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Solar energy to be showcased

DAM brings Lucy Kaplansky back to town
Oktoberfest returns to Main Avenue

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The La Plata County Volunteer Fair takes place from 3-6 p.m. at the Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Rd. The event will link prospective volunteers with appropriate organizations. 382-6435.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Log Chute trails at 6 p.m. Runners should meet at the Junction Creek Road trailhead. 385-2664 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with Dr. Pam Kircher taking “An Insider’s Look at Near-Death Experiences” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. 247-7401 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., offers a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament with sign-ups at 7 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., present 3-Ball Pool Tournament at 7 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

The Jeff Strahan Band plays Texas style blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.  The Jeff Sweet Duo plays downstairs at the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 7 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Duane Smith, local historian and author, presents “Sagebrush and a Few Lofty Pines: Durango’s First Year” at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., at 8:30 p.m. The free program commemorates the 125th anniversary of the founding of Durango. 259-2402.

Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, presents Open Mic Night from 8:30-11 p.m. Sign-ups for music and poetry begin at 8:30 p.m. 375-2121 for details.

DJ Mateo spins music for ’80s NIght at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430.

The Lion’s Den Unlimited spins for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



Fort Lewis College’s John F. Reed Library hosts its annual book sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the front deck of the library. Books in a wide variety of subject areas are priced to sell. 247-7170 for details.

Family Weekend 2005 continues with a performance by the Oktoberfest Band performs for Fort Lewis College’s Family Weekend at noon near the Amphitheatre. 247-7212 for details.

Dave Mensch and Jason Uhl, an original acoustic duet, play at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 4 p.m.

The Jeff Strahan Band plays a second show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with appearances at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Jeff Solon, Joyce Simpson and Jeff Sweet play the Sidecar Jazz Lounge from 8-11: 30 p.m. 259-1400.

Singer-songwriter Nina Sasaki plays Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 Hwy. 160 West, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Dr. John Shivik presents the free talk, “Living with Predators, Minimizing Conflicts with Predators in the Urban-Wilderness Interface,” at 6 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Shivik is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the National Wildlife Research Center. 375-1591 for details.

Internationally known educator and singer, Bey Bos, and Michael Leeman perform in

concert for young children and their families at 7 p.m. at Miller Middle School. 882-0856 for details.

The 8th Ave Trio plays bluegrass and more at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-8801.

DJ Shoe spins a contemporary club mix at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Movin’ On plays country rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568.

Local bluegrass wizards, The Badly Bent, play Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., with a 9:30 p.m. show. 259-9200 for details.

Atlanta hip hop band, Psyche Origami, returns to Durango with a show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Tenth Annual Journey of Hope 5K Family Run/Walk takes place on the Fort Lewis College Rim. The event honors women and families whose lives have been touched by breast cancer and registration takes place at 8 a.m. 382-5439 for details.

The Gayle Maloy Estate Sale takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at his Durango home, 2410 Thomas Ave. In accordance with Maloy’s wishes, the estate will be sold to benefit Alternative Horizons and help victims of domestic violence. 247-4374 for details.

The inaugural Household Chemical Collection takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Accepted items include: cleaning supplies, painting supplies, indoor home supplies, garden supplies, automotive fluids, home and car batteries, hobby supplies, propane tanks and pharmaceuticals. 375-4830.

A training for volunteers to serve as Trail Information Specialists in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument takes place at the Anasazi Heritage Center. 759-1170 to register.

An all-day building inauguration and celebration takes place at Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center near Pagosa Springs. The event includes a talk by Tsultrim Allione, tour, auction, food and a concert/performance by Krishna Das and Zuleikha. 264-6177 to register.

Formula 151 plays its original acoustic music at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 4 p.m.

Singer/songwriter/pianist Kelly Hunt returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. The blues concert is a benefit for the La Plata Family Centers Coalition. 247-7657 for details.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts a “Karaoke Party” from 8 p.m. until close. 259-8801 for details. 4

The Jeff Strahan Band closes out three night of music at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Jeff Solon, Joyce Simpson and Jeff Sweet play the Sidecar Jazz Lounge from 8-11:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Carvers, 1022 Main Ave., hosts an 8 p.m. concert from the Lawn Chair Kings as the Oktoberfest celebration continues. 259-2545 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., presents the Free Mynce Show beginning at 9 p.m. The event includes DJs Artikle, Smob, the Alpha Monster Art Collective and members of the Noncents Crew and a live art exhibition on stage. 259-0430 for details.

