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Movies under the stars returns

The annual “movies under the stars” series is returning to the Grand Valley Recreation Center for a sixth season this summer.

All movies will begin at sundown at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, located at 398 Arroyo Drive in Battlement Mesa. The movies are free to all. Bring a blanket or chair, hunker down and enjoy. Popcorn and soda will be sold by local school and church groups.

The series includes:

June 24 • “Cinderella” • Cinderella will welcome everyone to the rec center. Little girls who wear a gown will receive a magic wand.

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.

July 15 • “Star Wars” • Yes, we will have a visiting Storm Trooper for all to have their picture taken with.

Aug. 12 • “Zootopia” • Grand Valley United Methodist Church will be giving away free hot dogs and soda.

Bilingual Storytime

This summer, select Wednesday storytimes at the Silt Branch Library will be a bilingual storytime. Children age 2-6 are welcome to join Ms. Camilla on a bilingual adventure through books and songs to learn reading and Spanish vocabulary at 10 a.m. June 8, 29 and July 6, 13, 27. For more information, call 970-876-5500.

Army band to play in Rifle

The 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard will be performing free, patriotic concerts for Colorado residents this June, including a show in Rifle.

The band will perform at the New Ute Events Center on Sunday, June 19, at 2 p.m. The concerts are part of the band’s annual tour around Colorado. Music will consist of patriotic literature, marches and symphonic pieces.

A “salute to veterans” will be performed, honoring those who have served with the playing of their respective service song. Admission is free, and tickets are not required to attend.

Other dates include:

Monday, June 20, 7 p.m. • Avalon Theater, 645 Main St., Grand Junction

Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m. • Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose

Friday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. • Pitkin Guard Armory Hall, 203 Bluff St., Lake City

Sunday, June 25, 1 p.m. • McPhelemy Park, Main St. and Highway 24, Buena Vista

Other dates will be added to the schedule, which can be found at

The 101st is the oldest military band in Colorado, dating back to 1937. It consists of 40 citizen-soldiers who perform together part time as musical ambassadors for the United States Army, the National Guard, and the state of Colorado. Soldiers come from all walks of life and come together as professional musicians to honor and entertain the service members, veterans and residents of Colorado.

The band’s duties consist of performing at military ceremonies, entertainment venues and festivals, as well as maintaining soldier skills such as rifle marksmanship and physical readiness training. The 101st Army Band performs as a large-format concert band, as well as several smaller performing groups — a rock band, country band, Dixieland jazz band and a wind ensemble. More information about the band can be found at

Apple Tree Summer Reading Program

The New Castle Branch Library invites children of all ages in Apple Tree to join in at the park for stories, activities and crafts. The program meets every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. beginning June 9 and running through July 28.

This free program is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program and is open to all ages. Learn more about Summer Reading at or call 970-984-2346.

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