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Wild Mountain joins Robin Davis and Chris Lane for a free, all-ages Earth Day concert at Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., beginning at 5 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

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

Creativity Festivity, “Art Fills the Empty Spaces,” continues at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., with the annual Poetry Slam at 6 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts the first group trail run of the season on the Carbon Junction Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

The Four Corners Fencing Club meets from 6-8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 878 E. Second Ave. The club meets every Thursday. 759-1883 for details.

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

The Durango Community Recreation Center hosts kayak night from 6:45-8:15 p.m. The pool accommodates 20 boats and passes are sold on a first come-first served basis. 375-7313.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at Fort Lewis with “That Wilder Image: An Englehart Tribute,” a talk by Judith Reynolds and Will and Vicki Coe, longtime friends of Stanton Englehart, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

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

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College hosts an evening of groundbreaking music from the eclectic duo LYNX and Janover, and special guest Youssoupha Sidibe. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. for details.

A benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” show at the Cortez Conference Center at 7:30 p.m. Additional showings are set for April 23 & 24 at 7 p.m. The events benefit Wings domestic violence prevention.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., offers Salsa Night. The evening includes salsa lessons from DJ Twelfth Night spinning from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The High Altitude Blues Band plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.

DeadZepplin, RedEyedJinn and Stone 66 play originals and Grateful Dead/Zepplin tributes at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.


The Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers an opportunity to recycle nonworking appliances and other scrap metal responsibly from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The community event continues from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 24. 382-9931 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.

Back Alley Blues plays the Friday Afternoon Club at the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 5-7 p.m. Neil Nelson and the Saloonatics go on from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Larry Carver and Nina Sasaki play rock at Rubio’s in Aztec on from 5-9 pm.

Greater Dolores Action presents a screening of 2010 Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center. The fund-raiser for the Dolores River Festival includes the Great Outdoors Silent Auction and dinner catered by Absolute Bakery & Café and beer from the Dolores River Brewery. 759-9817 for details.

The Colorado Art Ranch hosts a Cultivation Event from 5:30-7 p.m. at Durango Dance, 1120 Main Ave. The event will showcase Art Ranch programs with activities and presentations. 382-9370 to RSVP.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents live jazz from the Mac Groove Trio from6-9 p.m. 259-9018.

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

Gary B. Walker performs on jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Durango Choral Society presents “An American Hallelujah,” featuring the music of Colonial America, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Dr. An encore show is set for April 24 at 2 p.m. for details.

Creativity Festivity, “Art Fills the Empty Spaces,” continues at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., with a performance of “Once Upon a Mattress” at 7 p.m. A second

show is set for April 24. 259-2606.

Fort Lewis College hosts a student film festival, featuring six shorts, four documentaries and two fiction projects, from 7-9 p.m. in the Vallecito Room.

Noted stand up comic Spencer James , who has performed with the Lighten Up improv group, plays the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for details.

Midnight Backhand brings country rock to the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. Call 884-9155 for details.

DJ Wreck spins dance beatz at Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., from 9 p.m.-close. 382-8554 for details.

Tumblin’ Dice goes on at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.

Euforguestra brings afrobeat, reggae and funk back to Durango for a 9 p.m. show at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts a Roller Girls Fund Raiser with music from the Freeman Social, Jaki & The Joysticks & Black Market Electric at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.


Local favorite Liquid Cheese joins BPM, of Alabama, for a double-bill of rock and ska at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m.


Women’s Mid-Life Wellbeing Retreats, by-donation events, kick off at the Durango Dharma Center, 2530 Colorado Ave., from 9-11:30 a.m. Amita S. Nathwani will lead an “Ayurvedic Approach to Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle.” 385-5480.

Durango Public Library hosts its Spring Book Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A preview sale will be offered to members of the Friends of the Library on the night of April 23.

Knitting for Peace presents “afghans for Afghans” from 4-5:30 p.m. at the  Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave. The knitting circle makes hand knit items to donate to organizations that spread peace in the world. 560-2750 to RSVP.

“&,” located at 1027 Main Ave., hosts Afterthoughts & Animals, Altered, a one-night-only, two woman fine art exhibition, from 5-9 p.m. The show features the new work of Sarah Steppleman and Tirzah Camacho.

Larry Carver and Michael McAllister, of Cosmic Accident, play rock at Rubio’s in Aztec on from 5-9 pm.