Benny Galloway & the Wayward Sons open for Drew Emmitt, formerly of Leftover Salmon, at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 8:30 p.m. The show is a part of the Oktoberfest celebration. 385-1711 for details.

Movin’ On plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568.

Ska/punk/celtic favorites, Warsaw, play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. The show is a part of the Oktoberfest festivities. 247-2324 for details.

Felonious Groove Foundation, retro-funk from New Mexico, plays Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. as part of Oktoberfest. 259-9200 for details.


The La Plata County Humane Society holds their 5th Annual Mutt Strut & Adoptathon from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Santa Rita Park. The event features the annual dog walk, games, contests, food, animal vendors, agility trials, and lots of homeless pets looking for good homes. Registration takes place at 10:30 a.m. 259-2847.

Heartlight Wholistic Health Center in Bayfield offers an inspirational meeting, including readings, sound and meditation at 10:30 a.m. 247-2683 for details.

Vallecito’s Hurricane Benefit takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Buffalo Gap Restaurant. The event includes food and music from the Dean Murphy Blues Band and all proceeds benefit Gulf Coast hurricane victims.  

The San Juan Symphony opens its 2005-06 season at 3 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Music Director Arthur Post has chosen the title “Classical Balance” for the program which includes selections from Haydn, Mozart and Brahms. 247-7657.

Terry Rickard plays acoustic guitar and piano at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., at 4 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti play the tiki bar at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 5 p.m. 259-0430.

Lacy Black plays jazz piano in the Sidecar Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., from 5-7 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

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

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts a “Karaoke Party” from 8 p.m. until close. 259-8801 for details.



A free class, “the Incredible Years: parenting skills for children 3-10,” kicks off at 5:30 p.m. The class takes place Monday evenings through Oct. 3. 247-5960 x 13 to register.


Candidates for the Ignacio School Board will address a public forum at 7:30 p.m. at the Ignacio Elementary School, 115 Ute St.

The Chills play the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., beginning at 8:30 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Pongas, 121 E. Eighth St., hosts a 9-ball pool tournament at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays a free acoustic show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 375-7260 for details.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., presents an arm wrestling tournament at 7 p.m. 259-8801 for details.



The children’s café, P is for Peanut, 473 E College, offers storytime at 11 a.m. 385 -4525 for details.

Earthrise Community holds an introductory meeting and potluck at 6 p.m. The co-housing community is seeking members interested in designing and building future living spaces. 259-9488 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts the premiere of Teton Gravity Research’s new ski film, “The Tangerine Dream,” at 7 & 9 p.m. The evening includes free DSP pizza and all proceeds benefit the Adaptive Sports Association. 385-1711 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents open mic night from 7 p.m.-midnight. 247-2324 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays a solo show at J.Bo’s, 1301 Florida Rd., at 7 p.m. 259-0010 for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Sullivan plays a free acoustic show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 375-7260 for details.

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

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents The Legends of Karaoke with Steve Taylor beginning at 8 p.m.  259-1400 for details.



Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave. and at Bayfield Center, participates in “Dine Out to Help Out,” donating a portion of the day’s revenues and servers’ tips to hurricane relief. Both restaurants open at 11 a.m. 259-9200.

Junior Wheel Club meets at 4 p.m. in front of the Durango Recreation Center. Mountain bike riders ages 10-18 are welcome to ride with Chad Cheney, Sarah Tescher and other locals. 247-8355 for details.

Author Sharon Hersh presents “Becoming Your Daughter’s Ally,” tips for parents of adolescent girls, at 5:30 p.m. at Fort Lewis College’s Sage Hall, Room 140. The presentation is part of the “Listen to a Girl” campaign. 247-1242 for details.

The local chapter of Amnesty International meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. 4      non-partisan group fights for human rights of all people. 946-1255 for details.

The “Duchess of Coolsville,” singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, performs at 7 p.m. at Community Concert Hall at Fprt Lewis College. 247-7657 for details

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard performs a free acoustic show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 375-7260 for details.

Joe Price plays Mississippi Blues for College Night at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-8801.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., presents ’70s Retro Night with DJs Tim & Johnny at 9 p.m. 259-0430.

Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., hosts “Underground Lounge” with DJ Claytanik spinning music for Ladies Night. 385-0430.




