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Pro Rodeo Series returns to the fairgrounds

Annie’s Orphans holds its annual fund-raiser
Wines of the San Juan hosts Ducks for Bucks

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Maria’s Bookshop and the Durango Coffee Co. hold blood drives all day on June 4 & 5. 247-1438.

Local magician Matt Simonsen kicks off the 2009 Summer Reading Program at the Durango Public Library with “Matt the Magician” shows at 10 and 11:15 a.m. 375-3385 for details.

Jenny Winegardner and Gary Watkins play El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. 382-0799 for details.

Kirk James plays solo blues at the Steamworks Bayfield Beer Factory from 5-8 p.m. 884-7837 for details.

Womenade, a program of the Women’s Resource Center, holds its quarterly potluck from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. Email programs@wrcdurango.org for details.

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

The Heart Hustle Collective holds a performing arts fund-raiser at the Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., from 6- 9 p.m. for their upcoming show, “Gastropod,” which will play on June 16-18 at the Abbey. The event includes art, entertainment, a silent auction and food and drink. hearthustle@gmail.com.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the bar at Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the south end of the Hermosa Creek Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

Singer-songwriter Annie Brooks plays the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Durango Recreation Center hosts Kayak Night from 7-8:45 p.m. in the pool. 375-7312 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., offers Salsa Night. The evening includes salsa lessons from 7-7:30 p.m. and DJ Twelfth Night spinning until 11 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Jack Ellis & Larry Carver bring High Altitude Blues back to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

Entrophy plays funk/rock at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Friday5

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Paint Bar from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

The 32nd annual Fun in the Sun Arts & Crafts show gets under way at Buckley Park from noon-6 p.m. The event includes arts, crafts and music by Andean Tradition and continues all day on June 6 & 7. 247-2117 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.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents the Friday Afternoon Club with live music from Kentucky Deluxe from 5-8 p.m. DJ Batch performs from 10 p.m. until close. 259-9018 for details.

Greg Ryder returns to the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

The Vallecito Lake Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament kicks off at the Community Center from 6-8 p.m. The tournament continues throughout the weekend and includes a fish fry, awards ceremony, prizes and more. www.vallecitolakechamber.com for details.

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

Balance Counseling, 1239 Main Ave., hosts “A Deeper Shade of Recovery,” an art show honoring addiction recovery, from 6:30-8 p.m. 759-1961 for details.

Mark Simons plays jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to close. 247-7700 for details.

Jeff Strahan performs Texas blues at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. The Hounds of Purg open the show at 8 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Sol Vista plays classic rock the 8th Avenue Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., starting at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Schankhouse Bar & Grill at Vallecito Lake at 8 p.m.

The Edgar Mack Blues Band plays Legends Lounge and Grill, 331 S. Camino del Rio, at 8 p.m. 385-5533 for details.

Neil Nelson and Steel Rodeo play Virginia’s Steakhouse at Vallecito Lake at 8:30 p.m. 884-0606 for details.

Wild Country returns to the Billy Goat Saloon, located off U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., celebrates “First Friday” with Awol One, Project One, Shapeshifters, DJ Mowgli and live art at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Saturday6

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. Das Samba performs Bossa Nova and Samba all morning www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

The Dolores River Festival returns to Joe Rowell Park in Dolores. Gates open at 10 a.m. and live music, including headliners Lubriphonic, will be performed all day. The annual Fun Race, free raft rides on the Dolores River from Riverside, children’s activities, a down-river kayak race, the Zuke’s River Dog Contest and the Crazy Costume River Parade are also on tap. www.doloresriverfestival.com for details.

Durango BMX hosts a Fun Day including free racing, games and skills training, free hot dogs and drinks, a silent auction and more. The event begins at 11 a.m. and racing sign-ups start at 1 p.m. 259-0332 for details. 4

The Durango Wheel Club holds its weekly group ride for all levels from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For safety and legal reasons, all riders must be DWC members. www.durangowheelclub.com for more info.

