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The 30th annual Applause!/Breckenridge Music Festival gala will be held July 30 at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. The 1920’s style event is titled Sneakin’ & Sippin’ at the Speakeasy. Proceeds from the live and silent auctions will support the Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) concerts and educational programs throughout the year. Following dinner, there will be dancing to popular Denver band “Heartbeat.” Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $125 each or $200 per patron ticket, which includes a private party on July 17. For more information and to view the list of auction items, visit the BMF website http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com or contact the BMF office at (970) 453-9142 to purchase tickets. Reservation deadline is July 15.

John Fielder has traveled across Colorado to photograph 50 of the state’s most beautiful multi-generational working ranches. These ranches are featured in the book, “Ranches of Colorado,” and will be shared in a multi-media presentation that includes over 250 photographic images. Fielder will tell stories about his experiences working with these remarkable ranchers and their ranches. Be our guest to “travel” from the plains to the Western Slope on a scenic tour of our beautiful state of Colorado and learn about tools for land protection. Please join us on Friday, June 25. This presentation will be held at the Alma Town Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available before and after the show. Fielder’s books will be for sale. Join us for the post party when Fielder will be available to sign books and answer questions. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $10 for adults, and kids 17 and under are free.This event is a fundraiser and awareness raiser for the Continental Divide Land Trust and Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative. Continental Divide Land Trust (CDLT) is a nonprofit organization working locally to help protect open spaces and natural lands with conservation values, such as ranches, wildlife habitat, watersheds and scenic views. For information, contact info@cdlt.org or http://www.cdlt.orgThe Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI) is an Alma Colorado based nonprofit organization committed to conserving and enhancing our cultural, recreational and natural resources in the High Country of the Mosquito Range. For information, contact (719) 836-0964, info@mrhi.org or http://www.mrhi.org.

Breckenridge young author Sierra Creen’s essay is featured in a book about veterans. Middle school and high school students from 10 states and Washington, D.C. have written a series of heartfelt essays about real American heroes: the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces from WWII to the present and in so doing have honored their country and their family members. Newnan eighth grader Reid Geddie got the ball rolling when he and his mom researched, and he wrote a story for a social studies project about how his grandfather’s military role as a WWII pilot who flew “the Hump” affected the lives of others. The assignment created by teacher Pamela Ridge inspired mother and son to sponsor a scholarship project and a published collection of essays featuring individual soldier’s stories written by American teenagers. Entry into the competition was free. Winners received camp scholarships at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Ga. Other awards included an autographed music CD by Rebecca Henricks, singer and wife of Tom Henricks, retired USAF Space Shuttle Commander/pilot, and cash awards. The Colorado teens whose essays are featured in the book are Creen, who wrote about her grandfather, Col. George H. Tissaw, and Angela Weishaar of Denver, who wrote about her grandfather, MP James Cook. They both won honorable mention awards for their essays. Their stories can be read in a new book: “America’s Soldiers: Teens’ Tales of Tribute,” to be released Memorial Day. The book recently won a Founder’s Gold Young Voices Book Award in youth nonfiction. The Young Voices Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that honors books that inspire, mentor and educate readers of all ages. AVP’s mission is to encourage young writers through the written word; therefore, teens learn about our history and freedom from those who lived it – an ideal which transcends all political and ethnic affiliations and brings us together as Americans.

Tim Sabo, whose work is currently on display at the County Commons, will present at Cafe Scientifique at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 at the Community and Senior Center in Frisco.Sabo, who earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1995 and studied with wood turning masters at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, recently has turned his attention to the art of wood turning. But, he’s not taking the easy way out, which would involve using hard woods. Instead, he’s using what most people consider to be firewood: pine, killed by beetles (though more and more, building professionals, including Sabo, are using pine beetle wood for home flooring, cabinetry and more). He creates vases and other art objects out of the wood.


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