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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.

“Heal of The Hand,” a photo exhibit by Don Kirk, opens at the Spruce Tree Coffeehouse in Cortez with a 5-7 p.m. reception. The show will remain on display through September. for details.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays its last gig of the season at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango, from 5-9 p.m.

High Altitude Blues performs from 5-9 p.m. on the patio of the Animas River Café, in the Doubletree Hotel.

Nicola St. Mary, ND, discusses Nutrition and Mental Health at the Durango High School Library from 6-7:30 p.m. The talk is part of The Parent Connection, a series of workshops hosted by the School Based Health Center. 259-1630x2107.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Dry Gulch trail. Interested 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 the patio at Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Brad Tarpley, Katrina & Cook bring classical and jazz to the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society meets at the Center of Southwest Studies at 7 p.m. Dawn Mulhern and Mona Charles will discuss “The Falls Creek Rock Shelters: Re-evaluating the Archaeology and Human Remains of the Durango Basketmakers,”  

Dr. Gregg Bell, of Centennial Equine Sports Medicine, addresses the monthly meeting of the Four Corners Back Country Horsemen at 7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. for details.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts Salsa Night with dance lessons and music from DJ Lucero 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. 884-9171 for details.

Cosmic Accident plays Thirsty Thursday at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m.


he Durango Discovery Museum offers its final weekly Discovery Kids Science Storytime at 9:30 a.m. with Helium Hannah. .

Animas River Wetlands offer public tours from noon-1:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow the final tour. for details.

The Southwest Christian Writers Association hosts its annual Write for His Glory Conference from 1-9 p.m. at the Hesperus Baptist Camp. The event continues all day Sept. 10, and this year’s theme is “Turning Glitches into Glory.” 564-9449.

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.

The Durango Public Library’s second annual Literary Festival kicks off with a 5 p.m. reception for Emily Giffin, the bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Heart of the Matter. A presentation and book signing follow at 7 p.m.

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

Eno , 723 E. Second Ave. opens an exhibition of paintings by Mary Lou Murray from 5-7 p.m. 385-0105 for details.

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

An artists’ reception for the annual Aspen Guard Station Art Show meets from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center. 565-1151 for details.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents Friday Afternoon Club with live music from 6-9 p.m. and Soltron spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Garcia Chiropractic Wellness Center and Dancing Spirit Gallery, located in Ignacio, celebrate their First Anniversary Fiesta from 6-10 p.m. with live music, a silent art auction and food and drink.

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 on Sept. 10. 247-7700 for details.

The Four Corners Lecture Series continues with “American Indians and Archaeologists: Multiple Perspectives on the Past” at 7 p.m. at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

The Lawn Chair Kings and Hello Dollface play El Rancho, 975 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.

The Spinning Wheels bring their Americana to the Mancos Valley Distillery at 8 p.m.

Psychedelic Mojo rocks Blondie’s in Cortez at 8:30 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 on Saturday. 382-8554 for details.

Matt Miller plays a live show at the Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-midnight.

DJs Dayquill, Tricerahops, Ras Daws and Juan Blanco spin at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 4
DL Marble and the Amazing Hippies play the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m.

Waiting on Trial plays local bluegrass at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m.

Liquid Cheese brings its ska/funk/groove back to Durango for a free show at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m.


The Dirt Lover’s Rally, Durango’s longest running mountain bike race, returns to Horse Gulch. Registration for all categories meets from 7-8:30 a.m. at the trailhead.

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.

Trails 2000 hosts a volunteer work day on the trail at Twin Buttes from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for details.

Telekavé plays the Breakfast Club at Home Slice Pizza, 441 E. College, from 9-11 a.m. 259-5551 for details.

The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church yard sale meets at the Montezuma Trading Co. in Mancos from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Five Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts its annual Animas River Clean-up, meeting at the main pavilion of Santa Rita Park at 9:45 a.m. Trout Unlimited and the City of Durango will supply snacks, trash bags and latex gloves. 903-3010 for details.

WholeExpo Durango, featuring holistic health products and services, returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds for its 16th year from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The event continues from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 11 and includes 14 seminars, music and demonstrations. for details.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., celebrates Animas City Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and a map tour of historic locations will be available.

The Aztec Highland Games offer an amateur athletic workshop from 10 a.m-4 p.m. at Minium Park in Aztec. The games are set for early October and included Caber and Stone Toss, Scottish Hammer Throw and other highland classics. 505-334-7646.

The Durango Public Library’s second annual Literary Festival continues with an 11 a.m. performance by storyteller Joe Hayes; a Local Authors Fair from noon-2 p.m.; and a panel discussion on “The Future of the Book” at 3 p.m.
The La Plata Democrats annual picnic and fund-raiser meets from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Edgemont Ranch Picnic Grounds. Sal Pace, Colorado House Minority Leader and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, will be the guest speaker.

The local chapter of the Colorado Nurses Association meets from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Mercy’s Conference Room A for a discussion of electronic health records, advocacy and networks. 385-5524 to RSVP.

