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Durango Farmer's Market returns
Bobke unveils Tour Companion
Mama's Cookin' back in town

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The San Juan Mountains Association and La Plata County host a "Weeds in the Riparian Areas" raft trip on the Animas River from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Participants will learn to identify noxious weeds along the river corridor and about Friends of the Animas River's Russian Olive Eradication Project.For details call 385-1210.

Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6 p.m. slide show and book signing with Tyler Williams for his new book Whitewater ClassicsFifty North American Rivers Picked by the Continent's Leading Paddlers . 247-1438 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run on the Lion's Den and College Loop at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the Chapman Hill parking lot. 385-2664 for details.

Pongas, 121 E. Eighth St., hosts a singles, 8-ball pool tournament at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for details.

The Durango Community Recreation Center offers Open Kayak Night in the pool from 7-8:45 p.m. 375-7310 for details.

Durango Contra Dance supports a 7:30 p.m. Contra Dance at the Kendall Mountain Community Center. Durango's Kitchen Jam Band plays the event and there will be no Durango Contra Dance this month. 259-6820 for details.

Beer Bingo takes place at Lady Falconburgh's, 640 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 382-9664 for details.

Airborne plays jazz at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., from 6:30-9:30 p.m. DJ Erik James and a special guest spin music downstairs for Femme Fatale at 10 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The Durango Gallery Association presents "Gallery Open House" in which participating downtown galleries will stay open until 9 p.m. Various galleries will also be showcasing hand-painted lift chairs that are being auctioned for the Adaptive Sports Association.

The Art Supply House, 24 Town Plaza, hosts a free lecture and product demonstration by New Mexico artist Nancy Ryner at 6 p.m.Ryner is a professional acrylic painter with a MFA from Columbia University and is a technical consultant for Golden Artist Colors Inc.375-0090 for details.

Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., presents live music from 6-9 p.m. Lee Bartley plays piano in the lounge and the Jeff Solon jazz duo plays on the patio. 382-3844 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts an encore screening of "The Tour Baby!" at 6 p.m. Proceeds from this inside look at the Tour de France benefit the Durango Wheel Club and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. At 8:45 p.m. the Abbey hosts a kickoff party for Animas River Days featuring a screening of the film "Bigger Than Rodeo," a DJ party and a raffle and door prizes. 385-1711 for details.

Dave Insley's Careless Smokers play Americana at the Dolores River Action Group (DRAG) Benefit at the Dolores River Brewery at 7 p.m. The show caps a day of events for the annual Dolores River Festival that includes fishing derbies for kids and adults, free raft rides, and a kayak race. 565-4170 for details.

A DJ spins a hip-hop mix at Solid Muldoon's, 117 W. College, at 9 p.m.. 247-9151 for details.

Largo plays country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

Blues diva Lady Bianca plays a special engagement at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400.



Trails 2000 celebrates National Trails Day by maintaining the Colorado Trail and Hoffheins from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at the Dry Fork Trailhead and arrive and leave as their schedule permits. Lunch will be provided. 259-4682 for details. The San Juan Mountains Association also will celebrats National Trails Day by working to restore the first 4 miles of the Colorado trail. All ages and levels of experience are needed. 385-1242 for details.

Stacey Board plays piano at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 6-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Dances of Universal Peace takes place at 7 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. 385-7375 for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama, 699 Main Ave., opens its 43rd season with productions of "Under the Gaslight" and "Hazel Kirke." Both shows are followed by a Vaudeville Revue with singing, dancing and slapstick. The melodrama shows nightly except Sundays, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. 247-3400 for details.

A DJ spins a hip-hop mix at Solid Muldoon's, 117 W. College, at 9 p.m.. 247-9151 for details.

New local band Sol Vista plays jam-based rock at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts a double bill with Levels , a band from Denver, and Coconut Pete (from Pi`F1acolodaburg). The evening gets under way at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts "House Arrest Innocent Until Proven Funky" at 10:30 p.m. The Ladies Night event will feature DJ Rem E and El Beau spinning music. 259-9200 for details.

