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Partying with Ride the Rockies

Second String plays Durango Arts Center
Who’s Your Daddy! returns to Main

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Master frame builder, bike technician and best-selling author Lennard Zinn offers a mountain and road bike maintenance workshop at 6 p.m. at Mountain Bike Specialists, 949 Main Ave. 247-4066 for details.

Richard White and friends bring acoustic jazz guitar to the patio at Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Telegraph Trail. Interested runners should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

Kevin Bell, professor at Fort Lewis College, discusses landscape photography at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Durango Photography Club at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 259-6808 for details.

The Patio Restaurant, 475 Wolverine Drive in Bayfield, presents Open Mic Night from 7-9 p.m. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. 946-8765 for details.

The Talent Search continues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. The Staboola McPet Quintet plays Latin jazz at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Tracey Chavis, author of Fire on the Mesa, gives a 7:30

p.m. PowerPoint presentation at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., on the history of fires at Mesa Verde National Park. 259-2402 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 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts ’80s and Service Industry Night beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Southern Gumbo, a rock band from Alpine, Texas, plays Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



Nite Owl plays classic and contemporary rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.  Teresa Ross and Actual Proof play the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Wild Country plays wild country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. The evening includes dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

The 8th Ave. Trio plays old school variety at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., beginning at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

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

Dirty Dan plays blues and rock at the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Highway 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Local hip hop band, Dialogue, the Jivin Scientists and DJ Element play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Durango Farmers Market meets in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 8 a.m.-noon.

The Friends of the Durango Public Library holds its annual summer book sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 495 Florida Rd. Thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles will be available with most selling for less than a dollar. 385-5796 for details.

A dedication for the new Mercy Regional Medical Center, 1010 Three Springs Blvd., takes place beginning at 10 a.m. The day will include brief speeches by dignitaries, flag raising and ribbon cutting ceremonies, facility tours, live music and more. The hospital officially opens June 27. Visit

A volunteer orientation for Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County takes place at 10 a.m. for those interested in working this summer and fall on the Florida Road Town Home build. The orientation takes place at the Durango Recreation Center. 382-9930.

A free tour of the Missionary Ridge burned area at Vallecito with an emphasis on fire ecology and rehabilitation efforts takes place 10 a.m.-noon. 385-1210 to register.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory celebrates its 25th anniversary from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Santa Rita Park. The event includes free food and refreshments, free balloons and music from Tim Sullivan & Narrow Gauge.

Dave Mensch and Mike Kornelson of Formula 151 play a guitar/bass duo on from 6-9 p.m. at the West Side Bar & Grill, 117 W. College. 247-915.

Mike Coble and Pete Pheteplace play jazz guitar at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy 550, from 6-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Durango International Folkdancers meet on the third floor of the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave., at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. 247-4136 for details.

Nite Owl plays a second show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. 4

Teresa Ross and Actual Proof return to the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

DJ Mowgli spins music for mountaintop hip hop at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 .

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

Rock Salt, Durango’s newest contemporary folk-rock band, and special guests Motor Home play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



Father’s Day

A free Family Fun Bike Ride on the Animas River Trail leaves the Durango Recreation Center’s amphitheatre at 10 a.m. Families will bike to Santa Rita Park for games and activities before riding back.  Participants must check in between 9:15 and 10:00 a.m. to be eligible for prizes. 375-7313 for details.

A Monet Picnic takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Blue Lake Ranch in Hesperus. The event includes foods, wines and desserts influenced by Monet, garden tours, costumes and music from Brian Wagner on guitar and Ruth Katzin on flute. 259-2606 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 4 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

Jim Belcher and special guest Tim Guidotti play El Patio, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays at 7 p.m. at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150 for details.



The Asa Fire Tribe gives a fire-dancing performance at Trimble Hot Springs beginning at dusk. 247-0111.

The Fairgrounds/Events Center Task Force meets at 5:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds to conduct a community needs assessment with respect to the fairgrounds. The public is encouraged to attend. 247-2308.

The Friends of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument meet at Kelly Place, 10 miles west of Cortez, from 5:30-8: 30 p.m. The gathering includes a hike, potluck and a presentation by local historian Fred Blackburn. 759-1170 to RSVP.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays El Patio, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays from 7-11 p.m. at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8 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 storytime at 11 a.m. 385-4525 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays at 5-9 p.m. show at El Patio, 600 Main Ave.

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

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays from 7-11 p.m. at J.Bo’s, 1301 Florida Rd., 259-0010.

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

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

Grammy nominee John Lee Hooker Jr. returns to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Backyard Tire Fire, an alt-country band from Chicago, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.