The 6th Annual Men Who Grill, the Women’s Resource Center’s premier fund-raiser and annual grilling competition, returns to Buckley Park from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Kirk James Blues Band will perform throughout the event. 247-1242 for details.

Jack Ellis & Larry Carver bring High Altitude Blues back to El Patio, 600 Main Ave., at 5 p.m.

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

The Durango Cruzers meet at the Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. The Good Neighbors play a live show from 9 p.m. until close. 259-9018 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., offers Salsa Night. The evening includes salsa lessons from 7-7:30 p.m. and DJ Twelfth Night spinning until 11 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

The Contra Dance returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds and includes a 6 p.m. community potluck, 7 p.m. beginner dance instruction and the Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. featuring music from the Flagpole Salad Band. 259-6820 for details.

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

Dennis Wakeman hosts open mic at Guiseppe’s Restaurant, located on Goddard Ave. in Ignacio, from 6-8 p.m.

Mark Simons plays jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to close. 247-7700 for details.

The Durango Adult Education Center hosts a GED graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Durango Public Library, 1300 E. Third Ave. 385-4354 for details.

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

The Animas Music Festival continues with a 7 p.m. performance by Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen at Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Durango DOT Comedy performs at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 259-6004 for details.

Neil Nelson and Steel Rodeo play the Schank House at Vallecito Lake at 8 p.m.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers karaoke from 8

p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.

Wild Country plays Virginia’s Steakhouse at Vallecito Lake at 8:30 p.m. 884-0606 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts a double-bill with AudioChronic and Good Gravy playing at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Durango BMX holds Sunday trophy races, with sign ups from 1-2 p.m. with racing to follow, weather permitting. www.durangobmx.com or 799-1780 for details.

The Durango chapter of Food Not Bombs serves free vegetarian/vegan food starting at 1-4 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.

Valerie Dee Naranjo, percussionist, vocalist and composer, plays a “Free Concert in the Grass” at 5 p.m. at the SunUte Community Center in Ignacio. Naranjo current plays with the Saturday Night Live Band. 563-0214 for details.

The Durango-Four Corners Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets from 6-7 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, 46 Suttle Dr. All are welcome. 799-0482 for details.

“Spotlight to Stardom,” the signature fund-raiser for the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, returns at 7 p.m. The official Four Corners Talent Search will showcase 15 talented local performers hosted by “accidental comedians” Preston Parrott and Mary Jo Rakowski. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

Joel Racheff returns to the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

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

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts an all-ages show at 8 p.m. with performances from Dr. Israel, APOSTLE, Etheric Double, Artikle and I-Gene. 247-2324 for details.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents Musica del Mundo with DJs Maize and X spinning from 8 p.m. until close. 259-9018 for details.

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Monday8

The Southwest Center for Independence hosts the Confident Living Program for seniors experiencing loss of vision and hearing. The three-day event begins from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 259-1672 to register.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts “Doing Art Together:  A Parent Child Workshop,” a workshop for kids 2 to 5 and their parents, from 10 a.m.-noon. 259-2606 for details.

Robin Davis plays El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-7 p.m.

Jack Talmage plays country at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 5: 30 p.m.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the bar at Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts a Texas Hold-em poker tournament at 7 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

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

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts open mic night from 8 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details. 4

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.

Oatie Paste and SomeOtherBand play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Tuesday9

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts “Go With the Flow: River Art,” a workshop for kids 6 and up, from 10-11 a.m. and “Mud Love: Clay for Kids,” for ages 8-12, from 2:30-4 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

The Family Center hosts a newborn playgroup for parents with babies under 6-months-old from 1:30-3 p.m. Each week features a new guest speaker. 385-4747 for details.    

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Paint Bar from 5-7 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays at The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 5 p.m.

The Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield kicks off its Summer Reading Program for teens and tweens with a 5-7 p.m. party.

