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PROFILE: MAYOR Glenn Michel

By the Book

by Dawne Belloise

It’s good to have a mayor with a sense of humor, but more important, it’s essential to have a sense of humor if you’re the mayor. Glenn Michel seems to have that significant qualifier.

Over the course of time, Glenn’s life has gone in several very different directions, but when he talks about his experiences, it makes sense that all those adventures would culminate in sitting in the mayor’s chair of Crested Butte’s Town Council.

Growing up in eastern Iowa as the youngest of four siblings, Glenn wasn’t into organized high school sports, yet from ninth grade he was traveling most weekends with a club from the University of Iowa, the Iowa Mountaineers, which he points out is quite the oxymoron. The club took trips throughout the western U.S., Canada and even Europe.

“We did things like rock climbing, hikes, and skiing. By the time I was in the eleventh grade, I was teaching rock climbing to university students and taught cross-country skiing at Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin, three hours away. During summers we went to places like the Grand Canyon and in the winters we went to other areas like Leadville, Colorado, for backcountry ski trips. The local ski shop sponsored our ski team…

“I sucked at skiing,” Glenn laughs. “I was never any good but it was always fun to hang out with the guys and ski. I was never around my high school much because I was having all these great adventures. No one in my school even knew what I was doing.” Glenn graduated in 1986 and enrolled at the University of Iowa.

“I started as an engineering major but I graduated in 1992 with two degrees, a BA in history and one in economics. By that time our outdoor recreation program had grown to be the largest program in the nation. Through the Iowa Mountaineers club we taught classes, like gym, and we’d take like 70 kids rock climbing. We did trips every weekend, still going to Devil’s Lake and the Canadian Rockies, Sawtooth in Idaho, and Devils Tower.”

photo by Lydia Stern
photo by Lydia Stern

After graduation, Glenn became the full-time trip and guide leader for the Iowa Mountaineers. “My title was just ‘Glenn, who was gonna run the trip,’” he grins. From month-long mountaineering trips, guiding climbers to the summits of Peru’s 17k peaks and to Kauai, where, Glenn recalls, “They shipped me over and told me to find the best beaches and bars to take clients to. People from Iowa wanted to go with a group. We’d arrange for them to do hikes on the Nepali coast and catamaran, boogie board and snorkel. I was the facilitator.”

Glenn also guided eight one-week trips into the Havasupai reservation, during the fall and spring.

In 1993, Crested Butte’s Dave Penny was contracted to be a guide with Glenn’s group. “He was a phenomenal climber and could get the rope up anywhere and Dave asked if I had ever been to Crested Butte, which I hadn’t, so he invited me,” Glenn remembers.

“I was on the road 200 days a year, in my tent, either guiding or climbing alone. If I had a break I’d have a friend come and we’d climb together.” That year he was heading to California to climb and decided to stop into Crested Butte to see Dave.

“I was going everywhere back then so I didn’t catch the Crested Butte bug at that time. I kept moving around. Whenever I needed a home I could always blast back to the Midwest and find a job doing temporary construction, painting or something. I was the classic dude. I had my little red Chevy pickup with a topper and everything I owned in the world in it—which wasn’t much.”

Back in 1987, when Glenn was a freshmen, during a spring break while guiding in the Grand Canyon he met this German girl named Gesa. “We dated for years on and off, even though she was in Germany. I’d fly over during breaks.” He was guiding for Cascade Alpine Guides when the industry changed so much that you needed insurance and permits. After guiding for multiple companies Glenn started his own, called Midwest Mountain Connection, in 1996.

“I was subcontracting, taking groups to Mt. Rainier, the Canadian Rockies, the Grand Canyon and private individual guiding since my client list had grown.” He and Gesa were traveling together in Seattle. “In the classic sense, we shared a tent, but she always had her own thing going on. We were best friends. We climbed northern Italy, southern Germany, where you’d climb hard and then have a hefenweizen [a Bavarian wheat beer]. We wanted to find a place to settle down and just ‘be,’ so we drove 39 hours to Crested Butte, mostly because they had a women’s ice hockey team and Gesa wanted to play hockey.

“She didn’t know how to skate,” he smiles, “but she was an NCAA field hockey national champ at the University of Iowa. I could be anywhere because I was guiding, and she got a job working at Crested Butte Mountain Resort,” in 1998.

“When you guide it becomes tremendously lonely,” Glenn confesses. “Every week there are new clients, new people, and then they just go away. You’re giving your heart and soul and risking your life for these people. You end up being their psychiatrist (which helps me in politics), just dealing with people’s emotions and issues. So many people who want to climb difficult routes are running from something or looking for something else. You’re taking something you love and selling it and it really dilutes the personal enjoyment of it. I was getting older and considering the costs of insurance and permits and that it’s tremendously risky and pay was really low and Gesa got pregnant—so I became a carpenter. It’s a Crested Butte story,” he laughs, recounting the chronology of logic that led him into banging a hammer. “We were just naïve enough to think we could buy a piece of land in town and build a house. And I did. I designed it myself, built it with the help of friends sporadically helping out. We were one of the first to break ground in the Verzuh annexation.

“So, the reason I inadvertently got into politics is because I had to go before BOZAR to get my solar panels approved, and they were reluctant to approve them. We saw there was going to be a battle… we asked the town to give it the thumbs up, which they did, but after all this grief with Town Council and BOZAR, when it was all said and done, we won Project of the Year.

“At that time, our design had the most environmental points. It’s a tremendously green house,” he says proudly, and it was the impetus that pushed him into local politics.

In addition, Molly Minneman asked him to join the BOZAR crew, because, he grins, “She was desperate for someone. It’s hard to find folks to do it. But I knew the guidelines real well by then and also the zoning codes.” He stayed on with BOZAR for five years, two of them as chairperson.

 

“You make a lot of individuals mad,” he notes, “when you uphold the guidelines. The thing is, the town looks good, we have a great built environment and we have the world’s greatest dumbed-down western Victorian architecture. This town tells one of the greatest American stories architecturally, so in the week-in/week-out daily battles, you just look toward the future of what the town’s going to be.

“Frankly, the town is now at a turning point.” Glenn reflects on the many changes and phases Crested Butte has endured. “People really value what the town is. Just look at Elk Avenue—it’s tremendous. In American society, free market capitalism won’t give us Elk Ave. It took 40 years of effort, of BOZAR being consistent and having these hard conversations to create the great sense of place we have today. I think because we’ve done such a great job of preserving our sense of place, people are buying these historic mining cabins and wanting to restore them historically. They’re now willing to put big money into these historical structures. The simple truth is that they can’t tear them down anyway—they’re protected.”

Glenn admits that he’s very much a “rules” person, and with his training in economics and politics, he’s pretty strict on following those rules.

Twenty years after his initial college degrees, in 2009 he went back to Western State College to get his third BA, this time in politics and government, graduating in 2013.

“It was during the recession here when I didn’t have enough work as a carpenter. It was pretty grim. I don’t think people realized how challenging it was for local carpenters, how desperate it was. So that’s why I went back to school, to up my education base. The world changes a lot when you have a mortgage, a wife and two kids,” Glenn says. Their boys are Vincent, now 15 and Yvon, 12. “The world itself changed—computers, phones, 9/11,” adds Glenn.

In 2011, Glenn was elected to the Town Council, on which he served until this November when he was elected town mayor.

“There’s no office of the mayor at the Town Hall. When I first moved to town and went in to talk to the town manager, I remember thinking, wow, if this is the town manager’s office I bet the mayor’s office must be amazing.

“As mayor, I now know that my office is my cell phone and kitchen table. People don’t recognize that the mayoral position is a part-time gig.”

Glenn says there’s a lot more responsibility to being mayor than people realize, with the various boards and committees he’s on, all the special events to be handled, and individual citizens’ needs. “You’re always talking to people, always communicating, always listening to people. To govern effectively you have to have good listening skills and the ability to collaboratively work with people. It’s the idea that you go from the ‘I’ to the ‘we,’” he says but also admits, “Life’s cruel, capitalism stinks and I can’t change that. I can’t make life perfect for everyone.”

Glenn has a joie de vivre, a deep respect and admiration for the community. “It’s the lifestyle, the people—I can be myself and I’m accepted. I have a great life, I can come and go when I want, I’m self-employed, I work in my shop [he also makes furniture], I can ski when I want. It’s pretty choice.”

Benchtalk December 4, 2015

Let the holidays begin!