Chimney Rock Archaeological Center hosts a summer solstice sunrise program. The gate will be open from 5-5:05 a.m. only and sunrise is estimated at 5:48 a.m.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., starting at 5 p.m.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a DVD release for the new edition of “Spirit of the Southwest” at 6 p.m. The program is a story of the culture and wilderness of the Four Corners region, and donations will benefit Good Dirt Radio. 385-1711.

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

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., presents Ladies Night, including dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. followed by karaoke with Crazy Charlie. 375-2568 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays at 7 p.m. at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 375-7260 for details.

An open-level Swing Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

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



Volunteer trail workers are needed for the first 4 miles of the Colorado Trail beginning at the Junction Creek Trailhead on June 15 & 16. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Volunteers may come and leave as their schedules permit and pick up tools at the trailhead. Work is sponsored by The Colorado Trail Foundation. 385-1310.

Free, guided naturalist hikes take place at Durango Mountain Resort from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The hikes are sponsored by the San Juan Mountains Association, San Juan Public Lands and DMR and run through Sept. 2. 385-1210 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts “Myths & Prophecies,” the 2006 Four Corners Commission exhibit through July 1. This juried exhibit shows work from local and regional artists exemplifying the diversity of heritage and uniqueness of the Four Corners region. The juror for this year’s exhibit was William Biety, Director of the Sandy Carson Gallery in Denver. 259-2606 for details. 4

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues to screen “The Celestine Prophecy” through June 22. Based on James Redfield’s best-selling novel, “The Celestine Prophecy” is a spiritual adventure film chronicling the discovery of ancient scrolls in the rainforests of Peru. The prophecy’s nine key insights predict a worldwide awakening. The film shows most nights at 4, 6:15 & 8:30 p.m. 385-1711.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Forsaken Places,” the black-and-white photography of Lou Swenson from Dolores, through July 5. Swenson’s photography highlights the often overlooked features of the rural Western landscape. Swenson develops, prints and frames his own work. 382-8355 for details.

The Adaptive Sports Association offers summer activities, including whitewater rafting, flatwater canoeing and kayaking, fishing and other activities for people with disabilities throughout the summer. Programs are open to all ages and disabilities, and friends and family are encouraged to participate. For more information or a list of activities, visit or call 259-0374.

Durango BMX hosts races every Sunday (weather permitting) with sign ups from 1-2 p.m., and gate practices take place every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m.-dusk. Visit for details.  

The Center of Southwest Studies hosts the Mesa Verde Centennial exhibit featuring 11 sections on a variety of themes, including archaeology, rock art (with Hopi interpretation), fire, park ranger life, Navajo stone masonry, pottery (both ancient and contemporary) and tourism bring the story to life. The exhibit will run through late October. 247-7456 for details

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the dinosaur exhibit, “Now You’re in Their World.” There will be many hands-on activities, fine motor and gross motor fun, “Dinosaur Ridge” and extinction dioramas. Workshops are available anytime during museum hours and include dinosaur stuffed animals, dinosaur face masks and alphabet coloring dinosaurs. 259-9234 for details.

Terry Hartzel plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., nightly at 5:30 p.m. except on Sundays. The Blue Moon Ramblers play free bluegrass at the Diamond Belle on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150.



Cara Bessko, Hatha Yoga Teacher, offers a free children’s yoga class on June 22 at Pediatric Associates of Durango. 259-7337 for details.

Voices in American Drama: A Summer Play Reading Series continues at Fort Lewis College on June 22 with “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Helen Gahagan Douglas.”  

Durango authors Judith and David Reynolds will celebrate their recently released book, Nordenskiold of Mesa Verde, with a June 22 booksigning at Maria’s Bookshop.

Singer-songwriter James Patterson plays a June 22 show at the Carver Brewing Co.

Boulder-based band Aphrodesia returns from an African tour to play The Summit on June 22.

Joelle Riddle, candidate for La Plata County commissioner, will host an open house on June 23 at her campaign offices. 

The Magpies will play electric bluegrass at the Columbine Bar in Mancos on June 23.

The City of Durango’s 125th anniversary celebration culminates in a Family Picnic on June 24 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The event includes food and refreshments, games and activities, a vintage baseball game, live music and free train rides.

Community Connections will host Golfing for Kids with Developmental Disabilities on June 24 at the Hillcrest Golf Club. Hole sponsors and golfers are needed. 385-3450.

Silverton Mountain hosts a June 24 writing workshop with Dolores LaChappelle, Art Goodtimes and Steve Meyers.  

Dirty Dogz, self-serve dog wash, hosts Pet Picutres, a benefit for the La Plata County Humane Society, on June 25.

Oakhaven Permaculture Center presents a week-long Kid Fest Summer Camp beginning on June 26. Visit for details.

Bike to Work Day returns to Durango on June 28 and includes food, fun, prizes and free safety checks.

Mesa Verde National Park centennial celebration takes place with a weekend of festivities on June 29-July 2.

