Events This Week

 Tuesday, December 6th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Colorado Gives Day
8:00am / Various Businesses in Durango
Colorado Gives Day is more than just a day. Your generosity paired with that of thousands of other Coloradans has generated a movement that changes lives! We can't thank you enough for making Colorado Gives Day one of the most successful giving days in the nation! Make good happen. Colorado Gives Day is on the horizon.
Robert Rivera Exhibition
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Christmas Soiree with 35 local artists
11:00am / Create Art and Tea
For the Month of December the Upstairs Gallery is featuring the fine art of 35 Local Artists. It is a Christmas Soiree of delightful new Creations for the Season by the Artists of Create.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Clay to Canvas
1:00pm / Durango Arts Center
A weekly ART Class for those with Parkinson's. Each week, discover an interesting lesson on Art History and Art Appreciation. Then discover the joy of ART with the many artistic projects we have in store for this fabulous class.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of art, with kind and compassionate instructors to guide you along your way.
Holiday Crafts Classes for Adults/ Afternoons
1:00pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Join me in making festive and beautiful holiday decorations! All supplies included in price!
Gift Giving Workshops
2:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Create and Bracelet with Annelle  Create a beautiful gift for Christmas while learning the basics of Kumihimo Bracelet making in this exciting introduction class.    includes a little bag of beads   $65.00 all supplies included
Tuesday After School Art Grades 2-5
3:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects.   September is Sculpture month, October - Halloween Extravaganza  November - Drawing and Painting, December - Gift Giving!   The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.
Holiday Craft Class for Juniors (ages6-9)
3:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Oh, what fun we will have creating all things Christmas! First, we will make and decorate a CHRISTMAS TREE GARLAND, Next, will make adorable POM-POM SANTA ornaments. Then we will make glittered UNICORN ornaments and poured paint and glittered INITIAL ornaments! If we have time, we will even make and decorate a ONE CONE CHRISTMAS TREE! it's going to be SO MUCH FUN!!
Gather Dinner Event
5:30pm / James Ranch Grill
The Gather Dinner event takes place every Tuesday evening 5:30pm-7:30pm Mid-October to the end of March. You are wowed with a four course, prefixed meal using as many local/regional ingredients as possible. During this culinary experience, you will be joined by two invited guests that have produced one or more of the ingredients on your plate that are going to share their journey in producing the ingredients we are privileged to serve that evening. This is a time to connect and honor our farmers, ranchers, producers, bakers and purveyors that go beyond what most of us can conceive in order to accomplish what they do. This memorable evening has limited seating. Prepaid Reservations only. Reservations are closed two days prior to event date for preparation time.
Salsa Dance Lessons
6:00pm / Wild Horse Saloon
Drum Roll... Salsa Classes are back!   Four-week sessions starting on the first Tuesday of each month. We offer Level 1 Brand New, Level 2 Beginner, and Level 3 Intermediate Salsa sessions. Taking all four classes in any given session is the best way to learn, but we do accept single-class drop-ins. Public social dance hour after class!   Tuesday nights. Level 1 - 7:00pm. Level 2 - 7:00pm. Level 3 - 6:00pm. Classes last approximately one hour. From ~ 8pm-9pm we have a public social dance!   Pricing: Entire four-week session - $50/individual - $40/each for couples. Single class drop-in - $15. Payment taken at the door.   Level Descriptions:   Level 1 is for brand-new Salsa dancers. You will learn fundamentals - Salsa musicality, proper frame and connection, the basic step, open and closed partner dance positions, basic left turns, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 2 is for beginner Salsa dancers with a bit of experience or ones moving up from L1. You will learn more fundamentals plus a little extra! We will continue with musicality exercises, timing, smoothing out the basic step and moves, and will move into cross-body leads, progressive left turns, basic right turns, and simple combos. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style).   Level 3 is for intermediate Salsa dancers with a solid grasp of musicality, footwork, cross-body leads, and combination moves. We will work on more complex combos, progressive right turns, slants, stops, copas, and more. We teach Salsa on 2 (NYC style) - but may occasionally throw in some Salsa on 1 (LA style).
Open Mic Night
7:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Open mic every tuesday, open to performers of all kinds and levels from beginners to experts. Support local live music!
