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First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., hosts a drive for diapers, formula and baby wipes through Dec. 3. Donations will go to local infants and mothers in need. 259-7738.

El Centro de Muchos Colores, located in the Fort Lewis’ Reed Library, hosts its Las Posadas Party and Pot Luck at 4 p.m.

Bat plays an all-acoustic/all-request set at Sweeney’s, located north of town on CR 203, from 5-9 p.m.

The Miserabillies bring country back to the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Arizona singer-songwriter Brandon Decker joins his Gritty Folk Quartet onstage at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., 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.

“The Freeheel Life 2: Hippies, Punx, and Misfits,” a telemark ski movie, screens at the Fort Lewis College Vallecito Room at 7 p.m. The event includes door prizes and proceeds benefit Adopt a Wish FLC.

The FLC Percussion Ensembles play a 7 p.m. concert at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Tyler G plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Salsa Night with salsa lessons and music from DJ Double D from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Thirsty Thursday for

the Hungry at 9:30 p.m. with music from J. Wail. Cover charge is two cans of food which will be donated to the Manna Soup Kitchen.

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The 36th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds from noon-5 p.m. The event continues from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 5. Donations at the door benefit the Southwest Safehouse.

The Festival of Trees continues from 1-6 p.m. at the D&SNGRR Train Museum. The event benefits Community Connections and runs through Dec. 5. 259-2464.

The Spruce Tree Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, located in Cortez, presents a 3-5 p.m. opening for “Distractions,” a photography, pencil and ink exhibit by local artist Arlina O’Camb. The show will remain on display for the month of December.

The Goodnight Trail Gallery, located in downtown Mancos, hosts “Christmas on the Trail” celebration, featuring art, food and refreshments, from 4 to 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.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., holds its annual Holiday Bazaar, featuring local arts and crafts, from 5-7 p.m. The event continues from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 4. 247-5348 for details.

The Spinning Wheels play a free show at The Mancos Distillery from 5 p.m.-midnight.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m. The band returns at the same time on Dec. 4.

The first-ever Speed Pampering Event meets from 6-9 p.m. at Coldwell Banker, 785 Main Ave. Health and beauty professionals will offer 15-minute pampering sessions to benefit the Women’s Resource Center. 247-1242 for details.

Dancing Spirit, located on Goddard Ave. in Ignacio, hosts its first annual Fill Your Bowl for Art from 6-9 p.m. Admittance includes an original pottery bowl, soup, bread and treats, and supports community art classes. 563-4600 for details.

Ignacio Floral, 745 Goddard, hosts a Christmas Open House, including food and refreshments, from 6-9 p.m.

 Eric Kiefer plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Def Rare and live visual artists play First Friday beginning at 10 p.m.

The Brickhouse Café, 1899 Main Ave., hosts the premier of “foundfood,” a pop-up supper club featuring locally farmed and foraged ingredients. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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

The Adobe Brothers, of Albuquerque, play a 7 p.m. show at the Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave. 247-7848.

The FLC Music Department hosts its Holiday Bash Concert at 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Robin Davis plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

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

Moon Dog Jones rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155.

Mr. Black plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8:30-midnight.

DJ Double D spins at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

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

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St. Columba hosts its annual Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The event features breakfast and the works of more than 60 crafters.

The local cyclocross series continues with the Series Finals at the Fort Lewis College stadium. Registration runs from 9-10:45 a.m. cycling.fortlewis.edu for details.

The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., hosts A Morning with Santa from 9 a.m.-noon. The event includes arts and crafts, singalongs, breakfast and a visit from Santa. www.henrystratertheatre.com for details.

The Dolores River Brewery holds its Holiday Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes live music from the MudFlaps and baskets to benefit the Kiva Preschool.

The Center of Light presents a free screening of “Beyond Belief” at 6 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. Donations will go to widows of the War in Afghanistan.

Rupnow & friends play happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Celestial Hoedown goes on at 10 p.m.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, plays Sweeney’s, located just north of town on CR 203, at 6 p.m.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School with beginner dance instruction at 7 p.m. and the dance with music from the Adobe Brothers at 7:30 p.m. 385-9292.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents stand-up comedy from Costaki Economopolus, a regular on “The Bob & Tom Show.” Shows are set for 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Greg Ryder plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing host the sixth annual Season Kickoff Party at 8 p.m. at the Pride of the West in Silverton. Farmington Hill and Salem play music. 4

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents “Hip-House – Back on the Block” from 9 p.m.-close. The party welcomes Jereme Swain & Erik James Logerquist back to Durango and bids farewell to Denise Ballai & Spark Madden. 259-9018 for details.

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

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The local cyclocross series concludes with Russell the MuscleCross at Buckley Park. Registration runs from 9-10:45 a.m. 247-0747 for details.

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

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.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College presents The Durango Choral Society’s Traditional Family Christmas at 3 p.m. www.durangoconcerts.com .

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Musica del Mundo, world music and dancing, beginning at 8 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

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Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts a booksigning with Hans Hollenback, author of High Point, from 5-8 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

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

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College presents the Durango Youth Symphony’s Christmas 2010 Concert at 7 p.m. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

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

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.

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Mill Street Brews, 25 W. Mill St. in Bayfield, offers its weekly Open Acoustic Jam beginning at 5 p.m. 884-7070 .

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

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. booksigning with Julie Loar, author of Goddesses for Every Day. 247-1438 for details.

A new local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child, meets at 7 p.m. at Hood Mortuary. 375-1530 or geoffreykittelson@yahoo.com for details.