Largo plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

Lady Bianca plays a second show at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



Pongas hosts free pool after 6 p.m. at 121 W. 8th St. 382-8554 for details.

Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., presents live music from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lee Bartley plays piano in the lounge and Pete Giuliani plays guitar on the patio. 382-3844 for details.

Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., hosts another special engagement with John Lee Hooker Jr. at 6 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Blue Moon Ramblers play bluegrass at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m. 375-7150 for details.



Drawing On Your Dreams , a group exploring dreams through art and discussion, meets from 7-8 p.m. every Monday through Aug. 9 at 204 W. 22nd St. 259-9636 for details.

Swing Shift plays melodic and lyrical jazz standards at the Cyprus Caf`E9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.



The Durango Chamber of Commerce hosts "Hospitality Polooza 2004" at 8 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. The event features keynote speaker Dr. Dale Henry. 247-0312 to register.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group plays on the patio at the Cyprus Caf`E9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

The Diabetes Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. in room A on the 4th floor of Mercy Medical Center.

382-1718 for details.

The Durango Community Recreation Center hosts Open Kayak Night in the pool from 7-8:45 p.m. 375-7310 for details.

Tuesday Trivia takes place at Lady Falconburgh's, 640 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 382-9664 for details.

Solid Muldoon's, 117 W. College, hosts College Night with a DJ spinning hip-hop. 247-9151 for details.

Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents king karaoke with Steve Kahler beginning at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



Trails 2000 hosts its annual Members Picnic at 5 p.m. at the Edgemont Ranch Picnic Area east of Durango. The event features food, a silent auction and is free for current members. New members are also welcome. 259-4682 for details.

Fort Lewis College hosts a public welcome reception for incoming President Brad Bartel and his wife, Laura, from 5-7 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. 247-7100. 4

The Women's Reading Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave., to discuss In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. Anyone interested in discussing the book is invited. 259-9442 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group plays on the patio at the Cyprus Caf`E9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., hosts a live DJ with no cover. 375-2568 for details.

Jeff Strahan and the Strangers play Bike Night at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



Animas River Days takes place June 4-6 in Durango. The weekend features a Friday night boat parade, slalom races, Saturday night party and Sunday's freestyle whitewater rodeo. For more information, log onto or call 259-3893.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the 28th annual Juried Exhibit from June 4-30. The exhibit presents more than 50 works by local and regional artists that were selected by juror Charles Parson. An artists' reception and awards presentation takes place June 4 from 5-7 p.m. At 7 p.m. Parson will offer a free slide presentation "The Sanctuary of the Moment," which chronicles 25 years of his art and life. DAC will also offer a "Trunk Sale" of work by Nancy Frederick Conrad on June 3-5. 259-2606 for details.

The 3rd annual Mancos Old Time Fiddlers Contest and Festival takes place June 4-6 at Echo Basin Guest Ranch in Mancos. The event features fiddle competitions, jamming, workshops, vendors and is highlighted by a Darol Anger and Mike Marshall concert on June 5 at 7 p.m. Anger and Marshall are founding members of the David Grisman Quintet. All events except the Anger and Marshall concert are free. For more information call 533-1077 or log onto

The Children's Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., presents "Nature and Me" an exhibit about the indigenous trees in the area. Included in the exhibit will be a puppet tree house, forest campsite, mini forest, bugs that help and hurt trees, video information about the effects of the Missionary Ridge Fire, a walk, and more. 259-9234.

