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2018 April/May
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
-Vail Film Festival returns, April 5-8
-Apr 13, Vail Yeti Hockey game, semi pro hockey
with a full 3 periods of exciting action
-Apr 14-15, Spring Back To Vail, end-of-season
splash with World Pond Skimming Championships,
apr¨¨s parties, Bud Light Bags Tournament & more
-Skate Vail ¡°Melee in the Mountains¡±, Apr 27-29,
mix-up roller derby tournament comprised of a
round-robin elimination culminating with a champi-
onship bout
-May 4, Legacy Fighting Alliance, American mixed
martial arts promotion, broadcast on AXS TV
-Vail Whitewater Race Series, May 8, 15, 22, 29,
gives local and visiting kayakers, stand up paddle
boarders and two-person raft teams the opportunity
to race
--Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, Vaudeville Din-
ner Show, Apr 14, 6p, 915 Grand Ave, Glenwood
Springs, 2 hour family fun dinner theater show w/
professional talent performing comedy skits, jokes,
high energy dance numbers, unique novelty songs
& original comedic presentations, while you savor a
meal prepared by many of Glenwood Springs¡¯ best
restaurants, 970.945.9699
-Fryingpan River Cleanup, Apr 21, 8:30a-12p, Lions
Park, 101 Midland Ave, Basalt, Help clean up one of
the most beautiful stretches of river in the country,
Volunteers of all ages welcome, free breakfast be-
fore cleaning up a 1-mile section of the river, Prizes
for: Best of Trash, Most Toxic, Most Useful, Most
Unusual Trash, Best Photo, 970.927.1290
-Rifle Rendezvous, May 18-20, celebrate our local
history, a place where people of all cultures can
assemble, exchange their wares, goods, values and
ideas, bringing together people of all ages & heritag-
es who¡¯ve helped pioneer the mountains & valleys
of Western Colorado, Garfield County Fair Grounds,
1001 Railroad Ave, Rifle,
Grand Junction Area/Fruita/Mesa/
--CMU Juried Student Exhibit, The Art Center, 1803
N 7th St, Gr Jct, thru April 7, 970.243.7337
-Iterations Exhibit, The Art Center, 1803 N 7th St,
Gr Jct, the art of Mary Robinson, on display thru
April 20, 970.243.7337
-Altrusa Art Fair, 1803 N 7th St, Gr Jct, Apr 4-27,
The Art Center, 970.243.7337
-Mr Burns, A Post Electric Play (Rated PG-13), 1231
N 12th St, Gr Jct, Apr 6-15, Mesa Experimental
Theatre at CMU, Call or see website for ticket pricing
information, 970.248.1604
-Critique Night, 1803 N 7th St, Gr Jct, Apr 6, West-
ern Colorado Center for the Arts, 970.243.7337
-Native American Art Auction, Apr 6-7, 248 S 4th St,
Gr Jct, Museum of the West, Whitman Education Ctr,
R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post will be auction-
ing Native American rugs, pottery baskets, katsina
dolls, jewelry, art & more, no entry fee or bidder
fee, 970.242.0971
-Grand Junction Horse Show, Apr 7, Mesa County
Fairgrounds Covered Arena, 2785 Hwy 50, Gr Jct,
Fuzzy Show, Free to the public, 970.255.7100
-Veteran¡¯s Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Apr 7,
Veteran¡¯s Art Center, 307 S 12th St, Gr Jct, 1st Sat-
urday each month, 970.462.3126
-Racing in the Rockies Barrel Series, Apr 7-8, Mesa
County Fairgrounds, 2785 US 50, Gr Jct, See web-
site for more information, 970.390.3712
-RMSHA Hill Climb, Powderhorn Mtn resort, Apr 7-8,
48338 Powderhorn Rd, Mesa, competitors race up
one of the more demanding runs at Powderhorn in a
time trial format, 970.268.5700
-A Day In the Orchards, Apr 7, Cross Orchards His-
toric Site, 3073 F Road, Gr Jct, see museum website
for admission & information, 970.242.0971
-Edesia 2018, A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits
Adventure, Apr 8, Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande
River Dr, Palisade, 970.464.5777
-Giselle, broadcast LIVE from the Bolshoi Ballet in
Moscow, Apr 8, Regal Canyon View Theatre, 648
Market St, Gr Jct, 970.248.3558
-CWBRA Series Barrel Race, Apr 11, Mesa County
Fairgrounds, 2785 US 50, Gr Jct, 970.255.7100
-Best of the West Celebration, Apr 12, The Double-
tree Hotel, 743 Horizon Dr, Gr Jct, celebration of
excellence in business in the Grand Valley, a fun
casual, social event, 970.256.4290
-CMU Maverick Stampede Rodeo, Apr 13-14, Mesa
County Fairgrounds Grand Stands, 2785 US 50, Gr
Jct, 970.255.7100, For tickets & information call
Kevin Bates 970.260.3851