Durango BMX holds Tuesday Gate Practice from 5:30-7 p.m., weather permitting. www.durangobmx.com or 799-1780 for details.

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

Mill Street Brews, 25 Mill St. in Bayfield, hosts an open jam session beginning at 6 p.m. The event meets every Tuesday evening. 884-7070 for details.

A Support Group for Support People meets at 7 p.m. in the Commons Building Conference Room, 701 Camino del Rio. The group is dedicated to aiding the community’s caregivers. 259-0122 for details.

The Durango Recreation Center hosts Kayak Night from 7-8:45 p.m. in the pool. 375-7312 for details.

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

Tim Sullivan plays his weekly 7-11 p.m. gig  at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents live music from Eric Keifer, of Aftergrass, from 9 p.m. until close. 259-9018 for details.

Trevor Green, “One Man Band,” plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Wednesday10

Fort Lewis College presents a Starting Your Business Workshop at 8:30 a.m. in the Durango Public Library’s Program Rm. #1. 247-7009 for details.

San Juan Mountains Association offers a Kid’s Hiking Club for children ages 8 to 12. The free hikes will accommodate all abilities. 759-9113 to register.

The annual Trails 2000 Membership Picnic meets at the Durango Recreation Center Amphitheater at 4:30 p.m. The event is open to new and renewing members and features food, drink and music by Aiko Aiko Sound. www.trails2000.org for details.

Animas SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), Durango’s only independent, radical, anti-authoritarian student & youth collective, meets every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. in a top-secret location. Email animas-sds@riseup.net for details.

The Steamworks Bayfield Beer Factory hosts an open mic night from 5-8 p.m. 884-7837 for details.

Durango BMX holds its Wednesday races, with sign ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with racing to follow, weather permitting. www.durangobmx.com or 799-1780 for details.

Greg Ryder returns to The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

A doing you own divorce and/or custody seminar meets at 6 p.m. at the new Durango Public Library, 1900 E. Third Ave. Anyone wishing to apply for a free book of forms should arrive 10 minutes early. 247-0266 for details.

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

Serving Life Chiropractic Studio, 1040 Main Ave., offers a free Wellness Wednesday Talk on health, life and well-being from 6-7 p.m. 422-2032 to reserve a spot.

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

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

Dave Mensch, of Formula 151, returns to the Derailed Saloon, 725 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.

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Ongoing

The Durango Public Library hosts a solo exhibit entitled, “Ann Smith’s ‘Novel Approach’ to Watercolors,” through the end of June. The library will also celebrate the 200th birthdays of Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Darwin, and Abraham Lincoln with a book display through the month of May. 375-3387 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College hosts the exhibition, 100% Birgitta: The Fine Art of Revolutionary Crochet through Aug. 2. Transitions: Navajo Weaving 1880-1920, and Ben Nighthorse jewelry are also on display. Visit http: //swcenter.fortlewis.edu or call 247-7456 for more information

Business Networking International offers Professional Business Builders on Thursdays at the Himalayan Kitchen, 992 Main Ave., at 7 a.m.; a Referral Market Chapter meeting on Tuesdays at Prudential Triple S Realty, 700 Main Ave., at 11:30 a.m.; and Business Connections on Wednesdays at the Durango Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. 422-2032 for details.

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Upcoming

Cadillac Sky will bring its “psychograss” to the Abbey Theatre on June 11.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will discuss “Unwanted Horses: What are the Options?” on June 11 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 259-1581 for details.

The Community Concert Hall will kick off Fridays at the Fort on June 12 with a free concert from the Badly Bent and Wild Mountain.

The Durango Narrow Gauge Chorus will present “Yesterday, All Over Again” on June 13 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a June 15 booksigning with Frank Huyler, author of Right of Thirst.

The San Juan Mountains Association will host a June 16 orientation for volunteer naturalists. 385-1256 for details.

The Purgatory Challenge Adventure Race returns to the San Juan Mountains on June 19-21. www.gravityplay.com for details.

