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Durango offers up ‘Salute to America’
Rotary hosts barn dance benefit
The Iguanas play benefit for KSUT

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The Durango Workforce Center, 331 S. Camino del Rio, hosts “boot camp,” a unique training event for 16 to 21 year olds, from 1-4 p.m. The session is designed to help teens kick start their summer job search. 247-0308 to register.

The Mancos Farmer’s Market meets from 4-7 p.m. in Boyle Park. The market will run every Thursday through Oct. 18. 533-7725 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 903-8416 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Edgemont Trail System beginning at 6 p.m. with a potluck to follow. Interested runners should call 247-2286 for directions.

The American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282, offers an Adult CPR/AED class from 6-10 p.m. The class includes certifications. 259-5383 to pre-register. 

Lacey Black plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Free Summer Concert Series continues at 6: 30 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College with a performance by local bluegrass band Rock & Rye. www.durangoconcerts.com  for details.

Kindred Spirits and Applause present “Magic Cowboy Dream,” a song and dance performance by adults with disabilities/abilities and child actors, at 7 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. 588-2262 for details.  

Dave Mensch, of Formula 151, plays a free solo show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.

Voices in American Drama: A Summer Play Reading Series continues at 8 p.m. in the Fort Lewis College Amphitheater with a double feature. Kate Tarker presents “Oasis,” a one-act about a contemporary couple and a camel crossing the desert, and Cliff Hershman returns to the series with “Cleveland,” a play about an urban holding cell.

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.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts the Immigrant Music Project, a world music fusion featuring DJs X and Maize, at 9:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the San Juan Citizens Alliance. 247-2324 for details.

Vic spins a club mix at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

DJ Jonezy brings MEDS at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., for Pint Night at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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The Bank of the San Juans sponsors a Golf Tournamentbenefiting the Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County at 9 a.m. at Dalton Ranch. A barbecue will follow. 426-7103 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 will be available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

Pete Giuliani brings his acoustic stew to the “Serious Stage” from 5-9 p.m. at Serious Texas BBQ South, 650 S. Camino del Rio. 259-9507 for details.  

A Formula 151 Duo, featuring Dave Mensch and Katherine Tischhauser, plays at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., starting at 5 p.m.

The New Mexico National Guard’s 44th Army Band plays an early opening to Durango’s Fourth of July Celebration from 5: 30-7 p.m. at Rotary Park. The 46-piece band will perform a free show.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Blu Friday including a keg giveaway beginning at 6 p.m. The Kirk James Blues Band plays two sets of music beginning at 7 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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

Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire play a Johnny Cash tribute at 8 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Visit www.durangoconcerts.com  for details.

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

Wild Country plays country dance at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

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The Durango Farmer’s Market meets from 8 a.m.-noon in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. 9th St. The event includes produce from local farmers, prepared food items and locally made crafts. Singer-songwriter Pete Giuliani performs all morning.

The 2nd annual Mountain Park Classic, the second race in the Alpine Bank Trail Series, starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Southwest Conservation Corps Headquarters in the Durango Tech Center. The event features 7.05 mile, 4.57 mile and 1.14 mile course. Visit www.active.com  or call 375-7306 to register.

The 2007 Animas River Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Silverton Train Depot with a river cleanup. Volunteers will receive a hot lunch and the band Boxcar will play an afternoon show. A tribute highlighting the efforts of Skip Conrad will be held at 7 p.m. in Silverton Town Hall. 4

Mercy Regional Medical Center celebrates its 125th birthday and the first anniversary of the opening of its new facility in Grandview from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes birthday cake, food, refreshments, kids activities and live bluegrass from the Blue Moon Ramblers.

The San Juan Mountains Association in conjunction and Durango Mountain Resort offer free guided naturalist hikes from 10 a.m.-noon. The hikes continue through Sept. 1 and registration is not required. 385-1210 for details.

Mesa Verde National Park hosts traditional dances by members of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona in the Chapin Mesa Outdoor Amphitheater. The performances take place at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Sculptor and metal-worker Preston Parrott hosts an open studio from 2-8 p.m. at 187 Redman Lane. www.prestonparrott.com  for details and directions.

A Formula 151 Duo, featuring Dave Mensch and Katherine Tischhauser, plays a second show at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., starting at 5 p.m.

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

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

Historian Clyde Benally and educator Harry Walters discuss “Navajos in the Southwest Anasazi Drama,” as part of the Four Corners Lecture Series, at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Recreation Center.

Durango DOT Comedy performs, “Gone With the Wind: A Farewell to Tara,” live improvisational comedy, at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 259-6004 for details.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers karaoke from 8 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.

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

DJ REM-E spins a “dirty south mix” and DJ Mytha spins underground hip hop at 9 p.m. for Urban Night at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave. The show includes an art showcase with live graffiti artists and break-dancing on the patio. 259-9018 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Boogie Nights at 10 p.m., with DJs spinning music from the 70s, 80s & 90s and accepting requests. 259-9200 for details.

