News briefs: Free ice cream for kids, GVT acceident update, museum events, and more |

News briefs: Free ice cream for kids, GVT acceident update, museum events, and more


In last week’s article, “Suds & snacks at Fatjar,” it incorrectly stated that beer is being canned at the new Fruita hangout. Fatjar Cannery and Brewhaus, which is connected to Fruita’s Suds Brothers Brewery, hopes to can beer there in the future.


An Oral History presentation is set for Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St., at noon on Thursday, July 16. This program is jointly sponsored by the Museum of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society and is free to the public.


DOCS ON CALL, a division of Primary Care Partners, has expanded its hours of operations to better serve the medical needs of the Grand Junction area community.

They now are open for office visits from 3-10 p.m. during the week, in addition to regular weekend hours. Receptionists begin booking appointments weekdays at 8 a.m.

For an appointment, call 970-255-1576.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) — Grand Junction Branch will host a Cocktails and Conversation event on Wednesday, July 15, from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Ale House (12th Street & Patterson, Grand Junction). The public is invited.


Kids can get free ice cream for showing their patriotism throughout July at Enstrom Candies.

The “I Pledge” project is a nationwide effort amongst local ice cream shops to encourage patriotism among school-aged children. “I Pledge” rewards children ages 12 and under for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance from memory with a free ice cream cone.

Every Friday evening in July from 4-8 p.m., bring your children out to Enstrom Candies to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and receive a free ice cream cone.

This promotion is good at all Enstrom locations, including the downtown location (701 Colorado Ave., Grand Junction), 120 W. Park, Suite 100 in Grand Junction, and in the Fruita Kokopelli Center, 401 Kokopelli Boulevard, Suite 2.


The Grand Junction Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) Community Based Crafts Center (CBC) located at 1670 North Ave. in Grand Junction ​invites the public to the artists opening of the new exhibit, ​“Creative Crating ‘HHV’ style” on Tuesday​, July 14, from 2-4 p.m.

Multiple Western Slope veterans who work with the HHV programs and kits are participating in this show. Many kits have been altered, or embellished. The​ exhibit will be on display July 14 through Aug. 28, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Lisa Smith at 970-424-0499.


The Downtown Development Authority recently interviewed candidates for the position of DDA Executive Director. During that process the DDA was unable to find a suitable candidate for the position so the selection process has been reopened.

Applications will be accepted through the month of July with phone and face-to-face interviews happening in August. The DDA is hopeful that a candidate will be selected by the end of August.

For more information, visit


As part of the Museum of Western Colorado’s 50th Anniversary, its downtown Grand Junction location, the Museum of the West, will be open free of charge every Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. during the months of July and August.


The Crestone Mountain Zen Center (CMZC) will host Western Slope women writers for the fourth “Zen of Writing and Cooking” retreat Aug. 27-30 with a Grand Junction author, Sandra Dorr.

The four-day retreat includes private and group writing sessions; cooking with legendary vegetarian CMZC chefs; walking and sitting meditation with the monks in the CMZC zendo; yoga with Suzi Potratz; hiking; and a hot springs visit.

The retreat is open to all levels of writing and spiritual practice. Cost is $495. One scholarship is available. Registration closes Tuesday, July 14.

For more information, visit for CMZC. To register, visit or call 970-433-6800.


Children ages 5-12 are invited to a free movie night on Friday, July 10, from 6-8 p.m.

Children are invited to wear their favorite PJ’s and bring a favorite movie snack, pillows, and friends. They will be watching “Happy Feet” and learning a few dance moves of their own so they can dance along with the action.

The event is set for Creative Avenues and Revolution Dance, located at 835 N. 26th St. in Grand Junction.

For more information, call 970-255-6757.


On May 19, 3-year old Virgil Stansbury died as a result of injuries he sustained in a bus accident at 29 Road and North Avenue in Grand Junction.

After careful review, the District Attorney’s office has declined to file criminal charges against the driver of the bus. The District Attorney’s office does not believe that a jury would find that the driver acted in a careless or imprudent manner on the date of the accident.

Further questions can be directed to the District Attorney’s office at 970-244-1730.


The Barbershop Harmony will host a fundraiser at McAlisters (480 West Park Dr., Grand Junction) on Sunday, July, 12 from 4-8 p.m.

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