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Tri the Rim returns for 19th year

Chick Flick Night returns to Abbey
Badly Bent celebrates new CD

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The Southwest Center for Independence, 835 E. Second Ave., Suite 200, offers a free ongoing art class with Margaret Pacheco on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. All are welcome but preference is given to people with disabilities. 259-1672 to register.

The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado holds its board meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Durango City Council Chambers, 948 E. Second Ave. The meeting is open to the public. www.sustainableswcolorado.org for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 5:30 p.m. 903-8416 for details.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Kirk James plays solo blues at the Junebug Catfish House, located in Bayfield, at 6 p.m

Durango Motorless Transit hosts the first group trail run of the season on the Colorado Trail. Interested runners should meet at the Junction Creek trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

Lacey Black performs solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Mime Sheri Brown, winner of the Dokkaebi Award for most innovative and creative new work at the International Mime Festival, performs at 7 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., for Creativity Festivity 2007. 259-2606 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with “Breast Cancer: Myths and Realities” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

Animas Museum and the Victorian Aid Society present “Durango Remembered” at 7 p.m. at the Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave. The performance features the Barbershop Quartet, First Class Delivery and Duane Smith as narrator. 385-5482.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays acoustic rock at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m.

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

SeePeoples plays a 9:30 p.m. show at the Summit,

600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.

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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 will be available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the 4th annual Edible Book Show and Tea at 5 p.m. The 2 hour show will begin with a display evening followed by tea, featuring the consumption of the edible art. The public is invited to view, eat and sip with the participating artists. 259-4363 for details.

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary hosts a 5:30 p.m. spaghetti dinner and live auction to raise funds for Sam Romero, a fifth-grader at Fort Lewis Mesa who was critically injured in a car accident. 588-3331.

The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., kicks off its 50th birthday party with a 2 p.m. jam session from the Animas String Band. Greg Ryder plays the Belle at 5:30 p.m.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Blu Friday including a keg giveaway beginning at 6 p.m. 259-9200.

The Dolores River Festival will host the 3rd annual Great Outdoor Gear Silent Auction Fund-raiser at 6 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center. The evening includes a screening of the Mountainfilm World Tour and a silent auction of outdoor gear.

Tim Telep plays acoustic rock, folk, and blues at 6 p.m. at Junebug’s Catfish House in Bayfield. 884-2012.

Gary Walker plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433.

The Abbey Rogues, of Denver, play a special Durango Meltdown Contra Dance at the VFW Hall, 1550 Main Ave. Beginner instruction take place at 7 p.m. with dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. 259-6820.

Blue Moon plays older variety at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

The Columbine Bar in Mancos hosts King Karaoke with Steve Kahler at 8 p.m. 533-7397 for details.

DJ Mowgli spins a club mix at the Lost Dog, 4

1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village starting at 9 p.m. 884-9155.

The Wayword Sons, featuring Benny Galloway, return to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., for a Durango Meltdown After-Party at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

The Cronin Valley Crooks bring their high-energy bluegrass to the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

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Riverview Elementary hosts its annual Spring Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon. All proceeds benefit the Riverview Crisis Fund. 247-3862, ext. 3205 for details.

The American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., offers an Adult/CPR with automated external defibrillator and First Aid class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The class includes certifications. 259-5383 to pre-register.

The Four Corners Rose Society sponsors its annual spring pruning session at the city rose garden, 201 E. 12th St. in front of the 9-R Administration Building, from 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers are welcome and needed. 259-3244.

The Week of the Young Child continues with a Kid’s Fair at the Durango Mall. The event includes more than 20 booths including fun activities and information. 382-0856.

The final public ice skating session of the season takes place from 2:14-4:15 p.m. at Chapman Hill Skating Rink. The rink will close for ice season shortly thereafter.

The Durango Ballet Ensemble and students from Dance in the Rockies explore different types of music and choreography during “Ballet Time” at 3 & 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

Kirk James plays solo blues at Steamworks in Bayfield from 4-7 p.m. 884-7837 for details.

Greg Ryder closes out three nights at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5: 30 p.m.

Guiseppe’s Restaurant, 871 CR 501 in Bayfield, hosts Open Mic with Handsome Dan from 6-8 p.m. 884-7135.

Jeff Sweet plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433.

Steve Kahler presents karaoke and dance music at 8 p.m. at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

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

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

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Durango BMX hosts its opening race of the season with sign-ups from 1-2 p.m. and racing to follow. Racing will continue every Sunday through October. www.durangobmx.com for details.

Durango harpsichordist Marilyn Garst presents a Baroque harpsichord recital at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, 910 E. Third Ave. The recital, the final in the church’s 2006-2007 series, will include works by Couperin, Bach and Scarlatti. 247-1129.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays a 3-7 p.m. show at the Bondad Hill Saloon.

