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Snowdown Wine Tasting & Art Exhibition returns

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La Plata Electric Association, 45 Stewart St., continues its “Free” Information Series with the quarterly Renewable Energy Generation meeting from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.

The members of ‘&,’ located at 1027 Main Ave., presents the exhibit, “Monster: Under your bed or in your head,” from 5-9 p.m. in conjunction with Snowdown.  

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.

Katrina and Cook play their weekly mix of pop, rock, jazz and blues at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave., from 6 p.m.-close.


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

Caleb Crain plays solo piano and guitar at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at Fort Lewis College with “The Physics of Musical Instruments,” a talk by Daniel Farmer, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

Gaella ElanRah leads meditation and discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Cafe of Life, 925 Highway 3. By donation. 375-9080 for details.

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

Higher Ground, a discussion group for people interested in improving the quality of their lives and making a difference, meets at 8 p.m. at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College. The group also meets at the Lavenia McCoy Library in Bayfield at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. 884-9171 for details.

Big Gigantic, experimental electronica from Boulder, plays the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Denver’s Interstate Stash Express plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

Thirsty Thursday returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. with music from Marinade and Hello Doll Face.


The Durango Public Library hosts a Monstrous Snowdown Book Sale from 1-5 p.m. The giant sale continues from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.

Denise Hess and Melanie Mazur present “Marketing Your Business: Big Results on a Little Budget” from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pathways Center in Gem Village. 884-2331 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts its special monthly “firkin” tapping with the release of a Chocolate Belgian Dubbel at 3 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.

Maria’s Bookshop hosts a special monster-themed story time for families from 4:30-5:30 p.m. before the Snowdown Parade. 247-1438 for details.

Oregon singer-songwriter Josh Hart plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-8 p.m. He will be joined by Peter Neds and Glen Keefe, of the Blue Moon Ramblers. Mr. Black goes on from 9 p.m.-close.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, play the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. The pair returns at the same time on Feb. 5.

Red Eyed Djinn plays a post-parade bash at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Marinade goes on at 10 p.m.

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

Pathways, located in Gem Village, offers a free introduction to ThetaHealing with certified practitioners Rebecca and Jessica Pierce from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 884-4718 for details.

Tom MaCluskey plays piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Ryan McCurry plays jazz and classical piano at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. McCurry returns at the same time on Feb. 5. 247-7700.

Waiting on Trial bring its high-energy newgrass to Carver Brewing Co, 1022 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.

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


The San Juan Sledders and Silverton Snowmobile Club offer a free avalanche

awareness class at 10 a.m. at Molas Lake Recreation Area. The class will cover beacon and probe use, snowpack evaluation and more. 884-2101 for details.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College hosts a free concert from the FLC Honor Band at 2 p.m. for details.

St. Columba School, 1801 E. Third Ave., holds its 15th annual “Bella Notte” Italian dinner from 5-8 p.m. The event includes an elegant dinner in an Italian setting, a marketplace and performances by the St. Columba Handbell Choir and Harmony Handbell Ensemble. 247-5527 for details.

The Blue Moon Duo plays the bar at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, beginning at 5 p.m.

Hello Doll Face plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-8 p.m. Chicago’s Rob Webster goes on from 9 p.m.-close.

The Heartwood Community in Bayfield hosts a Shamanic Trance Dance with live drumming from 5-7 p.m. 403-4150.

Rupnow & friends play happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. DJ Benjamin K, Peter Robot & Treazon take the stage at 10 p.m.

Tom MacCluskey performs on piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Contra Dance brings a “Snowdown Monster Mash” to Park Elementary School with beginner dance instruction at 7 p.m. and the Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. The Albuquerque band Hey! will perform.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts a Mummy Wrapping Contest at 7 p.m. and live music from You Nork at 9 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Carver Brewing Co, 1022 Main Ave., present rock/blues/jam from Jack Ten High beginning at 8:30 p.m.


The San Juan Mountains Association offers its weekly winter discovery tour at Durango Mountain Resort. Participants should meet outside the plaza ticket office at 9:45 a.m. for details.

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.

Artist in residence John Milbauer performs on piano at 3 p.m. at Roshong Recital Hall. Milbauer will also lead a master class on Feb. 7. for details.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts a traditional Irish Jam from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

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 with music from the A-Men from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Musica del Mundo, world music and dancing, beginning at 8 p.m. 259-9018. 4


Durango Nature Studies hosts a women’s snowshoe clinic from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Haviland Lake. Participants will learn about local ecology and snow science. .

Nature’s Oasis, 300 S. Camino del Rio, offers a free Hieronymus Herbal Tea Tasting With Captain Glenn from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 247-1988 for details.