Hanukah in Crested Butte starts this weekend. B’nai Butte would like to invite the community to join us as we light the Hanukiah (Menora) nightly at 5:45 p.m. at the Brick Oven starting Sunday, December 6 and continuing for the Eight days of Hanukah till December 13. Sunday, December 13 we will have our nightly lighting at 5:45 followed by a pizza party to celebrate the last day of Hanukah. All are invited!

Coloring and Conversations at the Old Rock

Have the holidays got you hustling around like a wild person? Stressed out at work? Come to the Old Rock Library on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. for a free evening of Coloring and Conversation. Snacks and soft music will be available for this event, sponsored by the Crested Butte Friends of the Library. Come to relax, perhaps meet new people or have a chat with old friends while you do some coloring on beautiful adult coloring pages. Coloring and Conversation will give you some “Zen” time to color and relax. We will have a variety of adult coloring pages and pencils for you to use, or bring your own.

Seats opening on Mountain Roots board of directors

Mountain Roots has three seats opening on the board of directors, one for a Gunnison resident and two for a Crested Butte or Almont resident. Appointments begin January 1. The organization runs the Farm to School program for the school district, models and teaches sustainable agriculture through a network of urban, youth, and community gardens and a new community farm, and builds food security and economic development through access strategies, education, and outreach targeted to meet the needs of low-income, Latino, and senior residents. For more details please contact director Holly Conn, (970) 417-7848 or go to director@mountainrootsfoodproject.org.

Awareness Night/Beacon Brush Up 2.0

The Crested Butte Avalanche Center (CBAC) is hosting its’ annual Avalanche Awareness Night on Friday, December 4 at Mountaineer Square. Doors open at 5, show starts at 6. There will be presentations, a video and even a game show in addition to the Haffle and Faffle, slices of Brick Oven pizza, Avery beer and plenty of schwag for sale. $5 gets you in the door. On Saturday, December 5 Irwin Guides, the CBAC and the Alpineer team up to host the new and improved Beacon Brush Up 2.0 at the Crested Butte Community School from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. There will be clinics for all levels from beginners to experienced backcountry users and a gathering afterwards at the Alpineer. Best of all, it’s free!

Honor a loved one at the Tree of Life Celebration Saturday

Gunnison Valley Health Hospice & Palliative Care invites you to honor a loved one this holiday season at the annual Tree of Life Celebration on Saturday, December 5, at 10 a.m. at the Almont Resort. Each year, the Tree of Life is dedicated to loved ones and adorned with dove ornaments created especially for hospice. This year’s dove ornaments were designed by local artist Elise Meier and lovingly assembled by GVH Hospice & Palliative Care volunteers. Each ornament is uniquely designed and no two are alike. Call (970) 641-4254 to order your dove ornament by phone. A bell will be tolled as each loved one’s name is read out loud. Light refreshments will be served.

Birthdays

December 3- Kristen Van Hoesen, Emerson Wohlers, Ben Debnam, Bryan Wickenhauser

December 4- John Cowell, Hallie Weischsel

December 5- Murphy Sloan, Heejohng Chae, Ezra Paden

December 6- Laci Wright, Linda Crouse, Jack Crumpton, Stacee Schultz, Reilly & Logan Walter, Jenny Birnie

December 7- Sydney Loyed, Tony Campana, Ray DelTufo, Matt Kuehlhorn, Hanna Weichsel, Jeff Deutsch

December 8- Amanda Knoll

December 9- Fred Garing, Beth  Carter, Lucille Lucas, Colton Schnailter, Dan Jones

Cameos: what is your favorite run on the mountain?

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The Edge

Otto Billingsley

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Twister

Grace Haverkampf

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Big Chute

Jacob Bernholtz

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Finn Veit

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International

Anika Jobson

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FOOD FOR FINES:  Baby Ruby and Sierra Fairfield-Smith paid off fines at the Old Rock Library by donating food to librarian Debra Reich for the food bank.  photo by Lydia Stern

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NEW LOCATION:  Watchdog Property Management & Real Estate has a new permanent home! The team is proud to announce the new location at the “Pink Building” at the 4-way stop. 309 6th Street, Unit A. Watchdog offers full real estate services, vacation rentals, care taking, and HOA management.  photo by Lydia Stern

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LOCAL AUTHOR:  David Rothman read from his book Living the Life: Tales from America’s Mountains and Ski Towns at the Alpineer on Saturday, November 28.  photo by Lydia Stern

Community Calendar: Thursday, December 3–Wednesday, December 9

THURSDAY 3
• 6-6:45 a.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8 a.m. Ecumenical Meditation at UCC.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. All levels yoga class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County Branch Office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices.
• 10 a.m. Mothering Support Group at Oh Be Joyful Church. (Last Thursday of every month.)
• 10-11:15 a.m. Ayuryoga – Yoga Rejuvination. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon CORE Stability. 970-901-4413.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage. 300 Belleview, Unit 2. Free clothing and bedding. 970-275-5285.
• 4:30-6 p.m. Crested Butte Community Food Bank open at Oh Be Joyful Church (First Thursday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Services at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:45 p.m. World Dance Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

FRIDAY 4
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Iyengar Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30 a.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back). 349-6482.
• 8:30-9:15 a.m. Aerial Conditioning with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 9 a.m. Juliette’s Balance Barre at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9:15-10 a.m. Open Aerial Dance with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 10-11 a.m. Kundalini Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon Metabolic Blast at CORE. 970-901-4413.
• 4:30-5:45 p.m. Community Flow Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pick-Up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.

SATURDAY 5
• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 8 a.m. Indoor Biking Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga & Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 9:15 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 10:30 a.m. Hip Hop Community Dance Class at the Pump Room (above Fire House on 3rd & Maroon). 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5 p.m. Winter Beading Class: Silk Knotting (Pearl Knotting, Mala or Rosary) at Pema Dewa. 349-7563.

SUNDAY 6
• 7-8 a.m. Meditation at Yoga For The Peaceful, by donation.
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at UCC Church.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Easy flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Community Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-Up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6:30 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. Call 349-9296.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hatha Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.
• 7:30-8:15 p.m. Pranayama & Meditation. Town Hall Fitness Room.

MONDAY 7
• 6:30 a.m. Strength and Conditioning with Janae or Pip at CORE. 901-4413.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Pilates at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Ayuryoga – Yoga Rejuvination. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon-1 p.m. Yoga Therapeutics at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 5 p.m. Mothering Support Group at the GVH Education House, 300 East Denver St. (First Monday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Yin/Yang Circuit with Ginny and Jess at CORE. 901-4413.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Gentle Restorative. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6:30-8 p.m. Women’s Domestic Violence Support Group at Project Hope. Childcare available upon request. 641-2712.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

TUESDAY 8
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7-8 a.m. Hatha Yoga. All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8-8:45 a.m. Pranayama & Meditation. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County branch office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices, 507 Maroon Ave.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• 2-4 p.m. Tech Tuesdays at Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage. 300 Belleview, Unit 2. Free clothing & bedding. 275-5285.
• 5:15 p.m. RedCord suspension class at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Church.
• 5:30-6:15 p.m. Aerial Conditioning with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:45 p.m. All Levels Iyengar Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-7 p.m. Community Connection Night at UCC Parlour.
• 6:15-7 p.m. Open Aerial Dance with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 7 p.m. Alanon meeting at the Last Resort.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.
• 7-9 p.m. Pick-up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 7:45-9:45 p.m. Drop-In Adult Volleyball, CBCS MS Gym.

WEDNESDAY 9
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Iyengar Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 a.m. Rotary meeting at the Grand Lodge.
• 7:30-8:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Mat Mix at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation. Roundtrip to Gunnison. 275-4768.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 4 p.m. Water Warriors – Coal Creek Watershed Coalition at the Old Rock Library.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 5 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga class in Crested Butte South. 349-1209.
• 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ayurvedic Lecture series. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, Oh Be Joyful Church, Crested Butte. 970-596-3846.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Kaiut Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 6:30 p.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back). 349-6482.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Restorative Yin Yoga Nidra. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.
• 7:45-9:45 p.m. Pick-Up Adult Indoor Soccer, CBCS HS Gym (through March).

