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Earth Day, Arbor Day events planned

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Plant a tree, save a world ... or at least make it a greener, more leafy place. Earth Day ( is April 22, and Arbor Day is April 29 ( In the Grand Valley, a number of celebrations are planned to ...

Dine in the Blind event to raise awareness

By Melinda Mawdsley

The Center for Independence is challenging people “Dine in the Blind” and experience what it is like to live without vision, albeit for a short time. The event will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the center, 740 Gunnison ...


Age: Just a side note — GJ hosts two musical icons (in their own unique ways)

By Melinda Mawdsley

The idea that getting older means slowing down doesn’t ring true for everyone. On Friday, April 22, country music legend Willie Nelson will play before a sold-out crowd at Two Rivers Convention Center. Then, on Saturday, April 23, ...


Music Scene: Suzy Bogguss

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Suzy Bogguss knows what the view is like at the top of the country music charts. She has received raves from critics and her peers and won the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award in 1992 and Album of the Year Award in 1994. In ...

Downtown Fruita Spring Fling set

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Fruita’s festival season is revving up with a little springtime fling. The Downtown Fruita Spring Fling will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, on the Fruita Civic Center lawn and pavilion area, 325 E. Aspen St. The Fruita ...


OutFit: Crafty

By Ivy Parnasius

It is not only important in fashion to be the first one on trend, but also to make it original. One way to ensure originality is with handmade clothing and accessories. In a sea of mass produced items something handmade makes your outfit ...

Free Honey Bee Festival to be in Palisade

By Tammy Gemaehlich

You can comb the Grand Valley looking for things to do, but if you’re looking for something sweet, set your sights on the third annual Palisade International Honey Bee Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 15–16. What’s the ...

Daylong Comedy Festival to be at Country Inn

By Tammy Gemaehlich

Need a good laugh, or two? Then you should make plans to attend the second Grand Junction Comedy Festival from 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, April 16, at The Country Inns of America Hotel, 718 Horizon Drive. The festival’s website ...


GJ’s Ahern wins top honors at Festival for Creative Pianists

By Melinda Mawdsley

An 18-year-old Grand Junction pianist won top honors at the Festival for Creative Pianists held April 7–9 at Mesa State College. John Ahern won four first prizes and $800 for his performances at the festival, including the top $500 ...

New Vietnamese additions a hit at Thai Chili

By Tess Furey

The moment I saw “Pho” go up on the sign at Thai Chili, I knew I wouldn’t be able to last very long before going to sample some. The soup, often called the national dish of Vietnam, and several other specialties of the ...

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