Sunday, March 29, 2009

April 2009 Events

Don't miss all the great art shows, Handel's Messiah, Spring Barrel Tasting, the Fruita Fat Tire Festival and more!!

Information courtesy the Grand Junction VCB:

2009 MSC Senior Art Show
April 01, 2009 to April 11, 2009
Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission is $3 --free on Tuesday
The 2009 Mesa State College graduating senior Studio Art majors are excited to exhibit collectively at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. This year’s Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates have the unique opportunity to display their senior exhibition work at the Art Center.
Mesa State College Johnson Art Gallery and Art Department
7th Street and Orchard Ave., CO
(970) 248-1833

Centennial Band Spring Concert
April 02, 2009 7 pm
$5 - Available of Grand Junction Symphony Office, Roper Music, Band Members, at Door.
Centennial Band Spring Concert features saxaphone soloist Tim Timmons. Timmons will also appear in recital at Mesa State College on April 1, 3 pm at the Recital Hall. Centennial Band Music Director Gary Ambrosioer said, "We are thrilled and honored by the opportunity to bring an internationally known musician and professor to our appreciative audience." Included in this concert are: Fantasia for Alto Saxophone by Claude T. Smith, Harlem Nocturne by Earle Hagen and Serenade for Alto Saxophone and Band by Frank Benecrissuto.
Palisade High School Auditorium
3679 G Road, CO
(970) 243-9091

Community Arts and Crafts Fair
April 03, 2009 8 am to 5 pm
By Dynamic Artisans Group
Center for Independence
740 Gunnison Ave, CO
970-241-0315 x 19

Tom Russell
April 03, 2009 8 pm
$25 general admission
Acoustic show.
Roper Music Hall
130 N. Fifth St, CO

Pato Banton
April 03, 2009 9 pm
$15 ages 18 plus
Mesa Theater and Club
538 Main Street, CO

MSC Juried Student Art Show Opening
April 03, 2009 6:30 p.m. Introductions and awards, 7-9 p.m. Reception
Free and open to the public. Cash bar and hors d'oeurs.
OPENING: 33rd Annual Mesa State College Student Art Exhibit and MSC 2009 Graduating Seniors Exhibit both underwritten by Williams Energy and Delta Petroleum CONTINUING 17th Annual Western Colorado Watercolor Juried Exhibition
The Art Center
1803 North 7th Street, CO
(970)243-7337 x4

Gr Jct Horse Show
April 04, 2009 8:00 am
Free to the public
Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered Arena
2785 US Highway 50, Grand Junction, CO

Cross Orchards Easter Egg Hunt
April 04, 2009 10:00 am
$4 adult, $3 child or $10 whole family. Special discounts for Muesum members.
Following the egg hunt the kids will have an opportunity to dye an egg using natural food coloring materials. Fun for the whole family. Take a stroll back in time to experience how people lived and worked over a century ago.
Cross Orchards Living History Farm
3073 F Road, CO

Fran Cosmo at the historic Avalon
April 04, 2009 8 pm
Concert by former lead singer of Boston. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Unit Way.
645 Main Street, CO

Monument Under the Stars
April 04, 2009 Dusk until 10 pm
Join Hank Schoch and the Western Colorado Astronomy Club for a “Galileo Evening Under the Stars.” Club members will set up telescopes for night sky viewing as well as a special scope that projects a digital image of the sky on a monitor. A highlight of the evening is the opportunity to gaze at the stars through a replica of the telescope that Galileo built and used to explore the heavens exactly four hundred years ago. Got a scope of your own? Bring it along, set it up, and share your favorite views with others. Meet at the Saddlehorn picnic parking lot at dusk.
Saddlehorn picnic parking
CO National Monument, CO
(970)858-3617 x360 or 364