YogaDurango, 1485 Florida Rd., offers a free Yoga Basics Workshop from 1-2:30 p.m. No experience necessary. 946-8961.

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.

Twin Buttes hosts a community celebration and harvest party beginning at 4 p.m. The event includes a cocktail party, dinner and a dance and party with music from Hello Dollface. for details.  

The Montezuma Land Conservancy’s 13th annual Harvest Beer Festival meets from 4-9 p.m. at the Parque de Vida Pavilion in Cortez. The benefit event includes beer, music from Jack 10 High and Sound Advice and an auction.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College presents Joyce Lyons performing for Jazz on the Hill, a special dinner/show, at 6 p.m. The benefit event includes a live auction. for details.

The Durango Discovery Museum hosts its fall benefit, “Robot Rumpus,” from 6-9 p.m.  The event will feature a robot mixologist, live DJ, robotic musical performances and a patent pending feast. for details.

Psychedelic Mojo plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School with beginner instruction at 7 p.m. and the dance, with live music from Albuquerque’s Bo y Yo band from 7:30-10:15 p.m. 385-9292.

Community Dance Sanctuary, an ecstatic dance/transformative movement experience, returns to YogaDurango on Main, 1140 Main Ave., from 7-9 p.m. By donation. 405-714-7662 for details.

The Chills play a live show at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Brickhouse Entertainment presents Slam Poetry & Open Mic Night at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 8 p.m.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts a wet T-shirt contest and DJs Bside and Mateo spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.


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.

Wines of the San Juan offers a free show from “Forever Growing,” of Eugene, Ore., and live art from the Painter’s Guild from 4-7 p.m. 505-632-0879 for details.

The San Juan Symphony performs “American Salute,” a special family concert in honor of the 9/11 anniversary, at 5 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts a Mexican Independence Day Celebration with world music and dancing from 7 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.
The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College presents hip-hop from Del the Funky Homosapien at 8 p.m.


Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., offers a free infant massage class for parents and their child from 10:30-11:30 a.m. 259-7337 to RSVP.

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

The Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., presents live music by Dave Luna from 5-9 p.m.

Chad MacCluskey performs on solo jazz 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 Center of Light hosts its weekly Light Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in 146 Jones Hall at Fort Lewis.


The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers a series of presentations covering the works of Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keeffe and Navajo weaving every Tuesday in September from 10-11 a.m. 259-9119 to RSVP.

Mancos Public Library presents “The Mac Series - All About Apple Computers,” a free workshop, at 4 p.m. 533-7600.

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 local food forum and potluck in honor of Eat Local Week from 6-8 p.m. 247-1233 for details.

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


Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., offers a free children’s yoga class for 3- to 7-year-olds from 10-11 a.m. 259-7337 to RSVP.

San Juan Citizens Alliance’s Green Business Roundtable returns to the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave., at noon for a discussion of Durango’s electricity franchise and energy future. 259-3583.

Trails 2000 hosts a volunteer work day from 4-7 p.m. for details.

Mercy Regional Medical Center offers “Neck Pain Explained,” a free community presentation by spine surgeon Jim Youssef, M.D., from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center.

The Durango Public Library delves into the world of film noir with “Death on the Cheap: The Killer B’s of Film Noir” and a 6 p.m. screening of the film “Detour.”

Joy Kanevski presents “Breastfeeding: A Workshop for Mothers and Fathers To-Be” at Kid’s Rock, 1032 Main Ave., from 6-8 p.m. 259-9400 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.

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.

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. 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 Open Doors, a taster exhibit for Durango Open Studios, through Sept. 18. In the DAC Art Library, Hands On II, mixed media works by students of past F.O.A.L. workshops, shows. Both exhibits open with 5-9 p.m. receptions on Sept. 9. 259-2606 for details.

Kroegers Ace Hardware, 8 Town Plaza, hosts a “bear paws” fund raiser for Bear Smart Durango. Customers purchasing paws will be entered in a drawing to win a free bear-resistant trash container, courtesy of Phoenix Recycling. 749-4262 for details.

The Secret Lives of the Divine, a one-woman comedy show written and performed by regional artist Sarah Syverson, will be performed at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Sept. 9, 10, 16 & 17 and a 2 p.m. Sept. 18.
The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery presents The Arroyo Arte Collective’s “Standing on the Outside, Sitting on the Outside” through Sept. 24. Three Dine’ women confront the complex geo-politics of life on the outskirts of the Navajo reservation in the multi-media installation. 247-7167 for details.

The Rochester Hotel, 725 E. Second Ave., hosts Jen Davey’s “Transformative Elements” through Sept. 29. 385-1920.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 Main Ave., presents “Exposure,” the gallery’s second annual international juried exhibit. “Toyed With,” a juried exhibit of shots taken with toy and vintage cameras, shows in the Red Room through Oct. 1. For more information, call 382-8355 or visit

The River Café, 555 Rivergate Lane, exhibits a collection of photographs from Howard Rachlin through the month of September. 422-8027 for details.