The Red House Gallery will host the show, “In and out of Line: The Work of Two Emerging Artists,” on June 20.

Durango Daybreak Rotary will host a “Rotary Western Day” fund-raiser on June 27 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The Itals, A Dub Rock Band, Oatie Paste, Magaphone and DJs Jonezy & I-Gene will play the Power the Tower Music Festival, a KDUR benefit, on June 28.

La Plata County Living with Wildlife will offer a free screening of the documentary “Division Street” on June 30 at the Durango Arts Center.

The Durango Discovery Museum will screen a range of free family movies at the Powerhouse beginning on July 3.

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Pro Rodeo Series returns to the fairgrounds
What: The 2009 Crossroads Durango Pro Rodeo Series
Where: La Plata County Fairgrounds
When: Friday evenings in June and Fridays and Saturdays in July. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.  

Bulls, broncs and buckaroos return to the La Plata County Fairgrounds this Saturday. The Crossroads Durango Pro Rodeo Series opens its season June 6. The rodeo series runs every Friday in June and Friday and Saturday evenings in July.

Bull and bronc riding, roping and all the rodeo favorites will be back on tap for the 2009 season. Crossroads Rodeo, a sixth-generation ranch and rodeo family, will work to ensure the Durango series remains one of the best in the Western U.S. The season kicks off with an open house and family night with other special events are scheduled throughout the summer.

Gates for the Durango Pro Rodeo open at 5:30 p.m. and the events get under way at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.crossroadsranchandrodeocompany.com.

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Annie’s Orphans holds its annual fund-raiser
What: The 3rd annual Endless Linguini Dinner and Silent Auction
Where: The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave.
When: Tues., June 9 at 6 p.m.  

Durangoans can give abused, neglected and abandoned dogs in the Four Corners a leg up next week. Annie’s Orphans No-Kill Dog Shelter will hold its 3rd annual Endless Linguini Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction at the Lost Dog on Tues., June 9.

An all-you-can-eat linguini dinner buffet and drink are included with the price of admission. During the event, there will also be a slide show of the “orphans” at Annie’s and the highlight is always the silent auction, which features donations from throughout the community to benefit the dogs.  

Annie’s has been providing a safe-haven for the abused and neglected pet population from throughout the Four Corners region since 1985 and houses up to 70 dogs at any given time.  “Many of our dogs have had very hard lives before they come to Annie’s and, while most become fantastic companions in a loving and patient home, some dogs do have behavioral or health-care needs that make them more difficult to adopt,” said Kory Samson, an Annie’s volunteer.  

The June 9 benefit begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.anniesk9orphans.org or email anniesk9orphans@q.com.

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Wines of the San Juan hosts Ducks for Bucks
What: The 3rd annual Ducks for Bucks, a benefit for Niemann-Pick disease
Where: Wines of the San Juan, in Turley, N.M.  
When: Sat., June 6 from noon-5 p.m.  

Ducks, bucks and bluegrass rally for a good cause this Saturday. Wines of the San Juan, located in the bosque of the San Juan River, hosts the 3rd annual Ducks for Bucks on Sat., June 6. The benefit for Niemann-Pick Disease includes a performance by High Desert Bluegrass.

Ducks for Bucks runs from noon-5 p.m. and the free event includes games, kids activities, a dunking booth, food and refreshments, and the Dainty Duck Dash with its $1,000 cash prize. The festivities will be rounded out by the High Desert Bluegrass performance.

The event goes beyond good times and good tunes, however. Ducks for Bucks is a benefit for Niemann-Pick disease. The fund-raiser was created in memory of Breann Chavez, who passed away at age 3 from Niemann-Pick. The disease has been described as “childhood Alzheimer’s.” Last year’s Duck Dash winners voluntarily donated their cash prize back to the foundation.

For more information on Ducks for Bucks call (505) 632-0879 or visit www.winesofthesanjuan.com. 

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