THURSDAY, NOV. 23
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, 4.3 mile/2 mile prediction run/walk, Oak Grove Elementary School, 9 a.m. Club Contact Joan Sanders, 249-0595, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sjmr.org.
Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner Friendship Hall, Montrose, 249-5000.
FRIDAY, NOV. 24
Santa Arrives & Community Tree Lighting Downtown Montrose, 249-6360.
SATURDAY, NOV. 25
Hometown Country Christmas 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 323-0846, 250-4679.
THURSDAY, NOV. 30
A Taste of the Seasons Sponsored by Four Seasons Greenhouse in Cortez, a wine tasting benefit for United Way, 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple in advance and are available at Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery, West Slope Liquors in Cortez, the Cortez Welcome Center, and from committee members. For more information call Four Seasons Greenhouse at 565-8274 or Bruce Johnson from United Way at 882-2635.
FRIDAY, DEC. 1
Fort Lewis College Music Department Holiday Bash A holiday party complete with music of the season, hot chocolate and lots of goodies. Bring the kids for a fun family atmosphere. The concert will feature many of the department's performing ensembles, including the Concert Choir and the Concert Band. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $1 for students. Call the Community Concert Hall Ticketing Office, 247-7657, for your tickets, visit www.durangoconcerts.com.
Preeminent Tuba Player Patrick Sheridan in Concert at Moss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, 7:30 p.m. Sheridan is one of the most celebrated tuba soloists in history. Sheridan has performed more than 3,000 concerts in over 50 countries in venues ranging from the White House to NBA half-time shows to the Hollywood Bowl. Individual tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, available in advance or at the door. The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance and all seating is general admission. For more info call 248-1604.
SATURDAY, DEC. 2
Holiday Art & Gift Sale in Ridgway,10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ridgway Community Center on North Railroad. Paintings, jewelry, glass, pottery, fiber art, greeting cards, handcrafted soap, and much more. Call 626-2323 for more information.
Annual Parade of Lights 5:30 p.m., main street Montrose, 249-6360.
FRIDAY, DEC. 8
American Red Cross CPR Class 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Montrose Rec. District, 249-7705.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8 AND SUNDAY, DEC. 9
Peppermint Patch Arts & Crafts Show Fri., 3-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friendship Hall, Montrose, 487-3544.
SATURDAY, DEC. 9
Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 7 p.m. Actors, athletes and artists with an unmistakable love for their art, the troupe offers spell-binding feats of physical boldness, enhanced by elaborate traditional costumes and a melding of ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques including authentic Chinese music. For tickets and info, visit www.durangoconcerts.com or call 970/247-7657.
SUNDAY, DEC. 10
Telluride Choral Society's WinterSing: A Day for Dancing TCS will dance the audience through
music old and new with selections from Gardner and Lloyd Pfautsch and many others, including "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" from the Nutcracker. 4H Event Center in Ridgway at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15/adults, students get in free, available at www.tellurideticket.com or at the door. Call TCS for more info at 728-3411.
MONDAY, DEC. 11 TUESDAY, DEC. 12
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 7 p.m. Riding a perpetual wave of popularity and hipness, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has toured nearly non-stop since coming together in the mid-1990s. Contributing architects of this generation's swing music revitalization, the band has delivered a series of contemporary recordings and super-sizzling live performances, fashioned from the swinging days of the 40s and 50s. For tickets and info, visit www.durangoconcerts.com or call 970/247-7657.
TUESDAY, DEC. 12 AND
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13
American Red Cross Babysitting Training 4:30-8 p.m., Montrose Rec. District, 249-7705.
SATURDAY, DEC. 16
Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 7 p.m. Durango's much-beloved cowboy crooners come off the Bar D and step on to the Community Concert Hall stage for a special cowboy Christmas show. A warm-hearted and fun-filled show for the entire family, the Bar D Wranglers are sure to inspire audiences remember the true meaning of the holidays. For tickets and info, visit www.durangoconcerts.com or call 970/247-7657.
MONDAY, DEC. 18
Candlemaking 7-9 p.m., Montrose Rec. District, 249-7705.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20
Dr. Holmes Lecture on Arthritis 10:30 a.m., Montrose Pavilion Senior Center, 252-4884.