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The 2007 Animas River Festival continues with a guided tour of reclaimed mine sites beginning at the Miner’s Union Hospital in Silverton. Participants should bring a four-wheel drive vehicle and carpooling is encouraged.

Mesa Verde National Park hosts traditional dances by members of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona in the Chapin Mesa Outdoor Amphitheater. The performances take place at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts its weekly races with sign ups from 1-2 p.m. and racing to follow. Racing will continue every Sunday and Wednesday through October. www.durangobmx.com  for details.

Trimble Hot Springs presents guitarist Mark Simons at 4 p.m. Music at Trimble takes place every Sunday. 247-0111 for details.

Singer-songwriter Pete Giuliani plays at Pangea, located on Grand Ave. in Mancos, from 4-7 p.m. 533-9809 for details.

Gigi Love brings her blend of vocals and folk/blues guitar back to the patio at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., beginning at 6 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

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

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers karaoke from 8 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.

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

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.

Durango FiberWorks, located in room 23 of the Smiley Building, hosts Community Night, an event for all aspiring fiber artists, from 5-8 p.m. 749-7006 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 903-8416 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group, with vocalist Alison Dance, plays the Cyprus Café patio, 735 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Lacy Black plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

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

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 4

Night Jam at 8 p.m. 533-7397 for details.

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Wednesday4

Independence Day

Durango BMX hosts its weekly races with sign ups from 6-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow. Racing will continue every Sunday and Wednesday through October. www.durangobmx.com  for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the Cyprus Café patio, 735 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Lacy Black plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Dave Mensch, of Formula 151, plays a solo show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.

Formula 151 plays live at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 8 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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

Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., hosts DJ Eschaton spinning “Retro 2 Electro” for Ladies Night at 10 p.m. 385-0430 for details.

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Ongoing

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts a Collaborative Art Exhibit from June 29-July 6. More than 60 artists have collaborated to participate in the exhibit, and their works will be auctioned off on July 6 as a benefit for the center. The public is also welcome to participate in a woven basket piece and instruction will be offered at 1 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Call 259-2606 for details.

Mesa Verde National Park hosts an exhibition of paintings by the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners in the park’s Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum through Aug. 20. Painting “en plein air” (in the open air) is a genre that asks the viewer to see the world in a different light. An opening reception and a celebration of the park’s 101st birthday, will be hosted from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum on June 29. Visit www.mesaverdeinsitute.org  for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Classic Images in Black and White” by Colorado photographer Cole Thompson through July 25. Cole’s images are rich with texture, tonality and contrast and have been awarded numerous merits. This selection of work exhibits a broad range of Cole’s subject matter and shooting styles. 382-8355 or www.openshuttergallery.com for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama continues its 46th and final season with “Pursuit of Happiness.” The show will run on alternate nights with “The Wicklow Wedding,” and both performances are followed by the world-famous Diamond Circle Vaudeville. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Monday (no shows on Tuesdays) and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.diamondcirclemelodrama.com or call 247-3400 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College displays Monumental Textiles from the Durango Collection, prints from the Bill and Sue Hensler Collection, and drawings and paintings by Native American artists. Also on display is an exhibit of the jewelry of Ben Nighthorse, a show that appeared at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Visit www.swcenter.fortlewis.edu  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 for details.

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 for details.

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Upcoming

The 54th annual Four Corners Gem & Mineral Show returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on July 6-8.

The Durango Arts Center hosts “Cowboy Art in Leather and Song,” a plate and palette event, on July 7. 259-2606 to make a reservation.

The Women’s Resource Center will host a three-day training for Colorado agencies titled, “Working with Fathers: Using the Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum,” from July 9-11. 247-1242 for details.

The Durango Art Center will display a series of Fine Fiber Artwork during “Fiber Celebrated”, an International Juried Fiber Art Exhibition from July 10-Aug. 1.

The Abbey Theatre will screen the film “Crossing Arizona,” a look at the perilous journey taken by immigrants, on July 11.

The Wayword Sons will perform a July 13 Durango Acoustic Music show at the Abbey Theatre.

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run returns to the San Juan Mountains around Silverton on July 13-15.

San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan Public Lands will offer a Noxious Weed Information Day on July 14 at Chris Park.

The Durango Parks and Recreation Department will host the 9th annual Miller Lite “Lite ‘Em Up” Men’s and Women’s Open Softball Tournament on July 14-15.

Animas River Cabaret, a gala benefit for Music in the Mountains, takes place July 15. 385-6820 for details.

Maria’s Bookshop hosts a July 20 Harry Potter Midnight Release Party, including a free screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and a street party.