Trimble Hot Springs hosts Daniel Rottenberg on Ragtime Piano beginning at 4 p.m. Music at Trimble takes place every Sunday. 247-0111.

The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Wildlife Museum, located at the fish hatchery in Durango, offers a volunteer orientation at 9 a.m. No experience is necessary and training will be provided. 382-3810 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts the a reception for the Sexual Assault Services Organization art contest at 5 p.m. Attendees can cast votes for their favorite pieces. 259-0430 for details.

Singer-songwriter Robin Davis plays at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Lacey Black performs solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Durango Youth Symphony performs at 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

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.

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P is for Peanut, 473 E. College, offers free kids’ storytime at 11 a.m. 385-4525 for details. 4

Durango FiberWorks, located in room 23 of the Smiley Building, hosts Knit Night with Heather Mullet, a free knitting workshop, from 5-8 p.m. 749-7006 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 5:30 p.m. 903-8416 for details.

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

The American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., offers a Standard First Aid class from 6-10 p.m. The class includes a three-year certification. 259-5383 to pre-register.

Tuesday Cruiseday meets at 6:30 p.m. at Rotary Park. The cruiser ride takes place every Tuesday. 946-5847.

Lacey Black performs solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Guest Artist Andrew Palmer Todd performs on piano at 7 p.m. at Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College.

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

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

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Mercy Regional Medical Center, 1010 Three Springs Blvd., hosts a book fair from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will be held near the hospital’s Wall of History and continues on April 19.

The Durango Chamber of Commerce hosts its Lunch and Learn presentation, “The Benefits of an Employee Assistance Program,” at noon at the Bank of Colorado, 1099 Main Ave. 247-0312 to reserve a seat.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., presents Canyon Dog Jam, an acoustic music jam, from 6-9 p.m. 259-0430.

Serving Life Chiropractic Studio, 1075 Main Ave. Suite 225, hosts Wellness Wednesday, a free health/wellness talk, from 6-7 p.m. (970) 422-2032 to reserve a seat.

Lacey Black performs solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Cortez astrologers Shelley Garcia and Cassandra Leoncini discuss “Developing Your Intuitive Intelligence & How to Navigate Your 40s and the Midlife Crisis” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cortez Cultural Center Gallery. 565-7272 for details.

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

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts karaoke and dance music with Steve Kahler at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

An open-level Swing Dance Party takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402.

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Ongoing

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Women Empowered” a collection of images by internationally renowned photographer Phil Borges from April 13 - May 23. The show is a celebration of remarkable women in developing countries making extraordinary differences in their worlds. These compelling portraits show the heroic women who have chosen to break through the barriers of oppression and convention to become leaders instead of victims. Borges is a recipient of numerous humanitarian and photography awards. An opening reception takes place April 13 from 5-8 p.m. 382-8355 or www.openshuttergallery.com for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents Creativity Festivity 2007, “Yours & Mime.” The annual event spotlights young persons’ art with a visual art exhbiit running through April 27. In addition, artist in residence Sheri Brown will give a public performance on April 12 and additional performances, receptions and poetry slams will follow throughout the month. 259-2606 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College displays “Impacted Nations,” a traveling environmental exhibit, featuring the works of over 50 Native American artists on the negative impacts of energy developments. Also on display are “Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape,” an exhibition of the works of more than 40 prominent Colorado artists, and an exhibit of the jewelry of Ben Nighthorse, a show that appeared at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Visit www.swcenter.fortlewis.edu.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Oui,” the black-and-white photography of Deborah Nelson and Michael A Shapiro. The show highlights images of the Parisian lifestyle reminiscent of many of the old masters such as Henri Cartier-Bresson. The images portray many people and familiar French icons and will be on display through April 12. Call 382-8355 or visit www.openshuttergallery.com for details.

A new local chapter of Business Networking International meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 a.m. in room 100 of the Durango Office Suites, 1053 Main Ave. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. Call 422-2032 or e-mail servinglife@hotmail.com.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the exhibit, “Pushing Your Limits.” The museum explores how people “push their limits” to survive, or just have more fun. Children can crawl into a 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.

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Upcoming

KDUR’s Furniture as Art Auction returns to the Durango Arts Center on April 19. This year, 24 artists are participating. Visit www.kdur.org for details.

The Durango Photography Club will screen the documentary, “Chased by the Light,” on April 19 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The 3rd annual Earth Day Celebration takes place April 21at Earthrise Community and will highlight alternative vehicles, solar energy, local food and environmental ethics and features live music, dancing and more.

Durango Nature Studies will hold its annual Weed-n-Beer Day on April 21 in honor of Earth Day.

The San Juan Symphony will perform “Tales From the East” on April 21 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The San Juan Citizens Alliance hosts an April 21 volunteer work project at Painted Hand Pueblo in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. 259-3583 to RSVP.

A talk on surface design and current trends in fiber arts will take place April 21 at the Durango Arts Center.

