Quick Picks: Chautauqua event; U.S. Air Force Academy Band Falconaires; and Colorado Day

Friday, Aug. 4

Come to life

John Otto’s love for Colorado National Monument is well known in this region, but there is more to this quirky man’s life than that.

Peter Booth, executive director of the Museums of Western Colorado and a chautauquan, will portray Otto in a performance titled “John Otto: Monumental Visionary or Hermit of the Monument Park?” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.

“One of my favorites among (Otto’s) quotes is, ‘Do your best for the West, the best for the world. It’s a new day — get it going,’” Booth said in a news release.

Before the Booth’s performance, the Young Chautauquans will recreate various historical characters in a “Wax Museum.”

Admission is a $5 suggested donation. Seating is limited.

To reserve your spot or for information, call 242-0971, ext. 2212.


Saturday and Sunday, 
Aug. 5–6

Play time

The 40-member U.S. Air Force Academy Band Falconaires will play two free concerts in Grand Junction and Montrose this weekend.

At 6 p.m. Saturday the band will be featured at the Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park, 925 Struthers Ave. The Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra will open the concert.

Food and beverages will be available to purchase at the amphitheater.

And then from 2–4 p.m. Sunday the band will play at Cerise Park in Montrose.

Go to usafacademyband.af.mil for information about both concerts.



Monday, Aug. 7


Celebrate Colorado Day with free admission to our state’s 41 state parks on Monday.

In the Grand Valley, Highline Lake State Park and James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park are easy to visit.

And not far down the road are Vega, Sweitzer Lake, Crawford, Ridgway, Rifle Falls, Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap state parks.

For information about all state parks, go to cpw.state.co.us.


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