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Happenings
2016 February/March
Pg 14 - The Sunshine Express
Hotchkiss Cedaredge Delta
--¡¯Through Our Eyes¡¯, Hotchkiss Fine Arts opening
reception, Feb 5, 5-7p, Blue Sage Ctr For the Arts, 228
Grand Ave, Paonia, See the world through the eyes of
the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association artists, group exhi-
bition on display through March 14
-TEDxPaonia, Feb 5-6, Paradise Theater, Paonia, Visit
the website for all details: tedxpaonia.fopt.org
-Grand Mesa Ice Fishing Contest, Sat, Feb 6, 9a-
3p, call the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce:
970.856.6961, Prizes will be awarded.
-Soil Conference, Feb 11-12, 11a, Community Center,
Grand Ave, Delta, Speakers will present on soil health
& practices, cover crop tour.
-Grand Mesa Nordic Loppet, Feb 27, 9a-5p, Skyway
Parking Lot, Hwy 65 on Grand Mesa, 10a Freestyle
Mass Start, 21K & 42K, $30(21K), $35(42K) GMNC
Members $5, Trail maps & registration: www.gmnc.
org or race day @9a in Skyway parking lot (cash or
checks), average race elevation is over 10,500ft!
-Feb 27, North Fork Area Raptor Trip! Space is limited
to 12 participants, the trip will leave at 9a until 2 or 3p,
Wear warm clothes and bring lunch & water, contact
Jason Beason to reserve space & get meeting location:
jason.beason @birdconservancy.org
-Eckert Crane Days, Mar 18-20, Fruitgrower¡¯s Res-
ervoir, Experience lift off & landing, speakers & food,
more details to come: www.eckertcranedays.com
-Mesa Meltdown, Mar 19, 11a-1p, Skyway Point, Grand
Mesa, Hwy 65, 5K/20K Freestyle (simultaneous mass
start for both races)
Montrose/Olathe/Ridgway/Ouray:
--Help raise money for long-time resident & musi-
cian Kevin Vernon, LIVE music by the Astralknots, Rob
Jones, Sicko Soundeffect, Boxcar Lizzy, Open Jams &
more, fundraiser & Live Auction, Taco Del Gnar, Ridg-
way, 3-8:30p, Feb 6, Let¡¯s Rev for Kev Everyone!
-Weehawken Company Dance Show: Edward Scis-
sorhands, Feb 19, 6-8p; Feb 20, 3-5p, Wright Opera
House, Ouray, 970.325.4399
-Feb 19, ¡®Sherb Nerds¡¯ Trivia Night, monthly, variety of
prizes, cash prize for the 1st place, doors 6:30p, trivia
starts 7p, $5/adults, $3/students cash bar available,
970.318.0892, www.sherbinotheater.com
-ROCC Spaghetti Dinner & Citizen of the Year, Sat, Feb
20, 5:30-9p
-1st annual ¡®Dancing with the Stars¡¯, CASA of the 7th
Judicial District fundraiser, Mar 5, 6-9:30p, Montrose
Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Dr, patterned after the popular
TV show CASA has reached out to a group of ¡®Stars¡¯,
across the 6 counties of the District, that will include
teams of area business owners, youth, professionals
& retirees paired w/area dance instructors & chore-
ographers, A panel of judges give feedback & scores.
Your vote will be counted. Bring your phone to vote
live for the ¡®Peoples Choice¡¯ award, Concessions served
by Montrose High School LULAC¡¯s, Support 2 great
youth oriented organizations in one evening of fam-
ily fun, $25, for questions or to sponsor contact us:
970.249.0337 or Email: info@casa7jd.org
-Guided Snowshoe Hikes, Mar 5 at 10a & Mar 6 at 1p,
Black Canyon National Park, Meet at the South Rim
Visitor Ctr, experience winter at Black Canyon by snow-
shoeing with a ranger among the oaks, open meadows
& along the canyon rim. No special skill needed to par-
ticipate in these 1.5 mile walks. Allow 2.5 hours for the
program. Snowshoes available to use free of charge for
these programs, reservations required: 970.249.1914
ext.423
-Second Chance Humane Society Wine & Whiskers
Weekend; Thu, Mar 10, 6:30-8:30p, Opening Night
Fashion Cabaret; Sat, March 12, 5:30p-midnight, Gala
Event w/catered fare, silent & live auctions, the Fashion
Cabaret & dance party, $15/advance($20/door) for
Thu night, $40/advance($45/door) for Sat night; both
events at Ouray County 4H Event Center, Ridgway, buy
tickets online or at Second Chance Thrift Shops in Ridg-
way & Telluride, 970.626.2273 for details or to volun-
teer, or visit: www.adoptmountainpets.org
Norwood/Nucla/Naturita/Telluride:
--SMRC Chocolate Lovers¡¯ Fling, Benefit for San Miguel
Resource Ctr, Feb 6, Conference Ctr, Mtn Village, Tel-
luride, 970.728.5842
-Feb 7, BIG Super Bowl Party, wide screen TV, lots of
stuff to give away, good food, great fun, The Hitchin¡¯
Post, Norwood, 970.327.4969
