Save the dates: May 9 – 16

The Grand County Public Library boasts a John Wesley Powell exhibit through June 15.
Photo by Doug McMurdo

A small exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s famed expedition of 1869 is on display at the Grand County Public Library. The exhibit includes rare and historic items on loan from Utah State University’s Special Collection and Archives. The display will remain until June 15.

Here are a few other events coming up this week:

May 9

Climbing writer and The Climbing Zone publisher Luke Mehall will discuss his new book “The Desert: A Dirtbag Climbing Book,” 6 p.m. at the Grand County Library.

Body Care from the Kitchen Cabinet, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Moonflower Community Coop, 39 E. 100 North. Herbalist Emily Stock will demonstrate body care using common food items.

May 10

Rascal Martinez will play a concert at the new riverside stage at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River.

May 10 – 12

Eastern Book Cliffs: Deep History. Archaeologist, Dr. Steve Simms is the guest of Canyonlands Field Institute in this exploration of the one of a kind landscape of the Colorado Plateau. For more information call 435-259-7750.

May 11

Migratory Bird Day Moab. Moab Wetlands tours begin at 8 a.m. For more information call 435-259-4214.

First Annual Chalk Drawing Competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Moonstone Gallery, 217 E. Center Street. Email [email protected] for more information.

Gallery Moab artist reception in honor of painter Tim Morse, May guest artist and featured artist Karen Chatham from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

International Astronomy Day, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Discovery Center, 1117 N. Main Street in Monticello.

May 11 – 12

The Back of Beyond Paddle Race. Two days of stand up paddling events through the spectacular red rock canyons of Southeastern Utah and past some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery.

Day 1 is the ‘Postcard Alley’ 7 mile flatwater down river race. Starting 29 miles from Moab on Highway 128 at historic Dewey Bridge, the race follows the Colorado River through the spectacular red rock canyons. Day 2 is the ‘StandUp-ShowDown’ a whitewater race through White’s rapid. Starting 13 miles from Moab on Highway 128 at Red Cliffs Lodge. Racers will sprint to navigate buoy turns and navigate this class 2/3 rapid to take the title.

May 12

Mother’s Day Brunch from 9:30 a.m. at the Youth Garden Project, 530 S. 400 East. Reservations required. Call 435-259-2326. Tickets: Adults-$25, Youth 3-12-$10.

May 13 and 25

Friends of the Library Book Sale, during regular library hours.

May 14 – 18

Rally on the Rocks. Call 801-589-0523 or [email protected].

May 15

Moab Poets & Writers Open Mic, 6 p.m. at the Grand County Library’s meeting room.

May 16

Former national park superintendent and Moab resident Walt Dabney will discuss the history of public lands, 6 p.m. at the Moab Information Center, Center and Main streets.