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Monday, May 13, 8:00 AM - Friday, Aug 30, 10:00 PM

SJMA Durango Nature Center Open to the Public

The San Juan Mountains Association's Durango Nature Center (https://sjma.org/nature-center/) is once again open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am until 2 pm. 

This 140-acre conservation easement is situated along the Florida River, this special place traverses riparian, sagebrush, and pinyon juniper ecosystems. With hiking trails, river play, a picnic pavilion, interpretive trails, a nesting bird walk and more. No pets, please.


Opening the show is Bombargo Gates open at 445, music at 6:45
Sunday, May 26, 4:30 PM

Thursday, May 30, 6:00 PM - Thursday, May 30, 7:00 PM

GED Graduation Ceremony: The Durango Adult Education Center is hosting our GED Graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 30th from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Durango Library, 1900 E 3rd Ave. The friends and family of our graduates, as well as the general community, are warmly invited to attend and celebrate their great achievement. This event is free to attend. Learn more about us at https://durangoadulted.org/ or by emailing info@durangoadulted.org.


Saturday, Jun 01, 4:00 PM - Saturday, Jun 01, 7:00 PM

Join Dancing Spirit on June 1st from 4pm-7pm at Foxfire Farms for our annual Fill Your Plate Fundraiser. Tickets may be purchased online prior to the event at https://dscac.org/classes-and-events-1/ols/categories/events for $30 for adults and $10 for kids, or bought at the door for $35 for adults and $15 for kids. This special evening will feature live music from Jelly Belly Boogie Band, a silent auction and dinner. For more information, contact Kasey at 970-563-4600


Friday, Jun 07, 5:00 PM - Friday, Jun 07, 7:00 PM

The Smiley Building is proud to announce the opening of the Nameless Narratives art exhibit on June 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. This captivating exhibition, curated to uplift the stories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), will feature a diverse collection of artworks that encapsulate the rich tapestry of their experiences. The event will be from 5pm to 7pm and start with an opening prayer, followed by a warm welcome to all attendees. Artists will provide insightful comments on their pieces, offering guests a deeper understanding of the inspiration behind each creation from 5:30-6:30pm. Simultaneous American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish interpretation will be available, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all. Nameless Narratives aims to create a platform where BIPOC voices can be heard and celebrated. The exhibit seeks to shed light on the multifaceted narratives that often go unrecognized in mainstream discourse. Each artwork serves as a testament to resilience, cultural heritage, and the enduring spirit of the BIPOC community. Nameless Narratives promises to be a transformative experience, offering attendees the opportunity to engage with thought-provoking artworks while embracing the richness of BIPOC stories. Whether you're an art enthusiast, activist, or community member, this exhibit invites you to be a part of a collective journey towards greater inclusivity and social justice. Join us at the Smiley Building on June 7th to embark on a visual exploration of Nameless Narratives. Together, let us honor the past, celebrate the present, and envision a more equitable future. For more information, please contact Maddie Sanders at maddiesanders333@gmail.com or myself at caleb@legacyunbound.org. Cost: by donation Organization: legacyunbound.org @legay_unbound


Friday, Jun 07, 5:30 PM - Friday, Jun 07, 7:30 PM

The Durango Creative District proudly presents the debut solo exhibition of local artist John Truitt at Stillwater Music on Friday, June 7th from 5:30-7:30pm with artist remarks at 6:30pm and complimentary small bites served by Texas Ty’s authentic Smoke Train barbecue. Diagnosed with multiple neurodiversities at 45, Truitt channeled his experiences into founding the On the Spectrum Foundation and now speaks professionally on neurodiversity, specifically 2e (Twice Exceptional) gifted on the Autism Spectrum, Dyslexic, and with other differences at the age of 45, while offering life coaching. His abstract paintings, described as "surfing the spectrum," reflect his dynamic journey and serve as a vital creative outlet. Dates & Times of Event: Friday, June 7th, 5:30-7:30pm Cost: Free Your Organization: Durango Creative District Your Organization's Web Site Address: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705705076836870/ Your Organization's Contact Info: hello@durangocreativedistrict.org. 574.268.8909


Friday, Jun 07, 7:00 PM - Friday, Jun 07, 8:30 PM

The San Juan Basin Archeological Society presents the Colorado premiere of Anna Sofaer's third Solstice Project film, “Written on the Landscape: Mysteries Beyond Chaco Canyon,”. The showing will be held in the FLC Community Concert Hall, at 7:00 PM, on June 7, 2024, free and open to the public. The showing, sponsored by SJBAS, the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies and the Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall, will be introduced by the renowned Southwest writer Craig Childs. The film’s national premiere will be on New Mexico PBS on June 20,2024., the summer solstice. website: sjbas.org


Saturday, Jun 08, 10:00 AM

New York Times bestselling illustrator Gianna Marino helps little ones find their courage to face their fears and explore the world around them. In this stunningly illustrated book about friendship, facing your fears, and finding the courage to push past what's comfortable, Gianna Marino once again uses endearing animals to give young readers a voice. Join us at the Durango Botanic Gardens' Childrens' Garden for a reading and book signing of 'The Outside'. Date: Saturday, June 8th, `10:00 am Cost: FREE Durango Botanic Gardens https://durangobotanicgardens.org/Events durangobotanic@gmail.com 970-799-4817


Saturday, Jun 08, 1:30 PM - Saturday, Jun 08, 3:00 PM

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: The Trials and Tribulations of an "Indiana Jones" of Global Plant Hunting. Description: Bill McNamara is executive director of the Quarryhill Botanic Garden, a 25-acre wild woodland garden in Northern California's Sonoma Valley featuring wild-sourced plants from temperate East Asia. Mr. McNamara will share interesting stories about his 31 years of plant hunting and expeditions through Asia and other parts of the world. Mr. McNamara will show and discuss some of the most rarely seen plants - plants often threatened by extinction - from his extensive travels. He sees an urgent role being played by botanic gardens in addressing the severe, yet little-mentioned plant extinction crisis. Date: June 8, 1:30 to 3:00 at the Durango Library. Cost: Free to Botanic Garden members $20 to non-members Hosted by: Durango Botanic Gardens https://DurangoBotanicGardens.org/Events 970-880-4841 durangobotanic@gmail.com


Saturday, Jun 22, 10:00 AM

Join the ELHI Community Center for a craft fair and meet the trucks extravaganza. June 22nd 10am-3pm. Vendor booths are available for $20. Contact Cora at 970-563-4100 or admin@theelhiignacio.org for more information.


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