The Adaptive Sports Association presents "A Lift for Charity," a new fund-raising event through July 4. Chairlift chairs from the original Purgatory Lift 1 have been turned over to a number of local artists and transformed into porch swings and patio benches. The chairs are available for viewing and bidding at the Main Mall. 259-0374.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East Second Ave.,presents the exhibit "Testimonials," featuring the black and white photography of Keith Carter and Janet Woodcock through July 21. Emerging photographer Woodcock's work focuses on "barnyard portraits" and nationally renowned photographer Carter's work is of Americana. 382-8355 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the film "Bubba Ho-Tep." The comedy/horror finds Elvis Presley alive but not so well in a small Texas nursing home. The ailing Elvis eventually befriends another elderly resident, John F. Kennedy. Eventually Elvis and JFK are forced to take on an ancient evil. Showtimes for "Bubba Ho-Tep" vary. Call 385-1711 for details.

Step Back In Time , a festival celebrating the heyday of the early 1900s mining boom, takes place June 3-6 in Silverton. The event features authentic social dances of the era, visits to the Mayflower Gold Mill, underground mine tours, an ice-cream social, an opportunity to witness a train robbery, a historic Society Ball and more. 387-5522 for details.

Durango Public Library offers online access to the full text of "Allies at War" through May 31. Selected as netLibrary's ebook of the Month, "Allies at War" offers a thorough analysis of U.S./European relations. 385-2970.

The Farmington Civic Center hosts the Men of the Four Corners 2004 Fine Arts Exhibit from June 1-30. The show will feature paintings from Four Corners artists Mark Broadway, Dale Latta, Dwight Lawing, Bill Randall, Steve Unger, Al Weber and Phillip West An artists reception takes place June 11.

The Center of Southwest Studies presents the exhibits "Today's Navajo Weavers," "A Stirring Story: Navajo and Pueblo Spoons" and "Presence with Abandonment." "Today's Navajo Weavers" features the work of nearly 40 Navajo weavers. "A Stirring Story" is a traveling exhibit from the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian and features spoons and other flatware that were among the earliest products of Navajo and Pueblo silversmiths. "Presence within Abandonment: Photography, Archaeology and Western Historic Sites" is a photographic exhibit by Thomas Carr. 247-7494.



Maria's Bookshop hosts a June 10 event with New Mexico author Stephen Bodio for his travel adventure book Eagle Dreams: Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia .

The Four Corners Sudbury Founders Group will host informational meetings for anyone interested in exploring an alternative in education for children ages 5-19 on June 10 & 16. 884-7047 for details.

Local jam band Aftergrass will unveil new material at the Summit on June 11.

The 4th annual AdventureXstream Adventure Race returns to Durango on June 12 with 12 & 24- hour races. Competitors will traverse across a 60-mile or 100-mile course testing their skills in trail running, mountain biking, rappelling and kayaking.

Durango Nature Studies celebrates its 10th birthday with a party June 12. The party is free and features BBQ, libations, nature hikes and more.

A free horse-packing clinic will be held June 12 at the Forest Service Work Station in Vallecito. 385-1310 to register.

Brian Jordan , the guitarist for Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, along with former P-Funk Allstars Starr Cullers and Lige Curry play the Abbey Theatre on June 12.

The Durango Barbershoppers will celebrate four-part harmony with "How the West Was Sung" on June 12 at the FLC Community Concert Hall.

The annual HD Mountains Campout takes place June 12-13.

A Rockies Baseball Challenge competition takes place June 16 and is open to boys and girls ages 6-13. 375-7305 for details.

Hit and Run Bluegrass returns to Durango with a June 16 show at Storyville.

The 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard will return to Durango on June 21 for a free concert at the Community Concert Hall.

The Samples will play the Abbey Theatre on June 22.

Durango Farmer's Market returns
What: The kick-off of the 2004 season
Where: The First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. 9th St.
When: Saturday, June 5, 8 a.m.-noon

Local growers reconvene for the 2004 season this Saturday. The Durango Farmer's Market kicks off from 8 a.m. to noon in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot.

