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The Bock’s Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ a regal rock biopic of one of music’s brightest stars

If even after dozens of sessions listening to six minutes of confusing, esoteric lyrics, you still don’t fully comprehend how keywords like Scaramouche and bismillah are interconnected, the film of the same name as one of rock’s most endearing tunes won’t give you much more insight.

What “Bohemian Rhapsody” will do, however, is recount how one of the genre’s most transcendent voices came to be a legend.

In 1970 London, twenty-something émigré Farroukh Bulsara (Rami Malek) is bursting with musical talent and no outlet to show it as a baggage handler at Heathrow Airport, though despite the misgivings of his conservative Zoroastrian family he’s on the hunt for a place to showcase his singing.

A vocalist opening in a small-time band called Smile gives him exactly what he needs to display his style, forming a quick bond with guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), as well as newly recruited bassist John Deacon (Joe Mazzello).

The quartet becomes a hit thanks largely to their new singer’s explosive energy on stage, in addition to a couple name changes as the band slowly but surely accepts their frontman’s demands that they go by the moniker Queen while he morphs into the identity of one-of-a-kind Freddie Mercury.

As the group starts to take over the charts and gain fame in Britain and across the world, Freddie’s artistry keeps Queen rocketing toward bigger and better things but at the same time, his diva-like sensibilities continually create conflicts as he tends to eclipse everyone else.

Outside the band, his relationship with longtime girlfriend Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) faces its own perils between constant touring and studio time as well as Freddie’s reluctance to admit truths about his sexuality that he has avoided for most of his life.

You don’t need a thermometer handy to know that Malek is every bit the 200 degrees Mercury sang of in the guise of Mr. Fahrenheit (while traveling at the speed of light). The “Mr. Robot” star shines in every facet as he dons prosthetics to recreate the rock star’s overly toothy grin — well-known for having four extra incisors — and treats the microphone as if it were a waltz partner, albeit not doing most of his own singing.

It’s when you look beyond the surface that you see the stronger performance as someone whose flamboyance immediately signals to everyone around him that he’ll be a gay icon for years to come even if he remains in denial for the sake of not hurting the love of his life.

While American Malek single-handedly steals the show, true Brits Lee and Hardy anchor him well as his original bandmates, who quickly realize who’s always going to be the center of attention. Maybe that’s why Mazzello, also American, tends to serve as the whipping boy of Queen, but Deacon’s bass riff for “Another One Bites the Dust” at the very least warrants respect.

As for the suits, it’s a peculiar progression through managers as Aiden Gillen plays John Reid, the man who helps catapult the group into the stratosphere only to be regularly disregarded in favor of lawyer Jim “Miami” Beach (Tom Hollander).

You’ll have to really focus to recognize Mike Myers in yet another chameleon role as EMI executive Ray Foster, who insists that a song called “Bohemian Rhapsody” will never be welcome on the radio leading to the first of many schisms between Queen and their record labels.

It’s not so much his lack of foresight about a tune so ahead of its time as it is his ultimatum that “I’m in Love with My Car” should be the lead single. Typical producer…

The long and difficult road to get a Freddie Mercury movie in theaters has involved Sacha Baron Cohen being attached originally, while much of the recent buzz has been around director Bryan Singer’s behind-the-scenes drama, and though he receives on-screen credit, it was Dexter Fletcher who brought the project to completion.

Anthony McCarten’s screenplay reworks the Queen chronology agreeably enough even if fans know full well the timeframe is off — “We Will Rock You” first came to fruition well before 1980, no matter what the film suggests — but the buildup to the band’s landmark performance at the 1985 charity concert Live Aid has exactly the rhythm and crescendos that would befit any of their greatest hits.

Most telling is the amount of time spent focusing on Freddie’s personal journey without languishing on his legacy as one of the first high-profile people to die of AIDS, which while a noteworthy detail of his history is hardly how he or anyone would want to be remembered.

The tongue-in-cheek tone of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is best summed up when it shows a flurry of negative reviews for its namesake song if for no other reason than to prove the doubters wrong and show just how little mainstream acceptance means. As a wise man once sang, “I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face, but I’ve come through.”