The fifth annual David Hunt Ceramics Invitational exhibition and sale takes place Oct. 3-26 in the Fort Lewis Art Gallery. Fifteen Fort Lewis alumni and local artists will participate, including Luann Andrew, Leon Arledge, Boots Brown, Milton Beens, Trevor Dunn, Adam Field, Chyako Hashimoto, Peter Karner, Louden Kiracofe, Cindy McNealy, Lorna Meaden, Scott and Kay Roberts, Jennifer Neff and Lisa Pedolsky. An artists’ reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. 247-7167 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents “On this Earth,” an exhibit of portraits of East African wild animals by photographer Nick Brandt, through Nov. 30. The show portrays the animals with an intimacy and elegance in their natural state of being without the use of a telephoto lens. Brandt has had solo exhibitions in many major cities around the world, and his work is sold in limited editions of 35. 382-8355 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues screening “Me and You and Everyone We Know” through Oct. 6 The surreal comedy follows a lonely artist as she reaches out for passion with her art and a shopping mall shoe salesman who is running out of things to say to his two sons. The film has earned critical acclaim and won the prize for “originality of vision” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It shows most nights at 4:45, 7 & 9:10 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The REACH (Resource, Enrichment, & Academic Choices) Program for independent learners in Bayfield offers enrichment classes to any K-12 students in the area. For the month of October, REACH classes include: Drumming & Rhythm, Group Guitar and Pottery Creations. 884-3259 for details.

The annual Appletime Antiques Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Highlights of the fair include appraisals by some of the area’s most respected antique dealers and authorities. There will also be antiques for sale, clinics, a live auction, food and entertainment throughout the weekend. 259-2402.

The Eating Disorder Awareness Art Show continues to show at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., through Sept. 30. The show features the work of 16 local artists. Pieces include sculptures, collages, paintings, drawings and mosaics all reflecting the emotional expression of eating disorders.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts its annual members’ exhibit through Oct. 1. This year’s non-juried exhibit features work by DAC members including visual art and written work in the form of poetry or short stories. The art library hosts an exhibit of artists’ books from the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG). 259-2606 for details.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the exhibit, “Now You’re in Their World.” In the exhibit, children of all ages will have an opportunity to use their sensory, thinking, physical and imaginative skills to interact with the creatures of long ago. There will be many hands-on activities, fine motor and gross motor fun, “Dinosaur Ridge” and extinction dioramas. The museum also will feature dinosaur materials from other regional museums. 259-9234 for details.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave. “on the corner,” presents “Ideas and Images,” watercolors from Durango artist Susan Tait through the end of October. 247-9018 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies presents “Circle of Spirit: Navajo and Tibetan Wisdom for Living” through Oct. 21.  The new exhibit was produced by the Center of Southwest Studies’ Exhibition Committee in conjunction with Peter Gold, author of Circle of the Spirit: Navajo and Tibetan Sacred Wisdom, and other project partners. 247-7456 for details.

Durango BMX, located off Camino del Rio just south of Handlebar Cycles, hosts gate practices every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to dusk; races every Sunday with sign-ups from 1-2 p.m.; and Todd Burdick BMX clinics on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. All events are weather permitting. Durango BMX will also celebrate an “End of the Season” party, including food and an awards ceremony, on Oct. 2. for details.

Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., every night except Sunday at 5 p.m. 375-7150 for details.



Rappers FatLip, formerly of Pharcyde, and Omni bring big city hip hop to the Abbey Theatre on Oct. 6.

New Monsoon brings its world funk/rock back to the Summit on Oct. 6.  

The Durango Songwriter’s Expo returns to Durango for its 10th anniversary on Oct. 6-8. Featured talent this year includes Michelle Shocked and Al Anderson of NRBQ. for details.

The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering returns from Oct. 6-9.

The third annual Mesa Verde Country Wine Festival will be held Oct. 7-8.

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo takes place at the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Oct. 7-9.

“The Indy Media 500” benefiting DCAT and KDUR takes place Oct. 8 at the Durango Fun Park. Space in the go-cart/mini-golf event is limited to 18 teams. 247-7634 for details.

The Durango Contra Dance returns to the VFW Hall on Oct. 8.

The workshop “Extending Your Growing Season” takes place Oct. 8 at Oakhaven Permaculture Center. for details.

The Rocky Mountain Festival for Runners, including the Durango Marathon, returns on Oct. 8-9.

The Women’s Health Coalition of Southwest Colorado hosts their 11th annual “Pink Ribbon Affair,” on Oct. 12 at Fort Lewis College.

The 3rd Ave. Dance Company will present its annual fall performance, “Love Letters,” at the Smiley Theatre on Oct. 14-15 & 21-22.