Events & Entertainment 

thursday 3
• 5-7:30 p.m. New Winter Exhibit Open House at the Crested Butte Heritage Museum. 349-1880.
• 5:30 p.m. Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber’s After Hours Mixer at Alpine Orthopaedics on Elk Ave. 349-6438.
• 6-8 p.m. Canvases and Cocktails with painting topic: Vin de la France at the Red Room. 349-7044.
• 6-8 p.m. GCSAPP presents Parent-Community Education Event: Technology, social media and youth at the Crested Butte Community School. 642-7393.
• 7 p.m. Bill Dowell plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 10 p.m. Karoke upstairs in the Sky Bar at the Talk of the Town.

friday 4
• 4:30-6 p.m. Book Signing with Sandra Cortner’s Crested Butte…Love at First Sight at the Bookworm in Gunnison. 641-1654.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Night of Lights in downtown Gunnison.
• 6 p.m. Avalanche Awareness Night at the Mountaineer Square Ballroom. Doors open at 5 p.m.
• 6:30 p.m. First Friday Family Films showing Elf at the Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 7 p.m. Dawne Belloise and Chuck Grossman play at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 10 p.m. Red Room presents a Black & White Party featuring M.I.I.L.K.
• 10 p.m. Pine Traveler plays at the Eldo.

saturday 5
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Beacon Brush Up brought to you by the CB Avalanche Center at the CB Community School.
• 10 a.m. Greenback Exchange at the Bank of the West in Gunnison.
• 10 a.m. Tree of Life Ceremony at the Almont Resort. 641-4254.
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Crested Butte Holiday Bazaar at the Queen of All Saints Parish Hall, 401 Sopris Ave. Come see Santa from noon-3 p.m. 209-6732.
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Book Signing with Sandra Cortner’s Crested Butte…Love at First Sight at the Crested Butte Holiday Bazaar. 641-1654.
• 3-6 p.m. Beacon Brush Up brought to you by the CB Avalanche Center at The Alpineer with a raffle at 4 p.m.
• 5 p.m. Community Christmas Celebration at The Club at Crested Butte. 349-8611.
• 7 p.m. Craig McLaughlin plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 10 p.m. Jesse RS plays at the Eldo.

sunday 6
• 3-6 p.m. Christmas & Holiday Paint Your Own Pottery at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 3-7 p.m. Happy Hour Sundays with Chuck Grossman at the Eldo.
• 7 p.m. Tyler Lucas and Katherine Taylor play at the Princess Wine Bar.

monday 7
• 3:30-5:45 p.m. Christmas & Holiday Paint Your Own Pottery at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 6-8 p.m. GCSAPP hosts their Parent & Youth Education Dinner at GES Middle School. (Every 2nd Monday).
• 6:30 p.m. Monday Night Football: Cowboys vs Redskins at the Majestic Theatre. Free.
• 8 p.m. Shannon Stichter hosts Open Mic Night at Pitas in Paradise.

tuesday 8
• 3-6 p.m. Christmas & Holiday Paint Your Own Pottery at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 6-9 p.m. Spirits & Ceramics with The Arts Studio of Center for the Arts at Montanya Distillers. 349-7044.
• 7 p.m. Chuck Grossman plays at the Princess Wine Bar.

wednesday 9
• 3:45 p.m. Annual Hour of Code for Tweens at the Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 6-8 p.m. GCSAPP hosts their Parent & Youth Education Dinner at CBCS. (Every 2nd Wednesday).
• 6:30 p.m. ‘Coloring and Conversation’ for adults at the Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 7 p.m. Evelyn Roper plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 p.m. Fall 2015 edition of Student Film Night at the University Theatre, WSCU.
• 7:30 p.m. Pool Tournament upstairs at the Talk of the Town.

KIDS calendar

THURSDAY 3
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the High Attitude Dance Academy in Gunnison.
• 9:30 a.m. Tumblebugs in Jerry’s Gym.
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

FRIDAY 4
• 11 a.m. Big Kids Storytime for ages 3 and up and Old Rock Library.

MONDAY 7
• 4 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.
• 4:45 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 349-7752.

TUESDAY 8
• 11 a.m. Romp & Rhyme Storytime for families and kids of all ages at Old Rock Library.
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

WEDNESDAY 9
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the Fitness Room at Old Town Hall.
• 10 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the Fitness Room at Old Town Hall.
• 11 a.m. Babies and Toddlers Storytime at Old Rock Library.
• 3:45 p.m. Tween Scene at the Old Rock Library.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.

Community Calendar: Thursday, November 26–Wednesday, December 2

Events & Entertainment 

thursday 26
Old Rock Library is closed.
• 9-11:30 a.m. Crested Butte Nordic holds The Round Robin Refresher Clinic.
• 10 a.m.-noon Bliss Chiropractic open as a donation event for Oh Be Dogful Pet Rescue. 349-7474.
• 10 p.m. Karoke upstairs in the Sky Bar at the Talk of the Town.

friday 27
Old Rock Library is closed.
• 9-11:30 a.m. Crested Butte Nordic  holds 1/2 day Introductory Lessons for Skate and Classic skiing.
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crested Butte Nordic  holds Full Day Skate and Classic Ski Clinics.
• noon Crested Butte Nordic offers Performance Nutrition presented by Kristen Osborn at the CB Nordic Center.
• 6 p.m. Justin Howard plays at Kochevar’s.

saturday 28
• 9-11:30 a.m. Crested Butte Nordic  holds 1/2 day Introductory Lessons for Skate and Classic skiing.
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crested Butte Nordic  holds Full Day Skate and Classic Ski Clinics.
• noon Crested Butte Nordic offers Fast Wax Clinic with rep Brian Smith at the CB Nordic Center.
• 4 p.m. Allen Smith’s “Story Time” at Rumors Coffee Shop with original songs, photos and stories.
• 6:30 p.m. David J. Rothman will give a reading from his book Living the Life: Tales from America’s Mountains & Ski Towns at the Alpineer.
• 6 p.m. CB Nordic hosts a Winter Kickoff Celebration with the Gypsy Jazz Social Club at the Mallardi Cabaret Theatre.
• 10 p.m. Medic plays at the Eldo.

sunday 29
• 10 a.m. The Alley Loop Points Series (Race #1) – 5k Skate at the CB Nordic Center.
• 3-7 p.m. Happy Hour Sundays with Chuck Grossman at the Eldo.
• 4-5:30 p.m. Santa Night at Crested Butte Heritage Museum.

monday 30
• 8 p.m. Shannon Stichter hosts Open Mic Night at Pitas in Paradise.

tuesday 1
• 6-9 p.m. Spirits & Ceramics with The Art Studio at the Center for the Arts at Montanya Distillers. 349-7044.
• 6-9 p.m. Butte Bucks on sale at the 4-way Visitor Center to locals who work in the Gunnison Valley.

wednesday 2
• 5-8 p.m. PAWS will host their annual Sips, Dips and Microchips with Santa available for pet photos at the PAWS facility, 26651 Hwy 135. 209-3656.
• 6-9 p.m. Butte Bucks on sale at the 4-way Visitor Center to locals who work in the Gunnison Valley.
• 7:30 p.m. Pool Tournament upstairs at the Talk of the Town.

KIDS calendar

THURSDAY 26
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the High Attitude Dance Academy in Gunnison.
• 9:30 a.m. Tumblebugs in Jerry’s Gym.
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

FRIDAY 27
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crested Butte Nordic  offers a Free Thanksgiving Kids Camp.
• 11 a.m. Big Kids Storytime for ages 3 and up and Old Rock Library.

SATURDAY 28
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crested Butte Nordic  offers a Free Thanksgiving Kids Camp.

MONDAY 30
• 4 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.
• 4:45 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 349-7752.

TUESDAY 1
• 11 a.m. Romp & Rhyme Storytime for families and kids of all ages at Old Rock Library.
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

WEDNESDAY 2
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the Fitness Room at Old Town Hall.
• 10 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the Fitness Room at Old Town Hall.
• 11 a.m. Babies and Toddlers Storytime at Old Rock Library.
• 3:45 p.m. Tween Scene at the Old Rock Library.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.

THURSDAY 26
• 6-6:45 a.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8-8:45 a.m. Aerial Conditioning with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 8 a.m. Ecumenical Meditation at UCC.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. All levels yoga class at The Gym (no class on 11/26). 349-2588.
• 8:45-9:30 a.m. Open Aerial Dance with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County Branch Office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices.
• 10 a.m. Mothering Support Group at Oh Be Joyful Church. (Last Thursday of every month.)
• 10-11:15 a.m. Ayuryoga – Yoga Rejuvination. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon CORE Stability. 970-901-4413.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage. Closed for Thanksgiving. 300 Belleview, Unit 2. Free clothing and bedding. 970-275-5285.
• 4:30-6 p.m. Crested Butte Community Food Bank open at Oh Be Joyful Church (First Thursday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Services at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:45 p.m. World Dance Class at The Gym (no class on 11/26). 349-2588.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

FRIDAY 27
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Iyengar Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30 a.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back). 349-6482.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 9 a.m. Juliette’s Balance Barre at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 10-11 a.m. Kundalini Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon Metabolic Blast at CORE. 970-901-4413.
• 4:30-5:45 p.m. Community Flow Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pick-Up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.

