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Michelle Balleck: Kick-starting the holiday season

There’s plenty on the calendar for this weekend, with a range of feel-good activities to heel-stomping fun, many geared toward throwing you full-force into the holiday season. But, before I tell you what’s planned, a couple of personal notes first. This will be my final Livin’ It Up column, and next week you’ll see a new face here. I am moving onto a new challenge and am very excited. Also, I’d like to shamelessly use this space to wish our little man happy birthday today. He’s now 9, and a “tween” — yikes. Happy birthday, Shane!

Michelle Balleck: Feast in the fun

It’s Thanksgiving week, the official beginning to the holiday season and an open invitation to gorge yourself for five weeks straight. Enjoy the merriment, thankful spirit and memories that come with the indigestion. ■ If you don’t have family plans on Thanksgiving, head to one of three community meals. Faith Lutheran Church hosts a potluck-style meal at noon Thursday at the church, 580 Green St. Call 824-3043 to find out more. There’s another potluck at 1 p.m. Thursday at Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 3900 E. Victory Way. Get info. from 824-5424. St. Michael’s Kitchen, 678 School St., hosts its weekly Thursday meal from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Everyone’s invited for the full Thanksgiving spread. Get details by calling 824-7148.

Michelle Balleck: Avoid the snow with shopping, ‘Footloose’ & ‘Happy Feet Two’

There’s plenty of indoor fun on the docket for this weekend, when it’s forecasted to snow some more. Get into the holiday spirit with craft shows, a turkey giveaway, a donation collection and the adorable “Happy Feet Two.” ■ Everybody cut “Footloose” at Moffat County High School’s performance of the famed musical this weekend. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the high school auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The cost is $5 per person at the door. Call the high school at 824-7036 for more information.

Michelle Balleck: Food, flicks & fun

There’s music and food and movies and shopping. What else could you ask for in a weekend? ■ Rock out with Chancey Williams this weekend at the Sports Page Bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The band takes the stage at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but drink specials start at 5 p.m. each night if you’re looking for pre-game action.

Michelle Balleck: Settling in for winter

Halloween is over, and now’s when we all get settled in for a long winter. Oh the joy. Stores already have their Christmas decorations and merchandise out. Only 52 shopping days left.

Michelle Balleck: Ghosts, ghouls, goblins & crab

It is officially Halloween week. Get pumped for free candy, costume mania and big scares. Plus, there’s Crabfest, one of those events to look forward to all year. ■ It’s party time. Excellent.

Michelle Balleck: ‘Tis the season for spooky

It’s that time of year again, where pumpkins, ghosts and cobwebs reign supreme. There are several autumn-themed, and sometimes spooky, activities planned that will keep you in the spirit of the season. ■ Prepare to be scared as American Legion Post 62 offers its haunted house beginning this weekend at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Michelle Balleck: Classic autumn activities on the agenda

Things that say fall: eating plenty of food, looking ahead to the holidays, football, pumpkins and hunting. And there’s a bit of each on the agenda for this weekend.

Michelle Balleck: Music, parade, music & sports jam-pack the weekend

There’s plenty of music, a parade, lots of sports and a sprinkling of other activities on tap this weekend. Cheer on the Bulldogs and don’t miss a huge concert for our neck of the woods. ■ It’s a big deal when a second-place finisher on a national TV show hits Craig. Street Corner Symphony, which was the runner up on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” performs here at 7 p.m. Sunday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, thanks to the Craig Concert Association.

Michelle Balleck: A little of this and that

There’s a little bit of this and that to enjoy this warm weather before it’s too late. From Elkhead’s last weekend with the primary boat ramp to some live music, you’re sure to find a few things going this weekend. ■ The Cabin Fever Band is playing Mathers Club, 420 Yampa Ave., beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Michelle Balleck: Weekend events signs of the season

There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change. That can only mean one thing. I love autumn, but am dreading what comes next. • Shine up your boots for the country stylings of the Teka Brock Band, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at the Sports Page Bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Livin' it up for Wednesday, September 14, 2011: Choices a’plenty for a full weekend

There is more than enough to keep you occupied and enjoying the newly cooled weather. We’re off to Denver for a wedding shindig, fruit picking and, oh yes, some Oktoberfest refreshment. ■ Pet a lamb then learn how to shear it. The annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days are this week at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Hwy. 40. Check out the demonstrations, petting zoo, hay maze and more from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Saturday also includes live music and helicopter rides.

