Events This Week

 Friday, May 20th
Friends of the Library Book Sale
10:00am / Durango Public Library
Book Sale to benefit Durango Public Library!   Annual Members Only Meeting and Sale  Thursday, May 19, 5:30-8 pm
Volunteer Rafting Training
11:00am / Adaptive Sports Associations Headquarters
Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) is looking for volunteers to assist on whitewater rafting programs on the lower Animas river. No experience is necessary. If you want to get out on the water, help others, and connect with your community, sign up for an ASA volunteer raft training.    ASA's programs help to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation. By working with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a safe, supportive environment, ASA staff and volunteers help clients "explore possibilities."   Interested volunteers should call 970-259-0374, visit asadurango.com, or email program@asadurango.com to RSVP and to obtain more information.
Durango Shootout
4:00pm / Smiths Sports Complex / various fields
We invite teams across the Southwest and beyond to participate in this prestigious soccer tournament. Nestled in the splendor of the Rocky Mountains, teams will go head-to-head at an altitude of 6,500 feet while surrounded by Durango's majestic scenery. Come and join the soccer fun that makes the EIS Durango Shootout the ultimate soccer tournament!
Fearless Peasants
5:00pm / Gazpacho
Thee Fearless Peasants will bring their highly original flavor of Americana, Folk, Blues and Rock to Gazpacho!   Come and feast with the Peasants!
Live Music
5:00pm / Fur Trappers Steakhouse and Bar
Come enjoy live music every Thursday through Saturday with various musicians!
Merely Players presents MATILDA the Musical
7:00pm / Merely Underground
Feeling Naughty? Revolting? Has all you learned been from Telly? Even if you're little, you can do a lot ~   Catch some tickets for MATILDA today they are flying faster than Amanda Thripp.   TICKETS: $25- $35
Unitarian Universalist Recital Series
7:00pm / UUFD
Unitarian Universalist Recital Series  John O'Neal, percussion  Joe Nibley, trumpet  Justin Hubbard, alto saxophone
 Saturday, May 21st
Durango Farmers Market
8:00am / TBK Bank Parking Lot
The Durango Farmers Market is a venue for local agriculturalists, ranchers and artisans to meet and share their harvest and talents with the Durango community. At our market you have the opportunity to meet face to face with the producers and learn more about their growing methods. Vendors post their farming practices at their booth and most follow organic growing methods.   Our market also offers hot ready to eat food from local vendors, value added foods such as jams, jellies and sauces and local artisans who make high-quality handcrafted items. All vendors must produce their goods within our five-county radius ensuring fresh produce and locally made goods. We also have live music performances each weekend as well as community information booths for non-profits and groups that promote our market values of local, sustainable and healthy living.
Homebuyer Education Class in Durango
8:00am / Fort Lewis Campus
Tired of renting? Join our Homebuyer Education Class. Learn what it takes to become a homeowner and gain access to local down payment assistance funds. Topics covered include: Budget, Credit, Insurance, Lending, Down payment Assistance Programs, Real Estate, Inspection, and Home Maintenance.    Space is limited. To register please visit: www.homesfund.org.
Durango Shootout
8:00am / Smiths Sports Complex / various fields
We invite teams across the Southwest and beyond to participate in this prestigious soccer tournament. Nestled in the splendor of the Rocky Mountains, teams will go head-to-head at an altitude of 6,500 feet while surrounded by Durango's majestic scenery. Come and join the soccer fun that makes the EIS Durango Shootout the ultimate soccer tournament!
Spring Animas River Cleanup
8:30am / Rotary Park
Help your local Trout Unlimited chapter clean up our beloved Animas River to celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day. Bring gloves, water and your enthusiasm to clean up gross things. Prizes awarded and lunch provided for all volunteers.
Wildflower Hike
9:00am / Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
To learn more and register, visit www.sjma.org/events
The Garden Club of Durango Plant Sale
9:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds
Plants are from local and members gardens. Proceeds are used to maintain the gardens at Santa Rita Park.  You do not need to register or RSVP for this sales event.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
10:00am / Durango Public Library
Book Sale to benefit Durango Public Library!   Annual Members Only Meeting and Sale  Thursday, May 19, 5:30-8 pm
Massage/Fitness Studio Meet & Greet
1:30pm / Mind Body SOLEiL
Join us for our next Studio Open House!    Live class demos, chair massage, snacks & good company! We are here to answer all your questions about massage, fitness, yoga, dance classes AND MORE! Come tour the studio, let us show you some tools to add to your wellness and self-care toolbox & ENTER TO WIN an Office Wellness Hour for your team!
