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The “Bag Show” – The Durango Arts Center presents the Santa Fe Book Arts Group Exhibit. For further information, call the Durango Arts Center at 259-3603 or Mary Ellen Long at 259-4363.
League of Women Voters Election Issues Forum – Don’t miss a great opportunity to learn more about more about upcoming election issues at this local public forum hosted by The League of Women Voters. Local speakers will present the pros and cons of important issues surrounding the Colorado State budget and Referendums C and D, the Montrose County Sales Tax issue and the Montrose Fire District mill levy; 6:30-9 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. Presenters will include Paul Dow, Jim Haugsness, Josh Penrey, Bernie Buecher, and County Commissioner Bill Patterson. For more information call Bonnie Koch at 252-1110.
Surviving in Agriculture – The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Agricultural and Business Management Team will present a financial and risk management program that will provide tools producers can put to use in their operations as fall weaning decisions are being made. The program will allow participants to learn about and use three financial and risk management tools in a hands-on environment: Livestock Risk Protection Insurance; RD Financial; and RightRisk. Cortez public Library, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., lunch and breaks will be provided thanks to sponsorship from the Western Center for Risk Management Education, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Premier Farm Credit and Farm Credit of Southern Colorado. Please contact Rod Sharp to RSVP at 970/245-9149.
Surviving in Agriculture – The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Agricultural and Business Management Team will present a financial and risk management program that will provide tools producers can put to use in their operations as fall weaning decisions are being made. The program will allow participants to learn about and use three financial and risk management tools in a hands-on environment: Livestock Risk Protection Insurance; RD Financial; and RightRisk. Montrose Friendship Hall, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., lunch and breaks will be provided thanks to sponsorship from the Western Center for Risk Management Education, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Premier Farm Credit and Farm Credit of Southern Colorado. Please contact Rod Sharp to RSVP at 970/245-9149.
Rickie Lee Jones, Duchess of Coolsville – Performance at Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Doors to the concert hall and the Spotlight Lounge open at 6 p.m. Tickets $35 for balcony and orchestra, and $45 for plaza, available online at or the Community Concert Hall Box Office, 970/247-7657. Discounts for children, students, seniors and FLC employees, are also available.
13th Annual Bosom Buddies’ Walk/Run – The “One Step Closer to Help and Hope” walk/run begins at the Montrose Pavilion at 9 a.m. with registration at 8 a.m. Registration forms are available at both City Market locations, Montrose Chamber of Commerce and Montrose Memorial Hospital. This event raises money for mammograms, equipment, chemotherapy and research needs. Sponsored by the Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group of Southwest Colorado and presented by Montrose Memorial Hospital. Last year, the event raised over $29,000 for men and women in Southwestern Colorado. All proceeds from the race stay in this area! If you plan to participate in the walk/run, pick up your registration form today! For further information call 249-7924 or 249-6666.
First Annual Delta Uncompahgre Blues Festival, noon to early evening. Acoustic to country juke-join jams to Chicago-style eclectic and electric rave-ups. Performers include Dave Andersen, Bill Whaley, Harry Harpoon, DVS Minds, Paul Frazier, Sammy Dee Morton and The Muddy Waters of the Rio Lobos Country Blues Band. Confluence Park in Delta (turn west off Highway 50 at Gunnison River Drive, by City Market). On-site vendors provide food, beverages, beer garden; adjacent playground and nearby skate park and swimming pool. Free admission.
Western Colorado Congress Annual Meeting with keynote speaker Jim Hightower, Campbell Center of Mesa State College in Grand Junction, 3:30 p.m. Lois Gibb will be the guest speaker, at 1:30 p.m. Gibb is the housewife made famous by activating her neighbors in protest against Love Canal in the 1970s. The event also includes a business meeting in the morning, and book signing and reception after the speakers. For more information or to share a ride please c all Sheep Mountain Alliance at 728-3729.
Four Corners Sound Relief: Rebuilding the Gulf Concerts -A series of Relief Concerts are planned to be held at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College and other venues. Oct. 20, 22, 29: Tim Sullivan & Narrow Gauge, The Badly Bent, John Garza, Kirk James Blues Band, Formula 151, Woodwork, D.O.R.K. and Eight-O-Two (details available at Individual tickets $20/show; VIP passes $250 (admits two to all events). Tickets for events at the Concert Hall can be purchased at the following ticket outlets: Community Concert Hall Box Office, Steamworks Brewing Co., Durango Chamber of Commerce, Durango Arts Center, Canyon Music Woodworks and Wells Fargo Bank. Oct. 16: Scoot’n Blues features Ralph Dinosaur and Terry Rickard. Tickets can be purchased on night of show for a $5 door donation. Ticket proceeds for all Sound Relief events go directly to Gulf Coast relief efforts. Along with the concert series, a silent auction will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center. Donations are still being accepted at the Concert Hall, 382-6947.
