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Who’s Your Daddy! returns to Main Ave.
Inaugural Purgatory Challenge begins Friday
‘Dames at Sea’ comes to the Henry Strater

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Thursday18

The Durango Public Library hosts ventriloquist Wayne Francis and his sidekick puppet, Wingnut, at 10 & 11:15 a.m. The free event is part of the library’s summer reading program. 375-3385 for details.

Gary Watkins and Jenny Winegardner play folk/rock at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

Root and Branch Medicine, 1053 Main Ave., offers a 5-7 p.m. open house and discussion of Chinese medicine. 426-2464 for details.

Ragtime pianist Terry Hartzel plays the first of three nights at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 5: 30 p.m.

A Brainy Baby Community Forum meets at the Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. to discuss baby brain potential. Durango practitioners will offer opening comments and Dr. Jamie McGregor will give a BabyIQ presentation. 779-8556 for details.

The Sustainable Building Education Program presents “Green Cities That Work,” a talk by Fritz Diether, dinner and discussion, at 6 p.m. at the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. 382-0082 to RSVP.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the First Fork 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 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., 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 Durango Photography Club meets at the La Plata County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.  The event includes a “How To” program on enhancing photos and the Pennington Photography Competition.

Four Corners: One Book, the communitywide, online book club, meets at 7 p.m. at the Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield. Paula Huntley, author of The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo, will be on hand. www.ksut.org for details.

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

Megaphon “brings it” to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.

Big Wooly Mammoth, a Widespread Panic tribute band, shares the stage with RedEyedJinn, Grateful Dead tribute band, at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 .

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Friday19

The Durango Wheel Club holds a morning group ride for all levels at the Durango Recreation Center at 7 a.m. For safety and legal reasons, all riders must be DWC members. www.durangowheelclub.com.

The Southwest Christian Writers Association announces its 30th annual Write for His Glory Conference meeting at the Marvel Grange Hall. The conference continues all day on June 20. 884-9296 for details.

The Lavenia McCoy in Bayfield a free 10 a.m. Wuji class, an art similar to Tai Chi, for kids ages 5 and up. 884-2222 for details.

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

Three Springs kicks off the Fresh Fridays Farm Market from 3-6 p.m. The market will run every Friday through Sept. 18. Three Springs Plaza Pics, a free outdoor movie night, returns to Three Springs at 7 p.m. This week’s event includes pre-entertainment by the Catch It Quick Jugglers. www.threespringsdurango.com.

Neil Nelson and Steel Rodeo play Virginia’s Steakhouse, located in Vallecito Lake, from 4-8 p.m.

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 Cyle Talley playing a mix of original indie folk and covers from 5-8 p.m. DJ Batch performs from 10 p.m.

until close. 259-9018 for details.

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

Durango BMX holds a Single Point Race with sign ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow, weather permitting. www.durangobmx.com or 799-1780 for details.

La Plata Open Space Conservancy hosts a Membership Appreciation picnic at 6 p.m. at Sunnyside Meats Inc, 253 CR 216 south of Durango. New and renewing members are invited for food, music and a tour of the Sunnyside farm. RSVP to lposc@gobrainstorm.net.

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

Ryan and Rachel perform on piano and vocals at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to close. 247-7700 for details.

Soprano Ruth Wilson Francisco and pianist Nancy Thomas present a 7 p.m. recital at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave. www.stmarksdurango.com for details.

Tumblin’ Dice rocks the 8th Avenue Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., starting at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

Cosmic Accident plays rock at the Billy Goat Saloon, located off U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Mississippi rock band Absylom Rising returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Saturday20

The Dirty Hands Collective holds a fund-raiser yard sale from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at 2580 W. Third Ave. The event benefits Durango Food Not Bombs, a radical resource redistribution network. durangofoodnotbombs@riseup.net for details.

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. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

Durango BMX holds the Durango State Qualifier Race with sign ups from 8-9:30 a.m. and racing to follow, weather permitting. www.durangobmx.com or 799-1780. 

The Friends of the Library hold a Super Summer Book Sale at the Durango Public Library from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous offers the workshop “Experience, Strength and Hope” from 9 a.m.-noon at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Rd. The public is invited to the free event. 259-1997 for details.

The Durango Wheel Club holds its weekly group ride for all levels at the Durango Recreation Center at 10 a.m. www.durangowheelclub.com for more info.

The San Juan Mountains Association offers a guided nature walk at Durango Mountain Resort from 10 a.m.-noon. Hikes are free and registration is not required. 385-1256 for details.

