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Cotopaxi author Nancy Oswald recently published her newest Ruby and Maude adventure, “Bats, Bandits and Buggies,” set in 1898 Colorado Springs. 

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Those who have read the first three books in the Sasquatch Series will be excited to know that Book 4 in the series, “Passage of the Sasquatch,” is now available. This one might be classified more as a thriller than a mystery because it keeps the reader on edge from page 1.

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In light of the current COVID-19 surge throughout the community and state, Salida’s Next Last Waltz has been rescheduled for Feb. 18, 19 and 20 at Salida SteamPlant. 

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Longtime writer Tom deMers will deliver a fantastical, otherworldly staged reading of his new “existential comedy” play, “Mussolini Dreaming” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Box of Bubbles, 206 E St. in downtown Salida. 

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Lawton Eddy, a lifelong poet and longtime Salida resident, will share thoughts and readings from her new collection, “Chasing Grace – Poems of a Life,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at A Church, 419 D St. in Salida. 

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and Antero Outdoors are partnering for the 7th annual VIRTUAL Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. 

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The classic play “Our Town” by Thorton Wilder is the Salida High School drama students’ fall production, to be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the SHS auditorium, 26 Jones Ave. 

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When Barbara Baker received the Mel Strawn Lifetime Achievement Award for the Arts on Oct. 15, it was a surprise in more ways than one. The presenters were surprised that she wasn’t there to receive it and Baker was surprised to learn she was the recipient.

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New York City singer-songwriter Kenny White will perform a solo show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at A Church, 419 D St. in Salida.

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Editor’s note: Many of Salida’s Halloween activities are listed on page 11. 

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About 60 artists displayed their work for the return of the annual Valley Visions art exhibition, hosted by Salida Council for the Arts over the weekend at the Salida SteamPlant ballroom.

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A collection of textile collages from Poncha Springs artist Carolyn Nelson is on display through Dec. 31 at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.

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Jenna Janisch shares a set of watercolors with daughter Jewell at the William E. Boddy Arts Festival Saturday at the Salida Boys & Girls Club. The event featured music, arts demonstrations and jewelry making. The festival celebrates the late William Boddy’s contributions to the arts, mus…

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County and the Salida Council for the Arts, with the help of Kent Davidson and Barbara Ewing, will host the William E. Boddy Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Salida club, 709 Palmer St. 

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The ninth annual Valley Visions Art Show, sponsored by Salida Council for the Arts and Salida SteamPlant, will open with an artist reception from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the SteamPlant ballroom, 220 W. Sackett Ave. 

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The Salida High School concert and jazz bands were back in their element Wednesday night as they performed their first concert since before the beginning of COVID-19 in the high school auditorium.

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Guidestone Colorado will host its annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival Oct. 8-10 and 15-17 at the Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, 8913 W. U.S. 50, between Salida and Poncha Springs.

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More than 1,200 beer enthusiasts turned out Saturday for the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous in Riverside Park, a vigorous comeback for an event that was shuttered last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Central Colorado Climate Coalition will host “Hoedown for the Climate: A Family Folk Music Event” and fundraiser at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Coaldale Schoolhouse, 287 Hayden Creek Road in Coaldale.

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Salida artist David Larcom has been spending the summer with his son, Louis, who is serving with the U.S. Navy in Marysville, Washington, but it hasn’t been all leisure time. He was commissioned by private residents to complete five murals there.

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The 10th annual Salida Fiber Festival will kick off at 5:30 p.m. today with an exhibition and film at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Salida Circus acrobat Lexee Barrera, 27, performs a hand-balancing act Aug. 14 at The 146 Taphouse. Approximately 75 people watched a cast of 18 Salida circus performers in the beer garden for an end-of-summer cabaret.

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Former Salidan Jane McPhetres Johnson will read from her new book, “Maven Reaches Mars,” at 5:30 p.m. today at Salida Regional Library, 405 E St.

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