With Valentine's Day on Friday this year, the weekend kicks off in high gear with several events on the schedule. Even if you're not planning on celebrating Valentine's Day this year, there's still several events going on this weekend in the Grand Junction area that is sure to please everyone.

  • 2nd Annual Grand Junction Film Festival

    Colorado Mesa University's University Center Ballroom, 1455 North 12th Street in Grand Junction

    For more information, visit http://www.gjfilmfest.org/

    Single day ticket is $25 and two-day ticket is $35. Tickets are available online and at City Market stores in Grand Junction. Each pass allows participants into every film for the day. For film schedule, visit http://www.gjfilmfest.org/SELECTION.html.

     

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  • Western Slope Heritage Rendezvous – Treasures of the Community

    Museum of the West, 462 Ute Avenue in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-242-0971

    New exhibit “Western Slope Heritage Rendezvous – Treasures of the Community” on display at the Museum of the West. Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $3.75 for children (3-12) or $20 for family groups up to 6 members.

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  • Colorado Mesa University baseball vs. Dixie State

    Suplizio Field, 12th Street and North Avenue in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-248-1879

    Colorado Mesa University's baseball team will play Dixie State at Suplizio Field. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+) and students. Children ages 6 and under are free with adult.

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  • Palisade High School basketball vs. Eagle Valley

    Palisade High School, 3679 G Road in Palisade

    Info: 970-254-4868

    Palisade High School’s boys and girls basketball teams (JV and varsity) will play Eagle Valley at Palisade High School.

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  • Central High School basketball vs Fruita Monument

    Fruita Monument High School, 1102 Wildcat Avenue in Fruita Monument

    Info: 970-254-6600

    Rivals Central High and Fruita Monument will compete against each other in boys and girls basketball (JV and varsity) at Fruita Monument, girls JV at 4:00 p.m., boys JV also at 4:00 p.m., girls varsity at 5:30 p.m., and boys varsity at 7:00 p.m.

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  • Gun Show by JC Productions

    Mesa County Fairgrounds Community Building, 2785 U.S. 50 in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-255-7100

    Gun Show by JC Productions at Mesa County Fairgrounds Community Building. Admission is $5 per adult.

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  • Colorado Mesa basketball

    Brownson Arena, 12th Street and Orchard Avenue in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-248-1879

    Colorado Mesa University's men's and women's basketball teams will play New Mexico Highlands University on Friday and Western New Mexico on Saturday at Brownson Arena. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+) and students. Children ages 6 and under are free with adult.

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  • A Taste of the Valley's 2nd Annual Valentine's Day event

    Varaison Winery, 405 West 1st Street in Palisade

    Info: 970-216-6922

    Admission is $55 for individual and $100 per couple. Enjoy a delicious multi-course meal where each course is paired with one of the Varaison Winery's wines. After dining and learning about the special process Varaison wines go through to achieve their out of this world flavor, dance the night away to a local, upbeat jazz trio. A wonderful Valentine's evening filled with chocolate, jazz, food and wine!

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  • Valentine's Day Date Night Dance & Kids Movie Night

    Adagio Dance Academy, 123 South 3rd Street in Grand Junction

    970-210-7587

    Celebrate Valentine's Day in a new and fun way with Adagio Dance Academy's Date Night Dance. There will be a 30-45 minute dance lesson starting at 7:30 followed by dancing the night away with your sweetheart. In an adjoining room, a Kids Movie Night starting at 6:30. Drop off children an hour before Date Night Dance so you enjoy dinner downtown before coming to Date Night Dance. Admission is $20 per couple for Date Night Dance, $10 per child for Kids Movie Night.

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  • Chocolate Wonderland

    Western Colorado Community College Bishop Health Building, 2501 Blichmann Avenue in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-640-9875

    Future Healthcare Professionals Students are hosting a Chocolate Wonderland at Western Colorado Community College Bishop Health Building. Tickets are $15 per person, $25 per couple, and $50 for a family (up to 5). Considered a chocolate lover's paradise.