 Wednesday, December 7th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Robert Rivera Exhibition
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Christmas Soiree with 35 local artists
11:00am / Create Art and Tea
For the Month of December the Upstairs Gallery is featuring the fine art of 35 Local Artists. It is a Christmas Soiree of delightful new Creations for the Season by the Artists of Create.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Lola's Place wreath and centerpiece workshop
5:30pm / Lola's Place
Join us! We will create wreaths or a holiday centerpiece. Food provided. The event will be outside under heaters.
Paint and Sip
5:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Painting with an instructor, all supplies are included.
Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
5:30pm / VFW Post 4031
VFW Post 4031 is holding a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Celebration on December 7th between 5:30 and 9:00 PM. There will be food and beverages available. The Durango Brass Band will perform during the event. The public is welcome, come celebrate and remember those who perished in the attack.
Karen Roberts of Picasso and Vino
6:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Painting parties are the perfect place to tap into your inner artist. Karen will show you step by step how to create your own masterpiece based on our featured painting, while you enjoy a cup of tea and a scone to get you in the artistic frame of mind.   We provide all the supplies, instruction and fun for a fantastic experience. It's a great idea for friend time, date night, family get-togethers, Create a gift for yourself or another for the Christmas giving time, a gift to be in the creative process.   $75 for a fun evening   Call Caprice at 970-764-4104 to register or stop by Create Art and Tea at 1015 Main Ave Durango
Holiday Craft Classes for Adults/Evenings
6:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Join me in making festive and beautiful holiday decorations! All supplies included in price!
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
 Thursday, December 8th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Robert Rivera Exhibition
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Food & Clothing Drive for the Navajo Nation
10:30am / Toh-Atin Gallery Parking Lot
A Food and Winter Clothing Drive for the Navajo Nation will be held in the Toh-Atin Gallery Parking Lot on Thursday, December 8, from 10:30 am until 2 pm. Winter is closing in on the Reservation and there are many people who will need assistance this year. Clothing, coats, boots, socks, long underwear, hats, gloves, tents, sleeping bags, toys for young children, canned food and really, anything that you don't or can't use that could help a Navajo family make it through a tough winter is something we can use.    The Missionaries of Charity trailer will be in the Toh-Atin lot to collect your donations. None are too small and none are too big. If you can't make it to the Gallery on Thursday, we will have a trailer to collect items on Wednesday all day.    This area of the United States is one of the highest unemployment areas in the country and with food, heating costs and rents going up almost monthly, there are many homeless and people with homes who are having trouble staying warm this winter. The people who run the Charities do it entirely as a donation. Everything you donate goes to the people   If you would rather send a check, which is always welcome, you can mail it directly to:  Missionaries of Charity Navajo fund   207 Black Diamond Canyon Drive   Gallup, New Mexico 87301   Thank you for your support,  Toh-Atin Gallery
Start-Up Flex and Stretch
11:00am / Center for Innovation
Join Elizabeth Calagias at the Center for Innovation this December for: Start-Up Flex and Stretch! A weekly series on Thursdays: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   December 8th - Get started with your very own podcast.
Christmas Soiree with 35 local artists
11:00am / Create Art and Tea
For the Month of December the Upstairs Gallery is featuring the fine art of 35 Local Artists. It is a Christmas Soiree of delightful new Creations for the Season by the Artists of Create.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Thursday Extreme Art With An Emphasis on DAC Theater Productions - Middle/High School
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects! This class will focus on designing, painting, sculpture and prop techniques with an emphasis on correct shading, values, textures, and color.   September- Odd and Unusual Theater Posters and props, October - Halloween Extreme, November and December - We will celebrate DAC's Theater Production by creating posters, paintings and theater sets!   Create and become involved with DAC Theater Production of "We Will Rock You!" Theater Tickets are included with the class price. The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.
Gregg Deal, Artist-in-Residence, Opening Reception
4:30pm / Fort Lewis College Art Gallery
The FLC Art Gallery is holding an opening reception for Artist-in-Residence Gregg Deal. Free and open to the public.
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Experience the magic this holiday season! Join us for a truly magical recreation of the classic holiday story, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Climb aboard a vintage steam train as it departs our Durango Depot for the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus himself. Upon arriving at our depot, you'll be immersed in the story as our chefs serve you hot chocolates and sweet treats while the conductor recites a reading from the Polar Express book. After arriving at the North Pole, you'll enjoy an incredible light show set to holiday music. On the return trip to Durango, Santa will visit each coach and hand out the first gift of Christmas to each passenger. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
Wreath and Centerpiece workshop
5:30pm / Union Social House
Learn how to create your own holiday wreath or centerpiece.  All materials provided.