-Feb 10, free legal clinic for parties who have no attor-
ney, 2-3:30p, 2nd Wed monthly, Nucla Public Library,
-Kick Aspen Big Air, Mar 18, a 1-night competition full
of action as 20 invited skiers & 20 invited snowboard-
ers battle it out under the lights competing to take
home a portion of the $7,000 prize purse, with $2,000
going to 1st place, $1,000 going to 2nd place & $500
going to 3rd in both skiing & snowboarding, dress
warm & join us for the action w/live music & Bud Light
beer garden, connect w/event online by using the
hashtag #KickAspen
-Mar 19-20, In its inaugural year, The Colorado Colle-
giate Freeride Championships comes to Aspen/Snow-
mass as an IFSA-Sanctioned Freeride World Qualifier,
skiers & Snowboarders 18 & over take on a technically
challenging course on Snowmass & will be judged on
line choice, fluidity, control, technique, style & energy,
Registration opens to the public Feb 3, 12p MST
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
--Singing Valentines will be available again this
year, call the dedicated Barbershop phone number:
970.257.7664 and set one up with Jack. On Feb 12,
13 or 14 he can send you a quartet dressed in tux-
edos delivering 2 LOVE songs, a red rose and a simple
card with your words on it, from 8a-8p, from Palisade
to Mack, all for only $45! Bonus Bargain for showing
your LOVE for/to someone!!
-CMU Hockey Game & Kid¡¯s Coat Drive, Feb 4, The
Glacier Ice Arena, 2515 River Rd, Gr Jct, 8p, vs.
Colorado State University, $5 adult admission fee will
be waived for anyone donating a new or gently used
children-size winter coat, 970.248.1446
-Down N Dirty Barrel Race, Feb 6,13,20 & Mar 5,26,
2785 Hwy 50, Gr Jct, Mesa County Fairgrounds, Office
opens 9a, Time only 9:30a-12:30p, Peewees & ground
work 12:30-1p, Open 5D starts at 1p with the novice
horse and youth to follow, free admission for specta-
tors, 970.250.5066
-¡¯Woodlawn¡¯, free movie event, popcorn included!,
Feb 6, 1-4p, Victory Life Church, 2066 Hwy 6 & 50,
Fruita, full theater experience, Invite your teammates,
friends & neighbors to see an amazing movie based
on a true story, please reserve your ticket online to
make sure you get a seat, free admission, donations
accepted on behalf of the local FCA ministry, we can
only accommodate the 1st 650 to RSVP, 970.628.4690
-Feb 8, Plan to spend the evening with your family at
the 13th Annual Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley,
Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St, Gr Jct,
4-7:30p, 970.243.5364
-The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens & City of Gr
Jct Parks & Rec present Garden Talk Class: Weed Con-
trol, Feb 11, 12-1p, 655 Struthers Ave, $5, Instructor:
Master Gardener Melissa Werkmeister, pre-registration
encouraged, call GJ Parks & Rec at: 970.254.3866
-Glacier Yetis Hockey, Feb 12-13, 2515 Riverside
Pkwy, Gr Jct, Fri 2/12 at 7p, Sat 2/13 at 10a, Both
games vs. the Colorado Thunderbirds, 970.242.7465
-Senior Valentine¡¯s Dance, Feb 13, 625 27 1/2 Rd, Gr
Jct, for Adults 55 & older, presented by Beacon Senior
News & Hilltop Senior Living Communities, live band
& dancing, Hors d¡¯oeuvres, cash bar, advance tickets
$20/person; $40/couple; at the door $25/$50, for
tickets call the Beacon News at: 970.243.8829
-Sweet Heart Run & Health Expo, Feb 13, 324 N Coul-
son, Fruita, February is American Heart Month, grab
your sweetheart & sign up for the 5k/10k to keep
your heart pumping, then come check out all the
vendors at the Health Expo, best dressed couple
wins a 32¡± flat screen TV donated by Rocky Moun-
tain Orthopaedic Association, after party w/live
entertainment, 970.858.0360
-Valentine¡¯s Day Hike, to Kissing Couple Rock Forma-
tion in Monument Canyon, Feb 14, Mile marker 5 on
Broadway, Gr Jct, 970.433.4312
-Night Skiing at Powderhorn, Feb 26-27, 48338
Powderhorn Rd, Mesa, Fri & Sat nights come out for
night skiing at Powderhorn, call 970.268.5700 or see
website for more info: www.powderhorn.com
-Feb 26, 743 Horizon Dr, Gr Jct, STRiVE¡¯s 50th An-
niversary dinner play, at the Double Tree, ¡®Always
Patsy Cline¡¯, a wonderful evening of fine dining,
drinks, professional theater & fun, 970.244.5506
-Harmony Acres is hosting a fundraiser & showing
of ¡®Playing with Magic¡¯ by Wayne Ewing, Feb 27, 645
Main St, Avalon Theater, Downtown Gr Jct, showtime
is 4p with dining & events after, tickets are $45 & in-
