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Plays, Concerts, Christmas Tree Lighting Among Grand Junction’s Weekend Events November 14-17

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Even though Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, the Christmas season kicks off this weekend in Downtown Grand Junction, and that’s just one of many events scheduled for this weekend.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here’s a list of what to expect in the Grand Junction area:

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CMU’s Theater Presents “Hay Fever”

Robinson Theater of the Moss Performing Arts Center, 1100 North Avenue in Grand Junction


Info: 970-248-1604

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $6 for students.

Noel Coward’s comic play, written in 1924, may be best described as a cross between high farce and a comedy of manners.  As a kind of Jazz Age soap opera featuring flamboyancy, extremes and sharp wit, it provides a glimpse into the rapidly changing climate of the 1920s and 30s.


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Local Energy Resources – Geology

Museum of Western Colorado’s Whitman Education Center, 248 South 4th Street in Grand Junction



Museum of Western Colorado will present a lecture as part of the Changing Landscapes of Science series. Dr. Rex Cole will give the lecture “Local Energy Resources – Geology.” Cost is $5 for museum members and members of the John McConnell Math & Science Center, and $10 for non-members.


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Twisted Strings in concert

Grand Junction High School, 1400 North 5th Street in Grand Junction


Info: 970-243-1979

Mesa County Concert Association will present “Twisted Strings” in concert. General seating available.

Individually, Alex DePue on fiddle and Miguel De Hoyos on guitar, have wowed the world-DePue performed at Carnegie Hall at age 14 and DeHoyos entertained government diplomats and officials in Romania and Mexico. Together, they produce an unparalleled sound, music that can speak to anyone’s soul with hits from Gershwin to Lloyd Weber and Kansas to Lennon/McCartney.


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Opera Workshop

Moss Performing Art Center’s Recital Hall, 1100 North Avenue in Grand Junction



Colorado Mesa University’s music department will present an opera workshop.

CMU Opera Students and Faculty will perform an evening of Arias. CMU’s Opera Workshop class, along with its instructors Kathleen Ruhleder and Jack Delmore, will perform an evening of ariasl. Students are all upperclassmen and they will perform solos and duets from operas by Handel, Puccini, Mozart Humperdink, Lalo and others with Kathryn Mientka accompanying on piano.

Specific repertoire includes “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel, “Batti, Batti” from Don Giovanni and “O Happy We” from Acis and Galatea.

Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 students, and tickets are available at the Moss Performing Art Center box office.


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Wells Fargo Tree Lighting

Wells Fargo building at 4th and Main Streets in Grand Junction


Info: 970-245-9697

Catch the spirit of the holidays as the Wells Fargo Christmas Tree and the rest of Main Street light up to officially kick off the holiday season in Downtown Grand Junction. Santa will also make his arrival to the event. The all-girl, 1940s-style vocal group “The Tonettes” will be on hand to provide entertainment. The event runs from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with the lighting itself taking place about 5:45 p.m.


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Behind the Scenes Tour

Dinosaur Journey, 550 Jurassic Court in Fruita


Info: 970-242-0971

The tour will last about 90 minutes. The Behind the Scenes Tour allows participants to enter collections storage areas seldom open to the public. Hundreds of artifacts not currently on display may be viewed, as well as laboratories and work areas. In addition, the exhibition halls will be open for a true museum after dark experience.


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Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun with Arthur Houle in concert

Moss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, 1100 North Avenue in Grand Junction.


Info: 970-248-1604

Colorado Mesa University’s Music Department will present Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun (cello) with Arthur Houle (piano) in concert.

Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students, and tickets are available at the box office.

Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun will present a solo recital of cello music with guest artists Mary Lindsey Bailey and Arthur Houle in the Moss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Her movie-themed concert will include visuals from movies as she plays pieces that have been featured in various films. Yun is a top prize-winner in numerous competitions around the world.


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Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride”

Colorado Mesa University (University Center Ballroom), 1455 North 12th Street in Grand Junction


Info: 970-433-3866

Networks Unlimited will present the movie Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride.” Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

General admission is $10 for adults and $5 with valid student ID. Tickets are available at the door.

Funds raised will benefit the Maverick Ski Team.


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King’n Trio in concert

Back Porch Music, 955 Independent in Grand Junction


Info: 970-683-8778

Admission is $20, and proceeds will benefit the Avalon Theater Foundation.


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Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra in concert

Roper Music Ballroom, 130 North 5th Street in Grand Junction


Info: 970-260-2332

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students. Students under age 12 are free. Tickets are available at Roper Music and at the door.


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Western Slope Coin Club’s Coin Show

VFW Hall, 14th Street and Ute Avenue in Grand Junction


Info: email

Free coin evaluations will be available. Admission is free.


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Symphony Storytime

Central Library, 530 Grand Avenue in Grand Junction


Info: 970-683-2437

Members of the Grand Junction Symphony will use stories and music to introduce youngsters to string instruments at Symphony Storytime.

Young children will learn about the sounds and history of various orchestra instruments. Children and their parents are encouraged to attend and ask questions about the instruments, the orchestra, and performing.

The event will begin with a story or two, followed by a musical demonstration, questions, and an instrument petting zoo.

The November 16 Symphony Storytime is the first in a series of such events at the Central Library. Brass and woodwinds will be the topic on February 1, and percussion will be the topic on May 3.


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Powderhorn Race Club’s 4th Annual Snow Ball

Colorado Mesa University Ball Room


Info: 970-640-2723

The family friendly venue will begin with socializing and a silent auction, followed by dinner with acknowledgements of skiing legacies past and present and culminating with Olympic skier and professional ski coach Sarah Schleper.

Powderhorn Race Club is collaborating with the Grand Mesa Nordic Council and Colorado Discover Ability to recognize dedicated, passionate, and honorable individuals who have exemplified ambassadorship of skiing on the Grand Mesa.


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Community Cat Care’s 11th Annual Fur Ball

A Taste of Heaven Catering, 2817 North Avenue in Grand Junction


Info: 970-216-2409

Activities include live & silent auction, fajita bar, and cash bar. Special entertainment provided by The Instagators Band, Spare parts Barbershop Singers, and caricature sketching by Lee Bowerman. Admission is $25 per person. Tickets are available at City Market, Atlas Automotive/Conoco, or by calling 970-216-2409.


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Dance Works present “Sleeping Beauty”

Palisade High School, 3679 G Road in Palisade


Info: 970-243-5954

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. Tickets at the door are $3 higher. Tickets can be purchased at the Dance Works studio, 2586 Patterson Road in Grand Junction.


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