Michelle Balleck: Intro to fall fun

As reluctant as I am to admit it, fall and the dirty “w” word are just around the corner. But, I am excited to begin enjoying some of my favorite autumn activities and fashions. ■ Party it up in a parking lot.

Michelle Balleck: Ideal weekend for no kind of labor

As it is Labor Day weekend, there’s not much planned around town. So it’s a good excuse to spend time with your families, ideally outdoors, and soak up what’s left of summer.

Michelle Balleck: BBQ & golf make for a toasty, tasty weekend

Even if you’re not into barbecue — how could you not be? — there’s plenty of fun at this weekend’s BBQ Championship. There’s music, a fire show and more. Plus there are a couple of golf tournaments to help you enjoy the last weekend of summer before school starts up again.

Michelle Balleck: Balloons, bands & a ball, plus a movie on the lawn

There’s plenty to watch this weekend, from balloons in the sky to a movie on the lawn. Plus there’s some luau fun at the annual firefighter’s ball and a couple bands to check out.

Michelle Balleck: No excuse to sit home bored

There’s more than enough to keep busy with this weekend. You literally couldn’t attend all of Thursday’s events if you tried. Plus, there’s plenty to fill the rest of the days, too.

Michelle Balleck: Fair, food, golf, music & motocross fill out weekend

It’s finally the start of fair week, so get geared up for fair food, all kinds of shows and displays, and some entertainment at the arena. Also on tap this weekend: good eats, golf, motocross and music. ■ The Moffat County Fair has rolled around again and has events this weekend.

Mud it up, dance it up, rev it up

photo Michelle Balleck Weekend movie showtimes West Theatre 29 E. Victory Way 824-2000 • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” PG-13; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday • “Captain America: The First Avenger,” 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 Submit your event Submit your event’s details for consideration by e-mailing me at or calling 875-1790. Whether you’re looking for a mud bath or a night on the town, there are a few things to get you down and dirty this weekend. ■ The Moffat County Mud Runs will be Saturday at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Michelle Balleck: Weekend to catch up on summer fun

It’s a relatively quiet weekend in Craig, so it’s an opportunity to make sure you’re getting in all the fun you can while the weather holds up. School begins in less than six weeks, so don’t let summer slip away. ■ Practice your swing and pull out your poodle skirt.

Michelle Balleck: Grace, Harry Potter bring big entertainment — plus music, food & inflatables

There’s some big-time fun in store this week. If you schedule everything just right, you could hit it all. Don’t miss Cecil “P-Nut” Daniels, who has performed with the likes of Widespread Panic, playing Carelli’s tonight or the famous Grace Potter and the Nocturnals on Thursday just down the highway. There’s also a festival, Relay for Life, stock car races, karaoke and more. Check it.

Michelle Balleck: Music, golf & tie-dye kind of weekend

There’s plenty of fun to be had this weekend — from golf luaus to music and tie-dye fun. It’s summer, and the season doesn’t last long here, so get out of the house and enjoy. ■ Carelli’s Pizzeria & Taphouse gets the party going with an all-day celebration Friday. The Dirty Hippie Party — in collaboration with Palisade Brewing Company, which produces Dirty Hippie beer — runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the restaurant, 465 Yampa Ave.

Michelle Balleck: Parade, fireworks, music & sports mark the Fourth

We all know this weekend as the one that gives us a day off, one where we watch fireworks and twirl sparklers, gather with friends and family, and eat a buffet of summer favorites. This year, our family will be celebrating in Myrtle Beach and soaking up some much-needed rays. But, there’s also plenty to keep local residents busy here on this holiday weekend.

Michelle Balleck: Full weekend of summer fun

It’s a full weekend of summer fun with everything from produce to live music and running to motocross. ■ Get revved up for motocross races scheduled for Sunday at Thunder Ridge Motor Sports Park, south of Craig.

