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Durango takes a Journey of Hope
Durango Fall Blaze hits the highway
Oktoberfest returns to Main Avenue

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Thursday27

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the Manhattan Short Film Festival at 3 & 7 p.m. The festival is held across Europe, North America, Central and South America from Sept. 23-30. 385-1711 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Kid’s Paint Bar from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Art-loving kids can paint, draw, construct and explore a variety of creative activities in the space. 259-2606 for details.

The Mancos Farmer’s Market meets from 4-7 p.m. in Boyle Park. The market runs 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 Raider’s Ridge loop beginning at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead. 946-5557 for directions.

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

Kati B. and David Earl Pfieffer perform live jazz and blues standards from 6-8 p.m. at Guiseppe’s Restaurant in Bayfield. 884-7135 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Common Reading Experience kicks off with a Public Health Panel Discussion at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Lounge.

G. B. Cornucopia discusses “Skywatching in Chaco Canyon” at 7 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum as part of the Astronomy: Then and Now speaker series.

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall with the talk, “By Design: Why We Buy, What We Believe.”

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

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 p.m. Proceeds benefit the San Juan Citizens Alliance. 247-2324 for details.

The Big Spank plays live punkish ska for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., beginning at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details

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Friday28

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

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

The Center of Light in Dolores offers a free 7 p.m. screening of “Blood Diamond” for its Conscious Movie Night.

Loose Change Revival plays the music of the ’70s & ’80s at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., beginning at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts the 2nd annual Durango “Big Lebowski” Party at 9 p.m. The event includes costumes, prizes and giveaways. 385-1711 for details.

Formula 151 plays progressive rock at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Local favorites, Nosotros, return to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Saturday29

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.

The American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282, offers CPR for the Professional Rescuer from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 259-5383 to pre-register.

Household Hazardous Waste Chemical Collection takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Residents are encouraged to drop off Cleaning Supplies, Household Batteries, Garden Supplies, Car Batteries, Hobby Supplies, Automotive Fluids, Indoor Home Supplies Pharmaceuticals, Painting Supplies, BBQ Propane Tanks and more. 375-4831 for details.

Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs presents Senior University: Health and Wellness Day from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The program is part of Trimble’s new Health and Wellness Program. www.trimblehotsprings.com for details.

The Arts & Crafts Market of Durango, an offering of local art by local artists, meets from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Oktoberfest celebration in the 1000 block of Main. Call 247-9242 or visit www.ACMDurango.org for details.

Gigi Love & Michael Coble perform from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the patio at Natalia’s in Silverton.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Kid’s Paint Bar from noon-4 p.m. Art-loving kids can paint, draw, construct and explore a variety of creative activities in the space. 259-2606 for details.4

Wines of the San Juan kicks off its 5th annual Harvest Wine Festival from noon-9 p.m. The festivities include music from Jazz Is, Stillwater Steel Drums and Nosotros and art, food and a grape stomp. www.winesofthesanjuans.com for details.

Durango Acoustic Music presents Fred Eaglesmith and the Flying Squirrels with special guest Eilen Jewell in a 5 p.m. show at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Mingo Fishtrap plays an Oktoberfest show at 10 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

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

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

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

Warsaw & the Freeman Social play Oktoberfest at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

The Big Spank plays live punkish ska for Oktoberfest at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., beginning at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details

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The Arts & Crafts Market of Durango, an offering of local art by local artists, meets from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Oktoberfest celebration in the 1000 block of Main. Call 247-9242 or visit www.ACMDurango.org for details.

Wines of the San Juan’s 5th annual Harvest Wine Festival continues from noon-6 p.m. The day includes music from the Alison Dance Band and the Lawnchair Kings as well as art and food. www.winesofthesanjuans.com for details.

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.

Pete Giuliani plays acoustic covers and originals at Trimble Hot Springs from 1-4 p.m. 247-0212 for details.

The San Juan Symphony kicks off the season with “Song and Dance” at3 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Four local and international singers will join the San Juan Symphony for a return visit to the world of opera. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

Babylon Collapse Sound System with DJ I-Gene plays a 3: 30 p.m. Oktoberfest after-party at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave. 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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Monday1

“Protecting Your Land and the Colorado Landowner’s Protection Act,” a landowners’ oil and gas workshop meets from 6-8:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Presenters include State Rep. Ellen Roberts; State Sen. Jim Isgar; Gwen Lachelt, of the Oil & Gas Accountability Project; and attorney Lance Astrella. 259-3583 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays his weekly gig at Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., starting at 8 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.

