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Young artists from Salida Boys & Girls Club held an opening for their art display Wednesday at Gathering Grounds, 203 W. First St.

It is the first time works from the club’s annual art contest have been displayed in a venue other than Boys & Girls Club.

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World traveler and longtime Salida artist Roberta Smith has offered some of her work for viewing at Salida Regional Library, 405 E St., through February.

With the title of “Equations,” it is a group of quite amazing assemblages and drawing-mixed media images from an imagined world linked to our own – we readily recognize almost all the actors. 

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Salida Council for the Arts updated their new website to increase the efficiency of their organization. The web address is salidacouncilforthearts.org.

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Kids and their parents or guardians can dance the night away at a Salida Family Dance presented by Salida Parks and Recreation Department from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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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 commissioners informally agreed Tuesday to continue the resolution for the Seven Peaks music festival special event permit until their Feb. 18 meeting in Buena Vista, at the request of festival organizer Live Nation.

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Two paintings by Poncha Springs artist Judy Sprague, “Ancient Pueblos” and “Apples,” have been accepted into the 39th annual Western Spirit International Art Show and Sale to be held March 7-April 19 at Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

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Kids and their parents or guardians can dance the night away at a Salida Family Dance presented by Salida Parks and Recreation Department from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave. 

Admission costs $10 per person.

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The Riverside Stories series returns Feb. 13 with the environmental showcase EarthxFilm at the Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom, 1012 Front Loop in Buena Vista.

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In celebration of Black History Month, LaDios Muhammad will star as Myrlie Evers in “Call Me Mrs. Evers,” a one-woman, 70-minute play about the life story and fight for justice of widow of assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association will continue its Thursday Lecture Series with a look at Salida’s past by historian Steve Chapman from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Fellowship Hall at Salida First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd.

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Today


Salida

5-7 p.m. – Free Middle School Talent Show at Salida High School auditorium, 26 Jones Ave., features performances by students from Salida Middle School, Crest Academy and Salida Montessori Charter School. Donations will be accepted. Beverages and snacks will be sold.

5-7 p.m. – Artist opening reception for Angelina Antilla and Jesse Miller Murphy at Paquette Gallery at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave. Admission is free. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be served.

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 p.m. – Spondifferous plays all-original music at A Church, 419 D St. $5 cover charge.

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.

Friday


Buena Vista

9 p.m. – All-female band The Sweet Lillies play high-energy, melodic tunes at The Lariat, 206 E. Main St. Cover charge is $10.

Coaldale

7 p.m. – Patsy O’Brien, singer and guitarist from Cork, Ireland, performs at Coaldale Schoolhouse, 287 Hayden Creek Road. Tickets are $15. RSVP to Bruce Warren, 719-530-0838 or bbppww@hotmail.com.

Cotopaxi

6-9 p.m. – Cotopaxi Firehouse Bingo at Deer Mountain Fire Station, 6181 Copper Gulch Road (CR 28). Doors and concessions open at 6 p.m.

Monarch Mountain

11-11:45 a.m. – Ski with a Naturalist, a tour cosponsored by U.S. Forest Service and Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, begins at the sign near Ski Patrol at Monarch Mountain. A naturalist leads the tour on green runs to talk about the history, flora and fauna of the Monarch area. Daily lift ticket or season pass required to access lifts. Tour is free and open to all ages and abilities.

Poncha Springs

5-7 p.m. – Drew Petersen plays guitar at Vino Salida, 10495 CR 120.

Salida

8:30 a.m. – Ski bus to Monarch Mountain leaves Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, 410 U.S. 50, and returns at 3:30 p.m. Round trip costs $5. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult; ages 10-17 need a signed waiver. To reserve a space, call 719-539-6738 or sign up at the aquatic center.

5:30 p.m. – Chris Nasca and Friends with special guest guitarist Noah Pulver perform at Boathouse Cantina, 228 N. F St.

6-7:30 p.m. – Women’s Singing Circle at Yoga Tonic, 132 E. First St. No experience necessary. $5-10 suggested donation.

6-7:30 p.m. – Free dragon-making workshop for all ages, in preparation for the Feb. 8 dragon parade, at Box of Bubbles, 206 E St.

