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Rock out at Durango Climbing Fest
What: Durango Climbing Festival, brought to you by Backcountry Experience and the Rock Lounge
Everything you wanted to know about climbing but were afraid to ask will be at your fingertips this weekend as Backcountry Experience and The Rock Lounge present the first-ever Durango Climbing Fest.
The weekend will feature two action-packed days of clinics, gear demos and helpful hints for everyone from weekend X-Rock dabblers to veterans of the porta-ledge.
All events will take place at The Rock Lounge, kicking off with “Yoga for Climbers” and “Climbing With Kids” at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Other Saturday clinics include: “Tips & Tricks for Beginning Climbers;” “Better Bouldering;” and “Red Pointing.” The day will conclude with a slideshow from Rock Lounge owner and world-renowned climber Marcus Garcia on his travels and adventures.
Sundays activities again kick off with a “Core Fitness for Climbing” class at 9 a.m., followed by sessions on “Anchor Building;” “Intro to Climbing;” and “Multipitch Rescue Techniques.” Climbers will have a chance for some one-on-one with Garcia from 3 – 5 p.m. for individual analysis aimed at helping them climb more efficiently.
Prices are $15/one clinic; $25/two clinics; or $45 for five.
Both days, Backcountry will have demo gear and shoes at The Rock Lounge from Black Diamond, CAMP, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Butora and more.
For a full schedule, go to: bcexp.com/climbingfest. To sign up for clinics, call The Rock Lounge: 259-7625
Here to Hear: Office Hour with Councilor Dick White, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., City Hall, 949 E. 2nd Ave. 375-5000.
“Doc Swords,” PTSD Social Club for Veterans, 4-6 p.m., VFW, 1550 Main Ave.
Green Drinks, discussion on elections for LPEA board of directors, 5-6:30 p.m., Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave.
Powerhouse and Durango High School Energy Expo, 5-7:30 p.m., Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio. 420-4744.
Student Teacher Exhibition presented by Fort Lewis College Teacher Education Department, Elder Grown performs, 5-8 p.m., Student Union Ballroom.
Live with author Jennifer Weiner, reception, 5:30 p.m., presentation and book signing, 7 p.m., Durango Public Library.
Tim Sullivan performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Belle, 699 Main Ave.
Animas River Trail Medicinal Plant Walk with Anna-Marija Helt, 6 p.m., meet at Memorial Park parking lot. 779-3111 or www.osadha.com.
“The Armor of Light” screening, 6 p.m., Mancos Public Library. 533-7600.
“Healing Your Gut: Gluten 101,” 6 p.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield. 884-2222.
Geek Out with Trivia, 6 p.m., Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio.
Kirk James performs, 6-8 p.m., Dalton Ranch Patio.
Ben Gibson performs, 6-10 p.m., Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave.
Jack Ellis performs, 7 p.m., The Office, 699 Main Ave.
Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., Balcony Backstage, 600 Main Ave.
Durango Earlybird Toastmasters, 7-8:30 a.m., Holiday Inn, HWY 160 West. 749-1741 or earlybirdtoastmasters.org.
“Essentials for Thriving Nonprofits,” a professional development workshop hosted by The Community Foundation, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Durango Rec Center. Register at 375-5807 or swcommunityfoundation.org.
“Story of My Life: Book and Script Arts” group art show, opening reception, 5-9 p.m., Sweet 11 Gallery, 863 ½ Main Ave. 946-5977.
Black Velvet performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.
The Festoons perform, 6 p.m., Mancos Brewing Co.
Poetry Open Mic Night, all ages welcome, 6:30 p.m., Mancos Public Library. 533-7600.
Dustin Burley performs, 7 p.m., The Office, 699 Main Ave.
“Shrek the Musical,” opening night, 7 p.m. Show also runs 7 p.m. April 30 and May 5-7, and 1 p.m. April 30 and May 7-8. Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. 247-7657 or www.durangoconcerts.com.
Open Mic Night, 7-11 p.m., The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave.
Baltane Boogie! Ecstatic Dance with DJ CodeStar, 7:30-10 p.m., Yogadurango, Main Avenue.
Ole Bye performs, 8 p.m., Mancos Valley Distillery.
Slow Draw performs, 8:30 p.m., Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village.
Funked Up Fridays with DJ Icite, 9 p.m., Moe’s, 937 Main Ave.
Pants Party performs, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Balcony Backstage, 600 Main Ave.
Durango Climbing Fest, April 30-May 1, The Rock Lounge. 259-7625. www.bcexp.com/climbingfest/
Durango DEVO Bike Swap, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Chapman Hill Ice Rink. 729-1774 or www.durangodevo.com.
Fort Lewis College Commencement, featuring keynote speaker Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., Whalen Gym. www.fortlewis.edu/graduation.
High Rollers CD Release Party, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave.
Trails 2000 Trailwork Party, 9 a.m.-noon, Carbon Connector Trail, meet at trailhead off Highway 3. www.trails2000.org.
VFW Indoor Flea Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1550 Main Ave. 247-0384.
Independent Bookstore Day celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave. 247-1438 or www.mariasbookshop.com.
Metropolitan Opera: Elektra, 10:55 a.m., Student Union Vallecito Room at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com.
“River of Sorrow” screening, hosted by Dolores River Boating Advocates, 3, 5 and 7 p.m., Sunflower Theater in Cortez. www.sunflowertheater.org.
“Pocahontas,” storybook ballet, presented by Dance in the Rockies, 3 and 7 p.m., Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com.