Trade Show Space Available at WRC Conference – The Women’s Resource Center is accepting trade show registrations for WomenFest 2005, “The Fire Within,” taking place Saturday, Nov. 5, at Escalante Middle School. The trade show will feature products and services of interest to women. The cost to participate is $50, but spaces are limited and must be reserved by October 10. Booth registrants may attend the conference for the discounted rate of $15 (instead of $25). Registration forms are available online at, at the Women’s Resource Center located at 723 East 2nd Ave., or by calling 247-1242.
Elk Management Meetings – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is evaluating elk management in Colorado’s southwest corner. Public meetings: Redvale, 7 p.m., Oct. 3, community center; Dolores, 6 p.m., Oct. 7, community center. The meetings will focus on elk in Game Management Units 70, 71, 72, 73 and 711. These units comprise the larger E24 Data Analysis Unit which includes portions of San Miguel, Dolores, Montrose and Montezuma counties. The elk herd in the area is known locally as the Dolores or Groundhog herd. Anyone unable to attend the meetings can submit written comments to 415 Turner Drive, Durango, CO, 81303; or call him at 970/375-6745.
Wolf Creek Pass Construction Update – Restrictions in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Construction crews are working along Hwy. 160 from the Big Meadows Reservoir access (mm 174.7) extending east for approximately one-half mile towards the Lake Fork Trailhead. Crews are conducting blasting and widening operations and unable to accommodate commercial vehicles over 10-feet wide or 80-feet long during construction. Loads over 10 feet in width and 80 feet in length will be turned around. Oversize loads are advised to use the following alternate route: Westbound traffic: Travel south on Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 17, then south on Hwy. 17 to Hwy. 84 (in New Mexico) and west on Hwy. 84 to Pagosa Springs. Eastbound follow detour in reverse. The pass will be closed Monday through Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. These closures will be in effect through mid-November. From Monday through Saturday, there will be daytime delays of at least 45 minutes as traffic queues are cleared in each direction. These same delays will also be in effect on Friday and Saturday nights as the pass is not fully closed to traffic on these nights). Information: 719/849-1778,
First Annual Habitat Collector Stamp Art Contest – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is conducting a contest to select the art that will be used in the production of the 2006 Colorado Wildlife Habitat Collector Stamp and limited art prints. Beginning Jan. 1, 2006 people who hunt and fish and recreate in Colorado will be charged a habitat stamp fee. Entries for the 2006 stamp must depict native wildlife species associated with sagebrush habitats. The artwork must be 13 inches high and 18 inches wide, in a full color medium. No photos, sculptures or carvings will be accepted. All entries must be accompanied by a $50 entry fee payable to the DOW. The entry deadline is Oct. 31, 2005. A committee formed by the DOW will evaluate the entries and select a winner who will receive a cash prize of $2,500. For more contest information including rules and entry form, please visit:
Academy of Yoga has begun a 52-week Beginners class, Fridays, 6:15-7:15 p.m., complimentary to all Mesa County adults for the entire year. Come experience the benefits of yoga in our new Steps to Live Well class and join Monica in beginning to make changes in physical activity that support greater health. Call 255-8029 for more info.
Aztec Ruins Hours – Aztec Ruins has changed back to its winter-season hours of operation. The park will be open daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except holidays. Entrance fee is $4 per adult 17 years and over. Children 16 and under are free. The National Park Pass, Golden Age, Golden Eagle and Golden Access Passports are honored. For more information, phone 505/334-6174 ext 30.
The Ouray County Arts Center Summer Schedule – Oct. 8, 9: John Nizalowski Writing Workshop, includes aspects of effective creative writing in all appropriate genres, writing exercises, and discussion of workshop pieces by each student. The conclusion will cover the writing business. Students will be expected to provide examples of their writing prior to the workshop for personal evaluation by Nizalowski, included in the tuition. Tuition is $45 for OCAC members and $50 for non-members; Oct. 15: Paul McCreary Drawing Class, intended for all levels of ability and will focus on discovering the artist within each person. Art exercises will be included to loosen and relax students, thereby allowing hidden abilities to emerge. Tuition is $27 for OCAC members and $30 for non-members; Oct. 22: Aaron Abeyta Poetry Workshop, centers on the concept that the individual is the source of imagery, imagination and distinctive poetry. From this basis, the class will focus on letting the individuals’ own lives and experiences meld with their creativity to produce a genuine and unique piece of work. Tuition is $25 for OCAC members and $27.50 non-members; Nov. 5: Crochet a Holiday Scarf, DeAnn McDaniel, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will create a sampler to learn the skills of chaining, single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet, then start a holiday scarf using double crochet, including adding fringe to both ends. Tuition is $31.50 for OCAC members and $35 for non-members; Nov. 3, 10, 17: Porcelain Santa Bell Class, Nancy Hutto, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Students will paint an 8-inch bisque Santa Bell. Hutto will fire the pieces and demonstrate painting techniques and assembly. Students may paint additional ornaments as time allows. Tuition is $22.50 for OCAC members and $25 for non-members, plus $20 materials fee; Nov. 19: Writing the Words that Surround Your World, Beth Paulson, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Intended for poets, potential poets and writers of other genres. The class will look at selected poems by contemporary poets who exemplify observation and descriptive skills; practice close observation of objects; and do some brief writing about the thoughts and images they conjure up. Tuition is $25 for OCAC members and $ 27.50 non-members. More info about the classes, membership and a complete Arts Center Calendar are available online at or at 325–4005.