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  • Smooth Jazz Valentine’s Concert

    A Taste of Heaven Catering, 2817 North Avenue in Grand Junction

    970-243-9400

    Smooth Jazz Productions presents Sax & Guitars, featuring guitarist Steve Williams and Collin Reese and saxophonist Randy DeHerrera. General seating is $5, stageside seating is $10. Cash bar available. Tickets are available at Back Porch Music, J.B. Hart Music, or at Taste of Heaven Catering.

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  • Western Slope Concert Series presents Ben Dekock & Friends in concert

    First United Methodist Church, 522 White Avenue in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-241-4579

    The Western Slope Concert Series will present Ben Dekock & Friends in concert at First United Methodist Church. Everything you ever wanted to know about the bass fiddle! Ben will take everyone on an exploration of the bass repertoire that will journey through classical and popular music. Tickets are available online at www.JunctionConcerts.com, and Roper Music in Grand Junction. All seats are reserved, starting at $9 in advance and $12 at the door for adults.

  • Senior Valentine’s Dance

    The Commons of Hilltop Garden Room, 625 27 ½ Road in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-243-8829

    A Valentine’s Dance for adults 55 and older presented by the Beacon Senior News and Hilltop Senior Living Communities. Live band and dancing with Cark Gaults’ Swing City Express. Enjoy a wine bar and hors d’oeuvres. Advance tickets are $15 per person and $30 per couple. Tickets at the door are $20 per person and $35 per couple.

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  • Valentine’s Day Dance Party

    La Puerta Ballroom (Margery Building-upstairs), 523 ½ Main Street in Grand Junction

    970-712-2552

    Dance lesson offered from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for the Rumba “The Dance of Love.”

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  • Grand Junction Lions Club parade and carnival

    parade in Downtown Grand Junction, carnival at Two Rivers Convention Center (159 Main Street in Grand Junction)

    For more information, visit http://www.gjlions.org/

    Proceeds from the carnival go to various projects and organizations in the community.

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  • Saturday Shows for Kids

    Creative Avenues, 835 North 26th Street in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-261-5363

    Join the Theater Project every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for theater performances made just for kids at Creative Avenues. Adult actors will delight and entertain young audiences with the MAGIC OF LIVE THEATER. The shows run approximately 30 to 45 minutes and a perfect introduction to theater for kids. After every performance, stick around and have a Q&A session with the cast of characters. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids (available at the door). No advanced reservations are required, but seating is limited. Box office and house opens at 1:30 p.m. each week.

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  • Colorado Mesa University's Men's Lacrosse scrimmage

    Walker Field, 12th Street and Orchard Avenue in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-248-1879

    Colorado Mesa University's Men's Lacrosse team will play a scrimmage game against Colorado State University at Walker Field. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+) and students. Children ages 6 and under are free with adult.

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  • Cello Day concert

    Colorado Mesa University Recital Hall, 1231 North 12th Street in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-248-1604

    Admission is free.

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  • Cowboy Poetry & Pie Nite

    End Zone Sports Pub, 152 South Mesa in Fruita

    Info: 970-858-3894

    Admission is $5 per person. Event will feature Peggy Malone, Donnie Wyncoop, Terry Nash & Deb Bukala.

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  • Community Contra Dance

    La Puerta Ballroom (upstairs in the Margery Building), 523 ½ Main Street in Grand Junction

    Info: 970-243-6736

    New Dancer Workshop at 7:00 p.m. with dance to follow at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students over 18, and $4 for students ages 10 to 17. Come with or without a partner. Live Celtic/Old Time music by Consternation with fiddler Sue Sternberg from Moab. Dances taught and cued by Ron Young.

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  • Old Fashioned Heart Sock Hop

    Old Palisade High School Gym, 7th & Iowa in Palisade

    Info: 970-464-7458

    Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Kids under 12 are free. The dance is the first in a series of events in Palisade that celebrate the town’s 110th anniversary. Tickets are available from the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, 319 South Main Street in Palisade.

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