Dear Readers,

Change is coming. The beautiful colors of Fall will soon be here, the kids are back in school and new programs are starting up here at The Center. We've had a wonderful August filled with art from Roger Deale and the Southwest Artists Group in the gallery. Our local community college – SWCC – came by to let us know what courses were being offered. We were entertained on the plaza by the excellent music of Tarnished Brass. We went bird-watching at Lizard Head and at the months' end – we hosted 'Jump Start Your Creativity' with Kerry Grombacher. Our wonderful Native American cultural programs have finished up for the season. We'd like to thank Mesa Verde Country, Southwest Colorado Concert Series and our Cortez Cultural Center Members for their support. What a great month of programs!

As our new season starts, I'd like to especially thank our awesome army of volunteers. Under the direction of Patsy Brown, they have run our gift shop, museum and gallery space in an orderly and stylish manner. Without their dedication and unflagging enthusiasm, The Cortez Cultural Center would not be where it is today. I'd also like to thank our volunteers who patrol Hawkins Preserve and make sure that it is a pleasant and enriching experience for all who visit there.

Our September line-up is very strong. Partnering with Trout Unlimited – we are offering a 'Basics of Fly Fishing' Weekend Workshop. This course is designed for anyone new to fly-fishing and to people who want a refresher course. Starting on the 11th of the month, a New Series will be offered every Thursday evening – life-drawing in our expanded art room. We will continue to have birding on the third Saturday morning of the month. 

September will also see the start of Wednesday Evenings in the Gallery from 6:30-7:30. Every Wednesday, we will host brief presentations on a variety of subjects. This month, we have a local naturalist and photographer taking us on the hunt for wild orchids, a local author bringing us along with him on his journey west, a look at the fascinating history of our local Hispanic-Latino community and an energetic trip into the world of flute making and flute playing. We live in a very rich area, indeed. Come on in and Join Us!

Donna Steward,

Executive Director,

September 2014