Greg Ryder plays a second show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Ryan McCurry, Evan Suiter, Zach Jones and Neal Hemphill bring jazz and classical to the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

Durango Early Learning Center’s annual fund-raiser Hops and Hopes meets from 6-10 p.m. at the D&SNGRR Train Museum. The event features a wine and beer tasting, food by Durangourmet, live music from Ralph Dinosaur, and live and silent auctions. 259-1483 for details.

Cyle Talley & The Late Greats play indie/acoustic originals and covers at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, from 7-9 p.m.

Neil Nelson & the Saloonatics play an encore show 4

from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College.

Wolf at the Door plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.

Luckyiam, from Living Legends, brings a hip hop/glam/indie show to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 8 p.m. 385-1711.

Local band Seven returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.


A Spring Cleanse Workshop meets from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Turtle Lake Refuge Café, 848 E. Third Ave. 903-9271 to register.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish music jam session beginning at 12:30 p.m. 403-1200.

The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., hosts its Gospel Brunch from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Yogadurango. 1485 Florida Rd., offers a free Yoga Basics Workshop at 2 p.m. No previous yoga experience necessary. 946-8961 for details.

Southwest Light and Learning Center in Pagosa presents a free screening of “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” at 3 p.m. at the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 731-0694 for details.

Lacey Black plays piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Black plays an encore show on April 27.


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

Feminist Voice meets at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College Ave., at 6 p.m. or 575-418-9126 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., from 8 p.m. midnight.

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

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8:10 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers its weekly Songwriters Showcase with Good-Time Charlie from 9 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.


A celebration of the 30th anniversary of Food Not Bombs meets at noon at the Fort Lewis College Amphitheatre. The event will feature a presentation by Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry as well as free food. .

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 5 p.m. reception for the winners of this year’s Creativity Festivity writing contest. The event will feature readings from local students in grades 3 - 12. 247-1438.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Ska Brewing Co., 225 Girard St., hosts Trivia Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. The event includes weekly and monthly prizes and individuals and teams are welcome. 247-5792 for details.

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.

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

Joel’s, 119 W 8th St., hosts Tuesday Trivia from 9-11 p.m. 385-0430 for details.


Jess Higgins, NTP, leads a free seminar on “Natural Solutions for Easing Your Seasonal Allergies” at 5:30 p.m. at Vitamin Cottage, 1123 Camino del Rio. 247-4100 for details.

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

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.

The Durango Public Library screens “RISE,” a cinematic fly-fishing adventure documenting unique stories, characters, and species, at 7 p.m. The film was shot on location in the Florida Keys, Argentina, Idaho, New Orleans, Venezuela, and Alaska. 375-3380 for details.

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

Tim Guidotti plays acoustic rock at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

An open-level East Coast Swing Party takes place at 8:10 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

DJ Benjamin K and Mr. Anderson spin at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.


Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, displays panoramas from noted Durango photographer Howard Rachlin through May 20. for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center is showing “Horizons,” paintings by Stanton Englehart from the private collection of the Englehart Family Trust. Curated by daughter Sharon Englehart, the show focuses on the recurring pattern of horizons in her father’s work and runs through Oct. 31. 882-5600 for details.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., exhibits “Meeska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse” through the end of June. The exhibit showcases a variety of Mickey Mouse items collected by local Margi Coxwell. 259-2402 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies Gallery exhibits “Mountain Lion!” The goal of this exhibit is to create an understanding of the nature of these predators and their long, historic relation with people. Also on display is “RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado Exhibit,” a juried, traveling exhibit of 40 rare plants of Colorado. Both shows run through Fall 2010. Visit or call 247-7456 for details.


The Southwest Chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society will discuss “Environmental Regulations” during its April 29 meeting.

“Twenty-Four Pounds of Bullets & Steel: A Cowgirl Opera” plays the Durango Arts Center on April 30, May 1, 7 & 8. for details.

Community Connections’ 7th annual “Golfing for Kids with Disabilities” Family Support Scramble returns to Hillcrest Golf Club on May 1.

Axis Health System will sponsor the 2nd annual Walk For Recovery on May 1 to raise awareness of peer support services at the Durango Empowerment Center. 259-2162 for details.

The 2010 Durango Open Karate Tournament meets on May 1 at the Escalante Middle School.

