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The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio hosts a Halloween Haunted House from 5-9 p.m. that continues through Monday, Oct. 31. for details.

The Adaptive Sports Association hosts its 11th annual Harvest Gala Dinner and Auction at 6 p.m. at the Mahogany Grille, 7th Ave. and Main Ave. 259-0374 or for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Colorado Trail near Junction Creek. Runners should meet at the 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 Mutu’s, 701 E. 2nd Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

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

Teton Gravity Research presents “One for the Road,” a ski film at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. for details.

Katrina & Cook play live music from 7 p.m. to close at the Durango Brewery, 3000 Main Ave.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with “The Role of Ranches, Farmers, Forest Land Owners, and other Stakeholders in Climate Mitigation” a talk by Steve Ruddell, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. 247-7401 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.

Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., hosts a karaoke dance party with Steve Kahler from 9 p.m.-close. 382-8554 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.

Third Avenue Arts presents the art of Charles Carrillo from 5-7 p.m. Carrillo will also lead the workshop, “Introduction to Retablo Painting,” from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday. for details.

Katrina & Cook play live music from 5-8 p.m. at Desperado’s, located in Bodo Park’s Centennial Center.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, play from 5-8 p.m. at the El Rancho Tavern, 975 Main Ave.

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

The JP Duo brings classical, jazz and bluegrass to the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. The pair returns at the same time Saturday. 247-7700 for details.

The Center of Light presents Conscious Movie Night, “The Economics of Happiness” at 7 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center in Dolores. 882-2123  for details.

Mataholla Moon Belly Dance presents the 3rd annual Gothla Belly Dance performance and Dance Party at 7 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College.

Mike Testa will play The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

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.

Barkadaeus plays the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m.


Yogadurango on Main hosts a One-Year Anniversary Celebration, 1140-A Main Ave. Free yoga and special events all day. for details.

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.

Sista Sessions, a new skateboard program for girls, meets from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Durango Skate Park. The program runs at the same time on Sunday and continues throughout the fall season.  

Backcountry Experience, 1205 Camino del Rio, presents the BCEXP Chili Chase 5K+ Fun Run & Chili Cookoff from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event benefits the San Juan Mountains Association.

Group Shower plays the weekly Breakfast Club at Home Slice Pizza, 441 E. College, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Tim Telep  plays acoustic live music from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Brickhouse Cafe & Coffee Bar,1849 Main Ave.  247-3760 for details.

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

Psychedelic Mojo plays classic rock at the Balcony Bar & Grill, upstairs at the corner of Main and College Drive, from 4-8 p.m.

Studio &, 1027 Main Ave., presents “The Soul of All Souls,” a Day of the Dead art show, from 5-9 p.m. for details.

Tony DeMarco will perform Irish fiddle music at 6:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. 3rd Ave. Sponsored by the Durango Scottish Dancers. 970-769-1648 for details.

Euforquestra plays live music at 8 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. for details.

Acclaimed country singer Suzy Bogguss returns to the Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Drive, at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. 970-247-7657 or for details.

The Hollywood Bar in Dolores, 417 Central Ave., presents Howdy Folks, Farmington Hill and The Crags at 8 p.m.

Moe’s celebrates its five-year anniversary from noon to midnight at 937 Main Ave. 259-9018 for details.


Tim Telep  plays acoustic live music from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brickhouse Cafe & Coffee Bar,1849 Main Ave. 247-3760 for details.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts its traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 p.m.

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. for details. 4
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


Root and Branch Medicine, 1053 Main Ave., Suite 101, offers free acupuncture from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., and a free class on Life Preservation Exercises from 2-3 p.m. to celebrate National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day. 426-2464 for details.

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

The Center of Light hosts its weekly Light Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in 146 Jones Hall at Fort Lewis College. for details.

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.


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.

Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., offers a free talk and community potluck celebration with Joshua Jackson, general manager of DNF from 6-8 p.m.

San Juan Basin Health Dept. presents “Radon in the Home” at 6:30 p.m. at Riverview Elementary School, 2900 Mesa Ave. Free radon home test kits will be available. 335-2055 for details.

The Living with Wildlife Advisory Board of La Plata County hosts “Updates on Wildlife Protection and Driver Safety,” from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. for details.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., presents 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.
The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers Beer Pong from 9-10:30 p.m. for details.


The Center for Civic Engagement at Fort Lewis College presents Voices in Action; Occupy Wall St. Democracy in Motion from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Vallecito Room. An additional event will be Nov. 2. for details.

Fort Lewis College hosts an information session on opportunities for adult learners at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. 247-7670 or 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.

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

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


Durango Family Center, 489 ½ Florida Rd., holds its Fall and Winter Clothing Drive through Oct. 24. The center needs new or gently used coats, snow boots, gloves, mittens, hats and snow pants. 385-4747 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts a Distinguished Art Alumni Exhibit. The show features work from Karyn Gabaldon, Tim Louis Graham, Shannon Lowry, Lorna Meaden and Victor Pascual and runs through Oct. 29.