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Durango offers up ‘Salute to America’
What: Durango’s Independence Day celebration
Where: Rotary Park, Buckley Park and along Main Avenue
When: All day on Wed., July 4

Once again, Durango is pulling out all the stops for this Independence Day, and a full slate of events is scheduled for America’s 231st birthday.

The festivities get under way at 7 a.m. at Rotary Park with the annual “Gourmet Pancake Breakfast.” Organized by the Rotary Club of Durango, the breakfast extravaganza continues until 10:30 a.m.

Midway through breakfast, the Freedom Fun Run/Walk takes off from Rotary Park at 9 a.m. Everyone from serious runners to families, children and even people with dogs on leashes are encouraged to participate. The free event takes place on the Animas River Trail and begins and finishes at RotarThen, “American Voices,” a public reading of major American documents presented by Fort Lewis College, will take place at Buckley Park. The readings run from 10-11 a.m. and will include the Declaration of Independence.

Following American Voices, kids under 18 will be selling their old toys, sports gear, clothes, music, books and more at the Kids-to-Kids Flea Market at Buckley Park. The event is held beginning at noon, and selling space is free but must be reserved by calling 385-9349.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kiwanis Club and many sponsors will host a day of fun, food, music and games at Rotary Park at the Picnic in the Park. There will be a BBQ cook-off and Hometown Hero Awards, in addition to food, drink, music, magic, vaudeville and games.

The day climaxes with an evening events package including a parade, street dance and fireworks. A patriotic “Salute to America,” Durango’s fourth-ever July 4 Main Avenue Parade, starts at 6 p.m. at Fifth Street and travels north along Main. The procession will feature music, colorfully decorated vehicles and war veterans from all the local veterans clubs.

As the parade draws to a close, the “Salute-to-America Street Dance” begins in the 800 block of Main Avenue. The dance kicks off at 6:30 p.m., includes the music of the High Rollers, a beer garden and ends with the “Salute to America Fireworks Display.” Fireworks start time is planned for dark, around 9:15 p.m.

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Rotary hosts barn dance benefit
What: A barn/dinner event benefiting the Durango Daybreak Rotary Club
Where: Weaselskin Equestrian Center, 12629 U.S. Hwy. 550
When: Sat., June 30 from 5: 30-10:30 p.m.  

Durangoans are invited to a barn dance with far-reaching community benefits this Saturday. The Durango Daybreak Rotary Club hosts the barn dance/dinner/fund-raising event at Weaselskin Equestrian Center, located south of Durango, from 5:30-10:30 p.m.

The evening entertainment features family activities including a visit from Mysto the Magician, a sand castle contest and a country western dance with live music provided by the Blue Moon Ramblers. In addition to music from these Diamond Belle mainstays, dance lessons taught by instructors Leslie Carlson and Sam Cook will be offered. The ticket price also includes food and beverages at an outdoor barbeque dinner. Jennifer and William Thurston, owners of Weaselskin, are donating their facilities for the evening event. The show will also feature demonstrations with the Thurston’s famous Andalusian and Lipizzan stallions.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the service projects of the Durango Daybreak Rotary Club. In the past year, the group has contributed to a greenhouse at Escalante Middle School, furnishing for the new Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County, scholarships for the Adaptive Sports Programs, support for Habitat for Humanity, Mercy Hospital equipment delivery to hospitals in Juarez, Mexico, outdoor exhibits at the Children’s Museum and more.

Tickets to the Barn Dance are available at Maria’s Bookshop, South City Market, Southwest Sound, the Strater Hotel and Durango Rotary Clubs. For more information, visit www.durangobarndance.com

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The Iguanas play benefit for KSUT
What: A show from the legendary six-piece New Orleans band
Where: Durango Mountain Resort
When: Sat., June 30, at 7 p.m.

Local residents can enjoy the “ultimate party band” and contribute to a worthy local cause this weekend. The Iguanas will perform in concert this Saturday at Durango Mountain Resort, and the show is a benefit for KSUT Public Radio.

The band is from New Orleans, where many musical genres have a long history of interaction. In this spirit, the Iguanas meld R&B, Latin and Caribbean rhythms. Despite their well-deserved reputation as the ultimate party band, the band has a flair for melodies and lyrics as well as grooves. Typically a five-piece band, Saturday’s show will feature an expanded sound. The Iguanas’ sax horn section has been expanded to include a trumpet player.

The Iguanas have been together for 13 years and recently reunited with their first producer to cut their most recent album. “Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart” is a marked departure from all of the band’s previous studio recordings. The band’s prime elements, roots-rock, New Orleans R&B, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, have been fused with “a fresh jolt of inspiration.” The end result was intended to be an album with the raw ease of a club gig.

The Iguanas concert takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Plaza at Durango Mountain Resort, weather permitting, or in the performance tent if it rains. Tickets are available at Southwest Sound, the Bank of the San Juans and by calling 563-0255. Special ticket/lodging packages are also available at www.durangomountainresort.com.

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