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The Fort Lewis College Small Business Development Center offers the "Starting Your Business" Workshop from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in 118 Education/Business Hall. 247-7009 for.

Terry Rickard performs on the patio at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 5:30-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a world premier of the film "American Values: American Wilderness" in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The free event kicks off with a reception at 6 p.m. and the film beginning at 7 p.m. 385-1310.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run on the west loop of the Animas Mountain trail at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead two blocks north of 32nd St. and W. Fourth Ave. 385-2664.

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

The FLC 2004 Life-Long Learning Lecture Series kicks off with "Bebop Aftermath: Cool Jazz and Otherwise" by Tom MacCluskey at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in Sage Hall. The free presentation focuses on the jazz styles of the late 1940s and early 1950s. 247-7328.

Mechanical engineer Alex Zahnd gives a 7 p.m. lecture in 130 Chemistry Hall at Fort Lewis College. Zahnd discusses a project that sends FLC students to design and construct water, sanitation and electric power systems in Nepal. 247-7545.

The Sound Liberation Peace Choir meets from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Heartlight Wholistic Health Center, 97 W. North St. in Bayfield. 884-9216.

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



The San Juan Mountains Association hosts a free tour of the Missionary Ridge burn area with an emphasis on rehabilitation efforts. The tour leaves the Vallecito chamber at 9:30 a.m. 385-1210 to register.

Local merchants introduce themselves to Fort Lewis College students at "Durango Welcomes Fort Lewis College" from 5-7 p.m. on the 800 block of Main Ave., where 50 vendors will have their wares available. 247-7394 for details.

Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., hosts music from Mark Curran from 5:30-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Whole Expo presents a 9/11 memorial concert by spiritual healer and singer Miriam Maron and the Aliyah Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Maron is known for her stirring chants of ancient Hebrew and Aramaic prayers. 259-2606 for details.

Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., hosts rock and blues from the Jeff Strahan Band at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Local jam band Aftergrass plays at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. The show will webcasted live on for people who can't make the show. 247-2324 for details.

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

Mark Merryman and the Canyon Rats perform at the Explorer's Club SW, 1332 Blair St. in Silverton, at 9 p.m. 387-5006 for details.

Junior Reid and the Reggae Angels bring their roots reggae to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Rasta Stevie and the Heartbeat of Zion Sound System kick off the show. Doors open at 10 p.m. 385-1711 for details.



The Durango Farmers Market , a community-based organization of local agriculturalists and artisans, gathers in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. 946-5269 for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan Public Lands celebrate National Public Lands Day by working to restore and maintain the Animas Mountain Trail. 385-1242 to volunteer.

Feat of Clay in Aztec, N.M., presents the Founders' Day Sculpture Show from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., featuring sculptures by the San Juan College Community Learning Center Clay Class and Feat of Clay members. 505-334-3663.

Lee Bartley performs piano in the lounge at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 5:30-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Dances of Universal Peace take place at 7 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. This edition will memorialize Sept. 11th and focus on peace for the planet. 385-7375.

Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., hosts "Saturday Nite Live," the world's best karaoke at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Detroit band Simplicity fuses rock and jazz at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., presents "United Under Groove" with DJs Essence and Rem-E spinning music for ladies night at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



Tim Guidotti plays the patio at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., at 10 a.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Furry Fun Mutt Strut and Adoptathon takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Santa Rita Park. The event features contests, vendors, food and drink and a silent auction. Alumni dogs get bandanas and all proceeds from the event benefit the animals of La Plata County Humane Society and Annie's Orphans. 259-2847 for details.

Terry Rickard plays solo acoustic at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., 259-1400.

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

An all-ages hardcore show takes place at the VFW Hall, 1550 Main Ave., starting at 7 p.m. The event features music from the bands Life in Pictures, Where Eagles Dare, Certainty Kills and Lower Your Standards. 259-1726 for details.

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



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 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.

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

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

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



Durango Community Access Television (DCAT) hosts an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. DCAT producers will be on hand to answer questions. Tours of the facility will be given and refreshments will be provided. 375-0079 for details.

Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts the Business Women's Network sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. The 5:30-7 p.m. includes refreshments and door prizes.247-1242 for details.

A planning meeting for the Youth Summit for La Plata County takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the SunUte Community Center in Ignacio. 382-0585 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.

Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents a second night of King Karaoke with Steve Kahler at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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



Durango BMX hosts Bubba Harris' "ABA Supercamp" BMX clinic from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 11 & 12. Harris is currently ranked No. 1 AA Pro in the nation, and he will be assisted by renowned BMX trainer Ken Cools. The two-day clinic is open to all ages and abilities. Call 759-5700 or 247-0165 for more information or to register.

Search Engine Optimization for Dummies is the Durango Public Library's eBook of the Month. The full text of the book, describing ways to boost web site rankings and traffic, is available online at the library for free. 385-2970 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues screening "The Corporation," a documentary that has won eight audience awards at film festivals throughout the world. The film is a complex, exhaustive and highly entertaining documentary examining the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation's increasing preeminence. Showtimes vary. Call 385-1711 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the new members exhibit "Eclectic" through Oct. 2. DAC artist members display their unique talents through works in all media in this annual non-juried show. An opening reception takes place on Friday, Sept. 3 from 5-7 p.m. Meanwhile, "The Cameras of Paul Pennington," a unique exhibit of the photographer's many cameras, takes place upstairs at the center from Aug. 31-Oct. 2. 259-2606 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents "Seduced by Color," an exhibit featuring the work of New York photographer Pete Turner. Turner is noted for his instantly recognizable work that uses saturated color as a graphic element. He has won numerous awards including "Professional Photographer of the Year 2000" 4 and was listed as one of the 20 Most Influential Photographers. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 22. 382-8355 for details.

The Ellis Crane Gallery, 131 E. 8th St., hosts an exhibit of new work by John Maxon through Sept. 20. 382-9855 for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama , 699 Main Ave., celebrates its 43rd season with the productions of "Under the Gaslight," a 19th century tale of an interrupted engagement, and "Hazel Kirke," a family drama set in Scotland. "Under the Gaslight" shows on odd-numbered dates and "Hazel Kirke" shows on even-numbered dates. Both shows are followed by a Vaudeville Revue with singing, dancing and slapstick. The melodrama shows at 7:45 p.m. and is closed Sundays & Sept. 6, 7 & 8. Season ends Saturday, September 25. 247-3400 for details.

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. A workshop on planting seeds and watching them grow will also be available for a small fee at any time during museum hours through Sept. 12. 259-9234.

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 Navajo and Pueblo spoons and other flatware. "Presence within Abandonment: Photography, Archaeology and Western Historic Sites" is a photographic exhibit by Thomas Carr. 247-7494 for details.



Papa Mali stops over at the Abbey Theatre on Sept. 16 before playing Telluride Blues and Brews.

The Durango Lively Arts Company opens its season with a Sept. 17 performance of the Neil Simon play, "Jake's Women."

The Colorado Association for Play Therapy hosts a regional conference on Sept. 17 for those working with children in medical, clinical and school settings. 759-4839 for details.

Gretchen Spiro and Joerg Hassmann give a performance of Contact Improvisation on Sept. 17 and a workshop on Sept. 18 & 19 at the Wild Sage Studio in the Smiley Building.

The annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk takes place Sept. 18 at the Fort Lewis College amphitheatre

The third annual Bluegrass for the Animas , a full day of bluegrass benefiting the Animas Conservancy and Friends of the Animas River, takes place Sept. 18.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans will play the FLC Community Concert Hall on Sept. 18.

Award-winning storyteller Sara Ransom will enact "Victoria Woodhull for President 1872" on Sept. 19 at the Rocky Mountain Retreat Center.

The local chapter of the National Organization for Women hosts an informational session on Sept. 21.

Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen returns to Durango with a Sept. 23 show at the Community Concert Hall.