The 16th annual Silverton Hillside Cemetery volunteer work day meets from 10 a.m.-noon. 387-5609. 4

The Durango Public Library holds Spanish Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Teresa Castanon Fry and Micah Fry will read stories in Spanish to kids and their families. 375-3385 for details.

Nature’s Oasis and neighboring businesses host a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The community thank-you benefits the Garden Project of Southwest Colorado. www.naturesoasismarket.com for details.

 “Heading Off Headaches,” a free class on natural self-treatment, meets from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield. 884-2222 for details.

The Red House Gallery, 118 W. Mill St., in Bayfield, opens “In and Out of Line: The Work of Two Emerging Artists” from 5-9 p.m. The exhibit will feature the art of Nate Schnell and Dakotah Andreatta. www.theredhousegallery.com for details.

The Over the Hill Gang hosts the second of five free Cruise Durango events meeting at Town Plaza at 5:30 p.m. The event is tailored to owners of vintage and custom cars and motorcycles. www.othg-dgo.org for details.      

Sinister Shadows Murder Mysteries presents “The Counterfeit Murders,” an original and interactive 1920s who dunnit, at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., at 6 p.m. The fund-raiser includes food, refreshments, a cash bar and a costume contest. 259-2606 for details.  

The Durango Cruzers meet at the Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. The Formless plays live music from 9 p.m. until close. 259-9018 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.

Kirtan, participatory singing and dancing, meets at YogaDurango, 1485 Florida Rd., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow the family friendly event. 259-2110 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.

Cyle Talley plays original acoustic indie/folk music at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. 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.

Oatie Paste plays Legends Lounge and Grill, 331 S. Camino del Rio, at 8 p.m. 385-5533 for details.

The Brent Barry Band, from Taos, follows up its Who’s Your Daddy show with a 9 p.m. performance at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.

Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers play a Who’s Your Daddy after party at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

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Sunday21

Father’s Day

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College celebrates the summer solstice from 5:45-8 a.m. The event includes a light breakfast and entertainment by Catch N Eagle Dancers. Visit http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu for details.

4C (Conscious, Community, Cultural, Connection) presents a “Summer Solstice Celebration, Honoring the Sun and the Soul,” from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The family-friendly, interactive, daylong event will feature local performers and vendors, healing arts, workshops and more. Smiley Coyote, Diabolical Sound Platoon and Aftergrass play a 9 p.m. after-party at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. http: //we4c.org/ or 247-9049 for details.

Historian Sharon Edgar Greenhill discusses the deep history of chocolate at 2 p.m. at the Anasazi Heritage Center as part of the 2009 Four Corners Lecture Series. 882-5600 for details.

The Durango Wheel Club holds a social ride meeting at 10 a.m. at the Home Depot parking lot. www.durangowheelclub.com for more info.

Donnie Johnson plays a Father’s Day show at Virginia’s Steakhouse, located in Vallecito Lake, from noon-5 p.m.

Pete Giuliani, guitarist/singer/songwriter, appears at Trimble Hot Springs from 1-4 p.m.

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.

Tim Guidotti 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 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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Monday22

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

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., offers a booksigning with Kaya McLaren, author of On the Divinity of Second Chances, at 6:30 p.m. 247-1438 for detail.

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 an encore show at 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.

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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Tuesday23

The San Juan Public Lands Center holds a free workshop on how to apply for federal contracts, including projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

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.

The Durango Recreation Center hosts Kayak Night from 4

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 Kentucky Deluxe from 9 p.m. until close. 259-9018 for details.

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Wednesday24

Bike-to-Work Day returns to the 900 block of Main Avenue for the 8th consecutive year from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Riders or walkers are encouraged to stop by for a free cup of coffee, pastry, water or energy drink. The first 100 will also receive free T-shirts.

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.

Trails 2000 hosts a Trailwork Party from 4-7 p.m. on the Log Chutes trails. Visit 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.

Robin Davis plays a free show at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5 p.m.

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. and 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.

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.

The Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield offers a free “Intro to Excel” class from 6-9 p.m. 884-2222 to register.

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.

A Bump in the Road continues at 6:30 p.m. at 244 W. 18th St. Sharon and Kenneth Mauldin, birth mentors, will explore parenthood and relationship changes. 779-8556 for details.

Professional life coaches offer “The Coaching Studio” from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Asante Health Center, 801 Florida Rd. Free coaching will be offered to volunteers in 15 minute intervals. 259-9040 or Victoria@truelifecoach.net to register.

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

Animas High School offers office hours from 4-6 p.m. Monday - Wednesday at 1485 Florida Road, Suite C203, across the street from Bread. Durangoans can learn more about the school and register for the 2009 school year. AHS is accepting incoming ninth-grade students and filling up quickly. 903-5358 for details.

