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April 4, 2013
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Ten new ways to love the Grand Valley!

Located at the old Coffee Muggers location (and across the street from the Avalon Theatre), a new shop opened up on Main Street called Downtown Coffee. Pop in, enjoy the art, and get a beverage!

The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) recently opened a brand-new bike trail in Fruita. It's called "Mo' Joe," and it's a continuation of Joe's Ridge "with lots of jumps and berms," said COPMOBA volunteer and cycling enthusiast Sarah Withers. Want to help build local singletrack bike trails or support the folks who do? Visit www.copmoba.org.

The Tepanyaki Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar recently opened at 752 1/2 Horizon Drive, and it serves a variety of seafood and other traditional options. Plus, the tepanyaki chefs put on quite a performance for guests sitting around the large table-top "teppan" grill! The restaurant opens every day at 4 p.m. Call 970-242-7772 for more info, or visit www.facebook.com/TepanyakiJapeneseSteakHouseSushiBar.

Loree's, a new restaurant on Main Street in the old Dolce Vita location (336 Main St.), has already soft-opened. It will be fully open for business at the beginning of April. Opened by the family who owns Garfield's in the Redlands, the menu has lots of hearty protein options much like Garfield's. Pop in and say hi!

Caf V, a vegetarian caf, recently opened at 1014 Fifth St. (the corner of Fifth and Belford). What makes it unique is that it partnered with The House, a homeless shelter, to give "100 hours of weekly employment to homeless teens in Grand Junction," a news release said. Check out the menu at www.cafe-v-gj.com.

The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau recently announced a brand-new festival planned for Labor Day Weekend on historic Main Street. Called Grand Junction Off-Road, it's an endurance mountain bike event, an expo and festival with music.

Heading into its fourth month, the next Fruita Fourth Fridays Art Walk will be held April 26. In a nod to Grand Junction's ever popular First Friday Art Walk, Fruita's business owners wanted a regular artsy event of its own. Already growing, more businesses (and not just galleries) are participating each month with special events, music, food and drink, etc.

Everyone probably knows that Sprouts finally opened this past winter near the Walmart off Highway 6 & 50. But, if you don't, now you do. This 27,000 square-foot natural-foods market offers fresh produce (some organic), plus lots of clearly marked, gluten-free options. Their vegetable department is reason alone to check them out. Located at 1450 W. Independent Ave., visit www.sprouts.com to check out their weekly specials online.

Located at 439 Hwy. 6 & 50, Fruita's new restaurant - Thai Palace - is open for business.It "opened almost a month ago," said Robbie Urquhart, a Fruita Chamber of Commerce staffer. "Wonderful, wonderful folks, great food."Want to learn more? Visit www.facebook.com/thaipalacefruita.

Here's some big news! On June 1-2, Grand Junction will host the 2013 Special Olympics Summer Games in Colorado. "This will be the first time a statewide competition of this scale has been held on the Western Slope since the organization began the games in 1969," a GJ Visitors and Convention Bureau news release said. Organizers also noted that "approximately 1,200 athletes compete in track and field, gymnastics, swimming, power lifting and soccer over the course of two days."For a complete schedule, visit www.visitgrandjunction.com/special-olympics-colorado-summer-games.


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