SATURDAY 28
• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 8 a.m. Indoor Biking Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga & Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 9:15 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 10:30 a.m. Hip Hop Community Dance Class at the Pump Room (above Fire House on 3rd & Maroon). 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.

SUNDAY 29
• 7-8 a.m. Meditation at Yoga For The Peaceful, by donation.
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at UCC Church.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Easy flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Community Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-Up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6:30 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. Call 349-9296.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hatha Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.
• 7:30-8:15 p.m. Pranayama & Meditation. Town Hall Fitness Room.

MONDAY 30
• 6:30 a.m. Strength and Conditioning with Janae or Pip at CORE. 901-4413.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Pilates at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Ayuryoga – Yoga Rejuvination. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon-1 p.m. Yoga Therapeutics at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 5 p.m. Mothering Support Group at the GVH Education House, 300 East Denver St. (First Monday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Yin/Yang Circuit with Ginny and Jess at CORE. 901-4413.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Gentle Restorative. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

TUESDAY 1
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7-8 a.m. Hatha Yoga. All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8-8:45 a.m. Pranayama & Meditation. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County branch office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices, 507 Maroon Ave.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• 2-4 p.m. Tech Tuesdays at Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage. 300 Belleview, Unit 2. Free clothing & bedding. 275-5285.
• 5:15 p.m. RedCord suspension class at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:45 p.m. All Levels Iyengar Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-7 p.m. Community Connection Night at UCC Parlour.
• 7 p.m. Alanon meeting at the Last Resort.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.
• 7-9 p.m. Pick-up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 7:45-9:45 p.m. Drop-In Adult Volleyball, CBCS MS Gym.

WEDNESDAY 2
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Iyengar Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 a.m. Rotary meeting at the Grand Lodge.
• 7:30-8:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Mat Mix at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation. Roundtrip to Gunnison. 275-4768.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 4 p.m. Water Warriors – Coal Creek Watershed Coalition at the Old Rock Library.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 5 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga class in Crested Butte South. 349-1209.
• 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ayurvedic Lecture series. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, Oh Be Joyful Church, Crested Butte. 970-596-3846.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Kaiut Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 6:30 p.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back). 349-6482.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Restorative Yin Yoga Nidra. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.

Community Calendar: Thursday, November 19–Wednesday, November 25

Events & Entertainment

Thursday 19
• 2 p.m. Novel-Tea discusses These Are My Words at the Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 5-7 p.m. Chamber’s Business After Hours Mixer at Coal Creek Grill. 349-6438.
• 6-8 p.m. The Gunnison/Crested Butte SnoTrackers Snowmobile Club’s annual Membership Drive at the Powerstop in Gunnison, will be showing Slednecks 18.
• 7 p.m. Monthly Film Series: Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 7:30 p.m. Western State Colorado University Chamber String Orchestra with director Kenneth W. Todd presents their initial Fall Concert at the Taylor Auditorium at WSCU.
• 10 p.m. Karoke upstairs in the Sky Bar at the Talk of the Town.

Friday 20
• 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. The Gunnison Ranger District, Colorado Snowmobile Association, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and Sno-Trackers will host a snowmobile registration and Christmas tree tag sale at the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce.
• 6 p.m. Powder Tools Board Shop presents Movie Night, showing Origins and Eversince at the Brown Labrador Pub. Doors open at 5 p.m.
• 6:30 p.m. The Gunnison Arts Center and Headwaters Poetry Festival Reading Series presents Shelley Read, Toni Todd and special guest Danny Rosen.
• 10 p.m. Branded Bandits play at the Eldo.

Saturday 21
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 41st annual Sugarplum Festival at the Fred Field Building in Gunnison with Santa from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Book signing with Sandra Cortner’s Crested Butte…Love at First Sight at the Sugarplum Festival at the Fred Field Building in Gunnison. 641-1654.
• 6-9 p.m. 8th Anniversary party at Montanya Distillers with live music from Free the Honey.
• 10 p.m. Selasee plays at the Eldo.

Sunday 22
• 2-5 p.m. A “Frozen” Winter White Ball for kids at The Red Room to benefit The Trailhead Children’s Musuem.
• 3-7 p.m. Happy Hour Sundays with Chuck Grossman at the Eldo.

Monday 23
• 6:30 p.m. Monday Night Football: Bills vs. Patriots at the Majestic Theatre. Free.
• 8 p.m. Shannon Stichter hosts Open Mic Night at Pitas in Paradise.

Tuesday 24
• 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. State Senator Kerry Donovan hosts a Town Hall meeting at Rumors Coffeehouse.

Wednesday 25
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ski FREE Opening Day at CBMR and Pirate Party with Treasure Hunt.
• 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily CB Heritage Museum opens for the winter season.
• 3:30 p.m. Rapidgrass plays at Butte 66 with Pirate Costume Contest.
• 7:30 p.m. Pool Tournament upstairs at the Talk of the Town.

KIDS calendar

THURSDAY 19
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the High Attitude Dance Academy in Gunnison.
• 9:30 a.m. Tumblebugs in Jerry’s Gym.
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

FRIDAY 20
• 11 a.m. Big Kids Storytime for ages 3 and up and Old Rock Library.

MONDAY 23
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thanksgiving Break Camp: Mythical Masks at the Trailhead Children’s Museum. 349-7160.
• 4 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.
• 4:45 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 349-7752.

Tuesday 24
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thanksgiving Break Camp: Abstract Figure Drawing at the Trailhead Children’s Museum. 349-7160.
• 11 a.m. Romp & Rhyme Storytime for families and kids of all ages at Old Rock Library.
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

WEDNESDAY 25
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the Fitness Room at Old Town Hall.
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thanksgiving Break Camp: Mixed Media Banyan Trees at the Trailhead Children’s Museum. 349-7160.
• 10 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the Fitness Room at Old Town Hall.
• 11 a.m. Babies and Toddlers Storytime at Old Rock Library.
• 3:45 p.m. Tween Scene at the Old Rock Library.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.

THURSDAY 19
• 6-6:45 a.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8 a.m. Ecumenical Meditation at UCC.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. All levels yoga class at The Gym (no class on 11/26). 349-2588.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County Branch Office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices.
• 10 a.m. Mothering Support Group at Oh Be Joyful Church. (Last Thursday of every month.)
• 10-11:15 a.m. Ayuryoga – Yoga Rejuvination. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon CORE Stability. 970-901-4413.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage. 300 Belleview, Unit 2. Free clothing and bedding. 970-275-5285.
• 4:30-6 p.m. Crested Butte Community Food Bank open at Oh Be Joyful Church (First Thursday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Services at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:45 p.m. World Dance Class at The Gym (no class on 11/26). 349-2588.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Winter Conditioning class at the Middle School Gym. (runs through
Nov. 19)
• 6-8 p.m. Canvases and Cocktails with painting topic: The Rooster at the Red Room. 349-7044.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

FRIDAY 20
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Iyengar Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8-8:45 a.m. Aerial Conditioning with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 8:30 a.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back). 349-6482.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45-9:30 a.m. Open Aerial Dance with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 9 a.m. Juliette’s Balance Barre at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 10-11 a.m. Kundalini Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon Metabolic Blast at CORE. 970-901-4413.
• 4:30-5:45 p.m. Community Flow Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pick-Up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.

SATURDAY 21
• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 8 a.m. Indoor Biking Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga & Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 9:15 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 10:30 a.m. Hip Hop Community Dance Class at the Pump Room (above Fire House on 3rd & Maroon). 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.

SUNDAY 22
• 7-8 a.m. Meditation at Yoga For The Peaceful, by donation.
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at UCC Church.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Easy flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Community Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-Up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6:30 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. Call 349-9296.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hatha Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.
• 7:30-8:15 p.m. Pranayama & Mediation. Town Hall Fitness Room.

MONDAY 23
• 6:30 a.m. Strength and Conditioning with Janae or Pip at CORE. 901-4413.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Pilates at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Ayuryoga – Yoga Rejuvination. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon-1 p.m. Yoga Therapeutics at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 5 p.m. Mothering Support Group at the GVH Education House, 300 East Denver St. (First Monday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Yin/Yang Circuit with Ginny and Jess at CORE. 901-4413.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Gentle Restorative. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

TUESDAY 24
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7-8 a.m. Hatha Yoga. All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8-8:45 a.m. Pranayama & Meditation. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County branch office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices, 507 Maroon Ave.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• 2-4 p.m. Tech Tuesdays at Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage. 300 Belleview, Unit 2. Free clothing & bedding. 275-5285.
• 5:15 p.m. RedCord suspension class at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:45 p.m. All Levels Iyengar Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-7 p.m. Community Connection Night at UCC Parlour.
• 7 p.m. Alanon meeting at the Last Resort.
• 7-7:45 p.m. Aerial Conditioning with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.
• 7-9 p.m. Pick-up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 7:45-8:30 p.m. Open Aerial with the Crested Butte Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 7:45-9:45 p.m. Drop-In Adult Volleyball, CBCS MS Gym.

