The Cortez Journal encourages people to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Items submitted at least two weeks in advance will have a better chance of getting published; items submitted several days before the event might not get published. For more information, call the Journal at 565-8527.
March library theme is Spring Forward
Spring Forward is the March theme of Storytime at the Cortez Public Library.
Storytime is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for pre-school aged children. Older children are welcome to join us for the craft at 11:15 a.m.
Do I Have to Wear That? will be the focal point for Thursday, March 10. Next is Id Like to be a Penguin on March 17. The Number 10 will be discussed on March 24 and well wrap up the month with The Letter M on March 31.
Storytime offers songs, stories, crafts and silliness and uses the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative program. For more information, contact the library at 970-565-8117. The library is located at 202 N. Park St., Cortez.
St. Philip observes Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
A pancake supper will be served Shrove Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. in the Anglican Church of St. Philip the Evangelist. Supper will include pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea and juice.
A quiet, meditative Ash Wednesday service will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 9. St. Philip is located at the corner of South Market and 7th in Cortez. Join them as they observe the beginning of the Easter season.
For information, call 565-1555, 560-3185, or 565-8665.
Local author Niles will read from new work The Book of John
Local writer Kate Niles will read from her new book The Book of John at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St.
The book is about archaeologist John Thompson, who thinks hes going to have an easy summer. Instead, he runs into an archaeological discovery that will shake the field, his field, to its core. Fifty years old, overweight, married to someone who has aided and abetted his career while never forcing him to deal with his own deep-seated insecurities, John flees to the most extreme place he knows: the Makah Indian community at Neah Bay, Wash. Exposed to the endless rain and relentless sea of the Olympic Peninsula, John is confronted with a people desperate to rejuvenate their ancient whaling tradition, and the ghost of an old love affair John has tried to bury for years. In surefooted, lyrical prose, Niles explores what it means to excavate a life out of the wreckage of the past, and the ramifications of keeping secrets for far too long.
The event is free and open to all ages. Copies of The Book of John will be available for purchase.
For more information, contact the library at 533-7600.
Shamanic practitioner will have Mayan Calendar workshop
Join shamanic practitioner Carla Fox for the Mayan Calendar Workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Cortez Cultural Cente, 25 N. Market, Cortez.
According to Carl Johan Calleman, the final and highest wave of the Mayan Calendar starts on March 9. The rate of consciousness evolution will accelerate by a factor of 20. Time will speed up and morph, as will all aspects of life in the physical.
Fox will facilitate a discussion and lead several energetic processes designed to support transitions and stability into a higher state of vibration, so that participants could be able to ride this wave more consciously and comfortably.
To pre-register or for more information, call Carla at 565-2624.
Film Pushing the Elephant will feature at Mancos Public Library
Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service and The Mancos Public Library, will present this months screening of Pushing the Elephant at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Mancos Public Library, 211 W. First St.
When civil war came to Roses Congolese village, she was separated from her 5-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the United States, where they must come to terms with the past and build a new future.
A panel-led discussion will follow the free film.
For more information, contact the Mancos Public Library at 533-7600 or visit mancoslibrary.org.
Unlimited Learning Center offers computer workshops
The Unlimited Learning Center will offer Take Forty 40 minute computer skill workshops every Thursday at lunchtime, beginning Thursday, March 10, at 640 E. Second St., Cortez.
Take a 40-minute lunchbreak and acquire valuable computer skills for personal, educational, and business applications. Complete a project using the Office application, the web, and the Windows environment.
Must have a minimum of eight spaces reserved to hold class, costs is $10 per session.
To sign up, call Denise Barnard at 565-1601 or Ann Miller at 565-1602.
Mancos will hold second annual Mancos Melt
The second annual Mancos Melt begins Thursday, March 10 and runs through Saturday, March 12. This years theme is Summer of Love. The Melt kicks off with a wine tasting 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Arborena, 114 W. Grand Ave. The price is $30 per person or $55 per couple, and includes hor doeuvres. Space is limited; reservations are recommended. On Friday evening, there will be a winter scenes photography exhibit and a fashion show/costume contest. Saturday includes a full day of events, including a pancake breakfast, critter parade, roping contest, salsa sampling, balloon derby, bed races, and a golf tournament.
For full schedule and information, visit www.mancosonthemove.com/MancosMeltSchedule2011.html, or contact Jamie at 533-1177 or Rena at 533-1381.
SJMA will hold volunteer orientation, cover upcoming projects
San Juan Mountains Association will hold a volunteer orientation from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Mancos Library, 211 W. First St.
SJMA is a non-profit 501-c3 dedicated to public land stewardship through education and participation in Southwest Colorado. New SJMA volunteers or anyone interested in learning more about the San Juan Mountains Association are encouraged to attend. Topics covered will be: SJMAs background and purpose, descriptions of programs and upcoming 2011 projects, Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly ethics, public land regulations and descriptions of public land managing agencies in Southwest Colorado.
To attend the Volunteer Orientation, register by March 11, by contacting Kathe Hayes at 385-1310 or e-mail email@example.com.
