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Community fund-raisers set for weekend

The Abbey Theatre to screen ‘The Way I See It’
‘The Purse and Suit of Happiness’ at Concert Hall

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The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering kicks off four days of poetry, exhibits, receptions and music. for details.

The Ignacio Farmers Market meets from 4-7 p.m. at Shoshone Park. The event includes local produce, crafts and live music. 563-9494 for details.

The League of Women Voters presents an election forum, discussing pros and cons of state and local election issues, at the Durango City Council Chambers, 949 E. Second Ave., at 5:30 p.m.  

Pete Neds, Greg Ryder and Stephen Williams play Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts its weekly group trail run on the Log Chutes Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557.

Durango’s first ever open ukulele jam meets from 6-9 p.m. at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave.  The event is open to all player levels. 749-0014 for details.

Lee Bartley and Chad MacCluskey play contemporary jazz at the DoubleTree Hotel’s Edgewater Lounge from 6-9 p.m. 259-6580 for details.

The Four Corners 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.

Mark Simons plays jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. Simons returns at the same time on Oct. 1 & 2. 247-7700 for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College presents “Climate Science and Policy 2010,” a talk by Richard White, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering presents a concert from Red Steagall at 7 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. for details.

Duane A. Smith, local historian and author, gives the slide presentation, “The Irrepressible David F. Day,” at 7:30 pm. at Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave. 259-2402 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Salsa Night with salsa lessons and music from Dario from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Blondie’s Pub ‘n Grub, located in Cortez, presents the Make a Darwish Tour with Dark Time Sunshine and Void Pedal at 9 p.m.


The Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers scrap metal and appliance recycling from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and again from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 2. Donations are requested for most items. 382-9931 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.

Durango BMX hosts Trophy Racing with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow, weather permitting. for details.

Gary B. Walker plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The 2010-11 Recital Series launches at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 419 San Juan Dr., at 7 p.m. with the Mangold Duo – Bonnie Mangold, cello, and Marilyn Mangold Garst, piano – performing works by Martinu, Schubert, Bacon, Falla and Nin. 385-8668 for details.

Chicago’s Rob Webster returns to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-midnight. Webster plays an encore show on Oct. 2.

DJ Double D spins at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

DJ PM spins dance beatz at Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., from 9 p.m.-close. 382-8554 for details.

RedEyedDjinn jams at the Billy Goat Saloon, located in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

DJ Posh Josh spins at the Golden Triangle, 150 E. College, from 9:30 p.m.- midnight. 382-8424 for details.


Community Connections’ 7th annual “Golfing for Kids with Disabilities” Family Support Scramble returns to the Hillcrest Golf Club. Proceeds benefit local families who have children with developmental disabilities. 385-3450 for details.

The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. for details.

The 11th annual Energy Tour returns to the region from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Six homes and buildings with extraordinary energy efficiencies or renewables will be open to the public. Maps are available for purchase at the Durango Farmers Market and online at

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., offers Pioneer Campfire Cooking and Butter Churning, the final Living History program of the year, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 259-2402 for details.

Local photographer Robert Bridges offers a 10:30 4

a.m. photography workshop, “The Joy of Photography: Seeing and Exploring the Visual World,” at Mancos State Park.

Singer-songwriter Gigi Love plays Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, at 5:30 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Spruce Tree Coffeehouse & Wine Bar in Cortez hosts a 6-8 p.m. artist’s reception & opening featuring the vintage erotica, rattle cans, acrylics, and suitcase art of Swain Scales. 565-6789 for details.

The fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival continues at St. Mark’s Church, 910 E. Third Ave., with Poetry for the Spirit, a poetry reading and poets’ reception, at 7 p.m. A concert is also set for Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. and an exhibit of the artwork of the sacred is on display throughout the month.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School with beginner dance instruction at 7 p.m. and the dance, featuring music from Albuquerque’s Hands 5, at 7:30 p.m. No partner necessary. 385-9292 for details.

Durango DOT Comedy brings improv comedy back to the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the show will go to the family of Jason Hotchkiss. 259-6004 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., offers a Roman holiday toga and gladiator party from 8 p.m.-close.  DJ Treazon will spin late night. 259-9018 for details.


Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., hosts its Harvest Fest and Owner Appreciation Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes children’s activities, mini-workshops, live music, member discounts and vendor sampling. 247-8129 for details.

The Four Corners Center for Spiritual Living presents a live stream of Michael Bernard Beckwith, of the Agape International Spiritual Center, at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., from 10-11:30 a.m. 247-2221.

Trimble Hot Springs offers its Locals’ Appreciation Party from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with discounted rates and music from Freeplay, Das Samba, Gigi Love, The Assortment and the Porchlights. for details.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 p.m. 403-1200.

Durango Food Not Bombs (FNB) offers its weekly free vegan/vegetarian meal at 1 p.m. in Riverfront/Iris Park.

The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., hosts its Gospel Brunch from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Robin Hoagland gives a talk on prayer and the environment titled “Go Greener with God” at 2 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center.  

The Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, hosts an Open to All Jam Night from 4-8 p.m.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave., hosts a Burning Man Decompression Party with potluck at 7 p.m., slideshow at 8 p.m. and dance party with Moon Loop, Smiley Coyote, Peter Robot and Ben K at 9 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Musica del Mundo with world music from 8-10 p.m. 259-9018.


Author Tess Challis presents “How to Transform Your Health with a Vegan Diet” at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. Challis is the author of Radiant Health, Inner Wealth. 375-3387 for details.

Lacey Black plays solo piano at Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. and again at the same time on Oct. 5.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society presents “Recent Investigations Along the Chaco North Road: The Artifacts Don’t Lie!” at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center. 560-1643 for details.

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers its weekly

Players and Singers Night from 9 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.


Mill Street Brews, 25 W. Mill St. in Bayfield, offers its weekly Open Acoustic Jam beginning at 5 p.m. 884-7070.

The Wells Group hosts a Distress Property Seminar from 5-7 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. The event will show a virtual tour and discuss short sales, foreclosures, bank-owned properties and continue at the same time Oct. 6. 259-6680 for details.

The Ignacio Community Library offers a 5:30 p.m. poetry reading with Susan Robins, William Pitt Root, Pamela Uschuk, Tanaya Winder and Venaya Yazzie, poets included in the New Poets of the American West. 563-9287 for details.

 “Ride the Divide,” an award-winning film about4

the world’s longest mountain bike race, plays the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 6 & 8 p.m.  

The Durango Public Library continues its 2010-11 Spoken Word Series with a series of readings, “Battle of the Sexes: Anton Chekov,” at 7 p.m. 259-2231 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents 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.

Joel’s, 119 W 8th St., hosts Tuesday Trivia from 9-11 p.m. 385-0430 for details.


The Sustainable Building Education Program presents its Brown Bag Lunch at noon at the First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St. Rod Barker, owner of the Strater Hotel, will discuss “Finding Energy Savings in a Historic Property.” 259-1916 for details.

Evenings on 8th, the weekly community fair featuring fresh food from the Durango Farmers Market and local vendors, artists, music and libations, returns to W. 8th St. from 4-8 p.m. for details.

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main 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.

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 Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents a free improv show from Durango Dot Comedy from 7-9 p.m. 903-2075 for details.

An open-level East Coast Swing Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

DJ Daryll’s Karaoke/Gong Show returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., exhibits its annual show, “Spirit of the West,” in celebration of the Cowboy Gathering. The collection includes Western images in both black and white and color and runs through Oct. 13. for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of recent work of Utah ceramic artist Trevor Dunn from Oct. 1-26. The pieces challenge the boundary between functional and sculptural, employing magnificent surfaces generated through the wood firing process. An opening reception is set for 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1. 247-7167 for details.

“Eurimpressions,” featuring the work of artists Rebecca Barfoot, Louise Grunewald, Barbara Tobin Klema, Maureen May and others, opens Oct. 1 at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., with a 5-7 p.m. reception. The show presents the work of eight women artists reflecting on their experience of Europe. The DAC Art Library exhibits Cities on the Side, featuring mixed media works by Nance Van Winckel, Christy Ferrato and Renee Rossi. 259-2606 for details.

St. Mark’s Church, 910 E. Third Ave., presents the fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival, celebrating artistic expressions of the sacred, through the month of October. for details.

Kassidy’s Kitchen, 171 Suttle Dr., displays the work of noted photographer Howard Rachlin through Nov. 15. 375-7877 for details.

The Goodnight Trail Gallery, located in Mancos, hosts “Inside the Ruins of Mesa Verde,” featuring works of restricted archeological sites by nine landscape artists. The “paint out” was organized by Mancos artist Veryl Goodnight and Mesa Verde superintendent Bill Nelligan. The show runs through Oct. 10. 533-1177 for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center hosts “Horizons,” paintings by Stanton Englehart from the private collection of the Englehart Family Trust. 882-5600 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College presents “Treasures Unveiled: Extraordinary Items from the Vault of the Center of Southwest Studies.” The exhibit was developed by the Center of Southwest Studies to show the public a seldom-seen sampling of its artifact and archival collections. Also on display is “Mountain Lion!” 247-7456 for details.

Business Network International offers Professional Business Builders on Thursdays at the Himalayan Kitchen, 992 Main Ave., at 7 a.m.; and a Referral Market Chapter meeting on Tuesdays at Prudential Triple S Realty, 700 Main Ave., at 11:30 a.m. 375-7794 for details. Business Connections also meets on Wednesdays at the Durango Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. 422-2032 for details.


The Durango Heritage Celebration, a multi-faceted festival of Durango’s colorful and diverse history, meets from Oct. 7-10.

A free Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic will be held for low-income debtors on Oct. 8. Space is limited. 247-0266 to register.

The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater’s fast-paced and fun-filled theatrical world returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Oct. 9.

Go Lead!, an educational event for women interested in the political process, meets Oct. 9 at the Durango Recreation Center. for details.

