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Durango takes up the Relay for Life

Expanded Durango Bike Week ready to ride
Animas River Days goes big this weekend

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The Miserabillies play neo-retro country tones at Ska Brewing’s Ska-B-Que/3D Racing Bike-B-Que starting at 5 p.m. at the Tasting Room, 545 Turner Dr.  

Durango’s weekly Critical Mass ride leaves Buckley Park, located at the corner of 12th St. and Main, at 5 p.m.

Tumblin’ Dice plays El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Haflin Creek Trail. Interested runners should meet at the County Road 250 trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557.

The Southwest Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282, offers an Adult CPR/AED class from 6-10 p.m. 259-5383.

Singer-songwriter Annie Brooks performs from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Common Sense Internet Cafe at 1480 E. Second Ave.

The Victorian Aid Society presents a walking tour of historic Third Avenue starting at 6:45 p.m. at the corner of College and Main. The group will portray some of Durango’s pioneers and tell of their lives and homes. www.victorianaidsociety.org for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents Salsa Night. The evening includes Salsa lessons from 7-7:30 p.m. and DJ Complimentor spinning on the patio until 10 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Dave Mensch, of Formula 151, performs at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., starting at 7 p.m.

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

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The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Paint Bar in the Garage Art Studio from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

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.

Jack Ellis & Larry Carver play high-altitude blues, rock and folk at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., at 5 p.m.

Singer-songwriter David Earl Pfeiffer plays swing and blues from 5-9 p.m. at the Quaking Aspen Cafe and Gallery in Bayfield. 884-2002.

Donny Johnson plays Serious Texas BBQ South, 650 S. Camino del Rio, from 6-9 p.m. 259-9507 for details.

Tom MacCluskey performs on piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Strange New Shoes plays rock at the 8th Avenue Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., starting at 8 p.m. 259-8801.

The Kirk James Blues

Band plays at the Billy Goat Saloon, located on Highway 160 in Gem Village, starting at 8 p.m. Call 884-9155 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents live jazz on the patio from 5-8 p.m., and a DJ spinning for late night happy hour from 10 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Durango DOT Comedy & Friends perform “Back 2 Our Roots” at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m. The evening of improv comedy will be served up “menu-style.” 385-1711 for details.

Freeplay plays rock, country, blues, and originals at Blondie’s Pub in Cortez at 9 p.m.

 Funk band On the One plays a free after party for Animas River Days at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

DJs Carlos Zentella and Curtis Dirt spin house, dance and funk at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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The Durango Farmers Market meets from 8 a.m.-noon at First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St. The event includes produce from local farmers, prepared food items and locally made crafts. Food stamps accepted.

The Southwest Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282, offers an adult, child infant CPR/AED and standard first aid class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 259-5383 to pre-register.

The Southwest Chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society celebrates the solstice with a free wildflower hike down Turkey Creek near Pagosa Springs. 731-4794 for details and to register.

Durango West 1 hosts a Community Fire Prevention Day with a 9-10 a.m. kick-off at the entrance for an unveiling of a fire-mitigation demonstration area. The event includes a Firewise talk, a raffle and free use of a wood chipper. 247-0564.

The Arts & Crafts Market of Durango Inc. meets at Buckley Park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The market includes local art by local artists and partial proceeds benefit the Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County. www.acmdurango.org 

A Wildflower Identification Workshop meets at the San Juan Public Lands Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The class continues at 10 a.m. on Sunday with a field trip. 882-4647 to register.

Habitat for Humanity holds a can smashing event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Habitat Home Supply, 3001 Main Ave. 382-9735. 4

The Victorian Aid Society hosts a Hermosa Cemetery Tour leaving at 10 a.m. from the Honeyville parking lot. The event is the first tour of the historic Hermosa Cemetery, founded in 1905. 259-2402 for details.

The 15th Annual Silverton Hillside Cemetery volunteer work day meets from 10 a.m.-noon. Following the work session, anecdotes of early pioneers buried in Hillside Cemetery will be shared. 387-5609 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays Moon’s Custom Cycles in Ignacio from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Formula 151 performs for Animas River Days/Durango Rocks Summer Fest at Santa Rita Park starting at 12:30 p.m.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Paint Bar in the Garage Art Studio from noon-4 p.m. 259-2606.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., reggae on the patio with DJ Igene from 5-8 p.m. and DJ Eschaton spinning electro-minimal starting at 10 p.m. for late night happy hour. 259-9018 for details.

Dave Mensch and Katherine Jetter, of Formula 151, perform at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., at 5 p.m.