Discotays, Cop Feel will play electronic music at Sideshow
Discotays and Cop Feel will play live electronic music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11 at Sideshow Emporium & Gallery, 411 Central in Dolores.
Electro-punk duo the Discotays are having their 2011 tour kick-off. Opening the show is Cop Feel making a debut performance with his mix of R&B electronoise synth beats plus experimental DJ set. Then on to the Discotays with their unique blend of post punk-dance-electro-pop outrageousness. To listen to the Discotays, visit: http://discotays.bandcamp.com. To hear Cop Feel, visit: http://soundcloud.com/cop-feel.
For more information, call 739-4646.
SWMH Auxiliary will hold Pampered Chef sale, fundraiser
Southwest Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Pampered Chef sale and fundraiser at 9 a.m. Friday March 11, in the lobby outside the gift shop at the hospital, 1311 N. Mildred Road, Cortez.
Stoneware, cookware, bake ware and other cooking tools will be included. Enter to win free cookbook. Anyone interested in joining the auxiliary should stop by to meet auxiliary members and pick up an application.
Call the gift shop for more information at 564-2159.
Montezumas Table gourmet dinner will benefit NEST
Local chefs will present Montezumas Table, a progressive gourmet dinner benefitting The NEST Child Advocacy Center at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Pepperhead and Stonefish Sushi & More, Cortez.
The elaborate dinner will feature exotic recipes in a five course meal spanning the block. Each course selection is a treasured combination of fare best suited to the highly refined appetite. Select wines will accompany the seated fine dining. The $100 price per person is far below market value for a five course gourmet meal.
The NEST provides a safe, child-friendly environment that eases the emotional trauma experienced by children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. They have been serving child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members since 1992.
Tickets for Montezumas Table are available at Pepperhead, 44 W. Main, Cortez, 565-3303, and Stonefish Sushi & More, 16 W. Main St., 565-9244.
Program will explore political redistricting based on Census
The League of Women Voters of Montezuma County will present a program on redistricting in Colorado at noon Saturday, March 12, at Shiloh Steak House, 5 S. Veach St., Cortez.
After each Census, states are required to redraw congressional and state legislative districts to conform with shifts in population. Each state determines how the redistricting will occur, based on its constitution and laws. Trish Pegrem, a La Plata County attorney, will discuss the procedures Colorado must follow to redraw district lines.
The public is invited to this presentation and can purchase lunch.
For more information, contact LouAnn Burkett at 882-4666.
Dolores High student government will host mardi gras carnival
Dolores High School student government will host a mardi gras carnival from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Dolores High School main gym, 1301 Central Ave.
The carnival is geared toward a younger audience but will have plenty of enjoyable activities for all ages. All money raised will go toward the Christmas Kids fund, through which student government takes low-income elementary students shopping for Christmas. The carnival will have food, vendors, booths and games from local businesses and school clubs alike. Costumes are encouraged.
For more information, call Dolores High School at 882-7288.
United Methodist Women will have sacrificial program
United Methodist Women at the Cortez United Methodist Church will observe the annual Call to Prayer and Self Denial at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Fellowship hall of the church at 515 N. Park St.
Each year this observance gives the women an opportunity to have a modest sacrificial breakfast and make a contribution to a designated mission effort of the church. This year, the designated project is the care of retired missionaries and deaconesses of the United Methodist Church and its predecessor organizations.
Women at United Methodist Churches in the area are invited to attend the Call to Prayer and Self Denial observance.
For more information, call Eleanor at 564-0708.
Celtic food and music to benefit Hawkins Preserve
The Cortez Cultural Center will be hosting two fundraisers March 14 and March 17 to raise funds for the Hawkins Pueblo, a popular walking destination at the Hawkins Preserve. The funds will be used for renovating the protective roof and stabilizing the site itself.
On Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m., Celtic Night will feature Karen Ragland on the bagpipes, along with Celtic storytelling and a dessert bar. The cost is $10/$8 for members of the Center.
On Thursday, March 17, a St. Patricks Day Celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a corned beef, cabbage, potatoes & soda bread dinner, also available as take-out. Beer will be served and Luck of the Irish chance drawings for door prizes will happen during the evening. A live Celtic band, Celtic Knot, made up of Shawn & Allison Reynolds from Farmington, has offered to liven up the Center with music. Cost is $20/$18 for members.
Call 565-1151 for further information.
Montezuma County 4-H Council fundraiser
The Montezuma County 4-H Council fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 19, with serving to begin at 5 p.m. at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center. An enchilada dinner will be served, with a silent auction and a dessert auction to follow the dinner.
The Adult plate will be $8 and Youth plate for ages five & under will be $5.
You may purchase advance tickets or questions can be answered at the Montezuma County Extension Office at 565-3123.
Four Corners Dancers will host Spring Fling square, round dance
The Four Corners Dancers invite everyone in the community to attend the annual Spring Fling square and round dance festival from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the Cortez Middle School gym, 450 W. Second St., Cortez.
The free event can be fun for spectators, who are encouraged to come at any time. The flashing petticoats and bright ties of the dancers can lift your spirits, and the elegant steps of the round dancers can take you back to an era of galantry and grace.
