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The Summit Community Orchestra proudly presents the Scale the Summit Music Camp final concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dillon Community Church.

The orchestra would like to invite the public to hear the first year class of Scale the Summit, a week-long music camp taught by members of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. The program will consist of student chamber groups performing music by Mozart, including movements from the quartets in E Flat and G Major, the Beethoven Serenade, two duets for flute and guitar that were written and arranged by student Michelle Gomez, an Allegro by Haydn, a Serenade by Haydn, and a string orchestra performance. Students will perform independently and side by side with the Carpe Diem String Quartet and flutist Mindy Ewing. The concert is free and open to the public. A donation of canned food for the church food bank would be most appreciated.

Ann Weaver donated a painting to the Town of Breckenridge Public Art Commission Thursday by presenting it to Mayor John Warner at Hang Time Gallery in Breckenridge. The Public Art Commission will hang the piece in one of the town’s public facility buildings shortly.

The Arts District Celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for kids on Washington Avenue. The event features a sidewalk chalk art contest with cash prizes and artist demonstrations with free make and take projects.

From 4-6 p.m., the Arts District comes alive for adults and kids, featuring the oil paintings of Chris Erickson at the Tin Shop, sculptural ceramics of Michelle Woods Penissi and Jenn Cram at the Breckenridge Theatre Gallery, an open studio and live throwing demonstrations by Chris Hosbach at the Quandary Antiques Cabin Ceramic Studio and open studio at the Fuqua Livery Stable with professional illustrator and painter Lisa Rivard. There will be light refreshments at all locations.

Artists from across the nation exhibit their fine work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, featuring such artists as Danny Bushart. Maui jewelry designer Danny Bushart brings his floral art nouveau inspired “romantic jewelry” to the Third Annual Downtown Frisco Art Festival this weekend. Bushart uses the lost wax process to create his graceful jewelry designs. His heirloom quality work has won numerous awards and is collected internationally. The artist’s inspiration comes from nature’s leaves and flowers, such as columbines and glacier lilies. The jewelry includes a new Hawaiian Plumeria line, appropriately named “Plumeria Nouveau.” Maile leaf leis that adorn hula dancers in Hawaii will also decorate Bushart’s booth. Many pieces are available only at the show, but people may preview some of the jewelry at

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The National Repertory Orchestra concludes its 50th season of rousing orchestral music at 7:30 p.m. today at the Riverwalk Center. The program includes van Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture, Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin (featuring 1985 NRO alumni Emmanuelle Boisvert, the first woman to win the position of concertmaster with a major orchestra in the United States; she won her current position with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 25), Ravel’s Pavanne Pour une Infante Defunte and Debussy’s La Mer. For more information, visit

Join the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Summer Repertory Company as the actors perform a variety of songs from the classic and contemporary Broadway stage. This late summer event is pivotal to the Summer Repertory survival and is one of Lake Dillon Theatre’s favorite events to produce. With a talented pit band behind an incredibly talented troupe, this will be a wild party not to miss.

Enjoy songs from “Guys and Dolls,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Hair,” “Camelot,” “Rent,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Sweet Charity,” “Les Miserables” and more. Help Lake Dillon Theatre end its summer in the “black” by purchasing tickets, which are $50 for the Aug. 12 celebration. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., curtain time is 7:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Keystone. To buy tickets, visit

Breckenridge celebrates its 150th birthday with a Grand Celebration this weekend.

Officials open the time capsule from 10:15 a.m. to noon at the Old Court House. Masons placed contents in the capsule – including gold nuggets – 100 years ago. An old-fashioned street party starts at 11 a.m. on Ridge Street and Washington Avenue and goes until 6 p.m. It includes a kids’ village, a Breckenridge myth-busting tents, live music by a bluegrass band, a country band and a blues and rockabilly singer, blacksmithing, mucking and jacking demonstrations, carriage rides and more. The Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra performs a concert at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks light up the sky at 10 p.m.

Sunday, the festivities continue with a Father Dyer 5K Mail Run at 9 a.m. at the Country Boy Mine, storytelling at 11 a.m. in the Blue River Plaza, a historic walking tour departing from the Welcome Center at 11 a.m., museum open houses, mucking and jacking demos from noon to 4 p.m. at the Blue River Plaza and an ice cream social at 2:30 p.m. on the Riverwalk Center Lawn.

On Monday, Breckenridge hosts a local birthday party from 2-3 p.m. at the Blue River Plaza, with a flag raising and cupcakes.

Comics, sitcoms and movies all make us laugh. But fine art? Now that is different.

In an industry full of look alikes and people who take themselves all too seriously, being different will often bring you frowns. Not in the case of Jeff Leedy, however. Being different brings Leedy smiles in all sizes.

People throughout the world delight in the fact that Leedy’s fine-art oil pastels are so true to life. Leedy has an uncanny ability to find the traits that make people and animals funny. As a life-long artist, he’s developed the talent to bring his unique insights to colorful, vivid life on canvas. It is the combination of bright colors and subjects that are so easy to relate to (and far from pretentious) that make Leedy such a successful humorist.

Leedy is in Breckenridge from 4-8 p.m. today and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday to share his humor with visitors to the Art on a Whim gallery. He is just as funny to talk with in person as his work is to look and laugh at. Leedy may be the only artist in the world who is offended when viewers don’t laugh at his artwork. So bring a smile, laugh, chuckle, hoot, holler or giggle with you to 100 N. Main St. this weekend.