THURSDAY, JAN. 11
Junior Brown Singer and demon guitarist Junior Brown's raucous blend of country and rock 'n' roll has earned him fans from a variety of musical genres. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, JAN. 18
Durango Chamber of Commerce Awards Event This year's annual awards ceremony, "One Shining Moment," will recognize those businesses and individuals who have risen to the top and are extraordinary in their field. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 5-7 p.m. cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres, 7 p.m. Awards.
FRIDAY, JAN. 19
Formula 151: Yesterday's Tomorrow Drawing from a long heritage of singer/songwriters and acoustic music, Formula 151 takes listeners on a melodic and lyrical journey. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN. 26
Paramount's Original LaserSpectacular Featuring The Music of Pink Floyd The very Best of Pink Floyd, including "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall," comes to life with multi-screen video projections and state-of-the-art laser technology. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
TUESDAY, FEB. 6
Hubbard Street 2 Led by Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa Bottcher, Hubbard Street 2 is a vibrant company with a desire to expose audiences to a wide variety of dance techniques, movement styles and artistic approaches. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Béla Fleck has garnered a reputation as arguably the premier banjo player in the world. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 17
The Laura Love Duo A hip-deep rove, a strong voice and a folk-funk sound bearing traces of African, Appalachian, Celtic and Middle Eastern music are among Laura Love's musical lures. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
TUESDAY, FEB. 20
Circus Nexus: Rites and Rituals Astounding circus artistry, scintillating dance, rib-splitting comedy, heart-pounding music and "phantasmagorical" décor, combine for the "don't miss" theatrical event of the season. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 23
Lacey Black & Red Rhapsody Durango native Lacey Black, singer-songwriter and pianist, offers up her original heart-wrenching and hopeful songs in the piano folk-pop style of Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones, with the celebrated release of her second CD, Unsent Letter. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
TUESDAY, FEB. 27
The Capitol Steps The Capitol Steps, the musical political satire troupe of current and former Congressional staffers, is the only group in America that, as they say, attempts to be funnier than the United States Congress. No political party or national personality is protected from (or preferred in) The Steps' witty satire, and the troupe continually changes its repertoire to keep "PC" Politically Current. Capitol Steps is far from Politically Correct. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4
"The Ant & The Grasshopper" Theater for the very young, "The Ant & The Grasshopper" is Ric Averill's adaptation of the classic Aesop fable. Featuring the Seem-To-Be-Players, the story is used to teach the virtues of hard work and saving, and the perils of improvidence. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 2 p.m.
TUESDAY, MARCH 6
An Evening with the David Grisman Quintet David Grisman's bands have been the leading force in establishing a new genre of instrumental acoustic string music, and a breeding ground for new acoustic talent. The current David Grisman Quintet includes David on mandolin, Jim Kerwin on bass, George Marsh on percussion, Enrique Coria on guitar, and Matt Eakle on flute. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
TUESDAY, MARCH 13
"Jazz on the Hill Remembers Russ Serzen" The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is arguably the most popular and sought after big band in the world today, and with its unique jazz sound, the group is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17
Marcia Ball Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of Southern boogie, rollicking roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
MONDAY, MARCH 19
"Jazz on the Hill" Presents Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau With Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard Guitarist Pat Metheny has always pushed musical boundaries, establishing himself as an international superstar with his unique genre-bending blend of jazz, rock, pop, and fusion. Pianist Brad Mehldau is an emerging star whose spectacular skills as an improviser are just as likely to be applied to songs by Radiohead and the Beatles as Gershwin or Monk. Backed by Mehldau's regular trio members Larry Grenadier (bass) and Jeff Ballard (drums), these master musicians will form the front line of a unique and powerful quartet that promises to redefine the possibilities for jazz in the new millennium. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23
David Bromberg With Angel Band Often referred to as a musician's musician, David Bromberg, throughout his career, has spent almost as much time being a sideman to people like Bob Dylan and Jerry Jeff Walker as he has fronting his own band. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 5 AND SUNDAY, MAY 6
Arlo Guthrie: The Guthrie Family Legacy Tour A heartfelt show that features Arlo's son Abe, his daughter's duo Sara Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, and multi-instrumentalist, Gordon Titcomb, the show honors Woody's tradition and explores new musical ground. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Spotlight to Stardom Four Corners Talent Search A widely popular show that features local "stars-in-the-making," the professionally-produced Spotlight puts "the community" in the Community Concert Hall. Spotlight to Stardom is applauded as a tremendous experience for performers and the audience alike. Auditions for the show will be held in April. Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango, 7 p.m.