Weekend Roundup: Hockey, hoops, honoring heroes — 6 great gatherings in Craig

While you're enjoying your free time this weekend, whether joining community events or local sports, also take some time to remember Veterans Day and those the holiday honors, as well as the sacrifice they made in defending the nation.

Only the best for vets

Moffat County High School will host a salute to those who served Friday morning in advance of Veterans Day. Among the parts of the ceremony are demonstrations and a panel by local vets, a slideshow and a memorial for fallen soldiers.
When: 10 a.m. Friday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-824-7036

Early shopping

Downtown Business Association hosts the annual Holiday Craft Show Friday and Saturday at Center of Craig. The gathering features multiple local vendors with a mix of homemade items and retail goods leading up to the holiday season, as well as a special guest.
When: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Free admission
For more information: 970-824-7957

Get real

The third annual Realife Women's Conference, "KNOWN 2018," runs Friday and Saturday at The Journey at First Baptist. The conference serves as a gathering for women of all denominations to strengthen their faith.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Cornerstone Realty, The Journey, Calvary Baptist Church, Craig Christian Church, Lighthouse of Craig, Ridgeview Church of God and New Creation Church.
When: Starts at 6 p.m. Friday; noon Saturday
Where: The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St.
Cost: Tickets $10
For more information: https://www.Facebook.com/events/435050253689937/

Hoops happenings

Craig Middle School boys basketball hosts games Saturday morning, bringing in opponents from Meeker for their final home event of the season.
When: Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: CMS, 915 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Admission $5 adults, $3 students, $12 families; free to seniors and ages 5 and younger
For more information: 970-824-3289

Best of puck

Craig Youth Hockey Association's 12 and under Peewee team begins the season Sunday morning with a doubleheader against the Telluride Lizardheads at Moffat County Ice Arena.
When: Games at 9, 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Where: Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: Facebook.com/Craig-Youth-Hockey-Association-333095583393040/

Attitude of gratitude

Thanksgiving comes early for Craig veterans as a special Sunday feast is available at Lighthouse of Craig to thank those who have served their country. All are invited to join the festivities as part of Veterans Day.
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lighthouse of Craig, 3107 W. First St.
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-824-2496
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Downtown Craig’s Trick-or-Treat Street provides sweet satisfaction

The sidewalks of Yampa Avenue were packed Wednesday as part of the annual Trick-or-Treat Street hosted by Downtown Business Association.

The yearly gathering of young costumed candy fanatics was full of families dressed as their favorite action heroes, monsters, princesses and more to celebrate the Halloween holiday.

With businesses along Yampa and Victory Way dishing out bag after bag of treats — as well as The Jungle Pet Shop’s Fish or Treat with free goldfish — Moffat County High School students also joined the fun in Alice Pleasant Park, dressed as the “Scooby-Doo” gang, “Ghostbusters,” the characters of “Winnie the Pooh” and the cast of the upcoming musical “Cinderella.”

Costumes, candy, cars — 5 family activities for Halloween night in Craig

Take to the streets

Downtown Business Association hosts Trick or Treat Street on Halloween, with businesses along Yampa Avenue providing candy for all takers throughout the afternoon in a safe environment for families.
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: 400, 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-824-8148

Car cravings

Victory Motors hosts a Trunk or Treat Halloween, providing candy from decorated cars. The business will also provide a pumpkin-carving contest and costume contest for kids and pets.
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Victory Motors, 2705 W. First St.
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-824-4422

Familiar haunts

American Legion Post 62 hosts its annual haunted house this weekend and Halloween night at Centennial Mall. The terrifying tour for all ages also offers a no-scare option for young children.
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way
Cost: $5 for ages 10 and younger; $10 for 11 and older
For more information: Facebook.com/events/156802595271851/

Awesome alternative

Calvary Baptist Church hosts Fall Fun Fest as an alternative to Halloween. The evening includes games, food and prizes for all ages.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-824-5222

Sheer cheer fear

Moffat County Elite Cheer brings back its haunted house at Bulldog Storage during the weekend and Halloween night complete with a multitude of scares.
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Bulldog Storage, 40 E. Fourth St.
Cost: Admission $7
For more information: Facebook.com/mctcheer/

Craig Concert Association welcomes country troubadour Jeff Dayton

Craig Concert Association's latest installment takes place Sunday at Moffat County High School as Nashville's Jeff Dayton takes the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

Nicknamed "American Troubadour," Dayton spent 15 years as the bandleader for the late Glen Campbell and has also toured with Kenny Chesney, Lee Greenwood, Willie Nelson and other country acts.

