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Email: abutler@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Neighbors: Peace Corps volunteers enjoy international potluck

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist When former Peace Corps volunteers gathered for their annual reunion in late August, they certain of one thing – they would enjoy one of the most delicious and...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A concert in the garden to benefit nonprofits

A lot of what the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado does is in the background, helping area nonprofits and donors with philanthropy. Tim Walsworth calls the foundation the savings...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Rigby takes bowl of green chili to nationals

Durangoans can get blasé about being exceptional – national, world and Olympic contenders in sports; chefs competing on TV; one of the best small, Western, arts, outdoors towns in America ... “yada...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Dyslexia didn’t quash speaker’s success

In the furor over the visit by former Blue Angel and leadership trainer John Foley to benefit the Jeff Kuss Memorial Scholarship, the visit to Durango of another bestselling author and motivational...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Scouting in summer ‘Leave no Trace’

School may not be in session, but summer is high time for Boy Scouts. In July, just before the monsoons hit, the Scouts of Troop 501 hiked from Little Molas Lake to Coal Bank Pass via the Colorado...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A toast to 30 years of Music in the Mountains

With a glass of prosecco and a toast to 30 more, the final concert of the 30th Music in the Mountains festival came to an end Sunday after the Festival Orchestra and Maestro Guillermo Figueroa...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

A private concert with Reichert, Hannigan

Whenever I hear music written centuries ago, I picture myself gowned, jeweled and bewigged in a nobleman’s salon hearing the piece for the first time. That was particularly true July 19 at the home...

DATE: July 26, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Transcendence – and a picnic – in the park

A picnic in the park was just what the doctor ordered Thursday as music lovers gathered in Viles Park to tailgate before the Music in the Mountains Transcendence concert at St. Columba Catholic...

DATE: July 19, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Virtuosity and chocolate delight donors

One of the great traditions of the Music in the Mountains is the way it kicks off its three-week season every year – with a private party for the people who make it possible, the donors. That leads...

DATE: July 12, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Event helping to trump Alzheimer’s disease

Every day is long for the families who care for loved ones dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, so the Alzheimer’s Association created an event called the Longest Day, which took place this year on...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Durango’s women hit the links for charity

‘Tis the season for Durangoans to hit the links to raise money for favorite causes. On Thursday, the organizers – birthday girl Diane Curtis, Sandy Elliott, Cathy Gaskell, Marina Siepieta and Donna...

DATE: June 21, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Donning red noses raises spirits, funds

Red noses aren’t just for clowns anymore. On May 26, Pediatric Partners of the Southwest committed to the Red Nose Day theme for a fundraiser for kids in need, decorating the entire practice in...

DATE: June 14, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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