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Durango Parks & Rec to host annual triathlon
Onye Onyemaechi to lead local ‘Celebrations of Life’
Annual bluegrass fund-raiser plays Rotary Park

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Thursday5

Trails 2000 hosts a Trailwork Party from 4-7:30 p.m. on the Skyline Trail. Volunteers should meet at the trailhead on Jenkins Ranch Road. www.trails2000.org for details.

The Ignacio Farmers Market meets from 4-7 p.m. at Shoshone Park. The event includes local produce, crafts and live music. 563-9494 for details.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a sultry blend of favorites at Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Kids Rock!, 1032 Main Ave., offers a free healthy pregnancy class at 6 p.m. and will discuss how the Bradley Method can help you achieve your childbirth goals. Space is limited. 426-9226 to register.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts its weekly group trail run on the Colorado Trail. Interested runners should meet at the Junction Creek trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

Lee Bartley performs classical art songs and light jazz on piano at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Cook and the Kat play classic covers and originals at 6 p.m. at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. 247-1264 for details.

Chad MacCluskey and Gary Ruggera play contemporary jazz at the DoubleTree Hotel’s Animas River Café 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 patio at Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

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.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Salsa Night with salsa lessons and DJ Edit spinning from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Friday6

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.

Fridays at the Fort, the Community Concert Hall’s free monthly concert series, visits downtown Durango with a 5 p.m. show at the corner of 11th St. and Main Ave.  Wild Mountain and Cindy Woolf will perform. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

Durango BMX hosts Trophy Racing with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow, weather permitting.

www.durangobmx.com for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., hosts an open reception for photographer Jimmy Williams and his two exhibits, “Tuscany

Landscapes” and “Music Makers,” from 6-9 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts live jazz from the Mac Jazz Trio on the patio from 6-9 p.m. DJ Phradist spins from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The band Frequency plays live at the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 6-9 p.m.

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille in the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Mancos State Park offers a workshop on the summer night sky and making your own constellation viewer at 6:30 p.m. 533-7065 for details.

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

The Durango High School Cross Country Team and Three Springs host a 5K Run and Walk and 1-mile kids fun run a 7 p.m. The event includes awards and prizes; the fun run is free; and proceeds from the 5K support the local team. Register at Your Running Store or the Three Springs Information Center. 259-7114 for details.

Jonezy spins vinyl at Cosmo, 919 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.  

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

The Chicharones, a hip hop group combining the talents of Sleep and Josh Martinez, plays the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Definition Rare and Sworn Enemies open the show at 9 p.m.

The Jelly Belly Boogie Band brings rock/blues to the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

DJ Posh Josh spins at the Golden Triangle, 150 E. College, from 9:30 p.m.- midnight. 382-8424 for details.

Saturday7

The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

San Juan Public Lands and Durango Mountain Resort offer a free guided nature walk from 10 a.m.-noon. The hikes continue twice a week throughout the summer.

Irene Wanner, New Mexico writer and Aspen 4

Guard Station Artist in Residence, holds a free nature-writing workshop in the aspen grove at the historic cabin from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 565-1151 to register.

Chris Vandeleur and The Reformers perform an adaptation of the book, A Mighty Tree, at the Ignacio Community Library. 563-9287 for details.

Andrea’s Fault, a rock ‘n roll trio, plays Durango Mountain Resort’s Caribbean Fashion Show from 1-4 p.m. www.durangomountainresort.com for details.

Yogadurango, 1485 Florida Rd., offers a free Yoga Basics workshop from 1-2:30 p.m. No previous yoga experience necessary. 946-8961 for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association hosts its Annual Volunteer/Member Recognition Picnic at 4 p.m. at the Junction Creek Group Camp Area. The Western-themed event includes country music from Wanda Martin and a chuck wagon supper. Email kathe@sjma.org to RSVP.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Grand Opening Party at the Chimney Rock Restaurant & Tavern, located in Chimney Rock off U.S. Hwy 160, from 4-8 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts the DBC BBQ with live music from allgood from 4:30-8 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Jenny Winegardner and Gary Watkins play the patio at Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Cruise Durango, the free summer car show series, rolls into the Kroeger’s Town Plaza parking lot at 6 p.m. Owners of classics, customs, hot rods and motorcycles are invited to participate. Proceeds go to Annie’s Orphans and Project Merry Christmas. www.othg-dgo.org for details.

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

Ellis Miller plays Western swing and classic country at the Mancos State Park amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. 533-7065 for details.

DJ Posh Josh spins at the Golden Triangle lounge, 150 E. College, from 9:30 p.m.- midnight. 382-8424 for details.

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The Four Corners Center for Spiritual Living presents a live stream of Michael Bernard Beckwith, of the Agape International Spiritual Center, at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., from 10-11:30 a.m. 247-2221 for details.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 p.m. 403-1200 for details.

