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Happenings
2016 April/May
Pg 16 - The Sunshine Express
us for what promises to be an exciting & encourag-
ing evening as we hear what God is doing in the
lives of coaches, athletes and in our community,
970.628.4690
-Southwest Arborfest, 12th & Gunnison, Grand
Junction, April 23, Lincoln Park, Earth Day has
teamed up with Southwest Arbor Fest to kick off the
season with the first large outdoor festival of the
year, Noon-5p, Beer tasting $20, 970.254.3866
-Rumble at 18 Rd, 18 Rd Bike Trails, Fruita, April
23-24, Fruita Bike Trails, 970.744.4450
-101 Dalmations, 645 Main St, Grand Junction, Ava-
lon Theatre, Sat, April 23, 11a, part of the Western
Slope Ctr for Children 2nd annual Empowering Your
Children Spring Fundraiser, 970.812.1292
-St. Mary¡¯s Hospital Gear Up Festival, Downtown
Fruita, April 23-24, previously known as MOG fest,
970.443.4993
-5k Memory Run/Walk, Larchwood Inns, 2845 N
15th St, Grand Junction, April 23, all of our pro-
ceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer¡¯s Associa-
tion, 970.245.0022
-GJHS Reining Schooling Show, 2785 US Hwy 50,
Grand Junction, Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered
Arena, Sunday, April 24, Free admission for the
public, 970.255.7100
-Western Slope Reining Horse Association Show,
2785 US Hwy 50, Grand Junction, April 27-May
1, Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered Arena, Daily
Wednesday-Sunday, 970.255.7100
-Fruita Fat Tire Festival, Civic Center, Downtown
Fruita, April 28-30, the 21st year of this Singletrack
Mountain Bike tradition, 303.635.2815
-CMU Maverick Classic (Cycling), Downtown GJ,
Fruita, and Palisade, April 29-May 1, See website
for more information and complete schedule of
events, 970.248.1469
-Arbor Day, W Aspen Ave, Fruita, Fruita Circle Park,
Friday, April 29, 4-6p, kids crafts, tree planting,
punch & cookies, educational resources and tree
giveaways, 970.858.0360
-Mile High National BMX: Supercross Series, 2785
Hwy 50, Grand Junction, April 29-May 1, Mesa
County Fairgrounds BMX Track, BMX athletes from
around the world, this is an event you will NOT
want to miss, 970.433.7159
-Grand Junction Renaissance Faire, 715 Struthers
Ave, Grand Junction, April 29-30, Las Colonias Park,
come take a look at our magnificent renaissance
history and lifestyle that surrounds these festive
traditions, 970.462.7795
-Outdoor Heritage Day, 451 Pendleton St, Palisade,
Riverbend Park, Sat, April 30, kids bring your par-
ents and explore what Colorado¡¯s outdoors have to
offer, all activities are free, 970.464.5602
-April 30, Family Health West healthcare organi-
zation presents ¡®Rockin¡¯ Elegance¡¯ featuring The
Drifters! Black-tie event benefits Courtyard Care
Center, The Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St, Gr Jct,
970.858.2108
-The GAC Maifest, Edgewater Brewery, 905
Struthers Ave, Gr Jct, Sunday, May 1, 4-7p, Mu-
sic provided by the Alpine Echo Band, NO cover
charge, GAC will provide some tables & a few chairs
near the stage, outdoor concert, so everyone needs
to bring their own outdoor chairs, Drinks & food will
be ordered directly from Brewery Staff, menu of-
fers a Brat plate, from 4-6p we will get Happy Hour
prices on drinks, 970.242.2657
-20th annual Rose Hill Rally Bike Ride, 730 24 Rd,
Grand Junction, Canyon View Park, Sunday, May 1,
970.242.5940
-Grand Junction Symphony Guild¡¯s Tex-Mex Party,
718 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction, May 1, Travelodge
Ballroom, celebrating our cultures through music,
dance & food, featuring Mariachi San Jose de Javier
de los Santos and Country Western Music and
Dance by Lesly, 970.243.6787
-Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission Meeting,
755 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction, May 5-6, See web-
