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Happenings
2014 March
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
-Defiance Challenge, Mar 7, Sunlight Mtn, How many laps
can you ski in 10 hours? Lifts begin running at 8a and stop
at 5p. This is a true test of your skiing legs.
-Aspen Highlands SkiMo Race Series, Mar 11
-Big Air Fridays, Mar 14 & 28, 2p, Fanny Hill, Snowmass,
Athletes showcase the newest and most progressive tricks
around off of the 40-foot jump on upper Fanny Hill.
-KickAspen Big Air, Mar 15, 8p, Gondola Plaza, Aspen
Mountain, The best regional ski & snowboard athletes are
invited to show off their biggest tricks, under the lights, on
a 70-foot jump at the base of Aspen Mountain.
-Winter Music Series, Mar 15, Join the Aspen Music
Festival and School for 3 elegant Winter Music recitals in
the beauty of Harris Concert Hall, Star violinist Robert
McDuffie w/pianist Elizabeth Pridgen.
-Crystal River Spas Spring Thing, Mar 15-16, Sunlight
Mtn rail jam, Jump over a hot tub with hot chicks in it,
win great prizes and also participate in the CARE Poochie
Poker Run, a benefit to raise money for our 4 legged
friends who need a home.
-CORE Party, Mar 21, Downtown Aspen, Base of Aspen
Mountain, 2 days of free concerts.
-Battle in the Bowls, Mar 23, Aspen Highlands, teams of
2 race to ski/ride the many bowls of Aspen Highlands as
quickly and strategically as possible on a course designed
by Aspen/Snowmass athlete Chris Davenport.
-Aspen Highlands SkiMo Race Series, Mar 25
-NASTAR National Championships, Mar26-30, Snowmass
-Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, Mar 29, Aspen, an
extraordinary 40 mile backcountry ski race between the
towns of Crested Butte & Aspen
-Beach Party Pond Skim Spectacular (Closing Day at Sun-
light Mtn), Mar 30, A beach party at the base of a moun-
tain. Wear your best costume, skim across the pond, while
enjoying live music & boat drinks!
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
-Mar 1, GJ Botanical Gardens opens for 2014. 970.245.3288
-Fasching (German Mardi Gras), Mar 2, 2-6p, Country Inns
Of America, 718 Horizon Dr, GJ, All-You-Can-Eat German
Buffet & Music, $12, Dance to & enjoy the music of Alpine
Echo, Prizes for individual & group costumes, 970.242.2657
-Deuces Wild, Mar 5, 550 Ouray Ave, Gr Jct, For ages 50+.
Lady luck is on your side! Enjoy a delicious dinner, then
play Vegas syle games to win prizes galore. 970.243.7408
-Family Science Night, Mar 6, 2660 Unaweep Ave, Gr Jct,
Join us as we explore the science of sound! Hands-on ex-
periments & science demos for all ages. 970.254.1626
-Home Improvement & Remodeling Expo, Mar 7-9, Two
Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St, Gr Jct, Fri & Sat
10a-6p, Sunday 10a-4p. over 100 vendors, 970.245.0253
-DreamCatcher Half Marathon, Mar 8, Colorado Riverfront
Trail-Watson Island, S 7th & Struthers, Gr Jct, 970.234.8772
-A La Mode, A Sweet & Savory Experience, Mar 13, 743
Horizon Dr, Gr Jct, Join Horizon Sunrise Rotary for an eve
of culinary delights featuring dessert creations handcrafted
by the Grand Valley¡¯s most talented chefs. All proceeds
benefit local & international charities. 970.270.5898
-6th Annual Fruita Farm & Ranch Day, Fruita CO-OP, 1650
US Hwy 6 & 50, Mar 15, 9a-3p, A fun day with the farm-
ing/ranching community & agriculture vendors. Info call
Fruita CO-OP Country Ace Hardware: 970.858.3667.
-The Powderhorn Triple Play(¡°PH3¡±), 48338 Powderhorn
Rd, Mesa, Mar 16, 3 areas of concentration: Bike, Skin (or
Snowshoe), & Ski (Tele, or Ride). 970.268.5700
-Geocaching 101, Mar 16, Canyon View Park, I-70 & 24
Road, Gr Jct, presented by Parks and Rec. Geocaching is a
free worldwide treasure hunting game with over 1.9 mil-
lion active caches. 970.254.3866
auction, dinner & desserts in support of Durango¡¯s only
University Model high school.
-Mar 12, Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, 7:30-
9:30p, Classical Ballet in parody form, Community
Concert Hall, Fort Lewis College.
-Mar 14-16, Durango Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival,
World-renowned performers will be Swingin¡¯ It Up at
the historic Strater Hotel for 3 entertaining days filled
with live music, silent film comedies, dance lessons,
after hours parties, and more!
-Mar 15, Steampunk Stomp, 3-5p, Carver Brewing Com-
pany Stage. Prepare to enjoy a fun evening of steam-
punk fashion combined with stomp dancing to benefit
the Durango Discovery Museum.
