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Durango Events Calendar: Things to do in Durango and Bayfield

Houston Lasater of Bayfield moves his neighbor’s sheep for the sheep trailing that kicks off Bayfield Heritage Days in 2014. This year, after the trailing Saturday, Heritage Days festivities will take place in Bayfield. (Durango Herald file)
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We’ll see ewe at the sheep trailing!

Saturday will mark the 22nd year of the Bayfield Heritage Days and Sheep Trailing. This year's opening festivities will start with the traditional running of the sheep, where sheep are brought home from the high country.

The running of the sheep, which is scheduled to begin around 9 a.m., will be followed by a Mill Street parade and a day of activities and events at Joe Stephenson Park, including a 5K race, vendors, food, music, games and more.

Because of the nature of the sheep trailing, organizers have announced parade etiquette for spectators:

  • No dogs are allowed at the Sheep Trailing Parade for the sake of the sheep and the safety of spectators. Leave your dog(s) at home or in the car for this part of the day. The guard dogs see any other dog as a threat, so it is for your dog’s safety not to be at the parade.
  • Stay on the curb at all times. If you step into the street, others along the route can’t see, and if the sheep see a funnel ahead, it will spook them. Don’t jump into the middle of the sheep – even for that perfect photograph. It will frighten the sheep.
  • Don’t walk through the sheep. Stay on the curb.
  • Do communicate with a volunteer or sheeprancher if you spot a problem.
  • Do bring children but keep them with you at all times. Do take pictures but only from the side of the parade route.

For more information, visit www.bayfieldcoheritagedays.org.

Local Events, Sept. 22-Oct. 2

Wednesday Sept. 22

Any Step Back Into the Old Ways is Naturally a Hindrance: Fort Lewis Indian School 1892-1911, Zoom. CSWSMail@fortlewis.edu for Zoom link. Presentation will focus on locating and “hearing” the voices of Indigenous students attending Fort Lewis Indian School during the two decades of operation and how the federal Indian policy of assimilation was manifested in the daily life of children attending the boarding school. Details: Julie Tapley-Booth at 247-7456 or CSWSMail@fortlewis.edu.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Durango Public Library Advisory Board Library Community Champions reception for Marcia Clouser and Corrie McCarthy, 3 p.m., Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave. Open to the public: Details: www.Durangogov.org/Library or contact Colleen Galvin at Colleen.Galvin@DurangoGov.org or 375-3384.

The Powerhouse Science Center celebrates 10th anniversary with “Pickin’ on the Plaza,” 4-6:30 p.m., 1333 Camino del Rio. Live music from High Country Hustle, food from Juicy’s Shanty and The Powerhouse bar will be open for drinks. There will be a Carver Family Plaza dedication at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: https://powsci.org.

2021 Manhattan Short Film Festival, 4 and 7 p.m., also 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, Animas City Theatre 128 E. College Drive. $15. Tickets and details: durangofilm.org.

Bluegrouse, 6 p.m., Durango Hot Springs, 6475 County Road 203. Details and tickets: https://bit.ly/3EG4i8q.

Dirtwire with The Monogahela, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7), Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive, $25. Details and tickets: https://bit.ly/3u4XtIJ. 18 and older.

Amelia Earhart Chautauqua portrayal by Elsa Wolff, 7-8:30 p.m., Fort Lewis College, Noble Hall Room 130. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Details: https://bit.ly/2VSt17L.

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 23-26

Parade of Homes, various times and locations. The parade will feature 10 home and commercial locations built by local builders. Thursday Sponsor Parties 4-8 p.m.; Friday home tours noon-5 p.m.; Friday night Homes Under the Stars event 5-9 p.m. Parade Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Details: www.hbasc.com.

Soberfest, various times, Tico Time River Resort, 20 Road 2050, Aztec. Details and tickets: https://bit.ly/3hQOhmn.

Friday, Sept. 24

Krushendo, Elctrx, Teknique and nOOnz, 9 p.m., Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive. $16-$20. Electronic dance music. Tickets: www.animascitytheatre.com, Animas Trading Co., 946-2281 or durangomassive@hotmail.com.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Bayfield Heritage Days & Sheep Trailing, 9 a.m.-all day. Details: www.bayfieldcoheritagedays.org.