7 p.m. – Bruce Hayes plays rhythm and Celtgrass music at Soulcraft Brewing, 248 W. U.S. 50. Free admission.

7-8:15 p.m. – Friday Dance Party features salsa lessons at Salida Community Center, 305 F St. Free admission but donations are accepted. Hugh Young, 719-221-2864.

7-8:30 p.m. – Further Speaker Series features ultra-athlete Travis Macy, author of “The Ultra Mindset,” hosted by Janie Hay and Emily Marquis at A Church, 419 D St. $10 cash or card. BYOB.

7-9 p.m. – Jive and Dive pool party for middle school students only at Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, 410 W. U.S. 50. Admission costs $5.

7-9 p.m. – Oscar-nominated film “Joker” is screened at Salida SteamPlant theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave. Tickets are $9; available at the box office or eventbrite.com/e/film-joker-tickets-90848019873.

7-10 p.m. – The Rusty Lungs band plays new and classic rock, alternative and country at The 146 Taphouse, 146 W. First St.

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The Monarch Quilters will meet Monday at Congregational United Church, 217 Crossman Ave. in Buena Vista.

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Guidestone Colorado will host an Old-Fashioned Valentine’s Tea Party from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, 8913 W. U.S. 50, between Salida and Poncha Springs.

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Colorado TINTS and Theatrix USA will present “Stand Still and Look Stupid,” a one-woman play about Austrian-born American actress Hedy Lamarr, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, 10495 CR 120, Poncha Springs. 

Tickets are $20 and will include a complimentary glass of wine. Recommended age for viewing the play is at least 16 years old.

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A standing-room only crowd filled the Salida SteamPlant ballroom Saturday to listen to Western Colorado University professor Dr. Duane Vandenbusche talk about Monarch Mountain’s history.

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Marybeth Anderson will present a program on “Give Yourself the Right to Play” at a meeting of Heart of Colorado FiberArts Guild Friday at Congregational United Church of Christ, 217 Crossman Ave. in Buena Vista.

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Salida Aspen Concerts announced it will offer up to 10 grants of $200 each to teachers who give private music lessons to pupils in kindergarten through 12th grade living within Salida, Buena Vista, Cotopaxi or Custer County school districts.

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Shh! Keep this news under your fedora. Word has it that ReMax Aspen Leaf Realty, Alpine Adventures Dogsledding and Climax Mine are secretly in kahoots to open a swanky new speakeasy at the old high school on Ninth Street. It’s going to be the bee’s knees.

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Dr. Duane Vandenbusche, a history professor at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, will share stories and photos of Monarch Mountain’s 80 years as a ski area at 7 p.m. Saturday at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Chaffee County Writers Exchange will offer a writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Salida Methodist Church, 224 E. Fourth St. 

Salida author, blogger and podcaster Laurel McHargue will lead the workshop on the topic “The Novel Novel.” 

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Salida Concerts announces a midwinter concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave., featuring returning artists William Hagen on violin and Albert Cano Smit on piano.

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A private whiskey tasting with Salida Mayor P.T. Wood, an art class with artist PJ Bergin and an exclusive wine and cheese tasting with Sarah Gartzman at The Biker and The Baker are among silent auction items at the 35th Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy Feb. 8 in Buena Vista.

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Student artists who want to participate in the Asia Fest Art Show must submit their work by Jan. 31 at Fun Street Family Arcade, 243 F St.

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Dan Windolph is a man with a past – and a fascinating one at that. It takes a little probing to get him talking about his career as a professional musician, but when he does, it’s one of those “dream come true” tales that everyone wishes they could tell of their careers.

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BUENA VISTA – Chaffee County Commissioners unanimously approved a special event permit Tuesday for concert promoter Live Nation to return to the Meadows Labor Day weekend for the third Seven Peaks Music Festival.

Commissioners directed county legal staff to draft a resolution on the subject to take to a vote at their Feb. 11 meeting.

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The Tabor Opera House in Leadville invites community members to join Curtain Call, a free hands-on workshop to catalogue the Tabor’s 1902 drop curtains and stage sets, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 3-7.

Workshop participants will have the chance to help bring new life to Tabor draperies and settings that have been housed in the theater for nearly 120 years, according to a press release. 

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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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