WEDNESDAY 25
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Iyengar Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 a.m. Rotary meeting at the Grand Lodge.
• 7:30-8:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Mat Mix at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation. Roundtrip to Gunnison. 275-4768.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 4 p.m. Water Warriors – Coal Creek Watershed Coalition at the Old Rock Library.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 5 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga class in Crested Butte South. 349-1209.
• 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ayurvedic Lecture series. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, Oh Be Joyful Church, Crested Butte. 970-596-3846.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Kaiut Yoga at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 6:30 p.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back). 349-6482.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Restorative Yin Yoga Nidra. All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.

Busy weekend keeps everyone on their toes

Visitors, thieves, speeders and bears 

By Mark Reaman

It was not the busiest day of the year in Crested Butte (that goes to July 4), but it was perhaps the busiest weekend of the year in Crested Butte.

Thousands of visitors and second homeowners, along with hundreds of artists at the Crested Butte Arts Festival and bikers and support crews at the Big Mountain Enduro World Series event, made for some big crowds.

With crowds come ramifications. Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce director Dave Ochs said overall, things came off pretty well, given that two major events were sharing the town.

“The feedback I’m getting for the Arts Festival is that it was a mixed bag,” he said. “Saturday took a hit after the tents closed up and people seemed to stay away from downtown. Once the tents close up, things can quiet down a bit on Elk Avenue. That didn’t help the restaurants or businesses. However, the Friday night opening brought people to Elk.

photo by Lydia Stern
photo by Lydia Stern

“The new signage among the art tents directing people to the brick-and-mortar businesses helped a lot and was appreciated, as was the longer layout that spread out the festival,” Ochs continued. “Certain retail shops said they killed it and others said it was miserable and the street closures shouldn’t happen. Despite the usual rain and weather, the event seemed to be a great success and further bolstered a large community, second homeowner, and returning visitor appreciation.”

In general, Ochs said a weekend like the last one is good to have for the valley. “Whether sales or business are up or down, events like the Arts Fest and BME/EWS are iconic and very in line with the culture and pulse of who we are and what we have to offer,” Ochs said. “The guests and visitors here for both events were those who favorably embrace what Crested Butte is all about. They are very welcome guests, and are indeed ‘return visitors’—this time of year, and in our other seasons.”

On the darker side, local law enforcement and safety crews were busy. Aside from dealing with the tragic death of a competitor on stage three of the Big Mountain Enduro (BME) event on Saturday (see story page 12), there were missing bikers, the return of the bears to town and lots of things being stolen.

“We had a lot going on this past weekend. There were lots of moving parts,” summarized Crested Butte assistant chief marshal Mike Reily.

“There were lots of people out and about and [that] usually means lots of activity for our officers,” concurred Mt. Crested Butte police department spokesperson Marjorie Trautman.

Crested Butte Fire Protection District EMS coordinator Mike Scott said given the numbers, the department was as busy as expected. “We are and were very busy this weekend with standard stuff but for a volunteer organization, it is very trying to the system,” he said.

Stealing is bad

Two expensive tents were stolen from the BME base camp in the field by the Center for the Arts. One was a huge 40-foot by 20-foot Oscar Blues tent worth between $8,000 and $10,000. The Crested Butte Mountain Resort tent worth about $5,000 was also taken. Both went missing in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

“Those were pretty complicated to take down. They were huge,” said Reily. “Somebody was pretty bold stealing them. I would guess they drove into the field and it wasn’t quiet. Those tents were big, heavy and ungainly. And they’re unique. We’ve been looking but no one has put them up nearby to stay dry.”

A vehicle was stolen from the north side of town early Monday morning as well. That incident was apparently instigated by the need for someone to get back home after 2 a.m. when public transportation was long finished. The car was found Monday morning in Mt. Crested Butte on Hunter Hill Road near a condo complex.

Up in Mt. Crested Butte, there was a burglary this weekend. Someone broke into a house on Gothic Road that was being renovated. Tools and other items were taken from the residence. “That sort of thing is very disappointing,” said Trautman.

Trautman said officers also responded to the report of a missing biker in the Horse Ranch Park area on Saturday night. That was after they had spent most of the day dealing with the race fatality. When officers got to the Horse Ranch Park scene, the biker emerged so the entire Search-and-Rescue team was not called out to action.

Bears finding food

The bears seem to be returning with a purpose. The big bear that was treed in Crested Butte two weeks ago for about 17 hours by Second and Elk returned to the same tree on the Saturday of Arts Festival weekend.

Given the numbers of people and the congestion in the center of town, officials decided to try to get the big fellah out of the tree. The Crested Butte Fire Protection District sent over a ladder truck. An official from Colorado Parks and Wildlife sprayed the bear with some pepper spray, which agitated the bruin. They then sprayed him with water, which pushed him out of the tree. He scrambled up the alley and went into another tree on Maroon Avenue.

“That is what we hoped for and expected,” said Reily. “That’s the natural instinct and their normal go-to reaction. They want to go up a tree. The tree on Maroon was off the beaten path and no one could really see him. He stayed put a while and then came down and we assume got out of town.”

Reily said the big bear has come into town frequently and there is a little bear that seems to be doing the same thing. “Both these guys are not being shy,” Reily explained. “They have broken into cars and buildings around town. The little one punched out the glass panels in a garage door this weekend and inadvertently hit the door opener. He went in and dragged out the garbage can to the lawn.”

Trautman dealt with a different type of bear encounter. Apparently a visitor who was camping in the Schofield Park area knew she had spilled some sort of mint liquid on her backpack so she placed the pack in a tree away from the camp while she slept. As expected, a bear was drawn to the pack but was more persistent than expected. It managed to break the tree branch and absconded with the pack. It has not been seen since. Inside the pack was the woman’s identification, so Trautman helped her with a replacement I.D. so she could fly back home.

Lots of traffic issues, but overall—not too bad

While Crested Butte officers were dealing with a disorderly bar patron at about 2 a.m. Sunday, someone saw the unattended marshal’s car in the post office parking lot. When the officers returned to the vehicle, they found that two of their tires had been slashed.

All of the cases are still under investigation.

Both Reily and Trautman said the bigger numbers resulted in more traffic issues. Mt. Crested Butte officers dealt with “a myriad of speeders on the highway and in town,” said Trautman.

“We had tons of parking complaints in town,” added Reily. “People were parking everywhere, including in front of driveways. They were also driving fast so we had a lot of people calling us about speeding and driving complaints.

“But really, overall, with all those people in town, it went pretty well,” Reily concluded. “There were times I looked down Elk and it was a wall of people between the tents. As for the race, having some tents by the Rainbow soccer field and some at the [Center for the Arts] seemed to spread out the impact. The weekend went pretty well. We were just very busy.”

“We are hearing it will all slow down in a few weeks when kids head back to school,” said Trautman. “Reduced numbers usually translates to reduced incidents. I think we’ll see that by mid-August.”

Community Calendar: Thursday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 12

Events & Entertainment 

THURSDAY 6
• noon-3 p.m. Amy Speace Songwriting Class at the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 4-7 p.m. CB Chambers Business After Hours Mixer at Alpengardener in CB South. 349-6438.
• 5-7 p.m. Tierney Miller Artist Reception at the Piper Gallery of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 6 p.m. Colorado author Shannon Galpin will read from her memoir, Mountain to Mountain at Townie Books.
• 7 p.m. Jim Sargent plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 p.m. The CB Heritage Museum’s Summer Speaker Series hosts Dr. Carol Patterson to speak about Clifford Duncan, the Ute Elder.
• 8 p.m. Amy Speace plays at the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 10 p.m. Karaoke upstairs in the Sky Bar at the Talk of the Town.

