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A weekend of fascinating history, music

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The Friends of the Summit County Libraries presents “Mining and Minerals in Summit County,” a talk and slideshow, at 7 p.m. today. This free talk is in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library, 651 Center Circle, Silverthorne.Don Langmuir, professor emeritus of the Colorado School of Mines will present a slide show of historical photos of mines in and around Summit County, as well as current images of minerals. In addition, he’ll talk about the Climax and Henderson molybdenum mines.Then he will turn his attention to the environmental consequences of mining, such as deforestation, erosion, waste rock and tailings. This is an area of expertise for Langmuir. He has served on or chaired about 20 expert panels to assist organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy. Samples of Langmuir’s mineral collection are on display at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne during September and October. People attending the talk can ask additional questions about Langmuir’s collection.The slideshow is free, but donations are appreciated and help the Friends of the Libraries purchase books and other supplies. For more information, call (970) 468-5887.

A parade of rascals, swindlers, charlatans and shady ladies once marched across Summit County gold rush scene. Local historian-author, Mary Ellen Gilliland, will highlight the escapades of these scalawags in a light historical presentation at 7 p.m. Saturday in the new auditorium at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.This first of Peak to Pique Production’s Speaker’s Series will capture the amoral but amusing lives of characters featured in Gilliland’s award-winning book, “Rascals, Scoundrels and No Goods.” The historical talk will portray double dealers like a creative Keystone-area crook named Gassy Thompson who fleeced rich Eastern mine investors. Gilliland will showcase the quirky, human side of several madams, such as Big May Nicholson in Breckenridge and Ada “Dixie” Smith in Montezuma.Her presentation will describe high graders who pocketed nuggets from behind the backs of mine owners. It will also include moonshiners, who brewed white lightnin’ whiskey in hideout stills like one above Frisco, and flagrant womanizers such as 1880s Breckenridge mayor Charles Finding.The book “Rascals, Scoundrels and No Goods” won the 2007 Legacy Award for history from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Mary Ellen Gilliland has written 15 books, nine of them on local history and hiking trails. Her best-known area history is “SUMMIT, A Gold Rush History of Summit County, Colorado.” Her hiking guidebook, “The New Summit Hiker” is an award-winning trail guide. She has also chronicled town histories in her books “Frisco!” and her newest, “Breckenridge, 150 Golden Years,” published in May, 2009. The event is free for CMC students and $5 for the public.Sponsored by Colorado Mountain College Summit Campus, Peak to Pique Productions will offer performances, speakers and other events that provide cultural and intellectual stimulation for the community. The new CMC Breckenridge is located at 107 Denison Placer Road (just off Highway 9 and Coyne Valley Road). For more information, call (970) 453.6757.

Music students will perform a recital of solos and ensemble joined by students playing flute, violin, viola and cello. The performance is 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Dillon Community Church, 371 LaBonte St., Dillon. A performance of student compositions will follow at 3 p.m. Participants are: Ally Bierbaum, Andrea Bierbaum, Alinnea Christiansen, Christian Julin, Dax Kellie, Chloe Krasowski, Selah Kreeger, Anne Parker, Ian Parker, Sam Provorse, Kaeli Subberwal and Priya Subberwal. Instructors are Ann Hunsinger, Nancy McNeill, Adrienne Sielaff and Gail Taylor. The recital is open to the public with a reception to follow. For information, call (970) 453-6243.