Ryan Anthony, best known for his contribution to the Canadian Brass, currently enjoys a varied career as soloist, educator, chamber musician and orchestral player. Having departed the world-renowned brass ensemble in 2003, Anthony quickly became one of the most sought after trumpet players in America, prompting the celebrated trumpeter, Doc Severinsen, to note: "He will be missed with [Canadian Brass], but I feel certain he will have a great and distinguished career as a soloist". In the summer of 2006 Mr. Anthony once again joined the ranks with Canadian Brass as part of the "Dream Team" and appeared in various performances with the famed group.
Moss Performing Arts Center
1100 North Avenue, CO

April 06, 2009 21 plus
Acoustic 90's rock.
Weavers Tavern
103 N 1st., CO

The Planets Concert
April 07, 2009 7:30 PM
Ryan Anthony, trumpet Farnon – Scherzando Friedman – Classical Concerto in C Holst – The Planets------------In support of the League of American Orchestras' "Orchestras Feeding America" program, the GJSO will be accepting kid-friendly, non-perishable items at the concert.
Grand Junction High School Auditorium
1400 N. 5th Street, CO
(970) 243-6787

Art Exhibit at Planet Earth
April 10, 2009 to April 25, 2009
Opening Reception April 10 from 7-10 p.m.
Artists, Matty Kirk and Ondrea Svaldi, present "Sepiroth: The Soul's Journey", an event that shares personal interpretations for the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and the Tarot.
Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery
524 Colorado Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501

Faculty Brass Quintet
April 10, 2009 7:30 pm
A memorable way to spend the veing on Good Friday.
First United Methodist Church
522 White Ave, CO
(970) 242-4850

4th Annual MOG Sale & Outdoor Fest!
April 11, 2009 The MOG Sale opens to the general public, free admission, from 10am-4pm
VIP tickets at Mountain Sprouts (542 Main St), Loki Outerwear (2249 Broadway) & KAFM (1310 Ute Ave)!
*A Benefit Event-- Bring the family, join your buddies and head downtown for a day of great deals on outdoor gear & apparel from brands like Chaco (Sandals & Footwear), Ulu (Boots), Trek Bicycles, Black Diamond (Mountain Equipment), DT Swiss (Bike Wheels & Parts), Loki (Patented Outerwear), Deuter (Backpacks), Crescent Moon Snowshoes, Mountain Sprouts (Childrens Adventure Outfitter), Mountain Khakis (Pants Built for the Mountain Life) & many more! The manufacturers themselves will be there to sell samples, closeouts, & blems directly to the public for unbelievably low deals! Several local, regional & national non-profits will also be there promoting our incredible outdoor community. And remember April is the perfect time of year in the high desert stay and play! Gates for the MOG VIP Sale open at 9am with a $5 non-profit donation. Proceeds from the VIP ticket donations go to KAFM 88.1 Community Radio and COPMOBA-----The MOG Fest continues that evening at the Mesa Theater! Telluride Mountainfilm kicks off at 7pm, open to all ages with select high-octane feature films & documentaries sure to rev-up the crowd! LOKI Nite starts at 9pm for 21+ with live music and benefit atmosphere. Tickets are $12 at the door ($10 with MOG VIP ticket!), one-time entry cost for both events, kids 12 and under free. A portion of ticket sales benefits our local and regional outdoor and arts non-profit communities.
500 block of Main Street
(970) 241-2971 or

Handel's Messiah Concert at the Avalon
April 12, 2009 Free - Messiah Choral Society gift to our community.
Performed by the Messiah Choral Society. Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful, inspirational music. Doors open 1:45 pm. We recommend arriving by 2 pm. Performance 2:30 pm.
645 Main Street

Rob "Chicken Fatt" Mitchell
April 13, 2009 All Shows 21+ / No Cover
At Weavers' Tavern Rob Mitchell playing (comedy / folk rock)
103 North 1st. Street, CO

Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
April 15, 2009 to April 18, 2009
All shows start at 7:30pm
$20 adults, $25 seniors/faculty/staff, $5 students
An absorbing, intense and mature play based on fact, OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD tells the fascinating story of the first prisoners to be deported on a fleet of British ships to Australia. Setting up a colony in Port Jackson (present day Sydney), 2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark decides to stage a theatrical production using the convicts as the cast. The experience has as profound an effect on the prisoners as it does on the face of the Australian continent itself. Directed by Peter Ivanov
Mesa State College
Moss Performing Arts Center, 1100 North Ave, CO

