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I first met Steve Chapman earlier this year when he helped move a Mountain Mail employee to her new home in Buena Vista.

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Salida Elks Lodge No. 808 will host its Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 at the lodge, 148 E. Second St. 

The fair is open to the public with creative vendors and lots of items for the holiday season. Enter through the side ramp.

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The Noteables and You’ve Got Male women’s and men’s choruses will present their winter concert series, “Good News, Great Joy,” Dec. 6-8 in Salida and Buena Vista.

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Matthew Jacobi won’t be playing the lead role of Hamlet in the Salida High School drama team’s production that opens at 7 p.m. tonight, but the show will go on with assistant director Caitlin Schleicher taking over the role.

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“Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark,” moves to the roaring 1920s in the Salida High School drama team’s performance of the classic Shakespearean play at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Salida High School auditorium.

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The River City Nomads, a Salida poetry group, will be the featured poets at Poetry Live at the Paquette at 7 p.m. Sunday at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave. 

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and Central Colorado Conservancy will present their annual Mountainfilm on Tour film festival Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Salida, Buena Vista and Leadville. 

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Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is celebrating the centennial of the passage of women’s suffrage in Colorado.

The college will celebrate women in film throughout November in the International Film Series, at 6 p.m. Fridays in the Climax Building KW Room.

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Salida Regional Library regularly features the work of local artists, and work by Salida Middle School students is on display during November.

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Barbara Rockman, author of “To Cleave” poetry book, will sign copies of her book at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Authenticity, 124 E. Second St.

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The Surf Hotel is installing an ultra-high-definition 4K theater projector and screen and, through the South Main Arts & Parks Foundation, will offer weekly films in the Ivy Ballroom and monthly film festival collaborations.

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The Trident Theatre Company of Buena Vista High School will take a unique experience for the community to The Loft Orpheum Theater, 413 E. Main St. 

The drama students will exemplify the live theatrical experience in four shows Nov. 7-9 through “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Neo-Futurist Plays in 60 Minutes.”

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The world is an endlessly complex and fascinating place, and one of the joys of watching and making documentaries is the opportunity to expose people through the medium of film to some of the countless diverse cultures and traditions that exist within our own species.

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Follow High Country Fine Arts Association down the rabbit hole and into a land of wonder with the musical “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

Directed by Cindy Puckett, Judy Hamontre and Lindsey Mueller, this 60-minute musical production is based on the classic novels by Lewis Carroll as well as the 1951 Disney film. 

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Rocky Mountain PBS and the Colorado Film Office will present the premiere of the “Colorado Experience” Road Show episode “Monarch Mountain” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Mountainfilm on Tour will present a selection of documentary adventure films curated from the Mountainfilm festival Nov. 14-16 in three Upper Arkansas Valley communities.

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Buena Vista – Halloween isn’t just for kids to enjoy, dressing up in costumes and going trick-or-treating. Even adults get into the spirit of the season, including those who help put on events like the annual Nightmare at Turner Farm.

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Poetry Live at the Paquette will feature three poets speaking on the themes of life and death in celebration of the upcoming Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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It’s time for KHEN community radio’s annual Halloween Bash, and for a truly spooky fundraiser, the 2019 bash will be the station’s 13th annual.

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A free creative dance workshop, presented by Saz Dance Theatre with the aid of a William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarship, will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Hi Steppin’ Studio, 934 E. U.S. 50, Unit B.

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Manitou Springs group Tenderfoot Bluegrass Band will perform its “exciting, fun-loving style of bluegrass” at 5 p.m. Saturday at Soulcraft Brewing, 248 W. U.S. 50.

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Halloween is around the bend, which means it’s time for Colorado Mountain College to host the Haunted Hills Races, presented by On Running, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at CMC Leadville, 901 S. U.S. 24.

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Heart of Colorado FiberArts Guild will meet Nov. 1 at Salida United Methodist Church, 228 E. Fourth St. 

Social time will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the meeting and program will start at 10 a.m.

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It’s time for KHEN community radio’s annual Halloween Bash, and for a truly spooky fundraiser, the 2019 bash will be the station’s 13th annual.

The bash, which includes a costume contest, prizes and live music, will take place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Salida SteamPlant ballroom, 220 W. Sackett Ave. 

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Local children’s book authors Joni Franks and Nancy Oswald will host an open house in Coaldale to celebrate launch of their newest books. 

The open house, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Coaldale Schoolhouse, 287 Hayden Creek Road. 

“Nancy has been a friend of mine for several years, so we decided to team up for this event,” Franks said. 

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Live in Salida long enough, and you learn the word “season” has several meanings. There’s tourist season and rafting season and mud season and ski season. Then there’s the fall music season.

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Cause for the Paws, Ark-Valley Humane Society’s annual fundraiser, will take place from 5-8 p.m. today at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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The first book in a new series documenting Salida history will be released at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at a book-signing event hosted by The Book Haven, 109 N. F St.

“Blood, Booze, and Whores, the History of Salida, Colorado, Volume 1: 1880-1881” is written by Steve Chapman, historian for Salida Walking Tours.

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Ark-Valley Humane Society’s fifth annual Cause for the Paws will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave. 

Come out and support AVHS during our biggest fundraiser of the year.

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KHEN 106.9 FM, “Free Range Radio,” is the community radio station for the Upper Arkansas Valley. This week’s local programming includes:

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Beer, music, German food and some friendly competitions were all part of the third annual Oktoberfest celebration Saturday at Salida SteamPlant.

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Monarch Quilters will meet Moday at Poncha Springs Town Hall, 330 Burnett Ave. Networking, coffee and treats begin at 9 a.m., followed by the 9:30 a.m. meeting/program.

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Guidestone will celebrate autumn with their 13th annual Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival at the Hutchinson Ranch between Salida and Poncha Springs on U.S. 50. Friday through Sunday.

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Dr. Arri Eisen, professor of science and society at Emory University, will speak on “Biology and Buddhism: What I’ve Learned About Life During a Decade Teaching Science to the Dalai Lama’s Monks and Nuns” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Ivy Ballroom of the Surf Hotel, 1012 Front Loop in Buena Vista. 

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Tickets are available now for the 17th annual Wearable Art Fashion Show, Boutique and Brunch, which will take place Oct. 16 at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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