January 2023 Events

 Sunday, January 1st
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. We recommend reserving your trip in advance online so that you have the best chance of securing your preferred seating.
Football Sundays
11:00am / Zia Cantina
Watch football with us on our BIG SCREEN TV every Sunday starting at 11am!
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 and 6:50pm.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Sunday Funday
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Spin the wheel, win prizes!!
 Monday, January 2nd
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.
Register! Monday Middle/High School After School Art
8:00am / Durango Arts Center
Each session students will discover fun and different mediums and concepts while creating extremely unique art projects! Classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Art and Education at deena@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available. $225 for 10 Classes.
Register! 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. The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Arts and Education at deena@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available. $225 for 10 Classes.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Register! 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.
Register! Green Level Improv Classes
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)!   Tuesdays - January 10th, 17th, 24th, and February 7th  No class on January 31st. Celebrate Snowdown!   $100 for four weeks  Discounts are available for students, teachers, service workers, and if you refer this class to a friend!  Students, Teachers, & Service Worker - $60  email tess@durangoarts.org for the discount code.
Aikido Class
6:00pm / DSBK Dojo
Aikido is a Japanese martial art with a do-no-harm approach to self-defense. Ai means harmony or blending. Ki is energy. Do is the way. Learn the ways you can blend with the energy in a conflict in order to resolve it. Aikido is ideal for women, shorter individuals, and those who never imagined doing martial arts. Develop greater strength, coordination, balance, and calm. For 20 years, DSBK has provided fun-filled classes open to everyone.
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!
 Tuesday, January 3rd
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.
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!
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.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
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, January 4th
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.
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!
Let's Letter Together!
4:00pm / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
Kids 10+ with an adult*    *This can be parent/child, aunt or uncle/niece or nephew, etc. The idea is that we are better when we letter together!   In each session, we will letter together, then work on projects that you will remember for a lifetime.   You will also receive access to accompanying videos so that the learning can continue. You will also leave each session with handouts, mark making tools you get to keep, and an exemplar of your own to build from.   $125 per person, class size limited to 6. Email for availability.
Paint and Sip
5:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Painting with an instructor, all supplies are included.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
West Coast Swing (Beginners 6-Week Class)
6:30pm / Smiley Building
Get ready to swing the night away! West Coast Swing is a fun and exciting social dance that is offered at the Smiley Building on Wednesday nights at 6:30! Come alone or with a friend! Be prepared for a 6-week class that will guide you through all the basics, when you are done, advance into our Beyond Basics class for more exciting ways to dance West Coast Swing!   Our classes have an accumulative structure, meaning that we build on the teachings from the following weeks. Why is this important? Because in order to take the classes you must show up to our first week, meaning that we do not accept drop-ins mid-way through the 6-week session. It's All-or-Nothing!   We hope that you will join us for another fun and exciting class!   Thanks for looking!
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
 Thursday, January 5th
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.
Grief Support Group (loss of spouse)
10:00am / Durango Senior Center
"Grief is not a problem to be solved; it's an experience to be carried." For those in a season of grief the following open meetings are available in the Durango community to support you in building a life alongside your loss. Meetings are peer-based, facilitated by a certified Grief Companion.   Sponsored by Open Heart Grief Counseling
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!
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
First Thursdays Songwriter Series
7:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
Free- ***Only 50 RSVP seats available***   Join us for the First Thursdays Songwriters Series Thursday, December 1st at The iNDIGO ROOM at The iAM MUSIC Institute! This free event, hosted by Ashley Edwards, co-founder of iAM MUSIC and lead singer & keyboardist of Hello Dollface and Loki Moon, will feature seven amazing local musicians:   -Chuck Hank  -Wellington  -Alex Graf  -Anne Chase  -Madeline Bauman
 Friday, January 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.
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!
Pots and Pints - Ceramic Hand-building Happy Hour - Cup/Mug
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
It's a New Year which means a new you, and a new you need a new daily mug or cup! Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique and functional Cup! We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy happy hour drinks, spend time with community artists, and most importantly hand-build a cup or mug for the NEW Year! By the end of the evening, your piece will be ready for glazing. You will select a glaze that will be applied to your ceramic piece when fired. Look for an email telling you when your piece is ready for pick-up and use (about 16 days). Let the fun begin!   $30.00 Per Participant
First Friday Art Show
5:00pm / Create Art and Tea
Create Art and Tea is now hosting First Friday. First Friday is an effort to bring art and charitable foundations together. On the First Friday of every month, Create Art and Tea will host an art opening featuring new artists.    Featured artists will choose a charity to support. A portion of the proceeds made from purchased art will go to the organization of choice. On opening night, you can expect light refreshments, live musical performances, the opportunity to meet the artists, and hear about the charitable organizations. The works for sale will remain in the loft area of the gallery for the remaining duration of each month.   Times may vary. Visit website for more details on each month's featured artists and charities!
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Starlight Jam session
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Live music hosted with Tyler Reed Smith and friends
Full Moon Howler: Snowshoe Fun!
6:00pm / Durango Nordic Center
One way to beat the darkness of this time of year is to get outside and enjoy it! While experiencing the alpine glow of the Twilight Peaks and the rise of the full moon, strap on your snowshoes and join SJMA staff for an 60-90 minute interpretive walk. Afterwards, take in the beauty of the moonlit landscape and mingle with like-minded folks while warming by the bonfire and sipping a nice hot beverage (hot cocoa and mulled wine will be provided by the Nordic Center). This is an event for the whole family.   Nordic Center Day Pass is required.
 Saturday, January 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.
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.
Japanse Bokkendo & Jodo
9:00am / DSBK Dojo
Bokkendo (wooden sword) and jodo (short staff) date back to medieval Japan's samurai society. Training in these ancient arts offers people in the modern world a taste of bushido, or the warrior's path to a robust spirit and unbeatable mindset. Develop greater strength, balance, coordination, and poise. Beginners are as welcome as experienced practitioners. For 20 years, DSBK has provided fun-filled training experiences open to everyone.
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!
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Salsa Dance night
6:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Salsa dancing and instruction
 Sunday, January 8th
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.
Football Sundays
11:00am / Zia Cantina
Watch football with us on our BIG SCREEN TV every Sunday starting at 11am!
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Sunday Funday
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Spin the wheel, win prizes!!
 Monday, January 9th
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! Classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Art and Education at deena@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available. $225 for 10 Classes.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
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! 
Mud-Day Madness
6:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Mondays will become your favorite day of the week (Yes, you did read that right)! Learn about the historical evolution of pottery and understand the various methods to create shapes and forms. Walk with your pieces through every step of creation. Together, we will focus on two modes of creating functional ware through hand building and and wheel throwing to create functional art for everyday use. We will spend time exploring textures, shapes and colors.Space is limited to accommodate a small student to teacher ratio. Students will rotate through time on the pottery wheels. 10 Classes
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, January 10th
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!
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. The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Arts and Education at deena@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available. $225 for 10 Classes.
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.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Slow Bluegrass Jam
5:30pm / Union Social House
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 A then you know enough to play at this jam! A food truck and bar is onsite for dinner and drinks.
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.
Green Level Improv Classes
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)!   Tuesdays - January 10th, 17th, 24th, and February 7th  No class on January 31st. Celebrate Snowdown!   $100 for four weeks  Discounts are available for students, teachers, service workers, and if you refer this class to a friend!  Students, Teachers, & Service Worker - $60  email tess@durangoarts.org for the discount code.
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, January 11th
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):  https://zoom.us/j/819094582    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
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!
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!
Let's Letter Together!