Professional Women's Network Presents: A Comedy Gala
5:30pm / Double Tree Hotel
Joins us for a night of comedy by 4 Corners Comedy Festival. There will be 3 comics and a cash bar. Bring your guy, gal, or pal, and dress to impress! Tickets are $18 for non-members, $13 for members.
Create jewelry with Happy in our gift giving time
5:30pm / Create Art and Tea
Create a bracelet or a pair of earrings with Happy. You will have fun choosing from her great selection of beads and color. A gift to give or keep for yourself to enjoy the creative process.   $65 for a great time creating a gift   Call Caprice at 970-764-4104 or stop by Create Art and Tea 1015 Main Ave Durango
 Friday, December 9th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Lost Wax Casting via Metalsmithing
9:00am / Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club
Curious about the lost wax process of casting… Here is your chance to explore & practice this creative art. A group of six individuals in a one on one personal instruction for 2 whole days. You will create your own design, carve that design into purple wax, then we encase it into a special type of casting investment. I personally bake it overnight within a kiln. Afterwards, you will melt your provided sterling silver & feel the floor Rumble…. Clean your artwork & Voilà your piece is ready to wear!   All materials provided. COST: $225.00, with $100.00 down to reserve a seat. Class handout will be sent via email once payment is received. JP Designs LLC www.artbonnet.com
Robert Rivera Exhibition
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Christmas Soiree with 35 local artists
11:00am / Create Art and Tea
For the Month of December the Upstairs Gallery is featuring the fine art of 35 Local Artists. It is a Christmas Soiree of delightful new Creations for the Season by the Artists of Create.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Experience the magic this holiday season! Join us for a truly magical recreation of the classic holiday story, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Climb aboard a vintage steam train as it departs our Durango Depot for the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus himself. Upon arriving at our depot, you'll be immersed in the story as our chefs serve you hot chocolates and sweet treats while the conductor recites a reading from the Polar Express book. After arriving at the North Pole, you'll enjoy an incredible light show set to holiday music. On the return trip to Durango, Santa will visit each coach and hand out the first gift of Christmas to each passenger. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
The Parade of Gingerbread Homes
5:00pm / Animas Chocolate & Coffee Co.
View all the entries in our annual Gingerbread House Competition, vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Contest, and be there to see who will be named winners of each category. Plus enjoy a free glass of sparkling wine or a free hot chocolate on us!   All proceeds from this year's gingerbread house contest will benefit the HomesFund Serving Southwest Colorado.
Glass Ornament Winter Landscapes Painting
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Join us for a relaxing evening of art, with an experienced teacher to give you guidance along the way.   Glass Ornament Painting! Get comfortable with acrylic painting techniques and enjoy the process of completing a painted ornament showing any holiday scene of your choice. Techniques, color, and value will be explored.    Beginners are welcome! This class is also perfect for adults with previous painting experience. $35.00 Per Participant.
Starlight Jam session
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Live music hosted with Tyler Reed Smith and friends
A Christmas Carol Radio Play VIP Preview Party
6:30pm / FLC Theatre Building, MainStage Theatre
This is a benefit event to support Durango Theatreworks and its upcoming production of A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play. In addition to the entertaining production, attendees will partake of holiday beverages and delicious treats from Hermosa Cafe.
Holiday Concert with DHS Concert Band and Jazz Band
6:30pm / Durango High School
Join us for a holiday concert and shopping event! The evening kicks off with music performed by the DHS Concert Band and Jazz Band, then continues with a dessert bar and silent auction. We have over 90 items, services, and certificates available in the silent auction, with retail value over $10,000.    All money raised from this event will do directly towards the DHS Concert Band trip to San Diego, CA in March 2023 for competition. Help us send these students on an amazing trip!
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara's "Nutcracker"
7:30pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Featuring the San Juan Symphony. No holiday season is complete without a trip to the theatre to see The Nutcracker! Enjoy this magical story that is a favorite for audiences of all ages.
