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Adventure, environmental issues and outdoor activity culture will all be touched on at the award-winning lineup of the 15th annual Backcountry Film Festival, which will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $12 for Colorado Mountain Club members and $15 for nonmembers. Proceeds from the festival will fund Colorado Mountain Club, which will in turn support recreation and conservation efforts, maintain avalanche and safety programs and raise awareness of winter management issues.

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Buena Vista – Dog lovers won’t want to miss the celebrated Bow Wow Film Fest today at the Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom, 1012 Front Loop.

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Couples looking to have their wedding in Salida or neighboring communities can speak with 37 different wedding vendors at the Heart of the Rockies Winter Wedding Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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An episode of the Rocky Mountain PBS show “Colorado Experience” featuring Salida’s historic Hutchinson Homestead will premiere at a free showing at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Salida SteamPlant theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Boston jam band The Jauntee will perform a two-night run at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Victoria Tavern, 143 N. F St.

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Roberta Smith is the first featured artist of 2020 at Salida Regional Library, 405 E St. Her work will be on display throughout January and February.

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A collection of Salida painter Max Ruppeck’s watercolor paintings is on display until March 31 at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, 1000 Rush Drive in Salida.

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Salida Circus will conduct auditions for its spring show, scheduled for May 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26 at Salida Sign Factory, 932 U.S. 50.

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High Steppin’ Studio, 947 Jones Ave., will offer a modern dance class from 5-6:30 p.m. Fridays, starting today.

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5:30-7 p.m. – Creative Mixer, a social event for musicians, dancers, writers, artists, art lovers and community members, features artist Kathy Davidoff at Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery, 220 W. Sackett Ave. Free admission and munchies. Everyone welcome. salidacouncilforthearts.org.

6-8 p.m. – Bluegrass Jam Session at Rocky Mountain Guitars, 133 E. First St. Take an instrument(s) and a tune to share. For more information contact Tom Plant at tom.plant@mac.com or Dale Anderson at dzen29@yahoo.com.

6-9 p.m. – Teen Night at Fun Street Family Arcade, 243 F St., offers arcade and video games for high school ages or older.

7-8:30 p.m. – The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association presents a lecture on “Exploring Spruce Beetles,” describing the progress of the spruce beetle outbreak in the San Isabel National Forest, at Salida First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd. Cost is $3 for GARNA members, $6 for nonmembers. Register at garna.org/calendar/thursday-lecture-series-beetle-and-forest-health/.

8 p.m. – Hip-hop artist Eternal of Wu Killa Beez performs an all-ages show at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance at eventbrite.com and $20 at the door.

9 p.m. – Karaoke at Boathouse Cantina, 228 N. F St.

9 p.m. – DJDJ and Ladies’ Night at Victoria Tavern, 143 N. F St. DJDJ spins all genres.

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The Noteables women’s chorus and You’ve Got Male men’s chorus are recruiting singers for their spring season, with concerts scheduled for May 1-3.

Directed by Linda Taylor, the concert, titled “Connected,” reflects the multiple ways that we can connect with one another: through nature, spirituality, family, past memories, children, humor, travel, social causes, friendship and music, a press release stated. 

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Kathy Davidoff has an eye for wildlife.

A show of her photographs, “Wildlife – A Close-up View,’ will be displayed at the Salida SteamPlant’s Paquette Gallery through the end of the month.

The opening reception for the show took place Thursday evening and featured refreshments, a cash bar and live music by Lindsay Davis on viola, Brian Bishop on guitar and Anna Bishop on percussion.

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Award-winning, limited-edition photographs by Joe Beakey of Poncha Springs are being shown at Coldwell Banker Collegiate Peaks Realty, 139 W. First St., and a reception for the artist is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17.

A Colorado native, Beakey is a graduate of Salida High School and is retired from the U.S. Air Force.

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Talking Gourds Poetry Club will rhyme in the new year with a reading by Salida poet Eduardo Brummel at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Telluride Arts Headquarters, 135 W. Pacific Ave. in Telluride.

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Salida kids will rock out at the ninth annual Rok Skool Winter Showcase from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Children and teens who dream about joining the circus will have an opportunity to do so by registering for Salida Circus’ New Year’s Camp.

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The Ivy Ballroom and The Lariat in Buena Vista will team up this New Year’s Eve, hosting back-to-back performances by local bands.

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“The Santaland Diaries,” a one-man comedy performance, will have two performances at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Salida SteamPlant theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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The Salida High School drama team’s production of “Hamlet,” under the direction of Devon Kasper and assistant coach Cat Schleicher, earned a superior rating at the annual Colorado Thespian Conference Thursday through Saturday in Denver.

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Downtown Salida shops will be open late Thursday evening to offer festive activities and goodies from 4 to 7 p.m. at the fourth annual Salida Holiday Festival

Shoppers can stop off at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave., to pick up a map for a chance to win one of two vacation packages. To be eligible for entry, visitors will need to visit at least five of the locations listed on the map, collecting stickers along the way.

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Central Colorado Humanists will host the Children’s Science Festival for kids ages 6 to 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Salida Rotary Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett Ave.

The program, “What Rocks You?,” will feature a variety of rock types, including local rocks, with a focus on igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.

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Save the Colorado will present three short films and a discussion afterwards about protecting Colorado’s rivers and demolishing Glen Canyon Dam at 7 p.m. today at the Salida SteamPlant theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Partnership for Community Action presented a free showing of the classic movie “White Christmas” Wednesday with some extra festive features: live music and dance performances and audience participation.

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A Church, 419 D St., will host its annual “Turn on Your Love Light” fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday with live music by Roundhouse Assembly.

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Local residents who would like to experience another culture’s holiday traditions can take a short trip to Fort Garland Friday to see Las Posadas.

The Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, 29477 Colo. 159, will host a posada at 3 p.m. Friday and again at 7 p.m.

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Salida Council for the Arts announced two major awards Tuesday before the Acoustic Eidolon concert – a monetary award the council received and an achievement award it presented.

Council President Sue Ann Hum announced the group received a $5,000 check from Monarch Mountain, which will go to the council’s Art Lovers Gifting Campaign. The goal for the 2020 campaign is to raise $10,000 before April 1.

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The Salida High School drama team is preparing to compete in the Colorado Thespian Conference (Thescon) in Denver and will do a final dress rehearsal for “Hamlet” at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at A Church, 419 D St.

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Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave., will continue its monthly deep dive into art history Sunday through its Art on Film series with “Leonardo – The Works.”

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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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Chaffee County arts and crafts enthusiasts will come together Saturday for the largest show of the season, the 39th annual Holiday Sampler, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chaffee County Fairgrounds in Poncha Springs.

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Salida Elks Lodge No. 808 will host an Old-Fashioned Senior Christmas Party at 5 p.m. Dec. 20 in the lodge basement at 148 E. Second St. 

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Buena Vista is the site this year of a third performance of “Salida’s Next Last Waltz,” which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ivy Ballroom of the Surf Hotel, 1012 Front Loop.

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Steve Chapman, author of “Blood, Booze and Whores, The History of Salida, Colorado, Volume 1: 1880 – 1881,” will sign his book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Salida Museum, 406½ W. U.S. 50.

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