Help Keep Colorado’s Bears Safe – Colorado’s black bears are beginning to forage. Unfortunately, bears often find food in the wrong places – around homes and in neighborhoods. The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) urges home and business owners to handle all discarded food and garbage in a manner that doesn’t attract bears. When bears find easy sources of food in a neighborhood, they can damage property and might need to be relocated or destroyed. For more information on living with wildlife, go to the DOW Web site at
Mesa Verde Travel Planner 2005 – Now available with comprehensive info on travel destinations in southwestern Colorado and the Four Corners area. Call 800/253-1616 or visit for more information.
Durango Arts Center Volunteer Opportunities – Shifts are available at the Barbara Conrad Gallery in the Gallery Shop, Tuesday through Saturday, mornings or afternoons. Reception duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone, selling tickets and performing tasks to assist Durango Arts Center staff. Volunteers who work in the shop will meet the artists, learn about their work, represent their work and make sales. For more information, call Jeannie at 970/259-2606.
Mending Hearts is an adult grief support group for those grieving the death of a loved one. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is not required. New participants can start at any time. The first meeting is scheduled Oct. 12 at Church of God, located at 1102 Howard Street to run through Dec. 13. Mending Hearts is a community service of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, for more information please call 874-6826.
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. Facilitators: Laurel Ann Browne, Visionary Counseling,; Rev. Arlyn Macdonald, Community for Spiritual Awareness, 970/249-1345, 970/252-0908.
Heirlooms for Hospice Needs Donations – Heirlooms for Hospice, a unique upscale resale shop, is in need of your donations. We appreciate furniture, gently worn clothing, collectables, and house wares. Donations are accepted during the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The proceeds from the store help provide quality hospice care as well as emotional, spiritual and grief support to patients and their families. If you would like more information please contact Cindy in Montrose at 252-3648 or Anne in Grand Junction at 254-8556.
Heirlooms for Hospice Announces “Everyday Value Pricing” – Both Heirlooms locations have marked all women’s jeans at $4, blouses at $6 and dresses from $8. All store merchandise is donated by the community and proceeds support Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado. Heirlooms for Hospice is located at 635 Main Street in Grand Junction and 435 E. Main Street in Montrose, open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call the Grand Junction Heirlooms for Hospice at 254-8556 or in Montrose, 252-3648.
The Montrose Community Band Rehearsals – The concert wind band rehearses every Monday, 7 p.m. in the band room of Montrose High School. New members welcome. Call 252-0918 for more information.
Mending Hearts in Delta – An adult grief support group, Mending Hearts is a community service of Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado and hosted by participating churches. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Pre-registration is not required. New participants can start at any time. Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church, 285 North 2nd St. For more information please call 874-6823.
Eating Disorder Group – Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., 715 S. 1st Street, Montrose. Get support to improve your self-esteem and maintain a healthy weight. Find out what is behind your eating habits and how to change them. The group is led by Sharon Sward, author of You Are More Than What You Weigh . Call Sharon Sward for additional information, 970/626-5187.
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
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.
Healing Circle – Tues., 5:30-6:30 p.m., 609 Clinton, Ridgway. Call 626-4130 for more info.
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. Visit or call 626-4373 for more info.
Devil’s Thumb Golf Club – Rated #2 best new affordable course in the nation by Golf Digest , 968-1560 Rd., Delta, call 970/874-6262 or visit 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 for more info.
Gourmet du Jour Cooking Classes – With certified chef Inge Cheatham of Montrose; classes available for all styles of cooking including special classes for health related diets. (diabetic, cancer, etc.). Call 249-0630 or email for more info.
Montrose Ute Indian Museum Classes – Programs for children (ages 6 and up) and adults. Cost is $8 per class. Reservations are required. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 249-3098 for a complete schedule.
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.
Pro-Se Divorce Seminar – Second Monday of every month, for those who need information on doing their own divorces, at Colorado Legal Services, 1474 Main Ave., Suite 200, Durango, no fee. Call 970/247-1242 for more info.
Women’s Reading Circle – Second Wednesday of every month, 5:30 p.m., at the Durango Public Library. Email to join the circle or for more info.

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