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Taking a big breath in Durango

Shooting hoops for Elks Lodge

Daisy Bates celebrated at Back Space

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The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., opens “Abstract Views,” featuring 29 local artists using a variety of media to explore abstract art. An opening reception will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through Jan. 28. 259-2606 or

La Plata Electric Association presents the Energy Efficient Motors & Drives Workshop, as a part of its Free Information Series, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at LPEA headquarters, 45 Stewart St., in Bodo Park. 247-5786 or for details.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts beer pong from 8 p.m. -close. 259-9018 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Smooth Money Gestures, a groove funk band, at 10 p.m. for details.


The Earlybird Toastmasters meet from 7-8:30 a.m. at Christina’s Restaurant, 21382 Highway 160. The event is open to the public. or 541-1268 for details.

Steamworks Brewing Co., 801 E. 2nd Ave., introduces a Belgian Framboise style ale for Firkin Fridays at 3 p.m. 259-9200 or 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 Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., hosts an opening reception for a retrospective exhibit of the 40-year career of former National Geographic photographer Dean Conger from 5-7 p.m. in The Fifth Corner Photo Gallery throughout the month of January. 259-2606 or for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., hosts an opening reception for “Confined,” mixed-media works by Andrea Martens, from 5-7 p.m. in the Art Library. The exhibit runs through February. 259-2606 or for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Chaz McFlash from 6-9 p.m., and Rhyme Progression & Black Mask at 10 p.m. for details.

The Three Brothers play The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

Red Eye Djinn play rock at the Billy Goat Saloon on Highway 160 in Gem Village at 8:30 p.m. 884-9155.

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


Artisan’s World Bakery & Coffee Deli at the Durango Public Library hosts a pancake breakfast with music by Joel Racheff from 9-11:30 a.m. A portion of the proceeds benefits The Shriners. 946-9110 for details.

San Juan Angler, 600 Main Ave., offers a free fly tying demonstration from 1-4 p.m. 382-9978 for details.

Vallecito Nordic hosts a free Nordic Ski Waxing Clinic at Backcountry Experience, 1205 Camino del Rio, from 3-6 p.m. 247-5830 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Rupnow & Friends from 6-9 p.m. and Old North State with Farmington Hill at 10 p.m. for details.

The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., hosts Comedy Nights at The Hank with headliner Jeff Wozer and featuring Sarah Kennedy at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. or 375-7160 for details.

A Contra Dance with the band Sue Sternberg, Miriam Graham & David Steward and caller Wendy Graham is at 7 p.m. at Park Elementary, 510 E. 6th Ave. 385-9292 for details.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts live music with Adfero-Affero at 8 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki, Larry Carver and Randy Crumbaugh play The Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.

Instinct Productions presents an Earth First Music Celebration from 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. at the American Legion Building, 878 2nd Ave., to benefit Earth First Durango.


The Vallecito Nordic Club and Backcountry Experience present the 4th annual Vallecito Demo Day with free Nordic ski and snowshow demos, free instruction, a kids 1K fun race, and chili/gumbo cook off from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Vallecito Nordic Area. 247-5830 for details.

The Unitarian Universalist Church presents “Stepping into the Unknown – Walking on a Heroine’s Journey with Spirit” with Victoria Fitts Milgrim from True Life Coaching & Retreats at 10 a.m. 247-1004 for details.

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 at 1 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts live music and dancing with Musica del Mundo from 8-10 p.m. 259-9018 for details.


A free Nia 5 stages class takes place at Durango Dance, 1120 Main Ave., Suite 1, from 8:30-8:55 a.m. 946-4149 for details.

The Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield continues its “The People’s Choice Film Series” at 2 p.m. with “The High & the Mighty” starring John Wayne. 884-2222 for details.

A free Zumba Mini-Class, with demonstration for beginners, will be from 5:10-5:30 p.m. at Park Elementary. 769-4154 or for details.

A doing your own divorce and/or custody in Colorado seminar takes place at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. 247-0266 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. 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.


Free Infant Massage Class for parents and child, ages 2 to 6 months, from 10-11 a.m. at the Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., Suite 205. 259-7337.

A free Zumba Mini-Class, with demonstration for beginners, is from 11:40 a.m. - noon at Durango Dance, 1120 Main Ave. 769-4154 or for details.

Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., hosts free documentary night featuring “Forks Over Knives” from 6-8 p.m. 247-8129 for details.

Pianist and singer Lacey Black plays the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Durango Joe’s, 40 Town Plaza, hosts an all ages open mic from 6-8 p.m. Children and teens welcome.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts an open mic/jam session from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. for details.

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.


The Lisa Blue Trio plays the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Durango Public Library’s film noir series “Death on the Cheap: The Killer B’s of Film Noir” continues with a screening of “Without Warning” at 6 p.m. for details.

The American Cancer Society hosts a free Relay for Life Kick-off party from 6-8 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel Ballroom, 501 Camino del Rio. 385-2725 or for details.
A class on treatment or post-treatment for cancer meets weekly at Yogadurango, 1140-A Main Ave., from 4-5:15 p.m. 946-8961 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.

The Durango Public Library hosts a free 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. 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 Mountain Studies Institute hosts an evening of film and lecture, featuring video by John Liu and a talk with Craig Goodell and Chris Peltz, from 7-9 p.m. at Fort Lewis College, Noble Hall 130. 382-6908 for details.

