Michelle Balleck: Dancing + music + food + beer = one great weekend

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Michelle Balleck

Weekend movie show times

West Theatre

29 E. Victory Way

824-2000

“Takers” — PG-13; 7 and 9 05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday

“The Switch” — PG-13; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday

• Tickets: $7 for ages 10 and older, $5 for ages 9 and younger

• Sunday matinee: $5 for ages 10 and older, $4 for ages 9 and younger

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Hold on to your britches, because this weekend’s going to be a wild one.

There’s plenty of dancing, music, good food and good times, with a few cold ones. There are lots of choices, so take your pick.

Party with a purpose.

That’s the motto of the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads, and it’s a fitting description of this weekend’s event.

Art ‘n the Park’n Lot takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Victory Way and Tucker St. Admission is free.

The event features food and craft vendors, music, a beer garden, a silent auction, and more. And all the proceeds benefit the club, which strives to support music in local schools and engage in environmental projects.

So, head on down Victory for a beer with some good friends and a party with a purpose.

I haven’t been square dancing in five years, when Winfield Pankey showed me the ropes. And the Greenridge Mountaineers are at it again this fall.

The group hosts a potluck dinner and free intro to square dancing this weekend.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Feeds, 198 Lincoln Ave., in Hayden.

If you can’t make it this weekend, be sure to stop by any Friday beginning at 7 p.m. to show off your moves at the American Legion Hall, 220 S. Third St., in Hayden.

Call Elaine Sturges at 879-3521, or Arloa and Erv Gerber at 824-3396 if you need more details.

Quack quack.

It’s time again for the Ducky Race, an annual Craig Lions Club fundraiser. The mile-long Yampa River race begins at noon Saturday, as ducks race toward the finish line to win their “owners” cash — as much as $750 for first place.

Duckies are $8 each, and can be purchased by calling any member of the Lions Club, dropping by Shepherd & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning, or calling 824-5814.

If you like agriculture, this event might be for ewe.

The 12th annual Sheep Wagon Days runs this weekend and features hands-on stations, demonstrations, a hay maze, petting zoo, helicopter rides, live music and more.

The event is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Find out more by heading out to the museum or visiting www.villardranch.com.

Heat it up.

As the chilly weather prepares to move in, you should prepare your famous chili.

The Student Government of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus is hosting a fundraising chili cook-off at 5 p.m. Saturday in room 202 at CNCC, 50 College Drive.

It’s $15 to enter and taste all the entries, or $7 just for samples.

Visit the college for cook-off sign-up forms, or stop by Saturday for some delicious warming soup.

Everybody loves to slurp spaghetti, especially when the meal benefits a local family in need.

A fundraising spaghetti dinner benefiting Gary and Anna Thompson is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way.

The cost is $6, or $3 for children younger than age 12, and includes spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert. A cash bar will be available.

Call Cherie Blomquist at 824-2635 for more information, or just show up for a good meal.

Time to hoe down.

Get your dancing shoes on for the fall dance at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lodore Hall in Browns Park.

Admission is free, and activities include country music, cake walks, a quilt auction and door prizes.

Call Mara Molloy at 269-3000 to find out more.

Bar Olympics are back.

Join the Sports Page Bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, for all the fun and games starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Look out below.

The balls are dropping again during the 11th annual Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394.

Tickets for the ball drop can be purchased at the golf course or the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, which the event benefits, at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

For more information, call the Boys & Girls Club at 826-0411, or the golf course at 824-3673.

The tea party, in recognition of Constitution Day, is hosting a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

The group will educate visitors about the Constitution and its importance.

Call Carol Haskins at 824-5958, or Jeanie Durham at 824-7515 to learn more.

The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow continues through Saturday, as residents can sell antiques, collectibles and coins.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

It’s at Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court.

New at West Theatre this week are “The Switch” — a hilarious-looking modern family romantic comedy — and “Takers,” an action flick about a group of hot male bank robbers.

Redbox has “Letters to Juliet,” a heart-warming love story, I’m sure.

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