The Kiwanis Club’s Smokin’ Fourth of July Family Picnic and Barbecue Cook-Off takes place midday on July 4 prior to the Salute to America parade. Groups interested in participating in the parade are asked to contact 247-8163.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder play a July 7 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Alt-country rockers The Bottle Rockets play a Durango Acoustic Music/KDUR show at the Durango Arts Center on July 11.


Partying with Ride the Rockies
What: The Ride the Rockies Block Party
Where: 8th Street between Main & E. Second Ave.
When: Sun., June 18, from 2-8 p.m.

Durangoans have an opportunity to party with the cyclists of Ride the Rockies this Sunday. The Ride the Rockies Block Party takes place from 2 to 8 p.m. on June 18 between 8th Street and Main Ave. and includes a street dance, community dinner and beer garden

More than 2,000 Ride the Rockies participants will ride through Durango on the first day of their 419-mile trek across Colorado. The six-day ride begins in Cortez on the morning of June 18 and will arrive at Ride the Rockies Durango Headquarters of Fort Lewis College throughout the day. In addition to spending the night in Durango, the riders will turn out in force for the block party, and locals are invited to join.

There will be a dinner menu from Fiery Peaks Catering and a Hawaiian-themed New Belgium Beer Garden. Live music will also play throughout the afternoon and evening with the band Motor Home playing from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and the Reals on stage from 6-8 p.m.

Bicyclists will be spending the night at Fort Lewis College and various Durango hotels and motels before departing for Pagosa Springs on June 19. The noncompetitive race finishes in Canon City. For more information on the block party, call 247-0312. 


Second String plays Durango Arts Center
What: The first all-ages show from the newly-formed KPage Productions
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Wed., June 21 at 7 p.m.

A new variety of concert is landing in Durango on the longest day of the year. In an effort to fill a gap in local entertainment, the newly-formed KPage Productions will present the Boulder-based band Second String this Wednesday at the Durango Arts Center.

Kathrine Warren, a 19-year-old Durango native, recently founded KPage Productions. The new company is aimed at providing live music for audiences of all ages in the Durango area. Warren explained that she was frustrated with the lack of small shows available to under-age music fans in the local area. Wednesday’s Second String show is the first venture for KPage productions, though Warren hopes to bring her work to Boulder as well, where she attends the University of Colorado.

Like Warren, Second String’s members are all just under 21. The band is made up of vocalist Ben Meis, guitarist Ryan Ramsay, bassist Ryan O’Grady, fiddler Kellen Zakula and drummer James Robinson. The group characterizes its sound as new country rock or “rockgrass.” Second String’s goal has always been to deliver original, acoustic rock to their devoted flock of fans in the Denver/Boulder area. Brookie and the Thieves, a group of local high schoolers inspired by the Hot Strings, will kick off the concert with a set of bluegrass at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact DAC at 259-2606.


Who’s Your Daddy! returns to Main
What: A street fair benefiting the Durango Discovery Museum, featuring headliners Sweet Sunny South
Where: Main Ave. between 9th & 11th streets
When: Sat., June 17, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Downtown Durango is going to the dads this Saturday. “Who’s Your Daddy!,” a celebration of fathers, takes place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Main Ave. between the blocks of 9th and 11th streets. The event is a benefit for the Children’s Museum and the Durango Discovery Museum.

Highlighting the day will be five separate live bands. Sweet Sunny South, a renowned bluegrass band based in Paonia, will headline Who’s Your Daddy! Sweet Sunny South’s blend of new and traditional old-time style bluegrass has earned the band a reputation for a lively and entertaining stage show. The band’s innovative approach has earned Sweet Sunny South accolades in high places. SSS has been named one of 13 official 2006 showcase artists at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass conference.  

The street fair includes: a nine-hole MicroGolf course, a

snakes and lizards show, action-packed adventures through the National Renewable Energy Lab van, a giant food catapult, a jumpy castle, a petting zoo, climbing wall, science demonstrations and more. There will also be fresh brewed Carvers beer, a food court and live music throughout the day. The live music schedule follows:

11 a.m. – Singer songwriter Sally Shuffield Noon – Hounds of Purg 1 p.m. – Aikido demonstration 2 p.m. – Bluegrass from Rock and Rye 3 p.m. – Giant’s Dance 4 p.m. Sweet Sunny South of Paonia

Professor Monty the Science Guy, Durango’s Old-Time Bicycle Squad and Jethro the Clown will also rotate through Who’s Your Daddy! throughout the day.  

The Durango Discovery Museum, the event’s major beneficiary, is an energy and science museum planned for Durango’s 1893 Power House, along the banks of the Animas River. The Children’s Museum, the other beneficiary, has been providing hands-on fun for children and families since 1997 and provides an educational and playful place for children and their families. For more information on “Who’s Your Daddy!,” call the Children’s Museum at 259-9234 or visit