4:00pm / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
Kids 10+ with an adult*    *This can be parent/child, aunt or uncle/niece or nephew, etc. The idea is that we are better when we letter together!   In each session, we will letter together, then work on projects that you will remember for a lifetime.   You will also receive access to accompanying videos so that the learning can continue. You will also leave each session with handouts, mark making tools you get to keep, and an exemplar of your own to build from.   $125 per person, class size limited to 6. Email for availability.
Paint and Sip
5:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Painting with an instructor, all supplies are included.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Creative Cooking Class - presented by La Plata CSU Extension
5:30pm / La Plata County Fairgrounds and Event Center / Extension Building, Florida
Colorado State University Extension-La Plata County is at it again   CLASS TOMORROW! You are in luck, there is still space available!  Take this amazing class for only $8!   Register today, class is Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023, 5:30 - 6:45 pm.    This cooking demo will teach you how to build a quick and healthy meal using a recipe template. You'll practice culinary techniques to build your confidence and speed in the kitchen. Finally, you'll get to enjoy a healthy meal.
Solo Improv Performance Workshop with Mary Quinn
6:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Mary Quinn will be introducing; Solo Performance Workshop. In this class you will learn the art of the classic clown, creating characters and finding their voice through improv.    This is a beginner's course and all are welcome!
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-person and on Zoom on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 pm. After a brief business meeting, Gretchen Gürtler, Director of Museums at Ghost Ranch will present, "Unique Artifacts of the Gallina Culture". For log-in information, go to SJBAS.ORG.    Gretchen Gürtler has conducted field research in paleontology and anthropology for institutions of higher education for over 16 years. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to complete her graduate degree at Texas Tech University, focusing on paleontological research.    The Gallina Culture of North Central New Mexico was a major focus of the Ghost Ranch Anthropology Museum's founder, Dr. Florence Hawley Ellis. Over the past 50 years, Ghost Ranch students and staff have discovered many artifacts that are unique to the Gallina Culture. For this presentation, Gretchen will discuss not only unique artifacts held in trust at the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology; but also details of the sites where this culture existed.
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
 Thursday, January 12th
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!
Improve Your Handwriting!
2:00pm / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
Want to improve your handwriting in a fun atmosphere?? You will get to apply what you learn immediately and will walk away with lettering styles that will last you a lifetime!   Adults only class.   Session 1: How To Write Like An Architect  Many architects and map makers need to write neat and quickly to accompany their designs. You will learn the attributes, variations and how to make this style your own—to be used for any occasion.   Session 2: Italic Script  Italic is not just a variation of a font, it's a hand or lettering style that was designed to be readable, to write rhythmically to support writing with speed, and the best part is that it has so many variations. We will start by using monoline tools with and without connections so you can choose if you want to write Italic as print or script. Once you know this lettering style, you can apply it as a foundation for brushlettering and more.   Session 3: Scale Up and Scale Down  Writing big can be fun! Writing small may be out of preference or necessity. We will scale our letters up and down using the right tool for the job. You will learn Thick/Thin Script to use on posters, banners or wall work. And Roman Hand at a very small scale (think .3mm) to serve as a skeleton lettering style for legibility and other lettering styles.   Each session comes with an accompanying video that you will receive at the conclusion of the course so that the learning can continue. You will also leave each session with handouts, mark making tools you get to keep, and an exemplar of your own to build from.
Speed Networking
5:30pm / Purple Cliffs Office Buidling
Do you work in our community? Do you want to connect more with others that live and work here too? Or maybe you want to learn more about our community and different opportunities it offers!? Come join us for our Speed Networking event!   Bring a friend and come network with us!    Thank you, Bank of Colorado, for sponsoring this event.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Magical Art and Happiness
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
A skill-building 6-week art introduction workshop for anyone who needs to leave their mental stress and anxiety behind. Progressive genre introductions of drawing in pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic paints and ceramic clay. Different skill-building lessons each workshop. Leave your mental stress and anxiety behind and get lost in various arts! $200 fee for all 6 classes!
 Friday, January 13th
BIDs Coffee and Conversation Meeting
8:30am / TBK Bank Community Room
BID holds a monthly meeting for business owners on the 2nd Friday of every month from 8:30 to 9:30 am at TBK Bank. The agendas for these meetings will be posted below a few days before the meeting date.    Check website for the agenda and meeting dates https://www.downtowndurango.org/meetings    Meeting dates subject to change, contact Tim Walsworth at timw@downtowndurango.org with any questions.
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.
New Belgium Party & Giveaway
2:00pm / The Powderhouse & Pitchfork Pub at Purgatory Resort
Who says Friday the 13th can't be lucky? Let's party down with New Belgium at the Powderhouse and beat the superstition with a big cheers and some great giveaways. It'll be someone's lucky day! Anyone who shows up can get a raffle ticket.Drawing will occur toward the end of the event. Cheers!
Fanny Pack Friday the 13th
3:00pm / The Nugget Mountain Bar
DJ @mtnmenace will be providing the groovy tunes and as always, we'll be giving away tons of prizes including a Fanny Pack from our friends at @ospreypacks!
Pots and Pints - Ceramic Hand-building Happy Hour - Ceramic Palette
4:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique and functional Ceramic Palette! We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy happy hour drinks, spend time with community artists, and most importantly hand-build a Ceramic Palette! By the end of the evening, your piece will be ready for glazing. You will select a glaze that will be applied to your ceramic piece when fired. Look for an email telling you when your piece is ready for pick-up and use. (about 16 days) Let the fun begin!   $30.00 Per Participant
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Starlight Jam session
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Live music hosted with Tyler Reed Smith and friends
Brushlettering Fun!
6:00pm / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
Make beautiful letters with a professional lettering artist.    Meet me in-person in my studio/classroom and for a couple of hours, enjoy the opportunity to be immersed in The ArtRoom Collective.   In this class you will learn how to break down each letterform into strokes to give you the command over your tools to make confident letters.   By the end of the class, you will have an Instagrammable-worthy word or short quote to post.   We will letter together using Neuland Markers to create beautiful brushlettering. Feel free to bring your camera, fun photo opportunities are to be had!
Friday Night Square Dancing
6:30pm / Durango Senior Center
The San Juan Square Dance Club dances Friday nights 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the main hall of the Durango Senior Center, 2424 Main, next to the High School. We do both Mainstream and Plus dancing with caller Richard Berry. All are welcome. No special attire required, just comfortable clothing. No smoking or alcohol allowed. $6.00 per dancer. If you have danced in the past and just need to brush up, please join us. If you have never tried square dancing, we are offering an 8-week session of Beginner lessons starting February 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Second Weekend Series: Dandu w/ The Quarks & Funk Express
7:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
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:  Night One:  Dandu with The Quarks   Night Two:  Dandu with the Funk Express
Cindy and Mary Present a Night of Improv
7:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Need a good laugh? Then head over to Durango Arts Center, where Cindy Laudadio-Hill and May Quinn devise a fun and hilarious showcase featuring both long and short-form improvisation! The doors open at 7:00pm and hilarity will ensue at 7:30pm.    ickets cost $15, students are $10.
Michal Menert and Late Night Radio with Josh Teed
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
$25 / $30 / 21+   Michal Menert  Menert, widely regarded as the godfather of Electro Soul is rising like a phoenix from the ashes. With one of his most highly anticipated albums releasing just last week on Philos, and a sold out Meow Wolf Denver show - the sky is the limit for one of the most passionate artists of our time. We have a lot of great content for ads to be run around our forthcoming shows and are looking forward to sharing a ton of new music with his dedicated and still growing fan base.Michal Menert has many claims to fame - one of which being that he co-produced the chart topping Pretty Lights album Taking Up Your Precious Time and was the first artist to join Pretty Lights Music. He has shared the stage with musical luminaries including Run The Jewels, STS9, and more, and played legendary venues including the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, The Gorge in Washington and Red Rocks Amphitheater.    Late Night Radio  Long before he cooked up his hypnotic hybrid of electronic music, hip-hop, soul, and funk, the artist born Alex Medellin spent countless hours watching mom sing two masses every week. Learning guitar and piano throughout his childhood, obsessing over everything from UGK and DJ Screw to The Doors and The Beatles, and internalizing those formative experiences, he capitalizes on that latent influence with his 2018 full-length debut, the appropriately titled Sunday?. He describes his music as 'electronic music for people who don't really like electronic music.'
