A celebration of Grand Junction's lovely Main Street will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at - where else, but Main Street - from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., between the blocks of Seventh and Third streets.Fifty years ago Operation Foresight, a project to revive a dying downtown, renovated Main Street by building a serpentine street and planting trees and flowers. Benches were installed and later Art on the Corner was added.A more recent remodel increased pedestrian space, added fountains, play areas and new landscaping - as well as updated infrastructure below the street.The public is invited to come enjoy Main Street, Saturday, Sept. 8, where an array of activities have been planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Operation Foresight. There will be a 1960s car show, a rock and roll DJ, dance demonstrations, a soda fountain, chalk art, historic photos, Chautauqua performers, music by the Centennial Band, and a Defy Gravity aerial show. Main Street merchants will host sidewalk sales; and a historic film screening about Grand Junction will be held at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., at noon, and again at 1 p.m.An entire block for kids will include two bump and jump bounce houses, face painting, balloon twisting, Lego brick stations, and more. For adults, the Oakley Gallery and the Grand Valley Art Students League are offering free, one-on-one art lessons for those 12 and older. Art lessons will take place in tents set up on the 600 block of Main Street. Six Oakley Gallery artists will give 45-minute lessons from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (there's a $5 supply fee). People can sign up and reserve a lesson in advance at the Oakley Gallery, inside Interiors, Etc., 602 Main St.The instructors are Sue Samuelson, Nancy Cale, Diane Saulnier, Claudia Crowell, Sara Oakley and Peg Oswald. Each student will complete a small painting or drawing during class.A special ceremony to recognize Operation Foresight visionaries of 50 years ago will take place at 11 a.m. at Fourth and Main streets.
Friday, Sept. 75:30 p.m. Operation Foresight sculpture installation in front of Springhill Suites (Third & Main). Sculpture will honor these community leaders from 1962 - Dale Hollingsworth, Joe Lacy and Leland Schmidt.6:15 p.m. Reception inside Springhill Suites7:00 p.m. Showing of the "redone" but original film titled "Operation Foresight and GJ in 1962" at the Avalon8:00 p.m. Showing of the movie "American Graffiti" - $5 admission Saturday, Sept. 810:00 a.m. Main Street celebration fair opens11:00 a.m. Celebration ceremony at Fourth and Main in front of Wells Fargo Noon Showing of the "Operation Foresight and GJ in 1962" film at the AvalonNoon Dance performance by La Puerta Dance Studio dancers12-12:45 p.m. Centennial Band performance at Seventh and Main1:00 p.m. Showing of the "Operation Foresight and GJ in 1962" film at the Avalon1:30-2:30 p.m. Defy Gravity performance at Seventh and Main3:00 p.m. Main Street celebration fair concludes