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Benchtalk: January 12, 2018

Nordic racing mayhem

This Sunday and Monday, January 14-15 Crested Butte will see an influx of roughly 400 Nordic ski racers here for the Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Qualifier Races at Ruthie’s Run on the Bench. The races on Sunday are classic sprints with qualifiers starting at 9 a.m. and heats start at noon. The races on Monday are freestyle mass starts which will go off at 10 a.m.

Stephanie Lane Stephenson Artist Reception Friday

An opening reception for artist Stephanie Stephenson will be held Friday, January 12 at the Piper Gallery in the CB Center for the Arts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stephanie’s “Scenes and Dreams” displays colorfully painted and wood burned picture frames and layered paper mountain scene art. “Sushma’s Dream Catchers” features non-traditional creations of driftwood, vintage findings, stones and beads along with recycled sari silk purchased fair trade from India. The sari silk symbolizes the life of a little girl named Sushma (her name means beautiful). Sushma was rescued from a brothel in the red light district of New Delhi, India when she was four years old. Every time a dream catcher is sold, a percentage goes to Sushma. Show runs through January 22 at the Piper Gallery.

Join the Creative District board

The Crested Butte Creative District is seeking an individual to fill a vacant seat on the Creative District Commission. Commissioners are responsible for setting the course of the Creative District, with current initiatives including public art projects, professional development for creatives, arts education for youth, and marketing the Creative District. To find out more about the commission seat and apply visit: http://www.cbcreativedistrict.org/commissioner/. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Gunnison Valley Health early blood draws

Early blood draws, part of the Gunnison Valley Health Wellness Events, will take place on Wednesday, January 24 and Thursday, January 25 from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the Queen of All Saints Parish Hall in Crested Butte. Community members are encouraged to schedule an early blood draw for a low-cost screening that will provide information that can help improve general health status and identify conditions that may require the attention of a physician. Online reservations are open now through January 21 at gunnisonvalleyhealth.org/wellnessevents. For more information call 642-8418.

Watercolor & Wine–Cozy Cabin

Be guided step-by-step through a watercolor painting from start to finish on Wednesday, January 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Instructor Suzanne Pierson  will give lessons on setting up to paint, wash and watercolor painting techniques, composition and more. Held in the Center for the Arts lobby and bar, wine and wine spritzers are provided to participants 21 and older, so you can relax and create. Absolutely no watercolor experience is necessary. The classes will be held one Wednesday a month through March with rotating topics.

Birthdays:

January 11- Alex Theaker, Jeffrey Isaac, Heather Garrison

January 12- Lisa Chase, Jenna Velardi, Ben Gillie, Jackie Scalzo, Josh Harvey, James Patrick Page, Christy Kong-Eaton, Rose Reyes, Mary Hayes-Larson, Robin Yepes

January 13- MacKenzie Mailly, Darren Glick, Karina Steele, Gary Hillman, Tate Young, Ian Billick, MariaFenerty, Rob Carney

January 14- Ben Frame, Tom Dill, Terry Camp, Ralph Christopher

January 15- Pat Wallace, Kevin Krill

January 16- Ric Ems, Barbara Winter

January 17- Alex Reinhardt, Allan Roman, Toby Martineau

IS IT ALL ABOUT THE STUFF? Socrates Café met at the Crested Butte Old Rock Library on Tuesday, December 19 to discuss whether or not consumerism has killed the holiday spirit. photo by Lydia Stern
FILM FEST: A screening of Crown Heights was featured at the Center for the Arts and hosted by the Crested Butte Film Festival as part of its monthly film series on Thursday, December 21. photo by Lydia Stern
GOATS VIEWING PARTY: The Alliance of Trail Riders (GOATS) met at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, January 6.
photo by Gavin McLaughlin

Cameos: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, what is your dream? 

My dream is to have a job that allows me to play a role in
bringing the good news of my savior Jesus to families and
communities over seas.
Cullen Dowling
To open a coffee shop that employs local homeless youth and empowers them through our mentorship program, preparing them for a successful adulthood and breaking the poverty cycle.
Hannah Tadlock
To start our own small business which empowers disadvantaged youth to achieve their dreams and reach their God-given potential.
Maria Pope, Kat Radney,
and Matthew Abernathy
I want to see more women in
positions of power in the
outdoor industry.
Sophie Goodman
To reach the seven summits by the time I’m 50… and if I can’t do that, find the world’s
greatest breakfast burrito.
Spencer McKee

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