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A night of poetry and music delights friends

Guests knew the evening would be something special when they were invited to hear a poetry reading featuring works by Joel Jones, the former president of Fort Lewis College and a man who’s better...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

How sweet it is as DAC honors supporters

Durango has many glamorous events, but few are both as elegant and heartfelt as the Durango Arts Center’s Sweetheart of the Arts. The DAC switched it up a bit this year, holding it on Thursday...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Happy Trails (2000 that is) after party

There are some events that become a tradition much-anticipated, and one prime example is the Trails 2000 dinner and auction. People start calling for tickets in October (in Durango, the...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Habitat gets new wheels for new year

It wasn’t a champagne christening – hot chocolate was more appropriate given the weather – but it was still festive when the new Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County ReStore truck made its debut...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Project Linus adds love with each stitch

Fifteen years. More than 6,500 blankets. Children comforted locally and around the world. And a group that just keeps sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and tying blankets for children who are...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Holiday spirit abounded in Durango this year

No matter where you looked, there were cool things going on for the holiday season in Durango this year. On Dec. 17, the Strater Hotel held a Victorian Christmas dinner prepared by Arnold “Chef...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Coming true: Dreams of ‘White Christmas’

It’s clear that singing “White Christmas” or “Let it Snow” do not work like the Western version of a snow dance, or we would have snow every holiday season. But this year, I’m crediting the white...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Falls Creek enjoys twofer: Holiday trees and less fire

One has to love the sheer efficiency of Falls Creek residents. Faced with the need to cut some trees down for fire mitigation, they decided to turn it into a Christmas tree-cutting party. So they...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Hundred Club honors first responders

When the Hundred Club of Durango held its annual banquet Nov. 19, it was, by the best of fortune, an evening of celebration. That’s not always the case, as the club was founded in the wake of the...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

St. Columba travels to the stars for gala

There are some events I try to attend every year, and one of them is St. Columba’s annual auction and gala. Parents and faculty go all out for this event. The decorations have always been top...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

Manna enjoys local restaurants’ bounty

Bread for Manna (Soup Kitchen) is one of the organization’s most important fundraisers each year, and this year was no exception. In a departure, the event was actually held at the soup kitchen,...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

New Face supports the arts elegantly

Two of my favorite exhibits of the last five years, TOP Jewels Jewelry Design Exhibition and the International Textile Show, both at the Durango Arts Center, came about because of New Face...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2015 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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