Elder Grown & Graham Good & The Painters
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Doors Open: 7:00 PM  21+ / $17 / $20  Paper Tickets available at Animas Trading Company    Elder Grown Bio:  Family and community are the roots of the band Elder Grown. A band of brothers and sisters. Though the group is made up of five guys from Durango, Colorado, they consider every audience to be their 6th collective member; their heartbeat, medicine and reason for song.    Funk meets Pop, Rock meets Hip Hop, Jazz meets Reggae. Elder Grown uses the freedom of improvisational jams as their foundation to create their captivating, soul-inspired sound. From the set opener to the fourth hour, Elder Grown encourages you to break down your ideas of genre with your hips and heartbeat. The band takes listeners on a genre-bending rollercoaster through rule-breaking sound, often switching instruments mid-song. Start with groovy, funk inspired bass lines reminiscent of Motown meeting the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Then, add screaming lead guitar and bossy sax lines reflective of Pink Floyd and Maceo Parker. Finish it off with inspiration from Rage Against the Machine, Atmosphere, and Sublime and you are beginning to understand the sound that is Elder Grown. Brothers and Sisters, you are invited to embark on a journey into the unrecognizably familiar.    https://www.facebook.com/ElderGrown/  http://www.eldergrown.com/  https://www.reverbnation.com/eldergrown   Graham Good & The Painters  Graham Good is hailed as the Messiah of Modern Rock (Nick Stock, jambands.com) due to his infectious energy and classic song writing. Specializing in Feel-Good//Funk-Folk-Rock, this group touches on a plethora of genres that help make them an easy band for any new fan to instantly connect with. The band has played iconic Denver venues such as Red Rocks, The Ogden, The Gothic, and The Bluebird opening up for acts such as Caamp, Andy Frasco, Satsang, and Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers. The Painters are a band of trained musicians who aim to pull the heartstrings of their audiences to step up and live life fully. This band is the ultimate feel good experience and perfect for any private party or festival lineup   https://grahamgoodmusic.com
 Saturday, December 10th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Homebuyer Education Class in Durango
8:30am / Fort Lewis Campus Sitter Family Hall Room 710
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 Farmers December Holiday Market
9:00am / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Events Center
Come shop with our regular vendors and meet new ones! Pick up your December fresh foods and special holiday meal ingredients and while you are there, find those unique and perfect gift items for family and friends!   We will have entertainment, warm food and drinks available and lots of festive fun!   This will be the last day for you to spend your orange 2022 market bucks, so dig them all out and find some goodies!
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
9:00am / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.   Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!   Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Lost Wax Casting via Metalsmithing
9:00am / Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club
Curious about the lost wax process of casting… Here is your chance to explore & practice this creative art. A group of six individuals in a one on one personal instruction for 2 whole days. You will create your own design, carve that design into purple wax, then we encase it into a special type of casting investment. I personally bake it overnight within a kiln. Afterwards, you will melt your provided sterling silver & feel the floor Rumble…. Clean your artwork & Voilà your piece is ready to wear!   All materials provided. COST: $225.00, with $100.00 down to reserve a seat. Class handout will be sent via email once payment is received. JP Designs LLC www.artbonnet.com
The ArtRoom Collective Holiday Exhibition and Market
10:00am / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
See creation in action! The ArtRoom Collective is Durango's working studio gallery where 22 artists, jewelers, potters, leather crafters and others create and sell their handmade goods. Quarterly ArtRoom Collective Exhibition and Markets feature artist spotlights with multiple demonstrations to teach and inspire.   The ArtRoom Collective at The Smiley is a diverse, working studio gallery where artists create, collaborate and share their passion with the community.    Cindy Atchison — Cindy Miller Atchison Design | Art #17 11:00 am — Explore the unique qualities of both oil and acrylic paints. Witness the creation of two cloudscape paintings in oil and acrylic to compare these two mediums.   Heather Leavitt Martinez — Let's Letter Together Studio #11 12:00 pm — Join this hands-on demo on holiday lettering. Receive free markers and an accompanying video to continue your learning.   Ray Martinez — Ray Martinez Photography #10 1:00 pm — Classic headshots never go out of style! Watch Ray's photographic techniques to capture the perfect headshot.   Stacy Eileen — Stacy Eileen Art. #20 2:00pm - Stacy will be demonstrating her technique of charcoal portraits   Diane Thornton — DKTDesigns Fine Beaded Jewelry #7 3:00 pm — Diane will be demonstrating the creation of beautiful resin jewelry
Free Pie Tasting
10:00am / Apple Orchard Inn
Stop by the Apple Orchard Inn between 10 am and noon on Saturday, December 10 for a free taste of pie (while supplies last) in our dining room. Whole pies, pie slices and hot beverages are also available for a fee, and orders can be made for Christmas. This is a great way to see the beautiful grounds and enjoy the Christmas season!
