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The Spirit of Dance hosts ‘Expressions 2015’ recital

The Spirit of Dance, a Fairplay studio that offers classes in ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, jazz and other creative movement and dance courses, will culminate its 14th dance season with “Expressions 2015,” a year-end recital at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge on Saturday, May 9.

Tickets are available at the door or through and are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 17; children younger than 4 are free. The Riverwalk Center in located at 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge. Visit for more information.

Canepa School of Dance recital this weekend in Kremmling

Canepa School of Dance will present its 33rd annual Spring Recital on Saturday May 9, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. Featuring 60 local dancers age 3 to 18, the recital will be held in the West Grand High School auditorium in Kremmling. Tickets are available at the door — $7 for general admission, ages 5 and younger free — with the money benefitting Rocky Mountain Easter Seal Handi-Camp in Empire.

Under the direction and choreography of Bertie Canepa Reifsteck, students will perform tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical and musical theater pieces to such favorites as “Anything Goes,” “Girl in a Country Song,” “Dear Future Husband” and “Singing in the Rain.” The Canepa Family Traditional Finale, “Whispering,” a fast buck-and-wing style tap dance, originally choreographed by Canepa Reifsteck’s parents for the 13-member family dance troupe The Dancing Canepas, will be performed by advanced tappers and studio alumni.

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Local breweries celebrate American Craft Beer Week

American Craft Beer Week, an annual celebration of the culture and community of craft brewers across the United States, officially takes place Monday, May 11, through Sunday, May 17, and a few of your local Summit County breweries are taking the opportunity to thank their fans with special tappings and food deals.

Pug Ryan’s Brewing Co., 104 Village Place in Dillon, will be offering two dinners for $30, each with a specifically paired pint of beer, from Sunday, May 10, through Thursday, May 14. Options include Tuna Tartar paired with Kicked up Kolsch, Kale & Mahi Salad paired with Hideout Helles, Turkey & Stuffing with Scottish Ale, Grilled Sausage Platter with Marzen or Grilled Top Round alongside Outlaw Stout.

On Monday, May 11, the Breckenridge Brew Pub, 600 S. Main St. in Breckenridge, will be tapping a keg of its share of the Summit County brewers’ collaboration beer, Safety Meeting Barleywine. The beer features several types of malts, including caramel malts, nutty Munich malts and a “Special B” Belgian malt, with hints of toffee, dates and figs, and some Mosaic hops, which bring in a tropical, fruity flavor.

Finally, Broken Compass Brewing, 68 Continental Court in Breckenridge, re-released its Double IPA bigger, stronger and bolder for IPA lovers just in time for Craft Beer Week. The brewery will host its weekly potluck dinner Monday, May 11, and is gearing up for its one-year anniversary blowout on Saturday, May 30, with a pig roast and, weather pending, opening of its patio for the summer.

To learn more about what local breweries are doing for American Craft Beer Week, visit their individual websites, or to learn more about the nationwide event, visit the Brewers Association website at

Neighborhood Celebration at Basecamp in Frisco

On Saturday, May 16, from 2 to 7 p.m., the Basecamp in Frisco, including Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Whole Foods, the Epic Store and Basecamp Liquors, will host a Neighborhood Celebration party in the businesses’ shared parking lot. The event will include music from high-octane Rocky Mountain dance-grass band Whitewater Ramble, as well as giveaways, promotions and an outdoor area to enjoy food and drink.

“It’s community awareness about the whole Basecamp area,” said Aaron Lenz, Rio Grande kitchen manager, about the event. “We want to get people back here who haven’t visited the area yet, and also as the Rio, we’re all about patio fun and summertime drinking on the patio, eating good food, meeting new friends.”

For more information on the Neighborhood Celebration, call the Rio at (970) 455-8923.

Learn about upcoming projects at Breck trails open house

The Town of Breckenridge Open Space and Trails Division invites the community to learn about upcoming projects at the Trails Open House on Monday, May 18, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Breckenridge Recreation Center Community Room.

The Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commission and staff members from the town of Breckenridge, Summit County Open Space and the U.S. Forest Service will provide information on the extensive list of trail projects, upcoming volunteer opportunities and best practices for early-season trail use. They are also looking for feedback related to the programs.

“Spring is always a challenging time of year, when people are excited to get out and enjoy the local trails after a long winter,” said Chris Kulick, Open Space and Trails planner. “It is also when our trails are most vulnerable and sustain the most damage from users during wet and muddy conditions. We hope to use the early-season excitement to encourage people to attend the open house, find out about upcoming trail projects and become better trail stewards.”

Trail condition updates and volunteer opportunity information are available on the town of Breckenridge Open Space website,, and posted to the Friends of Breckenridge Trails Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Summit County Preschool hosts Barn Dance Revival fundraiser

Summit County Preschool will host its Barn Dance Revival fundraiser Friday, May 22, at the Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $20 for adults or $5 for children 10 and younger.

The event features music from Rocky Mountain bluegrass and Americana band Coral Creek, as well as kids’ activities, with a special Trail Mix Station sponsored by Whole Foods Frisco. Childcare will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with about 30 to 45 open spots. Kids can take part in fun and games, pizza and friends, while Mom and Dad get a little date-night action with a full barbecue dinner from Moe’s Original BBQ, a silent auction, dancing and cash bar.

Tickets and be purchased with cash or check in person at the school, 71 W. Main St. in Frisco, or by clicking on the barn dance logo at Sponsorship packages are also available. For more information, call Summit County Preschool at (970) 668-5508.

Breck Summer Fun Park opens June 12 with new kids’ area

Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Summer Fun Park at the base of Peak 8 officially opens at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 12, with perennial favorites such as the Gold Runner Coaster, Alpine SuperSlide, Breck Treks guided hikes, 4-by-4 off-road tours, climbing wall, mini golf and more, plus activities at the new Kids’ Base Camp, with an opening date to be announced.

Kids’ Base Camp at the Summer Fun Park will offer three new attractions for children weighing 30 to 100 pounds, including a small kids’ zipline, kids’ challenge course and a kids’ summer tubing hill. Scenic chair rides, access to hiking and various levels of mountain biking will operate on Peak 8 via the Colorado SuperChair, and beginner mountain biking terrain can be accessed via Rip’s Ride on Peak 8.

The Breckenridge Summer Fun Park will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Labor Day, plus Friday, Saturday and Sunday the following weekend during Oktoberfest to close out the summer season on Sunday, Sept. 13. Free parking will be available in the Gondola North parking lot, and the BreckConnect Gondola will start running with free service on Friday, June 12, at 9 a.m.

For full details on all events taking place in Breckenridge this summer or to purchase Fun Park tickets online, visit

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