“Greater Tuna,” the satirical comedy set in Tuna, Texas, plays the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., for its final weekend on Friday and Saturday nights. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show goes on at 8 p.m. for details.

The Durango Melodrama returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. Performances of “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “After Dark” alternate at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays-Sundays. 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 “Frontier Blues: The Legacy of Fort Lewis College,” an exhibition commemorating FLC’s Centennial. “Fiber Celebrated 2011” is also on display. 247-7456 for details. n


“Durango CO…. One Community,” a 4-day celebration and immigration film festival, kicks off Sept. 15. for details.  

The Irish Embassy will host a solo show of miniature paintings by Elizabeth Kinahan on Sept. 16 to benefit the Aspen Guard Station’s artist-in-residence program.

The Durango Autumn Arts Festival will run from Sept. 16-18, and volunteers are needed. for details.

The Bootlegger’s Society, the local consortium of Durango’s four award-winning craft brewers, will host the inaugural Durango Beer Week, which includes numerous celebrations and festivities, from Sept. 16-24.

Jason Petty and Carolyn Martin will pay tribute to two country music legends – Hank Williams and Patsy Cline – in “Country Royalty” on Sept. 16 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The Durango Recreation Center will offer free admission for a Pool Party on Sept. 16. Members of the community are invited to play on all of the new play features in the leisure pool.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness will host a 3-day fund-raising float on the San Juan River beginning on Sept. 16. 800-422-7654 for details.

The Durango Arts Center will host its 1st annual 10 Minute Play Festival on Sept. 16 & 17, featuring performances of the five winning plays from DAC’s 2011 10 Minute Play Contest. 259-2606 for details.

Durango’s annual Oktoberfest will meet Sept. 17 on Main Ave. and will include food, libations and music from the Alpiners, Midnight Backhand and Moreland & Arbuckle.

The Durango Salsa Festival, the second-annual celebration of all things salsa – the music, the dance, the condiment – returns to St. Mark’s Church on Sept. 17. for details.

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.

Heartwood CoHousing will host “Pipe Dreams: a Locomotory Local Foods Fantasia,” a fund-raiser featuring local foods and performance art, on Sept. 17. 799-3522 for details.

Tour de Fort honors Skyhawk Cycling
What: A celebration of Fort Lewis College’s second year atop the national cycling rankings
Where: Fort Lewis College   
When: Thurs., Sept. 8 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Fort Lewis College celebrates a second year atop the collegiate cycling rankings this week. The Tour de Fort, a parade open to Skyhawks and fans, takes off from the College Union Building on Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m.
FLC Cycling jerseys will be awarded to the best costume and best bike and helmet decorations. There will also be free Tour de Fort T-shirts and cowbells while supplies last. No RSVP is necessary. Following the 2.5-mile bike parade, a ceremony recognizing FLC cyclists will held at the CUB, and a screening of “Race Against the Sky,” the documentary of the 2009 Leadville 100, airs at 7 p.m. in the Vallecito Room.
For more information, call 247-7460.

Durango Coffee Festival returns to Main Avenue
What: The seventh annual fund raiser for the Adult Education Center  
Where: 8th St. between Main Ave. and Narrow Gauge
When: Sat., Sept. 10, from 8 a.m.-noon
Downtown Durango will be buzzing more than usual this Saturday morning. The Durango Adult Education Center hosts the 7th annual Durango Coffee Festival from 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 10.  
The one-day fully caffeinated event will feature drinks, food and entertainment for the entire family. Music will be provided by the Stillwater Musical Ensemble and other local acts. In addition to children’s activities and fortune telling, there will be a pajama party bike parade that will start and finish at the Coffee Festival. The event will conclude with a drawing for a coffee cruiser that is filled with local coffee paraphernalia.   
The Coffee Festival is a fund-raiser for the Durango Adult Education Center, and the public is encouraged to turn out and “drink lattes for literacy.”
For more information about the festival or the center, call 385-4354.

Life-Long Learning series kicks off this week
What: “Yesterday’s Memories, Tomorrow’s Dreams,” the first in the annual lecture series
Where: The Fort Lewis Student Ballroom
When: Thurs., Sept. 8 beginning with a 6 p.m. reception
Another season of Life-Long Learning kicks off this week at Fort Lewis College. The free lecture series begins its 11th year Sept. 8 with “Yesterday’s Memories, Tomorrow’s Dreams: In Celebration of Fort Lewis College’s Centennial,” a talk by Duane Smith.
A reception sponsored by the FLC Office of the President precedes the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Smith’s talk begins at 7 p.m.
Fort Lewis College has a unique history from its inception as an “agricultural and mechanical arts high school” to its present-day status as Colorado’s public four-year liberal arts college.
Duane Smith, renowned local historian and long-time professor in the Department of Southwest Studies, will share his unique knowledge of FLC’s history in the fall’s first Life-Long Learning Lecture.
Additional lectures will follow each Thursday through the fall. Topics range from “Secrets of Successful Aging” to “Old World vs. New World Wines.”
For more information, visit