Charcuterie Board Glass Fusing
3:00pm / Get Fused
Women of Colorado has organized a glass fusing class with Get Fused Durango. We will make a 10" x 14" glass charcuterie board. Price includes instruction, glass materials, tax, tip, charcuterie snacks, beer and wine. Wilde Edge Brewing and Durango Olive Oil have donated some lovely snacks and drinks to make this happen.
San Juan Symphony Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals
4:00pm / Community Concert Hall
The Carnival of the Animals is a lighthearted musical composition of fourteen movements by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens. Each animal is introduced with a poem written by Ogden Nash. Listen to the hee-haw of violins and the roar of pianos. The pairing of the animals' theme music with poetry makes this an outstanding performance for children of all ages.
iAM MUSIC Fest
4:30pm / Studio & (Outdoor Stage)
The iAM MUSIC Fest is back!! Join us for the first iAM MUSIC Fest of the summer! This month we're starting things off with a pop-up music festival in the parking lot next to Studio &, located in downtown Durango, CO! This month's lineup features four great bands as well as the amazing Secret Circus Society!   The Lineup:  [Elder Grown]  FUNKALICIOUS ROCKIN-ROOTS  Family and community are the roots of the band Elder Grown. A band of brothers and sisters. Though the group comprises five guys from Durango, Colorado, they consider every audience to be their 6th collective member; their heartbeat, medicine, and reason for the song.  http://www.eldergrownmusic.com/  https://www.facebook.com/ElderGrown  https://www.instagram.com/eldergrown/  https://open.spotify.com/artist/2goH9cMI15q2lSTHCkrZCO...   [Alex Blocker]  Alex Blocker breaks boundaries with a genre fusing style of contemporary music that combines elements of R&B, Hip-Hop, and Jazz. Influenced by his Chicago roots, Blocker has expressed musical ingenuity as a producer, instrumentalist, and vocalist.  https://alexblocker.com/  https://instagram.com/blockerontop  https://open.spotify.com/artist/08Da3grh5ItqCDS2jCP1jM...   [Secret Circus Society]  The Secret Circus Society brings the extraordinary to the ordinary. Based out of Durango CO, their shows are a magical experience.  http://secretcircussociety.com/  https://www.facebook.com/secretcircussociety   [Haro In The Dark]  Folk/Rock/Roots band from Durango.  https://www.instagram.com/haro_inthedark_band/
Skills USA Raffle Night
5:00pm / Happy Pappy's Pizza n Wings
DHS Skills USA team is sending 8 kids to NATIONALS, they need our community support so Happy Pappy's is having a fundraiser for them. There will be free beer with every 2-$5 raffle tickets purchased, we will have over $600 of Durango Harley SWAG to raffle off as well as other companies in town.   Please help us support these kids that don't get as much support as sports teams!!!!
Live Music
5:00pm / Fur Trappers Steakhouse and Bar
Come enjoy live music every Thursday through Saturday with various musicians!
Merely Players presents MATILDA the Musical
7:00pm / Merely Underground
Feeling Naughty? Revolting? Has all you learned been from Telly? Even if you're little, you can do a lot ~   Catch some tickets for MATILDA today they are flying faster than Amanda Thripp.   TICKETS: $25- $35
 Sunday, May 22nd
Durango Flea Market
8:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds Parking Lot
Dunn Deal Resale Store is bringing Back the Durango Flea Market here at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.    If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact John Dunn of Dunn Deal Resale Store at (970) 385-0385 or email @ makeitadunndeal@gmail.com. Vendor spaces are only $20!
Durango Shootout
8:00am / Smiths Sports Complex / various fields
We invite teams across the Southwest and beyond to participate in this prestigious soccer tournament. Nestled in the splendor of the Rocky Mountains, teams will go head-to-head at an altitude of 6,500 feet while surrounded by Durango's majestic scenery. Come and join the soccer fun that makes the EIS Durango Shootout the ultimate soccer tournament!
Durango Conscious Dance Outside
9:30am / The Smiley Building
Free-form conscious dance classes, by Julie Gentry, Certified Soul Motion® Facilitator, two Sunday mornings each month on the big back lawn at the Smiley Building in Durango. Come play, move, be…alone, with each other, with the ground, the trees, the mountains, the birds, the breeze and the sky.   These classes are "silent disco" style with provided headphones. Limited to 15 participants. No dance experience necessary.   Sliding scale: $10-$15
Free Basic Skills Pickleball Clinic
10:00am / Durango Recreation Center
South West Colorado Pickleball Association is hosting an OPEN HOUSE!!   Members and Non-members are invited to attend a free, fun basic skills pickleball clinic at the Durango Recreation Center on Sunday, May 22nd, 10:00am-noon. All ages welcome. Durango Recreation Center entry fee required.