Robert Rivera Exhibition
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Christmas Soiree with 35 local artists
11:00am / Create Art and Tea
For the Month of December the Upstairs Gallery is featuring the fine art of 35 Local Artists. It is a Christmas Soiree of delightful new Creations for the Season by the Artists of Create.
Make & Take Drop in Class
11:30am / Artsy Crafty Studio (Smiley Building Art Room)
Reserve your spot or stop by by any time on Saturday for a Make and Take! Join me for a 45 minute class and make your own, personalized heirloom ornament! This is a fun class for friends to take together or parents with their children! Classes will start on the half hour.
Gift Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
It's that time of year when lights twinkle, magic and cheer are in the air, and snow begins to fall. When everyone starts thinking about those they love, they begin their gift-shopping extravaganza! During this time, make sure you stop into DAC to shop in our new Gift Gallery!    The Gift Gallery will also be open during Downtown Durango's Annual Noel Night, where a hot chocolate bar for both adults and kids will be ready to warm you up as you shop from our local artists!
Army Navy Game Party
1:00pm / VFW Post 4031
VFW Post 4031 is hosting an Army-Navy Game Party. Food will provided by Ty's Texas BBQ for a donation. Beverages will be available. The event will be held in our downstairs hall which has 6 TVs to make viewing easier. Go Navy Beat Army.
Early Durango Churches
1:00pm / Zoom
Please join us for the Animas Museum's Second Saturday Series Seminar " Early Durango Churches " to learn about worship in early Durango. There is no charge for the webinar which will be recorded, but registration is required at animasmuseum.org/events.html
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara's "Nutcracker"
2:00pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Featuring the San Juan Symphony. No holiday season is complete without a trip to the theatre to see The Nutcracker! Enjoy this magical story that is a favorite for audiences of all ages.
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Experience the magic this holiday season! Join us for a truly magical recreation of the classic holiday story, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Climb aboard a vintage steam train as it departs our Durango Depot for the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus himself. Upon arriving at our depot, you'll be immersed in the story as our chefs serve you hot chocolates and sweet treats while the conductor recites a reading from the Polar Express book. After arriving at the North Pole, you'll enjoy an incredible light show set to holiday music. On the return trip to Durango, Santa will visit each coach and hand out the first gift of Christmas to each passenger. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
Salsa Dance night
6:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Salsa dancing and instruction
Second Saturday Series: Cousin Curtiss & Delaney Davis
7:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
$15  The iNDIGO Room is a small intimate venue located inside of the iAM MUSIC Institute in the heart of Downtown Durango across Main Street from Buckley Park. These small house concert-style shows provide a concert experience that allows the crowd and artist to interact in a way that feels like they are performing in your own living room.   The Bands:  [Cousin Curtiss]  Cousin Curtiss brings to the stage a fiery dynamic rarely seen by a solo act and now, with a full band armed and ready with years of live touring and recording experience behind him, the concert performance becomes legendary. Truly. Within the United States and around the world Cousin Curtiss has spread his positive energy and endless smile through his Award Winning Rootstomp music. He describes it as, "playing Blues music but at Bluegrass speeds" or more simply, "like...if Blues and Bluegrass had a baby." Rapid fire guitar. Incendiary harmonica. Thunderous kick.  https://www.cousincurtiss.com/  https://www.facebook.com/cousincurtiss  https://www.instagram.com/cousincurtiss  https://www.youtube.com/user/cousincurtiss   [Delaney Davis]  Singer/songwriter from a small, New Mexico mountain town with an acoustic/folk/soul focus.  http://www.delaneydavismusic.com
A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play
7:00pm / MainStage Theatre
Just in time for the holiday season, Durango Theatreworks will be presenting "A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play." Come enjoy some of Durango's finest performers re-enacting a live 1940's radio show of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, complete with music and sound effects. A Christmas Carol - A Radio Plays runs from December 9-18 at the Fort Lewis MainStage Theatre. For tickets and more information, please go to durangoconcerts.com. (or durangotheatreworks.org).
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara's "Nutcracker"
7:30pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Featuring the San Juan Symphony. No holiday season is complete without a trip to the theatre to see The Nutcracker! Enjoy this magical story that is a favorite for audiences of all ages.