Art Tangen, of Albuquerque, N.M., is the featured square dance caller for the event. Maxine and Dale Springer, of Grand Junction, will be cuing the round dancers. About a hundred dancers from all over the Rocky Mountain region and the Four Corners are expected to attend this popular festival.
For more information contact Don and Judy Morris at 565-9836 or Ronnie and Vonnie Robinson at 565-8561.
A Trio of Duos planned at Millwood Junction
A Trio of Duos: A night of music with the Lindells, Baby Toro and Katya Chorover is set for Saturday, March 12 at Millwood Junction Restaurant, Mancos.
The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door.
Kim and Chris Lindell play wild, live-wire, high mountain music - straight up from Colorado. Its a delectable brew of original roots rock, cosmic country, folk-noir, wicked grass and funky-stylie reggae. Join us for some of the finest magic harmonies, stunning guitarwork, New Orleans backbeat rythyms and atmospheric jams inspired by the awesome beauty of the American West. Bob Matthews, producer and recording engineer for the Grateful Dead, says: Kim and Chris Lindell have been blessed with a rare gift... [their music is] a grace to witness... most satisfying!
Springing from the small town nowhereland (Mancos), Baby Toro uses their dazzling, multi-hued fantails of reverb, echo and and girl-group harmony meets post-punk detachment to seem much larger than they are.
For nearly twenty years, Katya Chorover has been captivating audiences with her warm, dark voice and intimate, well-crafted songs. Combining elements of Americana, folk, pop, blues and country, her music embodies a peace that transcends the noise of modern life (Talking Leaves).
For more information call 533-7338.
Moetones, Lawnchair Kings will play rock, country tunes
The Moetones and Lawnchair Kings will play a mix of rock and country tunes at 9 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Hollywood Bar and Cafe, 417 Central Ave., Dolores.
There is a cover charge of $5 per person.
For more information, call the Hollywood at 882-9998.
Boris McCutcheon and the Salt Licks will play
KSJD presents Boris McCutcheon and the Salt Licks, an Americana/folk/rock n roll show, at the Millwood Junction Restaurant on Saturday, March 19. The show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $10 at the door.
If you want to buy ahead of time, contact Melissa at 564-9727, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmers Telephone celebrates opening of satellite office in Cortez
Farmers Telephone Company is hosting an open house on Tuesday, March 22 to celebrate the opening of its new satellite office in Cortez. The open house will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the site of its new office at 16 N. Market Street. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:15 p.m. Local author, Lowell Volk, also will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, The Taylors Civil War. The public is invited. Dont miss out on cake, refreshments, door prizes and more!
For more information, call Farmers Telephone at 562-4211.
AARP will sponsor driver safety course
AARP will sponsor a driver safety course from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Calvin Denton room in the Empire Electric building, 801 N. Broadway, Cortez.
This is a new four hour course authorized by the state of Colorado. It is designed to meet the needs of older drivers. The course will review safe driving techniques as well as Colorado traffic laws. Completion of this course can qualify you for a discount on your automobile insurance.
The course is available to all motorists whether or not they are members of AARP. A $12 fee for AARP members and a $14 fee for nonmembers covers materials. Payment must be paid by check, no cash. Bring your drivers license and your AARP membership number (if you have one).
If interested, you are asked to register with Scott and Judy Aeschlimann at 565-3872. The class number is limited.
Dodson, aka Renaissance Man, displays art at Cortez library
Justin Dodson, aka Renaissance Man, will display his paintings through March at the Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St., Cortz.
For more information, contact Justin at email@example.com.
Free dental care for kids on Give Kids a Smile day
The Dolores County Community Health Association will be having Give Kids a Smile Day from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Community Health Clinic at 495 W. 4th St. in Dove Creek. Free dental care will be provided to eligible kids by Dr. Nathan Turnbow.
Eligibility requirements are kids ages 1 to 17 who do not have insurance. Treatment provided will be determined the day of and may include: exam, X-rays, cleaning, sealants, fillings or extractions. Treatment time is limited, so children with extensive treatment needs will have to be rescheduled or referred in order to complete needed treatment.
An appointment is required call 677-3644.
Low cost spay and neuter clinic
There will be a two day low-cost spay and neuter clinic on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Cortez Christian Church at Empire St. and Dolores Road .
The costs are: $25 for cat neuter, $30 for cat spay, $50 for dog neuter (over 60 pounds add $10 for each additional 10 pounds), and $60 for dog spay (over 60 pounds add $10 for each additional 10 pounds).
Contact 565-PETS (565-7387) to reserve your place. No limit on number of pets per family.
Sponsored by For Pets Sake Humane Society, Cortez (www.forpetssakehs.org) and Planned Pethood Plus, Denver (plannedpethoodplus.com).
Cortez Farmers Market plans spring meeting
The Cortez Farmers Market invites all of last years vendors, and anyone interested in participating in this years market, to attend its spring meeting from 9:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 2, at the Calvin Denton Room, Empire Electric Association, 801 N Broadway, Cortez.
The meeting will include topics on the agenda: a financial report, market managers report, a review of the 2010 season and of the rules and regulations, and instructions and time lines for vendor applications.
For more information contact Theresa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Extension Office at 565-3123.