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Downtown Durango sprucing up for summer

Narrow Gauge run set for Sunday
Bruce Cockburn returns to the Concert Hall

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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.

Neil Nelson plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. Tim Sullivan & Narrow Gauge go on from 7-11 p.m.

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.

Lacey Black plays solo piano at Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

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.

RedEyedJinn plays Thirsty Thursday at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.

Friday27

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 annual Community Heritage Awards meet at the Bar D Chuckwagon at 5:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the James Family (James Ranch) and the Strater Hotel/Barker family, and the event includes dinner, entertainment and a pie auction. www.animasmuseum.org for details.

Durango Critical Mass meets at Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. and rides at 6 p.m. durangocriticalmass@riseup.net for details.

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

The 16th annual Face Plant kicks off with a 5 p.m. pre-party at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard, before riding to the working stiffs’ rally at Durango Cyclery. The official tapping party meets at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 6 p.m. Waiting on Trial will perform.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Friday Afternoon Club with

music from Uncovered from 6-9 p.m. and DJ Double D spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Mark Simons plays classical and jazz at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave., hosts the final installment of the Durango Chamber Music Festival at 7 p.m. The festival features two dozen of the region’s top musicians. www.DurangoChamberMusic.com for details.

Mid Night Vine plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

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

Tumblin’ Dice rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Black Pegasus joins Main Characters and DJs Two Tone and PA for a live show at Blondie’s, in Cortez, at 9 p.m.

Freeplay rocks the Summit, 600 Main Ave., for a free show at 9:30 p.m.

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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. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

Tanaya Winder presents a 10 a.m. writers’ workshop at the Ignacio4

e 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.

Neil Nelson plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. Tim Sullivan & Narrow Gauge go on from 7-11 p.m.

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.

Lacey Black plays solo piano at Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

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.

RedEyedJinn plays Thirsty Thursday at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.

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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 annual Community Heritage Awards meet at the Bar D Chuckwagon at 5:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the James Family (James Ranch) and the Strater Hotel/Barker family, and the event includes dinner, entertainment and a pie auction. www.animasmuseum.org for details.

Durango Critical Mass meets at Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. and rides at 6 p.m. durangocriticalmass@riseup.net for details.

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

The 16th annual Face Plant kicks off with a 5 p.m. pre-party at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard, before riding to the working stiffs’ rally at Durango Cyclery. The official tapping party meets at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 6 p.m. Waiting on Trial will perform.

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

Mark Simons plays classical and jazz at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave., hosts the final installment of the Durango Chamber Music Festival at 7 p.m. The festival features two dozen of the region’s top musicians. www.DurangoChamberMusic.com for details.

Mid Night Vine plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

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

Tumblin’ Dice rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Black Pegasus joins Main Characters and DJs Two Tone and PA for a live show at Blondie’s, in Cortez, at 9 p.m.

Freeplay rocks the Summit, 600 Main Ave., for a free show at 9:30 p.m.

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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. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

Tanaya Winder presents a 10 a.m. writers’ workshop at the Ignacio4 Community Library. The event is designed to wake the aspiring writer. 563-9287 to register.

Andrea’s Fault plays the finish line at the 40th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Silverton from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Center of Light presents the Inner Peace Festival from noon-5 p.m. at Rotary Park. The event is focused on spreading peace and includes live music, drum circles, a walkable labyrinth, activities for kids and guided meditations. A similar festival meets from 2-7 p.m. on May 29 at Joe Rowell Park in Dolores. 882.2123 for details.

Songwriter-guitarist Pete Giuliani plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. James & The Devil play from 9 p.m.-close.

Durango Brewing. 3000 Main Ave., hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 6 p.m. 247-3396 for details.

Jazz duet Chad MacCluskey and Lee Bartley play the DoubleTree Hotel’s Animas River Café from 6-9 p.m.

The Sideshow Emporium & Gallery, in Dolores, opens “Artyfishial,” a photography show by Copi Vojta, from 6-9 p.m. The event includes live vaudeville folk music from John Whipple Emerging. The exhibit will run through July 16.

Jack Maynes & Evan Suiter play jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

Lacey Black plays solo piano at Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Schank House Bar & Grill, located at Vallecito Lake, from 7-11 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents DJs Benjamin K and B-Side spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Achachay plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday29

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet leads a family hike on the Hermosa Creek Trail from 10 a.m.-noon to discuss the Hermosa Creek Wilderness Proposal. The hike meets at the lower trailhead. 259-1710 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts the “Original Joint Effort” beer garden in the Bank of the San Juans parking lot from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with music from DJ KB, The Getbacks, Fuzzy Killing Machine and Hello Dollface. Part of the pro men and women mountain bike course will cross through Steamworks from 2-4 p.m. and a live trials demo is set for 4 p.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, 419 San Juan Dr., presents “Arab Spring: a Historic/Political/Economic Perspective,” a talk by Yohannes Woldemariam, at 12:15 p.m. The talk will explore the recent uprisings in the Middle East in the context of 20th century historical, political and economic influences. 259-4713 for details.

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

Freeplay plays the Music on the Lawn series from 1-4 p.m. at Trimble Hot Springs. www.trimblehotsprings.com 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. www.foodnotbombs.net.

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

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Memorial Day

The Durango Swim Club hosts its 1500-meter Narrow Horse swim at the Durango Recreation Center. The club kicks off its summer swim season with tryouts on May 31. www.durangoswimclub.org.

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 Eno, 723 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

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

Tuesday31

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. www.durangobmx.com for details.

Terry Rickard plays the Diamond 4

Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., hosts a free talk about Backyard Plant Medicine with Deb Buck from 6-8 p.m. The talk will focus on medicinal and edible plants and using them in daily life.

