News briefs: Week of May 8, 2015 |

News briefs: Week of May 8, 2015


Colorado Mesa University will host the fifth annual Grand Valley Beer Festival on Friday, May 15, from 4-9 p.m. at Colorado Mesa University’s University Center. Proceeds benefit CMU student-athletes and graduates.

Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets are available at Fisher’s Discount Liquor Barn (2438 F Road, Grand Junction) or Kannah Creek Brewing Company (1960 N. 12th St., Grand Junction). Payments must be cash only.

For more information, visit


Mesa County residents should take their unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs to the Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, located at the Mesa County Landfill, 3071 Hwy. 50, in Grand Junction.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be accepting the prescription drugs due to the cost of disposal.

For more information, call 970-256-9543 or visit


The Colorado Mesa University Art Department’s Animation and Motion Graphics program will host the annual Animation and Motion Graphics Festival showcasing student work in stop motion animation, 2D and 3D animation, motion design, short film, and video mapping. It is set Friday, May 8, in Colorado Mesa University’s University Center (1100 North Ave., Grand Junction).

The work has been created during the 2014-2015 academic year and senior student projects will be highlighted. As a special treat, popcorn and lemonade will be served.

Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Art Department at 970-248-1833.


Colorado’s largest wine festival, Colorado Mountain Winefest presented by Alpine Bank, is only five months away and tickets are on sale now at the new CAVE office in downtown Palisade (124 W. Third St.) or online at The event is set for Sept. 17-20 in Palisade’s Riverbend Park.

Tickets cost $45 for individuals and $190 for VIP passes.


Allison Blevins has recently taken the role as Downtown Business Improvement District’s Interim marketing and communications manager. She will replace Aaron Hoffman as he is moving on from DDA/BID.

For more information, email or 970-256-4133.


Western Colorado Botanical Gardens (641 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction) will host a plant sale on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plants for sale include annuals, perennials, tropical plants and bedding plants.

All proceeds benefit the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.

For more information, call 970-245-3288.


Orchard Mesa Lions Club will host a Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 10, from 7-11:30 a.m. It is set for building C at Mesa County Fairgrounds, located at 2785 Highway 50 in Grand Junction.

Tickets cost $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Kids under 7 and active military eat for free.


Get Air at the Silo will host a graffiti competition called “Get Art at the Silo” on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Silo is located at 715 S. Seventh St., in Grand Junction.

For more information, call 970-361-3630.


Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club will host is annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show on Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, from 9 am. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It is set for Two Rivers Convention Center (159 Main St., Grand Junction). Entrance costs $3 for adults, $1 for students and children 11 and under are fee.


The Colorado Mesa University, Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) chapter will be hosting its eighth annual Best Ever Golfing (BEG) Tournament on Saturday, May 9, at the Redlands Mesa Golf Course in Grand Junction Colorado. No handicap is needed and the tournament will be a four-man scramble.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and tee off is at 9 a.m. Lunch is provided, as well as a silent auction, prizes and an awards ceremony. The cost to play in the tournament is $400 per team ($100 per player); which includes green fees, balls, golf cart, lunch, and a gift bag.

For more information, call 303-877-8638 or email


The Grand Valley running events will include a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K in Palisade. Registration costs $33-65 depending on race category. Runners will run along the Colorado River, the base of the Grand Mesa (largest flat-topped mesa in the world), the historical town of Palisade and the famous blooming orchards.

These races were designed to encourage the whole family to come and participate in a great day of activity, regardless of their interest or running ability.

For more information, visit for details and to register.

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