 Saturday, January 14th
Hoop Shoot
8:30am / St. Columba School
Hoop Shoot is on a Saturday, January 14th! It will be held at St. Columba. Doors open at 8:30am, free throw competition starts at 10am. Various age group categories between 8-13. Winners of the categories go on to a district event. We've have a lot of talented young athletes in our area with some going on to the National event! Call Dewey at (970)769-8936 for rules and more information. Members, please share this on your Facebook pages as this event is open to the public and a ton of fun for the kids! Thank you!
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.
Japanse Bokkendo & Jodo
9:00am / DSBK Dojo
Bokkendo (wooden sword) and jodo (short staff) date back to medieval Japan's samurai society. Training in these ancient arts offers people in the modern world a taste of bushido, or the warrior's path to a robust spirit and unbeatable mindset. Develop greater strength, balance, coordination, and poise. Beginners are as welcome as experienced practitioners. For 20 years, DSBK has provided fun-filled training experiences open to everyone.
Durango Wedding Expo
12:00pm / La Plata County Fairgrounds
Let the wedding planning begin! Walk the show, snap pictures of things you love, and get to know local industry pros. Stroll down inspiration lane and swoon over stylish decor and floral designs. Gather fresh ideas, view the hottest wedding trends, browse aisles of gorgeous exhibits, strike a pose in the photo booths, sip on mocktails, sample treats, and find your dream team of vendors.   The 22nd annual Durango Wedding Expo will sweep you off your feet! Join us for one incredible afternoon dedicated to planning YOUR perfect wedding celebration!   Admission: $10 per person
Snow Science and Social
1:00pm / Andrews Lake Winter Parking Lot
Love to play in the snow? Want to learn more about winter in the San Juans? Join SJMA and Mountain Studies Institute for our special winter hike series, Snow Science & Social! Back by popular demand, these snowshoe hikes are a great opportunity to explore the snowy landscape and learn more about winter in the San Juans.   On select weekends this winter, our education team will host snowshoe interpretive hikes from 1-3 pm, then welcome you back to our new mobile basecamp in the Andrews Lake Winter Parking Lot for a bonfire, hot drinks, and good conversation. Topics will include forest ecology, watersheds, climate change, and the future of snowpack in the San Juans.    These popular events are FREE to the public, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
From this Earth: The Timeless Beauty of Pueblo Pottery
1:00pm / Zoom - La Plata County Historical Society/Animas Museum
Join our founding director Robert McDaniel for the Animas Museum's Second Saturday Series Seminar for a talk about our most recent pop-up exhibit series "From this Earth: The Timeless Beauty of Pueblo Pottery". There is no charge for the webinar.    Register at animasmuseum.org/events.html.
How to Letter like a Sign Painter
2:00pm / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
Ever wonder how sign painters (or sign writers) quickly make signs for all occasions? Learn the lettering style by using a brush marker! In this 2-hour session, you will:   Learn a fast and fun lettering style using a Neuland Art marker. Design and layout a mini "Show Card" that is Instagram-worthy. Receive a zine and accompanying online course to continue learning. ($65 value)   Take home 3 sizes of brush markers so you can work at any size. ($10 value)   NOTE: This is a great way to prepare for the upcoming "It's a Sign!" class coming this winter where we will be making Trader Joe-like signs using acrylic and chalk markers.
Paint & Sip with Cindy Shelton
2:00pm / Create Art & Tea
This class is a new take on the traditional "paint and sip" classes using acrylic paints. In my class you will create your art on an 8X10 canvas using watercolors! Each student will receive a 5X7 practice sheet of watercolor paper and a pre-sketched scene on the canvas, I will provide you with a finished sample and I will have a blank canvas to show you step by step how to create your own masterpiece! You will be free to "paint outside the lines" if you choose.   All materials are provided and no experience required. You will leave with your art and a fun experience.
Saturday Art and Craft Classes for Adults and Teens
2:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio
No time to take a series of classes? No problem! Now you can take a fun, single class and knock out a beautiful project on a Saturday afternoon!   First up is a big favorite at the Studio; Honeycomb Fruit! We will be making oranges, lemons, and limes. These make a beautiful and unique centerpiece that never goes bad!    This is a fun class to take with friends!
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Salsa Dance night
6:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Salsa dancing and instruction
Second Weekend Series: Dandu w/ The Quarks & Funk Express
7:00pm / The iNDIGO Room
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:  Night One:  Dandu with The Quarks   Night Two:  Dandu with the Funk Express
A Mac & the Height
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
A Mac & the Height with Diabolical Sound Platoon  $15 / $20   A-Mac & The Height represents a unique musical experience of unity and adventurous fusion of genres. With hook-driven songwriting and a cohesive blend of reggae, hip-hop, funk and alternative rock, the group thrives on overcoming musical boundaries. Their immersive message and feel good energy has proven to bring together beautiful people from coast to coast.   The Denver, CO based band has a charismatic approach fueled by conscious thinking, with lyrics that are uplifting, relatable, and insightful. Bringing an energetic and moving live performance, A-Mac & The Height encourages their audience to partake in a genuine and united musical journey with them. Similarly, the group is known for creating intricate and extended musical passages through improvisation and faith in the unknown.   In addition to fearlessly touring the majority of the United States within their first year of forming, the band has also put out two full length albums. Young, bold and determined, the group is fascinated with pushing the envelope of artistic expression, paying homage to many of the greats including Sublime, Bob Marley, Dr. Dre and Grateful Dead.   After years of experiment and development, Alex Mackenzie-Low (a.k.a. A-Mac - Vocals & Guitar) has united his latest musical brotherhood, known as The Height. The band features six of Denver's premiere musicians including Stephen "Eski" Edwards (Bass), Jake Setters (Drums), Johnny Bosbyshell (Keyboards) and Greg King (Lead Guitar). A-Mac & The Height continues to break the mold and expand impact over a wide range of music lovers.   https://amacandtheheight.com
 Sunday, January 15th
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.
Veteran Benefit Breakfast - Open to Public
9:00am / VFW Post 4031
Great opportunity to support your local veterans while enjoying a delicious breakfast! Open to the public, this event is held every 1st & 3rd Sunday. Donations of only $9 for adults, $8 for veterans, and $6 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds help support local veterans!
Football Sundays
11:00am / Zia Cantina
Watch football with us on our BIG SCREEN TV every Sunday starting at 11am!
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Sunday Funday
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Spin the wheel, win prizes!!
 Monday, January 16th
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! Classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Art and Education at deena@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available. $225 for 10 Classes.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
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! 
Mud-Day Madness
6:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Mondays will become your favorite day of the week (Yes, you did read that right)! Learn about the historical evolution of pottery and understand the various methods to create shapes and forms. Walk with your pieces through every step of creation. Together, we will focus on two modes of creating functional ware through hand building and and wheel throwing to create functional art for everyday use. We will spend time exploring textures, shapes and colors.Space is limited to accommodate a small student to teacher ratio. Students will rotate through time on the pottery wheels. 10 Classes
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, January 17th
Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention
9:30am / Durango Senior Center
Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:15 AND Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30. By donation.    Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention is a simple, balanced form. When practiced correctly can have many benefits for the health. Once learned the form can be practiced in minutes a day. Tai Chi can be adapted for those who need to stay in a chair or wheelchair. Instructor Denise Lane has been practicing Tai Chi for many years and began teaching in the 1990s.