Southwest Light and Learning Center offers a one-day double seminar on Ecodome Earthbag Building and Southwest Solar Ovens on May 1. for details.

Durango’s Cinco de Mayo returns to Buckley Park on May 2 with music, performances, food, vendors, children’s games and more.

Grey Larson, Irish flute/whistle, and Cindy Kallet, singer/songwriter, will perform a May 3 concert and lead a workshop at the Rocky Mountain Retreat. 382-9593 for details.

Wine to Water, a wine tasting and food pairing event benefiting water projects in rural Uganda, meets at the Henry Strater Theatre on May 5. 247-4431 for details. n

A San Juan Basin Air Quality Forum meets on May 6 at the Fort Lewis College Student Union. for details.

The Organic Weed Management Learning Center will hold a workshop on Biological and Cultural Control of Pests on May 7 in Hesperus. 382-6464 for details

The Durango Dharma Center will sponsor an Insight Meditation Retreat, May 7-12, at Tara Mandala. 375-0636 for details.

The Sunrise Over Africa/Telegraph-Horse Gulch trail run takes off May 8 and offers 10K, 5K and a 1-mile fun run. to register.

“When Dads Have Babies: The Science of Father Love,” a community presentation, meets on May 8 at the Durango Pregnancy Expo. 422-2032 for details.

“A Dress Rehearsal … that is better than opening night!,” a clothing sale fund raiser for Music in the Mountains, meets at the Durango Public Library on May 7 & 8.

A School Garden Training will be held on May 8 at Escalante Middle School. The training will cover SW Colorado growing, starting a school garden, profiles of La Plata school gardens and more. 259-3123 to RSVP.

Dawdle, the second annual Durango Youth Coalition Arts Walk, meets on May 13. The event offers free exposure to Durango’s young artists and musicians.

The 11th annual $20,000 Non-Profit Money Booth returns to the Sky Ute Casino Resort on May 13. Applications to take part in event are due by April 23. 563-1761 for details.

The Durango Farmers Market returns to the First National Bank parking lot for the summer season on May 15.

Weecycle Durango, a biannual consignment sale, returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on May 15 & 16.


Steamworks hosts fund-raiser for Carla Marie Toth
What: A benefit to help defray the Durangoan’s medical bills
Where: Steamworks Brewing Co., 801 E. Second Ave.
When: Wed., April 28. 6-9 p.m.

Durango is digging deep for one of its own. Steamworks Brewing Co. hosts an April 28 fund-raiser for Carla Marie Toth, a Durangoan hit hard by medical expenses.

Toth moved to Durango seven years ago, just after finishing acupuncture school in Santa Barbara. She set up a practice, and supplemented her income by working at Steamworks, eventually quitting to focus on healing her patients. However, Toth suffered from a ruptured aneurysm in her brain late last year and was flown to Denver for emergency surgery. She did not have any insurance and has been unable to cover all of the bills incurred by this tragedy.

Next Wednesday, Steamworks and Durango will help ease Toth’s load. The 6-9 p.m. benefit includes a silent auction of goods and services and a portion of beer sales will go toward helping Toth on the road to recovery.

“I am feeling really positive,” Toth said. “I’m going to get better and resume my great life in this great little town.”

For more information or to make a donation, contact Steamworks at 259-9200.


Durango goes all out for Earth Day
What: A variety of clean-ups, events, races and film screenings
Where: All over Durango
When: Thurs., April 22, and Sat., April 24  

Earth Day goes back into the local spotlight this weekend. Durango celebrates the 40th anniversary of the environmental observance this week with a variety of events and clean ups.

Columbine Christian School continues a 7-year tradition on April 22 with the 2010 Earth Day Animas River Cleanup. Students, teachers and parents will clean the banks of the Animas between 32nd St. and the Durango Mall with pledges going to school expenses.

On April 24, the Collaboration of Caring Communities will undertake an ambitious clean-up with a community-wide trash pick-up day from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event will focus on areas like the complete Animas River Trail, area parks and Narrow Gauge Road and meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. Columba Church.

That same day, Durango Nature Studies will also host its first annual Earth Day celebration at Rotary Park. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a 5K running race and family fun run. The race will be followed by family activities, an open mic, info booths and music from Wild Mountain.

That evening, the Center of Light will screen “Flow,” an award-winning documentary exploring the world water crisis, at 7 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center.




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