Maddy O'Neal, Beat Kitty, Omega
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
21+  Dirty Funky Bass Music but make it pretty.  The vibe and soul of the Maddy O'Neal project combines soundscapes from all across the spectrum of genres…Rich in texture and atmosphere, her roots in funk and soul shine through in a bed of low end frequencies making for a unique environment for future bass and synth design to tie it all together. Hailing from Denver, Colorado you can hear the direct electro soul inspiration sprinkled in her productions but she has managed to carve out her own unique lane within the bass community. As a self taught producer and DJ, with a wildly creative upbringing, Maddy's expression was formed by way of soulful melodic overtones, driven basslines, and glitched out hip hop grooves. Maddy's live performances consist of original compositions, drum pads and an interwoven storyline ranging from down low grimey bangers to shimmery mid tempo vocal bass tracks and head nod disco. Her momentum is unstoppable as she has been touring the country for the last 5 years playing 90+ shows a year spreading her infectious energy from stage to stage.    With hits like "Zest Please"; a collaboration with the iconic Clozee that amassed over 2 million Spotify plays in just one year, 4 EPs, and her second full length album coming this fall, Maddy's repertoire is ever expanding leaving fan bases across the world wanting more.    Maddy O'Neal has played Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Summer Camp, North Coast, Summer Meltdown, Red Rocks (x3) and many many more. Her touring resume is long and accomplished by supporting such artists as Clozee, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, The Floozies, Opiuo, Wreckno, Cherub, SunSquabi, Manic Focus, and more!    Upcoming notable summer festival performances include highlights such as Lollapalooza, Forecastle, SSBD, Summer Camp, Rekinection, Secret Dreams, Dreamscape, and more!
An Evening with Keller Williams
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Virginian, Keller Williams, released his first album in 1994, FREEK, and has since given each of his albums a single syllable title: BUZZ, SPUN, BREATHE, LOOP, LAUGH, HOME, DANCE, STAGE, GRASS, DREAM, TWELVE, LIVE, ODD, THIEF, KIDS, BASS, PICK, FUNK, VAPE, SYNC, RAW, SANS, ADD, SPEED and CELL. Each title serves as a concise summation of the concept guiding each project. Keller's albums reflect his pursuit to create music that sounds like nothing else. Un-beholden to conventionalism, he seamlessly crosses genre boundaries. The end product is music that encompasses rock, jazz, funk and bluegrass, and always keeps the audience on their feet. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career he has performed solo. His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, bass, guitar synthesizer and drum samples; a technique called live phrase sampling or "looping". The end result often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica, a genre Keller jokingly calls "acoustic dance music" or ADM." Keller's constant evolution has led to numerous band projects as well; Keller & The Keels, Grateful Grass, KWahtro, Keller and the Travelin' McCourys, Grateful Gospel and More Than A Little to name a few. Keller can be found playing clubs and festivals around the U.S. with these projects throughout the year.    http://www.KellerWilliams.net  https://www.facebook.com/kellerwilliams   http://www.youtube.com/kellerwilliamsmusic   https://www.instagram.com/kellerwilliams/   https://twitter.com/kellermusician   https://open.spotify.com/artist/5de5W8sgXIMq9dgMR0Wml0?si=I1Q8-PofTxuTSQYc-3Xg9Q
 Sunday, December 11th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Cascade Canyon Winter Train
9:00am / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Departing from the Durango Depot, this excursion takes you up into the Rocky Mountains with incredible views of the San Juan National Forest as you travel alongside the beautiful Animas River while relaxing in heated coaches. Cascade Canyon is a destination like no other and is the perfect setting for a fire-side lunch, photo opportunities or a walk along the Animas River during your 60-minute layover. Spanning 26 miles each way, this 5.25 hour round trip experience is offered on select dates from November 19 through May 5.
Cutting and Polishing Cabochons
10:00am / Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club
Learn to cut and polish a cabochon.   In this class you will learn how to operate a large slab saw. From the slab you will be able to cut out an oval blank which you will learn to grind to shape and polish. You will have created a stone that is ready to set in jewelry.   You will also learn how to drill a hole in a stone and how to make a matched pair of earrings out of rock.   Cost of the class is $80. All materials are provided. To register contact Joel Arnold: joelrecuerdo55@gmail.com or call (970) 247-5140.