Mesa Verde Artist in Residence Paul Pennington will give a free photo/hike workshop at the park on April 21.

Wines of the San Juan will hold its 4th annual After Tax Spring Fling on April 21.

The 28th annual Apple Blossom Pow Wow takes place April 21 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds in Farmington.

Durango Parks and Recreation & the Durango Swim Club will host the first annual All-Comers Swim Meet on April 21. 375-7306 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center celebrates Earth Day with a One Planet Party on April 22 at Carvers.

Maria’s Bookshop hosts an April 22 booksigning with Sally-Jo Bowman, author of No Footprints in the Sand.

The Braided River Mediation Center will host an April 26 “Storytelling” event at the Diamond Circle Melodrama to address the continued conflict between road bikes and automobiles.

Author Vernon Howard gives the seminar, “How to Enjoy Your Life Journey,” on April 26 at the Hampton Inn.

Old-time string band Sweet Sunny South returns for an April 29 performance at the Diamond Circle Theatre.

The Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence will host its annual 9-R Teacher and Staff Appreciation Celebration and Merit Awards on May 3.

Advantage Physical Therapy & Wellness will offer free injury screenings on May 5.

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Tri the Rim returns for 19th year
What: The annual Tri the Rim triathlon
Where: The Fort Lewis College campus
When: Sat., April 14, beginning at 10 a.m.

As spring returns to Durango, so does an annual tradition. Athletes will test their endurance this Saturday in the 19th annual Tri the Rim, Durango’s longest-running local triathlon. Locals will again be lacing up their running shoes, readying their bicycles and preparing to get wet.

According to race director Megan Raymond, this year’s event will again be a “sprint” format, featuring a 500-yard swim (10 laps in the Natatorium), a 12-mile bike (three laps around the rim), and a 5k run on trails and roads around the campus.

Registration for the event is open until 4 p.m. on April 13, and check-in will be held from 8:30-9:15 a.m. on April 14. The race begins at 10 a.m. in the FLC Natatorium. Hundreds of athletes participate in the annual event, both as individuals or as members of teams. In addition, the race attracts athletes from as far away as Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, and racers range in age from high school students to retirees. Fort Lewis College alumnus Jim Hallberg won the 2003 Tri the Rim by breaking the one-hour barrier with a time of 58:55.

Registration is available online at www.active.com and entry forms can be found at Brown’s Sport Shoe and Your Running Store. Volunteers are also a crucial part of the event. Anyone interested in helping from the sidelines should call 247-7220.

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Chick Flick Night returns to Abbey
What: A screening of “Pride & Prejudice” benefiting the Women’s Resource Center
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Wed., April 18. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Once again, chicks are taking over the Abbey Theatre this week. The Women’s Resource Center’s Chick Flick Night returns to the independent cinema on April 18 with a screening of “Pride & Prejudice.”

Starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, “Pride & Prejudice” brings the world of author Jane Austin to the screen. The classic tale of love and misunderstanding unfolds in class-conscious England near the close of the 18th century. The five Bennet sisters have been raised well aware of their mother’s fixation on finding them husbands and securing set futures. The spirited and intelligent Elizabeth, however, strives to live her life with a broader perspective, as encouraged by her doting father. Lizzie eventually meets with the handsome and snobbish Mr. Darcy, and the battle of the sexes is joined.

Plus, the Abbey will be filled with much more than romance and wit next Wednesday. Doors open at 6 p.m. for socializing, free pizza and drink specials at the Abbey bar. The film starts rolling at 6:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the evening benefit WRC programs and services. For more information, call the Women’s Resource Center at 247-1242.

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Badly Bent celebrates new CD
What: A release concert for the band’s second CD, “Olive or Twist”
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Fri., April 13. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

The Badly Bent has done it again. The local high-energy, traditional bluegrass band is releasing a second CD, and they’re doing it this Friday, during the Durango Meltdown, at the Abbey Theatre.

The Badly Bent is comprised of Pat Dressen on guitar and vocals, Mark Epstein on banjo and vocals, Jimmy Largent on bass, Robb Brophy on mandolin and vocals, and Bill Adams on resonator guitar. The band has been entrenched in the bluegrass music scene since 1997 and has

proven its musicianship by winning numerous prestigious music competitions – including the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition – and receiving accolades from many of its peers in the bluegrass industry.

Their new CD, “Olive or Twist,” was recorded at Scooter’s Place in Durango in early January and was produced by the legendary Sally Van Meter from Lyons. The CD is already earning high marks. Bluegrass journalist Jon Weisberger recently wrote, “In the world of music, you’re either going forward or going backward, and The Badly Bent’s definitely plowing ahead. ‘Olive or Twist’ is a giant step beyond their debut, sporting nifty instrumentals, solid originals.”

Doors for Friday’s show open at 9:30 p.m., and the Outta Hand String Band will get the show going with an opening act of local bluegrass. For more information, contact the Abbey Theatre at 385-1711.

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