Community Briefs

The Dolores Star encourages people to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to news@doloresstar.com. Items submitted at least two weeks in advance will have a better chance of getting published; items submitted several days before the event might not get published. For more information, call the Star at 882-4486.

Are you ready to invest in your future?

A workshop being planned for early December at the Dolores Public Library will help you get started. Topics to be covered in the five-week, 10 hour course include identifying income and expenses; tracking spending; credit, debt and insurance issues; creating a spending plan, and investment options.

All workshop materials will be provided free to each registered participants, and snacks will be served at each session.

For further information, contact Lara or Ken at the Pinon Project, 564-1195.

Plant and Animal Adaptations hike at Mesa Verde

Park biologists and interpretive rangers will lead a hike from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 22, to explore the amazing ways that animals and plants survive in the cold winter environment of Mesa Verde National Park. The hike will tour their winter habitats in the Morefield Campground area. Meet at the Morefield Village parking lot at Morefield Campground, four miles from the park entrance. Snowshoes and poles will be available during each hike for those who need them. This program is free; the Mesa Verde entrance fee ($10/car) will apply. Limited to 20 people, ages 7 to adult. Advance reservation is required. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/meve; to make a reservation, call the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum at 529-4631.

Cortez community mobile blood drive

United Blood Services will hold a mobile blood drive on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at Walmart, 1831 Main St. Look for the Bloodmobile. Donors should have identifica­tion with them at the time of donation. To set up an appointment or for more information, call 385-4601 or sign up online at www.united­bloodservices.org.

Community Christmas Dinner set for Tuesday

The annual Community Christmas Dinner, a Cortez tradition for more than 20 years, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Christmas day at the Montezuma County Annex.

An army of volunteers will pitch in to help make the dinner special for as many as 600 people. There is no charge for the dinner.

Volunteers will set up for the dinner on Christmas Eve. Monetary or dessert donations should be dropped off at the annex building at 103 N. Chestnut anytime after 8 a.m.

Celebrate New Years Eve at Sideshow

Two amazing live bands will be playing roots-rock&roll, starting at 9 p.m. at the Sideshow in Dolores. Local favorites The Lindells are back with some sultry cosmic-folk, along with the honky-pop country noir sounds of Durango band Caitlin Cannon & the Artillery.

Formal or Funky or Freaky &/or Fabulous Attire is Mandatory! Best Dressed wins Awesome Prizes!

Rosie Carter's Photo Booth project will be here to document more community shenanigans

Admission is $10. at the door plus tips for the bands! BYOB is A-OK. A late-night breakfast will be available for an additional donation, 21 years and older, please.

Mother & Daughter Teatime Luncheon

Christian Women's Celebrations will be having a Snowflake Spectacular - Teatime by Candlelight Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 5, at noon at the Elks Lodge, 2100 N. Dolores Rd. Mothers and daughters are invited and will be honored. A princess party dress fashion show will be featured by girls ages 4 to 18. Call 560-3328 if you would like to model. Songs with sparkle will be performed by Amanda, Skylar and Sariah Robinson. Speaker Teresa Reynolds will tell a story fit for a princess. The luncheon is $14.50 per person and includes the meal, dessert, beverage and tip. Reservations should be made by Monday, Dec. 31 by contacting Cindy Bennetts at cncfunevents@gmail.com or 560-3328. Complimentary tickets are offered for first timers and daughters under age 18.

Health presentation 'Heavy Metals and Depression'

"Heavy Metals and Depression - Make the Connection" will be presented by Dyanna Hoffman, Natural Health Practitioner, on Friday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Mesa/Canyon Room at the Cortez Recreation Center. T.O.N.I. share sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Listen, learn and share on topics of health interest. For more information, call Joe Keleher, T.O.N.I. facilitator, at 565-5448.

Dolores Rotary Club Bingo Night is Jan. 29

The Dolores Rotary Club will not sponsor a bingo night for December. We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The Dolores Rotary Club will continue their bingo season by sponsoring a bingo night on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Dolores Community Center located at 400 Riverside Avenue. A light supper and dessert will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. for $5.00 with bingo following at 7 p.m. Cards are $1 per game or $10 for the evening. All proceeds will benefit the Galloping Goose Society.

For further information please contact Dave Sanford at (970) 882-7428.