site for detailed schedule/agenda information
-18 Hours of Fruita, 1800 11 8/10 Rd, Loma, High-
line Lake State Park, May 6-7, See website or call
for event schedule and registration, 303.635.2815
-Palisade Brews & Cruise Festival, 120 W Eighth St,
Palisade, Memorial Park, May 6-7, Friday, May 6
street dance, 970.464.7458
-Grand Valley Dressage Society Horse Show, 2785
Hwy 50, Grand Junction, Mesa County Fairgrounds
Covered Arena, Sat & Sun, May 7-8, starting 8a,
Free admission, 970.858.1604
-Grand Valley Marathon, Palisade, Town Center
Plaza, Saturday, May 7, participate in a Marathon,
Half Marathon, 10K or 5K, see some of the most
historic and scenic areas in the Grand Valley
-Girls on the Run 5K, 325 E Aspen Ave, Fruita Com-
munity Ctr, Sat, May 7, 10a, 970.257.9267
-Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show, 159 Main St, Grand
Junction, Two Rivers Convention Ctr, Saturday May
7: 9a-6p; Sunday May 9: 9a-4p, adults $3, kids
between 11-18 years $1, kids 10 & under free with
paid adult, 970.270.8068
-Veteran¡¯s Art April Exhibit
Opening Reception, 307 S
12th St, Gr Jct, Veterans
Art Center Gallery, Sunday,
April 3, 6p, exhibit runs the
month of April, not open
during the day on Sundays,
970.462.3126
-Colorado Mesa University
Rodeo, 2785 Hwy 50, Grand
Junction, Mesa County Fair-
grounds Grand Stands, April
8-9, for tickets & informa-
tion please call Kevin Bates:
970.260.3851
-Palisade International
Honey Bee Festival, 3rd &
Main, Downtown Palisade,
Saturday, April 9, join us for
a fun-filled & educational day
of celebrating the industrious
honeybee, 970.464.5777
-Public Star Viewing with the
Astronomy Club, 1750 Rim
Rock Dr, Fruita, Colorado
National Monument, Satur-
day, April 9, at the Saddle-
horn Picnic Area Parking Lot,
970.812.3661
-A Taste of Spring, Colo-
rado¡¯s First Statewide Barrel
Tasting, April 9-10, Colorado
Wineries, 970.464.0111
-Down N Dirty Barrel Race,
2785 Hwy 50, Grand Junc-
tion, April 10, Mesa County
Fairgrounds, 970.250.5066
-Garden Talk Class: Discover
Wildflowers, 655 Struthers
Ave, Grand Junction, West-
ern Colorado Botanical Gar-
dens Library, Thursday, April
14, 12-1p, 970.254.3866
-Altrusa Art Fair, 1803 N 7th
St, Grand Junction, April
15-30, The Art Center, open-
ing reception and awards
Sat, April 16, Middle School
Awards: 12-1:30p, High
School Awards: 1:30-4p,
970.243.7337
-Desert R.A.T.S. Trailrunning Festival, April 15-17, Fruita
Trails, a weekend of fun & running on the beautiful trails
near Fruita, choose your length from a variety offered,
303.249.1112
-Be Our Guest: Colorado National Monument, Fruita,
April 16-24, National Park Service fee free days celebrat-
ing National Parks Week, 970.858.3617
-Lincoln O.M. ROARing to Run 5K, 2888 B 1/2 Rd, Grand
Junction, April 16, Lincoln O.M. Elementary School, for
Lincoln O.M. Elementary School students, families and
the greater Grand Valley community, 970.254.7940
-Racing in the Rockies Barrel Series, 2785 Hwy 50, Grand
Junction, April 16-17, Mesa County Fairgrounds, Barrel
Racing at its best in Western Colorado, 970.390.3712
-Trap Shoot Tournament, 116 32 Rd, Grand Junction,
April 16, Grand Junction Trap Club, join the City of Grand
Junction Employee Outreach Committee for this super
fun Trap Shoot Tournament to support a great cause,
970.549.5172
-Western Slope Outdoor Fest presented by Humphrey
RV, Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave, Grand Junc-
tion, April 16, bands, beer, bikes, boards and a boat load
more, 970.986.4900
-Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Society 41st Annual
Banquet & Fundraiser, 159 Main St, Grand Junction, April
16, Two Rivers Convention Ctr
-Woofstock, Roice-Hurst Humane Society, 641 Struthers
Ave, Grand Junction, April 16, Western Colorado Botani-
