News and Events

Feb. 13th, 2016 - Contra Dancing

Join fellow members of HDG as we try out something new and different... contra dancing! If you've never tried contra dancing before, don't worry! A half-hour “new dancers workshop” beginning at 7:00 is useful for folks who haven’t been to a contra dance before. Some basic introductory instruction and figures are demonstrated prior to the actual dance at 7:30.

Dances are from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Dancers enjoy live Celtic and Old-Time music from outstanding musicians. No experience is necessary, all dances are taught. Come with or without a partner.

Each dance includes several contras with a couple of waltzes, a polka and occasional demonstrations of other dances (Irish step dance, ballroom).

Donation to the Grand Valley Community Contra Dance Society: adults $8.00, students $5.00 & ages 10 - 17 $4.00

When: Saturday, February 13th starting at 7:00 pm for lesson, 7:30 for dance start

Where: 421 Colorado Avenue, GJ

Click here to RSVP on our meetup site.

Feb. 6th, 2016 - UniversiTea: Blasphemy

UniversiTeas are an opportunity to engage in typically philosophical and challenging topics while in a relaxed environment. Enjoy a cup of tea, consider bringing a snack to share (not required) and join in the conversation. Our topic of discussion for this UniversiTea will be blasphemy. We'll seed the discussion with a question or a few and then let the discussion evolve in whatever direction the participants choose to take it. All opinions and perspectives are welcome.

When: Saturday, February 6th from 10:00 am - Noon (or until the conversation reaches a natural conclusion)

Where: Garden Room at The Commons (625 27 1/2 Road, GJ - Park at the back of the building and enter through the external Garden Room entrance)

Click here to RSVP on our meetup site.

Jan. 31st, 2016 - Snowshoeing on the Grand Mesa

Join HDG as we snowshoe on the Grand Mesa. According to the Grand Junction Sentinel, "this is listed as an Easy-to-Moderate trail. It is a back-country trail ... The District Ranger says this trail offers "phenomenal opportunities" and it is mostly gentle terrain with a few small hills. Our outdoor coordinators recently checked out this trail and will be modifying just a bit to avoid walking across the middle of lakes and so that we have an easy-to-follow trail. We will be in the same area but not exactly the route described in the link below. It is a beautiful trail through the woods, with some openings with nice views.  We will probably just go out for about an hour and then come back. There will be an opportunity for hot chocolate at the Mesa Lakes lodge afterward!

Ski poles would be helpful. Bring water, sunscreen and a camera. Please be sure to arrive either a little early or on time so that the group can depart on schedule.

Here is a link to a map and description of the trail:

A couple of our members have some snowshoes that can be borrowed, but please make arrangements on our meetup site in advance if you plan to borrow some. There are a few different places that you can rent snowshoes in advance down in town. Lets hope for a warm spell and sunshine!

When: Sunday, January 31st at 10:00 am

Where: Griffith Lakes, Highway 65 above Mesa, CO - Take Exit 49 from I-70 and head toward Grand Mesa/Powderhorn. A little over 15 miles south of Mesa, park in the wide spot in the road IMMEDIATELY before the road closure gates.

Click here for more information or to RSVP on our meetup site.

Jan. 23rd, 2016 - Painting the CLAWS Cat Shelter

CLAWS is the largest cat shelter on the Western Slope. CLAWS is run 95% on volunteers and they are a no kill shelter. All Cats will live there until they are adopted.

We will be painting the inside of the shelter. Please join us. Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty. There will be many cats to play with. If you are allergic to cats please know that the cats are not always caged. We hope to see you there!! If you would like more information on the organization please visit their website:

When: Saturday, January 23rd at Noon

Where: 2214 Sanford Drive #A

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Jan. 16th, 2016 - Book Drive & Potluck

We'll be starting 2016 with a book drive and potluck event that will both help our community and help our members further get to know one another. We are seeking book donations for our Little Free Library that will be placed in downtown Fruita. The library is still under construction, but we'd like to make sure we're able to stock it and keep it fully stocked in the future. Book donations of nearly all genres are welcomed and will be made available to the public as part of the lending library system. We will also be having a potluck that everyone is encouraged to attend. Come out and join fellow HDG members for some food, sharing ideas and further getting to know one another. If you can come up with a book theme for your potluck item, you'll get some bonus points (maybe it's best to avoid Green Eggs and Ham though?).

When: Saturday, January 16th from 10:00 am to Noon

Where: Garden Room at The Commons (625 27 1/2 Road)

Click here to RSVP on our meetup site.