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2014 February
Pg 14 - The Sunshine Express
-Prater Cup, Feb 20-23, Crested Butte¡¯s marquee
annual race brings 250 of Colorado¡¯s top 12 and
13 year racers to Crested Butte.
--FREE Medicare Counseling, Feb 3, Mar 3, Delta
Public Library, 211 W 6th St, 1hr appointments
from 1230p-430p, CALL FOR APPOINTMENT:
-Old Timers/Newcomer?s Potluck Dinner, Feb 8,
5p, Crawford Town Hall, Colorado 92, Crawford,
Bring a large potluck dish to share, and also table
service for your family. The Chamber will pro-
vide only drinks (they will NOT be providing the
meat this year), announcing the Business of the
Year, the Nonprofit of the Year and the Volunteer
of the Year at the dinner, as well as receiving up-
dates from the North Fork Ambulance Associa-
tion, the Friends of Town Hall, the Library and a
report on the 1st Annual Festival of Trees.
-Delta Elks Lodge Charity Ball, raffle and silent
auction. Feb 14, 6p-12a, Delta Elks Lodge, Delta,
Enjoy a wonderful dinner, raffle and then dance
the night away to the Ghost River Band. $30 per
person for dinner and dance or $10 per person for
dance only.
-2nd Annual Ice Fishing Contest, Feb 15, 9a-3:30p,
Island Lake Grand Mesa, Presented by the Ce-
dareadge Area Chamber of Commerce. Entry fee
$25 on Chamber website and $30 day of contest.
-The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band String Wizard John
McEuen returns to Cedaredge for an intimate
concert, Feb 15, Apple Shed Arts Complex,
South Grand Mesa Drive, Cedaredge. John will
share songs, stories, laughs and more, joined
by Matt Cartsonis on guitar, vocals and mando-
lin. $20 Advance Tickets, $22 at the Door. Call
970.856.2331 or online at starrsguitars.c?om,
Doors open 6p, showtime 7p.
-Valentine¡¯s Day Concert with Rodeo and Juliet,
Feb 14, 7:30-9:30p, 4H Event Center, 970.626.2970
-OCAA Winter Arts & Crafts Show, Feb 14-17,
Ouray Community Center, featuring local and
regional artists and craft persons. A portion of
the sales benefits the OCAA Scholarship fund.
-Feb 20, Acme Ridgway presents, Business After
Hours w/Live Music & Refreshments, 5:30-7:30p,
Acme Healing Center, Ridgway.
-Montrose County Historical Society 3rd Annual
¡®Pioneer Social¡¯, featuring the DeJulio family,
United Methodist Church, 19 South Park, Mon-
trose, Feb 22, 2p. Donations will be taken at the
door, and everyone is invited. Period attire is
encouraged, info call Sally 970.249.2085
-The Chocolate Lovers Fling, Feb 1, Telluride
Conference Center
-Feb 12, A free legal clinic, 2p-5p, Nucla Public
Library, 544 Main St, By computer link, volunteer
attorneys answer questions, help fill out forms,
and more. Walk-ins welcome, first-come, first-
served basis. 2ND WEDNESDAY of each month.
-SkiMo Race Series, Feb 18, Aspen Highlands
-Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open, Feb 20-23,
-Aspen Laff Festival, Feb 20-22, Wheeler Op-
era House, After 13 yrs as featured site for the
HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and 3 yrs as co-
producer and home of the Aspen Rooftop Com-
edy Festival, the Wheeler is now stepping up to
present its own unique 4-day comedy experience.
