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Happenings
2014 May
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
Junction Motor Speedway, A mud running, air sucking,
muscle pounding 5K obstacle course for adventurers (ath-
letes & daring beginners) age 12 & older, benefits Special
Olympics of Western Colorado. No registration necessary.
-LTR Sports Gunny Enduro, May 10, Little Park Rd, Gr
Jct, 3rd annual Gunny Enduro, the True Trail Rider¡¯s
Event, with just 200ft of climbing and over 700ft of de-
scending over a 4 mile course, 970.257.7678
-The Lemon Squeezer: Introduction to Canyoneering Trip,
w/Museum of the West, May 10, 462 Ute Ave, Gr Jct, Led
by Zebulon Miracle & Kris Hjelle, Register by May 3, $70/
Museum member; $75/Non-member, includes all gear &
guide services, 970.242.0971
-Desert R.A.T.S. Classic, 100K Mountain Bike Race & 50K
Fat Tire Ride, May 10, Fruita, 303.249.1112
-Bloomin¡¯ Deals Plant Sale, May 10, 641 Struthers Ave,
Gr Jct, Enrich & expand your gardens! Come & enjoy our
garden! Interesting & unusual plants for SALE, annuals,
perennials, tropical plants & more! Entertainment, bene-
fits the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. 970.245.3288
-Beat Beethoven 5K, May 10, 645 Main St, Gr Jct, the 1st
race of its kind on the Western Slope, competitors try to
finish ahead of Beethoven & his 5th Symphony (about 30
minutes), race begins & ends in front of the Avalon The-
ater & the entire 5th Symphony will be broadcast on the
radio. Those finishing before the end of the piece win a
special prize, open to all skill levels. Run or walk! Benefits
GJ Symphony Orchestra & the Avalon Theatre Founda-
tion¡¯s Cornerstone Project. 970.243.6787
-Grand Valley Pony Club Show, May 10-11, 2785 US Hwy
50, Gr Jct, Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered Arena, Free
Admission, Starts 8a each day. 970.270.4609
-Insane Inflatable 5K Obstacle Run, May 10, 1065 Hwy 6
& 50, Mack, John Mcconnell Math & Science Center
-Mother¡¯s Day Pancake Breakfast, Orchard Mesa Lions
Club, May 11, 2785 US Hwy 50, Gr Jct, 970.255.7100
-CMU Dance Society Dance Concert: Naked Soles, May
11, 1100 North St, Gr Jct, All student choreographed,
directed & danced. 970.248.1604
-Waltz Dance Party, May 16, 523 1/2 Main St, Gr Jct, 8-10p,
La Puerta Ballroom, Waltz lessons 7-8p before dance.
970.712.2552
-Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, May 16-17, Fruita
Civic Center Pavilion, 325 E Aspen Ave, Mike Store, Arti-
sian & Food Vendors, Backyard Games (Free), Lions Club
Pancake Breakfast, Mike¡¯s Disc Golf Tournament, Mike 5k
Run/Walk, Mike¡¯s May Madness Car Show presented by
Blue Dots Car Club, Sud¡¯s Brothers Wing Eating Contest,
Peep Eating Contest, Good Egg Awards, 970.858.0360,
more info: miketheheadlesschicken.org
-Grand Mesa Llama Classic, May 16-18, 2785 US Hwy 50,
Gr Jct, 8a, Mesa County Fairgrounds, Free, 970.255.7100
-HITS Triathlon Series & Fitness Festival, 1800 11 8/10 Rd,
Loma. May 16: HITS Fitness Festival and Packet & Timing
Chip pick-up for all races 2-7p; May 17: Fitness Festival
and Half & Full Races 6a-Midnight; May 19: Open, Sprint,
& Olympic races & Fitness Festival 6a-3p. 845.247.7275,
register: www.hitstriathlonseries.com/grand-junction-co
-L¡¯Eroica (The Hero) Bike Race, May 17, 6th & Main St,
Gr Jct, a recreated 1899-1915 102 mile bicycle ride from
Gr Jct to Glenwood, We¡¯ve researched the history of the
Midland Road Race and have included as many of the
