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Fort Lewis College to graduate 47th class

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Thursday29

Lisa Blue, Pete Neds and Hal Lott play the lounge at Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 5-8 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

The energy-filled pop folk duo allgood plays Desperados Bar and Grill, located in Centennial Center, from 5-8 p.m.

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

A Volunteer Orientation for San Juan Mountains Association meets from 6-8:30 p.m. at the San Juan Public Lands Center.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts its weekly group trail run on the Sale Barn Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead near Dietz Market at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

Contemporary Jazz duo Lee Bartley (piano) and Chad MacCluskey (bass) play the Edgewater Lounge at the Double Tree Hotel from 6-9 p.m.

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 Southwest Chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society discusses “Environmental Regulations” at 6:30 p.m. at SWCA Environmental Consultants, 130 Rock Point Dr.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at Fort Lewis with “Spanish Colonialism in California,” a talk by FLC President Brad Bartel, 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.

Desktop hydrologist Jeff Moorehead presents “Winning at High Water 2010 with a Computer and a Drink” at 7:30 p.m. at Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave. The event is in conjunction with this year’s High Water contest, a benefit for the Durango Discovery Museum.

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.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents James Bunten’s Open Mic Night at 8 p.m.

Fuzz Huzzi and The Formless share the stage at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Rasputin plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

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The City of Durango celebrates Arbor Day on from 10 a.m. to noon at the Durango Community Recreation Center Amphitheater. Participating schools will present skits, plays, singing and poetry about trees.

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. The Tumblin’ Dice go on from 8 p.m.-midnight.

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

The Lisa Blue Trio returns to the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Ska Brewing, 225 Girard, hosts Scottpalooza, a fund-raiser for local photographer Scott Smith, at 6 p.m. The event includes food, drink, a silent auction and music from SOB (Some Other Band) and Fuzzy Killing Machine.

Prattle, featuring Chad MacCluskey, Ryan McCurry and Dr. Latta, bring jazz/funk to Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. A DJ spins from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Local band allgood plays the acoustic music happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. The Good Neighbors play a 9:30 p.m. reunion show with Lucy and Peter Robot. 247-2324 for details.

Arborena, located on Grand Ave. in Mancos, hosts a 6-8 p.m. artists’ reception for Ann Smith, Kelly Horrigan, Nicholas Bernard and Don Hammontree. 533-1381 for details.

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 Center of Light kicks off the 2nd Annual Inner Peace Festival with the talk, “Peace: What Is It Really?” at 7 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. The festival continues May 1 with a noon clean-up and labyrinth walk at Santa Rita Park and a free screening of “The Hurt Locker” at 7 p.m. at

the Durango Recreation Center.

The Kirk James Blues Band brings blues/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.

The Jake Loggins Band plays blues, funk & rock at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m.  

Bredren plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

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Community Connections’ 7th annual “Golfing for Kids with Disabilities” Family Support Scramble meets at Hillcrest Golf Club. Proceeds benefit local families who have children with developmental disabilities. 385-3450 for details.

Women’s Mid-Life Wellbeing Retreats, by-donation events, continue at the Durango Dharma Center, 2530 Colorado Ave., from 9-11:30 a.m. Katherine Barr will discuss “Being Mindful of the Peri-Menopause Experience.” 385-5480 to register.

Axis Health System sponsors the 2nd annual Walk for Recovery beginning at Manna Soup Kitchen at 9:30 a.m. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of peer support services at the Durango Empowerment Center. 259-2162 for details.

The 2010 Durango Open Karate Tournament returns to Escalante Middle School beginning at 10 a.m. 946-7435.

Southwest Light and Learning Center offers a 10 a.m.-3 p.m. seminar on “Ecodome Earthbag Building,” at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. 731-0694 or www.southwestlight.org.

The Five Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s spring fund-raiser banquet takes place in the Fort Lewis College Ballroom, featuring a New Mexican Buffet, live and silent auctions and a cash bar. Doors open at 5 p.m. 903-3010 for details.

Singer-songwriter Donny Johnson plays the lounge at Sweeney’s, located north of town on County Rd. 203, from 5-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a second show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

The Over the Hill Gang kicks off its free summer car show series at 6 p.m. in the Town Plaza parking lot. Owners of classics, customs, hot rods and motorcycles are invited to participate. www.othg-dgo.org for details.

Rupnow & Friends plays the acoustic music happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Lucy and an assortment of local musicians play a 9:30 p.m. graduation bash. 247-2324 for details.

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.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School with beginner dance instruction at 7 p.m. and the dance, featuring live music from the Chiletones, at 7:30 p.m. No partner is necessary. 385-9292 for details.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki, Larry Carver and Randy Crumbaugh, play rock at Desperado’s Bar & Grill, located in Bodo Park’s Centennial Center, at 7 p.m. 4

DJs Ralphsta and Wesley Jack spin at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The Tumblin’ Dice play an encore show from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College.

The No More Blues Band plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-close.

Bluetech, Emacipator and Brian Ess bring electronica/trip-hop/down-tempo to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m.

Sunday2

The 10th annual Alien Run Mountain Bike Competition takes off at Hart Canyon, near Aztec. Pre-registration for the 25-mile race begins at 9:30 p.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony and lunch will follow. www.alienrun.com for details.