Michelle Balleck: Whittle the Wood headlines anticipated weekend

It’s likely the most anticipated weekend of the year in Moffat County, and it’s finally here. ■ Whittle the Wood Rendezvous kicks off today as the carvers pick their stumps and get to work at Craig City Park. Check out the carvers from about 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday, and watch them finish up Saturday during the big day in the park.

Michelle Balleck: Golf, songs and a fond farewell highlight upcoming events

It’s a fairly quiet weekend around Craig, which means this might be a good weekend to head out of town or get started on all of those summer projects you’ve been looking forward to. ■ Dust off your clubs and sign up for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office’s 24th annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.

Michelle Balleck: Bright sunshiny days for outdoor weekend fun

It’s a weekend for getting outside and enjoying some sunshine. And I, undoubtedly like you, am hoping the forecasts for mid-70s and sunny are correct. My mom will be visiting from Ohio, and we have big plans to finally get my first garden planted along with other outdoor fun.

Michelle Balleck: Kickoff summer with carnival rides, dances & a parade

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.

Michelle Balleck: Full weekend will keep you running — or pedaling

If you’re bored this weekend, you’re not paying attention. Check out all the fun the entertainment gods have in store for you. ■ Grab your bike, a helmet and some friends and hit the highway. The 25th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at Northwest Storage, 4295 W. U.S. Highway 40, or at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Western Knolls.

Michelle Balleck: Sunny weather & spring garage sales calling your name

With temps around the 70s and sunshine predicted, preparing my garden is where you’ll find me this weekend. And, I can’t wait for some more welcome sunburn. ■ Enjoy a laidback night out with the Friday Night Variety Show at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. There promises to be some great local talent plus food and drinks to keep you happy.

Michelle Balleck: A little bit of something for everyone

Whether you’re into shopping or golfing, horse herds or wrestling, you’re sure to find a lot of fun in the variety of offerings this weekend in Moffat County. ■ If you’ve never been to Maybell to watch as the Sombrero Ranches horses are driven through town, you’re missing out. The 800 horses will be led along U.S. Highway 40 on their 60-mile trek from Browns Park to a ranch near Craig.

Michelle Balleck: Wildlife fundraisers, Chihuahua races & blood tests on weekend itinerary

From rifle raffles to mariachi and blood tests to wildlife assistance, you’re bound to find a little bit of something to fit your fancy this weekend.

Michelle Balleck: Funny bunnies & rock and roll

There’s plenty to keep the kiddos entertained this potentially rainy weekend, from bunnies to candy and games. There’s also some musical fun to keep parents happy. And when all else fails, there are some good movies in town if you’d prefer to stay snuggled up.

Michelle Balleck: Music, putt-putt, sports & more — a full spring weekend

There’s plenty to tickle your fancy this weekend, with everything from concerts to mini golf and church fundraisers to bingo. ■ The annual putt-putt golf tourney hosted by three local bars returns this weekend for your drunken, costumed pleasure. The party starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mathers Bar, 420 Yampa Ave., and continues at J.W. Snack’s and The Popular Bar. Putt three holes at each place.

Michelle Balleck: Slow weekend in spring snowiness

It’s a slow weekend in Craig, but maybe that’s for the best, considering the weather is slated to be chilly and snowy and/or rainy. It’s a good time for spring cleaning, catching up or kicking back — maybe with a few of the new releases out on DVD.

Michelle Balleck: Artsy activities round out weekend

There is plenty of art, music and theater in your future as you gear up for this weekend. And don’t forget a few practical jokes just for kicks. • Sit back and relax as the Craig Variety Show comes at you with some local talent and a few special performances.

Michelle Balleck: All-American entertainment

It’s an all-American weekend in Craig with music, shopping, baseball, roly-poly pets and a dessert buffet. Eat it up.

