Michelle Balleck: Kickoff summer with carnival rides, dances & a parade
Weekend movie show times
29 E. Victory Way
• “Kung Fu Panda 2,” PG; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday
• “Pirates of the Caribbean,” PG-13; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
• 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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This weekend — notorious for its rain but which forecasts predict will be beautiful — allows you to let your hair down, relive your youth, and celebrate the close of another school year and start of another summer.
It’s a weekend for barbecues, gardening and remembering our fallen servicemen and women.
■ And, of course, it’s the weekend for Moffat County’s own Grand Olde West Days.
Events are throughout Craig from Saturday through Monday. Highlights include a parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, community dance at 9 p.m. Saturday, draft horse show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, 5K Fun Run at 7 a.m. Monday and the big street festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
On Monday, there will be live music, a car show, a beer garden plus lots to do for the little ones in downtown Craig.
Find a full Grand Olde West Days schedule on page 15 of today’s Craig Daily Press.
■ Weeee! That’s what you’ll be saying as you ride the Twister, Gravitron and Ferris wheel.
The Brown’s Amusements carnival returns from Thursday to Monday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.
The carnival is open from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and Monday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday.
Advance tickets are $20 for all-you-can-ride for any one of the five days at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way. At the gate, bracelets go up to $30.
Get your tickets and other info. from the Chamber at 824-5689.
■ Boogie down for a good cause as the Hayden H.E.A.T. Relay for Life team hosts a fundraising dance from 9 p.m. to close Saturday at the Hiway Bar, 136 E. Jefferson St., Hayden.
DJ Rodney McGown will provide music for dancing, and there will be a silent auction. The cost is $10 per person, which includes two drinks.
Also, head out to Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant in Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, on Monday nights through July 11 as 25 percent of the night’s sales go to Relay for Life.
■ Yo-ho-ho and a play about Craig.
This week’s special feature, “Pirates of the Yampa,” will get you in the spirit with shows at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Craig Middle School auditorium, 915 Yampa Ave.
The cast includes many familiar faces in this play written by David Morris. It promises to be a hoot.
Admission is $5, and proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.
Tickets are available at the Boys & Girls Club, Craig Daily Press or at the door.
■ Pay homage to those who have served our country by attending the Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Craig Cemetery. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion No. 62 host the event.
■ Throw your mortarboard in the air and celebrate.
The Moffat County High School Class of 2011 has its commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday in the high school gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane.
The seniors will also recognize this rite of passage with baccalaureate at 7 p.m. today at the high school auditorium.
And, don’t forget the parties. Get your schedule blocked off for all the parties to hop to and from.
■ Attend the opening reception for the second annual Western Heritage Quilt Show.
The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave.
The quilt show, hosted by the Yampa Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild, will remain on display through June 10. Admission to the museum is free.
Call Jean at 824-3901 for details.
■ Enjoy the warmer weather this weekend and learn the fly-fishing basics from Hal Glanville.
Hal invites youths and senior citizens to join him for a pro fly-fishing lesson and open fishing starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Glen Sherman Park at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.
Grab your pole and get more details from Hal at 826-9771.
■ Be inspired as you listen to Kennedy Cruz describe his missionary work in Cambodia at 9 a.m. Sunday at Friendship United Methodist Church, 700 Barclay St.
Everyone is welcome to drop in on his presentation.
Find out more from Pastor Karen Gibson at 620-0339.
■ West Theatre is getting in the new release “Kung Fu Panda 2” beginning on Thursday and is holding over “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” for your Johnny Depp fix.
New at Redbox this week are “Gnomeo & Juliet,” “All Good Things” and “I am Number Four.”