Walk, run, ride: Miles of paved paths extend along the Colorado River from 33 1/2 Road in east Grand Junction to Walter Walker State Wildlife Area on the west side of the city. The Colorado Riverfront Trail offers ample opportunities to see numerous species of birds — bald eagles! — small animals and even endangered fish. Take plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray. (Maps and more: riverfrontproject.org) Tip! Mistalynn Meyeraan, marketing director for the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau, said one of her favorite things to do with visitors is ride along the trail and stop at Edgewater Brewery, 905 Struthers Ave., for refreshments.
Paint and more: A community arts organization, The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St., offers classes, rotating exhibits and a permanent collection of nearly 300 historic and contemporary works representing the art and artists of western Colorado. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. (gjartcenter.org)
Dig in: The 2014 Colorado Pork N Hops Challenge is set for Sept. 12–13 in Lincoln Park. Along with professional and amateur barbecue competitions, there are vendors and live music. (kekbfm.com/pork-n-hops/)
Show goes on: Colorado Mesa University’s department of theatre arts will presents a summer Mesa Repertory Theatre on weekends from June 12–29. All shows are in the intimate Mesa Experimental Theatre in the university’s Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.
For information about additional area entertainment options,read Out & About, The Daily Sentinel’s weekly arts/entertainment guide published each Friday.
For green thumbs: The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave., sits on 15 acres right off the Colorado Riverfront Trail. Visitors can tour a tropical greenhouse, see butterflies and numerous floral displays. A summer concert series, Garden Groove, brings live music to the quiet retreat along the river.
Take the kids: the John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado offers hands-on exhibits that will be fun for the kids as well as their parents. The center is open from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. (mathandsciencecenter.org) (wcbotanic. org/Default.aspx) Put it in park: Grand Junction has nearly two dozen city parks. Among the largest are Canyon View Park, near Interstate 70 and 24 Road, which offers a dog park, and Lincoln Park, at 12th Street and Gunnison Ave. Lincoln Park is conveniently close to Suplizio Field, Stocker Stadium and Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Pool. (gjcity.org)
There is a Downtown Farmers Market, with produce, music and more on Thursday evenings from mid-June through the end of September.
Museums a must: Take a tour through 1,000 years of history in the Wild West at the Museum of the West, 462 Ute Ave., open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until Sept. 30. Among the museums exhibits is the Thrailkill Collection of firearms, a simulated uranium mine, a restored LaFrance fire truck and a Southwest pottery collection. (museumofwesternco.com/visit/museum-of-the-west)
The Glade Park’s annual Movies Under the Stars is one of the most unique ways to see free, family-friendly movies.
Movies are shown outdoors every Friday evening from June 6 through Aug. 29, except for July 4 behind the Glade Park Volunteer Fire Department.
There is a concessions area that opens at 5:30 p.m. that offers everything from hamburgers to popcorn and hot chocolate. Outside food is prohibited. All funds go to the volunteer fire department.
There is a variety pre-movie entertainment, so go early and make an evening of it. Take chairs and warm clothes because Glade Park is cooler than Grand Junction.
To get to the volunteer fire department, which is just past the Glade Park Store on DS Road, take Little Park Road or the Glade Park cutoff from Rim Rock Drive in the Colorado National Monument. Allow for at 30 minutes or more to drive to the location. (glade-park.com/movies-under-the-stars.html)
The Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, known as JUCO, has called Grand Junction home since 1959. The 2013 JUCO tournament is May 24–31, at Suplizio Field on corner of 12th Street and North Avenue. (jucogj.org) After JUCO, the Grand Junction Rockies, the Rookie affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, begins its season June 14 at Suplizio Field. The season ends Sept. 4. On the schedule are six Friday games that will be followed by firework shows, weather permitting. (milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t4364)