Mountainfilm offers views from the top

Submit items for On the Town to: 1309 E. Third Ave., Durango, CO, 81301;  fax: (970) 259-0448;
e-mail: ; or fill out this form.


Durango Motorless Transit hosts the annual Turkey Trot 5-mile race and 1-mile fun run starting at 10 a.m. outside the Education and Business building at Fort Lewis College. 903-6774 for details.

A Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from noon - 2 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 259-4061 for details.

Thanksgiving feed and karaoke at the 8th Avenue Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave. 259-8801 for details.

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


Give the Gift of Art, a group art show, opens at Steamworks Brewing Co., 801 E. 2nd Ave., from 3-5 p.m. 769-7492 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.

The 7th annual HOLiDAZZLE, organized by the Durango Business Improvement District, kicks off at 5 p.m. with the Singing with Santa caroling procession starting at College Drive and Main Avenue, and ending at Buckley Park for the Holiday Tree Lighting. Events continue through Jan. 1. for details.

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

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

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts a disco party with DJ Mateo from 8 p.m. - close.

Jack 10 High plays The Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m. - midnight.

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


Bring your photos to Durango Joe’s for Holiday Card Workshop from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays in November. 970-382-1168 for details.
The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum hosts a Fall Feast Tasting Menu fund-raiser at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 563-0100, ext. 3604 for details.

San Juan Angler, 600 Main Ave., offers a free fly tying demonstration from 1-4 p.m. Guides will be tying patterns for fishing in the region. 382-9978 for details.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki, Larry Carver and Randy Crumbaugh, plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 8 pm.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave, hosts live music and dancing with DJ Treazon from 8 p.m. - midnight. 259-9018.


The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts its traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 p.m. 403-1200 or 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 1-3 p.m. in Riverfront/Iris Park. for details.

A free Sign Language Practice Group meets from 4-5 p.m. at Durango Joe’s, 6 Town Plaza, and again from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Participants must be able to sign without using their voices. 903-1524 for details.

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

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts live music and dancing with Musica del Mundo from 8 p.m. - close. 259-9018 for details.


Mark Simons plays classical and jazz guitar at Cosmo, 919 Main Ave., from 5-6:30 p.m. 259-2898 for details.

Joel Racheff plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-10:30 p.m.

The Center of Light hosts its weekly Light Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in 146 Jones Hall at Fort Lewis College. Topics range from meditation and relationships to overcoming addictions and negative emotions.
The Monday Night Dance Party returns to the Durango Recreation Center from 7:30-9 p.m. The event includes dance lessons and is free with paid admission. 903-9402 for details.


Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts Meet the Author: Kelly Enright, author of Osa and Martin: For the Love of Adventure, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for details.

The Fort Lewis College Music Department presents a Jazz Ensembles Concert at 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts 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.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers Beer Pong from 9-10:30 p.m. for details.


A silent auction and fund-raiser  for Joel Richards, a local man who suffered a spiral fracture of the femur in a recent cyclocross race, will take place at the Irish Embassy from 5:30- 9p.m. downstairs in the pub.

The Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College and the Durango Chamber of Commerce host “An Introduction to QuickBooks” workshop from 1-5 p.m. at the Durango Public Library, Program Room 2. 247-7009 for details.      

The Mancos Public Library will hold its 2nd annual Technology Petting Zoo from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the Community Meeting Room to help individuals, families, teachers and small businesses see what kind of technologies are available, and how to use them effectively. The event is free and open to the public.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays the Lost Dog Bar and Lounge, 1150 Main Ave., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

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.
The Durango Public Library hosts an information session for adult learners from 6-7 p.m. in Program Room 3 for anyone interested in beginning, continuing or completing their education at Fort Lewis College. Sessions are free and open to the public. 247-7670 for details.

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

The Durango Fencing Club meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Durango Sports Club, 1600 Florida Road. The club meets every Wednesday. 759-1883 for details.

Joel Racheff plays The Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts ping pong and poker tournaments from 8 p.m. to close.

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.

Keller Williams will play at 10 p.m. at The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors open at 9 p.m. The show returns Dec. 1. or 385-1711 for details.


Photographs from Durango photographer Howard Rachlin are on display at Kassidy’s Kitchen, 171 Suttle Drive in Bodo Park, until Jan. 14. 375-7877 or for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., opens the Winter Solstice Market, a fine arts and crafts sale, from 5-7 p.m. The market is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily and runs through Dec. 24 in the Barbara Conrad Gallery. for details.

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad hosts The Polar Express story and ride with Santa Claus. Rides begin at 5:15 p.m. The event runs through Dec. 28. for details.

8th Avenue Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts karaoke from 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. on Thursdays through Sundays.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., presents “Myth: A Celebration of Legends, Cryptids, & Tall Tales” in the upstairs library. The exhibit runs through Dec. 24. for details.

Artist Dylan Miner collaborates with Fort Lewis College students on “Art Bikes” as the centerpiece of a larger multi-media exhibition, “Animas Perdidas,” at the College’s Art Gallery. The show runs through Nov. 28. 247-7167 or for details.

