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Weekend Movie Showtimes

West Theatre

29 E. Victory Way

824-2000

“Safe House” — Rated R; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday

“This Means War” — Rated PG-13; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 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

As you read this, hopefully you’re not smarting from the overindulgence of Mardi Gras. If so, you’ve only got a day or two to suck it up and prepare for another busy weekend.

• The holiday, which translates to Fat Tuesday, may have been the best day to spoil yourself. But if you want to go a little further in treating yourself, you can still do it on behalf of a good cause.

If you’re still in need of a sugar rush and still have a few bills in your wallet, head to one of many Craig locations where area Girl Scouts will be selling cookies. Buy Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Samoas and more from the tables set up in front of City Market, Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens and Kmart on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

For exact sales times or to place an order in advance, call 824-2624.

• This next event may be a bit of a drive, but if you’re interested in the lifeblood of the area, you won’t want to miss it.

The seventh annual Energy Forum & Expo takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St., in Grand Junction. Admission to the event is free and the day’s activities include information about the future of energy in Colorado, details about new technology and other educational prospects about the industry that drives our region’s economy.

For more information, call 216-8657 or visit energyexpoco.com.

• If you didn’t take the opportunity to dip your spoon into something spicy at the Not-So Winter Festival, don’t make the same mistake again.

The Chili Challenge is back for a second year. Head to Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St., between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday to get a bowl of tasty goodness.

The ticket price of $6 per person, $10 per couple or $15 per family gives you an all-you-can-eat pass to sample all different kinds of chili.

For more information, call 201-1013.

• The 2012 State of the County event is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Learn more about the workings of Northwest Colorado on the county and city levels, as well as the latest from the Craig Chamber of Commerce. This year’s guest speaker is Sen. Jean White.

A $40 Chamber members ticket — $50 non-members — buys dinner and desert. The event will also have a cash bar.

You can get your tickets at the Chamber, 360 E. Victory Way, or at craig-chamber.com. Act fast because seating is limited.

For more information, call 824-5689.

• Tune into ABC at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for the 84th annual Academy Awards as Hollywood pats itself on the back.

You may have little interest in seeing celebrities accept gold trinkets, but the night could be profitable for you if you do it right.

For those of you involved in an Oscar pool with friends or co-workers, I’ll have an awards prediction column later in the week detailing some of the major categories that you can use as a cheat sheet.

Best Picture usually isn’t too hard to pick correctly, but your guess is as good as mine when it comes to an award like Best Sound Mixing.

For an official ballot, visit oscar.com.

• Though it may not have any Oscars coming its way, “This Means War,” worthy of a few giggles, stays for another week at the West Theatre. New this week is the Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds action flick “Safe House.”

Coming out on DVD are the biopic “J. Edgar” and the comedy about bumbling burglars, “Tower Heist.” A less mainstream feature you may want to check out is the breakout role of Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, in “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

This week in Redbox rentals includes Martin Sheen directed by son Emilio Estevez in “The Way,” the basketball drama “The Mighty Macs” and the Bosnia-set “The Whistleblower.” On Friday, take home the “Shrek” spin-off “Puss in Boots,” which is in serious contention for Best Animated Feature.

Hint, hint…

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