What is Yoga Therapy? with Michele Lawrence, 4-4:45 p.m., Yogadurango, 1140 Main Ave.
Spring Fling at Wines of the San Juan, 4-8 p.m., Wines of the San Juan in Blanco, N.M. www.winesofthesanjuan.com.
The Cannon Dolls performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.
Greg Ryder performs, 7 p.m., The Office, 699 Main Ave.
Eli Cook performs, 7:30 p.m., Crash Music in Aztec, N.M. 505-427-6748 or crashmusicaztec.com.
Farmington Hill Album Release Party, 8 p.m., El Rancho, 975 Main Ave.
Trivia Night, 8 p.m., Bottom Shelf Brewery, Bayfield.
Rob Webster performs, 9 p.m., The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave. 403-1200.
Pants Party performs, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
DJ Noonz, 9 p.m.-close, Moe’s, 937 Main Ave.
“Odds and Ends Drive,” for new toiletries, nonperishable food, pajamas and loungewear for the Durango Community Shelter. Runs thru May 31, drop-off at Advantage Physical Therapy, 3600 Main Ave. 259-7829.
Free Books from Durango Book Rescue, noon-5 p.m., 923 Narrow Gauge Ave.
Traditional Irish Music Jam, 12:30-4 p.m., Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave.
Blue Moon Ramblers, 7 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.
Joel Racheff performs, 7 p.m., The Office, 699 Main Ave.
Joel Racheff performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.
ICL Make – The Mechanics of Rope, 5:30 p.m., Ignacio Community Library. 563-9287.
Rob Webster performs, 7 p.m., The Office, 699 Main Ave.
“Saboteur” screening, 7 p.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield. 884-2222.
Open House Event, 9-11 a.m., Business Improvement District, 850½ Main Ave., Suite 2. 375-5067.
Adventures in Scratchboard, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ignacio Community Library. 563-9287.
Terry Rickard performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.
Rotary Club of Durango meets, presentation by La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, 6 p.m., Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave. 385-7899.
Knit and Crochet with Kathy Graf, 6-7 p.m., Mancos Public Library. 533-7600.
Super Ted’s Super Trivia, 6:12 p.m., Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St. 247-5792.
“Girls Funding Night,” for women interested in educational grant and scholarship opportunities, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Durango Public Library. 259-6395.
Tim Sullivan performs, 7 p.m., The Office, 699 Main Ave.
Spoken Word Night, 7-9 p.m., The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave.
Salsa Social Dance, 7:30 p.m., Balcony Bar and Grill, 600 Main Ave.
Open Mic Night, 8 p.m.-close, Moe’s, 937 Main Ave.
Bingo Night, 9 p.m., Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave.
Bike to School Day, part of National Bike to School Day and hosted by City of Durango, Needham, Park and Riverview Elementary schools. 375-4901.
Bird Walk, 8 a.m., bring binoculars and meet at Rotary Park.
Free Kids Yoga ages 3-7 with Joy Kilpatrick, 9-9:45 a.m., Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., Suite 205. www.breathworkswithjoy.com.
Class for Spanish speakers trying to improve their English, 10-11:30 a.m., Mancos Public Library. 533-7600.
The Old Fort Farm Stand, 1-4 p.m., Student Union Building at Fort Lewis College. 385-4574.
“Fight Like a Girl” screening, followed by Keys to High School Success conference, 5 p.m., Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. 247-1242.
Greg Ryder performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.
Mesa de Charla: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 6 p.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield. 884-2222.
Ace Revel performs, 6-8 p.m., Eno Wine Bar.
Bluegrass Jam, 6-9 p.m., Pub Quiz, 6:30 p.m., The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave.
Terry Rickard performs, 7 p.m., The Office, 699 Main Ave.
Yoga en Español, 7:30-8:30 p.m., YogaDurango, 1140 Main Ave.
Geeks Who Drink, 8:30 p.m., BREW Pub & Kitchen, 117 W. College Dr. 259-5959.
Graduating Art & Design Majors Exhibition, show runs thru April 29, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. www.fortlewis.edu/art-design/ArtGallery.aspx.
First Thursdays Art Walk, 5-7 p.m., May 5, downtown Durango. durangoarts.org.
Spring Cleanup with City of Durango, through May 6, for materials accepted and neighborhood pickup dates, 375-4839 or durangogov.org/cleanup.
“The Constructed Image,” by photographer Ron Ritz, show runs thru May 11, Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave. 382-8355.
Works by Kelsey Lyle, show runs thru May 15, Raider Ridge Café, 509 E. 8th Ave.
“Under Pressure” printmaking exhibit, runs through May 19, Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. www.durangoarts.org.
“Thunder in Our Voices,” exhibit runs thru May 27, Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. swcenter.fortlewis.edu.
Drop-In Tennis, open to all, Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m., DHS tennis courts. 769-3772.
Karaoke, 8 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E 8th Ave.
10th annual Durango Wine Experience, May 5-7, downtown Durango. 946-2408 or www.durangowine.com.
Office Hours with La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff, 10 a.m.-noon, May 5, Pine River Library in Bayfield. 382-6219.
Crafternoon, 1 p.m., May 5, Pine River Library in Bayfield. 884-2222.
First Thursdays Art Walk, 5-7 p.m., May 5, downtown Durango. durangoarts.org.
“The Thread,” solar plate etchings by Santa Fe Artist Laurie Archer, opening reception, 5-7 p.m., May 5, The Art Library at Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. durangoarts.org.
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