His songs have also  been recorded by George Strait, Doug Stone, Sarah Darling, Grammy-winning zydeco artist Chubby Carrier and have appeared on TV shows such as “The Voice” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

Tickets are $20 at the door, and the show is free to members of CCA’s 2018-19 season.

For more information on shows and membership, call 970-824-2080 or visit facebook.com/Craig-Concert-Association-106958636016278/.

The Bock’s Office: ‘Halloween’ finally returns to form 40 years later

All it takes is a few piano notes and an awkward-looking jack-o’-lantern being reassembled to send a chill down your spine, and that’s only in the opening credits of “Halloween.”

For 40 years, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has been coping with the trauma of being a survivor of what has since become known as the legendary Babysitter Murders of 1978 in Haddonfield, Illinois. Her reclusive lifestyle in the middle of the woods has made her the subject of mockery for locals, not to mention ruining two marriages and costing her a relationship with her daughter (Judy Greer).

Her mindset isn’t one of abject fear so much as a determination to prepare for what she believes to be an inevitable return by the man responsible for making her this way: Michael Myers.

Myers’ institutionalization has been of no comfort to her, knowing the killer has merely been biding his time.

And, sure enough, when Michael is transported to a prison facility, a bus accident sets up a repeat of past events as he escapes and immediately heads for Haddonfield for unfinished business and a Halloween night confrontation.

Playing the part of Laurie as a wide-eyed teenager is undoubtedly the reason Curtis was catapulted to stardom, even furthering her career after the scream queen roles stopped coming, but here we see exactly why she’s remained a star.

This is not the final girl role, where an innocent teen manages to thwart a homicidal maniac, sometimes through pure luck. Nor is this the Laurie Strode of previous sequels who’s done her best to lay low and put the past behind her.

Curtis commands both respect and fear as the hardened, middle-aged woman who’s responded to being preyed upon by taking on predator tendencies, forsaking all social niceties for the sake of putting evil to rest.

Nick Castle, the original man behind the mask, is one of two here — joined by James Jude Courtney — to portray the infamous psychopath also known merely as The Shape. We never see Michael’s face in full, as is the custom, but let’s be honest: it’s the blank, white, emotionless rubber that’s his true identity.

A pair of true crime podcasters (Jefferson Hall, Rhiann Rees) serve as good a plot device as any when they try to interview the strong, silent type but only manage to rile up the other mental patients as he stands statue-still in a courtyard.

To be fair, they think he’s only killed a half-dozen people, not nearly the body count he’s racked up over the years with retcons and reboots aplenty, thankfully doing away with some of the more ridiculous plot twists that have tried too hard to explain Michael’s madness.

The 11th movie in the franchise effectively erases all but the first in the series, including the “Halloween II” revelation that Laurie is Michael’s sister.

Even so, she’s certainly taken on many of his qualities on the other end of the spectrum, alienating her whole family as a paranoid survivalist who freely admits she wants the notorious killer to escape so she can be the one to snuff him out.

Michael Myers is hardly the first slasher and is arguably the least creative compared to contemporaries like the possessed doll, the child molester with knife hands, the mama’s boy in the hockey mask and other lovely souls, but he may be the most important to the horror subgenre as someone who’s no supernatural monster but an everyday killer made of pure hate.

John Carpenter’s initial vision before everything got more and more out of control across the decades is finally realized again thanks to dutiful direction by David Gordon Green, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride.

It’s not a shot-for-shot remake, but they’re certainly sticking as closely as possible to the same iconic scenes, agreeably so, capturing all the same scares without feeling like a retread.

The third movie within the same series to bear the simple name “Halloween” is going to mean all the more as a bookend for those who first got freaked out 40 years ago with a female lead who’s only gotten stronger and looking to close that chapter in her life.