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Tuesday2

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

The Bank of the San Juans, 144 E. 8th St., hosts the Business Women’s Network from 5:30-7 p.m. This month’s topic is “Business Plans and Financing Your Business.” 247-1242 for details.

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

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

The La Plata Unity Coalition meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Durango Recreation Center’s Peaks Room. The coalition will share the information they have gathered from the community about immigrant integration during the free event. 259-3583 for details.

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

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

Caroline Reeves Johnson discusses “From Realism to Abstraction” at the 7 p.m. Free BYOC (Bring your own chair!) Lecture Series at Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680

Main Ave. 247- 9018 for details.

Dave Mensch, of Formula 151, performs solo at Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., starting at 8 p.m.

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Wednesday3

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Kid’s Paint Bar for “Happy Hours” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The bar is open to all ages. 259-2606 for details.

An Open Studio with Colorado Art Ranch artist-in-residents Roberta Smith and Julia Karll meets from 5-7 p.m. in Fort Lewis College’s Fine Art Building Room 170.

Turtle Lake Refuge offers a Chi Foods Class from 6-8: 30 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave. The gourmet living foods class continues for four Wednesday evenings. 247-8395 for details.

Jack Ellis & Larry Carver play high-altitude blues at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 4

259-9018 for details.

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

SWCRES, La Plata Electric Association and the FLC Environmental Center presents a free presentation on the basics for installing solar hot water in your home at 7 p.m. in 130 Nobel Hall. 588-3641 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

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.

Lord Loves a Working Man plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 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 Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Spirit of the West” in celebration of the upcoming Cowboy Gathering and Horse Expo. The exhibit highlights the unique and varied work of both locally and nationally known photographers whom have been published in magazines such as Lens Work, Camera and Darkroom, Photo Insider and Western Styles. Eight photographers are displaying fine art Western images in black and white and color. The show continues through Oct. 31. 382-8355 or www.openshuttergallery.com for details.

The 3rd annual Mancos Valley Balloon Festival runs from Sept. 28-30 at Boyle Park in Mancos. Morning launches are scheduled for all three days, and the festival includes a Saturday night fiesta dinner in the Mancos Opera House. All proceeds from the festival will again benefit Montezuma County Special Olympics. 533-9707 for details.

The Durango Lively Arts Company presents “Father Joy,” a comedy/drama by Sheri Wilner and directed by Lisa Kramer, on Sept. 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 30 at 2:30 p.m. All performances take place at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. 382-8584 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery presents the Dale Leys Exhibit through Oct. 3. Dale Leys, Murray State Kentucky art faculty member, displays a selection of drawings that include works inspired by travel to Italy and locations in the United States. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center Art Library, 802 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Opposites Attract,” a show of artists’ books, calligraphy, paintings, and prints, by Serafino, N.M., artists Nancy Culmone and Paul Mauer. The exhibit continues through the end of October. 259-2606 for details.

Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave. Maddox performs every night except Sundays, and the free shows take place from 5:30-7 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. www.strater.com 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.

Professional Business Builders, a chapter of Business Networking International, meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Church in Durango. BNI Business Connections meets every Wednesday from 11:30-1 p.m. in room 100 of the Durango Office Suites, 1053 Main Ave. A new Business Networking Chapter meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Wells Group. 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

Fort Lewis College’s Campus of Difference trainers will hold their first campus dialogue on discrimination and prejudice on Oct. 4.

A workshop on development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan meets at the Colorado State Forest Service on Oct. 4.

The Durango Cowboy Gathering, including cowboy poets and musicians from across the nation, returns for its 19th year on Oct. 4-7.

Family Weekend returns to Fort Lewis College on Oct. 5-7.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will host the David Hunt Annual Ceramics Invitational from Oct. 5-31.

Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Elbeary Hobbs’ Drifters and The Platters play an Oct. 6 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The 1st annual Durango Health and Wellness Fair will meet on Oct. 6 and offer free consultations from more than 20 businesses.

The monthly Contra Dance returns to the Senior Center on Oct. 6 with music from the 5th Reel Band.

Hillcrest Golf Course hosts the Manna Soup Kitchen Fall Classic, a four-person benefit scramble, on Oct. 6. 385-5095 for details.

The City of Durango’s Fall Cleanup begins on Oct. 8 for residential trash customers within the city limits.

Maria’s Bookshop hosts an Oct. 10 talk and book signing with award-winning author Hampton Sides.