Mark Simons plays classical and jazz guitar at the Cosmo, 919 Main Ave., from 4:30-6 p.m. 259-2898 for details.

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


Advantage Physical Therapy & Wellness, 3600 Main Ave., hosts a free injury screening from 4:30-6 p.m. 259-7829 for details.

Animas High School hosts an information night at 5 p.m. at 3206  Main Ave. Participants can meet with faculty and students. 247-2474 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.

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

Maria’s Bookshop hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing with Tom McCourt, author of Last of the Robbers Roost Outlaws: Moab’s Bill Tibbetts. Tibbetts’ son Ray will be on hand for the event. 247-1438.  

The Durango Recreation Center offers drop-in Indoor Ultimate Frisbee from 7-9 p.m. 375-7300 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 So You Think You Can Sing, a karaoke contest, 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.

Open Mic Night returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


The Green Business Roundtable returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., at noon. Michelle Haefele, of the Wilderness Society, will discuss “Wild Lands and Economic Prosperity.” 259-3583 for details.

Animas High School offers tours of the school at 1 p.m. at 3206  Main Ave. Call 247-2474 to arrange a student shadow day.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a free, informal networking happy hour from 5-7 p.m. 946-7660 for details.

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

The Community Cinema Series continues at the Durango Public Library at 6 p.m. with a screening of “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.” The documentary follows the story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence at the age of 16. 259-1674.

Chad McCluskey performs Celtic fingerstyle and solo jazz guitar at Eno, 723 E. Second Ave., from 6-8 p.m.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts its free movie night with an Oscar preview of ‘Best Animated Feature,’ screening “How To Train Your Dragon” at 7 p.m. and “Toy Story 3” at 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.

Dr. Robert Fitts offers a complimentary workshop on “Breaking Free From Your Headaches” from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. 259-6854 to register.

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

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. 903-9402.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts its weekly Pub Quiz with trivia and prizes beginning at 8:30 p.m. for details.


The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts “Sequential and Contingent,” an exhibit from Colorado-based painter Monica Goldsmith, through Feb. 26. Goldsmith’s contemporary hard-edge abstractions focus on geological and virtual shifts in time and space. The exhibit opens with a 4:30-6:30 p.m. reception on Feb. 4. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents Foreign Spaces, an installation by Sandra Butler and Joan Russell, through Feb. 25. The show opens with a 5-7 p.m. reception on Feb. 11.  “I would not believe that, even if it were true,” a mixed-media political art show from Jeff Madeen, is on display  in the Art Library through Feb. 26. 259-2606 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., presents a retrospective exhibit from photographer and gallery owner Hal Gould through March 17. Gould is a principal founder of the Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver and his work ranges from western scenery to images from his various world travels. for details.

Kassidy’s Kitchen, 177 Suttle Dr. in Bodo, exhibits the work of Durango Photography Club members Eric Pahlke and Al Olson and works by Boys and Girls Club members through March 15. 375-7877 for details.

An exhibit of paintings by Phyllis Stapler shows at ENO, 723 E. Second Ave., through the month of April. 385-0105.

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.

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!” through Jan. 22. 247-7456 for details.


The Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College will offer the Starting Your Business Workshop from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 10. 247-7009 to register.

Big Picture High School will hold a community information meeting on Feb. 10. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Environmental author and University of Washington Professor David Montgomery will discuss the erosion of earth’s soil on Feb. 10 in the Fort Lewis Student Union Ballroom.

Ska Brewing will host Bottoms Up, a pre-Valentine’s Day lingerie fashion show and boutique, on Feb 11.

DAWN, the Durango Area Wellness Network, will meet on Feb. 11 at the Durango Public Library. The business networking group is focused on worksite and employee wellness. 946-2044.

Durango Gymnastics Academy will host a Kid’s Night Out for ages 5-12 on Feb. 11 at the Mason Center.

Toh Atin Gallery will host the kick-off to the 25th season of Music in the Mountains on Feb. 11 with a performance by Portland Rock Concert Violinist Aaron Meyer.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, featuring the sons of legendary pianist Dave Brubeck, will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Feb. 11.  n

Local photographer Jasmine Mayberry will showcase her Four Corners Color exhibit at the Rochester Hotel on Feb. 11. 385-1920 for details.

Dancing Spirit Coop Gallery in Ignacio will exhibit “Venus & Mars,” from artists Kasey Correia and Howard Searle, on Feb. 11. for details.

The La Plata County Rotary Clubs will present the ninth annual Red Ball Express on Feb. 12. The charitable race has raised more than $250,000 in the past nine years. Email to enter a team.

