Events on this Day

 Wednesday, March 8th
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!
Board of County Commissioners - Board Discussion Time
8:30am / Virtually and over the phone by Zoom
Participate on Zoom as follows:   Online (computer or smartphone):    Or by telephone:  Dial (if the first number is busy, try another number):  US: +1 346 248 7799 +1 669 900 9128 +1 312 626 6799 +1 646 558 8656 +1 253 215 8782 +1 301 715 8592
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.
2023 San Juan Resilience Youth Summit is Here
9:00am / Fort Lewis College in the Ballroom
Instead of college students, on March 8th from 8:45AM-1:45PM in the Ballroom of Fort Lewis College, middle and high school students will be running their own science conference called the San Juan Resilience Youth Summit. This entirely youth led event highlights and supports regional science research and is supported by the placed-based, environmental nonprofit, Mountain Studies Institute.   First started in 2019, the San Juan Resilience Youth Summit (SJRYS) is modeled after professional scientific research summits and geared specifically for middle and high school students in San Juan Mountain communities. It is a free, "science fair-like" conversational gathering for students to come together and share their projects on any environmental topic that they choose to investigate. Students are provided an opportunity to share their work with, and learn from, an authentic audience of peers, natural resource professionals, and community leaders.    In 2022, the Summit had a smashing success with 122 people, which includes teachers and volunteers. This year, MSI expects a similar turnout. There's still room for contributions from interested students, whether that be formal presentations, posters, discussions, activities, or any other creative idea. MSI encourages students to use their imagination in how they present their work. The deadline for proposals and registration is March 2nd.   Brookelynn Pitsch is the student facilitator liaison for the 2023 SJRYS and is available to support students and teachers who are interested in attending.    Visit for registration and tools to aid brainstorming for project options and style guidelines. If you're not in middle school or high school and still want to get involved, MSI is actively looking for volunteers. Please reach out to Brooke at
Gentle Hatha Yoga with modifications
9:00am / Florida Grange
Come join us for 50+ Yoga with Chair Assist at our neighborhood Florida Mesa Grange! The Class will be every Wednesday at 9am. The class will be for men and women in mid-life who are active and in reasonable good health. Beginners are welcome. We will focus on stretching, strengthening and balance along with warm-ups, sun salutations and yoga poses. Cost: $65.00 for 10 punch pass: $9.00 drop-in Contact: Jill Tierney 970-317-4690 or Bring your yoga mat, if available two blocks and two blankets.
The Art of Painting
10:00am / Durango Arts Center
Express yourself through painting and develop your artistic style in this inspiring class!   Come and join Durango Arts Center each week when a variety of Painting Artists will teach special techniques through different painting mediums!   Be exposed to a variety of tips, tricks and techniques used in creating masterpieces in watercolor, acrylic, oil paints, and pastels, while working with an experienced teacher to give you guidance along the way.   Beginners are welcome! This class is also perfect for students with previous painting experience or have taken this class before. 10 Classes, all supplies are included!
Whimsical Wonderland Gallery
12:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Winter blues got you down? We have just the thing to turn that frown upside down! Head on over to DAC for a whimsical time in our Whimsical Wonderland Gallery!   Gallery event is free to the public.
Art and Craft after school classes for teens and tweens
4:00pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
Exciting new after school classes fir teens and tweens!
Holocaust Awareness: A Unique Perspective from a Son of Holocaust Survivors
5:00pm / Durango Public Library
Join local resident Jeff Sambur as he presents a Holocaust story of survival, immigration, adaptation and resiliency. It is history from a very personal point of view as he shares the tale of his own parents, Sid Sambur and Clara Zinn and their journey from the Old World to the New. Sid and Clara left their homes, businesses, family and friends in order to save themselves as Europe devolved into Nazism. It's a story that needs to be told. But, it's not all gloom as the Samburs forged their own path towards achieving the American Dream.
Pathway to Homeownership
5:30pm / The Wells Group
As a FREE community outreach program in 2023, experts at The Wells Group Real Estate, HomesFund and local lenders are offering several 1-hour workshops called Path to Homeownership to educate Buyers about mortgage loans and down payment assistance programs geared toward helping LOCALS purchase a home. This snapshot is an introduction to the more in-depth class offered by HomesFund. The workshop goal is to empower future homeowners with the hope and skills of becoming a homeowner. Learn the necessary tools and next steps.
San Juan Basin Archaeological Society presentation
7:00pm / Fort Lewis Collage Lyceum
The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society invites the public to a presentation in the Lyceum at the Center of Southwest Studies and on Zoom.   At 6:30 we will have social time, then after a brief business meeting, Kelsey E. Hanson will dis-cuss, "Creating Color in the Chaco World: Spatial Histories of Paint Production at Pueblo Bonito". For log-in information, go to SJBAS.ORG.    Kelsey E. Hanson is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, and the 2022-2023 Lister Fellow at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center where she specializes in the archaeology of the U.S. Southwest. In her current work, Kelsey is particularly interested in how specialized knowledge is cultivated and circulated in communities and how this is encoded in material culture. Drawing from anthropological archaeology, Indigenous philosophy, and conservation science, Hanson's dissertation research problematizes paint tech-nology to understand the circulation of specialized knowledge in the rise and fall of the Chaco World of northern New Mexico (A.D. 850-1300).
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
Geeks Who Drink
8:00pm / The Roost
Think its just trivia? Think again!
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