Events on this Day

 Tuesday, March 7th
Coffee Connections with Durango Police Department
8:00am / Durango City Hall
Join the Durango Chamber of Commerce and the Durango Police Department for Coffee Connections Learning Series. Enjoy coffee as you hear from Bob Brammer, Chief of Police, and Brice Current, Deputy Chief. Learn about the current status and updates of the police department as well as future plans and needs.    The Chamber's monthly learning series explores a wide range of topics, industries, and organizations, all presented and highlighted by chamber members. This is a great chance to network with colleagues and get a grasp on a new topic within an hour. This event is free, but we ask that you please register.
Cutest Kids Contest
8:00am / Allison Ragsdale Photography
Please join us for the 17th annual Cutest Kids Contest! $40 entry fee includes a 15 minute session (March 1-11, 2023) in Allison Ragsdale Photography's one-of-a-kind "Daydreamer" studio set and a $50 credit toward ordering portraits and entry into the contest to win up to $1500 toward a portrait session of your choice!    Sign up at
Envisioning a Changing DurangoScape
8:00am / Durango Botanic Gardens
An on-line and in-person event demonstrating how your own yard, garden, and landscapes can change to adapt to or even to mitigate changing climate conditions. March 1-31 view 8 recorded presentations by leading horticultural experts. On March 16 listen to Colorado's most prominent horticulturist, Panayoti Kelaidis, director of outreach and senior curator of Denver Botanic Gardens present "Rethinking the Durangoscape: What will it take to honor our setting?"   Check out the unique website at for more information on the speakers. Tickets available on-line NOW!
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. We recommend reserving your trip in advance online so that you have the best chance of securing your preferred seating.
Cowboy Tuesdays
12:00pm / Strater Hotel/Diamond Belle Saloon
Ready to Cowboy/Cowgirl up? Along with our friends from Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, True Western Roundup, and Durango Wild West Talent, The Belle and the Strater Hotel have brought back Cowboy Tuesdays!   Join us on Tuesdays from Noon - 3pm for drink and food specials and some fantastic entertainment - old west style! Yes that is Mike Leonard in the he and Bobbie Leonard and Scott Perez will be on The Belle stage for this first event. Fun fact - Mike Leonard started this fun tradition years ago and he was recently honored with a Strater Room Dedication! If you have a song, cowboy poem, or story you'd like to share, just let us know and we will put you up there to perform.
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.
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.
Slow Bluegrass Jam
5:30pm / Strater Hotel Centennial Room
Are you a beginner/intermediate acoustic music player looking to play more? This weekly jam is welcoming to all players, with a focus on slower tempo improvisation solos and chord changes. If you can play the I, IV and V chords in G, D and C then you know enough to play at this jam! A food truck and bar is onsite for dinner and drinks.
Career & Finance with Alpine Bank
5:30pm / Center for Innovation
Having access to credit options can help a job seeker handle unexpected expenses or pursue opportunities for growth. Investment options, such as retirement plans, provide a way for workers to save for their future and potentially grow their wealth over time. Eric Eicher, alumni of FLC and President of Alpine Bank, discusses credit, loans, and various investment options offered by employers. Light refreshments will be served.
Transform the Way You Write and Talk About Your Art
5:30pm / Create! Art and Tea
Talking to strangers about your art can be fun when you know what to say. It can also be intimidating, and to some,downright scary—but it doesn't have to be.    Artists ages 15-30 are invited to attend this free workshop to prepare them for the Transformation show March 30 - April 2.  Learn more about the art contest at:
Figure Drawing
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Figure drawing is the practice of drawing from a live model in different poses. It trains your eye to see things that photographs just can't capture. This makes you more perceptive in all of your work—   The biggest reason to practice with the human figure is because it has so much to offer. Mastering the figure is about more than just shapes and muscles and bones.   10 Classes, all materials, instruction, and encouragement included.
