Michelle Balleck: Dancing + music + food + beer = one great weekend
September 16, 2010
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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.
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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 http://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.
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 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.