Community Briefs

The Dolores Star encourages people to submit announcements about upcoming events for the Community Calendar. Send announcements to 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.

Winter Discovery Walk near Echo Basin

Join San Juan Mountains Association on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon for the fourth program in the Southwest Colorado Winter Ecology Series: a Winter Discovery Walk for Families in Echo Basin area, near Mancos. We will focus on animals in winter, as well as snow studies. Learn about tracks - is a snowshoe hare a bounder, waddler or galloper? And examine snowflakes - are there really no two snowflakes that are exactly alike? For ages 4-10, accompanied by an adult. Snowshoes are provided if needed. There is no charge for the Discovery Walks.

Meet at the end of plowed County Road 566, Mancos. Turn north on County Road 44 in Mancos, going towards Echo Basin. Travel about 3.5 miles, following CR 44 as it turns into CR 566. CR 566 will dead-end in a plowed parking area. Advance reservations are requested. Contact SJMA to register at or 759-1170, or schedule your own Winter Discovery Walk at 759-1170 or Walks can take place on easy terrain near Cortez, Mancos, Dolores or Durango.

Tasting event at the Pony Expresso

Looking for a way to have your favorite coffee/non-coffee drinks but still stay healthy? Join us at The Pony Expresso this Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 3-4 pm for a FREE tasting event. We want you to help us decide on some new products for the coffee shop by tasting several new things and letting us know what you think. Free samples will be available starting at 3 pm, while supplies last, so come early to try all the exciting new products. We will be tasting Fit Frappe - great tasting, better-for-you, indulgent coffeehouse drinks that have more protein, less calories, less sugar, more fiber, lower net carbs, gluten free and we can make it blended, iced or hot! See you on Saturday!

Social media marketing class in Dolores

Keep up with the competition. A Facebook and Social media marketing class in Dolores is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Dolores Public Library. This class is free to chamber members and $10 to non-chamber members. Teresa Howell of the Pony Expresso Coffee Shop will be giving the class. She has taught these classes to other chambers. Call 882-4018 for more or e-mail me at

Retirement party for Bill Nielson at Dolores State Bank

There will be a retirement reception for Bill Nielson on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Dolores State Bank, 101 S. 6th, Dolores. Nielson recently retired after 54 years on the Dolores State Bank's Board of Directors. Everyone is invited to attend, refreshments will be served. Call 882-7600 for more information.

Methodist Church to host free soup night

The Dolores Methodist Church will host a Free Soup Supper at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. This is a free community soup supper, everyone is welcome. The church is located at 105 N. 8th St. in Dolores. For more information, call 882-7780.

Parent group to meet Jan. 17

The Dolores Student-Parent Coalition would like to invite students and parents (guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles or concerned citizens) from the Dolores School District to join us on Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dolores Public Library. Thank you to everyone for making our meetings a great success. Through mind mapping we were able to gain insight on several issues concerning the Dolores Schools. With anonymous collaboration we identified probable causes, developed a structured framework to inspire our brainstorming efforts which in turn generated creative solutions. Please join our dynamic group of concerned students and parents so that you to may champion our school. We need to be heard.

For information you can e-mail our group at or call 970-739-6522.

Dolores Chamber's Business After Hours

The Dolores Chamber invites the public to their first Business after Hours of 2013 on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. This will be a wonderful opportunity to have some great food and refreshments, network and develop working relationships with many businesses and individuals you may not usually have the opportunity to connect with. Everybody is invited - you do not have to be a chamber member to attend. For more information, contact the Dolores Chamber at 882-4018.

"Watershed" Movie Night screening and discussion

Dolores River Boating Advocates will host a free public screening of "Watershed" on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Dolores Library, 1002 Railroad Ave. A documentary film produced and narrated by Robert Redford, "Watershed" examines the increasing pressures on the Colorado River from growing population in the basin and a changing climate. Communities throughout the region are finding ways to conserve water and sustainably protect their economic base. A discussion will follow the film, focusing on how our community can do the same and enhance the health of the Dolores River. For more information, visit or call 799-1475.

Montezuma Land Conservancy Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Montezuma Land Conservancy is proud to host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center, 400 Riverside Dr. This year's festival showcases short films rethinking how we inhabit our planet, and so can you. The films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the theme of "A Climate of Change." The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will inform, inspire and ignite solutions, and create positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children, and includes nine short films, beverages including free beer (ID is required), and refreshments; all proceeds will benefit Montezuma Land Conservancy, the only non-profit land conservation organization focused on land protection in Southwest Colorado. For more information, please contact Montezuma Land Conservancy at 565-1664 or

'Animal Tracks and Signs' hike at Mesa Verde

Learn how to discover what animals are out and about during the winter months at Mesa Verde National Park during the "Animal Tracks and Signs" hike at Morefield Campground from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 26. Hikers will learn how to look for and identify animal tracks and signs, and then explore the hillsides around Morefield Campground. Past animal tracks in the snow observed in the area include weasels, rabbits, mountain lions, mice, and coyotes. The hike is limited to 20 people, ages 7 to adult. Meet at the Morefield Village parking lot at Morefield Campground, 4 miles from the park entrance. Advance reservations are required; for reservations contact Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum at MVNP at 529-4631 or

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.

'Safe and Effective Strategies for Cleansing and Detox'

Amy Loschert, Naturopathic Doctor, will present "Cleansing and Flushing: Safe and Effective Strategies for Cleansing and Detoxification" at the T.O.N.I. (Toxins Out, Nutrients In) share session on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Mesa/Canyon room at the Cortez Recreation Center. These sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Listen, learn and share on topics of health interest. For more information, contact Joe Keleher, TONI Coordinator, at 565-5448.