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Summit County arts & entertainment briefs

On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne, “seek the unknown” with LeeAnna Jonas, of Spirit Realm Investigative Project. She and her all-girl team specialize in the mining towns of Colorado. They use scientific equipment and metaphysical sensitivity during investigations.
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Teen Read Week begins in Summit County

The Summit County Library’s Teen Read Week begins Sunday and runs through Oct. 19. The program is open to teens from middle school through high school, and this year’s theme is “Seek the Unknown @ Your Library.”

On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne, “seek the unknown” with LeeAnna Jonas, of Spirit Realm Investigative Project. She and her all-girl team specialize in the mining towns of Colorado. They use scientific equipment and metaphysical sensitivity during investigations. Jonas and her team have done more than 50 investigations and have been featured on the “Paranormal Challenge” and “My Ghost Story.” They will talk about their experiences with the paranormal and demonstrate the equipment they use.

This event is free to the public. For more information, check out For more information on this or other upcoming events or programs, call Janet Good at (970) 468-5887 or contact her by email at janetg@co,; visit the library’s website at; “like” the library on Facebook; follow on Twitter (@summitlibraries); or simply come by any of the three library locations in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne.

Alpine Dance Academy expands school, programs

There are considerable changes happening at Alpine Dance Academy in Frisco. The Academy has added a second newly renovated dance studio and, as a result, has added many new classes available for dancers of all ages. Kelly Monahon, director-owner of Alpine Dance Academy, is striving to create a center focused on the art of dance for dancers of every skill level and every age.

An authentic Polynesian dance class, a kids’ acrobatics class and a tumble tots class have been added, as well as a supplemental ballet class for more serious ballet dancers. Alpine Dance Academy is also offering many adult classes, such as adult hip-hop, tap and Zumba. For the trained dancer, the Academy is offering an adult “Pro Tech” Modern class designed for all those dancers out there in Summit County who used to dance in high school and/or college and know a little something about technique

Alpine Dance Academy is located on the bottom floor of the recently remodeled Frisco Mall on Main Street in Frisco. Contact Monahon with questions at or (617) 331-3893.

Artist reception at Arts Alive Gallery today

Yvonne Kuennen is the featured artist for October at Arts Alive Gallery. Kuennen is an award-winning art jewelry designer and teacher. She is certified to teach precious metal clay (silver, bronze or copper), glass fusing and torch enameling. She conducts bead parties and metal clay workshops and will do special orders in fine silver for bridesmaids’ gifts and other occasions. She lives in Breckenridge with her husband, Michael, rescue dogs Buddy and Forrest and cat Tweety.

The artist’s reception for this exhibit is today from 4 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs the month of October. Arts Alive Gallery is located in the La Cima Mall in Breckenridge, 501 S. Main St., and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The nonprofit Summit County Art Council sponsors Arts Alive Gallery, a local artists’ co-op. Its mission is to promote visual arts and enhance the cultural life of Summit County. For more information, visit

Second Saturday art walk in Breckenridge today

Join the Breckenridge art galleries today for their monthly art walk. Second Saturday is a nod to the First Fridays of the great art cities of the United States. This is a social and cultural event that showcases great art and presents an opportunity to visit with and meet new people.

Art on a Whim has a show in progress featuring the work of aspen obsessed Lelija Roy, a Colorado artist.

Roy’s richly textured mixed-media paintings take in the change of colors. The colorful transition from summer to fall is one of her greatest inspirations. Her paintings are made from a combination of hand-made rice papers, silk, lace, acrylic paints, pastels, India inks and more. Each painting consists of approximately 20 layers, and she combines the materials to provide the sublime feeling that one will find when wandering through a fall aspen grove.

For more information on the Second Saturday art walks, visit

Name that beer contest continues at Dam Brewery

The Dillon Dam Brewery is brewing a “steam” beer to celebrate the upcoming Denver Art Museum “Passport to Paris” show. Inspired by its trio of exhibits, which cover 300 years of French art from the rock stars of the art world, brewmaster Cory Forster created a beer he calls “a ray of sunshine in a glass.”

Go to either the Dam Brewery’s Facebook page or the Denver Art Museum’s Facebook page to vote on your favorite beer name through Sunday. The winning name will be rewarded with tickets to Passport to Paris and Dam Brewery prizes. To see Forster talk more about the exhibit and the beer, visit

The Dam Brewery also will be hosting a live trivia night Wednesday with Steven A, featuring Dam prizes. There’s no cover, and featured drinks from sponsor Crown Royal are $5. For more information, visit

Punkin Chunkin returns to Aurora

Today marks the return of Punkin Chunkin Colorado to Arapahoe Park in Aurora for the 16th year. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., spectators can watch teams compete to see who can chunk their pumpkin the furthest — and this year, the event has the room and the machines to launch the gourds as far as a mile.

The Punkin Chunkin Colorado competition includes launch divisions for various age categories and device types. Chunkers interested in competing can get more information or register by visiting the Punkin Chunkin Colorado website. In addition to the launches, there will be food, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin obstacle course, farm animals, scarecrow making and pumpkin carving. Parking is free, and adult admission is $3; kids 12 and younger are free.

To celebrate this year’s Punkin Chunkin, Visit Aurora is hosting a contest on its Facebook page where friends and fans can submit their guess for how far the farthest punkin will fly. The closest three guesses will one of three prize packages, including an annual pass to Aurora Reservoir, a free one-hour golf lesson with PGA pro Kevin Carlson at Fitzsimmons Golf Course or a prize package from Dry Dock Brewing Co.

For more information, visit or call (303) 326-8699.

Math Midway opens in Denver

On Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., the National Museum of Mathematics, North America’s only museum devoted to mathematics, and more than 500 OppenheimerFunds employees and family members will celebrate the grand opening of Math Midway, the museum’s traveling exhibition of interactive mathematical attractions. Sponsored by OppenheimerFunds, Math Midway at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver will generate excitement among a diverse group of visitors, ranging from children through adults.

Math Midway features a range of unique exhibits, including a square-wheeled tricycle that rides smoothly on a circular track of catenary arcs and a plane of laser light that shows surprising cross sections of polyhedra. Using the Mysterious Harmonograph, visitors can create unique pen and ink drawings to take home, and with the Organ Function Grinder, visitors will input a number, set a function and turn the hand crank to generate both a numerical output and a unique calliope tune, which is transformed according to the function.

For more information on the grand opening of Math Midway, visit For more information on the National Museum of Mathematics, visit

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