Join Professor Gigi Richard from Mesa State College for a 1-hour Powerpoint presentation. Richard will discuss physical aspects of the Monument and how they contribute to flash flooding and what this means for a growing community at the base of the Monument. She will also talk about her ongoing research of the history of flash flooding in the last one hundred years in the Monument accompanied by photos of flood damage.
CO Ntl Monument Visitor Center
(970)858-3617 x360/364

Rabbit Valley Rampage
April 17, 2009 to April 19, 2009
Rabbit Valley is known for the fun nature of its trails- lots of whoops, minor technical sections and fast tracking. But once you hit the Western Rim Trail, watch out, and don't get too enamored by the views- this cliffside adventure twists and turns around incredible rocks formations created by the Colorado River, with steep ledges and drops to your side. This course best suits a well-rounded rider whose skill sets blend both fitness and technical prowess.----- Day of registration will be from noon-8 pm on 4/9/09 at Over the Edge Sports in Fruita--more information to follow.
(McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area between CO and Rabbit Valley.
Rabbit Valley, exit 2, on the south side of I-70., Fruita, CO, CO

Til Willis Performance
April 17, 2009 7:00 pm
On national tour delivering lyrically driven rock/Americana.
Coffee Muggers
644 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 241.1968

29th Annual Peach Blossom Art
April 17, 2009 to April 19, 2009
Fri & Sat 10 am to 7 pm, Sun 10 am to 3 pm
The Palisade Art Lovers Peach Blossom Art Show is one of the largest judged art shows in the Grand Valley, boasting nearly 125 artists and exhibiting more than 400 works of art each year. ---The 2nd Pigtails and Wine Trails Sunday Tour will take place Sunday the 19, as will an Antiques Appraisal Event on Main St. It's a great weekend to pop on over to Palisade. Feel free to contact me for more information.
Palisade Memorial Building
120 East 8th Street, CO

4-H Horse Show
April 18, 2009 Free to the public
Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered Arena
2785 US Highway 50, Grand Junction, CO

Earth Day 2009
April 18, 2009 11am-5pm
Local artists. Booths with green products and services. Kids activities. Food, fun, dancing and live music including Flat Top Reed, the 17thSt. Band, and many more! come celebrate the earth and our community!
Mesa County Fair Grounds
2787 Hwy 50, CO
970 241 0209

Jennifer Slates -Spring Flute Recital
April 18, 2009 7 pm
Spring flute recital given by local flutist Jennifer Slates. The recital will feature pieces by Bach, Quantz, Tchaikovsky, Goddard & more! Solo flute in the springtime of the year makeup one of the most peaceful thoughts available to humans. Take a minute out to enjoy the peace and beauty of this solo flute music.
First United Methodist
5th & White, CO

Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus Country Countdown
April 18, 2009 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
$15 - Adults / $12 - Students & Seniors / 6 & Under - Free
Experience country music barbershop style! The Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus performs with over 40 students from Mesa County School District 51. Tickets are available at Party Land (2650 North Ave.); United Country Realty (2470 Patterson); at the door ; or call 970-314-7202.
Avalon Theatre
645 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Grand Valley Pony Club Show
April 19, 2009 Free to the public
Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered Arena
2785 US Highway 50, Grand Junction, CO

Shades of Gonzo
April 20, 2009 10pm / No Cover
All Shows 21+ /
Playing blues rock, 420 party feat
103 North 1st. Street, CO

