Grand Junction News Briefs for 5/2/13 | PostIndependent.com

Grand Junction News Briefs for 5/2/13

Get a move on!

Colorado Lottery is giving away FREE “Pick 3” tickets today, Friday, May 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or while supplies last at the Grand Junction Parks & Rec office, 1340 Gunnison Ave. at Lincoln Park.

In addition, there will be a prize wheel, a Cash Cube (to give someone a chance to grab and win cash!) and a drawing for a 2013 Fiat 500 Pop!

The ticket giveaway in GJ is one of three occurring statewide. Tickets will also be distributed in Denver and Pueblo. There is a one ticket per person limit and attendees must be 18 to participate. Proceeds from the Lottery’s sales have helped fund open space purchases, wildlife protection projects, new trails and park improvements. Mesa County has received $66.2 million in proceeds since the Lottery’s inception.

Art & jazz returns to downtown

It’s party time downtown! The 25th annual Art and Jazz Festival is set for May 10-12. This GJ tradition is a celebration of fine art, local and national musical acts, gourmet food, and local beer and wine. It takes place on Main Street and it’s free to the public.

“This is the largest Art & Jazz Festival ever, which is fitting for its 25th anniversary,” said Aaron Hoffman, Downtown GJ’s spokesman. “All of our artist booths are full, and from high-school jazz bands to the headlining Hazel Miller Band and Chris Daniels & the Kings, there’s something for everyone.”

Main Street Art School is returning for its second year at the festival. This unique program provides free, beginner-level, semi-private lessons in front of the Oakley Gallery at 602 Main St. on Saturday and Sunday. Instructors from the Grand Valley Art Students League will be leading these one-hour lessons, which include watercolor, pastels, bead jewelry design and much more. There is a small supply fee for each class, and students can register in person at Oakley Gallery.

Women-only sporting clinic planned

Women interested in learning the basics of shooting, archery and fly fishing are invited to attend Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s “Cast, Blast and Twang” clinic to be held in GJ Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to mid-afternoon.

The three-part class is designed for novices interested in learning about these popular outdoor activities and is open to women from across the state, however space is limited.

No experience or equipment is required. To register, visit http://www.bit.ly/cbtregister or call 970-255-6100.

Children’s books sought

The Parenting Place, located at 1505 Chipeta Ave., is a collection site for books for children from infancy through 8 years of age. Donate your gently used books for children and they will be redistributed to children who are in need.

Call 970-254-8240 to arrange for pick-up.

National Train Day rolls into town

On Saturday, May 11, come on down to the beautiful 1906 train depot and join the Friends of the Grand Junction Depot in welcoming AMTRAK passengers to Grand Junction in celebration of National Train Day.

Participants will be greeting the eastbound California Zephyr when it arrives around 10:30 a.m., and the westbound train at about 3:30 p.m. The public can view the grand old depot while waiting for the train to arrive.

National Train Day celebrates the driving of the “golden spike,” when on May 10, 1869, the spike was driven into the final tie at Promontory Summit, Utah, to join the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific railroads, ceremonially completing the first transcontinental railroad and therefore connecting both coasts of the U.S.

Audition announcement

High Desert Opera will hold auditions for “Les Misérables” Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12, at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. for all principal parts and chorus. Bring a song; an accompanist will be provided. Performances are planned for New Year’s Eve and the following two weekends of January 2014. Call 970-270-7989 for an appointment time.

Pet Carnival set

A pet carnival to benefit Roice-Hurst Humane Society will be held Sunday, May 5, hosted by Girl Scout Troop #2004. The carnival is open to the public and will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the shelter parking lot, located at 362 28 Road (just off the Riverside Parkway west of the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery).

Attendees can enjoy face painting, Shriner clowns and balloon animals, games, crafts and booths. A veterinarian will be available to answer questions, and the shelter will be open with adoptable cats and dogs.

Entry fee is one of the following donations: A can or bag of Purina cat or dog food, cat litter, cat toy, durable chew toy for a medium or large dog, or an adjustable collar for a medium or large dog.

For more information, go online at http://www.RHHumaneSociety.com, or call the shelter at 970-434-7337.

A jammin’ deal for students

Country Jam has a special ticket offer for students.

Students can now purchase four-day general admission tickets for a mere $50. (Are you serious? Kid Rock, Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert for $50? Get out!)

You must have a valid student ID or proof of student status at the gate when you present a student ticket, or you will be charged to upgrade. Students include elementary through college. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-7800-JAM.

Free Press’ new website

Hey dear readers, we have a new website if you visit gjfreepress.com. It now offers both local and regional news, with easy access to stories from Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

That’s more news access on a free website, folks! So, why the change?

Well, because change is inevitable, especially in the technology world. But hopefully you’ll like our website’s clean, easy-to-navigate design, more stories, more photos, the ability to comment on stories and more.

If you have any questions and concerns, email editor@gjfreepress.com, and we’ll do our best to help you.


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