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2017 October/November
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
community to come together to kick off the holiday sea-
son, after the lighting at the Hotel Colorado downtown
Glenwood Springs comes alive with its own lighting show
across the pedestrian bridge and a wine walk in local busi-
nesses throughout downtown Glenwood, 970.989.2233
Grand Junction Area/Fruita/Mesa/Parachute:
--Downtown Art Festival, Oct 6-7, Main St, Gr Jct,
970.245.9697, details:
-Western Colorado Agility Club Dog Agility Show, Oct 6-8,
8a daily, Mesa County Fairgrounds Lion¡¯s Park Complex,
2785 US Hwy 50, Gr Jct, Free for the public, 970.270.7761
-Greek Festival, Oct 7, St Nicholas Greek Orthodox
Church, 3585 N 12th St, Gr Jct, Greek food, baked goods,
dancing, gifts & games, 970.242.9590
-Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival, Oct 7, 10a-4p, Veteran¡¯s Me-
morial Park, Palisade, 970.464.7458
-Golf Tournament Benefit for Western Slope Center For
Children, Oct 7, Tiara Rado Golf Course, 2057 S Broadway,
Gr Jct, 970.254.3866
-Comic Con, Oct 7, Two Rivers Convention Ctr, 159 Main
St, Gr Jct, Mesa County Libraries celebration of comic
books, comic art, pop culture, science fiction, fantasy, an-
ime, manga, books, graphic novels, movies, 970.243.4442
-Moonlight Miles 10k & Half Marathon, Oct 7, Corn Lake
at James M Robb Colorado River State Park, 361 32 Rd,
Clifton, 970.234.8772
-Animal Care Fair, Oct 7, Church of the Nativity, 2175
Broadway, Gr Jct, a day of caring for all creation, adoption
event, animal fair, 970.858.3923
--Fall Celebration, 10a-6p, Glenwood Caverns
Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Rd,
Glenwood Springs, a family-friendly Octoberfest
Sep 30-Oct 29, pumpkin patch, fall photo op-
portunities, food & drink specials along with the
year-round offerings, even more fun on Saturdays
from noon-5p with hayrides, games for kids, face
painting and pumpkin decorating, 970.945.4228
-Aspen Filmfest, a noncompetitive festival show-
casing narrative and documentary features, Oct
3-8, Contact 970.925.6882,
-Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy, Oct 7,
half-marathon or 5-K run/walk through the spec-
tacular Glenwood Canyon, half-marathon starts at
9a sharp, 5-K follows at 10a, Buses will carry par-
ticipants from the finish line at the No Name exit
in Glenwood Canyon to the race starting points,
online registration available at:
For more info call 970.945.5282 or visit: www.
-River Clean Up, Oct 7, 9a-2p, join the Middle
Colorado Watershed Council, Alpine Bank and your
friends in the community to clean up the banks
of Rifle Creek and the Colorado River, Centennial
Park, 300 W 5th St, Rifle, MCWC asks you bring
sun protection, water and wear close-toed shoes,
-Chili Cook-Off & Jalapeno Eating Contest, Oct 12,
5:30-8:30p, Garfield County Fairgrounds Indoor
Arena, 1001 Railroad Ave, Rifle, Come taste the
BEST Red Chili, Green Chili, Salsa, Guacamole,
Specialty with a Southwestern Flare & new this
year Apple Pie, Vote For Your Favorite, Tickets at
the door Adults $10, age 11-18 $5 w/Student ID,
10 & Under FREE, Each paid adult entry receives
one ticket to be entered for a chance to win
$1000, THAT¡¯S RIGHT $1,000 to one person at the
end of the evening (must be present to win), win-
ning ticket drawn at 8:30p sharp, People¡¯s Choice
Awards Voting conducted through Facebook, Con-
tact 970.625.2085,
-Opening Day, Nov 23, Aspen Mountain, 601 E
Dean St, 970.923.1277, www.aspensnowmass.