Durango’s Cinco de Mayo returns to Buckley Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers live music, dancing, cultural food, vendors, non-profit information booths, children’s games and piñata breaking. 247-7654 for details.

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

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish music jam at 3 p.m. and a Ceili, featuring the band Cherokee Trail, at 6 p.m.  403-1200 for details.

The Durango/Four Corners Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets from 6-8 p.m. at at 22A Coalbank Dr. 799-0482 for information or directions.

Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave., offers a free shuffleboard tournament beginning at 6:30 p.m. with free beer for winners. 247-1264 for details.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. booksigning with Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. A portion of book sales will go to the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans. 247-1438 for details.

Monday3

The Firewise Council of Southwest Colorado hosts an orientation for Neighborhood Ambassadors from 5:30-8 p.m. at the San Juan Public Lands Center. 385-8909 to RSVP.

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. bschaffer@fortlewis.edu or 575-418-9126 for details.

Grey Larson, Irish flute/whistle, and Cindy Kallet, singer/songwriter, perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave. The pair will also offer a workshop earlier in the day. 382-9593 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.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers its General Knowledge Quiz Night beginning at 8 p.m. 403-1200 for details.

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8 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.

Tuesday4

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.

Wednesday5

The Sustainable Building Education Program presents a Brown Bag Lunch session at noon at the at First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St. Brian Griego and Don Wagner will discuss “Efficient Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning for Homes.” 259-1916 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.

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

The Sustainability Alliance presents Gunter Pauli, author of Blue Economy, at 7 p.m. at the Ska Brewing, 225 Girard. Pauli will speak on life beyond green and sustainability.

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 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402.

Ongoing

Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, displays panoramas from noted Durango photographer Howard Rachlin through May 20. www.HowardRachlin.com 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 http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu or call 247-7456 for details.

Upcoming

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

The Backyard Food Production Series continues on May 6 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds with “Growing Good Health: Gardening to Promote Healthful Eating and Physical Activity Habits.” 382-6464 for details.

The fourth-annual Durango Wine Experience returns May 6-8 and includes wine dinners, seminars, tastings and a “Walk-About Durango.”

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 Ignacio Community Library will offer free gardening workshops on Thursdays throughout the month of May beginning on May 7.

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

The Freeman Social and the Lawn Chair Kings will play a dual CD release party at El Rancho on May 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.

The 12 Hours of Mesa Verde returns to Phil’s World on May 8. www.12hoursofmesaverde.com for details.

A Bump in the Road and Serving Life Chiropractic will host Durango’s 2nd Pregnancy Expo on May 8.

The Center of Southwest Studies will host a May 12 Inventor’s Boot Camp for anyone with an idea for a great invention. 247-7009 to register.

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.

Lady Falconburgh’s will hold a May 18 fund-raiser for the Second Wind Fund, a group dedicated to suicide prevention for at-risk youth. Ten percent of the day’s sales will go to the fund, and guest bartender Greg Hoch will donate his tips to the cause.

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Wine to Water comes to the Henry Strater Theatre
What: A wine and food fund-raiser for clean water in rural Uganda
Where: The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
When: Wed., May 5. 6-9 p.m.

Durangoans can help turn “Wine to Water” next week at the Henry Strater Theatre. On Wed., May 5, local nonprofits will pair wine and food in order to build drinking water wells in Uganda.

Wine to Water will feature 12 wines from six countries paired with regional cuisines. Chef Safari from Zanzibar and local Chef Dave Cuntz will turn foods out from Africa, Argentina, Chile, France, Spain, New Zealand and Italy for the event. The two will also be on hand to discuss the combinations.

When the evening is over, local nonprofits, Ssejinja Children’s Foundation, Blessings of Joy and Unite Our World, will take the proceeds from the event to build water wells in rural Uganda. The following week, Durangoans can burn it off for Africa when the Sunrise Over Africa/Telegraph-Horse Gulch trail run takes off May 8.

More information on Wine to Water and the trail run is available by calling 247-4431. Tickets for Wine to Water can be found at www.strater.com or at the Strater Hotel front desk.

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Fort Lewis College to graduate 47th class
What: FLC’s Spring Commencement Exercises
Where: Whalen Gymnasium
When: Sat., May 1 at 8:30 & 11:30 a.m.  

Fort Lewis College seniors step out into the big world this Saturday. Spring Commencement exercises will be held at 8:30 & 11:30 a.m. on May 1 at Whalen Gym. Byron Dare, Fort Lewis College professor emeritus of political science, will address the graduates.

For a man who was elected “class clown” upon his graduation in 1965 from Granada Hills High School in Los Angeles, it might come as a surprise that Dare has spent his professional life thinking, writing, and teaching about some fairly weighty issues. His publications include “The Internet as Healer: Reinventing Memory and Brotherhood Among Vietnam Veterans in Cyberspace” and “Assessment as Ideology: Reagan’s Revenge.” Students from a wide variety of majors regularly seek Dare out for advice and conversation.

Because of this commitment to and involvement with students this is his second Commencement address. Dare is retiring this year after more than 25 years as a teacher.

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