Trimble Hot Springs presents live music from the folk/blues ensemble, The Assortment, from 1-3 p.m. The Summer of Sundays Music Series runs all summer and is free with hot springs admission.

Durango Food Not Bombs (FNB) offers its weekly free vegan/vegetarian meal at 1 p.m. in Riverfront/Iris Park. www.foodnotbombs.net.

Sally Cole, author and rock art expert, offers a talk and slide show on the human form in rock art at the Anasazi Heritage Center at 1 p.m.

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

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 601 Main Ave., at 3 p.m.

The Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, hosts an Open to All Jam Night from 4-8 p.m.

SEE-I, featuring members of Thievery Corporation, returns to the Abbey Theater, 128 E. College. Local band, Seven, opens the show at 8 p.m.

Monday9

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

Chad MacCluskey plays solo jazz guitar at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

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

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 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

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

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers its weekly Players and Singers Night from 9 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.

Tuesday10

San Juan Public Lands and Durango Mountain Resort offer a free guided nature walk from 10 a.m.-noon. The hikes continue twice a week throughout the summer.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays his weekly lakeside gig at the Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, 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.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group, featuring vocalist Alison Dance, plays the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Joel’s, 119 W 8th St., hosts Tuesday Trivia from 9-11 p.m. 385-0430 for details. 4

Wednesday11

The La Plata County Fair kicks off at the fairgrounds. The annual happening runs through Aug. 15 and features exhibits, the livestock auction, the demolition derby, dancing, food and more. Fair books with complete listings are available all over Durango.

The Ignacio Community Library offers storytime and crafts for kids from 10-11 a.m. 563-9287 for details.

Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., offers a free children’s yoga class for 3- to 7-year-olds from 3:15-4 p.m. 259-7337 for details.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, plays the patio at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., at 5 p.m.

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

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille in the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 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 Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents a free improv show from Durango Dot Comedy from 7-9 p.m. 903-2075 for details.

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

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Ongoing

Art Supply House, 24 Town Plaza, hosts the 2nd annual Miniature Canvas Competition through the month of August. The public is invited to see the show and vote for their favorites.  Winners will be awarded in three different age categories.

Steaming Bean Coffee, 915 Main Ave., hosts “The Side Effects of Dreaming,” recent drawings by Sandra Butler, through Aug. 31. A coffee reception for the artist meets from 9-11 a.m. on Aug. 7. 385-7901 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents “On Location: The Art of Plein Air and Wood Sculptures” by Chad Haspels in the Barbara Conrad Gallery and “Sacred Spaces of the Heart, Explorations in mixed media” by Ann Dettmer in the Art Library. Both shows will be on display through Aug. 28. 259-2606 for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center hosts the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners juried exhibition through Sept. 6. Also on display is “Horizons,” paintings by Stanton Englehart from the private collection of the Englehart Family Trust. 882-5600 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College presents “Treasures Unveiled: Extraordinary Items from the Vault of the Center of Southwest Studies.” The exhibit was developed by the Center of Southwest Studies to show the public a seldom-seen sampling of its artifact and archival collections. Also on display is “Mountain Lion!” 247-7456 for details.

Melodrama returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., with the “The Tavern” and a Vaudeville Revue showing Tuesday through Sunday at 7:45 p.m. and running through Aug. 21. www.henrystratertheatre.com or 375-7160 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., present the musical, “Always … Patsy Cline,” every weekend at 8 p.m. and “A Grand Night for Singing” on Tuedays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. 259-2606 for details.  

Business Network International offers Professional Business Builders on Thursdays at the Himalayan Kitchen, 992 Main Ave., at 7 a.m.; and a Referral Market Chapter meeting on Tuesdays at Prudential Triple S Realty, 700 Main Ave., at 11:30 a.m. 375-7794 for details. Business Connections also meets on Wednesdays at the Durango Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. 422-2032 for details.

Upcoming

The second annual Medicine Horse “Masters” fund-raiser returns to the South Forty golf course in Cortez on Aug. 14. www.medicinehorsecenter.org for details.

The annual Kids Triathlon returns to the Durango Recreation Center on Aug. 14. 375-7313 to register.

Peter Rowan will play an Aug. 16 concert at the Liberty Theatre in Pagosa Springs. Fiver Brown and the Good Sinners open the show. www.south40films.com/concerts for details.

Asleep at the Wheel, the Grammy-awarding winning band revered for sustaining Texas-based Western Swing, returns to the Community Concert Hall on Aug. 18.

Pediatric Associates of Durango will offer a free infant massage class for parents Aug. 18. 259-7337 to register.

The Durango Sustainability Roundtable, one of eight regional events throughout Colorado, will be held on Aug. 19 at the Durango Public Library.

education@sustainablecolorado.org for details.

Mountain Middle School will hold a Rooftop Fund-raiser on Aug. 19 at the Crossroads Building.