The Bicycle Tour of the San Juans and Pedal for Peace take place along the San Juan Scenic Byway from Sept. 24-26.

The Mountain Studies Institute hosts its State of the San Juans Conference from Sept. 24-26 in Silverton.

The Tour de Fat , New Belgium Brewing's "Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer," returns to Durango on Sept. 25.

"An Antiques Roadshow, Four Corners-style" takes place on Sept. 25 at the fairgrounds with antique dealers giving oral appraisals, an ice cream social, auction and more.

The Durango Open Studio Fall Art Tour & Sale will be held on Sept. 25 & 26.

Durango Nature Studies will host the workshop "Early Child Wild" for teachers and parents of kids ages 3-8 on Sept. 25.

The 2nd annual Vuelta a Vallecito road race takes place on Sept. 26. 375-7308.

San Juan Citizens Alliance will host its 1st annual Authentic Oktoberfest on Oct. 2 in downtown Durango.

The Eleventh Street WordShop will sponsor a one-day writers' workshop with Flagstaff authorMary Sojourner on Oct. 2.

The Capitol Steps brings its political satire to the Community Concert Hall on Oct. 7.

WRC hosts Carnivale in Venice
What: The Women's Resource Center's annual fund-raiser
Where: The Durango Recreation Center's Peaks Ballroom
When: Saturday, Sept. 11

Durangoans will have an opportunity to don masks and finery for a Venetian-style masquerade this Saturday. Carnivale in Venice, the Women's Resource Center's 2004 gala fund-raiser, takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center Peaks Ballroom. The event will bring together revelers for a night of food, fun, dancing and theatrics. Guests are asked to wear dressy evening attire and masks or come incognito in full Venetian costume.

"We are striving to be as authentic as possible in portraying a Venetian-style ball," said Mandy Mikulencak, executive director for the center. "The decorations and costumes will transport guests back in time to the streets and canals of 15th century Venice, Italy."

Carnivale in Venice will feature a live and silent auction with items specifically selected for the event. Prizes will be awarded for best mask and best costume, and "The Vice Table" will feature fine wines, cigars, chocolate and other tempting things. The live auction will immediately follow the silent auction and will include champagne and dessert for bidders. The evening will continue with dancing to music provided by a local DJ.

The gala is the primary way WRC raises funds to support its core programs of resource and referral, youth programs and career services. In conjunction with the event, the Costume Emporium, 225 E. 8th Ave., will have an array of Carnivale costumes and elegant masks available for rent and purchase.

For more information on Carnivale in Venice, log onto and click on "Events and Fund-raisers" or call 247-1242.


Concert Hall presents Dickey Betts
What: The first show of the Fall Performing Arts Series
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Sunday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Founding member of the Allman Brothers, legendary guitarist and Grammy nominee Dickey Betts launches the season at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College this Sunday. Backed by his band Great Southern, Betts goes on stage at 7:30 p.m.

During his 30-plus year stint as co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Betts was part of one of the most influential and troubled rock bands in music history. He is well known for the classics he penned during those decades, including "Blue Sky," "Ramblin' Man," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." Betts' inventive guitar work has inspired legions of fans and fellow guitarists.

Betts departed from the Allman Brothers in 2000 but has continued to push the musical envelope, most recently recording an all-acoustic album entitled "The Collectors #1." His current effort reunites him with long-time guitar foil "Dangerous" Dan Toler, and his music now combines traditional Appalachian, Celtic, Western swing and down-home blues with the Southern rock he's known for.

"Though this latest album is acoustic, don't expect a relaxed acoustic show here at the Community Concert Hall," said Gary Penington, concert hall managing director. "All the work they bring to the stage now is original, with the exception of those songs Dickey wrote for the Allman Brothers Band which he continues to perform. This group is known for playing as long as they can, so the audience is in for a full night of music."

With the season kick-off, the concert hall also opens its new Spotlight Lounge, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. The Spotlight Lounge will open one hour prior to show time, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, log onto or call 247-7657.






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