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Durango Nature Studies hosts a Wee Walkabouts from 10-11 a.m. at Rotary Park. DNS Naturalists will lead 2-5 year-olds and their parents on a nature walk along the river trail. The event runs every Thursday through the end of September.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a Pages for Pint blood drive from 2:30-5 p.m. 247-1438 to make an appointment.

A town hall meeting to discuss ethnic minority health disparities meets from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio. 303-692-2094 for details.

Jack Ellis, of High Altitude Blues, plays solo at the DoubleTree’s Animas River Café beginning at 5 p.m.

Kirk James plays solo blues on the patio at the Dalton Ranch Clubhouse from 5-7 p.m.

Turtle Lake Refuge, 848 E. Third Ave., hosts a 5:30 p.m. introductory meeting for prospective participants in the Living Tarot Oracle, an interactive theatre event. 759-9716.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Hermosa Creek Trail. Interested runners should meet at the lower trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

The Durango 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.

Canyon Music, 734 E. Second Ave., hosts an open ukulele jam from 6-8 p.m. All player levels welcome. 247-3416 for details.

Chad MacCluskey performs solo jazz and fingerstyle Celtic 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.

The JP Duo plays classical, jazz and bluegrass at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. The pair returns at the same time on June 3 & 4. 247-7700.

Katrina & Cook return to Durango Brewing, 3000 Main Ave., from 7 p.m.-close.

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

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

Higher Ground, a discussion group geared toward 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.

DJs Benjamin K & Make Believe spin for Thirsty Thursday at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.


The La Plata County Humane Society, 1111 S. Camino del Rio, hosts its annual adopt-a-thon from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The global pet adoption event continues at the same time on June 4. 259-2847 for details.

The 34th annual Fun in the Sun Arts & Crafts Fair meets from noon-6 p.m. at Simpler Times, in Gem Village. The fair continues from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on June 4. 247-2117 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., unveils its “Skip and Go Naked” for its special monthly “firkin” tapping at 3 p.m. 259-2900 for details.

The Pagosa Folk’n Bluegrass Festival kicks off with a free concert in Pagosa Springs Town Park from 4-8 p.m. The festival continues on Reservoir Hill through Sun., June 5. for details.

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.

A fund-raiser celebrating the completion of 11-year-old Teddy Rodd’s chemotherapy runs from 5-8 p.m. at Chapman Hill. The event includes free roller skating and food, a bouncy house, live music and skating with the Durango Roller Girls and will help raise funds for future medical expenses. 759-6126 for details.

The Rochester Hotel, 721 E. Second Ave., presents Velocipedes, bike related photography, t-shirts and sculpture, from 5-7 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts its weekly race day with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow. for details.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. The pair returns at the same time on June 4.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Friday Afternoon Club with music from Cosmic Accident from 6-9 p.m. and DJ Double D spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Durango-based alternative band Jack Ten High plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

Tim Guidotti plays Serious Texas Barbeque South, 650 Camino del Rio, from 6-9 p.m. The singer-songwriter returns at the same time on June 4.

Pete Giuliani plays a solo acoustic show at The Schank House, located at Vallecito Lake, from 6-10 p.m.

Giant’s Dance plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

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

Psychedelic Mojo brings classic rock to the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

The Summit hosts the First Friday Afterparty with Rass Kass and the Insects playing at 10 p.m.


The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. The event includes produce from local farmers, prepared food items and locally made crafts. for details.

La Plata Open Space Conservancy offers a 9 a.m. tour of the Zink Pond Conservation Easement on Sunnyside Mesa. The Zink Pond property, protected by conservation easement in 2000, supports a wide variety of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish. or 259-3415 for details.

Three Sisters, a fund-raiser for a variety of local charities, takes off at 9 a.m. and includes a 5K run/walk, a 5K cruiser bike ride and a silly station obstacle course. 903-4369 to register.

The 8th annual Men Who Grill competition and fund-raiser for the Women’s Resource Center runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the 1200 block of Main Ave. The event includes food, drink and music from the Kirk James Blues Band. for details.

Ducks for Bucks, the 5th annual fund-raiser for Niemann-Pick disease, returns to Wines of the San Juan from noon-5 p.m. The event include music, food, a silent auction, raffle, kids activities and the Dainty Duck Dash. for details.

Andrea’s Fault plays a dance party at the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

Jazz duo Chad MacCluskey and Bob Newnum play the DoubleTree Hotel’s Animas River Café from 6-9 p.m.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival present the inaugural Durango Blues Train featuring two full bands, five solo artists and ten vintage rail cars. Acts include the Otis Taylor Band, Erik Boa and the Constrictors, John Alex-Mason, Bruce Hayes, Robby Overfield and others. The train boards at 6:45 p.m. for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts an Animas River Days Pre-Party with live music from Kentucky Deluxe from 7-10 p.m. and DJs Ralphsta and Kainos spinning from 10 p.m.-close. pinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Jack Ten High plays an electric set at the Dolores River Brewery from 8 p.m.-midnight.

The Jelly Belly Boogie Band plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

The Great Funkiter plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.


The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Sky Ute Casino Resort and Southern Ute Tribe present the Native American Heritage Train: The Southern Ute Legacy at 10:15 a.m. The combination train ride and cultural performance will feature traditional dances, songs, and drumming. for details.

Trimble Hot Springs hosts Trimblefest, a day of live music poolside on the lawn, beginning at 11 a.m. The line-up includes Katrina and Cook; The Porchlights; A Dub Rock Band; Das Samba; The Assortment; and Giant’s Dance. The event is free with regular admission.

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

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

Durango Food Not Bombs (FNB) offers its weekly free vegan/vegetarian meal at 1-3 p.m. in Riverfront/Iris Park. .

