Pg 14 - The Sunshine Express
into Hart¡¯s Basin and land at the Fruitgrowers Reser-
voir. The site is a major stopover for migrating cranes
as they move from their wintering area around the
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New
Mexico to their breeding grounds in the northern
U.S. and southern Canada. At the Reservoir you can
watch them circle overhead, catching thermals to
gain elevation in order to fly over the Grand Mesa,
with elevations of 10,000 to 11,000 feet. Whether you
come in the afternoons between 4:30-6:30p to see
them land, or in the mornings between 9-11a to see
them take off, it is a spectacular site. For more info
go to the Black Canyon Audubon Society¡¯s website:
blackcanyonaudubon.org or eckertcranedays.com
-Archduke Trio, Mar 22, 7:30-9:30p, Blue Sage Center
For the Arts, Grand Ave, Paonia, Beethoven, looking
back on his life¡¯s work, considered the Piano Trio in
B flat major, Op. 97, commonly known as the ¡°Arch-
duke Trio¡±, to be among his very finest creations.
-The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens & City of Gr Jct
Parks & Rec Garden Talk Class: Investment Gardening,
Mar 19, 655 Struthers Ave, Gr Jct, 12p-1p, $5. Pre-registra-
tion encouraged. Call GJ Parks & Rec: 970.254.3866
-Fruita ¡°Night of Stars¡± Talent Show, Mar 21, 7-10p,
Fruita Middle School, 239 N Maple St, Admission is mini-
mal but performers get in free! Talent of all ages will take
the stage. Interested in performing, call 970.858.0360.
-Edesia Wine & Food Festival (Fundraiser for Marillac
Clinic), Mar 30, Wine Country Inn, Palisade.
Gunnison/Crested Butte/Lake City:
--7 Hours of the Banana, Mar 2, ski or ride nonstop laps
down Twister to raise money for the Adaptive Sports
Center & the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation.
-Mardi Gras, Mar 4, 5-7p, Watch the spectacle on Elk Ave
in downtown Crested Butte or join in on the festivities!
-Big Air on Elk, Mar 8, 5-9p, The main street of downtown
Crested Butte is transformed into a giant huckfest with
Colorado Freeskier¡¯s annual event.
-USSMA Nationals, Mar 14-16, athletes from across North
America compete in an uphill, guide ridge climb & down-
hill ski race.
-The Grand Traverse, Mar 28-29, This extraordinary 40-
mile backcountry ski race between the towns of Crested
butte and Aspen, is a fundraiser for the CB Nordic Coun-
cil. Coinciding with the Grand Traverse, Crested Butte Ski
Patrol hosts a fundraising part called ¡®Soul Train¡¯ at Butte
66. Watch the Grand Traverse athletes take off from the
Butte 66 deck around 11p.
--Soup Supper at Pioneer Town, Mar 8, All proceeds
benefit the historic preservation of Pioneer Town. Many
varieties of soups, chilis and stew with all the Fixin¡¯s and
dessert. Stolte Shed, 388 S Grand Mesa Dr, Cedaredge,
5-7:30p, Suggested donation of $5.
-Free ¡®Medicare 101 And More¡¯ program, Mar 15, 10a-
12noon, Bill Heddles Recreation Center meeting room,
530 Gunnison River Dr, Delta, trained Medicare coun-
selors help understand more about Medicare & available
benefits. For more info: 970.249.9639.
-Sandhill Crane Days, Mar 21-23, Fruit Growers Reservoir
& Ecekrt Presbyterian Church, From early March to late
April, depending on the arrival of Spring, you can see the
Greater Sandhill cranes in small and large flocks glide
Library, Telluride, a variety of sizes available: 4 toddler, 8
youth, & 8 adult. Paired with adjustable hiking poles and
bundled together in snowshoe bags for carrying conve-
nience. Patrons can check the snow shoes out with their
library card (after filling out a safety waiver) for 48 hours
at a time. 970.728.4519 x116, www.telluridelibrary.org
-Alternating Currents in the kids area, Wilkinson Library.
Every Wed, 3:30p, kids participate in an art or a science
activity, depending whether it¡¯s Art Wednesday or Sci-
ence Wednesday. You have to come to find out what it is!
-Get help with all those confounding electronic devices
during TechAdvisor at Wilkinson Public Library every
Thu afternoon from 2-3p.
-Winter Carnival, Mar 2, San Miguel County Fairgrounds,
1165 Summit Street, Norwood, 11a-3p, fun, fun, fun!
-Red Ball Express, Mar 9, Telluride Ski Resort Nastar
Course, over 100 gigantic red exercise balls will be rolled
down the Telluride Nastar Course. Prior to the event, tick-
ets are sold for only $5 and will allow the buyer to adopt
two of the red balls. The first two balls down the course
win that ticket holder $5,000.
-Full Moon Relay, Mar 16, Base of Lift 4, Village Express,
in Mountain Village.
-The Subaru Freeride Series, Mar 20-23
-Delta¡¯s Home Garden & Recreation Show, Mar 28-29,
Bill Heddles Recreation Center, Gunnison River Dr,
Delta, The perfect opportunity to showcase your business
to a large, eager crowd. 970.874.8616
--Kids Climbing College, Sat, Mar 1, 10a-3p, Please come
out with your kids for the fun! Ouray Ice Park, Kids Wall.
-Time Traveler¡¯s Dinner, Sat, Mar 1, Prepared by Phil
Martinez & Rob Megna. Open to the public. $20/person,
seating at 4:30p, dinner served at 5p. Dress to represent
your favorite time in history: Vikings, Renaissance, Old
West, Pirate, you pick it! Live medieval music during
dinner & live classic rock by The Skinners afterwards.
RSVP TO PHIL: 970.626.4054, Ouray Elks Lodge
-Paradox Ice ¡°Got Stump!¡± Fundraiser, Sat, Mar 1, 7:30-
9:30p, Auction & gear raffle. Beer provided by the Ouray
Brewery. Ouray Community Center
-A Few Good Men, Mar 7-22, Magic Circle Theater, 420
S. 12th St, Montrose, Director Keith Distel. Broadway hit
about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death
of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. For Tickets Call:
970.249.7838 Website: magiccircleplayers.com
--Snow shoes available for check out at Wilkinson Public