Robert Rivera Exhibition
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Football Sundays
11:00am / Zia Cantina
Watch football with us on our BIG SCREEN TV every Sunday starting at 11am!
Christmas Soiree with 35 local artists
11:00am / Create Art and Tea
For the Month of December the Upstairs Gallery is featuring the fine art of 35 Local Artists. It is a Christmas Soiree of delightful new Creations for the Season by the Artists of Create.
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Sutcliff Vineyard Wreath and Centerpiece workshop
1:00pm / Sutcliffe Vineyard
Join us while we sip wine and create beautiful, festive wreaths.  Ticket includes all materials to create your own wreath or centerpiece and wine from Sutcliff Vineyards.
iAM MUSIC Student Showcase
2:00pm / Animas City Theatre
At iAM MUSIC we take pride in pushing our students to find their authentic artistic voice and channel it into the creation of original music. This original music showcase features just that, the original music our amazing students have created over the past few months. Join us for this free event at the Animas City Theatre to celebrate Durango's up-and-coming original music talent!
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara's "Nutcracker"
2:00pm / Community Concert Hall at FLC
Featuring the San Juan Symphony. No holiday season is complete without a trip to the theatre to see The Nutcracker! Enjoy this magical story that is a favorite for audiences of all ages.
Sculpt an ornament wit Paul in our Gift Giving Time
2:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Imagine an ornament on your tree that you created or give as a memorable gift to another to last a lifetime. Creating with Paul is a fun time of laughing, learning, sculpting and hearing educating stories.   $50 for a fun time creating
A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play
2:00pm / MainStage Theatre
Just in time for the holiday season, Durango Theatreworks will be presenting "A Christmas Carol-A Radio Play." Come enjoy some of Durango's finest performers re-enacting a live 1940's radio show of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, complete with music and sound effects. A Christmas Carol - A Radio Plays runs from December 9-18 at the Fort Lewis MainStage Theatre. For tickets and more information, please go to durangoconcerts.com. (or durangotheatreworks.org).
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Experience the magic this holiday season! Join us for a truly magical recreation of the classic holiday story, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Climb aboard a vintage steam train as it departs our Durango Depot for the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus himself. Upon arriving at our depot, you'll be immersed in the story as our chefs serve you hot chocolates and sweet treats while the conductor recites a reading from the Polar Express book. After arriving at the North Pole, you'll enjoy an incredible light show set to holiday music. On the return trip to Durango, Santa will visit each coach and hand out the first gift of Christmas to each passenger. Trains depart at 5:15pm, 6:50pm and 8:20pm.
Sunday Funday
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Spin the wheel, win prizes!!
 Monday, December 12th
Pastiche Art Exhibit
7:00am / The Smiley Building
pas.tiche  /pa'steSH, pä'steSH/  -an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.   7 artists interpreted 8 works of art ranging from Matisse and Van Gogh to more contemporary artists in a variety of media.   Bethany Bachmann  Cindy Coleman  Linda Geer  Janet Kenna   Amanda Preston Araujo  Jenny Treanor  Amy Vaclav  Upstairs gallery at the Smiley Building. Drinks and snacks provided.
Robert Rivera Exhibition All Week
10:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
Join us during Noel Night, Durango's annual community Holiday Party, featuring the fine art gourds of Robert Rivera. These one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls, masks, rattles, figures, ornaments and more can be found at the gallery through the holiday shopping season, into the New Year, and beyond.
Christmas Trees for Conservation Lot
12:00pm / DSNGR Parking Lot
Need a Christmas Tree? Choose between our locally harvested white firs (harvested by a team of staff volunteers from the San Juan National Forest) or sustainably farmed Wisconsin balsam firs.    Your purchase will help improve forest health, support San Juan Mountain Association's stewardship and conservation education!    Wait...you might be thinking...is it a good thing to cut down fresh trees from our public lands?? Well, Yes! Thinning white fir trees improves forest health by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. While some fire is very helpful and necessary for the forest, young white fir can act as "ladder fuel" which means they allow fire to climb from the underbrush to the crowns of the tallest trees. Crown fires can spread more quickly and are harder to control.
Monday Middle/High School After School Art
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects!   September - Three Dimensional Art, October - Extreme Halloween  November/December - Ceramics!   The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression.   Scholarships are available. 13 Classes.
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! 
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
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