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. The classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Arts and Education at deena@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available. $225 for 10 Classes.
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 / Union Social House
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 A then you know enough to play at this jam! A food truck and bar is onsite for dinner and drinks.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
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.
Green Level Improv Classes
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)!   Tuesdays - January 10th, 17th, 24th, and February 7th  No class on January 31st. Celebrate Snowdown!   $100 for four weeks  Discounts are available for students, teachers, service workers, and if you refer this class to a friend!  Students, Teachers, & Service Worker - $60  email tess@durangoarts.org for the discount code.
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, January 18th
Backcountry Basics with VNTR Birds
8:30am / Purgatory Resort
Avalanche education is the best piece of gear you can have in the backcountry. Whether you're splitboarding, AT skiing, snowmobiling, etc. get the proper knowledge to help you move through the backcountry safely, efficiently and confidently. VNTRbirds tailored this Backcountry Basics course for women who are new in the backcountry. This course on Purgatory Resort is also a great fit for those thinking they are not in "backcountry shape" yet. We will take the lift up and then tour in the backcountry from the top instead of having to start from the bottom. Lift ticket it included with the course.
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):  https://zoom.us/j/819094582    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
United Way Day
9:00am / Wolf Creek Ski Area
It's the perfect day to play hooky on the hill. Enjoy discounted adult lift tickets at Wolf Creek Ski with a portion of sales going to benefit yours truly, United Way of Southwest Colorado. Reserve your tickets now!
Purgatory Classic Ski Team Race
9:00am / Purgatory Resort
Come watch some impressive skiing during this 5-day USSA Super G and Giant Slalom race event.   Wednesday is a training day and "Flight School" with Super G training runs on Upper Hades and "flight training" on Pandemonium.   Thursday is the official sanctioned Super G training day.   Saturday and Sunday are the Giant Slalom race days. This event is open to registered USSA competitors of all ages.   These races are great for spectating and allow ample opportunity to watch the competition unfold.
Yang Style Tai Chi
9:30am / Durango Senior Center
Originating in ancient China, tai chi is an effective exercise for health of the mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and its health benefits can soon be realized. For many, it continues as a life long journey.   Yang Style is one of the five main styles of Tai Chi and the most well known in the U.S.. In this class we will introduce and practice the basic principles that make Tai Chi so unique and beneficial. We will learn the movements of the 24 short form. This practice has been known to help improve balance, strength, coordination and flexibility.    Denise Lane is a certified Tai Chi instructor. She has been practicing Tai Chi for many years and teaching it since the late 1990's.
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!
Let's Letter Together!
4:00pm / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
Kids 10+ with an adult*    *This can be parent/child, aunt or uncle/niece or nephew, etc. The idea is that we are better when we letter together!   In each session, we will letter together, then work on projects that you will remember for a lifetime.   You will also receive access to accompanying videos so that the learning can continue. You will also leave each session with handouts, mark making tools you get to keep, and an exemplar of your own to build from.   $125 per person, class size limited to 6. Email for availability.
Paint and Sip
5:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Painting with an instructor, all supplies are included.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Solo Improv Performance Workshop with Mary Quinn
6:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Did you get a kick out of the Improv show featuring Mary Quinn? Well now you can get up on the stage under her instruction! Join the Solo Improv Performance Workshop with Mary Quinn   Mary Quinn will be introducing; Solo Performance Workshop. In this class you will learn the art of the classic clown, creating characters and finding their voice through improv. This is a beginner's course and all are welcome!
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
 Thursday, January 19th
Purgatory Classic Ski Team Race
9:00am / Purgatory Resort
Come watch some impressive skiing during this 5-day USSA Super G and Giant Slalom race event.   Wednesday is a training day and "Flight School" with Super G training runs on Upper Hades and "flight training" on Pandemonium.   Thursday is the official sanctioned Super G training day.   Saturday and Sunday are the Giant Slalom race days. This event is open to registered USSA competitors of all ages.   These races are great for spectating and allow ample opportunity to watch the competition unfold.
Grief Support Group (loss of spouse)
10:00am / Durango Senior Center
"Grief is not a problem to be solved; it's an experience to be carried." For those in a season of grief the following open meetings are available in the Durango community to support you in building a life alongside your loss. Meetings are peer-based, facilitated by a certified Grief Companion.   Sponsored by Open Heart Grief Counseling
Improve Your Handwriting!
2:00pm / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
Want to improve your handwriting in a fun atmosphere?? You will get to apply what you learn immediately and will walk away with lettering styles that will last you a lifetime!   Adults only class.   Session 1: How To Write Like An Architect  Many architects and map makers need to write neat and quickly to accompany their designs. You will learn the attributes, variations and how to make this style your own—to be used for any occasion.   Session 2: Italic Script  Italic is not just a variation of a font, it's a hand or lettering style that was designed to be readable, to write rhythmically to support writing with speed, and the best part is that it has so many variations. We will start by using monoline tools with and without connections so you can choose if you want to write Italic as print or script. Once you know this lettering style, you can apply it as a foundation for brushlettering and more.   Session 3: Scale Up and Scale Down  Writing big can be fun! Writing small may be out of preference or necessity. We will scale our letters up and down using the right tool for the job. You will learn Thick/Thin Script to use on posters, banners or wall work. And Roman Hand at a very small scale (think .3mm) to serve as a skeleton lettering style for legibility and other lettering styles.   Each session comes with an accompanying video that you will receive at the conclusion of the course so that the learning can continue. You will also leave each session with handouts, mark making tools you get to keep, and an exemplar of your own to build from.
The Southwest Fiber Alliance Community Meeting
5:00pm / Smiley Cafe
Come join us to talk about fiber, work on a craft project of your choosing, and meet fellow fiber aficionados! The Southwest Fiber Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to connect the fiber community in our region.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Magical Art and Happiness
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
A skill-building 6-week art introduction workshop for anyone who needs to leave their mental stress and anxiety behind. Progressive genre introductions of drawing in pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic paints and ceramic clay. Different skill-building lessons each workshop. Leave your mental stress and anxiety behind and get lost in various arts! $200 fee for all 6 classes!
Kim Richey
7:30pm / The Smiley Cafe
A Grammy nominated singer/songwriter with a penchant for earthbound lyrics and soaring melodies.   The Smiley Cafe offers a small, intimate experience for an audience of 50 - creating the perfect "listening room" venue. Beer, wine, and spirits along with special coffees will be available for sale throughout the evening.
 Friday, January 20th
Purgatory Classic Ski Team Race
9:00am / Purgatory Resort
Come watch some impressive skiing during this 5-day USSA Super G and Giant Slalom race event.   Wednesday is a training day and "Flight School" with Super G training runs on Upper Hades and "flight training" on Pandemonium.   Thursday is the official sanctioned Super G training day.   Saturday and Sunday are the Giant Slalom race days. This event is open to registered USSA competitors of all ages.   These races are great for spectating and allow ample opportunity to watch the competition unfold.
