Entertainment Briefs: July 18

Preview ‘Madame Butterfly’ at library

High Desert Opera will present “Madame Butterfly” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, and Saturday, Aug. 2, at Robinson Theatre in Moss Performing Arts Center on the Colorado Mesa University campus, but the public is invited to an informative, free preview to learn more about the opera from 6–7 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the Mesa County Libraries Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St.

The preview will offer fun tidbits and special insights about the performances.

Call 523-9605 or visit highdesertopera.org for more information or to get tickets to the upcoming performances.

Fruita studio looks for new home


Watercolor Dogs Studio in Fruita is looking for a new home, and the July classes will be the last at its present location, 145 N. Mesa St.

Updates regarding a new location will be posted soon at the studio’s website, watercolordogs.com.

Blue Pig Gallery makes call for artists


The Blue Pig Gallery, 101 W. Third St. in Palisade, is expanding and is looking for new artists in all media including oil/acrylic, watercolor, pastel collage, pottery, photography and more. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

La Puerta releases August schedule


La Puerta Dance Studio, 523 1/2 Main St., has posted its August dance class schedule and dance parties on its website calendar at lapuertadancestudio.com.

Visit the website or call 712-2552 for more information.

Summer Reading Program has season-ending parties


The 2014 Summer Reading Program at Mesa County Libraries ends Saturday, July 26, and participants are invited to a party to celebrate their success.

Wrap-up parties are planned at these locations:

■ 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, Palisade Branch: entertainment by Jeff & Paige, bringing science and nature to life through kid-delighting music and stories.

■ 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, Orchard Mesa Branch: Jeff & Paige.

■ 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Central Library: Jeff & Paige.

■ 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, Clifton Branch: Jeff & Paige.

■ 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, Fruita Branch: entertainment by The Salida Circus, featuring acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists, unicyclists, stilt-walkers and more.

■ 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, De Beque Branch: Jeff & Paige.

■ 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, Collbran Branch: The Salida Circus.

Visit a library, sign up, and start reading, or call 243-4442 for information.

Local artist Maggie Cook wins award


“A Quiet English Waterway,” a pastel painting by Grand Junction artist Maggie Cook, was awarded first place by renowned artist and judge Albert Handel, at the 10th annual Pastel Society of Colorado Mile High International Show.

The show is on display at the Denver Library, through Aug. 30.

Fruita Fall Fest looking for grand marshal


The Alpine Bank Fruita Fall Festival committee is accepting nominations through Friday, Aug. 1, for the grand marshal of the festival’s 2014 parade.

If you know a Fruita area resident who has contributed to the community or has gone above and beyond for Fruita, nominate him or her for the honor.

Nominations will be accepted at the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce, 432 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita 81521. You can mail or drop off a detailed written description of what the nominee has accomplished in his/her life, using as many specific examples as possible. You may also email the nomination to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Art Center hosts new classes


Upcoming classes will be offered at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

■ Adventures in Mixed Media, with Gayle Gerson, 1–4 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8–Oct. 27. Cost is $140 members/$175 non-members, supply list available, registration deadline Aug. 20.

■ Rocky Mountain Collage Society workshop with Elizabeth St. Hilaire, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6–7, RMCS members/$285 non-members, registration deadline is Aug. 20, through Rocky Mountain Collage Society, P.O. Box 4094, Grand Junction 81502, email Bev Thompson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Gayle Gerson, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Call 243-7337 ext. 4 or visit gjartcenter.org for more upcoming classes.


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