FRIDAY 7
• 4-7 p.m. Lizzy Plotkin and Craig McLaughlin plays on the Butte 66 deck.
• 5-6 p.m. Book signing for Everybody is Happy at the CB Heritage Museum with author Shirley Skufca Hickman.
• 5-8 p.m. Tiny Treasures art opening event at the Gunnison Art Center during the First Fridays Art Walk.
• 5-9 p.m. Artists’ Reception for Crested Butte Plein Air Open at Oh Be Joyful Gallery, 3rd & Elk.
• 6-10 p.m. Bow Hunter Education Course offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 641-7060.
• 7 p.m. Tyler Lucas plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 or 8 p.m. (dusk) Old Rock Library’s Outdoor Movie Series showing Superman.
• 9 p.m. Gypsy Jazz in Paradise Late Night Jam at Elevation Hotel & Spa.
• 10 p.m. Josh Roberts & The Hinges play at the Eldo.

SATURDAY 8
• 8 a.m. 14th annual Ball Bash.
• 8 a.m. Gunnison Public Lands Initiatve Hike on Matchless Mountain with Sue Navy, High Country Conservation Advocates Board Member. Meet at the 4-way stop in CB or the Walmart parking lot in Gunnison. 970-390-6689.
• 9 a.m. Gypsy Jazz Workshop & Interactive Talk with Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo at Elevation Hotel & Spa.
• 9-11 a.m. Cemetary Noxious Weed Pulling Day at the Crested Butte Cemetary. 349-5338.
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Field Day for the Bow Hunter Education Course offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Gunnison State Wildlife Archery Range. 641-7060.
• 5 p.m. Super Art Walk Scavenger Hunt, drop off completed entry by Sunday at 5 p.m. at Oh Be Joyful Gallery. Drawing at 7 p.m.
• 5 p.m. Home Run Derby at Tommy V Field.
• 5-8 p.m. Rachel VanSlyke plays at Pappy’s Restaurant in Gunnison.
• 5-8 p.m. Visit with David Fischer, “Naturescapes on Wood” at River Light Gallery, 318 Elk Ave.
• 5-8 p.m. Judith Cassel-Mamet & Laura Elm Artist Reception at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 7 p.m. Craig McLaughling plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 8 p.m. Gypsy Jazz in Paradise: Cyrille Aimée Band at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic.
• 9 p.m. Comedy Night featuring Troy Baxley at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 10 p.m. Gypsy Jazz in Paradise Late Night Jam at the Elevation Hotel & Spa.
• 10 p.m. Shakedown Street plays at the Eldo.

SUNDAY 9
• 8 a.m. 14th annual Ball Bash.
• 9 a.m. Crested Butte Triple Crown XC Bike Race at Evolution Bike Park, Mt. Crested Butte.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Crested Butte Farmers Market on Elk Avenue.
• 10:30 a.m. Gypsy Jazz in Paradise Brunch – A Tribute to Stéphanie Grappelli at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic.
• 11:30 a.m. Rachel VanSlyke plays at the Coal Creek Grill.
• 1 p.m. Crested Butte Triple Crown Downhill Bike Race at Evolution Bike Park, Mt. Crested Butte.
• 3 p.m. 14th annual Ball Bash Championship Game at Tommy V Field.
• 3-7 p.m. Happy Hour Sundays with Chuck Grossman at the Eldo.
• 3:30-5 p.m. Community Pedal Posse hosted by the Adaptive Sports Center. Start/Finish at the Adaptive Building, 325 Belleview Ave.
• 6-8 p.m. Sundays @ 6 featuring M.I.L.L.K. at Legion Park in Gunnison.
• 7 p.m. Reed Whitmont plays at the Princess Wine Bar.

MONDAY 10
• 9 a.m. Gunnison Public Lands Initiatve Carbon Trail Bike Ride with Dave Weins, Executive Director for Gunnison Trails, meet at the 4-way stop. 970-390-6689.
• 5:30 p.m. Alpenglow: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds on the Center for the Arts Outdoor Stage.
• 6-8 p.m. GCSAPP hosts their Parent & Youth Education Dinner at GES Middle School. (Every 2nd Monday).
• 7 p.m. Jason Melnick plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 8 p.m. Shannon Stichter hosts Open Mic Night at Pitas in Paradise.

TUESDAY 11
• 8-8:45 a.m. ELDOA – postures that target specific joints to provide lasting relief from pain and restore balance at the gym. 214-707-0703.
• 4 & 6:30 p.m. “An English Summer Soirée” at the Union Congretional Church.
• 6 p.m. Chuck Grossman & Dawne Belloise play at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 8 p.m. Tinariwen at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.

WEDNESDAY 12
• 5-7 p.m. CB Fire Protection District’s 2nd Annual Open House and Recruitement Fair at Station 1, 306 Maroon Ave.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Live! from Mt. Crested Butte on the Red Lady Stage featuring Zongo Junction.
• 6-8 p.m. GCSAPP hosts their Parent & Youth Education Dinner at CBCS. (Every 2nd Wednesday).
• 7 p.m. Kevin Marquis plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 p.m. Pool Tournament upstairs at the Talk of the Town.
• 7:30 p.m. Summer Speaker Series hosts  Joel Gallant, MD, M.P.H. on “Epidemics and Infectious Diseases” at the Center for the Arts.

KIDS Calendar

THURSDAY 6
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

FRIDAY 7
• 11 a.m. Big Kids Storytime for ages 3 and up and Old Rock Library.

MONDAY 10
• 4 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.
• 4:45 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 349-7752

TUESDAY 11
• 11 a.m. Romp and Rhyme Storytime for families and kids of all ages at Old Rock Library.
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

WEDNESDAY 12
• 11 a.m. Babies and Toddlers Storytime at Old Rock Library.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.

THURSDAY 6
• 6-6:45 a.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8 a.m. Ecumenical Meditation at UCC.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m. Yoga for Everyone with Yoga for the Peaceful on the Center for the Arts Outdoor Stage. 349-7487.
• 9 a.m. Guided Walking Tour of Crested Butte with the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Meet at museum. 349-1880.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County Branch Office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices.
• 10 a.m. Mothering Support Group at Oh Be Joyful Church. (Last Thursday of every month.)
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Time Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
303-483-5935.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon CORE Stability. 970-901-4413.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage open, free clothing and bedding. 310 Belleview.
970-275-5285.
• 4:30-6 p.m. Crested Butte Community Food Bank open at Oh Be Joyful Church (First Thursday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Services at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. Sunset Hall, CB South. 970-596-9826.
• 5:45 p.m. Werk It Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-8 p.m. Adult outdoor pick-up soccer in Town Park. 349-5338.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

FRIDAY 7
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30 a.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back). 349-6482.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room. 303-483-5935.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 9 a.m. Juliette’s Balance Barre at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-noon Open Wheel Throwing at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts.
349-7044.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Kundalini Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room. 970-275-2767.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon Metabolic Blast at CORE. 970-901-4413.
• 4-6:30 p.m. Iyengar Workshop with Gary Reitze at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:15 p.m. Aerial Conditioning with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pick-Up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.
• 6:15-7 p.m. Open Aerial Dance with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts.
349-7487.

SATURDAY 8
• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 8 a.m. Indoor Biking Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga & Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 9:15 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A Crash Course in Portrait Painting at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts (through Sunday, August 9). 349-7044.
• 10:30 a.m. Hip Hop Community Dance Class at the Pump Room (above Fire House on 3rd & Maroon). 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4-6:30 p.m. Iyengar Workshop with Gary Reitze at Yoga For The Peaceful.

SUNDAY 9
• 7-8 a.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at UCC Church.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Easy flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Community Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room. 303-483-5935.
• 4-6:30 p.m. Iyengar Workshop with Gary Reitze at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-Up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6:30 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. Call 349-9296.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Guided Meditation – All levels. By donation. 308 3rd St., CB.
518-423-1414.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.

