Chilling out for the weekend |

Chilling out for the weekend

Now that all the valentines are opened and candy boxes licked clean, it's time to celebrate the next big holiday, President's Day. Since there are few actual parties for this particular day, your entertainment will have to come from something other than Pin the Tail on the Democrat.

• With the weather as unpredictable as it's been, that could spell disaster for certain outdoor events. Fortunately, the organizers of this weekend's big one have planned ahead.

The inaugural Not-So Winter Festival at Wyman Living History Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, will happen snow or shine. With activities starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, families can plan on hours of fun.

Filling out the itinerary are fishing with poles provided by the Division of Wildlife, a sledding hill for kids, and a game of pond hockey between Craig and rival Steamboat Springs.

Plenty more things are planned, as well. For more information on the festival, call 824-6346.

• If you need some serious heat to counteract the cold, you won't have to look far.

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During the Festival, the seventh annual Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the Chamber Ambassadors, will be set up on the museum grounds. Registration is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.

The red and green chili selections will be ready for sampling at 11 a.m. It will cost $2 to get a sample of the spicy goodness and vote on your favorites. For a full bowl, the price is $3.

Prizes include two Best Overall awards, one for red chili and one for other kinds, with another prize for People's Choice.

For more information on the cook-off, call 824-5689.

• If the excitement of the ice rink is something you feel you don't get enough of, this weekend may give you more than you can handle.

Starting Saturday, the Peewee 12 and under age bracket of Craig Cougar Hockey will host its Cold Corner Cup Tournament at the Moffat County Ice Arena, 500 S. Ranney St.

Depending on how play goes, more than 20 matches are possible, with teams from Steamboat, Denver, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Rock Springs, Wyo., coming in to take on the Cougars.

The games are free and run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday.

For more information, call 846-2179 or 826-7399.

• If, after the excitement of the weekend, you need a nice, calming way to spend your time, take up one of the region's favorite pastimes.

Join the Yampa Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 377 Cedar Court.

The group's monthly meeting is open to all, whether you've already mastered the art of needle and thread or have yet to use a thimble.

For more information, call Janice Hunsaker at 824-7931.

• The West Theatre will hold over "The Phantom Menace" for another week, while bringing in the romantic action comedy "This Means War."

Test your tolerance for being grossed out with the DVD release of "Human Centipede II: Full Sequence."

If your tastes skew more classical, take in the French language "Mozart's Sister." In case the title doesn't give it away, yes, it is about the composer's less famous sibling.

At Redbox, you can find the hillbilly horror parody "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil," the story of a man losing his marbles in "Take Shelter," or the inspirational "Seven Days in Utopia." And, if you're in the mood for a pretty face, don't overlook Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary."

Weekend Movie Showtimes

West Theatre

29 E. Victory Way


“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D” — Rated PG; 7 and 9:15 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

$2 glasses surcharge for all 3-D features

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