Michelle Balleck: Pucker up & bottoms up — St. Patty’s time

It’s time for green beer, leprechaun sightings, once-a-year meals and Kiss Me, I’m Irish buttons. Yep, it’s St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday. ■ Get your grub on then wash it down with a seasonal beverage. Here’s a rundown of St. Patty’s Day craziness for your pure enjoyment:

Michelle Balleck: Meet the governor or stay home spring cleaning

There’s not much fun to report this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Warmer weather has me itching to get to cleaning the house and planning for my first ever garden. Plus, we’ve got a little painting on the docket this weekend.

Michelle Balleck: Varying degrees of culture take the stage

It’s a wild weekend of culture — both genuine and sarcastic — in this crazy town of ours. ■ The well-known and much anticipated Kiwanis Play hits the stage Friday and Saturday. If you skipped standing in line a month ago in frigid weather to save your spot, no worries. The Craig Kiwanis Club still has tickets available for Friday night’s crudely hilarious performance at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. They’re $15 per person and they’re available from Jeff Pleasant at Rehabilitation Services of Craig, 473 Yampa Ave. Call 824-9359 to get yours.

Michelle Balleck: Concert, Mo Co’s birthday headline the weekend

Get out on the town this weekend for an uplifting concert, a dose of history and some fundraising fun. You’ve got some choices. ■ Enjoy the show that Coffey Anderson puts on Saturday night. The Christian singer-songwriter will perform a worship concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St.

Michelle Balleck: Winter Festival a remedy for cabin fever

If you can’t beat the cold, go out and revel in it. This weekend boasts one of the area’s biggest events of the year, so don’t miss the fun. ■ Wyman’s Winter Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Michelle Balleck: Lovin’ it up this Valentine’s week

It’s time again for lovebirds to swoon and single people to roll their eyes. This week brings Valentine’s Day and all the chocolate-eating, flower-giving and love-expressing madness that comes with it. So soak it up. Or, avoid it all costs. The decision is yours.

Michelle Balleck: Football, culture & partying make for a full weekend

This weekend takes me back. Five years ago in the Kiwanis Play line, I started dating my now husband, Keith. Ahh, nothing like the Kiwanis Play to bring people together, right? Well, maybe the Super Bowl can.

Michelle Ballack: Dance ‘till you drop this weekend

Whether it’s inspired by tunes from your childhood or the desire to begin your New Year’s resolution, this week will have you on your feet and feeling the beat. ■ Boogie down with the Boogie Machine at Mathers on Friday. The band will play classic 70s tunes — including covers of Wild Cherry, Diana Ross, KC and the Sunshine Band, and more — from 9 p.m. to midnight at Mathers Bar, 420 Yampa Ave.

Michelle Balleck: Dancing, riding & reading

Whether you’re in the mood to boogie down, ride hard or relax with some music, this weekend has got a little bit of culture and a little bit of rugged fun. ■ Dust off your tux and get ready to show your stuff Saturday night.

Michelle Balleck: Inside or out this weekend — your pick

If you can defrost yourself first, there are some fun things on the docket for the weekend. With temperatures warming up this weekend and hovering around the freezing point for highs, there are good times to be had whether you’re ready to strap on your skates or prefer cozying up with a good book or movie.

Michelle Balleck: R&R in the new year

Happy New Year, readers! Time to get on the treadmill and stick to those resolutions, at least for a week or two. I don’t know about you, but we’re still resting up and getting back into the swing of things after a fun-filled holiday vacation.

Michelle Balleck: Christmas is here & so is Festivus

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, which means if you still have shopping to do, time has just about run out. But no worries, you can still get it done, if you can dig your car out anyway. I’d like to wish you and your family warm and happy holidays. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating.

Michelle Balleck: Stock up — last weekend to shop

With Christmas right around the corner, there are only nine days left to shop for presents, so it’s time to get in gear. I think we’re mostly done but definitely need to get a few more things this weekend. Plus, we’ll be baking up a storm, cleaning house and just getting organized. But between final preparations, make time for some holiday fun this weekend.

