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The Durango Heritage Celebration, a multi-faceted festival of Durango’s colorful and diverse history, kicks off and runs through Oct. 10. Visit 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.

Womenade, a grassroots fund-raising program that assists women and families, meets at 5 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. Womenade is open to anyone who wishes to make a difference. 247-1242 for details.

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County hosts a candidates’ forum for county commissioner, surveyor and clerk at 5:30 p.m. at the Durango City Council Chambers, 949 E. Second Ave.

The Purgatory Ski Team offers its annual orientation meeting at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. The team offers alpine ski racing and freestyle skiing programs for youth ages 6-18. for details.

An open house for Mountain Middle School happens from 6-8 p.m. at the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave., and includes a demonstration of project-based learning in action.

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

Durango Motorless Transit hosts its weekly group trail run on the Dry Gulch trail. Interested runners should meet at the Rockridge trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

Lee Bartley and Chad MacCluskey play contemporary jazz at the DoubleTree Hotel’s Edgewater Lounge from 6-9 p.m. 259-6580 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 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. Simons returns at the same time on Oct. 8 & 9. 247-7700 for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College presents “Give Me Words: Rhetorical Beings, Rhetorical Skills,” a talk by Dene Kay Thomas, FLC’s new president, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

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

History Of and The Formless share the stage at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 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.

Eric Kiefer plays an acoustic happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. DJ Bram spins from 10 p.m.-close.

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

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

Singer-songwriter Gigi Love plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays a 7 p.m. show at Desperados Bar & Grill, located in Bodo’s Centennial Plaza.

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.

The No More Blues Band plays the Billy Goat Saloon, located 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.


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

Go Lead!, an educational event for women interested in the political process, meets from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. www.thewhit

The Durango Parks and Recreation Department hosts a free Youth Ultimate Frisbee Day for kids 7-13 from 10 a.m.-noon, and for ages 14 & up from 1-3 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a booksigning with local violin restoration expert Brian Epp at 11 a.m. Epp recently published The Art of Violin Retouching. 247-1438 for details.  

The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 3 p.m. The vaudevillian-type show for children of all ages continues to receive praise and affection from audiences worldwide. for details.

The Desert Pearl Gallery, located in Cortez, hosts a 5:30 p.m. reception for “Border Crossing,” an exhibit featuring artists from throughout the region. 565-9320 for details.

Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., hosts “Let’s Go to the Grand Canyon!” a slide presentation by longtime raft guide Charly Heavenrich, from 6-8 p.m.

Charlie Harmer plays Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Local rock band Freeplay comes out of retirement for a 7-11 p.m. show at Schank House in Vallecito.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents Link spinning for dancing from 9 p.m.-close.  259-9018 for details.

DJ Niko and Peter Robot share the stage at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.


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.

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

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 “Something Old, Something New…,” a performance by the San Juan Symphony, at 3 p.m. for details.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Musica del Mundo with world music from 8-10 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Euforquestra brings Afrobeat and funk back to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m.


A seminar on doing your own divorce and/or custody in Colorado meets at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library.4 

Lacey Black plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Black plays an encore show at the same time on Oct. 12.

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County hosts a forum on ballot issues from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Bayfield Town Hall. A second forum is set for Oct. 13 in the Ignacio Community Library. 247-8116 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.


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

Qualitas Wealth Counsel hosts a free dinner and discussion on the stock and housing market outlook at the Doubletree Hotel at 6 p.m. 970-570-7531 to RSVP.

“Two Spirits” shows at 6:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., as part of Fort Lewis  College’s celebration of National Coming Out Day and the Real History of the Americas. The picture tells the story of Fred Martinez, the transgendered Navajo who was murdered in Cortez. 799-2081 for details.

Dian Jenkins, coordinator of Disability Services for Fort Lewis College, discusses “Transition Decisions” at 7 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. The talk is geared toward secondary students with specific learning disabilities who are preparing for post-secondary education. 759-1778 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents live music from Kentucky Deluxe 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.


Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., offers a free infant massage class for parents of kids ages 2 weeks to 9 months at 10 a.m. 259-7337 to reserve a spot.

The Green Business Roundtable returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., at noon. Guest Speakers Bill Carver and Mike Hurst, of Carver Brewing Co., will discuss “Profitability, Sustainability, and Philanthropy - they all go together to create community.” 259-3583 to RSVP.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., offers an Informal Networking Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m.

The Durango Public Library kicks off its 2010-11 Community Cinema Series at 6 p.m. with a screening of “Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian.” A panel discussion featuring Esther Belin, Majel Boxer, and Rick Wheelock will follow. 375-3387 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 Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents a free improv show from Durango Dot Comedy from 7-9 p.m. 903-2075 for details.

Nick Moss & The Flip Tops and special guest Robbie Overfield bring blues to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 8 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 for details.

DJ Daryll’s Karaoke/Gong Show returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., exhibits its annual show, “Spirit of the West,” in celebration of the Cowboy Gathering. The collection includes Western images in both black and white and color and runs through Oct. 13. for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of recent work of Utah ceramic artist Trevor Dunn through Oct. 26. The pieces challenge the boundary between functional and sculptural, employing magnificent surfaces generated through the wood firing process. 247-7167 for details.

“Eurimpressions,” featuring the work of artists Rebecca Barfoot, Louise Grunewald, Barbara Tobin Klema, Maureen May and others, is on display at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., through October. The show presents the work of eight women artists reflecting on their experience of Europe. The DAC Art Library exhibits Cities on the Side, featuring mixed media works by Nance Van Winckel, Christy Ferrato and Renee Rossi. 259-2606 for details.