And, if you think some heavy breathing can’t be utterly terrifying, just wait.

Weekend Roundup: Tricks, treats, terrific times — 13 Halloween happenings in Craig, Hayden

A long list of activities in Northwest Colorado in the week to come provides holiday fun, as well as a few things that don't have to do with ghosts, goblins and ghouls.

Familiar haunts

American Legion Post 62 hosts its annual haunted house this weekend and Halloween night at Centennial Mall. The terrifying tour for all ages also offers a no-scare option for young children.
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26, 27; 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way
Cost: $5 for ages 10 and younger; $10 for 11 and older
For more information: Facebook.com/events/156802595271851/

Ready for Rifle

Moffat County High School varsity football completes its fall schedule Friday night, hosting the Rifle Bears.
The Bulldogs will be celebrating Senior Night, honoring 12 upperclassmen on the team and on the sidelines.
A Fifth Quarter evening by Bear River Young Life takes place after the game for middle-schoolers at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.
When: Kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday; Fifth Quarter at 9:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Game at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane; Fifth Quarter at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.
Cost: Game admission $8 for adults, free to seniors, preschool children and students with valid ID; Fifth Quarter $5 for middle-schoolers
For more information: 970-824-7036

Sheer cheer fear

Moffat County Elite Cheer brings back its haunted house at Bulldog Storage during the weekend and Halloween night complete with a multitude of scares.
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26, 27, 31
Where: Bulldog Storage, 40 E. Fourth St.
Cost: Admission $7
For more information: Facebook.com/mctcheer/

Late night frights

Mathers Club hosts two nights of Halloween hijinks with a kick-off party Friday and a follow-up Saturday complete with music, drink specials and costume contest.
When: Starts at 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Mathers Club, 420 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Free admission
For more information: 970-824-9946

Pet pleasures

Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply hosts Growl-o-Ween Saturday, a costume contest for pets with a $100 gift card at stake. Owners are also encouraged to dress up in costume.
When: Starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, 2355 W. Victory Way
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-824-4100

Candy bowl

Thunder Rolls Bowling Center hosts multiple activities Saturday with a Trunk or Treat offering in the parking lot in the afternoon, followed by an evening Halloween Rock N Bowl.
The party will feature food and drink specials and a costume contest.
When: Trunk or Treat 1 p.m., Rock N Bowl 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.
Cost: Rock N Bowl $15 for three hours of unlimited bowling
For more information: 970-824-BOWL (2695)

On the trail

Yampa River State Park offers Hike or Treat Saturday afternoon as an outdoor family activity. Organizers will provide candy at several stations around the 1.25-mile hiking trail as well as cookies, hot chocolate and other refreshments.
Donations of non-perishable food items are also welcome for Lift-Up of Routt County.
When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Yampa River State Park, 6185 US Highway 40
Cost: Free to attend, park pass required
For more information: 970-276-2061

Hayden Halloween

Hayden's Halloween Block Party runs all day Saturday hosted by Yampa Valley Brewing Company, Grit Girls Mobile Eatery and Hiway 40 Grill & Lodge, including afternoon kids activities, an evening movie screening, tarot card readings and adult costume party with a theme of villains.
When: 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Yampa River State Park, 6185 US Highway 40
Cost: Contact organizers
For more information: 970-276-8014, 970-276-4200

Right on Riot

Black Mountain Riot will perform as part of the Halloween Riot Saturday at JW Snack's Bar & Grill, with the eatery offering food and drink specials.
When: 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: JW Snack's Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way
Cost: Free admission
For more information: 970-826-0468

Music man

Craig Concert Association's latest installment takes place Sunday at Moffat County High School as Nashville's Jeff Dayton takes the stage.
Nicknamed "American Troubadour," Dayton spent 15 years as the bandleader for the late Glen Campbell and has also toured with Kenny Chesney, Lee Greenwood, Willie Nelson and other country acts.
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Tickets $20 at the door; free to members
For more information: 970-824-2080

Take to the streets

Downtown Business Association hosts Trick or Treat Street on Halloween, with businesses along Yampa Avenue providing candy for all takers throughout the afternoon in a safe environment for families.
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: 400, 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-824-8148

