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2014 April
Pg 14 - The Sunshine Express
-BeaconFest Senior Fair, Apr 17, 159 Main St, Gr Jct, en-
tertainment, free food, lively seminars and informational
booths from over 90 senior related businesses. BeaconFest
is free to attend. Thousands of dollars worth of door priz-
es will be given away to those who attend, 970.243.8829
-Desert R.A.T.S. Trailrunning Festival, Apr 18-20, Fruita,
weekend includes pasta dinner, Trail Marathon, 50K and
Double Marathon races on Saturday, awards party and 5
mile and half marathon races on Sunday, 303.249.1112
-Southwest Arborfest, Apr 19, 12th & Gunnison, Gr Jct,
Earth Day has teamed up with Southwest Arbor Fest to
kick off the season with the first large outdoor festival of
the year, enjoy live music along with Colorado craft brew
beer garden, chili tasting/cook-off, jalapeno-eating contest,
tree seedling giveaway, demonstrations and presenta-
tions, and so much more, 970.254.3866
-Beneath the Cross, Join FBC-GJ for the Easter Celebra-
tion of the Year! You may think you know the Easter Story
forwards and back, but you have never heard it like this
before! Get the Easter Story from the outsider¡¯s perspec-
tive. All ages will enjoy this spectacular theater presenta-
tion. Easter Morning, 10:15a, First Baptist Church, 720
Grand Ave. 970.209.9383, or Betty
Schanz at FBC: 970.242.5645.
-Arbor Day, Apr 23, 324 N Coulson St, Fruita, 4-6p, At The
Fruita Community Center, Poster contest, demonstrations,
tree planting, children¡¯s activities, and tree giveaways Call
the Rec Center for information 970.858.0360
-Lincoln Park Open Track Meet, Apr 24, 12th & North, Gr
Jct, 5:30p, test your skills in an all ages, open track meet
that includes field and running events. ribbons awarded
to all competitors. 970.254.3866
-Fruita Fat Tire Festival, Apr 24-26, S Park Square, Fruita
-Outdoor Expo RV/Boat/Camper Swap Sale, Apr 25-26,
2785 US Hwy 50, Gr Jct, Townsquare Media presents, at
the Mesa County Fairgrounds 970.242.7788
-Outdoor Heritage Day (7th Annual), Apr 26, Riverbend
Park, 451 Pendleton St, Palisade, Kids bring your parents
and explore what Colorado¡¯s outdoors have to offer! All
activities and lunch are free. .22 Rifle Shooting and Ar-
chery, Fishing Clinic and Fly Fishing (bring your pole or
use one of ours), Hands-on Activities
-Regional Pickleball Tournament, Apr 26-27, 1340 Gun-
nison Ave, Gr Jct, 970.254.3866
--Open Bard Poetry Series, Apr 3, 6:30-9p, Sherbino
Theater, monthly poetry reading/performance series,
Ridgway. This month¡¯s event will feature Luis Lopez, of
Colorado Mesa University, doors open 6p.
-Apr 4-6, 8a-5:30p, Montrose Adventure Film Festival,
inaugural year includes 3 days of film from around the
world, an Adventure Media series, with professionals
from photography, filmmaking, writing and art, yoga
in a Colorado Yurt with Prana Ambassador, Olivia Hsu,
and the world premier of ¡°The New Black¡± by Evan Kay.
Films will be shown at The Fox theater in downtown
Montrose and will be kicked off with an Adventure
Themed First Friday Art Walk, block party on Centen-
nial Plaza Sat night with DJ and beer garden, Brightleaf
Power tours of their solar manufacturing facility, Cascade
Bicycles organized bike rides on Sat and Sun morning.
-Weehawken Dance Presents Alice in Wonderland, Apr
16, 6-8p, Montrose Pavilion,
-How the Local Mountains Got their Names, Apr 17-19 &
24-26, 10a-4:30p, Ouray County Museum, Have you ever
wondered how the peaks around Ouray got their Names?
Our special exhibit answers these questions and more.
-Ridgway MoonWalk, Apr 17, 5-8p, South Ridgway
Neighborhood, Join the Ridgway Creative District and
Weehawken Creative Arts in a fun exploration of creativ-
ity in the South Ridgway neighborhood. Tour studios of
creatives and get to know your neighbors.
-1st Annual Western Slope Freedom Fest! Live music &
FUN! April 19, $15/$35VIP, Pato Banton w/Funkdafari,
Ouray County 4H Ctr, Ridgway, 970.626.4099,
-Ouray ForkFest, Apr 25, 6-9p, ¡®Restaurant Crawl¡¯, Local
Ouray restaurants will open up for a taste of wine, beer
or specialty drink and samples of appetizers. Tickets
required; Apr 26, Community Center, chef demos; Ouray
school gym, Champagne Breakfast in the morning, tickets
needed, free chef demonstrations with samples and food
producer presentations in the afternoon.
--Apr 4, Hitchin¡¯ Post Dance Fridays, every 1st Friday, 7p,
no cover, happy hour prices, music by Debby Leopold.
-Telluride Ski Resort Closing date Apr 6
Gunnison/Crested Butte/Lake City:
--Flauschink, Apr 2-6, The last weekend of ski and
snowboard season isn¡¯t a quiet occasion in Crested Butte,
where the expected rarely happens. Locals and visitors
will be flushing out winter and welcoming spring.
-Slush Huck/Pond Skim, Apr 5, The end of ski season is
another excuse to celebrate, dress up in silly costumes
and have wacky events, like the Slush Huck, where con-
testants skim across water on skis and snowboards. Get
in your last turns of the season and go out with a bang!
-The Ultimate Snowmobile Event, Apr 10-13, The inaugu-
ral 8-event snowmobile contest will crown the Ultimate
Snowmobiler. Produced by 357 Productions, the Ultimate
Snowmobile Event will draw contestants and spectators
to the base area after the resort closes for the ski season.
-1st Annual Western Slope Freedom Fest! Live music &
FUN! April 18, $15/$35VIP, Pato Banton w/Fractalia, Ma-
jestic Theatre, Cr. Butte, 970.349.5550,
--Cedar Mesa Spring Scholarship Dinner, Apr 5, $15 for
marinated grilled flank steak, vegetable, salad, roll, des-
sert, & drink. Benefits CHS graduating seniors, Open to
public, Cedar Mesa Club, 15637 Peach Rd, Cedaredge,
Reserved Seatings at 5&7p, reservations requested.
-Private Medicare Counseling appointments being taken
for Apr 7 in Delta, For info contact Barbara Moore,
970.249.9639 or Paul Ash, 970.399.3514.
-Cowboy Poetry Recitation, Apr 10, by Nathan Stumpf,
Cedaredge 8th grader, Cedaredge Library, 180 SW 6th
Ave, Cedaredge, 2-2:30p, free.
-3rd Annual Dragon Unchained Renaissance & Pirate
Fantasy Faire, Apr 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4, 1699 H38
Road, Delta, Step back in time with our historical,
heritage, timeline event. See cannons firing, trebuchets
launching, blacksmiths, bakers, weavers and much more.
Be knighted by the Boy King or test your hand in the
combat arts. Unique artisans and something for every-
one. Admission is FREE to the public, come dressed up
and get a prize,
-Valley Symphony Orchestra w/Valley Youth Orchestra,
Apr 27, 3-5p, All members of Valley Youth Orchestra join
to perform Summer Dances and the advanced players
will join in playing Ashokan Farewell by Jay Unger,