-Zippity Do Dogs Agility Dog Show, April 13-15,
Mesa County Fairgrounds Park Complex, 2785 US
Hwy 50, Gr Jct
-Desert R.A.T.S. Trailrunning Festival, April 13-15,
Mack Trailhead, Kokopelli Trail System, Mack, week-
end of fun & running on the beautiful trails near
Fruita, 303.249.1112
-Palisade International Honeybee Festival, April 14,
3rd & Main, Downtown Palisade, a fun-filled & edu-
cational day of celebrating the industrious honey-
bee, 970.464.5777
-CWBRA Series Barrel Race, Apr 18, Mesa County
Fairgrounds, 2785 US 50, Gr Jct, 970.255.7100
-Lincoln Park Open Track Meet, Apr 19, 5:30p, Lin-
coln Park Track Stocker Stadium, 12th & North Ave,
Gr Jct, a variety of different running, jumping and
throwing competitions, 970.254.3866
-BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fair, Apr 19, 9a-3p,
Two Rivers Convention Ctr, 159 Main St, Gr Jct, The
BEACON Senior Newspaper is having a party and
you¡¯re invited, 970.243.8829
-Night at the Races, Apr 20, Mesa County Fair
Grounds, 2785 US 50, Gr Jct, evening of fun, food
& wagering w/funny money, drawing to win 1 of 2
prizes, 970.216.8723
Events, Fairs, Festivals, Fun
Cortez/Dolores/Dove Creek/Mancos:
--Raising Readers Storytime, every Thur 10:30a, Cor-
tez Public Library, 202 N Park St, Cortez,older children
welcome to join for a craft 11:15a, songs, stories,
crafts & silliness, for more info contact the library:
-Montelores Early Childhood Council, monthly lun-
cheon meeting, 1st Monday monthly, 11:45a, down-
stairs meeting room 110, Johnson Building, 925 S
Broadway, Cortez, public invited especially parents,
bring your own beverage, lunch provided so please
RSVP to Vangi McCoy: 970.749.7017
-Apr 7, International Tabletop Day, 9a-6p, worldwide
celebration of tabletop gaming for all members of the
community, learn a new game, play an old game,
mingle with gamers of all ages, Mancos Public Library,
211 W First St, Mancos, Jenni Kitchen, 970.533.7600,
-Montezuma Community Barn Dance, 3p, Apr 8, a
great way to have fun w/friends or make new ones
dancing to Six Dollar String Band, Adults $10, Stu-
dents $5, Family $25, Legacy Dance, 20 W Main St,
-Mountainfilm on Tour & Great Outdoors Silent Auc-
tion, Apr 27, 5:30p, award-winning films from Tel-
luride Mountainfilm Festival, a huge auction full of
amazing gear & goods from the area, food & drinks,
Kid Zone, $10 (12 & under free), Dolores Community
Ctr, 400 Riverside Ave, Dolores
-Apr 28, Living with Wildfire resource & education fair
fund-raiser, educational booths, demonstrations, live
dance bands, live & silent auctions, Special guests
Smokey Bear, dance bands Carute Roma(3-5:30p) and
the Afrobeatniks(6-9p), $10 at the door; $8 pre-reg-
istration; free for 16 years & under, Mancos Brewing
Co., 484 E Frontage Rd, Mancos
-Anasazi Heritage Ctr Curation Tours, 2p, every Thurs-
day May-Oct, explore collections area where nearly 4
million artifacts are housed, only offered in summer
for visitors, must be 12 or older, To reserve a tour
space call 970.882.5613, Free, Anasazi Heritage Ctr,
27501 CO Hwy 184, Dolores
-Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival, May 9, 9a-
5p, Cortez,
Durango/Silverton/Hesperus/Pagosa Springs:
--Run the Rim 10k/5k, Apr 8, Fort Lewis College Cam-
pus, registration/start near clock tower
-Devo Bike Swap, Chapman Hill, April 20-21, 8a-4p,
fundraiser for Durango Devo a local Junior Develop-
ment mountain bike program for ages 2-18 which
aims to create conscientious stewards of our public
lands through time spent on bikes, director@duran-
-Apr 27, TechKnowledge Conference, Durango Cham-
ber of Commerce hosts 4th Annual Tech Conference,
DoubleTree Hotel, Durango
-Durango Home and Ranch Show, Apr 28-29, 10a-4p,
La Plata County Fairgrounds,
-May 25, Downtown Clean Day, Join 100 volunteers
shine up Downtown Durango before summer starts, a
fun way to start Memorial Day weekend and help the
heart of our community
-Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, May 25-27, Durango &
Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, 479 Main Ave, Du-
rango, gear up or watch bikers race the train from Du-
rango to Silverton, man vs. machine, stay in Durango
& enjoy bicycle centered events all weekend
--Taste Of Vail, rated among the nation¡¯s best spring
food & wine festivals by, USA Today and
The Travel Channel, Apr 4-8, $55-$220