The Durango Public Library continues its 2010-11 Spoken Word Series at 7 p.m. with “Wild Women Writing,” a presentation by the Women’s Resource Center’s writing group. 259-2231 for details.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts open mic night from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., hosts Beer Bingo from 9-11 p.m. with prizes for each game.

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

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Sharon Neufeld (narrator) and Ruth Cutcher (classical guitar) present “The Story of Ferdinand” at 10:30 a.m. the Durango Public Library. A second presentation is set for the same time Dec. 9.

The Green Business Roundtable returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., at noon. Gregg Dubit, of 4CORE, will discuss “Salvation through Insulation: Energy Conservation & Weatherization.” 259-3583 or brittany@sanjuancitizens.org.

The Durango Public Library continues its Community Cinema Series with a 6 p.m. screening of “The Calling,” a behind-the-scenes look at the next generation of religious leaders. 259-1674 for details.

Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., offers a free children’s yoga class for ages 6-8 at 4:30 p.m. 259-7337 to register.

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

Snowdown Follies Auditions meet at 6 p.m. at the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. www.snowdownfollies.org for details.

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 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 FLC String Ensembles play a 7 p.m. concert in Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College.

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

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

The Chicharones bring hip-hop back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.

Ongoing

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., stages “Christmas Presence,” a family musical comedy set in Durango written by Dinah Swan. The play shows at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18. Matinees are also set for 3 p.m. on Dec. 12 & 19. 259-2606 for details.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., is again sponsoring the “Families Helping Families Holiday Book Drive,” which benefits the Family Center of Durango. Community members can purchase a book for a local child in need at a discount.

The Anasazi Heritage Center hosts an exhibition of artworks by local artist Keith Hutcheson through March 18. The show is a retrospective of Hutcheson’s work from the last quarter-century, a time spent exploring remote parts of public land across the Four Corners and the Colorado Plateau. 882-5600 for details.

Annie’s K-9 Orphans hosts its annual animal Holiday Giving Tree Fund-raiser through Christmas at: the Durango Mall, Kroeger’s, the Durango Animal Hospital, Creature Comforts, Healthy Hounds and Fat Cats, Pet Haus, Magpies, Brown’s Shoe Fit and other locations. Participants can pull a tag from the tree to benefit Durango’s No Kill Shelter. 759-8811 for details.    

Advantage Physical Therapy, 3600 Main Ave., is hosting a Blanket and Coat Drive to benefit the Durango Community Shelter and SW Safehouse. Donations can be dropped off through Dec. 17. Everyone who participates will be entered into a massage raffle. 259-7829 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts the Graduating Senior Art Majors Exhibition through Dec. 18. The show is a culmination of the FLC students’ coursework with senior level art and humanities majors participating. The work is a mixture of traditional and non-traditional media and was juried, designed and installed by students. 247-7167 for details.

Holiday Art Ole, an exhibit and sale of hand-crafted gift items by regional artists, returns to the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. The exhibit/sale features work in many media and runs through Dec. 24. The DAC Art Library also exhibits “Rarae Aves,” mixed-media sculpture by Amy Wendland, through December. 259-2606 for details.

Kassidy’s Kitchen, 171 Suttle Dr., displays the work of photographers MaryAnne Nelson and John Moore through Jan. 15. Works by La Plata County Fair Photography winners are also on display. 375-7877 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.

Upcoming

The State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara brings “The Nutcracker” back to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Dec. 10-12.

Head for the Hills brings progressive roots music to the Abbey Theatre on Dec. 10.

Durango High School hosts the 2nd annual Durango Indian Market on Dec. 11. 247-7221 for details.

DJ I-Gene, Peter Robot and Smiley Coyote join  Heavyweight Dub Champion on Dec. 11 at the Abbey Theatre.

A Turley – Navajo Dam Holiday Open House, featuring a visit from Santa, carolers, appetizers and more, is set for Dec. 11 & 12. (505)-632-0879 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery will host its annual community show on Jan. 14-27 and is accepting submissions through Dec. 31. The theme this year is “ENTROPY: Chaos within the system.” www.openshuttergallery.com for details. n

Music in the Mountains Goes to School is seeking students to submit poster artwork for the annual Strut Your Stuff musical talent show for ages 8-18. The theme of this year’s poster is Celebrate to Your Arts Content. Deadline is Dec. 31. 385-6820 for details.

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Noel Night makes its return to downtown
What: Local First’s annual holiday celebration
Where: Downtown Durango  
When: Fri., Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Local is the flavor of the season this year in Durango. Noel Night, the annual holiday shopping event, returns to downtown Durango on Friday and encourages residents to keep their holiday dollars inside city limits.

Produced by Local First, Noel Night is dedicated to supporting locally owned, independent businesses and organizations. Downtown merchants will keep their doors open until 9 p.m., and holiday music and entertainment will be strategically distributed throughout Main Avenue. A total of 95 participating merchants, a significant increase over previous years, will be ringing in the season.

“Noel Night is a great event for both shoppers and merchants alike,” said LeeAnn Vallejos, Local First Managing Director. “Our goal has been to create an atmosphere that will draw excitement and support to our downtown Durango shops and restaurants, and I believe that with such a large number of participants and a variety of entertainers, we will accomplish just that.”

To help boost community participation, Local First is sponsoring free ridership on the Durango T all day. In addition, the trolley will run until 9:30 p.m. to allow easy access to the downtown area.

More information on Local First and Noel Night can be found at

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