clude catered dining from Two Rivers Convention Ctr
plus silent & live auctions following the movie, tick-
ets limited, must be purchased in advance, based
on the book ¡®Zen Mind, Zen Horse¡¯ by neurosurgeon
Dr. Allan Hamilton, this film explores the scientific,
emotional & spiritual healing that occurs through
interaction with horses, 970.231.7956
-Dine & Dance w/Western CO Jazz Orchestra &
Alycia Vince & Scott Betts, Mar 4, 1100 North Ave,
Gr Jct, CMU Meyer Ballroom, $50 includes dinner &
dance, 6:30p dinner, 7:30p dancing, 970.243.6787
-DreamCatcher Half Marathon, Mar 5, S 7th St &
Struthers Ave, Gr Jct, 7a, designed to give every
level of runner/walker an opportunity to experience
the thrill & challenge of crossing the finish line after
a 13.1 mile course, 970.234.8772, see website for
info & registration: www.starunnerenterprises.com
-Mar 10, 655 Struthers Ave, Gr Jct, The Western Colorado
Botanical Gardens & City of Gr Jct Parks & Rec present Gar-
den Talk Class: Diagnosing Plants, 12-1p, $5, instructors:
Master Gardeners Jan Klahn & Martha Hartung, pre-regis-
tration encouraged, call GJ Parks & Rec at: 970.254.3866
-A La Mode, a sweet & savory fundraiser for Horizon Sun-
rise Rotary Club, Mar 10, 6:30-9p, Doubletree by Hilton,
743 Horizon Dr, Gr Jct, ticket holders given two drink
coupons & encouraged to taste over 14 mouth watering
desserts made by local Grand Valley chefs & vote on their
favorite creation, proceeds benefit causes such as CASA, GJ
Imagination Library, Spellbinders, 3d Grade Dictionaries &
Medicine Arm-and-Arm, $40 for 1, $75 for 2, 970.261.4002
-Mesas to Monuments Quilt Show, Mar 11-12, 910 N 12th
St, Gr Jct, around 200 quilts of every size & description,
antique bed turnings at 11a & 2p daily, door prizes, demon-
strations, opportunities to meet the artists, drawings to win
a quilt each day, viewer¡¯s choice voting, vendors & our SSQ
consignment booth, 970.241.2688
-Western Slope on Tap Craft Beer Festival, Mar 12, 2785
Hwy 50, Gr Jct, Mesa County Fairgrounds, showcases over
100 releases from some of America¡¯s best craft breweries,
live music, food, vendors, 970.242.7788
-Kid Olympics & Strider Snow Cup, Powderhorn Mountain
Resort, Mar 12, 48338 Powderhorn Rd, Mesa, brought to
you by St. Mary¡¯s Hospital, call 970.268.5700 or for more
info & schedule of events: www.powderhorn.com
-U12 Championships, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Mar
19-20, 48338 Powderhorn Rd, Mesa, come watch some
amazing youth compete, 970.268.5700
-Grand Junction Daily Sentinel RV Show, Mar 31-Apr 2,
2785 US Hwy 50, Gr Jct, Mesa County Fairgrounds, Thu
10-6, Fri 10-7, Sat 10-5, free admission, tour great trailers,
toy haulers & more, 970.256.4290
Gunnison/Crested Butte/Lake City:
--IFSA Nationals Junior/College Freeskiing Competitions Feb
6-7, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 75-100 junior competi-
tors will compete in the famed Extreme Limits terrain, more
info: www.Freeskiers.org
-Crested Butte Nordic: Alley Loop, Feb 6, American Birke-
beiner qualifier with a twist, the largest costume party
& one of the biggest nordic ski races in the state, course
starts & finishes in the heart of downtown Crested Butte
-Feb 12-14, Crested Butte Mtn Resort, the GORE-TEX Ski
Mountaineering National Championship race, a USSMA
sanctioned uphill vertical race on Fri eve and individual &
pairs races Sat-Sun, www.ussma.org/events
-Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, Mar 26-27, an extraordinary
40-mile backcountry ski race between the towns of Crested
Butte & Aspen, Starting at midnight from Crested Butte,
often in sub-zero temperatures, racers traverse Colorado¡¯s
spectacular Elk Mountains, extreme endurance event,
racers climb more than 7,800 vertical feet & navigate in a
self-supported backcountry race that tests them physically
& mentally. To maintain safety, backcountry racers compete
in teams of two & are required to carry mandatory gear.
-Mar 27, Crested Butte Mtn Resort, Happy Easter! Kids 10
& under search the grand ballroom in the Lodge at Moun-
taineer Square for all the Easter Eggs they can find,hunt
starts at 11a sharp! New Golden Egg Treasure Hunt w/
prizes, including a season pass for the 2016-2017 winter
season, hidden all around the mountain. Entry is $10, a
portion of which goes to a local non-profit partner, must
pre-register at Butte 66 at 9a.