Pots and Pints - Ceramic Hand-building Happy Hour - Soup Bowl
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique and functional Soup Bowl! We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy happy hour drinks, spend time with community artists, and most importantly hand-build a Ceramic Soup Bowl! By the end of the evening, your piece will be ready for glazing. You will select a glaze that will be applied to your ceramic piece when fired. Look for an email telling you when your piece is ready for pick-up and use. (about 16 days) Let the fun begin!   $30.00 Per Participant
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Starlight Jam session
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Live music hosted with Tyler Reed Smith and friends
Friday Night Square Dancing
6:30pm / Durango Senior Center
The San Juan Square Dance Club dances Friday nights 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the main hall of the Durango Senior Center, 2424 Main, next to the High School. We do both Mainstream and Plus dancing with caller Richard Berry. All are welcome. No special attire required, just comfortable clothing. No smoking or alcohol allowed. $6.00 per dancer. If you have danced in the past and just need to brush up, please join us. If you have never danced, we are offering an 8-week session of Beginner lessons starting February 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Snowdown Kids Follies
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Durango's youth are jumping on the DAC stage to show off their incredible talent! Join us to see singing, dancing, and even more fun acts!
Magic Beans w/ Tone Dog
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
21+/$20 Tickets on sale now online   Denver's Magic Beans return April 30th, 2021 with their third studio album, Slice of Life, a 14 song documentation of a year spent away from the familiar confines of the road.   When the pandemic hit, Magic Beans had dozens of shows cancelled, so they hopped into their studio in Denver, CO and started recording songs. Produced by Magic Beans - and Mastered by David Glasser (The Grateful Dead's long time Mastering engineer) - Funk, soul, live electronica, and even bluegrass music find their way into this songbook from 4 band members that each bring their own flavor to the project. The different feels in the double record coexist harmoniously as the listener is slowly ramped up throughout the record. By the time you hit the second vinyl, the organic sounds of B3 organ and acoustic guitar give way to synths and drum sampling almost as if you're descending into night.   The inspiration for the title "Slice of Life" is just that. A random and unplanned snapshot of the band in this time and place, a self portrait done unknowingly. "Throughout our days as a traveling band, we've encountered many a situation that is unexplainably surreal in its abnormality, but at the same time indicative of the location, culture, and context we find ourselves. "A person partaking in an activity you didn't know existed wearing an outfit you've only seen in a dream, or a collision of occurrences just rare and unusual enough that you think you're living in a simulation just to be in that place, sounds of B3 organ and acoustic guitar give way to synths and drum sampling almost as if you're descending into night.   https://www.magicbeansmusic.com  https://www.instagram.com/themagicbeans   "Tone Dog was created out of a shared passion for playing and improvising together for live audiences. The group was born in southwest Colorado on a sheep farm, where Alex Graf (Guitar, Vocals), Tony Holmquist (Mandolin, Vocals) and Silas Hamilton (Bass, Fiddle, Vocals) first started playing for small groups of family and friends. After the 2020 disruptions to life, all three members realized life is too short, and it's best spent doing what they loved the most, playing music together, live. With diverse sets of musical backgrounds, ranging from jazz, grunge, traditional Irish, dance, old time, and The Dead, the trio combines varying sounds into a unique iteration of driving, purpose-filled bluegrass music. Tone Dog pulls from the deep wellspring of traditional music and reimagines it in a nuanced and exciting way. Fast picking, vocal harmonies, exciting arrangements and vibrant live energy bring them to the forefront of emerging bluegrass music in Colorado."
 Saturday, January 21st
Homebuyer Education Class in Durango
8:30am / 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.
Japanse Bokkendo & Jodo
9:00am / DSBK Dojo
Bokkendo (wooden sword) and jodo (short staff) date back to medieval Japan's samurai society. Training in these ancient arts offers people in the modern world a taste of bushido, or the warrior's path to a robust spirit and unbeatable mindset. Develop greater strength, balance, coordination, and poise. Beginners are as welcome as experienced practitioners. For 20 years, DSBK has provided fun-filled training experiences open to everyone.
Purgatory Classic Ski Team Race
9:00am / Purgatory Resort
Come watch some impressive skiing during this 5-day USSA Super G and Giant Slalom race event.   Wednesday is a training day and "Flight School" with Super G training runs on Upper Hades and "flight training" on Pandemonium.   Thursday is the official sanctioned Super G training day.   Saturday and Sunday are the Giant Slalom race days. This event is open to registered USSA competitors of all ages.   These races are great for spectating and allow ample opportunity to watch the competition unfold.
Argentine Tango Workshops
10:00am / Groove U DStudio
Join us as an individual or with a partner. Durango is having a resurgence of it's vibrant Tango community. Come and learn this sensuous dance with foundations in hugging and walking.   Absolute Beginner Intensive Saturday 10:00am- 12:30 pm  Continuing Beginner IntensivesSaturday 2:00pm-4:30 pm (and/or) Sunday 11:00am-1:30pm
Intro to Tie-Dye Workshop
12:30pm / 11th Street Station
Join us for our upcoming "Intro to Tie-Dye" Workshop on January 21st, from 12:30-1:30pm at 11th Street Station. We'll be covering all the basics, as well as sharing our tips and tricks for making awesome one-of-a-kind wearable art!    "Give it a Try!" Tie-Dye Company believes that art is essential to our wellbeing, and that, by creating art together, we can grow together. Plus, you get a one-of-a-kind tie-dyed item that YOU MADE, you really can't beat that!   This workshop is great for persons aged 8 and up, but please note that participants under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian present for the duration of the event. More information about this event can be found in the listing. Feel free to send us any questions at connect@giveitiatrytie-dye.com!
Snow Science and Social
1:00pm / Andrews Lake Winter Parking Lot
Love to play in the snow? Want to learn more about winter in the San Juans? Join SJMA and Mountain Studies Institute for our special winter hike series, Snow Science & Social! Back by popular demand, these snowshoe hikes are a great opportunity to explore the snowy landscape and learn more about winter in the San Juans.   On select weekends this winter, our education team will host snowshoe interpretive hikes from 1-3 pm, then welcome you back to our new mobile basecamp in the Andrews Lake Winter Parking Lot for a bonfire, hot drinks, and good conversation. Topics will include forest ecology, watersheds, climate change, and the future of snowpack in the San Juans.    These popular events are FREE to the public, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Snowdown Kids Follies
2:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Durango's youth are jumping on the DAC stage to show off their incredible talent! Join us to see singing, dancing, and even more fun acts!
Art and Craft Classes for Adults and Teens
2:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio - Smiley Building Art Room
No time to take a series of classes? No problem! Now you can take a fun, single class and knock out a beautiful project on a Saturday afternoon! We will hand paint a large Market Tote and do our bit for the climate now that paper plastic bags will be discouraged in Colorado. I will show you how to free hand a pretty abstract design, or create your own original design. You can also use my stencils if you like!
Modelo Party and Giveaway
3:00pm / Purgys Patio
Join us for a party at Purgy's with Cerveza Modelo and some more great giveaways!   Anyone who shows up can get a raffle ticket. Drawing will occur toward the end of the event. Cheers!
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Salsa Dance night
6:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Salsa dancing and instruction
Snowdown Kids Follies
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
Durango's youth are jumping on the DAC stage to show off their incredible talent! Join us to see singing, dancing, and even more fun acts!
 Sunday, January 22nd
Know the Snow Rando Race Fundraiser
8:00am / Purgatory Resort
Come join us at Purgatory Ski Resort for the 4th annual rando race a benefit for Know the Snow Fund. We have NEW courses this year!   Tickets $40
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.
Purgatory Classic Ski Team Race
9:00am / Purgatory Resort
Come watch some impressive skiing during this 5-day USSA Super G and Giant Slalom race event.   Wednesday is a training day and "Flight School" with Super G training runs on Upper Hades and "flight training" on Pandemonium.   Thursday is the official sanctioned Super G training day.   Saturday and Sunday are the Giant Slalom race days. This event is open to registered USSA competitors of all ages.   These races are great for spectating and allow ample opportunity to watch the competition unfold.