MONDAY 10
• 6:30 a.m. Strength and Conditioning with Janae or Pip at CORE. 901-4413.
• 7 a.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Pilates at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Ashtanga Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room. 970-275-2767.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-noon Volunteer at RMBL for Revegetation and Weeding. 349-1288.
• noon-1 p.m. Yoga Therapeutics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 5 p.m. Mothering Support Group at the GVH Education House, 300 East Denver St. (First Monday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Yin/Yang Circuit with Ginny and Jess at CORE. 901-4413.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

TUESDAY 11
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m. Guided Walking Tour of Crested Butte with the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Meet at museum. 349-1880.
• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Metalworking – Create a Sterling Silver Necklace from Sheet Metal at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County branch office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices, 507 Maroon Ave.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11 a.m. Art Heroes – National Park Service at the Old Rock Library
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Time Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
303-483-5935.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• 2-4 p.m. Tech Tuesdays at Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage open, free clothing and bedding. 310 Belleview.
970-275-5285.
• 5:15 p.m. RedCord suspension class at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte.
596-1714.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Beading Class at Pema Dawa: Stone & Chain Bracelet into Ring. 349-7563.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Easy Flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. CORE Fitness Studio above A Daily Dose. 303-483-5935.
• 5:45 p.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-7 p.m. Community Connection Night at UCC Parlour.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Celebrate Recovery upstairs at Oh Be Joyful Church. 970-596-3846.
• 6-8 p.m. Adult outdoor pick-up soccer in Town Park. 349-5338.
• 7-8 p.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.
• 7:30 p.m. RMBL’s Tuesday Talk Series at the RMBL Community Center in Gothic. 349-7231.
• 7-9 p.m. Pick-up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 7:45-9:45 p.m. Drop-In Adult Volleyball, CBCS MS Gym

WEDNESDAY 12
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 a.m. Rotary meeting at the Grand Lodge.
• 8 a.m. Circuit Cycling at the Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30 a.m. High Country Conservation Advocates day hikes. Sign up at www.hccacb.org.
• 8:30-9:15 a.m. Aerial Conditioning with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Mat Mix at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9:15-10 a.m. Open Aerial Dance with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation. Roundtrip to Gunnison. 275-4768.
• 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Art of Scrimshaw for Middle School at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1 p.m. Easy Flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 2-5 p.m. Amy Speace Songwriting Class at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 4 p.m. Water Warriors – Coal Creek Watershed Coalition at the Old Rock Library.
• 5 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga class in Crested Butte South. 349-1209.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Restorative Yin Yoga Nidra – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
303-483-5935.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Prana Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.

Profile: Brandon Clifford

by Dawne Belloise

Brandon Clifford has spent his entire life in and around oceans, so it may seem a bit odd that he’s chosen landlocked Crested Butte as his home away from water.

Brandon grew up on Martha’s Vineyard in the small town of West Tisbury, which was somewhat isolating for a kid but luckily, he developed a love of surfing from a very young age. “I had a lot of good friends, it was a small, tight community, and a really nice place to grow up,” Brandon says, and notes that like any small place, it had its drawbacks. But, he recalls, “Surfing really saved us as kids. We’d get hurricane swells and you could surf through the winter but you had to be pretty dedicated. There weren’t that many people out there surfing but the waves were really good when we got them,” from up-island swells and the notoriously brutal Nor’easters.

“I started surfing at the age of 11 and before that we were boogie boarding,” Brandon says. His childhood revolved around the sport and as kids he and his friends were always doing one of two things, “We surfed and we waited for surf, that was my life, and it’s what drove our lives.”

 

But he was also into art, turning ceramic pots on a wheel, and played soccer and hockey in school, anything that would allow him to experience the outdoors as much as possible. “In the Vineyard, you take what you can get!” he says of the limited opportunities.

Brandon’s father, the renowned underwater shipwreck explorer Barry Clifford, introduced him to the ocean early on, taking young Brandon on dives with him. He was an early teen for his first dive off the Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Cape Cod. Along with his older sister, Jenny Clifford (another Crested Butte local), the family spent a lot of time playing on lakes, canoeing, camping, and hiking.

When Clifford was a freshman in high school, he went off to Tabor Academy, a boarding school in Marion, Mass. “I liked it,” he admits of expanding his world. “It was a good experience for me. I met people from all over the country and the world. I played a lot of soccer and I was on the sailing team.” He graduated in 1997.

Out of high school he went west to the University of Oregon, because, he smiles, “The West Coast had good surf.” He began studying ceramics and journalism. When he left college, he drove straight to Crested Butte. “I left pretty quickly,” he beamed. “I had lived at school already for four years and boarding school was like going to college in itself.”

Clifford knew about Crested Butte, having visited as a child; his father went to Western State College and his sister Jenny, who was born here, lived here. He came in the winter, when the town was buried in snow, and deemed that it looked like a lot of fun because, he says, “I was also into the mountains, skiing, and outdoor sort of things and Colorado had a lot of appeal. So I drove here in 1998 to move here.”

Brandon didn’t need any other reasoning. “I just went for it.” He moved into the Claim Jumper, and like most his age, worked in restaurants, shoveled snow, and used his diving skills washing dishes at the Irwin Lodge—any and all of the typical Crested Butte resort lifestyle-sustaining employment opportunities.

He spent his winters in Crested Butte and his summers surfing and working on Martha’s Vineyard and he started working for his dad more consistently. “When I was young, I spent a lot of time on the boat when dad was exploring the Whyddah site,” he says of his father’s notable discovery of the pirate shipwreck off the coast of Cape Cod. “I have photos of duct tape holding up my shorts because I was so little.” When he was eight or nine, Brandon was stranded alone with the salty crew on the boat for four days because of fog. His parents couldn’t retrieve him because they couldn’t get through the fog. “I don’t think I realized how much I was learning and how much appreciation I was developing for the ocean at the time. But I was learning a lot about boats, tying knots and the ocean.”

And indeed, the extensive amount of historical knowledge Brandon has acquired about the seas and pirates from the 15th century forward, through his research, experience and working with his father’s archeologists, is fascinating and incredible—from boat building and sailing, shipwrecks and routes, trading companies and cargo, to kingdoms, customs and politics and corruption.

photo by Petar Dopchev
photo by Petar Dopchev

“It all stems from working with my father,” Brandon says, and because it’s his passion, he will readily talk about the colorfully dangerous, often romanticized, history and sea lore instead of talking about himself. The history is as mesmerizing as the sea itself.

Through all the publicity, dives and discoveries, Brandon’s a very humble explorer. “I was lucky to have worked around archeologists and conservators, like Ken Kincor, who knows more about pirate history than anybody and you can’t help absorbing that information,” he tells of the magnitude of being anchored on top of a pirate shipwreck where more than 100 men died in a terrible Nor’easter storm. “The history of piracy was part of my childhood.”

The work he does with his father is very seasonal because the northeast Atlantic is a tough commander, “I go when the wind is okay to be diving on the Whyddah site. Late spring to early fall, you get southwest winds, so the wind’s offshore and the water is smooth but in the fall you get easterly winds and it’s rough and we can’t work. The bottom is pitch black.”

In 1999, Brandon took his first trip to explore the many shipwrecks off the coast of Nosy Boraha island, a tiny exclamation point of land off the northeast coast of Madagascar. Over the next couple of years, he returned four times with his father’s exploratory company. “I was working as a diver, doing survey photography and remote sensing work, the preliminary work that can tell you what’s lying below on the bottom in the sand. There’s a lot of handling boats, handling dive equipment, logistical operations, and a lot of diving.”

 

The company is currently working on several sites of major historical interest, one of which is the unverified wreck of Captain Kidd.

Brandon conducts full-time logistical work for the shipwreck research from Crested Butte when he’s here. He also tests outerwear and wetsuits for Patagonia, the outdoor gear company. “I work testing products for them, wearing the wetsuits and gear when I’m kite boarding, snow kiting and surfing,” he casually says of his other sport passion—cruising on a board on water or snow powered by a kite, the wind and gravity.

“Because I grew up surfing and skiing, between Crested Butte and the Vineyard, I got into kite surfing. I snow kite all over Crested Butte and into the San Juans. I’m on the Ozone Kite Surfing Team,” Brandon says. (The Ozone company makes kites.)

He’s also sponsored by Technica-Blizzard and he uses their equipment for the many different things he does in the water, both in liquid and in frozen form. “These different sports merged together and I got into snow kiting in the mountains and kite surfing on the ocean. It’s all about getting outside and having a lot of fun.”

Locally, Brandon also does graphic design and website design, which he considers his side job. As part of his ongoing love of all things nautical, Brandon manages a non-profit organization called the Center for Historical Shipwreck Preservation, based in Provincetown, Mass. “It’s part of our conservation of the shipwrecks we explore,” and whose mission is to research, study, discover, explore, survey, recover and preserve historical artifacts with information and results of research, basically. They preserve the history for everyone and for generations to come.

“I’ve always been split in half, one eye for the ocean and one eye for the mountains,” he says with equal affection for both. “With the kiting, you’re able to sail in the mountains. Diving, kiting, historical conservation and exploration of shipwrecks, those are his passions. “I’m landlocked, but I’ve overcome that,” he laughs, because he does have the best of both worlds and Crested Butte is where he wants to raise his family. Brandon met his wife, Oriana Reed, nine years ago on Martha’s Vineyard, and now the couple has a six-year-old daughter, Tallulah, and a four-month-old son.