Friends of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is having their first on-the-ground volunteer event on Oct. 16. for details.

Roger Clark, of the Grand Canyon Trust, will present “Clean Energy for the Colorado Plateau” on Oct. 17 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The film “Unlocking the Mystery of Life” and a panel discussion will take place on Oct. 19 at the Durango Recreation Center.




Solar energy to be showcased
What: The La Plata County installment of the National Solar Tour
Where: Durango and areas of La Plata County
When: Saturday, Oct. 1 

Alternative energy in La Plata County goes into the spotlight this weekend. The National Solar Tour visits Durango on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Locals will have an opportunity to find out how to trim their energy bills by harnessing the power of the sun. Every October, the American Solar Energy Society sponsors the National Solar Tour so people can see for themselves how solar energy can be affordable, comfortable, and practical in all kinds of climates. On Friday and Saturday, the national tour comes to La Plata County, and area resi

dents can see homes and businesses that use active and passive solar energy systems. This year’s tour will feature seven homes, a school and a business, seven of which are showing for the first time.

The tour kicks off on Sept. 30 with the educational presentation, “An Introduction to Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency,” from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. The following day, the self-guided Solar Tour runs from 9 a.m. to noon in Durango and 12:30-3:30 p.m. For directions and information, carpool options, and discussions about solar energy, visit the Southwest Colorado Renewable Energy Society booth from 8 a.m. –noon at the Durango Farmers Market, located in the First National Bank parking lot.

For more information, call 247-3119.


DAM brings Lucy Kaplansky back to town
What: A Durango Acoustic Music concert by the renowned singer-songwriter
Where: The Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
When: Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. 

A local favorite is making a return trip to Durango courtesy of Durango Acoustic Music (formerly known as Durango Society of Cultural & Performing Arts). Acclaimed singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky will play an acoustic show this Sunday at the Diamond Circle Theatre.

A former clinical psychologist who left private practice to pursue her first love, music, Kaplansky started out singing in Chicago bars, found her way to New York City and seemed poised for stardom when she left music to pursue her doctorate in psychology. During her years in public and private psychology practice, she was often pulled back to performing as a guest vocalist by her old cadre of artist friends, especially Shawn Colvin.

The success of her first Red House album The Tide in 1994 and the response to her live shows launched the Renaissance of Kaplansky’s career. Since then, she’s released four more Red House records, all of which earned her continued success and acclaim, most recently with The Red Thread.

Kaplansky’s voice continues to be in high demand by her peers. She can be heard on albums by Gorka, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith, and on the Greg Brown tribute album, Going Driftless. Kaplansky has also recently teamed with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell to form the folk supergroup Cry Cry Cry. In this outfit, the three singers celebrated the revitalization in contemporary songwriting by recording some of their favorite songs written by other artists.

Kaplansky goes on stage at the Diamond Circle at 7 p.m. For more information, call 247-3400.


Oktoberfest returns to Main Avenue
What: The San Juan Citizens’ Alliance 2nd annual Oktoberfest celebration 
Where: Main Ave. between 9th and 11th streets.
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Once again, bratwurst, beer and polka will take over Main Avenue this weekend. San Juan Citizens Alliance presents the 2nd annual Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Oct. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will close off Main Ave. between 9th and 11th streets and then spill into three local venues for an evening of performances.

Durango Mayor Dale Garland kicks off the celebration at noon with a ceremonial keg tapping. Durango’s four local breweries will all have beer on hand throughout the afternoon; Sunnyside Farms, Skinny’s and The Berliner will be grilling up brats, kraut, authentic German fare and more; there will be games and family activities; music on a Main Ave. stage from the bands, the Lawn Chair Kings, Felonious Groove, Warsaw and Drew Emmitt as well as legendary polka artists Die Hursts, Alte Kameraden and The Alpiners; and last but not least, a mechanical bull will be on hand for the cowboy in each of us.

The Main Ave. festivities wind down on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m., but the celebration continues. A wristband gives revelers access to live music at Carvers, Steamworks, the Summit and the Abbey Theatre during a musical pub crawl. The following morning, Oct. 2, Oktberfest fires up again with a hunter’s breakfast from 9:30-11 a.m. The music, food and revelry all continue through 3 p.m. Throughout the weekend, celebrants will also have an opportunity to win a uniquely decorated, bright yellow 1970 VW Bug. People can register for the Official Oktoberfest Classic 1970 VW Bug Giveaway at any First National Bank of Durango locations or at the festival.

For more information on Oktoberfest, log onto or call 259-3583.



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