High time for summer

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Temperatures have reached the mid-adfmovie has grossed $450 million at the box office.

Summer must be here! Well, technically, no. It’s still spring until June 20.

However, given that Independence Pass opened weeks ahead of schedule and people have started to strategically park their cars beneath trees, it’s clear summer arrived in Mesa County earlier than summer solstice.

And with this theoretical arrival of summer comes an entertainment shift to outdoor concerts, baseball games, swimming pools and campgrounds.

Go ahead and plan for Grand Valley’s summer without waiting for summer to officially arrive.

BOYS OF SUMMER

The Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, or JUCO, begins at 9 am. Saturday, May 26, and continues through Saturday, June 2, at a remodeled Suplizio Field.

Catch one game or see them all, and don’t forget to watch the fireworks display after the late game on Memorial Day, May 28.

General admission tournament passes, good for all 19 games, are $35 for adults and $25 for ages 6–21 and seniors 65 and older. Ticket outlets are: Alpine Bank locations, the JUCO office in the Home Loan Building, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, City Market stores, B&H Sports or through Monumental Events.

Reserved seating also is available. Tickets are $145 in the first-base section or $75 for all other sections. Reserved tickets are sold through Monumental Events only (http://www.MonumentalEvents.com, 2470 Patterson Road, Unit 1B, 877-434-8497).

To get in the know about all things JUCO, pick up The Daily Sentinel’s JUCO publication in the Friday, May 25, edition or go to http://www.jucogj.org.

Once JUCO ends, attention shifts to the inaugural season of the Grand Junction Rockies, an Advanced Rookie affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The team opens on the road Monday, June 18, but returns to open the home portion of the season at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

Call 255-ROCK (7625) for ticket information.

 

CAMP HIGH OR LOW

It’s a good news, bad news sort of thing with camping this season. Granted, a heavy dose of rain may change things, but so far the weather at some of the highest campgrounds in Mesa County has been so warm and dry that several locations that rarely open by the end of May definitely will be open for Memorial Day this year, said Loren Paulson, district recreation manager with the Grand Valley Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service.

In his more than 25 years with the Forest Service, Paulson has never opened the trio of Jumbo, Island Lake and Ward campgrounds atop Grand Mesa in time for Memorial Day weekend, he said.

The good news is that the opening of these campgrounds by late May should alleviate some of the capacity issues at other campgrounds lower on Grand Mesa, he said.

Campgrounds in the Uncompahgre National Forest are typically open by late May, Paulson said, but it already “feels like the middle of summer” up there.

Go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/gmug/home for information about campgrounds, permits and recreating in the area’s national forests.

Plenty of camping also is available at area Colorado State Parks and Colorado National Monument. Go to http://www.parks.state.co.us and http://www.nps.gov/colm for information.

 

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS

You might as well put your camp chair and a blanket in the back of your car and leave them there because a number of outdoor concert series or festivals are set to begin in the coming weeks.

Here are some details on upcoming shows and be sure to keep an eye out in future editions of Out & About for the latest concert information:

■ The Garden Groove Concert Series at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens begins Saturday, May 26, with Flat Top Reed and guest Dan “Rolling Bears” Quintana.

Ralph Dinosaur and Miss Emily and Project Groove are set to play in June and July respectively.

See page 11 for more information about this series.

■ The Hear It Through the Grapevine summer concert series at Grande River Vineyards begins Friday, June 1, with The King ‘n Trio. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Tickets to all seven shows in the series can be purchased at the vineyard, 787 N. Elberta, in Palisade, or at Fisher’s Liquor Barn in Grand Junction.

Lawn chairs are welcome and people may bring a picnic dinner. Outside beverages may not be brought in, but water, soda and wine can be purchased at the concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. Go to granderiverwines.com for a complete series schedule.

■ Popular local band Pineapple Crackers will start off the Fruita Thursday Night Summer Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Fruita Civic Center. Go to http://www.fruita.org for information on the series.

■ The Desert Rocks 2012 Festival has moved this year from outside Moab, Utah, to the Jenk Star Ranch 7 miles north of the town of Green River, Utah.

The June 7–10 festival boasts four stages and all kinds of bands, but includes more than music and camping. There will be special speakers and films focused this year’s theme of “Celebrating Consciousness.” Go to desertrocks.org for ticket pricing and a complete schedule.

■ Palisade’s Riverbend Park will host the Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival from June 15–17.

Bands from across the country, including the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Joe Pug, will play. Yoga classes, a hike and bluegrass jam classes also are on the schedule. Camping will be allowed.

Mesa County residents get a 25 percent discount on tickets simply by calling 464-5602 and purchasing before June 15.

For event details, schedules, ticket pricing and camping information, go to http://www.palisademusic.com.

■ Jazz Among the Grapevines will feature three concerts beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Two Rivers Winery & Chateau, 2087 Broadway. For information on the series presented by The Art Center Guild, go to tworiverswinery.com.

■ Country music fans will unite for one of the largest festivals in Colorado during Country Jam USA from June 21–24 in Mack. Headliners for this year’s festival are Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert.

For a complete lineup, schedule and ticket information, go to co.countryjam.com.

■ The Telluride Bluegrass Festival also is set for June 21-24, and also one of the largest music festivals in Colorado. The festival sold out in February.

Alison Krauss & Union Station, Leftover Salmon, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and the Telluride House Band headline this year’s festival.

■ The schedule for the popular Colorado Riverfront Concert Series recently was released. Blues musician Sonny Landreth will perform Thursday, June 28; reggae-influenced rockers The Samples will play on Thursday, July 12; and bluegrass musicians The Emmitt-Nershi Band will go on Thursday, Aug. 16.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and each concert is at the James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park in Fruita.

A limited number of free tickets are available to each of the shows. The ticket giveaways for the concerts will be: Sonny Landreth at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 9; The Samples, 8 a.m. Saturday, June 23; and The Emmitt-Nershi Band, 8 a.m. Saturday, July 14.

All ticket giveaways are at Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods, 445 W. Gunnison Ave., and Fruita’s Over the Edge Sports, 202 E. Aspen Ave.

 

SPLASH AND SWIM

The Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Pool and Palisade Pool both will open on Saturday, May 26.

The Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Pool and water slide’s public hours will be 1:30–7:30 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays, through Labor Day weekend. Wednesday is free day at the pool and two sessions are offered: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and 3–7:30 p.m.

A School’s Out Party is planned for 1:30–7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1.

Call 254-3848 for admission information or check out the Summer 2012 Activity Guide at gjcity.org/ParksActivityGuide.aspx. The guide provides information on swim classes, special events, passes and more.

The Palisade Pool, 567 W. Fifth St. in Palisade’s Peach Bowl Park, will offer $2.50 opening day admission for ages 3–18 during a School’s Out Party from 1–8 p.m. Normal hours for the pool are 1–8 p.m. daily, except for Tuesdays and Thursdays when hours are 1–5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1–6 p.m.

Call 464-5602 for information or go to townofpalisade.org to view the Summer 2012 Activity guide for pool information on special events.



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