14th Annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival
April 23, 2009 to April 26, 2009
14th Annual New Belgium Brewing Fruita Fat Tire Festival presented by US Bank. Come join the fun at Colorado's "kickoff" to the mountain bike season in the beautiful red rock country.----- Thursday April 23, 2009 Expo set-up, VIP Party for industry and participants registered by April 23. Registration for the festival will occur from 3-6 pm at the Civic Center. ----- Friday April 24, 2009 Expo, Beer Garden, Rides, Party 6-10pm - No Cover. Registration 10-6 pm at the Civic Center. Daily schedules posted at the Info Tent! ---- Saturday April 25, 2009 Clunker Crit, Expo, Beer Garden, Rides, Party 6-10pm - No Cover, Registration 10-12 noon at the Civic Center. Daily schedules posted at the Info tent! ----- Sunday April 26, 2009 Enjoy the trails before you head home!!
(303) 635-2815

ArtSpace Tour Event
April 23, 2009 to May 03, 2009
Reception April 23 6-8p.m: Tour May 2 & 3: Saturday, 10a.m. till 5p.m. & Sunday, noon till 5p.m
Artspace members $25; others $50; some special art group rates are provided
Across the Grand Valley from Fruita - Palisade --See artists in their working studios & homes. A personal and up close view of the creative process. Professional signs will be provided. Free colorful tour maps available at reception, Thursday, April 23, 6-8p.m. at Vectra Bank (on F Rd/Patterson across from the mall). Preview work from artists on the tour. Send a colorful image (not less than 300dpi) for the tour map. Exhibit at Vectra Bank Ap 3 - 30 for the public of one work from all martists on the tour.
Reception at Vectra Bank Patterson Rd across from Mesa Mall

Spring Barrel Tasting
April 24, 2009 to April 26, 2009
Friday 6:30-9:30; Saturday 10:00-4:00 Sunday 10:00 - 3:00
The Grand Valley Winery Association will be hosting a Winemaker's dinner for the benefit of a charitable organization, on Friday evening April 24th. The cost will be $87.50 per person and is limited to the first 100 people. -------------- Saturday and Sunday: There will be 8 wineries featuring their current releases as well as giving a sneak-peek at what is to come! All of the fantastic wines will also be paired with delectable foods.--The Cost includes a commemorative wine glass, entrance into a drawing for a free case of wine, and a passport. The tickets are non-refundable; however they are transferable by the holder. Limited to 375 people.
Two Rivers Winery
2087 Broadway, CO
866-312-9463 (866-312-WINE)

Grand Mesa Llama Classic
April 25, 2009 to April 26, 2009
8:00 am
Free to the public
Mesa County Fairgrounds Covered Arena
2785 US Highway 50, Grand Junction, CO

Super Cross Grandstand Event
April 25, 2009 Show starts at 6:00 p.m.; gates open at 4:30pm
Ticket pricing will be announced.
Mesa County Fairgrounds The event goes all day with the qualifying rounds and the finalists perform in the evening show.
Mesa COunty Fair Grounds
2785 US Hwy 50, CO

Palisade Wildlife Officer Organizes Event to 'Get Kids Outdoors'

Springtime Galaxies at the Monument
April 25, 2009 Dusk to 10 pm
Western Colorado Astronomy Club will present a short outdoor video and have telescopes available for a tour of the night sky. Weather permitting, you will see Venus and Saturn, springtime galaxies, star forming nebulas, and star clusters.
Visitor Center
(970)858-3617 x360/364

Spring Swing
April 26, 2009 6-10 pm
$25 per person. Tickets at True Value, CEC, and Boomers
Dance to The Swing Set Band. Silent Auction, Celebrity Dancers, Cash Bar, complimentary appetizers.----All proceeds to benefit Counseling and Education Center.
2708 Patterson Road, CO

James Williams
April 27, 2009 10 pm
.. of the James Williams Band - acou. blues rock
Weavers Tavern
103 North First Street, CO

Hard Drive: The CCC, WPA, ....
April 30, 2009 to May 02, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. & Saturday, May 2, 6:00 p.m.
THE CCC, THE WPA, AND THE GRITTY CONSTRUCTION OF RIM ROCK DRIVE --- A PORCH TALK: Noted local historian Dave Fishell will regale you with stories of the hard working men of the Great Depression …. how the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration put young men to work to build the 23 mile scenic Rim Rock Drive
CO NTL Monument Visitor Center
(970)858-3617 x360/364

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