Car cravings

Victory Motors hosts a Trunk or Treat Halloween, providing candy from decorated cars. The business will also provide a pumpkin-carving contest and costume contest for kids and pets.
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Victory Motors, 2705 W. First St.
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-824-4422

Awesome alternative

Calvary Baptist Church hosts Fall Fun Fest as an alternative to Halloween. The evening includes games, food and prizes for all ages.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-824-5222
Do you have an upcoming weekend entertainment item to promote? To submit events for Weekend Roundup, email details including time, date, place, cost and a description of the event to news@craigdailypress.com.

VIDEO: Moffat County Elite Cheer, American Legion Haunted Houses

Scares will be in no short supply Oct. 26 and 27 and Halloween night as American Legion Post 62 and Moffat County Cheer Elite’s haunted houses take over Centennial Mall and Bulldog Storage, respectively.

Fright night: Scares reign supreme at American Legion, Moffat County Elite haunted houses

Knife-wielding maniacs, unblinking children chanting nursery rhymes, bloody victims — whatever terrifies you most, you’re bound to find it at one of Craig’s annual haunted houses.

And yes, creepy clowns play into both of them.

Residents got into the Halloween spirit early as Friday and Saturday was all about scares at haunted houses hosted by American Legion Post 62 and Moffat County Cheer Elite, both of which will be back in action Oct. 26 and 27 as well as Halloween night.

Danger around every corner

The Legion’s house of horrors returned to Centennial Mall, utilizing the space — where it’s been for five years after moving from the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse — for a maze full of dark decorations and sudden shocks from actors determined to bring out some screams.

Organizer Bill Guess said the preparation began in early October to craft the chilling corridors and rooms of classic horror locales, such as a mad scientist’s laboratory, a graveyard and more.

As for volunteers, it didn’t take much to get the cast of creatures in gear and ready to horrify.

“All we had to do was get them in costume,” Guess said.

Fellow organizer Bill White said he loves seeing repeat customers supporting the fundraiser for the group.

“We like scaring the same kids every year,” he said, adding that the group offers a no-scare option for younger children.

For several years, Ben Rinker has had the honor of revving a chainsaw motor to petrify patrons, this year in a clown mask.

“It’s for a good cause, and I get to scare people, so it’s a win-win for me,” he laughed.

Terror in store

On the other end of town at Fourth Street’s Bulldog Storage, the Moffat County Elite Cheer program offers their own eerie exhibit with a variety of shocking scenes.

Unused storage units have been transformed into one spooky spectacle after another, some paying tribute to beloved horror and suspense films and others an amalgam of anything and everything that could make your skin crawl.

And, leave it to cheerleaders to be able to shriek again and again to unnerve those who pass through their displays of doom.

Coaches Curtis Lorio and Amber Snow said owner Lora Stockman donated the space to the cheer team, and the effort has also helped the group make improvements in some elements of their routines.

One of those is athletes increasing their flexibility in imitating the crab walk from “The Exorcist.”

“They also get to do some good team bonding and work with different people in different units,” Snow said. “The kids love it, and they really get into character.”

Weekend Roundup: Pumps, pumpkins, haunted houses — 13 Moffat County happenings

The number 13 has a reputation for unluckiness, but with that many events happening in Craig and Moffat County this weekend heading into Halloween, the usual superstition is a little less.

Pin down some learning

The Moffat County High School wrestling program will host a specialty clinic this month with Ben Cherrington, a Colorado native and champion grappler. Kids of all ages and experience levels are invited to attend sessions Friday and Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.
When: 10 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Contact organizers
For more information: 530-260-2212 or Facebook.com/groups/559183567503206/

Pound the Panthers

Moffat County High School boys soccer finishes its season Friday afternoon as they host Delta. Cheer on the Bulldogs as they battle the Panthers.
When: 4 p.m. Friday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-824-7036

Soup-er supper

First Congregational Church hosts a soup supper Friday night. Tickets are sold at the door for the event, which also includes dessert.
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday
Where: First Congregational Church, 630 Green St.
Cost: $7 per person
For more information: 970-824-6836