Football Sundays
11:00am / Zia Cantina
Watch football with us on our BIG SCREEN TV every Sunday starting at 11am!
Fun with Alcohol Inks on Canvas with Cindy Shelton
2:00pm / Create Art & Tea
In this class you will learn not only the fun of playing with bright and colorful alcohol inks but learn techniques to create lovely landscapes and flowers. Each student will receive a 5X7 canvas and a 6X8 canvas sheet to work with. You will learn "blowing" techniques to give your paintings soft edges, create pastel shades, backgrounds and negative painting.   All materials are provided. Please bring an apron or wear clothes you do not mind getting ink on.   No experience required.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Sunday Funday
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Spin the wheel, win prizes!!
 Monday, January 23rd
Alzheimers & Dementia Educational Event
12:30pm / La Plata County Senior Center
Senior Center to host Alzheimer's & dementia educational event. The Durango-La Plata County Senior Center will host "Effective Communication Strategies," an educational event presented by the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, starting at 12:45.   Attendees will learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.    This event is free, and open to the public and no RSVP is required. For more information, please contact Woo Bandel, Community Engagement Manager, at wlbandel@alz.org or (970) 714-2875.
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! Classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Art and Education at deena@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available. $225 for 10 Classes.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
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! 
Mud-Day Madness
6:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Mondays will become your favorite day of the week (Yes, you did read that right)! Learn about the historical evolution of pottery and understand the various methods to create shapes and forms. Walk with your pieces through every step of creation. Together, we will focus on two modes of creating functional ware through hand building and and wheel throwing to create functional art for everyday use. We will spend time exploring textures, shapes and colors.Space is limited to accommodate a small student to teacher ratio. Students will rotate through time on the pottery wheels. 10 Classes
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, January 24th
Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention
9:30am / Durango Senior Center
Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:15 AND Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30. By donation.    Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention is a simple, balanced form. When practiced correctly can have many benefits for the health. Once learned the form can be practiced in minutes a day. Tai Chi can be adapted for those who need to stay in a chair or wheelchair. Instructor Denise Lane has been practicing Tai Chi for many years and began teaching in the 1990s.
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 / Union Social House
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 A then you know enough to play at this jam! A food truck and bar is onsite for dinner and drinks.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
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.
Green Level Improv Classes
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)!   Tuesdays - January 10th, 17th, 24th, and February 7th  No class on January 31st. Celebrate Snowdown!   $100 for four weeks  Discounts are available for students, teachers, service workers, and if you refer this class to a friend!  Students, Teachers, & Service Worker - $60  email tess@durangoarts.org for the discount code.
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, January 25th
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):  zoom.us/j/819094582    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
Yang Style Tai Chi
9:30am / Durango Senior Center
Originating in ancient China, tai chi is an effective exercise for health of the mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and its health benefits can soon be realized. For many, it continues as a life long journey.   Yang Style is one of the five main styles of Tai Chi and the most well known in the U.S.. In this class we will introduce and practice the basic principles that make Tai Chi so unique and beneficial. We will learn the movements of the 24 short form. This practice has been known to help improve balance, strength, coordination and flexibility.    Denise Lane is a certified Tai Chi instructor. She has been practicing Tai Chi for many years and teaching it since the late 1990's.
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!
Living with Loss (spouse, parent, child, sibling, etc.)
4:00pm / Summit Church
"Grief is not a problem to be solved; it's an experience to be carried." For those in a season of grief the following open meetings are available in the Durango community to support you in building a life alongside your loss. Meetings are peer-based, facilitated by a certified Grief Companion.   Sponsored by Open Heart Grief Counseling
McDonald's Twilight Night Race
5:00pm / Purgatory Base Area
McDonald's Twilight Night is not your typical Wednesday night out. Set at the base of Purgatory, this short track race is for Nordic skiers, fat bikers, and snowshoers to battle it out in the dark, up and down punishing terrain and around quick turns.   This event will consist of three separate races. Skate skiers, fat bikers, and snowshoers will start together and follow courses laid out for each discipline. For each discipline, the course will be somewhat different but equally punishing. The courses are 3 km - 5 km and will take racers 20-30 minutes to complete.    Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the categories of individual male and female in the Youth (U18) and Adult, and Youth (U18) for each discipline.    The entry fee is $5/participant for one race.    5 PM: Registration & bib pick-up  6 PM: Races start   Sponsored by McDonald's, Purgatory, Durango Running Company, Pedal the Peaks Durango, and the Durango Nordic Ski Club.
Paint and Sip
5:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Painting with an instructor, all supplies are included.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
2023 'Happenings' Calendar Release Party
5:30pm / San Juan Citizens Alliance
Bear Smart Durango invites the general public to a gathering celebrating the release of their 2023 "Happenings" calendar. This event takes place at the office of San Juan Citizens Alliance. Complimentary wine will be provided, courtesy of Star Liquors.   Anne-marie will give a slideshow talk on her wildlife photography at 6 p.m. The calendar will be available for purchase at this event. Calendars may be purchased on our website, and at Maria's Bookshop, and Backcountry Experience.   The 2023 calendar features the photography of Anne-marie Ferretti Mee and is intended to provide the approximate timing of happenings in nature in the greater Durango area. Some examples included in the calendar are seasonal wildlife habitat closures, when deer shed their antlers and yearling black bears leave their moms, peak elk road crossing season, and hunting dates so residents know to wear blaze orange while recreating.
Karaoke Roulette
8:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Sing a song get a free shot!
 Thursday, January 26th
Improve Your Handwriting!
2:00pm / The ArtRoom at the Smiley
Want to improve your handwriting in a fun atmosphere?? You will get to apply what you learn immediately and will walk away with lettering styles that will last you a lifetime!   Adults only class.   Session 1: How To Write Like An Architect  Many architects and map makers need to write neat and quickly to accompany their designs. You will learn the attributes, variations and how to make this style your own—to be used for any occasion.   Session 2: Italic Script  Italic is not just a variation of a font, it's a hand or lettering style that was designed to be readable, to write rhythmically to support writing with speed, and the best part is that it has so many variations. We will start by using monoline tools with and without connections so you can choose if you want to write Italic as print or script. Once you know this lettering style, you can apply it as a foundation for brushlettering and more.   Session 3: Scale Up and Scale Down  Writing big can be fun! Writing small may be out of preference or necessity. We will scale our letters up and down using the right tool for the job. You will learn Thick/Thin Script to use on posters, banners or wall work. And Roman Hand at a very small scale (think .3mm) to serve as a skeleton lettering style for legibility and other lettering styles.   Each session comes with an accompanying video that you will receive at the conclusion of the course so that the learning can continue. You will also leave each session with handouts, mark making tools you get to keep, and an exemplar of your own to build from.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Family Science Night
5:30pm / The Powerhouse
Join us for a fun night at The Powerhouse with the family! Great for parents with children in grades K+, this family science night will introduce you to coding, along with tinker technology. $30/family, please register ahead of time.
Magical Art and Happiness
6:00pm / Durango Arts Center
A skill-building 6-week art introduction workshop for anyone who needs to leave their mental stress and anxiety behind. Progressive genre introductions of drawing in pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic paints and ceramic clay. Different skill-building lessons each workshop. Leave your mental stress and anxiety behind and get lost in various arts! $200 fee for all 6 classes!
 Friday, January 27th
Snowdown Senior Bingo
1:00pm / La Plata County Senior Center
If numbers be thy game, then play on those of folly. The original Bingo game was played with beans and so called, Beano! It wasn't until someone accidentally called Bingo! Sometime in the 1920's…a little nugget of information for all you Bingo players. Must be 60+.  Entry Cost: $1 per card  Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd 
Fanny Pack Friday
3:00pm / The Nugget Mountain Bar
Party down and win all sorts of swag!
