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Santa’s workshop visits downtown

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Noel Night takes place from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. at numerous downtown businesses and includes refreshments, holiday festivities and specials with proceeds benefiting Country Kids With Cancer.


Big Brothers Big Sisters, Durango Latino Education Coalition, La Plata Youth Services and SUCAP host the Southwest Mentors’ Soiree at The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The monthly meeting is an opportunity to meet and visit with mentors in the community. 247-3720 for details.

John Peel will sign the latest edition of the classic guide Hiking Trails of Southwestern Colorado from 5:30-8 p.m. at Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave. Peel rewrote and revised the fourth edition of Paul Pixler’s classic guide. 247-1438 for details.

Blues diva Shemekia Copeland plays a special engagement at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. The Jeff Strahan Band opens the concert and doors open at 7 p.m. 375-2568.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats, the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company in the world, perform at 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. 

Lacey Black, singer-songwriter/pianist, per

forms at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Center of Light in Dolores hosts a free, 7 p.m. mystical tea with author Mother Clare Watts. Watts is a priest, author, national speaker and peace activist. 882.4920 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts a Service Industry Night from 8-11 p.m. 259-0430.

Lady Falconburgh’s Barley Exchange, 640 Main Ave., offers Sing-Along Karaoke at 8 p.m. 382-9664 for details.

James Patterson and Tom Murray play an 8 p.m. show of blues and bluegrass at the Columbine Bar, located on Grand Ave. in Mancos. 533-9906 for details.

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.

DJ Division spins dub dancehall and reggae at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., for Pint Night at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



The San Juan Mountains Association hosts free

Winter Discovery Walks for children ages 5-13. Programs take place on Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon through the end of February or by special appointment. Snowshoes will be provided. 739-3626 for details.

The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds a peace vigil from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Ave. and 11th St. Signs available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

Alpine Bank & Crossroads Durango, 1099 Main Ave., host the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. The first 100 guests received a special gift. 247-0312 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Blu Friday with a keg giveaway and music from DJ Link beginning at 6 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Gary B. Walker, jazz pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Jeff Strahan Band plays the Bondad Hill Saloon, 3372 U.S. Hwy 550, at 8 p.m.

Osprey Packs and Friends host an 8:30 p.m. holiday party at the Dolores River Brewery. The event features music from the Beautiful Losers and benefits the Bridge House Shelter in Cortez. 564-5900 for details.

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

Cosmic Accident plays blues and rock at the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Pleather plays a show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



A Holiday Durango Farmers Market takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The last 4

market until spring includes produce, meats, cheese, honey, gift items, soaps, bread, home-spun items and more. 375-6401 for details.

Fort Lewis College holds its Winter Commencement at 10 a.m. in Whalen Gymnasium. More than 200 Fort Lewis College graduates will receive their degrees and Dr. Duane Smith will be the commencement speaker.

Local author Will Hobbs signs copies of his books from 1-3 p.m. at Waldenbooks, located in the Durango Mall. Hobbs’ newest title, Crossing the Wire, will be featured along with many others. 259-3728 for details.

Ska Brewing Co., 545 Turner Dr., hosts a free wine-making class from noon to 3:30 p.m. Amateur Gold Medalist Billy Facheaux will give demonstrations on making wine from kits and fruit and make a mead in class. 247-5792 for details.

Jeff Sweet, jazz pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Jeff Strahan Band brings its “red dirt music” to the Pride of the West in Silverton at 8:30 p.m.

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

The Beautiful Losers and the Lawn Chair Kings play a 9 p.m. double-bill at the Columbine Bar, located on Grand Ave. in Mancos. 533-9906 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Boogie Nights with retro DJs accepting reguests beginning at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts “The Ra-Ra Rock a Local,” party for Develop Clothing, at 10 p.m. The evening includes music from In a Day, Red Stinger, The Freeman Social and Gina Go Faster. 385-1711 for details.



Ultimate Frisbee takes place at the Miller Middle School football field at 2 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joe Racheff performs at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m.



Lacey Black, singer-songwriter/pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.



P is for Peanut, 473 E. College, offers free kids’ storytime at 11 a.m. 385-4525 for details.

Durango FiberWorks, 1309 E. Third Ave. in the Smiley Building, hosts Community Night from 5-8 p.m. Local and aspiring fiber artists are encouraged to attend. for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Male and female barbershop singers present their annual free Christmas show and singalong at 7 p.m. at the Durango Mall. The program features songs by the men’s a cappella Narrow Gaugers chorus and A Woman’s Prerogative, a women’s barbershop chorus. 247-5073 for details.

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

Lacey Black, singer-songwriter and pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Columbine Bar in Mancos hosts its Tuesday Night Jam at 8 p.m. 533-7397 for details.

Lions Den Unlimited Soundz w/ DJ Vision (aka Zen Ken) spins reggae and hip hop at J.Bo’s, 1301 Florida Road, for Pint Night beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0010 for details.



Brainstorm Internet discusses “Bandwidth; Past, Present and Future” for the Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch and Learn at noon at the Bank of Colorado, 1199 Main Ave. 247-0312 to reserve a seat.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

Lacey Black, singer-songwriter/pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

An open-level Swing Dance Party takes 4

place at 8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.



Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual Homes With Heart fund-raiser is under way, and a castle playhouse will be raffled off. The playhouse is on display in the Kroeger’s/South City Market parking lot, and raffle tickets are available at Bank of Colorado, Kroeger’s, South City Market, and the BBBS office. The winner will be drawn on Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at the playhouse. 247-3720 for details.