Familiar haunts

American Legion Post 62 hosts its annual haunted house this week and next at Centennial Mall. The terrifying tour for all ages also offers a no-scare option for young children.
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26; 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way
Cost: $5 during opening weekend
For more information: Facebook.com/events/156802595271851/

Gridiron glory

Moffat County High School varsity football returns home after two weeks on the road, facing off with Delta.
As part of a Pink Game, football parents will sell pink balloons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, releasing them before the game.
A Fifth Quarter bowling party for students, hosted by Bear River Young Life, follows at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.
When: Kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday; Fifth Quarter at 9:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Game at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane; Fifth Quarter at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.
Cost: Game admission $8 for adults, free to seniors, preschool children and students with valid ID; balloon fundraiser $5; Fifth Quarter $5 for bowling and food
For more information: 970-824-7036

Sheer cheer fear

Moffat County Elite Cheer brings back its haunted house at Bulldog Storage for the next two weekends and Halloween night.
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 31
Where: Bulldog Storage, 40 E. Fourth St.
Cost: Admission $7
For more information: Facebook.com/mctcheer/

Early morning eats

Sovereign Grace Community Church offers a free breakfast for hunters early Saturday morning at the Moffat County School District administration building.
When: 5 to 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: MCSD administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-761-0589

On the trail

MOCO Trails will host its final Volunteer Trail Work Day of 2018 Saturday as part of an ongoing effort to improve natural trails within Moffat County. Participants will meet at the Cedar Mountain parking lot north of Craig before beginning work.
Those who join the effort are asked to dress in layers — warm clothes for the morning and lighter materials if needed in the afternoon. Bringing hats and other headgear, eye protection, work gloves, hiking boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sunscreen, water and snacks are also advised.
People with trail-building tools such as picks, rakes, shovels, and sledgehammers are welcome, and Bureau of Land Management will provide an assortment of tools.
Hiking boots and bikes are also welcome to enjoy some recreation after the workday.
When: Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Cedar Mountain
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: Facebook.com/MOCO-Trails-153561328612489/

Gourds galore

Wyman Living History Museum is set to host its annual pumpkin patch and fall festival Saturday. Among the many activities for the day of family fun spread across the museum grounds are train and wagon rides, a scarecrow-making station, a bounce house, face painting, a photo booth, and seasonal food and drinks.
Kids can also hunt for the needle in the hay maze. A plethora of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for purchase and ready to be carved into jack-o’-lanterns, with a pumpkin-painting station on site. Moffat County Cancer Society will also raise funds with pink pumpkins.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40
Cost: Free admission
For more information: 970-824-6346

Spartan soccer

Colorado Northwestern Community College hosts its final regular season game Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The Spartans will square off with College of Southern Nevada before heading into the postseason the following week.
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: cncc.edu

Walk the walk

Memorial Regional Health and Open Heart Advocates will host “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Saturday at Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Community members are invited to walk a symbolic mile in high heels, as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Kids will be invited to run the obstacle course after the walk is complete.
Men and women are encouraged to join the event or sponsor a walker.
When: Registration at 12:45, walk at 1:45 p.m. Saturday
Where: Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 US Highway 40
Cost: $25 for adults, free to ages 18 and younger
For more information: memorialregionalhealth.com

Rolling riot

Thunder Rolls Bowling Center's weekly Rock N Bowl takes place Saturday night with a few special additions. Black Mountain Riot will perform throughout the night, while Yampa Valley Brewing Company will provide specialty beers.
When: Starts at 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.
Cost: $15 for three hours of unlimited bowling
For more information: 970-824-BOWL (2695)

Hoedown hoot

Luttrell Barn Cultural Center hosts a barn dance Saturday evening sponsored by Northwest Colorado Farmers Union. John Wayne Band will provide music, while Teacake will be calling squares during the night.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Luttrell Barn Cultural Center, 411 Emerson St.
Cost: Admission $5
For more information: 970-326-8346
Do you have an upcoming weekend entertainment item to promote? To submit events for Weekend Roundup, email details including time, date, place, cost and a description of the event to news@craigdailypress.com.