The Animas Museum will host a “School Days Fun Day,” a turn-of-the-century school reenactment, on Feb. 12.

Nature’s Oasis will host “Chocolate Oasis…For the Love of Chocolate,” a complimentary chocolate and wine tasting, on Feb. 12.

The Durango Farmers Market will hold a special winter market on Feb. 12 at the Smiley Building.

“‘S Wonderful,” the musical revue that celebrates the genius of American songwriters George and Ira Gershwin, comes to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Feb. 12.

The Abbey Theatre will present an evening with the electric-Americana group Great American Taxi on Feb. 12.

Turtle Lake Refuge will offer an Organically Romantic Valentine’s Dinner on Feb. 14. 247-8395 for details.

Mountain Middle School, a free, public charter middle school opening on August 22, is holding a lottery for remaining student seats. Lottery registration ends at midnight Feb. 16. Visit to complete a lottery enrollment form.

Animas High School will offer an open house on Feb. 16. 247-2474 for details or to arrange a student shadow day.

The Canadian folk trio, the Wailin’ Jennys, will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Feb. 17.

Professional photographer Larry Carver will address the Durango Photography Club on Feb. 17.

The 25th annual Chocolate Fantasia, a fund-raiser for the Volunteers of America, is set for Feb. 18 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The Durango High School Speech and Debate Team will host a debate meet on Feb. 18 & 19. for details.

College Goal Sunday, a national program that helps families complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), will meet at Fort Lewis College on Feb. 19. for details.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a book signing with vegan chef and wellness coach Tess Challis, author of The Two-Week Wellness Solution, on Feb. 22.

Growing Partners will present “Home Grown: Cultivating Your Role in the Local Food System,” a free presentation, on Feb. 25 in 130 Noble Hall at Fort Lewis.

The Durango Independent Film Festival will return on March 2-6. for details.

The Asylum Street Spankers will make their final Durango appearance on March 10 at the Henry Strater Theatre for their “Spanks for Everything! The Farewell Tour.”

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College will accept entries for its 2011 Images of the Southwest: Juried Photography Show on March 14-19. This year’s theme is “Animals Rule!” for rules and entry form.


Winter Sports Foundation to host benefit dinner
What: The annual spaghetti dinner fund-raiser
Where: The Elk’s Lodge, 901 E. Second Ave.
When: Fri., Feb. 4, with seatings at 4:30 & 7 p.m.

Spaghetti and speed go hand-in-hand this weekend. The Durango Winter Sports Foundation will host its 10th annual benefit dinner on Feb. 4, the evening of the Snowdown Parade. The event meets at the Elks Lodge, just a half a block from the parade route.

Food will be prepared by Mama’s Boy Italian Ristorante and served by ski & snowboard team members. The meal consists of salad, spaghetti with your choice of meat or red sauce, garlic bread and a cookie. Pre & post parade seating times will be offered at 4:30 & 7 p.m. All dinner tickets and donations are tax deductible and support the ski and snowboard teams’ development and activities for the 2011 season. Tickets are available for purchase at Magpies Newsstand Café, from any ski or snowboard team member, online at and at the door.

Durangoans have another opportunity to support the DWSF along with Trails 2000 during Locals Day, this Sun., Feb. 6, at Durango Mountain Resort. Tickets are $40 for adults, $32 for students and $25 for kids 12 and under, and a portion of proceeds will be split between the non-profits. A coupon is required and available in this issue of the Telegraph or online at


Snowdown Wine Tasting & Art Exhibition returns
What: The 17th annual fund-raiser for the La Plata Open Space Conservancy  
Where: The DoubleTree Hotel
When: Thurs., Feb. 3, from 5:30-8 p.m.

Durango is rallying around fine art, fine wines and open space this week. The 17th annual Snowdown Wine Tasting and Fine Art Exhibition meets Feb. 3 at the DoubleTree Hotel. All proceeds from the popular event will be used to conserve Southwest Colorado’s working farms and ranches, critical wildlife habitat, and scenic open spaces.

Each year a selection of fine artwork that celebrates the natural and working landscape is chosen for auction at the event, and one painting is reproduced in a limited edition of prints for guests. This year’s Snowdown painting is “A Silver Snowdown,” by Durango artist Jane Mercer. In addition, 12 other area artists are also featured in this year’s Fine Art Exhibition. Art collectors who are unable to attend the auction can arrange for a proxy to bid for them by contacting La Plata Open Space.

The event runs from 5:30-8 p.m., and the price of admission includes the art print. Contact the La Plata Open Space Conservancy at 259-3415 or to make reservations.




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