A&E briefs: Look Up to the Stars at the Main Library in Frisco | SummitDaily.com

A&E briefs: Look Up to the Stars at the Main Library in Frisco

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Special to the Daily
Special to the Daily |

Have you wondered about the stars and what they look like up close? On Wednesday, July 2, at 7 p.m., kids of all ages and their parents are invited to the Main Library in Frisco for Look Up to the Stars, hosted by Kevin Manning, former NASA consultant.

Manning is a national and international award-winning astronomer. In addition to currently lecturing across our nation, he worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and other ground-based observatories and with Brookhaven National Laboratory.

“We are excited to have Kevin join Summit County astronomy enthusiasts,” said Becky Astuto, Main Library technician. “We know his passion for the amazing world of outer space will shine through the two-hour presentation and hope the weather will cooperate so we can use the NASA telescope.”

Look Up to the Stars is a program for all ages in which Manning will share his passion for astronomy by transporting the audience into a fascinating world beyond their own.

Participants will enjoy an educational and entertaining exploration of the universe, the stars and other celestial wonders, as well as a refreshingly large perspective gained by looking up to the stars

The library is able to bring this former NASA consultant and astronomer to Summit County through the generous support of a Vail Echo grant. For more information, visit http://www.summitcountylibraries.org.

Tennis tourney raises funds for film fest

Don’t miss your chance to support the Breckenridge Film Festival by playing tennis. All ability levels are welcome at the Saturday, July 12, tournament, to be held at the Breckenridge Recreation Center’s outdoor tennis courts. Registration fees and donations from this event benefit the Breckenridge Film Festival.

Enjoy a full day of competitive tennis with lunch and beverages provided. Come as a single; play doubles — there are lots of partners, so take this chance to make new friends. Prizes will also be awarded.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up before Saturday, July 12, to get the early bird pricing of $30. Day-of registration is $35. Contact Rae at (970) 393-2412 to sign up.

Since its opening event in 1981, the Breckenridge Film Festival has celebrated the art of filmmaking. Each year, a unique and varied array of independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and retrospectives honoring featured guests takes place high in the Colorado Rockies. This year’s festival takes place Thursday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 21. For more information, visit http://breckfilmfest.com.

Oils and bronze at Breckenridge Art Gallery

Breckenridge Gallery will welcome Richard D. Thomas and Jim Gilmore for a pairing of oils and bronze Saturday, July 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. Thomas is nationally recognized for his paintings of working cowboys, Plains Indians and Western landscapes. Self-taught, he uses a painterly, impressionistic approach that emphasizes light, color and texture, and his work is widely collected.

Gilmore will be sculpting in the gallery. His latest Western pieces are inspired by the ranch where he grew up and feature Colorado’s wildlife, as well as the cowboys of his youth. He captures the power and grace of the animals he sculpts with tremendous skill.

For more information on the gallery and these artists, visit http://www.breckenridge-gallery.com.

Watercolor workshop with Ann Weaver

Award-winning watercolorist and local favorite Ann Weaver will offer her popular watercolor painting workshop again this year at Continental Divide Land Trust’s Wild About Colorado Art & Outdoor Festival in Breckenridge. The workshop will be held Saturday, July 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Carter Park Pavilion in Breckenridge.

From beginners to experienced painters, Weaver has something to teach everyone. Sign up in advance, as space is limited. Cost is $50 per person, and proceeds from the workshop and Wild About Colorado Festival benefit Continental Divide Land Trust.

For more information and to register for Weaver’s workshop and all other Wild About Colorado activities, call (970) 453-3875, or visit http://www.wildaboutcolorado.org.

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