Top 5 Activities in Summer for Students

For the few students staying in Grand Junction over the Summer, here are a few ideas of safe and fun activities:

#1: Floating the River:

Enjoy a day with your friends peacefully floating down the Colorado River in an inner tube or rent kayaks from the Outdoor Program.  It is a good way to get outdoors and see the sights as well as getting a thrill from tiny waves.  Park your car in Palisade and end up in Redlands.  Nice 3 hour float in the sun with your friends.

#2: Palisade Street Distillery: 

If you are over 21 come hang out in Palisade enjoying their handmade gin and vodka in a multitude of mixed drinks.  With a great patio selection and card games to enjoy, it is a great way to hang out with your friends and sip on some authentic gin and vodka while enjoying the beautiful view.

#3: Grand Junction Rockies 

Come down to Suplizio Field to catch a a game of the up and coming Grand Junction Rockies.  Bring your friends or family and sip on a beer while watching the action.  It is a great way to unwind from a hard day of work or to catch up with old friends.  Their schedules are always posted on their website with times and locations.

#4: Hiking

With the Colorado Monument just a few minutes away, this offers students and locals a chance to hike up one of the most beautiful locations in all of Colorado.  The trails range from easy to difficult depending on what you want to do.  Each trail offers a different aspect of toughness, from climbing up rocks, to crossing over rivers.  The trails are unique and catered to your own needs depending on what you want to accomplish.  With entry to the Monument only being 7 dollars, and the pass lasting a week, you can do different trails each day.

#5: Palisade Wine Tastings 

For the over 21 year olds, Palisade offers free wine tastings in the area.  There is also a store where people can rent bikes and ride around to all the different wineries.  Take your bike around to each winery and enjoy the local wine Palisade has to offer.    

Peaches vs Cantaloupe: A Statewide Debate

PALISADE – Earlier this week in Denver Colorado, a bill to allow Palisade Peaches to be Colorado’s State fruit was thrown out by the state House Wednesday morning.

One reason the fruit was dismissed came from another state grown fruit, the Rocky Ford cantaloupe.

There were just too many objections about making the peach a recognized State fruit.  Many local produce growers had an issue with the idea.

Daniel Estes stated that “technically Georgia is the Peach State, it would just be confusing for people in Colorado to have peaches be their state fruit.”

In a turn of events, it is actually stated that cantaloupes are classified as vegetables.

Love and Lights Fashion Show

1920379_1477563589133680_867275503_nGRAND JUNCTION, CO – Colorado Mesa University’s local radio station, KMSA 91.3, is tuning up for another spectacular fashion show.  This will be KMSA’s second fashion show to help raise money for charities and expose the students to a different kind of art most don’t get to see.

Last years spooky fashion show featured clothing from Pollux and had donation boxes set up for a clothing and money drive through Salvation Army.  With music personally produced by Andy Bowen and students being the models the turn out was fantastic.  Bringing in press from around the community and the right amount of hype for KMSA to thrive once again.

This years show is a bit different.  Clothing is still donated by Pollux and music still produced by Andy Bowen.  This years shows theme is Love and Lights a rendition of a night in Paris.  Most of the models from the first year came back to strut their stuff once again, with newer models being recruited for the project.

The show is Friday April 18, 2014 starting at 7pm in the University Center Ballroom.  Tickets are not required but a 5 dollar donation for students is appreciated.  Come show your support to your local Colorado Mesa University students along with KMSA radio station.  You will not be disappointed by the performance.

Southwest Arbor Fest

GRAND JUNCTION, CO – Help celebrate the 13th Annual Southwest Arbor Fest this weekend at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction this Saturday April 19, 2014.

Along with salsa and chili competitions, there will also be a Colorado Craft Beer Expo for ages 21+ to enjoy.  All ages are welcome to partake in the live music, arts and crafts, and tons of delicious food to enjoy.

The festival is from 12:00-5:00pm. 20 dollars will get your a commemorative glass to taste unlimited samples of beer from all around Colorado.  Including local Kannah Creek Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, and Telluride Brewing Company just to name a few.

So come on down and experience another wonderful Saturday in Grand Junction to celebrate the 13th year of Arbor Fest.

“Steer Stroll” Demonstration Brings Herd through CMU Campus

Grand Junction – Last Friday, members of the Colorado Mesa rodeo team brought a herd of fully grown steers to the Delta Quad and guided them through campus on horseback as a promotion for their upcoming event in Grand Junction. The link below is an up close account from one student who had the opportunity to catch the demonstration on camera as the Mavericks strolled through a busy campus.

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