original elements of the race as possible. 970.245.7939
-Adobe National Golf Tournament, May 17, 876 18 1/2
Road, Fruita, 4 person scramble. Register at Adobe Creek
National Golf Course, or call David: 970.234.1497
-East Coast Swing Dance Party, May 23, 523 1/2 Main St,
Gr Jct, lessons 7-8p, Dance Party 8-10p, 970.712.2552
-Ride for the Pass, 20th Anniversary, May 17, Indepen-
dence Pass, Winter Gate, 7 Miles E of Aspen, fundraiser
for the Independence Pass Foundation. Bicycle race up
Independence Pass. Recreational riders & families encour-
aged to participate, gives riders a unique opportunity
to ride this stunningly scenic route while it is free of
motorized vehicles, followed by a party at the St. Regis
in Aspen, with free beer & many drawing prizes donated
by Roaring Fork Valley businesses. 970.379.1222, Register
online: independencepass.org
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
--Fox Trot Dance Party, May 2, 8-10p, La Puerta Ballroom,
523 1/2 Main St, Gr Jct. Lessons 7-8p before the dance
party. 970.712.2552
-Fine Art Auction, biggest fundraising event of the The
Art Center¡¯s year, May 2, 5-7p: opening reception, silent
auction & meet the artists; 7p: Live Auction begins! 1803
N 7th St, Gr Jct, 970.248.1833
-18 Hours of Fruita, May 2-3, 1800 11 8/10 Rd, Loma,
Highline Lake State Park, 303.635.2815
-Gun Show by JC Productions, May 2-4, 2785 U.S. 50, Gr
Jct, Doors open at 4p Friday & at 9a Sat and Sun. $5/adult.
970.255.7100
-Symphony Storytime, May 3, 530 Grand Ave, Gr Jct, 10a,
Mesa County Libraries Central Library, Members of the
Grand Junction Symphony use stories & music to intro-
duce youngsters to percussion instruments. 970.243.4442
-Spring Day on the Cross Orchards Farm, May 3, 3073 F
Rd, Gr Jct, 9a-3p, $5/Adults, $4/Seniors, $3.50/Kids (3-12
yrs), $15/Immediate family, Museum Members free, Bring
the family, 970.242.0971
-Cinco de Mayo Celebration, May 3, Main St, Gr Jct, be-
tween 5th & 7th St, Variety of art, craft and food vendors,
entertainment all day long, 970.248.3658
-Crazy About Canyons Dinner Fundraiser, May 3, 461 35
Road, Palisade, Join us at Carlson¡¯s Winery for an evening
of food & fun, 5:30-8p, enjoy an amazing picnic buffet fea-
turing NCA grass fed beef, local produce & dishes created
by Culinary Academy student chefs, 970.263.7902
-Grand Valley Dressage Society Horse Show, May 3-4,
2785 US Hwy 50, Gr Jct, 8a, Mesa County Fairgrounds,
Free admission, 970.858.1604
-Maifest, May 4, 2-5p, Country Inns of America, 718
Horizon Dr, Gr Jct, A celebration of our German Heritage
& Culture, German Labor Day and Spring, $5 cover for
the Band and snacks, Alpine Echo, Local Bavarian Band,
Come one, come all for some good German Gemuetlich-
keit! 970.243.5080 or 970.242.2657 or 970.209.9241
-Rose Hill Rally, May 4, 730 24 Road, Gr Jct, A fam-
ily friendly, recreational bike ride through scenic farm
country around Grand Junction & Fruita. Both the 31 and
62 mile routes fully supported w/rest stops, emergency
vehicles & bike mechanics. A light breakfast, hot lunch &
commemorative bike shirt are included, 970.242.5940
-West Coast Swing Dance Party, May 9, 523 1/2 Main St,
Gr Jct, Swing lessons 7-8p before the party, Dance Party
8-10p. Bring your friends & let¡¯s party! 970.712.2552
-Art & Music Festival, May 9-11, Main St, Gr Jct, music
performed by local & national artists, artist demonstra-
tions in a variety of mediums & artists selling beautiful,
high-quality work. A celebration of art & music.