Pure Soul Coffee, 40 Town Plaza, presents an exhibition of portraits by Mariah Kaminsky through the month of June. 

The Durango Public Library hosts a solo exhibit entitled, “Ann Smith’s ‘Novel Approach’ to Watercolors,” through the end of June. 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

Rising blues star John Németh plays a June 25 show at the Abbey Theatre.

San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan Public Lands will offer an edible plant walk with Katrina Blair, co-founder of Turtle Lake Refuge, on June 25.

Durango Critical Mass rides again on June 26 and meets at Buckley Park.

Durango Daybreak Rotary will host a “Rotary Western Day” fund-raiser including rodeo, dinner, a dance and kids activities on June 27 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

A “What’s up, La Plata?” community resource fair meets on June 27 at Buckley Park. The event includes local resource providers, music, food and kids activities.

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, at the Summit 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.

Maria’s Bookshop hosts a world-premier book release party for local thriller writer Blake Crouch’s latest, Abandon, on July 7.

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run returns to the mountains around Silverton on July 10.

Mancos High School celebrates its 100th anniversary with a parade, dance, games and vendors on July 24.

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Who’s Your Daddy! returns to Main Ave.
What: A Downtown Durango street fair and festival to benefit the Durango Discovery Museum 
Where: Main Avenue between 10th & 12th Streets
When: Sat., June 20, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Downtown Durango is going to the dads this Saturday. “Who’s Your Daddy!” a celebration of fathers, takes over Main Avenue from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is a benefit for the Children’s Museum and the Durango Discovery Museum.

The music stage will fire up at 11 a.m. with a performance by Americana band Baby Toro. The Soda Jerks go on at 12:15 p.m. and will be followed Taos’ Brent Berry Band at 1:30 p.m. The suburban rock of the Lawn Chair Kings plays at 2:45 p.m. Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers headline the event at 4 p.m.

In addition to music, a street fair will fill Main Avenue with two blocks of games, crafts and activities for the whole family. Events include a jumpy castle, a blow-up slide, micro golf, a dunk tank, a wet zone, chair massages, tie-dye, paint-a-bird house and much more. There will also be fresh-brewed Carvers beer and food from local restaurants.

“Whose Your Daddy!” is a free event, with all profits from tickets sold for refreshments and activities going to the continuing operations of the Children’s Museum of Durango and the renovation of the old riverside power plant into the future Durango Discovery Museum. For more information on the Father’s Day fund-raiser, call 259-9234.

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Inaugural Purgatory Challenge begins Friday
What: Three-day race with paddling, mountain biking and running stages
Where: The mountains around Durango Mountain Resort
When: June 19-21

“A true challenge” takes off in the San Juan Mountains this week. Gravity Play Sports presents the inaugural Purgatory Challenge – a three-day stage race – on June 19-21. Participants can take part in one, two or all three days of the racing and are guaranteed to be tested each and every day.

In three days, the race combines a 16-mile up & down river race on the Animas River, a 50-mile mountain bike race over a mix of trails and a mountain trail marathon along a remote singletrack at elevations of more than 10,000 feet. Staged out of Durango Mountain Resort, the race courses entail some of the best terrain anywhere, including the renowned Hermosa Creek Trail.

Racers who complete all three days of events within the Purgatory Challenge will vie for title of Mountain Man/Mountain Woman. In addition, more than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs. The challenge is also part of the Adventure Xstream Adventure Race series, and individual and team points will be awarded based on the results.

For more information or to register visit www.GravityPlay.com or call 259-7771.

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‘Dames at Sea’ comes to the Henry Strater
What: The Hank’s summer theatre presentation
Where: The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.  
When: June 19-Aug. 15. Doors at 7:15 p.m. Dark on Mondays

“Dames at Sea” will be paying a summer visit to the Henry Strater Theatre. The locally produced musical production opens June 13 and runs six days a week through Aug. 15.

The spoof of the movie musical of the 1930s sets sail for a hilarious journey back to the innocence of a bygone era. Voted “Best Musical” by Time, Look, Newsweek, the Outer Critics Circle and New York Post, “Dames at Sea” tells the tale of a small town girl who dreams of making it big in show business. Her dreams come true as she leaps into stardom not on Broadway, but on the deck of a battleship! Loaded with lively music and dance, “Dames at Sea,” is brought to you by Merely Players, who produced last year’s hit at The Hank, “Forever Plaid.”

Doors open to “Dames at Sea” six nights a week at 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.HenryStraterTheatre.com or call 375-7160.

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