Dian Jenkins, coordinator of Disability Services for Fort Lewis College, will provide insights and strategies for students with learning disabilities during an Oct. 12 session at the Durango Public Library. 759-1778 for details.

The Durango Public Library will kick off its 2010-11 Community Cinema Series on Oct. 13 with a screening of “Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian.”

The inaugural Durango Juggling Fest, three days of workshops, shows and games, meets on Oct. 15-17.

The Durango Independent Film Festival will host the Walk of Fame, a downtown pub crawl/silent auction, on Oct. 16. for details.

Helen Thayer, a renowned explorer, author and inspirational speaker, will present the talk “Polar Dreams” on Oct. 16 as part of the La Plata County Humane Society’s Silent Auction Fund-raiser.

TOP, a juried garment design exhibition and auction fundraiser, will meet at the Durango Arts Center on Oct. 16.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad begins service to The Great Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 16.

WeeCycle, Durango’s original maternity, baby and children’s consignment sale event, returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Oct. 23 & 24. for details.

Dorian Haarhoff, visiting South African/Namibian storyteller, poet and writer, will present Stories from Africa on Oct. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall.

Rock the X, a day of clean-up, trail work and anchor replacement at X-Rock, is set for Oct. 30. The event will include an after-party at Ska Brewing. 259-1708 for details.


Community fund-raisers set for weekend
What: Two fund-raisers to help a pair of Durango families with medical expenses
Where: Ska Brewing, 225 Girard, and the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Sat., Oct. 2 from 6-9 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 3 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  

Durangoans have two opportunities to reach out to neighbors in need. Two benefits are set for this weekend – an Oct. 2 fund-raiser for the family of Lindsay Bathke and a Benefit Concert for Noah Hotchkiss on Oct. 3 at the Abbey Theatre.

Lindsay Bathke collapsed in July from a brain aneurysm. The mother of two young boys is the Aquatics Director at the Durango Recreation Center. Following the injury, she spent several weeks in the ICU in Denver and then was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Farmington. She returned home a few weeks ago and has started physical therapy. The Saturday fund-raiser will help the Bathkes with medical expenses and get Lindsay on the road to a full recovery. The event is set for 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Ska Brewing. There will be a silent auction, dinner and Mike Beck & the Bohemian Saints will perform. In addition, Full Blast Adventure Center will be offering half-price zip-lining Saturday, with $25 of the $75 fee going to the Bathke family.

The next day, the Abbey will host a benefit for Noah Hotchkiss, who was seriously injured in a car accident last November. His stepmother, Cassandra Yazzi-Hotchkiss, was killed in the accident and his sister, Amada, and step-brother, Dante, were also seriously injured.

Noah, a 7th-grader at Escalante Middle School, is now paralyzed from the waist down and working to become as independent and active as possible. The funds from the concert will go to making his home more accessible. Edie Carey, a folk rock singer from Chicago, will headline the concert and Durango’s own Stillwater Advanced Band and Patrick Crossing, a local Celtic band, will take the stage. The event also includes a silent auction featuring donations from hundreds of local businesses. Doors to the Oct. 3 event open at 4:30 p.m.


The Abbey Theatre to screen ‘The Way I See It’
What: Two showings of the latest ski film from Matchstick Productions
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Thurs., Sept. 30 at 7 & 9 p.m.

Durangoans can get a jump start on ski season this week. The Abbey Theatre screens “The Way I See It,” the latest from Matchstick Productions, on Thur., Sept. 30. Showtimes are set for 7 & 9 p.m.

The film features top-shelf skiing and cinematography as well as an eclectic soundtrack. The winner of Powder Magazine’s “Movie of the Year” brings you the best athletes on the planet, doing what they do best. The MSP team scoured the globe in search of adventure, passion, camaraderie, deep powder and steep lines. “The Way I See It” showcases footage from British Columbia, Japan, Alaska, Colorado, Switzerland, Idaho, Washington, and many other locations. The film features the skiing of Mark Abma, Sean Pettit, Eric Hjorleifson, Henrik Windstedt, Bobby Brown, Colby West, James Heim, Ingrid Backstrom and others.

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‘The Purse and Suit of Happiness’ at Concert Hall
What: The fashion show fund-raiser for Alternative Horizons
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Sat, Oct. 2 from 7-9 p.m.  

An extraordinary “fashion show” goes on stage this week to support supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence. Alternative Horizons hosts the 2nd annual The Purse and Suit of Happiness on Oct. 2 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Doors open at 7 p.m.

This show combines exotic acts from around the globe with choreography and humor. Attendees will experience a South African attire drum set, a tribute to Audrey Hepburn, sophisticated attire reminiscent of London, Japan, Spain and Italy, and much more. Alternative Horizons has enlisted the help of local clothing stores and brought in Durango designers to create and embellish fashions and stage props. There will also be light fare and a cash bar. All proceeds from the event stay within our community and benefit Alternative Horizons.

Tickets are available online at or at the Concert Hall’s downtown ticket office at 7th St. and Main Ave. More information on Alternative Horizons can be found at