at various locations. Woodworkers welcome, beginner to expert. beginner to the expert. Call Rick at 533-7180.
Republican Women of Montezuma County invite the public to meet at noon at Shiloh’s Steakhouse at 5 Veach St., Cortez. Call Rosemarie Beall at 564-1576.
A free legal self-help clinic for Montezuma County parties without an attorney are 2-5 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.
Christian Motorcycle Association, CMA – Cortez Chapter holds its 8 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. chapter meeting and 10 a.m. ride (weather permitting). At Beny’s restaurant in Cortez. Call Chapter President Steve Reed at 970-565-7233. No motorcycle required.
The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is held at noon at Shiloh Steakhouse. Call 565-3414.
Caregiver/Advocate support group for caregivers of any person with Alzheimer’s, dementia or any chronic illness at 6 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 North Park Street, Cortez. Meet and discuss options with other caregivers and know that you are not alone on this journey
Dolores secondary PTO meets the third Thursday of every month at 3:45 p.m. in Mr. Thurston’s office. Email Heather Alvarez at email@example.com or call Tif at 903-8752.
The Montezuma Agility Dog Club’s Basic Obedience classes for dogs 5 1/2 months and older. Classes are Tuesdays at 7 p.m., last one hour, and begin on April 29 and continue for six weeks. Class size is limited. Registration is first-come, first-served. Information: 970-882-5404.
Free medical care, Tuesday from 1 to 1:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 110 W. North St., Cortez. Call 565-4436 to schedule or show up. Limited primary and pediatric care.
The Way Christian Church Bible Studies class at 6 p.m.
Yoga Flow with Lily, Wednesdays 9:30-11a.m. at the Grange. Call 847-819-2039.
Raising Readers Storytime offers songs, stories, crafts and silliness, using the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative program at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. For preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Older children may attend the craft at 11:15 a.m.
Free Community Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Cortez Family Worship Center Foursquare Church, 500 N. Washington. Donation appreciated. Call 565-3709.
Weekly weigh-ins available with the Waist Management Group, 4:40 to 5:30 p.m., 343 E. Main St.,, Suite 300, Cortez. Free. Info: Berta at 565-9515 or 739-6014 after 4:30 p.m.
Country music and dancing for senior residents at the Cortez Senior Center, 7–10 p.m.
Friendship Social Group, 1 p.m. at Beny’s Diner, 640 S. Broadway, Cortez. For those who are looking for support with finding new friends and social activities after a loss, or need a break from the role of a caregiver. Sponsored by Hospice of Montezuma.
TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Cortez Public Library.