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“Traipsing Across the Colorado Plateau – (Mis) Adventures With Fred”

City Hall Auditorium 250 N 5th St. Grand Junction, CO
Local archaeologist and historian, Bill Harris, revisits his experiences traveling the Colorado Plateau participating in historic and prehistoric research projects. The illustrated talk focuses on the speaker’s travels with author, guide and educator, Fred Blackburn over the last 30 years.

Doug Vanetten
970 433 4312

“The Archaeology of the Ute Indians and Their Final Years in Western Colorado”

City Hall Auditorium 250 N 5th St. Grand Junction, CO
Local archaeologist, Curtis Martin, Principal Investigator for the Colorado Wickiup Project - Dominquez Archaeological Research Group (DARG), will present his talk on the indigenous Ute Indians of Colorado. The presentation will include an overview of the earliest occupants of the state, going back over 13,000 years, with emphasis on the Ute Indians and their final years as sovereign residents. Field methods for analyzing and dating these rapidly disappearing cultural resources will be discussed and a call-to-action will be made for statewide support of what is perceived as a crucial need for documenting these ephemeral, and threatened wooden features.

Doug Vanetten
970 433 4312

The Last Unexplored World

Mesa County Public Library main branch 446 N. 6th St. Grand Junction
Man has sent robotic spacecraft to all of the classical planets except one. July 14 the New Horizons spacecraft passes within 7,000 miles of Pluto after a 9-year journey. Join local astronomer/author Jeff Dershem at the MCPL main branch 443 N. 6th Street on Tues July 14 for a discussion of the discovery of Pluto, what led to its demotion from planet to "dwarf planet" and the importance of the New Horizons mission.

Jennifer Murrell, 970-683-2429,

Physics is Phun

Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, CO 80863
Join the USAF Academy for this event from 11:00am to 3:00pm with special presentations of “Physics is Phun” at 11:30am and 1:30pm. These two shows illustrate the mysterious side of forces at work in our world. The effects of heat and cold. Electricity at play and its tangled relationship with magnetism.

Deb Robi, 719-686-1820

Where Are The Birds in Southern France & Northwest Italy?

First Presbyterian Church 3940 27 1/2 Road Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
Nic Korte will discuss what he learned about birds and birding in Southern France and Northwest Italy this past summer. There are some great locations and wonderful birds to see. Unfortunately, populations are down, and there are some big lessons that the United States should be heeding. Come and see some nice photographs, get some trip ideas, and some thoughts about more things that we need to do in the United States.

Grand Valley Audubon Society

Free Scout Day

Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, CO
Challenger Learning Center will be here from 11:00am-4:00pm…All scouts and their leaders in uniform admitted free. “Living in Space” program offers hands-on activities that help you to understand what it is like to prepare for and live in space. Participants will learn about the components of a space suit and even try on several parts of the space suit. You will also examine the food astronauts eat, and try a sample of space ice cream. There will be experiments which allow you to learn what it is like to be an astronaut. This will be a very interactive, continuous program where you can ask questions, have fun and learn a lot.

Deb R., 719-686-1820,

Kids Free Day

Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, CO 80863
This annual event presents an opportunity to bring the whole family out for a day of education and entertainment with Marc Straub of “Cool Science”. He will do 2 shows at 12:00pm and 2:00pm and will be here from 11am-4pm with hands on activities in-between shows. Two kids age 12 and under will be admitted FREE with each paid regular adult admission.

Deb Robillard - 719-686-1820 -