The Durango Farmer's Market is a community based organization of local agriculturalists and artisans, and nearly all of the produce is organic. The market is part of a nationwide movement to bring jobs, money and production back to the local area. All of the products for sale at the Durango Farmer's Market were grown or produced in the Four Corners area. The market is also working to create a sustainable food production system and connecting people who want local, fresh products grown from the local landscape with growers.

As part of this Saturday's kickoff, a benefit pancake breakfast will be held. Attendants will also have the opportunity to meet local growers, learn to use local foods, check out local crafts and hear live music. The products available at the market include produce; unadulterated beef, fish and lamb; fresh baked goods; candles; soap; pottery; honey; tinctures; wool; plants and vegetable starts; flowers; juice and more.

The Durango Farmer's Market also is always looking for new vendors and offers incubator booths for small operations or even one-time crops.

For more information about the market, contact Sue Bruckner at 946-5269, or Greg Vlaming at 247-4355.


Bobke unveils Tour Companion
What: A book signing for Bob Roll's new book, The Tour de France Companion
Where: Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave.
When: Saturday, May 29, 7 p.m.

There's now hope for Tour de France neophytes who've never known the definition of peloton or why the leader's jersey is yellow. Former Tour racer, gonzo cycling journalist and Durango local Bob Roll has demystified the Tour de France with a new book entitled The Tour de France Companion A Nuts, Bolts and Spokes Guide to the Greatest Race in the World . Maria's Bookshop will host a talk and book signing with Roll this Tuesday from 6-7 p.m.

Roll, known to many cycling fans as Bobke (boob-ka), has raced in the Tour de France and is a member of the U.S. Cycling Hall of Fame. He is also the author of two other books about the wild side of bike racing, Bobke and Bobke II . Bobke has now become a collector's item, fetching as much as $500. Roll has also earned a coveted spot as a Tour de France talking head and is commentator with the Outdoor Life Network during the race, which runs this year from July 3-25.

The Tour de France Companion serves as an insider's guide to the world's greatest sporting event. On the one hand, Roll explains the various stages, what and who to look for in 2004 and the crux climbs and time trials. On the other, the book delves into aspects of the Tour like going to the bathroom at 15 mph, "How to Win in 12 Impossible Steps" and "16 Reasons Why the Tour is Better than the Superbowl." Interwoven throughout are the history and the players since the Tour de France was first raced in 1903.

Books will be available for purchase and signing during the event at Maria's next Tuesday. For more information, call 247-1438.


Mama's Cookin' back in town
What: A show from the world funk band
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Saturday, June 5, 9 p.m.

Mama's Cookin' is rapidly gaining a local following. The band will bring its world funk experience back to Durango this Saturday with a show at the Abbey Theatre.

Even from its humble roots in Crested Butte, Mama's Cookin' has always prided itself on giving a quality, high-energy show. The combination of different styles and attitudes has created an experience that has the band now playing venues all over the West. The Mama's Cookin' fan base is also growing exponentially with each new show.

Mama's Cookin' has shared the stage with the likes of Ozomatli, Robert Walter, Brian Jordan of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Eric McFadden of P-Funk, Mofro, Cabaret Diosa, Jaka, The Motet, and members of the band moe, and Garah Mahal. The band has also been featured at festivals throughout the state including, the 2001 Crested Butte Brew Festival, Helping Hands Festival, and the 2000 Fibark Whitewater Festival.

Zebuel Early heads up Mama's Cookin' with a gritty funk/blues guitar and bluesy vocals. Shane Whitener, the group's percussionist, studied African and traditional Latin rhythms. Todd Holloway has a solid background in jazz and classical piano and is a winner of the Damson Jazz Award. Steven LaBella, the group's bassist, draws on experience in the funk, jazz, blues and rock genres.And Mike Adamo rounds out the band with drumming that combines elements of jazz and hip hop.

Mama's Cookin' goes on stage at the Abbey at 9 p.m. this Saturday. For more info call 385-1711.






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