Michelle Balleck: The weekend to get in the spirit

If you aren’t in the holiday spirit just yet, this weekend provides plenty of opportunity to plunge in. • Browse through the offerings at the Winter Arts and Crafts Show this weekend, The show runs from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Michelle Balleck: Jam-packed weekend of seasonal celebrations

Wowzers, it’s a wild weekend here in Craig, America. There are plenty of events and activities to keep you occupied, so there’s no excuse for boredom. ■ Kick up your boots during the Boys & Girls Club of Craig’s annual fundraiser Cowboy Christmas.

Michelle Balleck: Gobble, gobble & ho, ho, ho

Happy Thanksgiving! I think that’s all the introduction to fun we need this weekend. So, enjoy stuffing your face, relaxing on the couch and catching some football. Oh, and hanging with family, of course.

Michelle Balleck: Ready yourself for the holiday rush

This weekend is all about resting up for the holidays and working ahead if you can. Enjoy a relaxing night at the theater and do some early Christmas shopping for items made locally. Plus, “Harry Potter” comes to town, if you’re into it. But whatever you choose for fun this weekend, be sure to get rested and get ready for the holiday season upon us.

Michelle Balleck: Kicking off the season right

This season calls for thankfulness, remembrance, eating and yes, shopping. Hey, you might not be ready to think about Christmas or making lists and checking them twice, but I sure am. Let the countdown begin! ■ Thank you. Two simple words sum up today. Nationally, it’s Veterans Day, a time to say “thank you” and reflect.

Michelle Balleck: Simple pleasures, easy-going weekend

From music to bingo and football to chili, Friday and Saturday feature simple fun for a laidback autumn weekend.

Michelle Balleck: All about the costume this weekend

From witches to pop culture icons and French maids to zombies, the most creative, original and all-out costumes will win big this weekend. So dig through your digs and score yourself a sweet one. First, here’s the adult fun planned for this weekend.

Michelle Balleck: Crab-cracking, comedy, canines & causes

If you like to eat, laugh and/or shop, this weekend’s got something for you. Lucky me, those are three of my favorite things.

Michelle Balleck: Fall family fun & frightening flicks

With Halloween just around the corner and autumn in full swing, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the crisp weather, get in the spooky spirit and start carving. And that’s just what we intend to do this weekend. Lucky for you, there’s plenty happening this weekend to help you celebrate however you choose.

Michelle Balleck: Weekend agenda: Bowling, politics & sleep

If you ask me, this weekend is made for catching up, sleeping in and making Halloween plans. We’re trying to figure out our costumes, and it’s a great weekend to start getting those together. But, if you want to get out of the house, there are a few options to allow you to do just that.

Michelle Balleck: Music, magic & the marching band — plus, welcoming weather

With record highs predicted this week, enjoy this unseasonable weather this weekend with some school spirit, a magic show for the kids and some stellar tunes right here at home.

Michelle Balleck: Fall into fall with weekend of fun

A sunny, warm-temperature finish to the summer isn’t a bad way to go out. And I say, bring on the fall colors. I am excited for a weekend of bonding with my husband (insert “aww” here) and for shooting the heck out of the beautiful scenery around us. I think I’ll even dig out my old Pentax and shoot some film for the first time in years. Enjoy our nice weather any way you choose, but have a look at these events to keep you entertained this weekend.

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

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.

Michelle Balleck: Weekend goes to the dogs

It’s another slow weekend in Craig, but it might be a welcome respite. The skies are forecasted to clear up for the weekend, so you can get outside for work or play. And watch out for next weekend — it’s shaping up to be a busy one.

Michelle Balleck: Sunshiny, lazy Labor Day weekend

With temperatures in the mid-80s and clear skies as far as the eye can see — or so the forecasters claim — it’s a wonderful weekend to kick back, relax and enjoy an extra day off in observance of Labor Day. I’ll be on an airplane headed home for a family reunion, but maybe you could make that long overdue trip to the lake, head out to the wilderness for a hike and a camp trip, or just take a nap in the hammock. Oh, man, a hammock sure sounds nice

Michelle Balleck: Finger-lickin’, belly-laughin’ fun

Are you ready for some football? Or some delicious barbecue? How about some make-your-belly-hurt laughs with a side of cheap beer? This weekend’s got a solid mix of all things wonderful, so dig in.

