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

Mysto the Magi performs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. as part of the Durango Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. for details.

Pete Giuliani plays a solo acoustic set on the patio at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5-8 p.m.

Jack Ellis plays solo blues and folk at the DoubleTree Hotel’s Animas River Café beginning at 5 p.m.

A public forum on designating a portion of the Haviland Lake State Wildlife Area as a Colorado Natural Area meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. (303) 844-3203, ext.4323.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Dry Fork Trail. Interested runners should meet at the Lightner Creek 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.  

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

Mark Simons plays solo guitar at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., 6:30-8 p.m.

Lacey Black plays piano at Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Black returns at the same time on June 24.

The Ignacio Community Library offers a Mother-Daughter Henna Demonstration at 6:30 p.m. 563-9287 for details.

Tim Sullivan & Narrow Gauge play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

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 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.

Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., presents Steve Kahler’s Karaoke from 9 p.m.-close. 382-8554 for details.

White Water Ramble plays Thirsty Thursday at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m.


Clean Commute Day runs from 6-10 a.m. and offers breakfast stations at the Durango Transit Center, Mercy Regional Medical Center and Main Ave. and 9thSt. for details. Awards for the 5th annual Trails 2000 Commuter Challenge will given at 5 p.m. at Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave. .

The Four Corners Pride Festival continues with Free HIV Testing from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the San Juan Basin Health Department. Email 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.

Pete Giuliani plays acoustic happy hour at El Rancho Tavern, 975 Main Ave., from 5-8 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 927 Main Ave., hosts the official weigh-in for the Rumble on the Rez from 5:30-7 p.m. The professional boxing/kickboxing competition takes place June 25 in Shiprock. Durango’s Thaddine Swift Eagle-Johnson will fight in the main event. The Assortment will provide live music.

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

Durango Critical Mass meets at 5:30 p.m. at Buckley Park and rides at 6 for details.

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 25. 247-7700 for details.

Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque present an encore performance of “The Elixir” at 7:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Additional shows are set for 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. on June 25.  for details.

Jayla plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Chicago’s Rob Webster goes on from 9 p.m.-close.

DJ CK spins dance beatz at Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., from 9 p.m.-close. The DJ returns at the same time on Saturday. 382-8554 for details.

DL Marble plays the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

The Formless play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m.


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

Three Springs hosts the Habitat/Home Builders Association Building Supplies Yard Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  for details.

Culture Brothers present Permaculture Dryland Strategies from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Topics include earthworks, plant restoration and permaculture principles. 903-1764.

Meet the Trucks, an event including trucks, cars, heavy equipment, a helicopter, games, giveaways and more, meets at the La Plata County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 387-8250 for details.

The San Juan Family Explorers Series continues with Buggy Water at Cottonwood Park in Mancos from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will learn about macroinvertebrates in the  for details.

The Four Corners Pride Festival continues from noon-6 p.m. at Rotary Park. The free event includes music from Elder Grown, Kentucky Deluxe, Durango Orquesta de Salsa and Ralph Dinosaur as well as vendors, food and a beer garden. A Pride After-Party runs from 6 p.m.-close at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave. Email for details.

Yogadurango, 1485 Florida Rd., offers a free Yoga Basics Workshop from 1-2:30 p.m. 946-8961 for details.

Alternative Horizons hosts it 6th annual Wine and Music Fest from 6-9 p.m. at Rivergate, 555 Rivergate Ln. The event includes music from Actual Proof, a silent auction, beer, wine and appetizers. www.alternative for details.

Kirk James plays solo blues at Serious Texas BBQ South, 650 S. Camino del Rio, 6-9 p.m.

Freeplay returns to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-close.

 Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts DJ Peter Robot spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Alchemy Jane plays a live show at the Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., from 9 for details.

Justin James & Co. play a 10 p.m. show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave.


The Four Corners Pride Festival draws to a close with a Pride Brunch from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave. Screenings of “Patrick, Age 1.5” are set for 3:30 & 7 p.m. at the Back Space Theatre, 1120 Main Ave. Email for details.

E.P.I.C. Conscious Living Magazine hosts a launch party from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Buckley Park. The free event features speakers, food, yoga, music and more. 375-7794 for details

Jack Maynes performs on piano at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 247-7700 for details.

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

Waiting On Trial plays local bluegrass at Trimble Hot Springs from 1-4 p.m. The show is free with a regular admission. 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.

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

The Meat Puppets return to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m.  Bad Weather California and Black Box Revelation open the show.


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

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.

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party meets at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 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.

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, 578 E. 8th Ave., offers a free class on The Midwifery Model of Care with Annie Rotondi from 6-8 p.m.

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.

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 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.


A Moms 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 Durango Public Library hosts a 4-5 p.m. book club to discuss Paper Towns by John Green as part of the Teen Summer Reading program. for details.

Trails 2000 hosts a volunteer trailwork day from 4-7 p.m. For location and details, .

The 2011 DEVO Short Track Cross Country Series continues with the Coke Circuit Race at Durango Mountain Resort from 5-6:30 p.m. The race is open to kids and adults of all  for details.

