Save The Dates: Sept. 12, 2019

Local bluegrass band Quicksand Soup will play songs from one of its recent CDs, Country Sweetgrass, at a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Moab Backyard Theater, 56 West 100 South. Courtesy photo

Sept. 13, Friday: Dancing with the Moab Stars is an action-packed dance competition based on the hit TV series “Dancing with the Stars.” Tickets available at Moab Valley Multicultural Center, 156 North 100 West.

Sept. 14, Saturday: The Sand Flats Recreation Area will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Slickrock Bike Trail with a full schedule of fun events that are all free and open to the public.

Sept. 14, Saturday: at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center. Everyone is welcome. The dance starts at 8 p.m., with a workshop for beginning dancers at 7:30 p.m. Peg Harty is the dance caller. If you’re a swing dancer or an art walker (two other events happening the same night), we hope you’ll join us for a few contras! $7 suggested donation benefits Grand County school music programs. Live music by the Moab Community Dance Band. For more info, check out Moab Community Dance Band’s Facebook page or call 516-376-8003.

Sept. 14, Saturday: Artwalk.

Sept. 15-17, Sunday-Tuesday: The Peace Run Team will be visiting Moab and has the following events planned:

Sept. 15, Sunday: Peace Run Team at Arches- 9:30 a.m. presentation at the Visitor Center and 11 a.m. run/hike to Delicate Arch. Both events are open to the public and will offer community members an opportunity to hold the torch and make a wish for peace.

Sept. 15, Sunday: Grand Junction Senior Theater annual community picnic, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Long Family Memorial Park, Grand Mesa shelter, south end off Warrior Way. Bring something to share.

Sept. 16, Monday: Free movie screening of “3100: Run and Become,” at 6 p.m. at Star Hall. This movie documents the most elusive, elite multi-day race in the world, the self-transcendence 3100 Mile Race. It’s held around one square sidewalk block (0.56 miles) and requires at least 59 miles a day for 52 straight days to complete the event. Post screening Q & A with the only 2019 female participant and two-time finisher, Harita Davies. For more information, 505-412-3132.

Sept. 17, Tuesday: Free Meditation Class offered by the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Experience the peace of meditation, music, visualization and mantra, 5:30 p.m. at the Moab Recreation and Aquatics Center. Reservations are appreciated although not required. For more information call 505-412-3132.

Sept. 18, Wednesday: Local Bluegrass group Quicksand Soup celebrates the release of four new CDs – The American Music Collection – on successive Wednesdays at the Moab Backyard Theater, 56 West 100 South. The shows are free with donations accepted. Refreshments are available, outside food and drink are welcome, and dogs are generally accepted. The next show is at 7 p.m. and includes songs from the CD, Country Sweetgrass.

Sept. 18-22: The Moab Festival of Science “aims to connect and inspire the citizens of southeastern Utah with the wonders of science and the thrill of scientific discovery,” according to the Grand County Library, which is partnering with the festival. For more information, visit

Sept. 18, Wednesday: Moab Poets & Writers open mic, 6 p.m. at the Grand County Library.

Sept. 19, Thursday: Biologist, author, and birdwatcher Eli Knapp on behalf of the Grand County Library will discuss his book “The Delightful Horror of Family Birding: Sharing Nature with the Next Generation,” part of the Moab Science Festival.

Sept. 19, Thursday: The Mesa County Historical Society and the Museums of Western Colorado’s final evening program of the year features “Fortifying Roubidoux: Fort Uncompahgre and the Old Spanish Trail,” 6 p.m. at the Whitman Educational Center at 4th Street and Ute Avenue in Grand Junction, Colorado. From the late 1820s until the 1840s Fort Uncompahgre was the only outpost in all of what was then northern Mexico. The popular fur trading post served fur trappers and Ute families. The northern branch of The Old Spanish Trail, a trade route that connected Santa Fe with the Southern California Mexican missions, later passed by the fort. The trail crossed the old Grand – now Colorado – River near today’s Orchard Mesa Middle School. For more information contact MCHS President Priscilla Mangnall at 970-260-5226 or at [email protected] or contact the Loyd Files Research Library at 970-242-0971, ext. 209.

Sept. 20, Friday: One River, Many Voices: A Source to Sea Expedition is the title of the latest Colorado River Science series, which has partnered with the Moab Festival of Science “to have a conversation with Mike and Jenny Fiebig about their fall 2018 boating tour from the Wind River Range down to Mexico, and to hear a river report card.” This free event begins at 7 p.m. at Star Hall, 159 East Center Street.

Sept. 21, Saturday: The Youth Garden Project hosts the Harvest Festival, a cornucopia of fun, food and celebration. As fall starts to slowly creep in, YGP wants to share in the joy of the garden’s bounty and harvest season with the community during this first-time festival, taking place on the Youth Garden Project site. Biking to the event is encouraged. Parking available at the high school. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sept. 27, Friday: The Youth Garden Project will host a fundraising garden dinner at Sorrel River Ranch at 7 p.m.; $100 per person, all proceeds benefit YGP. Reservations are required. Sign up online or call 435-259-2326.

Oct. 18, Saturday: Rim to Rim Restoration will host its annual open house at the Mayberry Native Plant Propagation Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at milepost 15.5, Highway 128. Light refreshments will be served, biocrust information will be available and guests are invited to take a self-guided walking tour. This event is free and open to the public of all ages – bring the children for the scavenger hunt scheduled for any time after 3 p.m.

Oct. 19, Saturday: Join Hope of the Grand Valley at 10 a.m. for the 5k/10k River Trail Walk or run. This is a fundraiser for Hope of the Grand Valley, which is “a hand up not a hand out,” by fostering and encouraging independence and self-sufficiency for low-income families. Registration is open for all ages until Oct. 18. Early registration is $25, and it’s $35 the day of the event. Register online at Visit for more information.