Michelle Balleck: It’s a balloon. It’s a lei. It’s your weekend.

For me, the end of summer means finishing up projects and gearing up for school. It also means attending my seventh wedding of the summer, a garage sale Friday and Saturday and prepping the house for a guest staying with us for a month. Sleep is not in my future. But fun can be in yours. Just have a look at what this weekend brings.

Michelle Balleck: A fair-ly good weekend

After this hectic week, here’s hoping Keith and I can actually spend some time together this weekend between fair fun and garage sale prepping. And beyond that, there’s plenty to keep you occupied for a weekend of music, billiards and revving engines.

Michelle Balleck: Summer’s end is nearing so enjoy it now

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is winding down. To squeeze all we can out of our few remaining weekends, our little guy is having a big water party with his friends Saturday. So we’ll be digging out our squirt guns. We’re also digging out buried treasures for our upcoming garage sale. A little extra cash at the end of the summer goes a long way. For your summer fun, here’s what Craig has up its sleeve for you.

Michelle Balleck: Jam-packed weekend of fun

What a weekend. Are you ready for this one? Here we go: ■ The second annual Lid Jam, a skateboarding competition in memory of Shane Braselton, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Craig skate park at the corner of Baker Drive and Ashley Road.

Michelle Balleck: Good times for good causes

There’ll be some downright fun for some downright good causes this weekend. And you can’t beat that. For those of you wondering what in the world Keith, my loving hubby, will be up to this weekend, well, we’re headed to Denver for a much-anticipated trip to the aquarium, Wildlife Experience and more. Keith can barely stand his excitement, and our little guy is looking forward to it a little bit, too.

Michelle Balleck: Soak up the sun

It’s more weddings for me this weekend. I’ll be photographing one Friday and attending a second on Saturday. ‘Tis the season for lovebirds. And ‘tis the season for enjoying this weather. It’s certainly been heating up lately. And I, for one, am loving it. So we’d better get out there and enjoy it while we can.

Michelle Balleck: Olympic athletes & fast cars — all in a Craig weekend

There’s plenty to keep you occupied this weekend — from yard sales to dirt track racing and drinking games to Olympic games. Plus, it’s prime time to be out enjoying the summertime, so go climb a mountain or snag a fish or whatever warm-weather fun you’re into. I will be enjoying one of summer’s most popular events this weekend — the wedding.

Michelle Balleck: Celebrate this weekend with a bang

It’s a weekend for friends, barbecues and remembering why we honor the Fourth of July in the first place. And, although that reason does not revolve around explosives, it’s still a lot of fun to see the annual fireworks display light up the night sky. This year, the Craig Fire/Rescue display begins at nightfall Sunday. The fireworks are lit south of the Moffat County High School football field and can be seen from just about anywhere in town.

Michelle Balleck: Golfing and running and movies — oh my!

It’s a weekend for exercise and good causes. There are fundraisers, running events and plenty of good times, I’m sure. I’ll be too busy hosting a bridal shower and bachelorette party to enjoy much of it, but you take your pick on what sounds best. And, maybe we’ll see you around on Saturday night!

Michelle Balleck: Biggest weekend of the year

Biggest. Weekend. Of. The. Year. Enough said. • Blue Oyster Cult is in Craig this weekend. No kidding. In Craig.

Michelle Balleck: Dogs, mud & dancing — all right here

Take your pick. Fun in Craig, or a few minutes either way on the highway this weekend. I don’t think there’s any way to go wrong. Me? I’ll be headed to garage sales with my little guy — yay for garage sale season! — and then to two weddings — yay for wedding season! Big fat fun weekend!

Michelle Balleck: Summer’s here: Get out and about

It’s officially summer in my book, so take note, Mother Nature. This would be a good weekend to get your flowers in pots or the ground, if you’re like me and haven’t yet. Now that kiddos are out of school, programs for them are kicking off, and we’ll be sure to take part.