Merely Players presents MATILDA the Musical
1:00pm / Merely Underground
Feeling Naughty? Revolting? Has all you learned been from Telly? Even if you're little, you can do a lot ~   Catch some tickets for MATILDA today they are flying faster than Amanda Thripp.   TICKETS: $25- $35
Durango Choral Society Cabaret
5:00pm / FLC Ballroom
The Durango Choral Society continues our romp through the season with great music and elegant cuisine, and the company of your friends and neighbors! Our talented singers will perform favorites ranging from Broadway to Opera while you enjoy a lovely dinner and drinks! Join us for our most bawdy, vibrant FUNdraiser of the year! Join us this year at a new venue, complete with a few new surprises!
 Monday, May 23rd
Sign Up for Adaptive Sports Association's Volunteer Trainings!
9:00am / Adaptive Sports Association's Headquarters
Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) is running summer program trainings in May. ASA is a non-profit sports and recreation outfitter for people with disabilities. Volunteers are needed to assist in daily programming including whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, camping, rock climbing, and more. Training is free and no prior experience is necessary.    Volunteer canoe and kayak trainings are May 17th and May 25th. Rafting trainings are May 20th and May 24th. Cycling trainings are May 18th and May 26th. Interested volunteers should call 970-259-0374, visit asadurango.com, or email program@asadurango.com to RSVP and to obtain more information.   Contact:  Klancy Nixon  Program Director  Adaptive Sports Association  Office: 970.259.0374  klancy@asadurango.com  asadurango.com 
Afghan Resettlement in Colorado
10:00am / Zoom webinar
Evacuated from Afghanistan to escape the Taliban, these Afghans supported the US mission and built an open society. Now, they need our help to rebuild their lives. Hear from community and elected leaders on these issues and learn how you can help.    Register at https://bit.ly/3kqyn2V
Veryl Goodnight's Sled Dogs of America All Week
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Dog teams carried mail for close to 200 years, traveling from towns to villages, breaking through winter isolation. Veryl Goodnight expertly captures the untold stories of these remarkable canines and their human partners in her stunning paintings. Escape the looming summer heat and enter the world of Sled Dogs at the Durango Art Center!   ABOUT VERYL:  A Colorado native, Veryl's career started as a wildlife painter in the early 1970's. She began sculpting to educate herself about anatomy. Sculpture then dominated her career throughout the late 1900's while she and her husband, Roger Brooks, lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their 2006 move back to Colorado intensified her desire to return to oil painting.   Veryl has completed over 200 sculptures and 20 life size or larger monuments. All of these works have reflected her Western roots. The most notable is "The Day The Wall Came Down," a seven-ton bronze sculpture consisting of five larger than life size horses jumping over the fallen Berlin Wall. The United States Air Force delivered this monument to Berlin, Germany in 1998. A sister casting is installed at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas.   Veryl's work has been profiled in many books and her work has been repeatedly featured in all major American art magazines. "No Turning Back - the Art of Veryl Goodnight" was published in 2011 to correspond with a forty-year retrospective at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2016 Veryl was inducted into The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Forth Worth, Texas in recognition of lifetime of representing the American West in Art.   Veryl and Roger live in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park. The dramatic landscape, abundant wildlife, and the ranching community provide endless inspiration for both sculpture and painting.
Chess Club
6:30pm / Guild House Games, Main St. Mall
Come play some chess! Every Monday night 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs in the Durango mall on Main St.    Free!  Drop in! 
 Tuesday, May 24th
Volunteer Rafting Training
11:00am / Adaptive Sports Associations Headquarters
Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) is looking for volunteers to assist on whitewater rafting programs on the lower Animas river. No experience is necessary. If you want to get out on the water, help others, and connect with your community, sign up for an ASA volunteer raft training.    ASA's programs help to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation. By working with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a safe, supportive environment, ASA staff and volunteers help clients "explore possibilities."   Interested volunteers should call 970-259-0374, visit asadurango.com, or email program@asadurango.com to RSVP and to obtain more information.