Pots and Pints - Ceramic Hand-building Happy Hour - Sponge or Soap Holder
4:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Come get your hands dirty as you create a unique and functional Sponge or Soap holder! We will mix creativity with pleasure as we unwind from a busy week, enjoy happy hour drinks, spend time with community artists, and, most importantly, hand-build your unique pottery! By the end of the evening, your piece will be ready for glazing. You will select a glaze that will be applied to your ceramic piece when fired. Look for an email telling you when your piece is ready for pick-up and use. (about 16 days) Let the fun begin!   $30.00 Per Participant
Snowdown Bartenders Contest
5:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Hide not thy poison with such sugar’d words…The Official SNOWDOWN 2023 Cocktail is chosen during this annual event. All cocktails will be judged on presentation and taste. You don’t have to be a bartender to enter, but you must be 21+.  Entry Cost: FREE  Deadline: Time of event  Prizes: 1st - $75, 2nd - $50, 3rd - $25 Bar tabs
Snowdown Mid-Wnter Nights Dream Beer Dinner
5:00pm / Carver Brewing Company
Mid-Winter Night's Dream; a feast for King and Queens. Commence the starteth of SNOWDOWN with an egregious Royal Banquet. Savor amusebouche and a multi-course house-crafted food and beer pairings. Cheers: "eat and drink as friends" FRIDAY and SATURDAY seating at 5 PM and 7:30 PM. RSVP and purchase tickets in advance.   Must be 21+.  Entry Cost: $65 per person
Whimsical Wonderland Gallery Grand Opening
5:00pm / 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!   Events end March 17th.  Gallery event is free to the public.
Big Richard, La La Bones, Rainey
6:30pm / Animas City Theatre
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm  21+ / $25 / $30   Big Richard  What began as an all-female festival collab quickly morphed into a serious passion project driven by sisterhood, harmony and humor...…along with the shared desire to rage fiddle tunes and smash the patriarchy. Big Richard is a neo-acoustic super group made up of well established Colorado musicians: Bonnie Sims on mandolin (Bonnie & Taylor Sims//Everybody Loves An Outlaw//Bonnie & the Clydes), Joy Adams on cello (Nathaniel Rateliff//Darol Anger//Half Pelican), Emma Rose on bass + guitar (Sound of Honey//Daniel Rodriguez//Whippoorwill) and Eve Panning on fiddle (Lonesome Days). The future of this group is big and rising fast.    https://www.instagram.com/bigrichardband/  https://www.facebook.com/bigrichardband  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrmUhwPP6BymCNZfM329Yeg   La La Bones sprouted in Durango during the summer of 2014. Soon after their formation, the band began playing throughout Southwest Colorado making appearances at local venues, festivals, and private events. Quickly, the band shared their original and traditional songs with music lovers young and old. At first glance, La La Bones is reminiscent of a traditional 5-piece bluegrass band, passing around breaks and harmonizing melodies. With a closer look, listeners can see how the band draws inspiration from a myriad music genres, ranging from punk, pop, to bluegrass. Listeners can also enjoy the songwriting and vocal skills of all band members, as each individual brings original music to the table. La La Bones recorded their first self-titled album in 2016, an 11-track record of originals. In 2023, the band will record their second album.La La Bones is Kyle Siesser on guitar, Tommy Frederico on banjo, Kathy Hilimire on fiddle, Scott Roberts on mandolin, and Jimi Giles Davis on bass.
Friday Night Square Dancing
6:30pm / Durango Senior Center
The San Juan Square Dance Club dances Friday nights 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the main hall of the Durango Senior Center, 2424 Main, next to the High School. We do both Mainstream and Plus dancing with caller Richard Berry. All are welcome. No special attire required, just comfortable clothing. No smoking or Alcohol allowed. $6.00 per dancer. If you have danced in the past and just need to brush up, please join us. If you have never tried square dancing, we will be offering an 8-week series of Beginner lessons starting February 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Snowdown Follies
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
What light through yonder window breaks? Tis the SNOWDOWN Follies - returning for the 40th year of entertainment with your favorite bards, showbiz personalities and local commentary. This notoriously irreverent event has a cash bar and performs both weekends of SNOWDOWN to allow as many people as possible to experience the fun and laughter the SNOWDOWN Follies provides!
Snowdown Mid-Wnter Nights Dream Beer Dinner
7:30pm / Carver Brewing Company
Mid-Winter Night's Dream; a feast for King and Queens. Commence the starteth of SNOWDOWN with an egregious Royal Banquet. Savor amusebouche and a multi-course house-crafted food and beer pairings. Cheers: "eat and drink as friends" FRIDAY and SATURDAY seating at 5 PM and 7:30 PM. RSVP and purchase tickets in advance.   Must be 21+.  Entry Cost: $65 per person
Snowdown Follies
10:00pm / Durango Arts Center
What light through yonder window breaks? Tis the SNOWDOWN Follies - returning for the 40th year of entertainment with your favorite bards, showbiz personalities and local commentary. This notoriously irreverent event has a cash bar and performs both weekends of SNOWDOWN to allow as many people as possible to experience the fun and laughter the SNOWDOWN Follies provides!
 Saturday, January 28th
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.
Japanse Bokkendo & Jodo
9:00am / DSBK Dojo
Bokkendo (wooden sword) and jodo (short staff) date back to medieval Japan's samurai society. Training in these ancient arts offers people in the modern world a taste of bushido, or the warrior's path to a robust spirit and unbeatable mindset. Develop greater strength, balance, coordination, and poise. Beginners are as welcome as experienced practitioners. For 20 years, DSBK has provided fun-filled training experiences open to everyone.
4Corners Riversports Red Hot Relay
9:30am / Durango Nordic Center
Grab a costume and a couple of teammates to come out and join the fun at the Durango Nordic Center for the 4Corners Riversports Red Hot Relay!   Teams of three racers will compete for fame and glory! Each racer will complete one 3k lap. The final times will be logged when the third racer crosses the finish line. Haven't raced before? No problem! This is a great race to try out.    The cost per team for registration is $35. All proceeds benefit our youth and team programs. Register in advance on our website. Online registration closes at 7 PM on December 30. Day-of registration at the event will be available for $40.
Snowdown Shakespeare Escape Room
10:00am / Durango Public Library
To slightly misquote the bard, "We bid you to escape and strive with things impossible." Test your puzzle-solving skills as you work to beat the clock in our Shakespeare themed Escape Room at the library! This event is free and open to teens and adults. Space is limited, registration required; sign up on our website www.durangogov.org/library. Must be 12+.  Entry Cost: FREE  Prizes! 
Argentine Tango Workshops
10:00am / Groove U DStudio
Join us as an individual or with a partner. Durango is having a resurgence of it's vibrant Tango community. Come and learn this sensuous dance with foundations in hugging and walking.   Absolute Beginner Intensive Saturday 10:00am- 12:30 pm  Continuing Beginner IntensivesSaturday 2:00pm-4:30 pm (and/or) Sunday 11:00am-1:30pm
Snowdown Flying Paper (Airplanes)
2:00pm / Office Depot
Let fly the wings of paper and page! Hosted by Durango Office Depot. A simple challenge? Make, decorate with markers, and fly your own plane paper airplane the farthest. See how far you can throw your plane within our course boundaries. All materials will be supplied by OFFICE DEPOT.    (Note: No outside materials such as premade or folded paper planes, tape, paper clips, weights, glue, attachments, plane launchers, etc are NOT permitted.) Each contestant will make/decorate/ throw their own plane.    There will be two age groups (Group-A: grades 1-6 & Group-B: grades 7-12) and both age groups will compete at the same time. 1st place prizes per group will be awarded in each age group plus prizes for contestants.    An Adult must accompany all contestants and a parent signed permission form is required for all participants. Grades 1-12.   Entry Cost: FREE  Prizes!