Singer-songwriter David Earl Pfeiffer plays swing and blues from 5-9 p.m. at the Quaking Aspen Cafe and Gallery in Bayfield. 884-2002.

Kirtan, Eastern Indian participatory, devotional singing, takes place from 5:30-7: 30 p.m. in the Smiley Building’s Blue Heron Yoga Studio, 1309 E. Third Ave. The event is open to all ages. 259-2110 for details.

Alternative Horizons hosts its third annual Wine and Music Fest from 6-9 p.m. at the Rivergate Lofts Urban Park, 555 Rivergate Lane. The event includes a wine tasting, live jazz from Actual Proof, hors d’oeuvres, and a variety of local art and merchandise up for auction. All proceeds benefit Alternative Horizons, a non-profit organization that supports survivors of intimate partner violence. 247-4374 for details.

Gigi Love plays Serious Texas BBQ South, 650 S. Camino del Rio, at 6 p.m. 259-9507 for details.

Tom MacCluskey performs on piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433.

Singer-songwriter Cyle Talley plays his unique acoustic “indie pop” with special guests at Durango Joe’s, 730 College, from 7-9 p.m.

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

Jam rock band Aftergrass plays an after party for Animas River Days at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.

Frogs Gone Fishin’ plays a live show at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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The annual Summer Solstice Marker Viewing meets from 5:45-8 a.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Gallery. The event includes breakfast.

Pete Giuliani plays acoustic originals and covers at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 Hwy 160 W., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 382-3844.

The Durango chapter of Food Not Bombs serves free vegetarian/vegan food starting at 1 p.m. at Riverfront Park in conjunction with a drum circle. Volunteers, donations, and potluck dishes are welcome at the weekly event. durangofoodnotbombs@gmail.com for details.

DJ I*Gene plays roots reggae from 3-6 p.m. for a summer kick-off party on the patio at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave. 259-2545 for details.

Tim Guidotti & Jim Belcher play El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts racing just south of Gateway Park with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow. 799-1780 or www.durangobmx.com for details.

The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning 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., from 5-9 p.m.

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

A panel discussion, Symbolic San Juan: Community Arts, Sense of Place, and a Sustainable Future, meets from 6:30-8: 30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. The conversation will focus on place-based art and the role of the arts in creating sustainable communities. 247-7091 for details.

Singer-songwriter Cyle Talley plays his unique acoustic “indie pop” at the Common Sense Cafe, 1480 E. Second Ave., from 6: 30-8 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents live music from local bands from 8-11 p.m. 259-9018.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts open mic night from 8 p.m. to close. 259-8801.

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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Tuesday24

Gigi Love plays El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts practices from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the track just south of Gateway Park. 799-1780 or www.durangobmx.com for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all comers.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group, along with vocalist Alison Dance, plays the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents open mic night from 7 p.m.-midnight. Bands and DJs are welcome. 247-2324. 4

Acoustic troubadours Annie Brooks (folk/pop) and Cyle Talley (indie/pop) split a set of originals at the Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., from 7-9 p.m.

The Billy Goat Saloon, located on Highway 160 in Gem Village, hosts karaoke with Crazy Charlie starting at 7:30 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

The Millwood Junction Restaurant in Mancos presents an evening with singer/songwriter Chris Pureka at 8 p.m. 533-7338 for details.

The Columbine Bar, located on Grand Ave. in Mancos, hosts its Tuesday Night Jam beginning at 8 p.m. The session is open to all musicians.

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.

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Wednesday18

Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., offers free coffee tasting courses from noon-1 p.m. 259-2059 for details.

The Wednesday Durango Farmers Market kicks off at the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave., from 4:30-6 p.m. The market features locally grown foods, and food stamps are accepted.

Tim Guidotti plays at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts its Wednesday night races just south of Gateway Park with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. 799-1780 or www.durangobmx.com 

Colorado’s 101st Army Band, a 41-person ensemble, plays a free 5:30 p.m. concert at Rotary Park. The VFW will offer a beer garden adjacent to the show.

Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County holds its Family Selection Orientation/Application meeting at 6 p.m. in the Eolus Room at the Durango Recreation Center. Attendance at the meeting is required in order to receive an application. 382-2215 for details.

An open bluegrass jam meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. The circle gathers every Wednesday. 247-1264 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

The Southwest Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282, offers an adult, child, infant CPR/AED  class from 6-10 p.m. 259-5383 to pre-register.

The Durango Chess Club gathers for its weekly meeting at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, at 6:30 p.m.