Bocce Ball returns to Buckley Park from 5:30-7 p.m. All skill levels are welcome and drop-in matches are encouraged.

 The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., 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.

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 Red Tent, 128 W. 14th St., offers a free 1-hour talk on the upcoming Blissborn Birth Hypnosis class from 6-7 p.m. The class is geared toward expecting mothers and starts July 11. 422-8026 for details.

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. 403-3732 for location and details.

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

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

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

Warsaw returns to Durango for a 10 p.m. show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave.


The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents its 35th annual Juried Exhibit through June 30. “Cross References,” two- and three-dimensional works from Jude Silva, shows in the art library through June 30. 259-2606 for details.

The Durango Melodrama returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. Performances of “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “After Dark” go on nightly at 7:45 p.m. on for details.

The Rochester Hotel, 721 E. Second Ave., presents Velocipedes, bike related photography, T-shirts and sculpture, from Paul Pennington, Shay Lopez and Tim Kapustka. The exhibit will be on display through June 27.

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 for details.

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.


The Durango Public Library will host “Discover the World of Science” for kids ages 8-12 on the afternoon of June 30. for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association will host a Weed Walk & Talk with Rod Cook, La Plata County Weed Manager, on June 30. for details.

Butch Knowlton, La Plata County Director of Emergency Preparedness, will share the “ins and outs” of search and rescue on June 30 at the San Juan Public Lands Center. 385-1312.

The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will host an orientation for new volunteers on June 30. 259-0122 for details.

The Durango Discovery Museum will host Pub Science for Adults, a special “date night” for adults on July 1.

The Fort Lewis Mesa Community Reunion kicks off July 1 with a History Fair at the Fort Lewis Mesa School. Reunion activities continue July 2 with breakfast, a tour of the Marvel School House, a community history presentation, BBQ and dance. 588-3331, ext. 3802 for details.

Durango’s “Salute to America,” a full day of family-oriented activities kicks off July 4 with the Freedom 5k Run/Walk. Events run throughout the day and culminate with the annual fireworks display.

Silverton will celebrate July 4 with the 30th anniversary of its Blue Ribbon Run, parade, Rhubarb Festival, Brass Band and fireworks display.

“Greater Tuna,” the satirical comedy set in Tuna, Texas, will open at the Durango Arts Center on July 8 and run through the summer.

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 58th annual Four Corners and Mineral Show returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on July 8-10.

The 25th season of Music in the Mountains Classical Music Festival & Conservatory runs July 9-31. The event includes a performance by the Mambo Kings on July 13 and Pops Night on July 20. for details.

The 6th annual Animas River Blues Festival returns to Aztec on July 9. for details.

The 8th annual Durango Parks and Recreation Triathlon returns Aug. 6. Register at the Durango Recreation Center or online at  

Durango Mountain Resort will host The Second Wind Scramble, a new adventure race to benefit the Second Wind Fund of Four Corners Colorado, on Sept. 17. Visit or call 946- 9586 for details.



Purgatory plunges into the summer season
What: The ribbon cutting of the Purgatory Plunge and beginning of summer season
Where: Durango Mountain Resort
When: Beginning June 24

Purgatory is plunging into summer. Durango Mountain Resort will cut the ribbon on its new “Purgatory Plunge” zipline and kick off its summer season this Friday.

The “Purgatory Plunge” is a new attraction that will allow guests to soar for 420 feet at speeds of up to 35 mph while taking in views of the Needles and Engineer Mountain. The “Plunge” starts at the top of the Purgatory Village tower and features two parallel ziplines that stretch over Purgy’s outdoor “Bear Bar” and “Purgatory Beach.”

“As the most unique thrill experience in the Southwest, the Purgatory Plunge offers spectacular scenery and an adrenaline rush like no other,” stated Gary Derck, CEO of Durango Mountain Resort.

DMR’s other popular summer activities – the Alpine Slide, scenic chairlift, mountain bike uplift, miniature golf, climbing wall, bungee trampoline and mechanical bull – will also be back in action starting Friday. For more information, visit


‘Fridays at the Fort’ to visit downtown Durango
What: The free music series spotlighting local and regional talent
Where: 11th St. between Main Ave. and Narrow Gauge
When: Fri., June 24 at 5 p.m.  

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College trips into downtown Durango this week. The “Fridays at the Fort” free music series returns this Friday with a special installment on Main Avenue. The series was designed to give back to the community and serve as a showcase for local and regional talent.

Opening the show at 5 p.m. will be local favorite the Kirk James Blues Band. The band is known for its ragtime, Texas shuffles and funky grooves. The Plateros, a dynamic, young trio that has redefined Native American music, takes the stage at approximately 6:15 p.m. Headed up by guitarist Levi Platero, of the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation, the Plateros offers up a unique hybrid of blues, rock and funk.

The stage will go up on 11th St. between Main and Narrow Gauge and food, beer and wine will be available for sale. “Fridays at the Fort” continues July 29 at the Community Concert Hall with Robbie Overfield and D.L. Marble. For more information, visit




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