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 6-9 p.m.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts ping pong and poker tournaments from 7:30 p.m. - close.

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.


The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., hosts Portrait Group for adults and teens on Wednesdays and Figure Drawing for adults on Tuesdays. 259-2606 or for details.

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

Cafe of Life Chiropractic hosts Donation Thursdays from 9 a.m. - noon every Thursday. 385-0321 or for details.

Pathways hosts Yoga with Michelle at the Pathways Healing Center in Bayfield from 5:45-7 p.m. every Monday and Thursday. 884-4718 for details.

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

The Rochester Hotel, 721 E. 2nd Ave., hosts an art show featuring paintings by Cindy Coleman, Elizabeth Kinahan and Amy Vaclav-Felker through Jan. 8.

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 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.


The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. 883-4004 or for details.

The Infamous Stringdusters with special guest Elephant Revival will play the Community Concert Hall at 7 p.m. Jan. 12. or 247-7657 for details.

The Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield will offer hands-on technology help with “Tech How-To Zoo” from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the library meeting room. The event is free and open to the public. 884-2222, ext. 17 for details.

DJ Vajra will play The Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. Jan. 13. for details.

The Outlaw Snowdown in Pagosa Springs, a three-day festival of skiing, soaking and music, will take place from Jan. 13-15. for details.

Yogadurango, 1485 Florida Road, Building C, Suite 201, will host a free Yoga Basics Workshop designed for beginners from 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 14. 946-8961 for details.

Soup & Soul Gathering honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, a fund-raiser for the Manna Soup Kitchen and La Plata County Dems, will be from 4-7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Manna Soup Kitchen, 100 Avenida Del Sol. for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., will accept applications from Jan. 15 - Feb. 5 for its annual Community Show. This year’s theme is “Spirit.” The artist’s reception will be from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 10. 385-8355 or for details.

The Durango Public Library will kick off Great Decisions 2012 from 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Jan. 17. The event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County, examines issues of concern for U.S. policymakers. The first topic is “Middle East Realignment.” The event returns Tuesdays and Thursdays through April. or 247-1692 for details.

Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., will host a class on “The Role of Blood Flow in Health & Disease” from 6-8 p.m. Jan 17. 247-8129 for details.

A Regional Food Systems Summit will be from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at McGee Park between Farmington and Bloomfield. for details.

The Supersuckers returns to the Abbey Theatre with opeing band Rev. Horton Heat on Jan. 18.

The Durango Chamber of Commerce will present Durango Rocks! the annual Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony, takes place Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. or 247-0312 for details.

Taking a deep breath in Durango
What: Green Business Roundtable
Where: The Henry Strater Theatre
When: Wed., Jan. 11, noon - 1 p.m.
Take a deep breath, Durango.
The Green Business Roundtable hosts a discussion of the air quality in the area and what’s being done about it from noon - 1 p.m. at the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
The topic of the roundtable is “One Atmosphere: Protecting and Improving Air Quality in the Southwest” with a talk by Patrick Cummins, a local resident and director of Air Quality Programs for the Western Governors’ Association.

Cummins also worked as deputy director of Denver’s Regional Air Quality Council, helping the Denver area meet federal health standards.

Find out what’s going on with state and federal initiatives to improve air-quality standards and protect the visibility in national parks and wilderness areas.

Attendees can enjoy an organic lunch while learning about the Western Climate Initiative, a project supporting a cap-and-trade system to foster the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

For additional information or to RSVP by Monday, call 259-3583.

Shoot some hoops for Elks Lodge Contest
What: Durango Elks Lodge Hoopshoot Free Throw Contest
Where: Escalante Middle School
When:  Sat., Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.

Kids get their chance to “Be like Mike.”

The Durango Elks Lodge hosts its annual Hoopshoot Free Throw Contest at 10 a.m. Saturday at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane.

More than 3 million boys and girls across the nation are expected to participate in this year’s event, and several winners have hailed from Colorado since the competition began in 1972.

The event offers kids a character-building experience that promotes hard work, discipline and time with family. Participants are encouraged to support each other, and find their personal and unique strengths.

It is open to boys and girls ages 8-13. Kids will be separated into three age categories for the competition: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13.
Local winners move on to state and national competitions. The Colorado event will be held in Salida on Feb. 25, and the national contest will be held April 28.

Winners will be presented a trophy at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., where their names will be engraved on a plaque.

For additional information, call 749-3392 or visit

Daisy Bates celebrated at the Back Space
What: “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock”
Where: The Back Space Theatre
When: Tues., Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
Rocky Mountain PBS and Durango Community Cinema presents “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock” at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Back Space Theatre, 1120 Main Ave.Bates and her husband published the Arkansas State Press during the time that the Little Rock Nine attempted to enroll at Little Rock Central High School in 1957. They covered the controversy when the governor of Arkansas called out the National Guard to prevent the students from entering the school. Mrs. Bates also advised and guided the nine students.
She was a prominent American civil rights activist, publisher and writer throughout her life. She also won the National Book Award in 1988 for her memoir, The Long Shadow of Little Rock.
The film will also be shown Sat., Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Durango Discovery Museum’s Boiler Room and, Thurs., Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. at Fort Lewis College’s Student Union in the Vallecito Room.
The showings will be followed by group discussions.
For additional information, call 426-1228 or visit