Music Together brings Pajama Jams, back by popular demand, on Dec. 14, 19 & 21 from 4-5 p.m. in the Smiley Building’s Studio 5, 1309 E. Third Ave. The events are after-school fun for the whole family and include singing, dancing, instrumental jam sessions and seasonal songs. Slippers and pajamas are optional and all proceeds benefit Heifer International. 799-0960 for details.

The Second annual Colorado Country Christmas Arts & Crafts Show runs in the Durango Mall Commons Area from now until Christmas. The show includes arts, crafts, NFL, knives, jewelry, ornaments, iron, African art, coats of arms, saunas and more. 247-2117 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., features its 5th anniversary Celebration “Retrospective,” a collection of fine art photography from the gallery’s past exhibits. The exhibit, which continues through Jan. 17, highlights the unique and varied work of both locally and nationally known photographers, and features both black-and-white and color photographs. 382-8355 for details.

Shy Rabbit, a contemporary arts gallery in Pagosa Springs, presents “Hold It!,” an exhibition of contemporary containers. The show runs through Jan. 20 and features the work of Chad Haspels, wood; Sarah Hewitt, fiber; Clarissa Hudson, fiber; Terry Inokuma, ceramics; Mary Ellen Long, mixed media; Chris Richter, ceramics; and Shan Wells, mixed media. 731-2766 for details.

Art Touché, an artist’s cooperative, exhibits a variety of media from emerging and established Southwest Colorado artists in the Durango Mall. Artists on display include: Adele Kurtz, Connie Mason Bennett, Howard Rachlin, Alice Crapo, Kathy Steventon, Niara Isley, Lisa Marie Jacobs, Maggie Remington, Heidi Schaiberger, Marge Barge and John White. The gallery will be open through the end of 2006. 884-7924 for details.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad runs service to the “North Pole” onboard The Polar Express through Dec. 23. Once onboard the Polar Express, hot cocoa and nougats are served and passengers read along with The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helper greet the train at the “North Pole.” Visit for details.

“Cars,” an exhibit by Durango photographer John Sfondilias, is on display at the Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield through the end of December. To see the “virtual exhibit,” go to For more information on the actual exhibit, call 779-0399.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the new exhibit, “Pushing Your Limits.” The museum explores how people “push their limits” to survive, or just have more fun. Children can crawl into Puebloan dwelling and imagine how it was to live on the edge, wiggle in a full-sized raft, or grind it out on a mountain bike trail. 259-9234 for details.

A new exhibit, “Railroad Boomtown – The San Juan Extension & the Founding of Durango,” is on display at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave. The exhibit uses historic photos, maps, newspapers, art and artifacts to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Durango and the coming of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway. 259-2402 for details.



DJ Elbeau spins for a New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31 at the Abbey Theatre.

Aftergrass will play a New Year’s Eve show at the Pride of the West in Silverton.

The 15th annual Focus on our Future Southwest Business Forum takes place Jan. 4 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Junior Brown will play a Jan. 11 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The Durango Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards event will be held Jan. 18 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.  


Morsoul stops over at the Summit
What: A show from the Boulder-based, rock/funk band
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Saturday, Dec. 16 at 9:30 p.m.  

Rock, funk, jazz, alternative or all of the above? Local listeners can judge for themselves this Saturday at the Summit, when the Boulder band Morsoul pays Durango a visit.

Morsoul was assembled in late 2003 by drummer/singer Dan Menchey. Menchey has played integral roles in several touring acts including the McCloskey Bros. Band and Mucis, was hired as Bo Diddly’s drummer, and has played hundreds of shows across the nation including summer festivals like High Sierra, Ten Thousand Lakes and Baja Bash.

Not the typical front man, Dan leads Morsoul as a stand-up drummer and Morsoul’s primary singer and songwriter. This in mind, most of the songs originate from drum beats, bass lines, and vocal melodies resulting in a sound The Vail Daily called, “Steely Dan with a Chili Peppers twist.” Live, the quartet delivers strong vocal harmonies, tight musical texture changes, and a lively intelligent techno-beam light show.

The band is currently shopping its LP, “The Devil’s in the Details,” to record labels and has big tour plans for 2007. In the meantime, Morsoul is continuing to build its Colorado fan base, with  shows like this Saturday’s. Morsoul goes on stage at the Summit at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 247-2324.


Santa’s workshop visits downtown
What: An all-day visit from Santa benefiting the Boys & Girls Club
Where: The old Alpine Bank office, 1063 Main Ave.
When: Sat., Dec. 16, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Santa Claus is paying downtown Durango a visit this Saturday, and he’s bringing a big gift for a local charity. Santa is moving his workshop into the old Alpine Bank office on Dec. 16 and proceeds will benefit the new Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County.

Santa comes to the downtown at the request of the Durango Business Improvement District (BID), which is underwriting the costs of the event. Proceeds from photos with Santa, a gift wrapping station, and sales of the “Rhythms of Durango” CD will all benefit the Boys

& Girls Club of La Plata County.

“Our merchants, who support the BID, have repeatedly made the holiday wish that Santa visit the downtown during the holiday shopping season – a time that is crucial to all these independent retailers,” said Pam Glasco, coordinator of the event. “We are able to make their wish come true this year. There have been a variety of Santa sightings around the county, but this is the only ‘Santa’s Workshop.’”

The traditional workshop environment will feature Santa “dressed down” for the occasion in toy-making attire – a plaid flannel shirt, red suspenders and more – the picture of Santa known by generations of children prior to the commercial “red” suit came into being. Children will have the opportunity to speak with “St. Nick” in the fun-filled, comfortable environment. Holiday music and hot cocoa and cookies will all be part of the package for those visiting Santa’s Workshop, which will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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