-Mar 15, Munchkin Kidz Mart, 9a-5p, LaPlata Fair-
grounds. 970.749.5582 or info@munchkinkidzmart.com
-Mar 19, Soup for the Soul, 5:30-8p, Area restaurants of-
fer soup, appetizers, dessert and beer or wine. Proceeds
to benefit Hospice of Mercy. La Plata County Fair-
grounds. Tickets at Mercy Health Foundation.
-Mar 29-30, Harley Davidson Parts Expo, 10a-3p,
La Plata County Fairgrounds. Contact Todd Lohse:
970.259.0778.
Eagle/Gypsum/Edwards/Avon/Vail:
--Talons Challenge, Mar 1, Over 26,000 vertical feet of
Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond runs await
on Beaver Creek¡¯s legendary World Cup Birds of Prey
downhill course, Grouse Mountain, and in Larkspur
Bowl. Conquer all 14 runs and earn your spot on the
Talons Wall-of-Fame!
-Snowshoe Series, Mar 2, The Beaver Creek Trail Run-
ning Series: Winter Snowshoe Edition
-The 2nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding
Championships, Vail, Mar 3-8, The world¡¯s best riders
competing in Halfpipe & Slopestyle, premium musical
acts, activities for kids, more. Burton.com/USO for info.
-Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, Mar 18, Vilar
Center, Beaver Creek
-Mike Super: Magic & Illusion, Mar 27, Vilar Perform-
ing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
-Vail Film Festival, Mar 27-30, promotes independent
film and fosters independent filmmakers
Glenwood/Aspen/Carbondale/Rifle:
--Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race, Mar 1, Grab
a teammate and get ready to ski, hike and skin Snow-
mass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Moun-
tain all in one race.
Dolores/Mancos/Cortez/Dove Creek:
--Raising Readers Storytime, Cortez Public Library, 202
N Park St, Cortez, every Thu, 10:30a, for preschool-aged
children, uses the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative
program. For more info: 970.565.8117.
-Hard Day¡¯s Night Mardi Gras Celebration, Sat, Mar 1,
6p-1a, Mancos Opera House, 136 Grand Ave, Mancos,
contact Dave 970.560.5843
-Mar 13-15, 4-States Agricultural Expo, Montezuma
County Fairgrounds, Cortez, 970.565.3414, 970.529.3486
-Wine Tasting/Mancos Melt Costume Kickoff, Mar 13,
5-8p, Let¡¯s kickoff the winter doldrums and get in the
swing with the ¡®Roaring 20¡¯s¡¯. $20/person, Prize for best
¡°Flapper and Zoot Suit¡± costume. Olio Wine, Food & Art,
114 W Grand Ave, Mancos, 970.533.1381
-Mancos Melt Fashion & Talent Show, Mar 14, 5:30-7:30p.
-Mancos Melt Putt-Putt Golf Tournament, Mar 15, 10a-4p
Durango/Silverton/Hesperus/Pagosa Springs:
--Mar 1, Henry Strater Theatre, comedians Freddy Charles
and Rusty Rutherford, 8p. Doors open 7:15p. $12 at the
door, $10 in advance. Call 970.375.7160 for tickets & info.
-Mar 1, Mar 8 and Mar 22, After Hours Snowshoe Tours,
Durango Mountain Resort. 3:30-5p. Call for reservations.
970.385.2147, $30 incl/snowshoes, chairlift & guide.
-Mar 1-2, Durango Film Festival, venues throughout
downtown Durango.
-Mar 1-2, Dave Spencer Ski Classic, The Adaptive Sports
Association¡¯s spectacular winter event. This program
has been providing skiing, snowboarding and a variety
of ¡°sit-ski¡± instruction to people with disabilities for 30
years. Call 970.259.0374 for more info.
-Mar 1-25, Interactive Sculptural Exhibit: Down the Rabbit
Hole, Active through Mar 25, Durango Arts Ctr, 10a-5p.
-Pagosa Springs Quad Challenge, Mar 2, West Fork Nor-
dic Trails located 15 mi. east of Pagosa on Hwy 160.
-Mar 7-8, Saints & Sinners, 7p, 1st United Methodist
Church, 2917 Aspen Dr, Durango, The Durango Choral
Society, Durango Women¡¯s Choir and Renaissance Sing-
ers from Telluride present a vibrant journey through 400
years of great music, poetry, and song traditions, Buy
tickets online or call 1.800.838.3006, or at the door.
-Durango Celtic Festival, Mar 7-9, Various Venues
-Mar 8, WinterPalooza: Swingin¡¯ at the Smiley, 4-7p,
Smiley Building, Durango. Grace Preparatory Academy
presents Sam Kelly & the Durango Jazz, an exciting night
of live jazz and swing music, dance lessons, a silent
Events, Fairs, Festivals, Fun