The Durango Independent Film Festival’s 2nd annual Art of Film Fund-raiser is set for Oct. 12 at the Abbey Theatre.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College has rescheduled the John Cowan Band for Oct. 18. The show was postponed because of health issues.

The Durango Friends of the Arts hosts its annual fall fund-raising luncheon and fashion show, “Animas Autumn,” on Oct. 18.

The Medicine Horse Center’s 7th annual MusicFest & Silent Auction Benefit is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the Mancos Opera House.

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Durango takes a Journey of Hope
What: The annual 5K fund-raiser for the Journey of Hope Fund
Where: The Fort Lewis College Rim
When: Sat., Sept. 29, 9 a.m. start for walkers; 9:15 a.m. start for runners

Durango runners are taking a Journey of Hope this Saturday. The annual 5K run/walk returns to the Fort Lewis College Rim in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer screening and preventative care.

Across the United States, more than 17 million women are uninsured. In addition, only one in five women is eligible for a community-based federal program providing breast cancer screening through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Durango community has taken the issue into its own hands. The 13th annual Journey of Hope 5K family run/walk will raise money for the Journey of Hope Fund, administered by the Mercy Health Foundation. This fund will provide mammograms to women in La Plata County and Southwestern Colorado.

Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m., and walkers will leave the start line at 9 a.m. Runners take off at 9:15 a.m. The entry fee is $20 for adults ($18 for Durango Motorless Transit members) and includes a tote bag for participating. Kids under 12 run/walk for free.

Applications can be picked up from the Women’s Resource Center, Brown’s Sport Shoe, or by visiting the Durango Motorless Transit website at www.go-dmt.org, and pre-registration is encouraged.

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Durango Fall Blaze hits the highway
What: The second annual road riding tour offering 37, 57 and 100-mile legs
Where: The roads and highways surrounding Durango
When: Sat., Sept. 29 beginning at 7 a.m..

Big miles and bright colors are on tap this weekend as the second-ever Durango Fall Blaze takes to area roads. The bicycle tour takes off Sept. 29, and local road riders will have the opportunity to ride with Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team member Tom Danielson, his pro cyclist wife, Kristin, and members of the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team.

“The Durango Fall Blaze is not only going to be a fun ride, but also a great way for Fort Lewis cyclists to become more involved in the community,” says FLC Cycling Club President Eric Ransom.

The ride begins in the morning with a cannon blast and a Rim Drive circular start with Tom and Kristin. Three different tour options are available, including a 37-mile, 57-mile, and 100-mile ride. This ride is fully supported with mechanics, sag sweep, and aid stations along the way. All the rides end at FLC’s Venue Event Tent for catered food, views and draft beer.

All proceeds from the Fall Blaze will benefit the Tom Danielson Scholarship Fund at Fort Lewis College, dedicated to helping rising young cyclists at the college. Visit www.durangofallblaze.com for more information and to register.

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Oktoberfest returns to Main Avenue
What: The San Juan Citizens’ Alliance’s annual Oktoberfest celebration 
Where: Durango’s Main Avenue
When: Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sept. 30 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Beer, bratwurst and polka are again taking over Main Avenue this weekend. San Juan Citizens Alliance presents the 4th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sept. 30 from 11 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 Doug Lyon kicks off the celebration at noon with a ceremonial keg tapping. Durango’s four local breweries will all be pouring beer throughout the afternoon and local restaurants will be grilling up brats, kraut, authentic German fare and more. There will be games, family activities and music on a Main Avenue stage from the bands, Formula 151, Nosotros, the Big Spank, Mingo Fishtrap, the Hounds of Purg, Freeman Social and Warsaw, as well as polka artists Alte Kameraden and The Alpiners

The Main Avenue festivities wind down on Saturday at 6 p.m., but the celebration continues into the nighttime hours. A wristband gives revelers access to live music at Steamworks, the Summit and the Abbey Theatre during a musical pub crawl. The following morning, Oct. 1, Oktoberfest fires up again at 11 a.m., and the music, food and revelry continue through 3 p.m.

Protecting the environment and conserving energy are the focuses of Oktoberfest 2007. This year, the San Juan Citizens Alliance is putting a huge emphasis on reducing energy usage and composting and recycling. Plus, the main stage will be solar powered, and organizers are purchasing renewable energy credits to offset other energy use. For more information on Oktoberfest, log onto www.sanjuancitizens.org or call 259-3583.

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