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Sandra F. Mather will host a free lecture and book signing from 3-6 p.m. today at the Schoolhouse Museum in Frisco. The book launch party is open to the public and guests are encouraged to attend anytime during the three-hour reception. The book is available in bookstores throughout the county, the Frisco Schoolhouse Museum and the Visitor Information Center._ _”Museum staff is excited to endorse a quality history book, which is not only comprehensive but provides a pictorial journey of Frisco’s history. This will be a fundamental companion guide to anyone’s visit to Frisco,” a museum spokesperson said._ _The museum has been closed Oct. 3-6 for the annual cleaning and exhibit maintenance. The museum re-opens today at 3 p.m. in time for the book reception, and remains open for the winter season. The Frisco Historic Park and Museum winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more information on the New Frisco book or the Frisco Historic Park and Museum visit

The Breckenridge Music Festival and Hang Time Custom Picture Framing announce its call to artists for the 2012 Breckenridge Music Festival Poster.Please bring us your best original watercolor, oil or mixed media painting to our Breckenridge gallery between now and Nov. 2. Minimum image size should be 18″ x 24″, maximum size 20″ x 24″. Smaller sizes not accepted. Music theme encouraged.For those wishing to mail their entries: USPS: Hang Time, P.O. Box 2730, Frisco, CO 80443, (970) 668-0705. UPS/FED EX: Hang Time, 135 S. Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424, (970) 453-6335.Public voting will begin Oct. 12 and continue until the Artists Party at 6 p.m. Nov. 2. The winner receives $500 and 25 posters and cards and must donate the original painting to the Breckenridge Music Festival.For more information, email:

Music in the Schools is Breckenridge Music Festival’s arts education outreach program for the children and youth living in Summit and neighboring counties. It is a critical part of our mission and an important service to the community. Arts education teaches creative, innovative thinking and collaborative skills, as well as measurably increasing academic success and positively impacting careers. According to a report by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, studies show that low income kids who participate in arts education are four more times likely to have high academic achievement and three times more likely to have high attendance than those who don’t, and that arts-engaged low-income students in their adult years are more likely than their non-arts-engaged peers to have attended and done well in college, build careers, volunteer in their communities and participate in the political process by voting. Now in its 16th year, Music in the Schools was started by the Breckenridge Music Festival in 1995 in Summit County. In 2002 the program expanded to bring arts education opportunities to Lake and Park County. Each year, the program reaches between 2,500 and 4,000 students. Music in the Schools co-coordinators Mary Jane Wurster and Janis Bunchman work closely with music teachers and school administrators to tailor the program to fit the needs and interests of each school. Suggestions and specific requests from participating schools lead to performances and teaching workshops chosen in collaboration with arts education organizations including Think 360: Arts Complete Education, Central City Opera and Opera Colorado. Music students learn directly from the performers visiting Summit County for Breckenridge Music Festival’s Winter Series Concerts through in-school workshops for area choral, instrumental, vocal and jazz programs. Winter Series concert artists visiting the schools in 2011-2012 will include vocalists Keith Miller and Kara Guggenmos, pianist Debra Ayers, summer Festival Orchestra artists Nathan Olson, Meghan Jones, Matthew Carrington and Kathryn Hatmaker and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen.Also planned for the 2011-2012 school year:David Taylor Dance Theatre “A Rainforest Odyssey” – a magical, multi-media journey through different levels of life of a tropical rain forest through dance, costumes and music; “Dances of Mexico” Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, Fiesta Colorado – an interactive exploration of the diverse cultural richness of Spain, Mexico and Central America through songs, music and dance;the Junior Symphony Guild’s “Inside the Orchestra” educational program, bringing orchestra music to young children through an engaging first-hand experience with an orchestra; Central City Opera “En Mis Palabras” school-wide assembly performance; Central City Opera “Build an Opera” – residency program involving students in the instrumental, vocal music, drama and theater tech classes; and an Opera Colorado performance “Carmen.”

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