News Briefs: Fundraisers, Palisade mural contest, Colorado Mountain Winefest, & more |

News Briefs: Fundraisers, Palisade mural contest, Colorado Mountain Winefest, & more


In observance of Independence Day, the Free Press office will be closed on Friday, July 3. It will reopen on Monday, July 6.

City of Grand Junction offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

Trash and recycling collection will operate on regular schedules.

Friday will also be a parking meter holiday. You may park in metered spaces for free, which includes the parking garage on Rood Avenue.


A student and instructor open exhibition will host a First Friday opening reception on Friday, July 3, from 6:30-9 p.m. The event is set for Western Colorado Center for the Arts, located at 1803 N. Seventh St., in Grand Junction. The exhibition is on display until July 30.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit


The second annual Diabetes Counts golf tournament is set for Saturday, July 11, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The tournament is planned for Adobe Creek Golf Course (1853 I Road, Fruita). Cost is $100 per person or $380 for a foursome.

For more information, call 970-712-8632.


A Changing Landscapes of Science Lecture is set for Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St. in Grand Junction. The topic is “Technology in Modern Policing.” Admission is $5 for members and students and $10 non-members.

Cool Summer Nights will start Thursday, July 9, at the Museum of the West (462 Ute Ave., Grand Junction) from 5-8 p.m. There will be an exhibit gallery talk on the Distant Treasures in the Mist exhibit.


The Redlands Lion’s Club members and volunteers will be placing flags out for Independence Day the morning of Saturday, July 4, (weather permitting) and picking them up the same day late in the afternoon.

The Redlands Lion’s Club flag service honors 10 holidays throughout the year. The cost for residents is a donation of $30. If you are interested in subscribing to this service or volunteering to help, contact Lion Chuck Stevenson at 970-242-3222 or Lion Dave McIlnay at 970-433-7961.


Enjoy a Picnic with the Ponies on Saturday, July 11, at Steadfast Steeds (1411 S. 16 1/2 Road, Glade Park) fundraising event. Destinee Reed and the Sink Creek Band will perform. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the concert will start at 6 p.m. A silent auction, horse painting, prizes and more will fill the evening.

Donations will be collected at the gate.

For more information, call 970-241-0939 or email


The Fruita Community Center will host a super-sized fitness class on Saturday, July 18, from 7:30-9 a.m. It is open to all fitness levels, ages 14 and up.

The class will include the following 20-minute segments: cardio strength (a full body strength workout using body bars, dumbbells, body weight and kettlebells); cycling (experience a variety of terrain and intensity on simulated hills, flats, jumps, sprint intervals and endurance interval training); and yoga (enjoy a flowing sequence of postures, focusing on building strength, flexibility and balance. Breathing techniques and meditation are utilized to help you relax and find peace).

For more information, contact Cheri at 970-858-0360, ext. 6425.


All tickets for the 24th annual Colorado Mountain Winefest presented by Alpine Bank are now on sale. Winefest is planned for Sept. 19 at Palisade’s Riverbend Park. All attendees must be 21 and older. Tickets cost $45 per person.

For more information, contact the Colorado Winefest office by email at or by phone at 970-464-0111.


Three Mesa County Libraries staff members helped select this year’s finalists and winners of the Colorado Book Awards, an annual event that celebrates Colorado authors, photographers, illustrators, and publishers.

Donna Bettencourt, head of collection development, served as a judge for the awards, and librarian Jennifer Murrell and library associate Janet Alcon served as selectors. First-round selectors read as many as 15 titles in contest categories, and judges review about four finalists in each category and select winners.

For a list of the 2015 Colorado Book Awards finalists, visit


The Town of Palisade is sponsoring a contest for creation of a mural on the front wall of its newly remodeled public restroom in town center. Upon completion, the building will have an “old west flavor,” which could be reflected in the mural. The mural should also be representative of Palisade in some way.

For more information, email


Camille Silverman, former executive director of The Art Center (1803 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction), will give a lecture on a variety of artists who use their own personal histories as a springboard for art making. The event is set for Saturday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public.


Grand Junction Hooters will host a golf tournament at Redlands Mesa Golf Course on Friday, July 24, with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Individuals cost $180 and a foursome costs $650. It includes door prizes, lunch and dinner. Registration deadline is Friday, July 17.

For more information, visit or call 970-263-9270, ext. 15.

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