Local calendar of events: Dec. 6-Dec. 12
FRIDAY • DEC. 6
Best of the West Music Festival — Moss Perf. Arts Center, Robinson Theatre; Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. – CMU Wind Symphony and guests. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students; AND Dec. 7, 3:30 p.m. final concert featuring three student bands. Info: 970-248-1604.
First Friday “House Works” opening exhibit — 6-9 p.m., The Art Center, 1803 N. 7th St. Free, open to the public. Info: 970-243-7337, ext. 2 or gjartcenter.org.
First Friday closing reception — for “Consort, Conspire, Collaborate, “ 6–8 p.m., CMU Art Gallery at the University Center. Info: 970-248-1833.
First Friday Holiday Cheer —5:30–8:30 p.m., Oakley Gallery, 602 Main St., inside Interiors Etc., artist demos, live music, appetizers. Info: 970-270-0303.
First Friday Gift Show — 6-9 p.m., +1 Gallery, 225 N. 5th St., #215, in the Alpine Bank bldg. Handmade art works under $100 including paintings, prints, knit wearables and more.
First Friday “Ornamentation” — exhibit opening, 5-9:30 p.m., Veterans’ Art Center, 307 S. 12th St.
First Friday Christmas party and open house — 5:30–9 p.m. Aspen Photo Art Gallery inside Main Street Bagels, 559 Main St., jazz music by Steve Williams, food, wine tasting, and more
First Friday “The Home Show” — “Calling All Saints & Sinners! Sacred Art from All Traditions,” 6-8:30 p.m., Planet Earth gallery, 524 Colorado Ave. Info: 970-256-9630.
“O Christmas Tree” holiday concert — presented by GJHS Choral Dept., 7 p.m. Dec. 6–7; 2 p.m. Dec. 7, First Church of the Nazarene, 2802 Patterson Rd. Tix: $10/$8, includes beverage and dessert. Info: 970-254-6900.
Open ballroom dancing — learn Cha Cha level 1&2 at 7 p.m.; open dancing 8-10 p.m., La Puerta Dance Studio, 523 1/2 Main St., suite A, Info: 970-712-2552.
Redlands Lions Club Chili Supper — 5-8 p.m., Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway. Also potato soup. $7/$5, 6 and under is free. All you can eat.
Movie Night “Home Alone” — 7 p.m., Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita. Info: 970-260-5413.
The Ram Band live — 9 p.m., Central Station, 2993 North Ave. Info: 970-628-4530.
Goth-Gore-Punk-Rap Holiday Party — featuring the BLKHRTS, BANG & VOWELS, Babble-Ahn, and more, 8 p.m. doors, Cruisers, 715 Horizon Drive. 21+ show, $7 cover.
Dance to the music of Desert Flyer — 7:30 p.m. Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road, for members and qualified guests. Info: 970-242-4754.
Three Peace Band live with special guests Huey and Bobby Walker — Fri.-Sat., 8-midnight, JD’s, 144 N. Mulberry St., Fruita. Info: 970-858-3996.
Barrel Proof live — doors 7 p.m., Mesa Theater, 538 Main St. Info: mesatheater.com. 21+ show.
Tim Brown live — 9 p.m., Naggy McGee’s, 359 Colorado Ave. Info: 970-424-5840.
No Apologies live — 9 p.m., Triple Tree Tavern, 201 2nd St., Clifton. No cover.
SATURDAY • DEC. 7
Author book-signing of “Zombie Baseball Beatdown” — by Paolo Bacigalupi, 2–4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2451 Patterson Rd. Info: 970-243-5113.
Annual Collbran Christmas Craft Fair — 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Plateau Valley School, 56600 Colorado Highway 330, Collbran, Santa will be there from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., face painting 2–4 p.m., more than 40 vendors. Info: 970-773-1916.
34th annual Harley Owners Group Toy Run — register 9-11:30 a.m. at GJ Harley Davidson, 2787 Crossroads Blvd. Entry is an unwrapped, new toy. All are invited to participate.
Annual Craft Fair —9 a.m.–4 p.m., Grand Villa Assisted Living, 2680 N. 15th St., free admission, open to the public. Info: 970-241-9706.
Kiwanis vs. Rotary Bell-Ringing Showdown — to raise money for Salvation Army, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at more than 40 locations incl. City Market & Safeway stores, Cabela’s, Walmart.
Senior event, country music dance by Bill Bartley — 7–10 p.m., GJ Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray Ave. Admission $5. Info: 970-858-7825.
Monthly Variety Show — 7:30 p.m., Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen, Fruita. Info: 970-260-5413.
Bear Hand Killers live — 9:30 p.m., Cruiser’s Bar, 715 Horizon Dr. behind Applebee’s. Info: 970-314-2554. $5 cover.
Bobby Bruce Schlagel live — 5-8 p.m. followed by Good Times Karaoke, 9 p.m.-midnight, Bailey’s Lounge, Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd.
Flat Top Reed live — 9 p.m., Naggy McGee’s, 359 Colorado Ave. Info: 970-424-5840.
Goodman Unplugged live — 7 p.m., Palisade Brew Pub, 200 Peach St. in Palisade. Info: 970-464-1462.
WTF Are You Wearing? Costume Dance Party — 10 p.m., Sabrosa, 112 S. 5th St. Info: 970-257-9020. No cover, 21+.
SUNDAY • DEC. 8
Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans — kick-off 2:05 p.m. MST. Find your local watering hole and enjoy the game.
Author book-singing of “The Jew Named Jesus” — by Rebekah Simon-Peter, 1–3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2451 Patterson Rd., 970-243-5113.