Joel Glanzberg, international permaculture educator, will lead a half-day water harvesting workshop on Aug. 20. 882-2155 to register.

Lunar Base 4, a dance music and arts festival, meets at the Echo Basin Guest Ranch on Aug. 20. Jon Bishop, top hard house DJ, headlines the event which includes 3 stages and 25 artists from all over the U.S.

Verde Fest – Four Corners Sustainability Fair will meet on Aug. 21 in the Cortez City Park. The event is currently seeking green businesses and services as exhibitors. www.m-can.org for details.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango will present a series of events, talks and community discussions on immigration beginning Aug. 22

The Iron Horse Chef Cooking Competition returns to the Durango Farmers Market every Saturday from Aug. 28-Sept. 11.

The fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival, returning in September and October, is original poetry, works of art, craft or photography and original songs and compositions expressing the sacred. www.SacredArtsFestival.com for details.

Tour de Farm, an educational bike tour highlighting local agriculture, returns on Sept. 5.

CoffeeFest, a fund-raiser for the Durango Adult Education Center, returns to Main Ave. on Sept. 11.

Durango’s Liberty School is seeking nominations for the Dyslexic Hall of Fame, recognizing the outstanding achievement of successful dyslexic individuals within the Durango community. Inductees will be recognized at the annual dinner/gala on Oct. 1. Email billoflanagan@hotmail.com with nominations.

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Durango Parks & Rec to host annual triathlon
What: The 7th annual sprint triathlon
Where: The Durango Community Recreation Center
When: Sat., Aug. 7, beginning at 8 a.m.  

Swimming, cycling and running go into the local limelight this weekend. The 7th annual Durango Parks and Recreation Triathlon takes off from the Durango Community Recreation Center early Saturday.

By incorporating sprint triathlon distances, the race is designed to attract beginner triathletes as well as seasoned veterans looking to complete a competitive training course. The course includes a 500-yard swim in the lap pool, a 13-mile bike ride, and a 5K run.

The first heat begins at 8 a.m. in the Aquatics Area. Following the race, there will be a barbeque for participants, friends and family at the Recreation Center Amphitheater. Awards and prizes will be presented.

Participants, either individuals or teams, must register in person at the Durango Community Recreation Center or online at www.active.com. No race day registrations will be accepted. For more information, call 375-7306.

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Onye Onyemaechi to lead local ‘Celebrations of Life’
What: Two drumming circles led by the musician and healer
Where: Dancing Spirit Co-op Gallery & Garcia Family Chiropractic, 640 Goddard Ave., Ignacio, and Café Of Life, 925 Hwy 3
When: Mon., Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. and Thurs., Aug. 12, at 7 p.m.

“Celebrations of Life” are coming to Ignacio and Durango next week. Onye Onyemaechi, renowned musician, artist and healer, will lead drumming circles in Ignacio on Mon., Aug. 9, and Durango on Thurs., Aug. 12.

Onye is recognized as a pioneer in using music, rhythms and dance to bring diverse communities together. He is a celebrated recording artist, performer, producer and composer and has played First Night Boston, Cambridge Arts Fest, and the Statue of Liberty Bicentennial Celebration. Onye is also an African Healer-Seer and blends ancient and modern techniques to promote pain relief, relaxation and release of grief.

His Aug. 9 show will play the Dancing Spirit Co-op Gallery/Garcia Family Chiropractic at 7 p.m., as part of the new Ignacio business’ grand opening week. On Aug. 12, he will lead a drum circle at Durango’s Café of Life from 7-8:30 p.m. More information on the events is available by calling 563-4600.

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Annual bluegrass fund-raiser plays Rotary Park
What: The 2nd annual fund-raiser for Durango Nature Studies  
Where: Rotary Park
When: Thurs., Aug. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Durangoans can indulge in bluegrass and beer and help a worthy cause this week. Durango Nature Studies hosts its second annual Bluegrass and Beer fund-raiser Aug. 8. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Rotary Park.

The music gets under way with local singer-songwriter Sally Shuffield and Pat Dressen, of The Badly Bent. Shuffield’s  third CD, “Something in the Water,” recently charted nationally on the folk and American roots radio charts. “Although she shares a regional home and vocal style with Iris Dement, Shuffield’s decades-long stay in the Western states has tinged her song-writing with themes of coyotes and canyons, as well as lost love and rambling songs,” wrote No Depression Magazine.

Shuffield and Dressen will be followed by one of Durango’s hottest new bluegrass acts, Waiting on Trial, a band KDUR called “A welcome addition to the Durango acoustic scene … All you can do is sit back and take it in.”

The summer celebration will also offer brats and burgers from Sunnyside Meats, James Ranch and City Market, as well as beer donated by Carver Brewing Co. For more information, visit www.durangonaturestudies.org.

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