Christmas Tree Permits on Sale Available at National Forest/BLM offices and selected retail outlets in southwestern Colorado. A permit, which costs $8, allows you to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use. This year's permits expire Dec. 31. Permits come with a brochure that explains regulations and offers helpful tips. National Forest/BLM offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, and the best species of tree to cut. Permits on sale at: Cortez City Market, 508 E. Main; Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Highway 184; Durango San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court and Kroeger's Ace Hardware, #8 Town Plaza; Mancos Cox Conoco, 201 E. Railroad Ave. (permits will be sold for $10 at this location). Call the San Juan Public Lands Center at 970/247-4874 for up-to-date info on road conditions (National Forest/BLM roads are not snowplowed) or go to www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan/conditions.
The Sound of Music Presented by the Magic Circle Theatre, Montrose, Nov. 24, 25, 7:30 p.m. Call 249-7838. Call 970/249-7838 or visit www.magiccircleplayers.com for reservations.
Durango Acting Studio Quick Wit: An Evening of One Act Plays includes two plays that put a laugh-out-loud spin on classic myths, and two plays that use farce to explore the double standards and neuroticisms of today's urban lifestyle; Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. (Appropriate for audiences 13 and over.) The Eight: Reindeer Monologues is a dark Christmas comedy about a scandal that erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment; Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 at 10 p.m. (For mature audiences only.) Tickets are $12 general/adult, $8 seniors/students, or two shows for $20 general/adult, $14 seniors/students. Tickets are available at Maria's Bookshop and The Smiley Building during performances. Call 970/382-2695 for more info.
Firewood Available The Dolores Public Lands Office has removed several aspen trees at Transfer Campground north of Mancos. It is currently available for firewood to people with a current firewood permit. The wood has been cut into 10-foot lengths and is piled within the campground loop. Firewood permits are $10/cord and may be purchased at: Chamber/Visitor Center in Dolores and at the Dolores Public Lands Office; at Cox Conoco Station in Mancos; or at City Market in Cortez. For more info contact the Dolores Public Lands Office at 970/882-7296.
Beginning Tango Lessons With Eric Wright, Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. Bring appetizer to share. Call 626-4414 for more info.
US 550 Road Work on Red Mountain Pass will cause delays of up to 30 minutes, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. through late November. Check other scheduled lane closures in the southwest area by logging on to www.dot.state.co.us/TravelInfo/currentcond/ClosuresNWSW.htm.
Costumes, Costumes, Costumes! The Sherbino Theater is thinning out its costume rooms; its corner store has costumes for sale, rent or trade. Recycle your old costumes here as well.
Beginning Belly Dance with Phyllis and Shannon, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Sherbino Theatre, Ridgway, 626-4414.
Veteran's Business Classes The Small Business Development Center is offering a new class designed for veterans, taught by veterans. The SBDC has received a grant for this program for veterans on the Western Slope. Call 240-1109 for more info; if there is enough interest classes will be scheduled in your area.
Anasazi Heritage Center Winter hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through the month of February.
Rent the Sherbino Theatre in Ridgway Available for private parties, wedding receptions, etc. Call 626-4414 for more info.
Family Fun Night Fridays, Montrose Aquatic Center, 6:30-8:45 p.m., 249-7705.
Chi Gung & T'ai Chi with Elisabeth Roscoe in Montrose, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., 249-0397.
Mending Hearts Support Group in Montrose An adult support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one. In the safety of a group and in an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding members talk about their feelings and concerns. Join at any time in the series meets weekly on Thursdays through Dec. 14, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Hillcrest Congregational United Church of Christ in Montrose located at 611 Hillcrest Drive. For more info contact Don Barr at 240-7734.
Women's Resource Center located at 723 E. Second Ave. in Durango: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and by appt. WRC is often the first stop or call people make when they are new in town, in a crisis, facing a new challenge, needing information or wishing to get involved and volunteer in the community.
Chick Flick Night at the Abbey Theatre, the third Monday of every month. For more info, call 970/247-1242, or visit www.wrcdurango.org.
Second Chance Humane Society Volunteers needed in Ridgway, working directly with animals or the public, at both the animal shelter and the thrift shop. Hours are flexible and volunteers earn Thriftbucks. Volunteering as a Foster Care Provider is also available. Call Kelly at 626-2273 mailbox 4 for more info.