Adult Improv with Mary Quinn - Green Level
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
DAC is sponsoring a 4-week class with veteran improv actor and teacher, Mary Quinn, to help you fall in love with the art of improvisation! This class is built to introduce beginners to the fundamentals of improv with a series of exercises that will unlock your creativity and remind you how fun it is to play well with others. Say "Yes, And…" and jump in for some fun (and a little funny along the way)!
Author Event & Book Signing: Scott Graham Saguaro Sanction
6:00pm / Marias Bookshop
When Janelle Ortega's cousin from Mexico is found brutally murdered at a remote petroglyph site in Saguaro National Park, she and her husband, archaeologist Chuck Bender, are drawn deep into a threatening web ofhostility and deceit stretching south across the US-Mexico border and back in time a thousand years, to when the Hohokam people thrived in the Sonoran Desert.   Book 8 in Scott Graham's National Park Mystery Series introduces readers to the landscapes and cultural histories of Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona, providing an inside look at the wonders of the wildly popular national park and its archaeological and cultural complexities.   Scott Graham is the author of the acclaimed National Park Mystery series, featuring archaeologist Chuck Bender and Chuck's spouse, Janelle Ortega. In addition to the National Park Mystery series, Scott is the author of five nonfiction books, including Extreme Kids, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Scott is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, river rafting, skiing, and mountaineering. He has made a living as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, radio disk jockey, and coal-shoveling fireman on the steam-powered Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. He lives with his spouse, who is an emergency physician, in Durango, Colorado.
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!
Ott. , The Monogahela, Smiley Coyote
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
Animas City Theatre Presents Ott. with special guest The Monogahela, & Smiley Coyote HSD Subs Provided by Unify Mountain Soundz Tuesday March 7th, 2023 $40 / 21+ Tickets available online at , Animas Trading Company, and at the Door night of show. Ott was doomed to be a teenager in the cultural wasteland that was the mid-1980’s provincial England. After a brief period wandering aimlessly through the hairsprayed deserts of New Romanticism and poodle-rock he found refuge in the warm, inviting sounds of Scientist, King Tubby, LKJ, and Prince Far-I and the effortless grace of European experimentalists Neu! and Kraftwerk. Here he stayed until he felt it was safe to pop his head up again. The end of the 1980’s brought with it a cultural and musical revolution and Ott headed to London to immerse himself in the new energy. Initially unimpressed by the frantic, unmusical clatterings of acid house and “rave” he discovered a new wave of artists who apparently shared his love of organic dub and pristine electronics. Artists such as The Orb, Dub Syndicate, FSOL and African Head Charge. These were people who were unafraid to combine bass-heavy rhythm, abstract soundscape and timeless melody into a huge, ever-shifting sonic universe which reflected perfectly the spirit of hope and positivity which prevailed. It was at this point that Ott found his first work as an engineer in several studios around North London. Working obsessively, 18 hours a day, seven days a week for the next ten years, Ott began developing the skills which would see him go on to work with many of those who created the sounds which inspired him in the first place – Brian Eno, The Orb, Youth, African Head Charge, Steve Hillage, and On-U-Sound. After spending the 1990’s freelancing around London as a studio engineer and producer, Ott celebrated the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st by giving it all up and moving to a remote cottage in South West England to be alone with his cats and his studio. With a vague plan to create the perfect soundtrack to an outdoor English festival he embarked on a series of sonic experiments, drawing heavily on the classic dub sounds from Jamaica and hypnotic electronic pulse from Germany which had provided such a refuge during the 1980’s. A period of intense creativity followed, during which a great many tracks were created and then stashed away on tapes, seemingly never to see the light of day. The Monogahela is an electronic music composer and performer based out of Durango, CO, USA. The Formed in 2014 by Nathan Williams, producing multi-genre bass and electronic music in a range of tempos, often blending eclectic organics with cosmic soundscapes. He has shared the stage with notable acts such as Ott, Illenium, Phutureprimitive, Said the Sky, Govinda, among others. Smiley Coyote dwells in the southwest where the desert meets the mountains. Music has been streaming through his veins since birth.
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