Children and adults’ canvas-painting parties in Frisco this weekend |

Children and adults’ canvas-painting parties in Frisco this weekend

The Frisco Recreation Department is offering two canvas-painting parties after the extremely successful painting party offered in November. Canvas-painting parties require no previous experience, and all the supplies are provided.

This is a unique way to take a break from outdoor adventures and relax in front of a canvas while local artist Sheila Trowbridge guides participants through the painting process. All ability levels are welcome, and at the end participants will walk away with their very own piece of art.

The Frisco Children’s Canvas Painting Party will take place Saturday, Dec. 28, from 10 to 11:20 a.m. at the Old Community Center, 110 Third Ave., Frisco. The cost is $25 per person in advance or $30 per person the day of the class, and it’s open to ages 8 to 15. The Frisco Adults’ Canvas Painting Party is Monday, Dec. 30, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge, 621 Recreation Way, Frisco. The cost is $45 per person in advance or $50 per person the day of the class and includes one glass of wine, beer or soda. The adult class is open to ages 12 and older.

“It is incredible to see participants who at first were hesitant to face a blank canvas and paint emerge after a few hours with huge smiles and with unique pieces of art under their arms,” said Linsey Kach, recreation programs manager for the town of Frisco. “This is such a cool way to relax during the holidays and check out a different side of your own talents and of the mountain experience.”

Registration is available online at For more information, contact Kach at or (970) 668-2558.

History Colorado Center offers free kids’ admission

The History Colorado Center in Denver is offering free admission for children 12 years old and younger on select days in December, which includes access into its new hands-on exhibit, “Living West.”

The History Colorado Center features interactive and experiential exhibits for every age. Take a joy ride across the eastern plains in a real Model T in “Destination Colorado.” Soar off Steamboat Spring’s Howelsen Hill on a virtual ski jump in “Colorado Stories.” Channel your inner sports fan and try on the Barrel Man’s barrel in “Denver A to Z,” or experience the epic “Black Sunday” dust storm of the 1930s Dust Bowl in History Colorado Center’s newest exhibit, “Living West.” Each gallery includes live museum theater and regularly scheduled performers, crafts and activities — all included in the cost of a general admission ticket.

Upcoming performances include:

Friday, Dec. 27: Koffi Togo West African Drumming, 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28: Colorado Mestizo Dancers, 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29: Storytelling with Lisa Mumpton, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 30: Youth Ballet dancers perform variations, 11:30 a.m.

Getting free access for kids to all the experiential exhibits at the History Colorado Center is simple, just view the “Living West” activity booklet — kids who come in wearing an easy-to-make grasshopper clothespin (directions in the activity book) will get free museum admission.

For a complete calendar of events and more details about the exhibits at the History Colorado Center, visit

Colorado videographer wins award for bird film

Videographer Joe LaFleur recently received a special award from the 2013 Colorado State University Media Festival for his new DVD, “A Bird for All Seasons.” The Cammy Grande award is for the “nature” category at the “expert” level and adheres to the following: “Outstanding professional work appropriate to the medium and scope of project. Demonstrates significant effort, distribution, strong technical quality and content.” The CSU Media Festival is a biennial event that receives hundreds of entries for the competition.

“A Bird for All Seasons” features a colorful cast of more than 400 bird species performing to the classical music of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” Viewers can turn on the subtitles to reveal the birds’ names as they watch seasonal behaviors that match the rhythms of the music.

“For example, in ‘Winter,’ you see birds at the feeders and winter raptors searching for prey, while in ‘Spring,’ you see birds engaged in courtship displays and singing back and forth,” LaFleur said.

Visit to view samples of the award-winning videos.

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