Montrose Community Band Rehearsals Anyone is welcome to join the band, rehearsals are Monday evenings in the Montrose High School band room. It's never too late to pick up a horn or a drumstick that you may have laid down long ago. For more info call Carl Bivins at 240-1191.
Montrose Recreation District For a full calendar of events, activities and classes call 252-4884 or email 50plus@Montrose.net.
Ridgway Railroad Museum Saturdays, 12:30-4:30 p.m., located at the north end of the Ouray County Fairgrounds in the Ridgway Chamber Bldg. Call 626-4373 for more info, or visit www.ridgwayrailroadmuseum.org.
Healing Circle Tues., 5:30-6:30 p.m., 609 Clinton, Ridgway. Call 626-4130 for more info.
Zen Meditation Wednesdays, Chipeta Sun Lodge & Kiva, 304 S. Lena, Ridgway, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Call 626-9711 for more info.
Montrose Ute Indian Museum Classes Programs for children (ages 6 and up) and adults. $8 per class. Reservations required. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 249-3098 for a complete schedule.
Exceptional Teen and Student Support Group Young people looking for answers. Fourth Wed. of every month, 7-8 p.m. 137 North Mesa Ave (corner of N. 2nd and Mesa), Montrose. Laurel Ann Browne, Visionary Counseling, email@example.com; Rev. Arlyn Macdonald, Community for Spiritual Awareness, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heirlooms for Hospice Is Seeking Volunteers who enjoy working in a fun environment. Volunteers are needed for cashiering, merchandise sorting, cleaning and display, and special events at the stores. Heirlooms staff will be visiting with those interested in volunteering from 2-3 p.m. on Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. All proceeds from Heirlooms for Hospice Stores, in Montrose and Grand Junction, go to support the programs of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
Tai Chi with John Schofield Tuesday and Thursday, 5-6:30 p.m., $8 per class. Pomona Elementary School, Montrose; call 729-1115 for info.
Children Support Group Alternative solutions to challenges for both children and adults through an empowerment program offering guidance and recognition. Every second Wednesday, 7-8 p.m., 137 North Mesa Ave (corner of North 2nd and Mesa), Montrose. For more info contact Laurel Ann Browne, Visionary Counseling, email@example.com or 970/249-1345; or Rev. Arlyn Macdonald, Community for Spiritual Awareness, firstname.lastname@example.org or 970/252-0908.
Eating Disorder Group Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., 715 S. First St., Montrose. Get support to improve your self-esteem and maintain a healthy weight, led by Sharon Sward. Call 970/626-5187 for info.
St. Mary's Blood Center Open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, in addition to regular weekday hours, Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No appointment necessary, all blood types needed. For more info or to learn how to become a donor or organize a blood drive, call 244-2555. The Blood Center is located in The Pavilion at 750 Wellington Ave in Grand Junction.
Mesa Verde National Park Artists-in-Residence Program For fans and collectors of American Indian arts and crafts. For exhibits by other artists, times and dates, call 800/449-2288 or visit www.visitmesaverde.com.
Aztec Ruins National Monument (Aztec, N.M.) Fall/Winter schedule: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except holidays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The entrance fee is $5 per adult 16 years and over. Children 15 and under are free. National Park Pass, Golden Age, Golden Eagle and Golden Access Passports as well as the newly created Aztec Ruins Passport are honored. For info call 505/334-6174 ext 30.
Free Professional Clothing Women's Resource Center, 723 E. 2nd Ave, Durango, Mon.-Thurs., 1-4 p.m., for women who need clothing for employment but cannot afford to purchase new stuff. There is no fee, but an appointment is necessary; various sizes and styles are available. Donations of professional clothing are also being accepted. Call 970/247-1242 for more info.
Durango Nature Center Customized group programs, 2-3 hours, for 10-75 children or adults, for naturalist led, interactive nature walks. DNC is located on the corner of US Hwy 550 and CR 310/318, 17 miles south of Durango. Call 970/382-9244 or visit www.durangonativestudies.org for more info.
Ready-Set-Go! Informational Meeting Second Tuesday of every month, this program helps women in their pursuit of economic self-sufficiency, at the Women's Resource Center, 723 E 2nd Ave, Durango, noon-1 p.m. There is no fee for this meeting. Call 970/247-1242 for more info.
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