Benchtalk: February 17, 2017

Choreographer Dumbutshena coming back to valley

Acclaimed dancer and choreographer, Rujeko Dumbutshena from Zimbabwe, is coming back to the Gunnison Valley. She will teach community dance classes from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 at the Pump Room Studio, located at 306 Maroon Ave., above the fire station. Rujeko will also be working and performing at the college, including the black tie event at University Center Theater on Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m. with speaker Dr. Derek Greenfield. Rujeko will also be working in the schools in Crested Butte and Gunnison. Come out and support this amazing talent and diversity in our valley. For more information please contact Angela Carroll at or call (970) 596-8385.

Let’s get ready to Rando!

Crested Butte Mountain Resort will host the COSMIC series skimo race stop Friday and Saturday, February 17-18. Friday is the vertical challenge and Saturday skimo racers will be climbing up, down and all around Crested Butte Mountain. There are race and rec classes and more information and registration can be found on

Headwaters Poetry Festival Friday

The next event in the Headwaters Poetry Festival Reading Series will take place at the Gunnison Arts Center on the evening of Friday, February 17. The reading includes two gifted local fiction writers, Dave White and Rosalyn Garvey, along with Jeff Runyon, a visiting poet from Buena Vista who is associate professor of English at the Timberline Campus of Colorado Rocky Mountain College in Leadville. All three of the readers on February 17 are also teachers, and all are graduates of the graduate program in creative writing at WSCU. Doors and the bar open at 6 p.m., and the reading begins at 6:30. Tickets are just $10, or $5 for students with an ID.


Clear, Focused Book Writer’s Workshop

WritingStrides coach and award-winning writer Alissa Johnson is bringing the Clear, Focused Book Writer’s Workshop back to the Old Rock Library on Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. This program is ideal for writers who have an idea for a novel or memoir, or those who have written a very rough draft of one and suspect that revisions will involve a lot of rewriting. The full workshop is $15 and sponsored by Friends of the Library. Space is limited. Call now to register at 349-6535.

New Spanish class in March

A four-session class for those interested in developing Spanish speaking skills will take place in March. It is an introduction to the Spanish language or review for those who are wanting to work with their Spanish but haven’t practiced in some time. It is designed for the beginner second language learner with an emphasis on communicating conversationally. The class will be activity-based and requires some home practice. A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary is recommended. The classes will take place Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2-30 (no class March 16) Instructor: Karen Immerso. Cost: $60. You can call to sign up and pay in advance with Kelly Jo Clark at 209-1613.


February 16- Elliot Stern, Sullivan Marshall, Sammy Cloud, Gesa Michel, Di Bridges

February 17- Nicholas Garland, Carol Morse, Dylan Curtiss, Luca Tjossem, David Dickerson

February 18- Donna Arwood

February 19- Trent Sweitzer, Laura Martineau, Polly Oberosler, Marie McHale, Royal White

February 20- Donna Rozman, Honeydew Murray, Diana Graves, Pierre Choucroun, Tom Caron, Slater Weil

February 21- Ben Arwood-Levine, Abby Hird, Cara Cunningham

February 22- Rowan Piccaro, Dom Piccaro, Nicholas Gainous, Mary Covelli, Jani Wedmore, Wyatt Williams

NEW BUSINESS: Allegra and Joe Wolff are the owners of the new T-Bar. The T-Bar offers a selection of almost 100 teas, herbal infusions, craft coffee, smoothies and kombucha along with breakfast, lunch, Wildflour Sweets baked goods and hand-rolled chocolate truffles. It’s located in the historic Grubstake building on the corner of Third and Elk. photo by Lydia Stern
CONGRATULATIONS: Kara Primomo and Scott Blauweiss were married on September 10, 2016 at Uley’s Cabin. photo by Third Eye Photography
CONGRATULATIONS: Ellen and Eddie Stern welcomed their son, Levi, to the world in September of 2016. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 oz and was 20” long at birth. He skis in jeans. courtesy photo

Cameo Question: What was your first impression about Crested Butte?

Kalo Raikoff
People are warm.
Lyubomir Dopchev
It is delightfully steep.
Sotir Boyanov
The tons of snow.
Marina Velikova
It is a paradise!
Stoyo Stoyanov

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