Candlelight ceremony & prayer event — to memorialize the homeless who’ve died in our community, 1 p.m., west side of Hawthorne Park, 4th & Hill. Hosted by the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless.
History of Unitarianism class — 2:30-4 p.m., 1425 N. 5th St. Child-care provided. Info: 970-712-8684, uucgv.org. Open to all.
Mo5aic in concert — a five-man a cappella group, 7 p.m., CMU Brownson Arena in the Maverick Center. Adults $20 advance, $25 at the door; students with ID $15 advance, $20 at the door; VIP tickets $35 at monumentalevents.com or 1-800-626-8497.
Third annual Regional Authors Meet & Greet — 2-4 p.m., Central Library, Fifth & Grand. Free admission.
He Said, She Said live — 9 p.m., Sabrosa, 112 S. 5th St. Info: 970-257-9020. No cover, 21+.
MONDAY • DEC. 9
Grand Junction Chess Club — meets every Mon., 6:30 p.m., at Starbucks in the Safeway Store at Patterson and 29 Road.
Local author book-signings — 5:30–8 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2451 Patterson Rd. Info: 970-243-5113.
Everlast live in concert — doors 7:30 p.m., Mesa Theater, 538 Main St., $24. Info: 970-241-1717. All ages show.
TUESDAY • DEC. 10
Dine-Out Fundraiser — No Coast Sushi Give Back Night to benefit Steven Davies Memorial Fund, 5-10 p.m., 1119 N. 1st St. 25% of proceeds go to the fund. Reservations at nocoastsushi.com.
How-To Tuesdays — How to enjoy a “Les Miserables” preview, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Central Library, 5th & Grand. Presented by High Desert Opera. Free, open to the public.
You Knew Me When live — indie folk-rock duo from Nashville; doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m., Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway. Tix: $15 at tworiverswinery.com, 970-241-3155.
Geeks Who Drink (live trivia) — 7-9 p.m., every Tues., End Zone Sports Pub, 152 S. Mesa, Fruita. Free to play.
Quiz Ninjas — 7-midnight, Sabrosa, 112 S. 5th St. Info: 970-257-9020. No cover, 21+.
WEDNESDAY • DEC. 11
A Little Noon Music — featuring Martha Sandford-Heyns on organ, 12:15 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave., Info: 970-242-4850.
Desert West Chapter Embroidery Guild of America demos — 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2451 Patterson Road. Info: 970-243-5113
Free Coin and Currency Evaluation — 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2nd Wed., VFW Hall, 1404 Ute Ave. Local coin club members will give you info and fair market value on coins and currency. Members will not try to buy anything from you. Hosted by the W. Slope Coin Club. Info: Dean, 970-241-1770, gjcoinshow.com.
Grand opening & ribbon-cutting — General Surgeons of Western Colorado’s new 10,000-square-foot bldg., 5 p.m. Open to the public.
Poetry Night — 6-8 p.m., Central Library, 5th & Grand. Hosted by Dr. Jennifer Hancock from CMU. Bring your own poetry for a reading and feedback. Event held the 2nd Wed. of each month. This month featuring: the craft of metaphors.
Senior event, Holiday Light Tour for ages 50 and older —6-7:30 p.m., hosted by GJ Parks and Recreation, meet at Lincoln Park Barn, $5 include hot chocolate and goodies. Pre-register at 970-254-3866.
Goodman Unplugged live — 7 p.m., Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St. Info: 970-242-7253.
Bobby Bruce Schlagel live — 5-8 p.m., every Wed., Grand Vista Hotel, Bailey’s Lounge, 2790 Crossroads Blvd. Free.
Acoustic Collaboration Session with James Williams and Zac Grant — 10 p.m., Sabrosa, 112 S. 5th St. Info: 970-257-9020. No cover, 21+.
THURSDAY • DEC. 12
Business Incubator Center’s 20th annual Holiday Open House — 4-7:30 p.m., 2591 Legacy Way. Free admission. Info: 970-243-5242, http://www.gjincubator.org.
Mending Hearts — adult grief support group, meets Thursdays from 2-3:30 p.m., Miller Homestead, HopeWest campus, 3090 N. 12th St.
Two Rivers Cribbage Club — 6-9 p.m. every Thurs., ACC sanctioned games, Masonic Lodge, 2400 Consistory Ct. Open to all ages. Info: 970-261-1670.
Denver Bass Showcase — featuring Krooked Drivers, Dynohunter and Lolo and Azon, doors 9 p.m., Mesa Theater, 538 Main St. Ages 18+. Presales $5, or $10 day of. Info: mesatheater.com.
Quiz Ninja & live music — every Thurs., 8 p.m., Cruiser’s, 715 Horizon Dr. Featuring: The Tony Holiday Band starts at 10 p.m.
Thursday Music Jam — 7-10 p.m., Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen, Fruita. Open music jam, share ideas, meet other musicians, improve skills. Spectators welcome. Free.
DJ Trizz & Flip Night — 10 p.m. til midnight, Charlie Dwellington’s, 103 N. First St. Flip a coin with the bartender for free drink. Info: charliedwellingtons.com.
Live entertainment happy hour — with Will Whalen, 5-8 p.m., Bailey’s Lounge, Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., followed by Good Times Karaoke, 8-11 p.m.
Live music with Shea Bramer — every Thurs., 6 p.m., Marlo’s Lounge in the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 236 Main St., downtown GJ.
Drop-in Pool Tournaments — 7 p.m. every Thurs., Palisade Livery, 215 Main St.
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