Local teenager, Jalissia Tiektion, will be at Cameez Frozen Yogurt & Coffee, 821 Summit Boulevard (across from Walmart) in Frisco Saturday afternoon to sign copies of her first book, "Choosing is a Choice." A religious piece showing how Jalissia (Jill) works through her own choices and responses to other people's choices, the book aims to inspire teenagers to live in a dedicated way and take responsibility for their choices. Although labeled with a reading disability, Tiektion worked through her challenges to succeed in writing the book. Ten percent of profits will go to Miracle House International.
Formerly an electric five-piece band, 18 Switchbacks returns to its bluegrass roots for Saturday's show at The Motherloaded Tavern, 103 S. Main St. in Breckenridge. Now an acoustic trio including Tim Johnston (guitar/banjo), Matt Wallwork (guitar) and Seth Goodman (mandolin), the group enjoys singing harmonies and is inspired by Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Del McCoury Band, The Infamous Stringdusters and Waylon Jennings. The show starts at 10 p.m. and there's no cover.
The Backstage Theatre extended its deadline to Monday for clothing donations to build a quilted backdrop for the January production, "Love, Loss and What I Wore." In it, women relate their life stories through clothing. A brief note should be included with the item telling about its history and significance. The clothing must be clean and will not be returned. Call the box office at (970) 453-0199 to arrange a drop-off or swing by when the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St., is open for shows (5-6:30 p.m. approximately).
The Speakeasy Movie Theatre, 103 S. Harris St. in Breckenridge, will show "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. through Jan.3, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. On Christmas Eve (Monday) there will be only one show, at 4:30 p.m., but The Speakeasy will be open for both shows on Christmas Day (Tuesday).
There's still time to get in on Dillon's third annual holiday decorating contest, which runs through Jan. 6. Residential winners receive prize packages; the total value of last year's prizes was $1,100 split between the top three winners. Business winners get to display a trophy and take home a cash prize. New this year, all participants need to register their residences or businesses for the competition by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (it is okay to register another person's house) and voting is online at www.dillondba.org. Voters can cast one vote per day until the end of the contest. All properties must be within Dillon town limits to participate.
There is still time to sign kids up for Winter Vacation Sensation in Frisco, taking place during Summit School District's breaks. The program features field trips, art projects, games and outdoor play. The following slots are still open: Dec. 26-28, Jan. 2-4; Jan. 7; Feb. 25 to March 1 and April 15-19. It's $40/day for Frisco residents, ages 5-12, and $45 per day for non-residents. The camp runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with drop-off from 8-8:45 a.m. and pick up from 4:30-5 p.m. at the community center on 3rd Avenue in downtown Frisco. There is no early drop-off or late pick-up option. Register at www.friscorecreation.com or in person at the Frisco Day Lodge. This is a state-licensed program for children ages 5-12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Time is running out to see 'Becoming Van Gogh,' an in-depth exploration of Vincent Van Gogh's unconventional path to becoming a world-renowned artist. The exhibit, which examines critical steps in the largely self-taught artist's evolution, includes more than 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh and is on view at the Denver Art Museum through Jan. 20. Timed and dated tickets are required; go to www.vangoghdenver.com or call (720) 865-5120. Extended holiday hours are until 9 p.m. most nights, New Year's Eve and Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until midnight January 18-20.
Holiday gift seekers can find shopping ideas at www.ColoradoProud.org, which features more than 1,800 Colorado businesses. The website includes gift ideas from Summit County businesses including Buffalo Mountain Gift Baskets in Dillon, Sunshine Caf in Silverthorne and Bee Nut Free in Frisco. The Colorado Proud program was created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to encourage consumers to support Colorado companies. Local businesses are welcome to join the Colorado Proud program for free.