-Buttermilk Rail Jams, Feb 22, Ski Only
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
-Alternative Health Expo, Feb 8, 2817 North Av,
Grand Junction, Come meet your Complemen-
tary and Alternative Healers. Learn what they do,
and how you can benefit from their services. Start
taking control of your health through informed
decisions! 970.462.5290
-Sweet Heart 5k/10k Run and Health Expo, Feb
8, 324 N Coulson, Fruita, Run as an individual,
or grab your ¡°sweetheart¡± and enter the Sweet
Heart Category (times will be combined for a
team total). Printable registration forms available
online at: or register by phone
970.858.0360, in person at the Fruita Community
Center, or online at:
-Flat Top Reed Live Recording Party at KAFM,
Feb 8, 1310 Ute Ave, Grand Junction, Winner of
the 2013 KAFM Battle of the Bands, 970.241.8801
-Taste of the Grand Valley, for United Way of
Mesa County, Feb 10, 159 Main St, Grand Junc-
tion, Two Rivers Convention Center, 4-7:30p,
- Taste of the Valley¡¯s 2nd Annual Valentine¡¯s Day
event, Feb 14, 405 West 1st St, Palisade, Enjoy a
delicious multi course meal where each course
will be perfectly paired with one of Varaison
Winery¡¯s fabulous wines, 970.216.6922
-Cosy Sheridan In-Studio Performance (KAFM),
Feb 15, 1310 Ute Ave, Grand Junction, 7:30-9:30p,
$15 in advance/$18 at the door, 970.241.8801
-Journey Home on the Worst Day of the Year Bike
Ride, Feb 23, fundraiser for Homeward Bound of
the Grand Valley, 10a, $25 Adults, $15 Kids, Pre-
register by emailing homewardboundofthegrand-, Ride starts and ends at Dos
Hombres on the Redlands. 970.256.9424
-Energy Expo, Feb 28, 159 Main St, Grand Junc-
tion, Free admission, Join us for a stimulating
educational look at the energy industry, today,
tomorrow and in the future. 970.216.8657
Gunnison/Crested Butte/Lake City:
-28th Alley Loop Marathon, Feb 1, a signature
Crested Butte race and costume party, a chance
for all ages and abilities to Nordic ski downtown
-Women¡¯s Week, Feb 9-15, female focused in-
struction coupled with fun events, Telluride
-SAF 15th Annual Comedy Festival, Feb 13-16,
Sheridan opera House, Telluride
-Lone Cone Snowmobile Poker Run, Norwood,
Feb 22, 970.327.4621
Steamboat Springs/Craig:
-Winter Carnival, Feb 5-9, 101 Years of Winter
Tradition in Steamboat Springs, the oldest, con-
tinuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi.
-Feb 14, 6-6:30p, Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola
Square, Join us for a spectacular on-snow parade
down the mountain followed by fireworks!
-Steamboat Mardi Gras sponsored by Bud Light,
Feb 27, snow sculpture contest at the chairlifts,
restaurant contests, special activities, and plenty
of beads to go around.
-Feb 28, 4:30-6:30p, Old Town Hot Springs, 3rd
and Lincoln Ave, Swim, spin, and run on the
treadmill during this fun triathlon at the Old
Town Hot Springs
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Thank you for mentioning that you found it in
The Sunshine Express when visiting events!
Crested Butte, through alleys, over bridges
and by charming downtown homes, more
challenging loops traverse through the
groomed outskirts of Crested Butte, 5k-full
marathon races in both classic and skate
skiing. Music, food, and drinks in the beer
garden at the finish line.
-Freesking Extremes, Feb 13-16, The Subaru
Freeride Series is the 4-star big mountain
Freeskiing series which acts as the North
American qualifier for the Swatch Freeride
World Tour by the North Face.
-Twister of Love Speed Dating, Feb 15, 1-4p,
Speed dating on skis and snowboards! Join
us at the Twister lift for a fun day of skiing
and who knows, you may even meet the per-
son of your dreams on a lift ride. Costumes
are highly encouraged.
The February German American Club meeting
will take place on Tuesday, the 4th at 6:30p, in
the Activities Area of The Atrium, 3620 N 12th
St, Grand Junction. Light refreshments will be
served. Our special guest and speaker will be La-
Veta Nachtigall. She will give a short presentation
about her German Mennonite great grandfather,
Peter Nachtigall, whose family took part in a trek
from southern Russia into Germany to escape
religious persecution.
Providing information from her great grandfa-
ther¡¯s diary and another resource, LaVeta will de-
scribe the trek in the late 1800s and conclude with
her grandparents¡¯ settlement in the United States.
LaVeta¡¯s talk will feature the actual diary, pho-
tos, an old family Prussian recipe, and a resource
book, The Great Trek of the Russian Mennonites
to Central Asia 1800-1884.
The German American Club was started in the
1970¡¯s as a branch of the American Historical So-
ciety of Germans from Russia, and later dropped
its affiliation, so that we could attract more mem-
bers from all German Speaking nations. The main
goal is to celebrate and promote Our German
heritage and culture. This is done in a number of
ways, the most prominent of which is our spon-
sorship (since 1982) of Grand Junction¡¯s Oktober-
fest. The proceeds from this event are given back
to the community by supporting local high school
German language programs with money and
scholarships, supporting student exchanges and
interacting with students from Germany. Services
available to the public through our members
include translation (including in emergency situ-
ations), presentations and demonstrations to
Come Hear About ¡®The Great Trek¡¯