Michelle Balleck: Remembering and celebrating: Ideal Memorial Day weekend

It’s one of the biggest weekends in Craig all year. So soak it up. As for me, I’ll be in Indianapolis enjoying a good friend’s wedding, maybe some shopping and, of course, seeing “Sex and the City 2!” Words cannot describe my excitement. And yes, Keith will be there by my side, loving every minute of it, no matter how hard he tries to deny it.

Michelle Balleck: Rain, rain go away — I want to play

Mr. Weatherman calls for a break in the cloudy, rainy weather this weekend. Let’s see if it’s true.

Michelle Balleck: Feel good kind of weekend

From patriotism to a school fundraiser, a pet adoption special to an old-fashioned country dance, this weekend has all the makings of one that will give you the warm fuzzies. Check it out.

Michelle Balleck: Wishing I could be everywhere at once

It’s another one of those weekends.

Michelle Balleck: Take your pick of fun this weekend

Doesn’t it feel like feast or famine around here? Either we sit around and twiddle our thumbs or we’re so booked we can’t possibly make it to everything planned. Well this weekend, it’s the latter, so read on to find out more about what’s going on so you can pick and choose.

Livin' it up: Get some education, music this weekend

I’ll be out of town visiting family this weekend, but for those of you sticking around, there are a few things to keep you occupied.

Michelle Balleck: A mixed bag of good times

From theater productions to livestock sales and baseball games to a quick round of “getting to know you,” there’s quite a variety of activities happening this weekend.

Michelle Balleck: Days outside, nights in

Here’s hoping the piles of snow melt with this warm weather we’re supposed to have. I am ready for spring, and ready to get to work outside, as I know many of you are as well.

Michelle Balleck: Cloudy with a chance of bunnies

Today let’s celebrate that it’s April and finally spring. April fools. It’s supposed to be cloudy and rainy, or even snowy, this weekend. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pull out those adorable Easter dresses and enjoy the holiday. I don’t predict the weather will inhibit bunny travel eithe

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Michelle Balleck: Perfect mix of fun

With some culture, some shopping and a whole lot of basketball, this weekend could be the perfect mix of entertainment. • I am pretty excited to hear about the African drumming workshop and performance this weekend.

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Michelle Balleck: Stay in & hang out

With a limited itinerary for Craigites this weekend, it’s the ideal opportunity to sit back and relax with some low-key fun. ■ West Theatre is showing “Alice in Wonderland” and “She’s Out of My League” for another week, so catching a flick could be a good way to relax this weekend, especially if it snows Friday like it’s forecast to do.

Michelle Balleck: Weekend plans: Spring cleaning ... and beer pong!

There’s not an abundance of activities in Craig this weekend, which may be a welcome change.

Michelle Balleck: Variety spices up the weekend

There’s a good variety of happenings this weekend, from a wild party to laidback movie selections. Take your pick of the style of weekend you’d like.

Michelle Balleck: Free food, $1 drinks on tap this weekend

There’s free food, cheap drinks and political mingling this weekend, if you’re in the right place at the right time. Read on to find out how to get your share of some.

Michelle Balleck: A few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Throw in some whiskers on kittens, and you’ve got a few of everyone’s favorite things and a good weekend in Craig.

Michelle Balleck: Season of love = one jam-packed weekend

This is one Craig weekend when there’s no excuse to be bored. With downtown culture, an outdoor festival, a couple of dances, lots of live music and Valentine’s Day activities all crammed into one weekend, there’s no excuse to sit at home.

Michelle Balleck: Music & movies — the makings of a relaxing weekend

Don’t you just love weekends where you can stay in your jammies all day and hang out, looking forward to some laid back plans for the evening hours? I sure do, and that’s what this weekend seems to be made for.

Michelle Balleck: Network, show off & skate off — all in one weekend

This weekend’s plans could include making connections, strutting your stuff and practicing your triple axel. And this is a weekend you could hit all the events without missing a beat.

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Michelle Balleck: Dancing, outdoor sports headline weekend

Are you a dancing queen? Or maybe you’re more into motorized fun. Either way, this weekend has something for you. Welcome to “Livin’ it Up,” a new recreation and entertainment column that gives you the tidbits of information you need to know to plan a great weekend in Craig.


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