Katrina & Cook, featuring Mark Simons on mandolin and drums, play the patio at Cosmo, 919 Main Ave., from 5-6:30 p.m.

The Durango-Four Corners Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowshiop, 419 San Juan Dr. 799-0482 for details.

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


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

Katrina & Cook play a special Birthday Bash for Anton at the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

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

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


A free introductory course meets at the La Plata County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m.-noon for experienced domestic violence victim advocates, therapists and service providers interested in testifying or consulting on cases. for details.

San Juan Mountains Association host a 9 a.m.-1 p.m. orientation for volunteers interested in leading guided nature hikes at Durango Mountain Resort. 385-1256 or for details.  

Tim Guidotti plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

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

Durango BMX hosts open gate practice from 5:30 p.m.-dusk. for details.

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

Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., hosts a free talk on Urban Garden Design with Michael Rendon from 6-8 p.m. Rendon will discuss techniques for creating productive, sustainable and healthy gardens.

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

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., hosts “Roadless,” a photography show in support of the SW Colorado Wilderness Bill, at 6:30 p.m. for details.

The Vocal Sound Circle meets at the Red Tent, 128 W. 14th St., at 7 p.m. for a night of tones, rhythms and rounds. 259-8998 or 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 its weekly 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.


A Mom’s in Recovery Support Group meets at the Red Tent, 128 W. 14th St., from noon-1:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided. 422-8026 for details.

The Back Space Theatre, 1120 Main Ave., screens the best adventure films of the Durango Independent Film Festival. Doors open at 6 p.m., and ticket price includes a commemorative Ska pint glass. for details.

Kid’s Rock, 1032 Main Ave., hosts a breastfeeding workshop for mothers- and fathers-to-be from 6-8 p.m. with Joy Kanevski. 259-9400 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second 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 San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society hosts a free wildflower walk at 7 p.m. at the Hermosa Historic Cemetery. 403-3732 for details.

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

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

DJ Double D hosts the weekly Karaoke Gong Show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents its 35th Annual Juried Exhibit through June 30. The show opens with a reception and awards presentation from 5-7 p.m. on June 3. “Cross References,” two- and three-dimensional works from Jude Silva, shows in the art library through June 30. 259-2606 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery hosts “Divided Soul,” a show from noted photographer David Alan Harvey, through July 7. Harvey is one of the world’s most respected photographers and has photographed more than 40 stories for National Geographic magazine. 382-8355 or for details.

Eno, 723 E. Second Ave.. exhibits “Brilliant Mist,” paintings by Susan B. Wise.

The Anasazi Heritage Center presents the photo show, Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art, through Oct. 30. The exhibit features Utah rock art in vintage chromogenic prints by photographers Craig Law, Tom Till, and John Telford. 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. “Frontier Blues: The Legacy of Fort Lewis College,” an exhibition commemorating FLC’s Centennial, is also on display. 247-7456 for details.


Animas River Days will kick off June 10 with the annual Reel Paddling Film Festival and the first ever local adventure media contest.

“Golf for Grace,” a benefit scramble for the Grace Preparatory Academy, meets at the Glacier Club on June 10. 749-5304 to register.

Riverhouse Children’s Center will hold its annual Cheers for Children Wine-Tasting and Silent Auction on June 11 at the Glacier Club. Last year, the event raised $20,000 for the nonprofit early education and care program.

It’s Bout Time, the Durango Roller Girls’ first home bout of the 2011 season, meets at Chapman Hill on June 11.

The annual Steamworks Half-Marathon is set for June 11 and will raise funds for the Marc Witkes Memorial Scholarship.

The Durango Barbershoppers will present “There’s No Place Like Home” on June 11 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The Anasazi Heritage Center will host a June 12 booksigning with Leslie Kelen, author of Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art.  

Maria’s Bookshop will host a June 14 book signing with local novelist Suzanne Tyrpak, author of Vestal Virgin.

Justin Wilson, a nationally renowned green building trainer, will lead a comprehensive Building Science and Green Building training session on June 15. to register.

Hymn for Her, the rock duo of Lucy Tight & Wayne Waxing, will play the Dolores Brewing Co. on June 15.

Ska Brewing will host a Hog Butchering Demo with Chris Fuller, formerly of Sunnyside Meats on June 18. The event will include pork and beer pairings as well as discussion of cuts and whole animas utilization.

Durango’s Clean Commute Week returns from June 18-24 and includes a public forum to discuss commuting and connectivity, the Pedal vs. Medal Errand Run and Clean Commute Day.  for details.

The Be Aware Tour, featuring Gabriel of Urantia, TaliasVan and the 11-piece Bright & Morning Star Band, will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on July 8.



The Dolores River Festival returns this Saturday
What: The annual celebration of the Dolores River
Where: Joe Rowell Park in Dolores
When: Sat., June 4. Gates open at 10 a.m.  

The Four Corners rallies around a great river this weekend. The annual Dolores River Festival returns to Joe Rowell Park in Dolores on June 4.

The annual event celebrating the Dolores River features local, regional and national bands. Gates open at 10 a.m. and live music will be performed all day. Taking the stage this year will be Americana artist Russ Chapman; Elizabeth Rose with her blend of bass, drums and sax; Tijerina, cutting edge blues rock; and headliner the Flobots, an internationally renowned band exploring the frontiers of hip-hop.

There will also be activities like the Fun Run, free raft rides, a downriver race, performances from the Fabulous Flying Femmes aerial dancers and acrobatics, children’s activities, the Zuke’s River Dog Contest, and the Crazy Costume River Parade.

The Dolores River Festival is a community celebration of the Dolores River and the many ways it connects the community, the environment and our resources. It also draws attention to the Dolores River Basin and the challenges faced by local communities trying to balance economic development and riparian resource protection.

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