SJMA After-School Science Ramblers
3:00pm / Park Elementary School
Get your kids outside with SJMA's after-school program, the San Juan Science Ramblers!   Kids, grades 1-6, will be led on after school science-based hiking adventures with our amazing education staff and volunteers on trails around Durango. Spring programming will include month-long sessions in April and May that run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The number of kids will be limited to 13 per session. This is a great option for kids who love nature and science. Each month will have a theme focused on outdoor exploration and learning.   Drop off between 3:00pm and 3:30pm – Pickup at 5:45pm.   Registration, price, scholarship information, and more details at: https://sjma.org/learn/after-school_programs/
Durango Elks Lodge Pub Trivia
6:30pm / BPOE 507 Durango Elks Lodge
Quiz Night, Trivia Night, Pub Trivia, whatever you want to call it. Test your knowledge at the Durango Elks lodge.   Charity event! All proceeds go to building physically challenged access to our wonder historic building.    Non members welcome!
 Wednesday, May 25th
Volunteer Canoe/Kayak Training
9:00am / Adaptive Sports Association's Headquarters
Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) is looking for volunteers to assist on canoe and kayak programs this summer. No experience is necessary. If you want to get out on the water, help others, and connect with your community, sign up for an ASA volunteer canoe/kayak training.    ASA's programs help to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation. By working with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a safe, supportive environment, ASA staff and volunteers help clients "explore possibilities."   Interested volunteers should call 970-259-0374, visit asadurango.com, or email program@asadurango.com to RSVP and to obtain more information.
Great Garden Series: Ready, Set, Garden!
4:00pm / Durango Public Library
Get your vegetable garden prepared for the 2022 growing season with CSU Extension Agent. Darrin Parmenter
Gut Health: An herbalist's approach
7:00pm / Online - Zoom
Live Zoom Class. Class will be recorded for folks who can't make date/time.    Gut health is key for overall health. "Leaky gut", an out of balance community of gut microbes, and triggering of deleterious immune responses underly or worsen many other health issues, from dysregulated mood, to arthritis, to reproductive issues. Learn simple steps to retsore and maintain a healthy gut.    Class link will be emailed the day before class
 Thursday, May 26th
Volunteer Cycling Training
9:00am / Adaptive Sports Association's Headquarters
Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) is looking for volunteers to assist on cycling programs this summer. No experience is necessary. If you want to get outside, help others, and connect with your community, sign up for an ASA volunteer cycling training.    ASA's programs help to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation. By working with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a safe, supportive environment, ASA staff and volunteers help clients "explore possibilities."   Interested volunteers should call 970-259-0374, visit asadurango.com, or email program@asadurango.com to RSVP and to obtain more information.
Memorial Day Carnival
10:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center
Rides, Food, FUN!! Come have a blast with the entire family!
SJMA After-School Science Ramblers
3:00pm / Park Elementary School
Get your kids outside with SJMA's after-school program, the San Juan Science Ramblers!   Kids, grades 1-6, will be led on after school science-based hiking adventures with our amazing education staff and volunteers on trails around Durango. Spring programming will include month-long sessions in April and May that run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The number of kids will be limited to 13 per session. This is a great option for kids who love nature and science. Each month will have a theme focused on outdoor exploration and learning.   Drop off between 3:00pm and 3:30pm – Pickup at 5:45pm.   Registration, price, scholarship information, and more details at: https://sjma.org/learn/after-school_programs/
Live Music
5:00pm / Fur Trappers Steakhouse and Bar
Come enjoy live music every Thursday through Saturday with various musicians!
Aikido
6:00pm / DSBK Dojo
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that embraces non-violent approaches to conflict resolution through personal development and self-mastery. Aikido uses the energy of an attack to diffuse it.    For 20 years, Durango Shin-Budo Kai (501c3) has been at the epicenter of exceptional Aikido training in southwest Colorado. Current college students and military personnel (active, reservist, veteran, and retired) receive a nearly 30% discount on a full month's classes.
Book Release Party and Book Signing
6:00pm / Rochester Hotel Secret Garden
Join us as we celebrate the publication of Jennaye Derge's essay collection "How to Cry on Your Bicycle," in which she navigates life from the seat of her bicycle, and learns to kick life into gear while laughing through the tears.
Book Launch Celebration with Jennaye Derge
6:00pm / The Rochester Hotel
Join Maria's Bookshop in The Rochester's Secret Garden as we celebrate the publication of Jennaye Derge's essay collection "How to Cry on Your Bicycle," in which she navigates life from the seat of her bicycle, and learns to kick life into gear while laughing through the tears.
Short Sweet Story Show
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
A collection of short plays performed by adults for kids of all ages. Laugh along to a Shakespeare Three Little Pigs and see Shel Silverstein's poems come to life.
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