Pg 14 - The Sunshine Express
SunshineX Top Pick
Park, Micro Brew sampling for $20 per person,
Music, food and fun for everyone. Live music
13th Annual River Awareness Float Trip
The snow is melting and the rivers are flowing,
- 9th Annual Balloons-N-Varooms Festival, May
which means it is time to join NFRIA-WSERC for a
25-27, One of Colorado's most scenic events with
day of fun on the river. Float the North Fork of the
colorful hot air balloons and beautiful classic cars
Gunnison River, and help a good cause.
amidst the majestic San Juan Mountains. Food,
The NFRIA-WSERC Conservation Center in Hotch-
local brews and fun for the whole family. Free
kiss exists to promote conservation along the Gun-
concert in the park.
nison River. This is a fund raiser! Boats & captains
- Compassion 5K Run/Walk, May 28, Fellin Park,
are wanted, but ANYONE can come, with all equip-
ment for the day provided by river and conservation
- 13th Annual Norwood Public Library Lun-
This year, they are cooking up something different.
cheon/Fashion Show Fundraiser, Saturday
This winter, the Hartland Dam on the Gunnison
May 5, from 11a-3p. Contact: Melissa Bray.
River was removed. For the first time in nearly a cen-
tury, boaters can safely float from Paonia Reservoir to
- Thursday, May 24: Join the Telluride Histori-
the Redlands Diversion near Grand Junction.
cal Museum for a Field Trip to Crow Canyon
A 4-hour float on the Gunnison River, from the Gun-
Archaeological Center in Cortez. Private tours
nison Gorge to Delta. After the float, enjoy a catered
of archaeological sites, expert guides and lunch
lunch by Wilson's BBQ & Bean Co., as well as a River
provided. Limited space! Learn more info or
Silent Auction. Items include PFDs, Paco Pads, and a
RSVP at Telluridemuseum.org.
fly-fishing package with Black Canyon Anglers.
Fairs, Fests, Fun (continued)
- Mountainfilm in Telluride, May 25-28. Started
Saturday, May 19th, 7:30a for all float participants,
in 1979, Mountainfilm in Telluride is one of
Float Cost: $20/Adults (12 and over), $15/Kids under
- Headless Mike's Poker Ride, May 19, 1p. Adults
America's longest-running film festivals.
12, Includes lunch (vegetarian option available),
$15, 12 and Under $12 (Early pre-registration at
shuttle, and the day's float. Where to Meet: Conflu-
Youth Business Competition
website for discount.) This ride consists of a 6 mile
ence Park, Delta.
in-town course. Profits go to the local charities of
Young Americans Center for Financial Educa-
Download the 2012 Registration Form and Waiver
Camp Hope. Riders visit local businesses to draw 1
tion offers $1000 prize
from theconservationcenter.org and mail to or drop it
"poker card" at each location. Winning is purely in
Do you know a teenager who mows lawns regu-
off at the NWCC office: PO Box 1612, 204 Poplar Ave,
the cards! The object is to have the best poker hand
larly? What about someone who babysits a lot
Paonia, CO 81428.
(5 cards) at the end of the ride. LTR Tent at Peach
and advertises? Any neighborhood kids around
What to wear: Fast-drying, synthetic, lightweight
& Aspen, Downtown Fruita, 970.25.SPORT (77678)
that sell cupcakes or greeting cards?
clothing. No cotton please! Cotton becomes COLD
These youth own businesses, and we need your
when wet. Wear neoprene booties, or non-cotton
help finding them for our Celebration for Young
socks and river sandals if you have them. A pair of
- L'Eroica (The Hero) Historic Bicycle Race, May
sneakers with non-cotton socks works also.
19-20, $180 per person; The package will include
Encourage anyone ages 6 to 21with a business to
What to bring: sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle
overnight stay at Hotel Colorado, Historic Finishing
apply to our youth business competition by June
(no glass please, if possible, one with a loop that can
Photo, Pool Pass, Awards Banquet, Train Fare for
9. It's FREE to enter and the winner receives
be clipped or tied in), and snugly fitting life jacket if
return trip (with bike). L'Eroica (The Hero) Grand
$1,000 in cash and is matched with a local men-
you have one. Money for after float activities and a
Junction to Glenwood Springs Historic Bicycle Race.
tor to help boost their business.
dry change of clothes and towel can be left in your
An actual recreation of a 1915 local bike race. A
Remember, entrepreneurs are everywhere. They
car at Confluence Park for after the float.
points race where the winners are determined by au-
don't always have to invent something new.
Note: River rafting can be a dangerous sport, with
thentic dress and authentic bikes rather then speed.
Help us find them! Applications due June 9,
risk of hypothermia, head injuries, drowning, and
102 Miles, 90 pavement/12 dirt. 970.245.7939 www.
more. The information on the waiver and sign up
Young Americans Center for Financial Education
form is being collected to better serve your needs
- Shrine Circus, May 25-26, 10a, 8p shows, gates open
is home to Young Americans Bank and an incred-
on the day of the float. Each child under 18 must be
9a and 6p. Advance: Adults $12 and children 4-11 are
ible array of award-winning nonprofit programs,
accompanied by an adult other than the boat captain.
$8. Children under 3 are free with an adult. Available
all designed to teach young people 21 and under
No children under 8 years of age.
at local City Markets. Bring out the kids to see all the
about finances, economics and business.
For questions call Alex at 527-5307 x206 or email
animals and watch the show, truly a must see event
for the summer! And you can never have too much
cotton candy! Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 US
Highway 50, Grand Junction, 970.255.7100
- JUCO Baseball World Series, May 26 to June 2,
Grand Junction is proud to serve as the host site for
this annual baseball tradition. For over 50 years,
JUCO has drawn amazing young baseball players
full of talent, commitment and enthusiasm. Players,
coaches and fans are swept up in thrilling mo-
ments of America's favorite pastime. Suplizio Field,
- Black Canyon Ascent, May 14th. 7:30a-12p. Dubbed
Colorado's Toughest Road Race, the Black Canyon
Ascent starts at the turn-off to the Black Canyon
National Park, at the intersection of US Highway
50 and Colorado 347, just 6 miles east of Montrose,
Colorado. As you wind your way up to the Black
Canyon National Park, you'll take in gorgeous vistas
and breathtaking scenery.
- Feast on Music, May 13, Wright Opera House,
- Mission to Ride, May 15. 5:30a-11a. The 9th Annual
Mission to Ride is the spring cycling event in Mon-
trose. This non-competitive bicycling tour is intended
for riders of all ages. The Century Ride is 100-miles
long and provides a challenging climb to the rim of
the Black Canyon, offering views that will take any
remaining breath away! Other options include the 40
or 60 mile road routes. A locals' favorite, the 30-mile
route, is an out-and-back to Olathe. It is a relaxed
ride featuring the peaceful beauty of western Colo-
- Love Your Valley Festival, May 19, Ridgway Town