Art and Craft Classes for Adults and Teens
2:30pm / Artsy Crafty Studio - Smiley Building Art Room
No time to take a series of classes? No problem! Now you can take a fun, single class and knock out a beautiful project on a Saturday afternoon! Love flowers? Then you will adore these Framed Flowers! We will create a bouquet of pretty shimmer paper flowers and arrange them in a 12×12 frame. All supplies included in price.
Colorado Native Party & Giveaway
3:00pm / Paradise Pizzeria at Purgatory Resort
We love Colorado! Let's raise a glass to that colorful Colorado pride with Colorado Native Beer! Join us at Paradise Pizza and get entered to win some great giveaway items!   Anyone who shows up can get a raffle ticket. Drawing will occur toward the end of the event. Cheers!
Watercolor Mountainscape Workshop with Lauren Czaplicki
4:30pm / Create Art & Tea
In this beginner friendly watercolor class, you will combine various techniques with mindfulness. We'll begin with a short meditation practice to check in with your mental, physical, and emotional states. You'll choose colors and processes that reflect those: your internal landscape. We'll explore wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, color mixing, and color lifting techniques in this mindful watercolor class. You will receive a 5x7 practice sheet of watercolor paper to play with the various techniques and then you will create your very own internal landscape on a frameable 8x10 piece of watercolor paper!
Snowdown Mid-Wnter Nights Dream Beer Dinner
5:00pm / Carver Brewing Company
Mid-Winter Night's Dream; a feast for King and Queens. Commence the starteth of SNOWDOWN with an egregious Royal Banquet. Savor amusebouche and a multi-course house-crafted food and beer pairings. Cheers: "eat and drink as friends" FRIDAY and SATURDAY seating at 5 PM and 7:30 PM. RSVP and purchase tickets in advance.    See the website for details, www.carverbrewing.com, or email carverbrewingcompany@gmail.  com Must be 21+.  Event Coordinator: Claire Carver 970-946-5948  Entry Cost: $65 per person
Snowdown Fakespear Shakespear Quote Contest
5:00pm / Starlight Lounge
If I prove honey-mouth'd, let my tongue blister! Deliver your best Shakespearean quote, judged on delivery and costume! Must be 21+.   Entry Cost: FREE  Prizes!
Snowdown Crokinole Tournament
6:30pm / Union Social House
Out you detested parasites…Out you baggage! Crokinole is a Canadian board game of dexterity. Come learn the game played on beautiful wooden boards. Simple to learn, difficult to master, it has elements of shuffleboard and billiards. Beginners welcome. If you own your own board, please bring it. Must be 18+.  Entry Cost: FREE  Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Snowdown Follies
7:00pm / Durango Arts Center
What light through yonder window breaks? Tis the SNOWDOWN Follies - returning for the 40th year of entertainment with your favorite bards, showbiz personalities and local commentary. This notoriously irreverent event has a cash bar and performs both weekends of SNOWDOWN to allow as many people as possible to experience the fun and laughter the SNOWDOWN Follies provides!
Snowdown Mid-Wnter Nights Dream Beer Dinner
7:30pm / Carver Brewing Company
Mid-Winter Night's Dream; a feast for King and Queens. Commence the starteth of SNOWDOWN with an egregious Royal Banquet. Savor amusebouche and a multi-course house-crafted food and beer pairings. Cheers: "eat and drink as friends" FRIDAY and SATURDAY seating at 5 PM and 7:30 PM. RSVP and purchase tickets in advance.    See the website for details, www.carverbrewing.com, or email carverbrewingcompany@gmail.  com Must be 21+.  Event Coordinator: Claire Carver 970-946-5948  Entry Cost: $65 per person
Snowdown Follies
10:00pm / Durango Arts Center
What light through yonder window breaks? Tis the SNOWDOWN Follies - returning for the 40th year of entertainment with your favorite bards, showbiz personalities and local commentary. This notoriously irreverent event has a cash bar and performs both weekends of SNOWDOWN to allow as many people as possible to experience the fun and laughter the SNOWDOWN Follies provides!
Snowdown Shakes Rear After Show Dance Party
11:30pm / Starlight Lounge
A dance party with a live DJ, need we say more? Must be 21+.  Entry Cost: FREE  Prizes!
 Sunday, January 29th
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.
Football Sundays
11:00am / Zia Cantina
Watch football with us on our BIG SCREEN TV every Sunday starting at 11am!
Herbal Medicine Making Series: Herb & Honey Syrups
11:00am / Marijas kitchen/Osadha Natural Health, LLC
Monthly hands-on herbal medicine making workshops in Durango. Fun will be had making witches brews for health and for kitchen   Materials included in cost of each workshop ($30.85)
Snowdown Opening Ceremony
1:00pm / Purgatory Resort - the beach
Hosted by Purgatory Resort. Start your SNOWDOWN celebration with a pre-party opening ceremony! There will be a Ski Parade down the "Hill" to pass the SNOWDOWN torch from 2022 to now. Come ski in costume and you can join the parade! Meet at the 6 pack lift at 1 PM for the ride up and ski down to follow the torch. The torch will light the opining flame and the 2024 THEME WINNER will be announced! All ages welcome!
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
Sunday Funday
6:00pm / Starlight Lounge
Spin the wheel, win prizes!!
 Monday, January 30th
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! Classes offer fun, non competitive opportunities to explore new skills and individual expression. For questions, please email Deena Carney, Director of Art and Education at deena@durangoarts.org. Scholarships are available. $225 for 10 Classes.
Live Music
5:30pm / The Office Spiritorium
At the historic Strater hotel!
Live Music
5:30pm / Diamond Belle
Grab a drink, enjoy some food while listening to live music!
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! 
Mud-Day Madness
6:30pm / Durango Arts Center
Mondays will become your favorite day of the week (Yes, you did read that right)! Learn about the historical evolution of pottery and understand the various methods to create shapes and forms. Walk with your pieces through every step of creation. Together, we will focus on two modes of creating functional ware through hand building and and wheel throwing to create functional art for everyday use. We will spend time exploring textures, shapes and colors.Space is limited to accommodate a small student to teacher ratio. Students will rotate through time on the pottery wheels. 10 Classes
Comedy Showcase
7:30pm / Starlight Lounge
Local and National comics perform every Monday!
 Tuesday, January 31st
Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention
9:30am / Durango Senior Center
Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:15 AND Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30. By donation.    Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention is a simple, balanced form. When practiced correctly can have many benefits for the health. Once learned the form can be practiced in minutes a day. Tai Chi can be adapted for those who need to stay in a chair or wheelchair. Instructor Denise Lane has been practicing Tai Chi for many years and began teaching in the 1990s.
Great Decisions discussion
11:30am / Durango Public Library
The Durango Great Decisions discussion group will meet to discuss "Energy Geopolitics." Moderator Guinn Unger will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. The public is invited to attend this free discussion and participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
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.
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.
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!
Snowdown Follies Gala Premier Performance
8:00pm / Durango Art Center Theatre
What light through yonder window breaks? It's the Follies Grand Gala Performance- returning for the 40th year of entertainment with your favorite bards, showbiz personalities and local commentary. To purchase tickets for this event, you must place your name on the Official Gala Wait List, created on April 1, 1997 and wait many, many, many years for the opportunity to purchase tickets. This adult is entertainment. Visit www. snowdownfollies.org for complete details. Must be 18+.  Entry Cost: $75
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