cal Gardens, Three bands: The Instagators, Flat Top
Reed, JACK + JILL, Roice-Hurst will have dogs available
for adoption, kids activities, cat/dog behavior ses-
sions, pet vendors, no outside food or beverage please,
970.434.7337
-Colorado West Paint Horse Club Show, 2785 US Hwy 50,
Grand Junction, Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered Arena,
Sunday, April 17, 8a, 970.255.7100
-Lincoln Park Open Track Meet, 12th and North Ave,
Grand Junction, Lincoln Park Track/Stocker Stadium,
Wed, April 20, 5:30p, Do you run for fun? Challenge your
friends & family to race among each other for bragging
rights, 970.254.3866
-BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fair, 159 Main St, Grand
Junction, April 21, Two Rivers Convention Ctr, The
BEACON Senior Newspaper is having a party and you¡¯re
invited, 9a-3p, 970.243.8829
-Poets & Writers of CMU Reading Series, 354 Main St,
Grand Junction, Five 60 Salon, Thu, April 21, 7p, open
reading featuring guest poet Kyle Harvey, free event is
open to the public, 970.256.9630
-Northwestern CO FCA Spring Banquet, 3940 27 1/2 Rd,
Grand Junction, April 21, First Presbyterian Church, join
--InspireSong 2016, May 19-22, Learn the craft of song-
writing from Matthew West, multiple-ASCAP Christian
Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and WORD
Worship songwriters Benji & Jenna Cowart, find out what
the music industry is looking for these days and how it
is changing, check out our InspireSong 2016 songwrit-
ing contest, if you are selected as the winner you¡¯ll get
to share your sing live onstage at our open to the public
concert during the event, Crossroads Church, admission
starting at $249, contact Derek Brown 970.925.7828,
derek@ccaspen.com, www.ccaspen.com
-Ride for the Pass, May 21, 10a, recreational ride & road
bike race up Highway 82 toward Independence Pass allow-
ing riders to enjoy this beautiful Scenic Byway BEFORE it
is opened to cars for the season, benefits the Indepen-
dence Pass Foundation¡¯s restoration work on the Pass,
new this year: 2 finish lines, the 1st at Weller Lake turn-
out just over 2 miles from starting line for families & rec-
reational riders, the 2nd at the traditional Independence
ghost town site ten miles from the start, 970.379.1222,
dinab@sopris.net, www.independencepass.org/ride
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
--Grand Junction Daily Sentinel RV Show, 2785 US Hwy
50, Grand Junction, Mesa County Fairgrounds Main Park-
ing Lot, Mar 31-Apr 2, Thu 10-6, Fri 10-7, Sat 10-5, Free
admission, tour great trailers, toy haulers and more,
970.256.4290
-Return to the Forbidden Planet, 1400 N 5th St, Grand
Junction High School, April 1 at 7p and April 2 at 2 and
7p, 970.261.5363
-Treasures from the Floating World: Recent Acquisitions
to the Permanent Collection, 1803 N 7th St, Grand Junc-
tion, The Western Colorado Center for the Arts, exhibit
on display through April 23, First Friday reception April 1
featuring a Japanese concert 6:30p, Cash bar (beer and
wine), Free and open to the public, 970.243.7337
-Grand Junction Horse Show, 2785 Hwy 50, Grand Junc-
tion, Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered Arena, Saturday,
April 2, 8a, Free to the public, 970.255.7100
-Powderhorn End of Season Weekend, 48338 Powderhorn
Rd, Mesa, April 2-3, traditional Pond Skim and other fun
activities, 970.268.5700
-Alternative Health Expo, 2817 North Ave, Gr Jct,April
2, 10a-4p, FREE to attend, A Taste of Heaven Catering,
A day of Wellness exploration with professionals from
around the West, 970.639.0819
-Edesia Wine & Food Festival, Fundraiser for Marillac
Clinic, 777 Grande River Dr, Palisade, Wine Country Inn, a
Palisade Culinary Wine & Spirits Adventure, Sunday, April
3, must be 21 to attend, exquisite food, wine and spirits,
970.464.5777