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

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents the “Seuss on the Loose” exhibit, featuring selections from the University of California San Diego’s collection of Dr. Seuss’ original drawings. The exhibit, special events and lectures continue through Nov. 12. 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 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.

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.


DJ P.A.’s Monster Mash Costume Party will be Oct. 27 at Angels End Zone in Cortez.

Durango Business Improvement District’s Board of Directors host a Town Hall meeting on Oct. 27 at the Durango Public Library. 970-375-5067 for details.

Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show: Live on Stage with an all-star local and out-of-town cast will be performing Oct. 27- 29 at the Henry Strater Theatre.

The Three Brothers will play a happy hour show on Oct. 28 at the El Rancho Tavern.

The Stillwater Foundation hosts The Old West Lodge of Horrors in the Durango Elks Lodge basement Oct. 28-30.

Liquor World will hold its 13th annual Wine Tasting Gala & Silent Auction on Oct. 28 to benefit Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County.

The Rock Lounge hosts an indoor climbing competition for students and locals on Oct. 29. Costumes welcome. for details.

Acoustic rock/reggae artist Trevor Hall performs on Oct. 29 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. for details.

The Rock Lounge and Southwest Adventure Guides will host a gear swap on Oct. 30.

Durango Business Improvement District hosts the 2nd annual Children’s Halloween Trick or Treating in Downtown Durango for kids 10 and under Oct. 31. Participating merchants will display bright orange pumpkins in their windows. for details. n

Bring your photos to Durango Joe’s for Holiday Card Workshop from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays in November.

The Durango Arts Center and the Rochester Hotel will be co-hosting California artist Jude Bischoff on Nov. 4 at the Rochester Hotel. for details.

The Medicine Horse Center presents the 1st annual Gypsy Jazz & 1940s Zoot Suit Extravaganza with music from Le Chat Lunatique on Nov. 4. for details.

A Contra Dance will be held Nov. 5 with the music from Connie Smith and Sue Sternberg, and caller Ron Young at Park Elementary School.

“The Living Tarot Oracle” shows Nov. 6 at the Mancos Opera House.

The 3rd annual Collaborative Chef Showcase will be Nov. 10 at the Henry Strater Theatre, offering a six-course meal and fine wines to benefit the Sexual Assault Services Organization. for details.

The Durango Winter Sports Foundation hosts its annual Winter Gala on Nov. 12 at Purgy’s. The event includes live music and a Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Chester R. Anderson.

The Congress will play The Summit, 600 Main Ave., on Nov. 17. for details.

Liberty School hosts its 3rd annual Hall of Fame for the Dyslexic Gala at on Nov. 18 at the Strater Hotel.

Keller Williams will play Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 at The Abbey Theatre. for details.

Tap into the 10th annual Reel Film Fest
What: 10th annual REEL Film Festival & Fundraiser
Where: Smiley Building
When: Thurs., Oct. 20 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Dive into the silver screen for a fund-raising double feature. The Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College takes the plunge for its 10th annual REEL Environmental Film Festival & Fund-raiser at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Water is the theme for this year’s event, inspiring a movie night doubleheader that features “Rango,” a family film starring Johnny Depp as a down-and-out chameleon, and “Tapped,” a documentary about the bottled-water business.
Free food offerings will be available from Zia Taqueria, Baskin Robbins, Dominos and Raider Ridge. Beer, wine and root beer floats will be available for purchase from Carvers Brewing Co.
The event will also have door prizes and a silent auction for water-logged moviegoers and supporters. All proceeds benefit the Environmental Center for its biggest fund-raiser of the year. Call 970 247 7676 or email for additional details.

Local artists kick the doors down for Open Studios
What: 3rd annual Durango Open Studios Tour and Art Sale
Where: Across the Four Corners region
When: Sat., Oct. 22 and Sun., Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No invitations or tickets are needed to view the works of local artists for the 3rd annual Durango Open Studios Tour and Art Sale.
Fifty-one artists from Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio and Mancos open their studios or galleries to share their work with the public.
From a bronze sculptor to an oil painter, the featured artists represent a range of styles and disciplines. Durango plein aire painter Sharon Abshagen, pastel painter Lorraine Trenholm of Ignacio, and the animal paintings and illustrations of Duck Girl Art’s Cindy Coleman of Bayfield are just a few of the talents on the tour.
A new event this year is the Mystery Studio challenge, which asks participants to locate three Mystery Studio Buttons along the tour for cash prizes.
Tour guides and maps are available at the Durango Arts Center, Rochester Hotel & Leland House, Sorrel Sky Gallery, The Mail Room & Copy Center, FastSigns, and Shared Vision Publishing in Durango; Dancing Spirit Gallery in Ignacio; Four Corners Framed Art in Gem Village; and Artisans of Mancos, Arborena and Goodnight Trails Gallery in Mancos.  
The tour is free to the public, and artwork is available for purchase. Call 403-1590 or visit for additional details.