-Western Colorado Agility Dog Show, May 9-11, 2785 US
Hwy 50, Gr Jct, Mesa County Fairgrounds Lion¡¯s Park
Complex, starting 7a daily. Free admission, 970.255.7100
-Grand Valley Marathon, May 10, Palisade, Marathon, 1/2
Marathon, 10K or 5K, for details & to register:
mammothmarathons.org/grand-valley-marathon
-The Gauntlet, May 10, 3002 N I-70 Frontage Road, Grand
-Taste of Durango, May 18, 11a-2p, downtown Duran-
go, showcases the fabulous fare of Durango restaurants
& craft beer from Durango¡¯s 4 breweries.
-Golf with Grace, May 23, Join the 4th annual Golf
with Grace tournament, to support Grace Prepara-
tory Academy in Durango, at The Glacier Club. Tee
off is 10a, $150/golfer ($600/team). Register online at:
golfwithgrace.com
-Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts, May 24, a day
on the river and an evening out to three of Durango¡¯s
thirst-quenching craft breweries for a tour & taste of
the trade, this specialty trip scheduled only on May
24, May 31, June 7, June 13, June 21, & July 12, call for
booking info & specific details: 970.247.4789.
-The Ultra Upper Animas, May 25, 6:15a-6p, Want all of
the Class IV and V rapids that the Upper Animas River
has to offer? Discover this specialty trip scheduled only
on May 25 and June 7. In order to participate, you must
be very fit, as in, ¡°Is there also a triathlon in town that I
can participate in right now??¡± fit, and pass an on-river
orientation the night before your trip, call for booking
info & specific details: 970.247.4789.
-Narrow Gauge 10 Miler & 5K, May 25, 8a-1p, Santa
Rita Park, 149 S Camino del Rio, Durango, This is the
oldest race in Colorado.
-Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, May 24-26
-May 30-31, Durango Blues Train, An exciting 3.5 hour
moving musical experience.
Eagle/Gypsum/Edwards/Avon/Vail:
-May 14, 21, 28, Vail Whitewater Race Series, takes
place on Gore Creek for kayaks, rafts & SUPs, The
course challenges will change every week, 970.926.3867
-Blues, Brews & BBQ, May 24-25, 40 Village Rd, Beaver
Creek, top barbecue chefs from around the state join
local chefs in serving up mouth-watering BBQ, comple-
mented by thirst-quenching microbrews, Taste your
way around the plaza while listening to a full lineup of
free blues music each day.
-May 24-26, Feast! Vail, inspires guests with a weekend
packed full of delicious culinary experiences & Vail
adventure. Renowned Vail chefs collaborate & compete
with visiting guest chefs, includes tasting events, craft
beer & distiller tastings, variety of culinary inspired
classes, various locations, Vail Village, 970.479.2454
-May 25-26, Vail Valor Races, 2-day running celebra-
tion to kick off spring in the mountains & recognize the
Memorial Day holiday, 970.479.2454.
Glenwood/Aspen/Carbondale/Rifle:
-Carbondale Independence Run & Hike Ladies Night,
May 1, 5:30-7:30p, free event features a presentation by
elite endurance runner Darcy Africa and Elinor Fish,
head of Wild Retreats, a women¡¯s only running, health
& wellness retreat. The first 50 women to arrive will re-
ceive a goody bag, there will be a Fashion Show, Run-
ning Clinic & Raffle, plus food catered by The Goat. La
Fontana Plaza, off Highway 133. 970.704.0909 or visit:
www.IndependenceRunandHike.com
-The Valley Divas women¡¯s networking group, May 7,
Mi Casita, Main St, Carbondale, 5:30-7p, $12/Carbon-
dale Chamber members, $15/non-members, includes
beverage or margarita, appetizers & tip, Bring business
card for drawings & networking, RSVP: 970.704.1711,
www.facebook.com/valleydivasroaringfork
-Dandelion Day, May 10, Carbondale, After citizens
lobbied to end spraying of herbicide on parks & play-
grounds, the Town of Carbondale adopted the dande-
lion as its official Town Flower. Now we celebrate their
arrival every year with a festival of sustainability.