National Public Lands Day trail work, 9 a.m.-noon, park at Sig Creek Trailhead at upper Hermosa Creek. Instruction, safety tool talk, tools, work gloves, water and snacks provided. Registration required. Register: https://bit.ly/2ZclAJZ.

Animas Museum Live!, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Animas Museum, 3065 West Second Ave. Celebrate living history and the La Plata County heritage of sheep with costumed interpreters demonstrating spinning, weaving and natural dyeing. Ruth Lambert will speak about arborglyphs at 11 a.m. and Andrew Gulliford will have a book-signing and talk at 1 p.m. All events will be held outdoors. Details: Susan Jones at 259-2402 or info@animasmuseum.org.

Falfa Pumpkin Patch opening day, 10 a.m., 54 County Road 221, Details: www.falfapumpkinpatch.com.

National Drive Electric week, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds. Bring a drivers license and proof of auto insurance if test drives are available. Details: https://bit.ly/3CtmhwC.

Harvest Dinner, Smiley Building lawn. $125. Support local restaurateurs and farmers. Tickets: www.local-first.org/eatlocalmonth.

Sunday, Sept. 26

Movie showings about the Gold King Mine spill, 12:30 p.m., Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive. Free. All five episodes of “Acid Mine Nation” will show, with one each hour starting at 1 p.m. Details: Tom Schillaci at 946-9676 or schillaci.tom@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Animation in World War II, the Rise of Propaganda Animation, 6-7 p.m., online. Sam Yeargin, a Durango High School freshman and regional award winner in this year’s National History Day Contest, will share his story and the film he created. Details: Tricia Winslow at tricia.swlpld@gmail.com or 375-3816.

Wild Rivers Film Tour, presented by American Rivers, The Four Corners Water Center and FLOW, 7-10 p.m., Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive. Free. Details: https://bit.ly/39aUWD2.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Theodore Roosevelt and the American West, 6-7:30 p.m., Pine River Library, 395 Bayfield Center Drive. Andrew Gulliford will speak about President Theodore Roosevelt, and in particular Roosevelt’s connections with Southwest Colorado and his establishment of the San Juan National Forest. Details: Darcy Poletti Harp at 884-2222, ext. 522, or darcy@prlibrary.org.

Thursday, Sept. 30

Why Does Durango Look the Way it Does?: Our odd Victorian architecture, 7-8:30 p.m., FLC Noble Hall Room 130. Journalist Judith Reynolds will explore how Durango reinvented itself after the fire of July 1889 to build fanciful imitations of Renaissance palaces, a Roman fortress and even a scaled-down cathedral in the heyday of Victorian architecture. Details: https://bit.ly/3CkxU96.

Friday, Oct. 1

Melody Lines, Forrest Pump and LootBegga, 9:30 p.m., Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive. $18-$20. Live band electronic dance music. Tickets: www.animascitytheatre.com and Animas Trading Company, 946-2281 or durangomassive@hotmail.com.

Saturday, Oct. 2

10th Annual Solar and Net Zero home tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., various locations. $12 tour only, $30 tour and party. Tour innovative, energy-efficient and sustainable homes around Durango. Sunset Soirée will be from 5-7 p.m. with music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets: www.fourcore.org/solar-home-tour.

Farmington Hill, 8 p.m., Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive. $5. Country-fried indie rock from Southwest Colorado. Tickets: www.animascitytheatre.com, Animas Trading Co., 946-2281 or durangomassive@hotmail.com.

Sports Events, Sept. 22-Oct. 2
Thursday, Sept. 23

Durango High School soccer vs. Central High School, 6 p.m., Durango High School.

Friday, Sept. 24

Durango High School football vs. Piedra Vista High School, 7 p.m., Durango High School.

Bayfield High School volleyball vs. Centauri, 4, 5 and 6 p.m., Bayfield High School.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Bayfield High School volleyball vs. Alamosa, noon, 1 and 2 p.m., Bayfield High School.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Bayfield High School men’s soccer vs. Cortez, 7 p.m., Bayfield High School.

Bayfield High School volleyball vs. Durango, 4, 5 and 6 p.m., Bayfield High School.

Friday, Oct. 1

Four Corners XC Classic, local high school cross country teams, Durango High School.

Ignacio High School volleyball vs. Ridgway, 4 p.m., Ignacio High School.

Bayfield High School football vs. Salida, 7 p.m., Bayfield High School.

  • For more information and to confirm event information, visit each event page online or call the organizer.
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