Events on this Day

 Wednesday, December 11th
Looking Glass Art Show
7:00am / Smiley Cafe Gallery
Meet the artists and see their work in oil, pastel and watercolor. All paintings are for sale with 30% of sales going to Durango’s Local First’s efforts to establish a Creative District in Durango. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The show continues through January 30, 2020.   The Looking Glass Collective consists of twenty artists who meet monthly to critique one another’s work. The collective also creates opportunities for exhibits such as the yearly show at Smiley, exhibits for non-profits like San Juan Citizens Alliance and shows at local businesses. The artists have all been juried into multiple national shows; many have won awards.   Looking Glass Collective artists participating in this year’s show are: Linda Bonds, Emma French, Sue Giddings, Sandra Heller, Yvonne Holland, Rosemary Juskevich, Rebecca Koeppen, Betsy Krill, Annette LeMaire, Juanita Nelson, Cheryl Roberts, Pat Smiley, Ann Stringfellow, Dinah Swan and Lorraine Trenholm.
Jewelry Holiday Season Exhibition
9:00am / Sorrel Sky Gallery
This jewelry event features the gallery's more than two dozen jewelry designers and artists. With earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets and more!
Open Shop Day
10:00am / Four Corners Gem & Mineral Club
The shop is a creative environment where other lapidary and jewelry artists generously share their knowledge, experience, techniques, and ideas. It is advisable to bring your own materials and hand tools if you have them. The Club offers an excellent variety of motorized tools, hand tools, and even some rough stone you may use to hone new skills.    Drop-ins and new members welcome. Experience is not necessary, however it is strongly recommended that new members attend a Shop Orientation that is held at 9:00 on the first Saturday of every month.    Anyone is welcome to join the Four Corners Gem & Mineral Club! Annual Membership fees are $30 per year for individuals and $45 per year for families (covers one or two adults and any children under 18 living in the same household)
Winter Solstice Invitational Artisans’ Market
10:00am / Durango Arts Center
A signature community event, Durango Arts Center’s Winter Solstice Invitational Artisans’ Market is the perfect destination for holiday shopping. Experience Barbara Conrad Gallery transformed into a dynamic outlet featuring over 25 invited regional artists selected for their high-quality offerings of original and unique fine arts and crafts. Find the perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gift in this year’s market filled with local ceramics, jewelry, metal, textiles, glass, wood, note cards, ornaments, calendars, photography, painting, and drawing.
Chocolate Tastings
1:00pm / Animas Chocolate Company
The public is invited to join ACC staff for our chocolate tastings. We discuss the merits of our chocolate and chocolate confections in comparison to our chocolates and chocolate from chocolate makers and chocolatiers from around the world.
Zumba Gold®
3:15pm / Durango Community Recreation Center
Zumba Gold® fuses Latin and World rhythms with easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will leave you wanting more! Performed at a slower pace with lower impact, Zumba Gold® is perfect for beginning exercisers, Seniors, and anyone wanting major F U N at a less intense pace. Class is open to all-1st class free! Multi class discount punch cards available. *Class runs from 9:30-10:15 AM
The POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
5:00pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg and adapted to the big screen in 2003, the story of a child's Christmas Eve journey comes alive onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth and fun of the Christmas season on a special trip to the North Pole!
Jan Brett - Author talk and book signing
5:00pm / Farmington Public Library
Jann Brett will be presenting her book "Snowy Nap" featuring Hedgie the Hedgehog. Purchase your copy at Maria's Bookshop ahead of time to receive a "First-in-line" ticket (while supplies last).   Jan Brett is the New York Times #1 bestselling artist/author of over 35 picture books and has sold over 42 million copies combined. Her books have been chosen as "Best Children's Book of the Year" by The New Yorker, Parents, Redbook and others Children's Author.
Live music with Donny Johnson
5:30pm / The Diamond Belle Saloon
Come belly up to the bar with a cocktail or ice cold beer and order one of our hunger quenching appetizers. The Belle offers nightly dinner specials, so grab a table and treat your sweetheart to some Wild West grub. Relax with our acoustic music and enjoy the laid back atmosphere in our historic saloon. Get a more in depth history lesson of our sweet, little saloon here. Want to get the blood flowing after dessert? Grab your cocktail and venture through the Historic Strater Hotel for a living museum experience.
Theodore Rooselvelt in the American West with Andrew Gulliford
6:00pm / Durango Public Library
Ready for a BULLY!!! time? Andrew Gulliford, professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College will speak at the Durango Public Library on his hero, President Theodore Roosevelt, in this the centennial year of TR’s death.    Learn more about the impact of Theodore Roosevelt had on national monuments, national parks, wildlife refuges, and public lands in the American West -- and the Teddy Bear truth.
Theodore Roosevelt in the American West with Andrew Gulliford
6:00pm / Durango Public Library
Ready for a BULLY!!! time? Andrew Gulliford, professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College will speak at the Durango Public Library on his hero, President Theodore Roosevelt, in this the centennial year of TR’s death.    Learn more about the impact of Theodore Roosevelt had on national monuments, national parks, wildlife refuges, and public lands in the American West -- and the Teddy Bear truth.   Bring your own teddy bear!
Juliane Live
6:00pm / Eno Cocktail Lounge and Wine Bar
Juliane performs at Eno, so come in for a great glass of wine accompanied by some wonderful live music!
The POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
6:30pm / Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg and adapted to the big screen in 2003, the story of a child's Christmas Eve journey comes alive onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth and fun of the Christmas season on a special trip to the North Pole!
Pub Quiz
6:30pm / The Irish Embassy Pub
Come join us! Weekly prizes!
Live Music with Terry Rickard
7:00pm / The Office Spiritorium
Come grab a seat at the window just on Main, relax on the couch by the fireplace, or perch up on the balcony with your favorite hand-crafted cocktail. We have the most talented bartenders who are sure to give you a great mixed drink experience. The Office offers small plates and appetizers for your afternoon hunger pains.    Want to take a lap around the place? Go ahead, take your cocktail mobile and check out the Historic Strater Hotel. See if you can find all the hidden compartments in this live antique museum.
Group Meditation Meetup
7:00pm / Smiley Building; Room B3
Join us each Wednesday from 7:15-8:15 PM for this group meditation meetup. All levels and practices welcomed. This is simply a place for us all to practice together. We typically sit for 40 minutes with the potential of discussion at the end of each session.
Open Mic Night
7:30pm / The Roost
Seeking local musicians, comedians and poets to join us for Open Mic Night at The Roost every Wednesday. Sign up is at 7:30pm and performances begin at 8:00. All performers will receive a free drink. We have limited space for full bands, so please limit music to acoustic or please contact us to arrange anything else
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