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

A free class on mysticism and meditation meets from 7-8 p.m. at Chiropractic Durango, 555 Rivergate Lane, Suite B1-108. The ongoing class is hosted by the Center of Light. 882-4920.

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

Dave Mensch, of Formula 151, performs solo at Joel’s,119 W. 8th St., at 8 p.m. 385-0430 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.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts DJs spinning dance music on the patio from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.  

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Ongoing

Mysto’s Magic Spectacular Matinee appears every Wednesday through Sunday at the Henry Strater Theater, 699 Main Ave., at 3 p.m. The event is a full-scale stage illusion show. The Off-Broadway and Las Vegas sensation “Forever Plaid” plays nightly (except Mondays) at 7:30 p.m. The play mixes music and witty comedy. 375-7160.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College hosts “Connections: Earth + Art = A Tribute Art Show in Resistance to Desert Rock” through Sept. 28. Works selected by the jury were chosen based on reflection of themes paralleling the title of the show. The intent of the show is to create dialogue about the Desert Rock Power Plant, proposed for the Navajo Reservation in northern New Mexico.

The nature photography of Durangoan Howard Rachlin is on display through August at the Ignacio Community Library. 375-7877 for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama continues its 47th season in the newly renovated Durango Arts Center Theatre, 802 E. Second Ave. “The Spoilers” and “Whoop-Ti-Ay!” show nightly (except Mondays) at 8 p.m. The performances continue through Aug. 31. www.diamondcirclemelodrama.com for details.

Pure Soul Coffee House, 40 Town Plaza, displays Bethany Bachmann colorful pastels throughout the month of June. 259-5499 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College exhibits “100 Contemporary Works by Native Artists from the Hensler Collection.” The Bill and Sue Hensler collection of contemporary Native American art includes a diverse group of artists from a variety of tribes. The collection in its entirety includes more than 200 items, including pottery, paintings and sculpture, directly acquired from the artists themselves. 247-7456 for details.  

Art Supply House, 24 A Town Plaza, exhibits the artwork of Sunny McHale through the month of June. The public is also welcome to stop by and paint, draw or color on Yupo. 375-0090.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., host the exhibit “Eskimo Artifacts from Arctic Alaska.” This show features clothing, masks, hunting and fishing tools, dolls, toys, fetishes and other items. The museum is also hosting “Boots & Saddles: Historic Foot Gear and Horse Gear from Southwestern Colorado.” 259-2402 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 Referral Matrix meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Wells Group. The BNI Referral Market meets from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Prudential. BNI Business Connections meets every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Durango Rec. Center. 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, “Living off the Land.” The museum offers a hands-on exploration of the Rocky Mountain ecosystem and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wed.-Fri. and 1-5 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. 259-9234 .

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Upcoming

“Catch the Reading Bug,” the 2008 Summer Reading Program at the Durango Public Library, continues on June 26 with Durango’s own Matt Simonson performing his magic show. 375-3385 for details.

Three Springs Plaza Pics, a free outdoor movie night, continues on June 27 with a showing of “Bee Movie.”

The Woo-Woo Event, a sustainable living, metaphysical/spiritual fair, takes place on June 27-29 in Durango. Email thewoowooevent@yahoo.com for details.

The Mancos Renaissance Faire, featuring arts, craft, vendors, contests, live entertainment and more, returns June 28-29.

The Durango Adult Education Center will host a Singles Scrabble fund-raiser on July 3.

The City of Durango presents “Salute to America,” the annual series of family-oriented activities, from July 4-9.

The 2nd annual Fourth of July Fun Run and Family Walk leave Bayfield’s Joe Stephenson Park on July 4.

Folk great Patty Larkin will play the Abbey Theatre on July 11.

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run returns to the San Juan Mountains on July 11-13.

A debut screenings of “Between the Tides,” a documentary by local filmmakers Tyler Quintano and Nick Manning, is set for July 11. www.sundarbanproject.org .

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Durango takes up the Relay for Life
What: A two-day event benefiting the American Cancer Society 
Where: The track at Fort Lewis College  
When: Starting at 6 p.m., Fri., June 20

Durangoans will once again take up the fight and walk to beat cancer this week. On June 20 & 21, the

Relay for Life returns to the track at Fort Lewis College. Teams of eight to 15 people take part in the event, and each member must raise at least $100 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The relay is held from Friday night until Saturday morning, and team members take turns walking, running, pedaling or skating on the college track. Sixty percent of relay funds stay in the participating community to provide services for local cancer patients, like the breast cancer support program, Reach to Recovery. The remaining 40 percent is used to fund cancer research, which ultimately benefits local cancer patients by improving treatments.