Clay artist D. Michael Coffee shows his Tea Vessels at the White Dragon Tea Room and Gallery, 820 Main Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the month of November.

Starbucks, 558 Main Ave., is showing Bob Zahner’s oil paintings throughout the month of November.

The River Cafe, 555 Rivergate, exhibits a collection of pieces from award-winning Durango photographer Linda Pampinella throughout November. for details.

The Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave., offers by donation yoga on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. or 382-2101 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College presents “Frontier Blues: The Legacy of Fort Lewis College,” an exhibition commemorating Fort Lewis College’s Centennial. “Fiber Celebrated 2011” and “Cutter World Maps” are also on display. 247-7456 for details.

Speaking and Leadership upgrade at Earlybird Toastmasters at 7 a.m. on Fridays at Christina’s, 21382 Highway 160. The event is open to the public.


Fort Lewis College hosts the French Film Festival on Dec. 1-2 in the Chemistry Building, Room 130. 970-247-7231.

The Four Corner’s Office for Resource Efficiency, 4CORE, will host a Holiday Open House from 3-6 p.m. Dec. 2 at their new offices, 835 E. 2nd Ave. or 259-1916 for details.

Dancing Spirit in Ignacio will host its 2nd annual Fill Your Bowl for Art from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 2. All proceeds go to art classes and workshops. 563-4600 for details.

Access Wireless, Thrive and the Women’s Resource Center sponsor Speed Pampering from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the AT&T Store, 822 Main Ave. 247-1242.

Hark the Neville Angel Sings,” a comedic musical, will open at the Durango Arts Center Theater, 802 E. 2nd Ave., at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2. Shows continue on the weekends through to Dec. 17. 259-2606 or for details.

Steamworks Brewing Co., 801 E. 2nd Ave., continues its special monthly “firkin” tapping at 3 p.m. on Dec. 2, featuring a “Bananas Foster” brew. 259-9200 or

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. 2nd Ave., hosts its annual Holiday Bazaar from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3. 259-2402 for details.

The 37th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival will be at the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Dec. 2 from noon - 5 p.m., Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Dec. 4 from 11a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Dolores River Brewery Holiday Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3rd. for details.

Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing will host the 7th annual Season Kickoff Party at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Silverton Grand Imperial Hotel. Proceeds benefit the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton. 387-5527 for details.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” will show at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. 403-8000 or for details.

Classical guitar students, ages 3 to 10 years old, will perform from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Smiley Building Auditorium, 1309 E. 3rd Ave., to raise funds for the Classical Guitar Scholarship Fund. 422-1891.

The Durango Public Library will host a free lecture “Acupuncture: Basics of the Basics” from 7-8 p.m. on Dec. 5. Topics include digestive health, pain-free living and fertility. 375-3387 or for details.

The staff of Mesa Verde National Park will host the annual Holiday Open House from 4-9 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the Chapin Mesa area.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College will host The Nutcracker, performed by local dancers and the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, Calif., at 2 & 7 p.m. on Dec. 9-11. or 247-7657 for details.

The Durango Farmer’s Market returns for its Holiday Market from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.

Auditions for Kid’s Snowdown Follies will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at the Durango Arts Center

Seize the snow day at the Smiley Theater

What: Warren Miller’s “Like There’s No Tomorrow”
Where: The Smiley Theater
When: Wed., Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Carpe diem is the message for winter sports enthusiasts. Local skiers jonesing for turns can get a fix when the Durango Winter Sports Foundation hosts Warren Miller’s 62nd film “Like
There’s No Tomorrow” at the Smiley Theater next Wednesday.
Miller goes globe-trotting winter sports style with this film, narrated by Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley.
The audience travels to five continents, enjoying snow days on Mount Washington in New Hampshire; Squaw Valley, Calif.; the Himalayas in Gulmarg; and on the southern hemisphere’s highest peak in Portillo, Chile.
Miller also visits Alaska, Utah, New Zealand, Norway and, of course, Colorado.
Some of the world’s best athletes grace the screen, including Chris Davenport, Julia Mancuso, Daron Rahlves, Colby West and Seth Wescott.

Durango is one of 250 stops on the film’s tour. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food from Zia taqueria, cocktails, door prizes and giveaways.
For additional information call 375-7822 or 749-2708, or visit

Treasure Hunters Roadshow descends on Durango
What: The Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow
Where: American Legion
When: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 & 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 3

It’s time to open that old trunk in the attic. The International Collectors Association hosts The Treasure Hunters Roadshow, which opens Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the American Legion, 878 E. 2nd Ave.
Collectors descend on Durango in the hopes of digging up some rare and unusual artifacts. Treasures being hunted include pre-1965 coins and paper currency, toys, vintage jewelry, war memorabilia, advertising memorabilia, musical instruments, dolls, trains and more.
Everyone in the community is invited. Attendees get the chance to talk with experts and find out what those items in the attic or garage might be worth.
The event is free and open to the public. Collectors will be on hand to make offers.
For additional information, call 217-726-7590.