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.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing with Paul Berkowitz, author of The Case of the Indian Trader: Billy Malone and the National Park Service Investigation at Hubbell Trading Post. 247-1438 for details.

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

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens a live simulcast performance of My Morning Jacket’s latest album, “Circuital,” at 7 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.

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The Durango Public Library’s “One World, Many Stories” Summer Reading program kicks off and runs through July 28. The program is open to ages 0-12 years and includes numerous incentives and awards.   Visit the Children’s Page at www.durangopubliclibrary.org for details.

4CORE’s Sustainable Building Education Program presents a talk on “Indoor Air Quality” at noon at First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St. 259-1916 or www.fourcore.org for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays the patio at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5-8 p.m.

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 Spruce Tree Coffeehouse, in Cortez, hosts an opening reception for an exhibit from local photographer Tad Spurlock from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit is on display through June. www.sprucetreecoffeehouse.com for details.

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.

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

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

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Ongoing

The Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque presents “The Elixir,” a titillating tale of the search for immortality, at the Durango Arts Center Theatre, 802 E. Second Ave. The performance shows at 7:30 p.m. on May 26 & 27 and at 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. on May 28. www.durangoarts.org for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Durango Blooms,” a show featuring flowers in art, through May 27. “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 www.openshuttergallery.com for details.

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

The Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., exhibits photographs from Howard Rachlin and Jerry Baumann, both of the Durango Photography Club, through the month of May. 375-7877 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. www.co.blm.gov/ahc 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.

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Upcoming

Maria’s Bookshop will host a Pages for a Pint Blood Drive on June 2. 247-1438 to make a donor appointment.

A town hall meeting to discuss ethnic minority health disparities is set for June 2 at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio. 303-692-2094 for details.

The La Plata County Humane Society will hold its annual Adopt-a-thon on June 3 & 4.

The 8th annual Dolores River Festival returns to Joe Rowell Park in Dolores on June 4. The event includes a fun run, kayak race, a floating parade, vendors, contests, music and more. The Flobots headline this year’s festival. www.doloresriverfestival.com for details.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will present the inaugural Durango Blues Train on June 4 featuring two full bands, five solo artists and ten vintage rail cars.

The north county’s own Andrea’s Fault will play the Balcony Bar on June 4.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Sky Ute Casino Resort and Southern Ute Tribe will host the Native American Heritage Train: The Southern Ute Legacy on June 5. This combination train ride and cultural performance at Cascade Canyon will feature traditional dances, songs, and drumming.

The Durango-Four Corners Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will meet on June 5. There will be a discussion of PFLAG’s role in the upcoming June 25 Pridefest. 799-0482 for details.

San Juan Mountains Association will host a June 7 orientation for volunteers interested in leading guided nature hikes at Durango Mountain Resort this summer. 385-1256 or gabi@sjma.org for details.  

A free introductory course will be offered on June 7 for experienced domestic violence victim advocates, therapists and service providers interested in testifying or consulting on cases. foyj@co.laplata.co.us 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.

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. www.getarounddurango.com 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.

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Downtown Durango sprucing up for summer
What: The annual “Clean Day” of downtown Durango
Where: Meeting at the Strater Parking lot, at 7th St. and Main Ave.
When: Fri., May 27 beginning at 8:45 a.m.  

In a joint effort to prepare Durango’s Historic Downtown for the upcoming summer tourism season and put the town’s “best face forward,” the community is banding together this week for Clean Day on May 27.

“Let’s Keep Downtown Durango Beautiful” is the call to action for the annual event. Local businesses, organizations and individuals are asked to volunteer to spruce up downtown Durango before the start of the busy summer season. Volunteers can check in at the Chamber Tent in the Strater Parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and get their assignments as well as complimentary coffee, donuts and free t-shirts (while they last)

Clean Day is sponsored by the Durango Chamber of Commerce, the City of Durango, the Business Improvement District and local merchants and volunteers. For more information or to sign up, call 247-0312 or email rita@durangobusiness.org.

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Narrow Gauge run set for Sunday
What: The 34th annual Narrow Gauge 10-mile and 5K
Where: Starting and finishing at the Animas Surgical Hospital, 555 Rivergate Lane
When: Sun., May 29, beginning at 8 a.m.  

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic isn’t the only test for local athletes this weekend. The 34th annual Narrow Gauge 10-mile and 5K, one of the oldest foot races in Colorado, takes off this Sunday.

The scenic 10-mile race begins at Animas Surgical Hospital before winding its way through downtown Durango along the Animas River Trail and eventually climbing up to Fort Lewis College. The 5K goes in the opposite direction along Highway 3, and both races finish back at Rivergate for a post-race party, complete with music, food, drink and fun for the whole family.

Online registration is available at www.go-dmt.org or www.active.com. Runners can also register at Your Running Store, Big 5 or the Durango Recreation Center. For more information on the Durango classic, call 903-0141.

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Bruce Cockburn returns to the Concert Hall
What: A local performance from the celebrated musician
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College  
When: Thurs., May 26, 7:30 p.m.  

The legendary Bruce Cockburn makes his return to Durango this week. The Canadian recording artist is touring in support of his new album, “Small Source of Comfort,” and plays the Community Concert Hall on May 26. Special guest Jenny Scheinman will open the show.

“Small Source of Comfort” is an adventurous collection of songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery. The album is primarily acoustic and rich in Cockburn’s characteristic blend of folk, blues, jazz and rock. As usual, many of the new compositions come from his travels and spending time in places like San Francisco and Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Over the course of four decades, the celebrated artist has taken his humanitarian mission to the corners of the earth and chronicled it in song.

The show gets under way at 7:30 p.m., and limited tickets remain. For more information, visit www.durangoconcerts.com or stop by the Concert Hall’s downtown ticket office at 7th and Main.

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