St. Mark’s Church, 910 E. Third Ave., presents the fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival, celebrating artistic expressions of the sacred, through the month of October. for details.

Kassidy’s Kitchen, 171 Suttle Dr., displays the work of noted photographer Howard Rachlin through Nov. 15. 375-7877 for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center hosts “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.

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.


A community forum on Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 will meet at the Durango Public Library on Oct. 14.

Colin Hay, frontman from Men at Work, will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Oct. 15.

The inaugural Durango Juggling Fest, three days of workshops, shows and games, meets on Oct. 15-17.

A whitewater park fund-raiser will take place at The Summit on Oct. 16.

The Durango Independent Film Festival will host the Walk of Fame, a downtown pub crawl/silent auction, on Oct. 16. for details.

TOP, a juried garment design exhibition and auction fund-raiser, will meet at the Durango Arts Center on Oct. 16.

The La Plata County Humane Society will host its annual Bark & Wine Silent Auction Fund-raiser on Oct. 16 at the Fairgrounds. Helen Thayer, a renowned explorer, author and inspirational speaker, will present the talk “Polar Dreams” as part of the event. for details.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad begins service to The Great Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 16.

The renowned Popovich Comedy Pet Theater plays the Brooks Isham Performing Arts Center in Kirtland on Oct. 16.

Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado will present the third annual Home Grown Apple Days Festival at Buckley Park on Oct. 17.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a book signing with photographer Rod Hanna and his latest book, Colorado’s Seasons of Gold, on Oct. 19.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College for shows on Oct. 19 & 20.

The La Plata Economic Development Action Partnership (LEAD) hosts its annual economic summit on Oct. 20 at the Sky Ute Casino and Resort. “Reinvention” is the theme of the 4th annual event.

The Abbey Theatre will present an Oct. 23 show from Ott, the noted producer from Spain.

Donald Rothberg, author of The Engaged Spiritual Life, will lead a retreat at the Durango Dharma Center on Oct. 22-24. 259-9464 for details.

The Pine River Community Learning Center’s Octoberfeast Chili Cookoff & Salsa Slam returns to Shoshone Park in Ignacio on Oct. 23.

Pigeon John will play the Abbey Theatre on Oct. 23.

Four Corners Equine Rescue will host its annual Open House on Oct. 23 in Aztec and put on a competitive trail ride on Oct. 30. 505-334-7220 for details.

WeeCycle, Durango’s original maternity, baby and children’s consignment sale event, returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Oct. 23 & 24. for details.

Dorian Haarhoff, visiting South African/Namibian storyteller, poet and writer, will present Stories from Africa on Oct. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall.

Rock the X, a day of clean-up, trail work and anchor replacement at X-Rock, is set for Oct. 30. The event will include an after-party at Ska Brewing. 259-1708 for details.

Peter Rowan, and special guests Wild Mountain, will play the Durango Arts Center on Oct. 31 in a benefit for Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center. for details.

The 14th annual Durango AIDS Benefit is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Henry Strater Theatre and includes a silent auction, dinner and dancing.


Southwest Colorado to observe
What: Two regional events marking the Global Work Party
Where: Heartwood Co-Housing, in Bayfield, and Tara Mandala, near Pagosa Springs
When: Sun., Oct. 10

Area residents are invited to take part in the world’s largest day of practical action to fight the climate crisis. Two events will mark the Global Work Party this Sunday. was started as a grassroots way to raise awareness of global climate change.

Heartwood Co-Housing, located in Bayfield, will join the global effort with the event, “The Road to Live Food.” Running from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., the event welcomes attendees to help bring in the harvest, ride horses, make homegrown apple sauce, and tour the Heartwood community and its homes. A silent auction, Happy Harvest Hour and Farm-to-Table gourmet dinner begin at 5 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are available at or at the door pending availability. All events are free.

Tara Mandala, the Buddhist temple near Pagosa Springs, will host a Global Work Party on the same day. The event begins at noon with a community lunch and ceremonial tree planting. Work teams will then split up between a permaculture project to prevent erosion and drought, and a litter pickup team to clean up the forest service road that runs the length of Burns Canyon. Activities will conclude with offerings of gratitude and a dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. For more information, visit


Manna to host ‘Soup for the Soul’ fund-raiser
What: Manna Soup Kitchen’s biggest fund-raiser of the year
Where: St. Columba School Gym, 1801 E. Third Ave.
When: Sat., Oct. 9, 5-8 p.m.

Durango can give something back to the Manna Soup Kitchen this week. The 8th annual Soup for the Soul supper and auction – the kitchen’s biggest fund-raiser of the year – is set for Sat., Oct. 9.

Manna serves more than 40,000 meals to Durango’s hungry each year, and the kitchen needs financial support to get the food to the table. This Saturday, Durangoans can help while having a good time for a good cause. The Soup Supper & Auction offers gourmet soups, regional wines and beers, live bluegrass from the Animas City Slackers, door prizes, and silent and live auctions. Guest chefs include Linda Isley of Cocina Linda, Jeff Cuntz from Mahogony Grill and Lauren Slaff from A Very Personal Chef.

A few of the auction items include an original Dave Sunderland sculpture; a bicycle from Second Ave. Sports; scooter from Handlebars Cycle; three days, two nights and four rounds of golf at Tamarron; numerous gift certificates for local restaurants; and much more.

The fund-raiser runs from 5-8 p.m. in the St. Columba School Gym. For information, call 385-5095.




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