Plant expert leads two-day Grand Junction field trip |

Plant expert leads two-day Grand Junction field trip

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Denver Botanic Gardens’ Director of Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis will lead a two-day field trip through the botanical gardens of the Grand Junction area. April 30 attendees will tour two cactus gardens where many special plants will be in bloom: the Grand Junction Botanical Garden and the Mesa County fairgrounds, where designer and coordinator Don Campbell will lead a tour. These are among the most extensive cactus gardens in the nation. May 1 attendees will hike the Colorado National Monument, where the rich Upper Sonoran flora of the Colorado Plateau will be in peak bloom. You will see many unusual penstemons, astragalus and desert shrubs, as well as other Western Slope endemics that have their easternmost limits in this area. Participants will be provided with maps and schedules of locations, as well as a meeting location in Grand Junction. The tours cost $95 member; $110 nonmember. For more information and to register, call (720) 865-3580. ‘The Vagina Monologues’ try-outs April 11 Backstage Theater is looking for a dozen women of all shapes, sizes, ages and ethnic backgrounds to play in the theater’s version of “The Vagina Monologues.”Scripts are available for perusal at the Breckenridge Public Library. Auditions are by appointment only, call 453-0199 to schedule. Weeds become art at Botanic Gardens exhibitTitled “Illuminating Weeds,” this exhibit – created by Annie Chappell, sister of the late Delos “Dos” Chappell, a long-time leader of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado – is an art display of invasive species captured in the style of illuminated manuscripts from the 12th-15th century. The exhibit includes 15 illustrations by Chappell and is accompanied by 19 works from the gardens’ own botanical illustration students. “The illustrations are entertaining, informative and exquisite, adding dimension to public education around the enormous and complex issue of invasive species,” said event organizers.The exhibit is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. until April 25 and is free with admission to the gardens. The Denver Botanic Gardens is on 1005 York Street. For more information, contact Holly Shrewsbury at (720) 865-3552 or Earl Klugh hosts a jazz at The BroadmoorCOLORADOSPRINGS – Spend an exclusive weekend with host and world-renowned jazz guitarist Earl Klugh as he presents Roberta Flack, Keiko Matsui, Jane Monheit and Marilyn Scott for the second annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor April 8-9. This concert series marks the second for Klugh as host and artist for A Weekend Of Jazz at The Broadmoor. Klugh has released over 30 recordings, which include ventures in country, Caribbean, classical, jazz, symphonic and solo guitar performances. As a writer, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Holiday, Bob James and The Four Tops have recorded Klugh’s compositions. His compositions have been featured in major motion pictures and television shows including, “8 Mile,” CBS Golf, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and “Melrose Place.” In September of 2003, Klugh was invited to perform in Moscow for its first ever Parliament Jazz Festival. In the fall of 2004, he entertained audiences for the first time in Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa. Klugh has also performed with many symphony orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, the London Symphony and the Army Air Force Orchestra. In addition, he has lent his guitar to recordings by Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Loggins, Brenda Russell, Chet Atkins, Stevie Wonder, Jeffrey Osbourne, Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner. To reserve tickets, call The Broadmoor at 1-800-634-7711. For more information, visit’s Drew Emmitt Band hits the road Leftover Salmon founder, co-lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt will lead his own Drew Emmitt Band on the “Freedom Ride Tour” this fall. Dates are being confirmed now by booking agency Skyline Music. The schedule will include the Strictly Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 2 in San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Park, and includes stops in Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Washington DC, St. Louis, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee, Madison, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Burlington VT. “The Freedom Ride Tour” begins Sept. 29 and runs through early December. Compass Records will be supporting the Freedom Ride Tour with publicity as they continue to work Drew’s new album “Freedom Ride” “My commitment to LOS prevented me from really supporting this CD when is came out,” Emmitt said. “So I’m now excited to go out and play these songs.” The Freedom Ride recording included guests John Cowan and Sam Bush both of the late band Newgrass Revival, plus Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan, Peter Rowan, Randy Scruggs, and members of the John Cowan Band. For more information, go to Michael Franti to headline Copper’s Sunsation festival COPPER MOUNTAIN – If you need an excuse to enjoy spring skiing, Copper Mountain just announced three weekends full of them.Sunsation, Copper’s end-of-season blow out bash, has grown to a six-day event with free concerts, on-hill events, including the infamous Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest, barbecues, beer gardens and more. Sunsation officially kicks off April 2, featuring DJ Relm, Tony C and the Truth and headliner Rose Hill Drive. April 3 will include DJ Relm and Clumsy Lovers, as well as Chronophonic and Mama’s Cookin. April 9-10 will bring back the ’80s with D.O.R.K, Quiet Riot and Blue Oyster Cult on April 9, followed by Ben Park Drive and The Smithereens on April 10. The final weekend will feature the Eric McFadden Trio, Roger Clyne, Vernon Reid and The Masque and the Victor Wooten Band on April 16. On April 17, The Motet, as well as Michael Franti with Spearhead will heat up the stage and melt the snow on the last day of Copper’s winter season. The events will take place outside in Burning Stones Plaza and all performances will be free to the public. In addition to the exciting bands, lodging and ski deals are available. Ski and stay packages start at $82 per person, per night based on quad occupancy in a two-bedroom condominium. Restrictions may apply. In addition to the free outdoor performances, each weekend offers a variety of activities in a party atmosphere complete. Located in the East Village, this year’s bikini contest is sure to be memorable as men and women compete with their most creative costumes for prizes. For more information on Sunsation, or for a detailed schedule of events, call (800) 458-8386 ext. 4INFO or visit Vail, Colorado

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