News Briefs: Fireworks giveaway, art expo, En Fuego pop-up restaurant, & more |

News Briefs: Fireworks giveaway, art expo, En Fuego pop-up restaurant, & more


In last week’s story, “Colorado’s Grand Valley celebrates Bike to Work Day,” it said lunch would be served to Bike To Work Day participants at Mesa County Human Services Department. The lunch is actually only open to employees of Mesa County as an appreciation event.


The deadline to get your float in downtown Grand Junction Fidelity Mortgage Fourth of July Parade has been extended to June 26.

Applications can be picked up from the Grand Junction Symphony office at 414 Main St. in Grand Junction or downloaded from the Grand Junction Symphony’s website at The cost to apply is $25. Applications are due by Friday, June 26.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

For more information, contact the Grand Junction Symphony office at 243-6787 or


The next En Fuego pop-up restaurant is set for Peach Street Distillers (144 Kluge Ave., Palisade) on Tuesday, June 23, from 5-7 p.m. It will feature “Tocino En Fuego” or bacon on fire.


Dinosaur Journey (555 Jurassic Court, Fruita) was recently listed as one of “America’s Best Dinosaur Exhibits” by It was listed among six other institutions including Smithsonian, Field and New York’s America Museum of Natural History.

“This is a huge credit to the years of dedication and hard work by volunteers, board and staff as well as the community who has supported us,” said Peter Booth, Museum of Western Colorado’s director.


A historic downtown Grand Junction walking tour is set for Friday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m. It will start at Museum of the West (462 Ute Ave., Grand Junction). It costs $5 per person and pre-registration is not required.


Palisade Historical Society will celebrate the 100th birthday of the roller dam, which is located a few miles east of Palisade near Interstate 70. The event is set for Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Center (Main and Eighth streets, Palisade). It is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call 970-464-7458.


Valley Surgical, Aesthetics & Vein Care (2478 Patterson Road, Suite 4, Grand Junction) will host a free community varicose vein screening day on Tuesday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The screenings are by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, call 970-773-1946.


City of Grand Junction will host a trap shoot tournament on Saturday, June 27, starting at 9 a.m. at Grand Junction Trap Club (116 32 Road, Grand Junction). Entrance fees for shooters cost $50 per person or $250 per team. It is a fundraiser for Colorado C.O.P.S — Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.

For more information, call Alexandra at 970-549-5172 or email


A screening of “Japan by Bicycle,” a documentary about three friends who bicycled through Japan to raise money to help victims of the 2011 tsunami, is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at the Mesa County Libraries Palisade Branch (19 W. Third St.). The screening is open to the public at no charge.

Teens are invited to an art workshop focusing on continuous contour line drawing and color theory from 4-6 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the Mesa County Central Library, which is located at the corner of Fifth Street and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction. The workshop is open to teens ages 12-18 at no charge. All supplies will be provided.


Mesa Mall (2424 Highway 6 & 50, Grand Junction) will host its popular Simon Kidgits Club Lil’ Chefs event to entertain kids and families on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Simon Kidgits Club Lil’ Chefs is a free culinary event that will show kids the fun side of food through hands-on craft activities. Kidgits members will enjoy exciting activities including arts and crafts, cupcake decorating and a make-your-own-pizza station. Attendees will receive a colorful apron and a complimentary photo. Families can join the Kidgits Club for an annual fee of $5 per child.

For more information, visit


The public is invited to explore Grand Valley’s variety of arts and cultural organizations at a free event on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln Park Barn. This is your opportunity to learn what’s going on and how you can get involved. Various groups, associations, organizations, guilds, and clubs representing fiber arts, music, dance, blacksmithing, quilting, art, photography, jewelry, glass blowing, pottery, reading and creative writing will be on site. Kids activities, include face painting and chalk art, will be held out on the patio.

For more information, call Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876 or visit


Bookcliff Country Club is offering one lucky family the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day in style through a drawing to win reserved VIP seating for the club’s Fireworks Spectacular on Friday, July 3. The box seats will include six seats, bottled water, popcorn and concierge service.

The prize will also include the grand family all-you-can-eat picnic buffet and access to all event facilities, including the swimming pool, fun slides, bounce house for the kids and other fun activities for the entire family.

One winner will be chosen at a random drawing, open to anyone who is not currently a member of Bookcliff Country Club. The winning family will be limited to six individuals.

The BCC Fireworks Spectacular will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The drawing will take place on Thursday, June 25.

To enter the drawing, visit

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