-Holiday lighting celebration and wine walk, Nov
24, Rain or Shine, 6-9p, Downtown Glenwood
Springs, Free, a wonderful opportunity for the
-Colorado State Championship Finals BMX, Oct 7-8,
Mesa County Fairgrounds BMX Track, 2785 US Hwy
50, Gr Jct, 970.433.7159
-Grand Valley Dressage Society Schooling Horse
Show, Oct 7-8, Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered
Arena, 2785 US Hwy 50, Gr Jct, Free, 970.858.1604
-CMU Regional Mountain Bike Championships, Oct 8,
Powderhorn Mountain Resort, 48338 Powderhorn Rd,
Mesa, 970.268.5700
-International Fly Fishing Film Festival, presented
by GVA, Oct 13, Doors 6:30p, Show 7p, Avalon The-
atre, 645 Main St, Gr Jct, 970.683.8879
-Yellow Bellied Nancy Boy Road Ride, Oct 13, 5:30p,
Brown Cycles Bike Shop, 549 Main St, Gr Jct, Pedal
the old trolley route to Fruita for snacks & to sit a
spell, 970.245.7939
-Bow Wow Film Festival, Oct 14, Avalon Theatre,
645 Main St, Gr Jct, fun event to celebrate our be-
loved canine companions, 970.434.7337
-Birth & Baby Expo, Oct 14, DoubleTree by Hilton,
743 Horizon Dr, Gr Jct, explore pregnancy, birth &
baby related education & options, 970.712.4545
-Keep ¡®Em Flying Hangar Dance, Oct 14, Rocky
Mountain Wing, CAF, 80 Heritage Way, Gr Jct, a
swingin¡¯ night w/dancing, vintage planes, live music,
single tickets $20, couples $35, 970.256.0693
-North Fork Karate Championship, Modified WKF
Rules, Oct 21, 9:30a, Two Rivers Convention Ctr,
159 Main St, Gr Jct, 970.263.5700
-Dolores Chamber Harvest Festival, Oct 14, 10a-4p, Flan-
ders Park, Beer & Cider booth, live music from the Tomlyn
Acoustic Experience from 12-3p, $50 vendor booths, Non-
Profit pay $25, Questions? Call Rocky 970.570.7486
Durango/Silverton/Hesperus/Pagosa Springs:
--Durango Double Marathon, Oct 7, annual trail running &
mountain biking event held in Durango
-Oct 7-8,14-15,21-22, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge
Railroad museum, join us for the PEANUTS The Great
Pumpkin Patch Express, it¡¯s not just for the little ones
-Cowboy Chuckwagon Breakfast, Oct 7, 5th St & Main
Ave, Part of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, $10
-Durango Cowboy Gathering Parade, Oct 7, 10a, the larg-
est motorless parade in Colorado
-Oktoberfest, Oct 7, Purgatory Resort, Durango¡¯s premier
beer festival
-One Garden at a Time, Oct 12, Manna Soup Kitchen
Garden, Durango, The Garden Project of Southwest Colo-
rado¡¯s 4th Annual farm-to-table dinner & silent auction
-The Journey of Hope Family 5k Run/Walk, Oct 14, Mercy
Regional Medical Ctr, Durango, benefits women in our
area & provides mammograms for those that can¡¯t afford
-Animas Mug Run, Oct 15, trail race on Animas City
Mountain, Durango, organized by & benefits Lisa Parker¡¯s
Puppies a local non-profit
-Bark & Wine Silent Auction Fundraiser, Oct 28, La Plata
County Fairgrounds, benefits La Plata County Humane
Society, guest speaker, silent auction, local food and dogs
& cat¡¯s from the shelter
-Full Moon Ghost Crawl: Haunted Durango Train Museum,
Oct 31, join resident paranormal observer & museum
curator Jeff Ellingson on a fascinating walking tour
-Habitat¡¯s Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, Nov 3, Double-
tree Hotel, Durango, support the foundation of two new
affordable housing units in La Plata County
--Teen Board Game Nights, Oct 3, 6p, Avon Library, 200
Benchmark Rd, Avon, a fun-filled evening of board games
galore, Choose from a mix of new & classic games from
Jenga to Catan, play a childhood favorite or learn some-
thing new, no experience necessary just bring yourself &
your friends, 970.949.6797
-Jacque¡¯s Karaoke & Variety Show, Oct 6, Back Bowl, 50
Chambers Ave, Eagle, Fridays 8p, Texas Hold¡¯em, Bil-
liards, Ping Pong & Comedy, 970.328.BOWL
-Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, Presented by Lightwire
Theater, Oct 12, 10a & 12:30p, Vilar Performing Arts
Ctr, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, Recommended for
grades 1-3, 970.845.TIXS
-Town of Avon¡¯s ¡®Man of The Cliff¡¯, Oct 14-15, 1 Lake St,
Avon, non-profit event comprised of outdoor, rugged ac-
tivities modified to fit all strength & ability levels, Notting-
ham Lake in Avon, 100% of all funds raised benefit local
charity First Descents, 970.748.4087
-The Vail Ski & Snowboard Club¡¯s Annual Ski & Snowboard
SWAP, Oct 20-22, the best place to find all you need for
the upcoming winter
-Chicken Dance, Presented by ArtsPower, Oct 24, Vilar
Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek,
10a & 12:30p, Recommended for grades K-2, 970.845.
-Town of Minturn, Minturn Halloween, Oct 30, 101 Main
St, Trick-or-Treaters from across the county come to
Minturn to take part in a safe & festive Halloween,
-Oct 31, Trick or Treat Trot, young kids (infants up to
10-year-olds, plus their families) trick-or-treat through
the streets of Vail, 2-5p, Start at welcome booths in both
Vail Village & Lionshead, costumed trick-or-treaters will
be greeted & given free balloons and then pointed in the
direction of participating merchants with oversized jack-
o-lantern bags at their entrances, event takes place rain,
snow or shine
-The lifts start turning at Vail, Nov 17, Enjoy the cama-
raderie, breakfast burritos, music & swag giveaways, all
typical happenings on Vail¡¯s Opening Day