Last year’s event raised more than $150,000 to benefit cancer patients in La Plata County, and Durango always pulls its weight in the fight against cancer. In 2007, the Knights of Columbus, raised $15,000 on their own. Local youths Dylan and Matt Simonsen also raised $2,000 on their own.

Events will precede the relay, including kids activities, campsite set-up and more. The actual relay begins with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m., and this year, Formula 151 will play in support of the relay beginning at 7 p.m.

Relay teams can sign up as late as the start of the event. For more information or to register a team, visit www.laplatarelay.com.

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Expanded Durango Bike Week ready to ride
What: Durango Bike Week, an expanded week-long event
Where: Various locations around Durango
When: June 24-27

Durango is pulling out the stops and celebrating two-wheeled, nonmotorized transit this week. Bike-to-Work Day returns to downtown on Wed., June 25, joining several other events and activities for an expanded Durango Bike Week.

Though past Bike to Work Days have been successful, Durango Bike Week has been re-introduced to heighten awareness of the benefits of commuting by bicycle and taking other alternatives to driving.

Scheduled for June 24-27, Durango Bike Week features unique events each day. The James Ranch Ride departs from Buckley Park on June 24 at 4 p.m. and heads up to James Ranch for discounts on local, organic foods. Bike to Work Day takes off for the morning commute on June 25 and includes a celebration, complete with coffee and refreshments, in front of Steaming Bean Coffee. The first 100 riders will receive free T-shirts and bike bells. The Commuter Challenge, a contest for local businesses to encourage their employees to ride (or walk) to work, rolls on June 26. And a Durango Street Fair is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Fri., June 27, for the 1000 block of Main Avenue and will include a Durango DEVO obstacle course, food, refreshments and more.

Durango Bike Week falls under the umbrella of the State of Colorado’s Bike-to-Work-Month. Event organizers are hoping this year’s local event will leave a more lasting impression on Durangoans. “Biking or walking to work one day a week instead of driving would result in better health and fitness for adults and children alike,” said Mary Monroe, executive director of Trails 2000.

For more information, visit www.durangobikeweek.com.

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Animas River Days goes big this weekend
What: An expanded celebration of the Animas River
Where: All over Durango and the Animas
When: June 20-22

Animas River Days flows back into town this weekend, and numerous festivities are on tap.

The three-day event runs June 20-22 and honors and celebrates the Animas River. With an expanded slate of events, the 2008 Animas River Days appeals to all ages, interests, music fans, arts and crafts collectors, and river rats. 

The weekend events kick-off on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with the much-anticipated River Parade. Following the Parade, On the One, a “funky soul rock quartet,” will perform at The Summit for the Animas River Days opening night party, starting at 9 p.m.

Saturday features the festival’s classic river events, the Slalom Race and Salmon Slalom, as well as live music by Annie Brooks, Formula 151 and Aftergrass. Additional activities and festival highlights on Saturday include: fly casting and tying demos; fly fishing clinic; dog competitions; local food and beverage vendors; flavorful brews; arts and crafts vendors; kids’ activities zone; and dance performance groups. The Animas River Days celebration continues into the evening on Saturday with the exciting flicks “Hotel Charlie 3” and “Whitewater Gods.” The shows begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre.

River Days continues on Sunday morning at Santa Rita Park with a pancake breakfast and slideshow of the weekend’s events. All eyes will then turn to the river for the Down River Race, the new DUD Race (Down Up Down), and the Whitewater Rodeo.  An Animas River clean-up followed by a barbeque lunch along with a fly casting and tying demo are also scheduled for Sunday.

Parking for Animas River Days at Santa Rita Park is extremely limited, but there will be a free Durango T day on Saturday. On Sunday, Durango Transit will offer free drop offs and pick ups at the Durango Community Recreation Center, Chapman Hill, Backcountry Experience, Albertsons, Santa Rita Park and 4 Corners Riversports. 

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.animasriverkeeper.org.

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In this week's issue...

June 13, 2019
Haven't got time for the pain

In the words of the great Salt-N-Pepa, let’s talk about sex (baby.) There, we said it.

June 13, 2019
Scoping begins on Silverton travel plan

The plan to bring more singletrack to Silverton is rolling forward. Last week, the Bureau of Land Management announced the beginning of a 30-day public scoping period on its proposed Silverton Area Travel Management Plan.

June 10, 2019
2019 Hardrock taps out

Snow, avi debris, high flows force cancellation