These are the reasons a surfer boy willing becomes landlocked. “I’ve always had a lot of flexibility, being able to come here for six months and go back to the East Coast for six months to dive and work. It’s really about my family, my children, and Crested Butte is a nice community to bring your kids up in and that’s important.”

Big bear is a draw for Crested Butte but overall not a problem this summer

Spending 17 hours in a tree has to be no fun

by Mark Reaman

A large 450-pound bear was the main attraction in Crested Butte last Thursday, July 23, as he spent 17 hours in a tree, drawing constant crowds at the corner of Second and Elk. The bear went up the tree about five in the morning and didn’t come down until about 9:45 p.m. after the sun and the crowds had disappeared.

“We used that incident as an educational opportunity for people and a learning experience for the bear,” explained Chris Parmeter, district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) in the Gunnison Basin. “It probably worked for everyone.”

Parmeter said the CPW had interaction with nearly 1,000 people and passed out hundreds of “bear brochures” throughout the day.

photo by Lydia Stern
photo by Lydia Stern

As for the bear, “The fact that a bear that big was spooked and stayed up there that long tells me he was a wild bear and not one used to the town. That is very unusual,” Parmeter explained. “He was definitely thirsty and hungry that day and we hope he was uncomfortable enough to learn not to come into town and do that again. Having a miserable experience could be a good learning lesson for the bear.”

Crested Butte chief marshal Tom Martin said that particular bear might actually be a somewhat regular visitor to town but overall, this has been a relatively quiet bear season.

“A bear that big probably dominates other bears so they tend to stay away,” Martin said. “That bear might be the only guy coming into town. We think he got into a garage at First and Maroon Sunday night by breaking a few windows. The garage door was open when he left so it looks like he maybe hit the button to open the door. But for the most part, we haven’t had many problems compared to, say, four or five years ago when bears were a regular nuisance.”

Martin said that when the town passed an ordinance requiring “bear-resistant” garbage cans, the bear problem dissipated. The easy food supply dried up and the bruins went back into the wild. Martin thinks some of those trash cans are getting older and might be “compromised.”

“He’s found a few food sources in town,” said Martin. “Some of the garbage cans are easier to get into now. Some of the dumpsters are being left open. We have written some tickets for unsecured trash and dumpsters. The ordinance is clear that a property owner is responsible to make sure garbage is not accessible to bears.”

Parmeter said CPW research shows bears prefer to stay in the wild and find food in the backcountry, but every once in a while an individual bear will feel it is easier to get food in a town. “The food in the backcountry this year is pretty plentiful, given the rain and conditions this summer,” he said. “It is excellent.”

Parmeter and Martin said the goal is to do everything possible to avoid having to trap and put down a bear. “We live in bear country and having a bear in a tree in Crested Butte is not that unusual,” said Parmeter. “Last year we only trapped one bear and we haven’t brought the trap out this summer at all. That guy in the tree wasn’t a problem bear or a nuisance bear. He was just a plain ‘ol bear.”

Parmeter said there have been a few reports of bears up Taylor Canyon getting into bird feeders and trash. The restaurant in Crested Butte South has also apparently attracted a few bruins. “It hasn’t been a bad summer at all,” said Parmeter.

That’s the feeling up in Mt. Crested Butte as well. Marjorie Trautman of the Mt. Crested Butte police department said there have been no major or consistent bear issues in the town this summer. “Officers contacted one bear earlier this season that was scared off from his picnic,” she said. “And a homeowner was ticketed a few weeks ago for putting out trash too early for pick-up.”

“Basically if a bear gets trapped it is a death sentence,” added Martin. “We don’t want to do that except as a last resort. That’s why we want to remind everyone to keep their garbage locked up and in the garage. Don’t give bears any opportunity. Bears are smart. Four or five years ago we had some that figured out that food was in cars and they figured out how to open the car doors. We feel that the incident last week was a good reminder for everyone, a good educational opportunity for a lot of people and a lesson for the bear.”

Trautman concurred. “The message is especially important as we head into the fall season when bears become far more opportunistic in order to pack on the necessary calories for their long winter’s nap,” she said. “Local residents and visitors alike need to understand how to keep our wildlife dependent on the wild and not on easy handouts from trashcans and bird feeders.”

The big bear finally climbed down from the tree before 10 o’clock at night after spending an entire day on the tree branch, being photographed by hundreds of people. “He hit the ground and bolted up the alley behind the Forest Queen,” said Parmeter. “He headed west out of town pretty fast. Hopefully he learned to not do that again, hopefully people learned about living and visiting bear country and the need to not make food available to bears in town.”

Community Calendar: Thursday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 15

THURSDAY 9
• 6-6:45 a.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8 a.m. Ecumenical Meditation at UCC.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9-10 a.m. Yoga Outside at Center For The Arts Outdoor Stage
• 9 a.m. Guided Walking Tour of Crested Butte with the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Meet at museum. 349-1880.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County Branch Office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices.
• 10 a.m. Mothering Support Group at Oh Be Joyful Church. (Last Thursday of every month.)
• 10 a.m. Yoga for Everyone with Yoga for the Peaceful on the Center for the Arts Outdoor Stage. 349-7487.
• 10:15-11:15 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Time Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
303-483-5935.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon CORE Stability. 970-901-4413.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage open, free clothing and bedding. 310 Belleview.
970-275-5285.
• 4:30-6 p.m. Crested Butte Community Food Bank open at Oh Be Joyful Church (First Thursday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Services at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. Sunset Hall, CB South. 970-596-9826.
• 5:45 p.m. Werk It Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-8 p.m. Adult outdoor pick-up soccer in Town Park. 349-5338.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7-9 p.m. Sunset Contemplative Photography in CB’s Back Alleyways with the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

FRIDAY 10
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30-8:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 8:30 a.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back). 349-6482.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room. 303-483-5935.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 9 a.m. Juliette’s Balance Barre at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-noon Open Wheel Throwing at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Kundalini Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room. 970-275-2767.
• 10:15-11:15 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon Metabolic Blast at CORE. 970-901-4413.
• 4:30-5:45 p.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pick-Up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.
• 7:30-9 p.m. Flamenco Dance with the Dance Collective at the Pump Room. 349-7487.

SATURDAY 11
• 5:30-7:30 a.m. Sunrise Photography on the Boardwalk with the Art Studio of the
Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 8 a.m. Indoor Biking Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga & Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 9:15 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Make Your Own Batik Prayer Flags (through Sunday, July 12) at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 10:15-11:15 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:30 a.m. Hip Hop dance cardio class at the Pump Room. 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.

SUNDAY 12
• 7-8 a.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at UCC Church.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Easy flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Community Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room. 303-483-5935.
• 10:15-11:15 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-Up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6:30 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. Call 349-9296.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Guided Meditation – All levels. By donation. 308 3rd St., CB.
518-423-1414.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.

MONDAY 13
• 6:30 a.m. Strength and Conditioning with Janae or Pip at CORE. 901-4413.
• 7 a.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30-8:30 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Pilates at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9 a.m.-noon Playful Garden Drawings with the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts with the Wildflower Festival. 349-2571.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Ashtanga Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room. 970-275-2767.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:15-11:15 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Animation, Film & Motion Design for Middle School at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts (through Thursday, July 16). 349-7044.
• noon-1 p.m. Yoga Therapeutics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 5 p.m. Mothering Support Group at the GVH Education House, 300 East Denver St. (First Monday of every month.)
• 5-8:30 p.m. Hike, Sketch, Haiku! with the 1% for Open Space and the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts with the Wildflower Festival. 349-2571.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Yin/Yang Circuit with Ginny and Jess at CORE. 901-4413.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

TUESDAY 14
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m. Guided Walking Tour of Crested Butte with the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Meet at museum. 349-1880.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County branch office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices, 507 Maroon Ave.
• 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Painting Petals in Paradise with the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts with the Wildflower Festival. 349-2571.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11 a.m. Art Heroes – National Park Service at the Old Rock Library
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Time Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
303-483-5935.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• 2-4 p.m. Tech Tuesdays at Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage open, free clothing and bedding. 310 Belleview.
970-275-5285.
• 4-6 p.m. Canvases & Cocktails at with the Art Studio at Bonez. 349-7044.
• 5-8 p.m. Wildflower Cocktails and Clay with the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts with the Wildflower Festival. 49-2571.
• 5:15 p.m. RedCord suspension class at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte.
596-1714.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Beading Class at Pema Dawa: Wire Wrapped Tree of Life Pendant. 349-7563.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Easy Flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. CORE Fitness Studio above A Daily Dose. 303-483-5935.
• 5:45 p.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-7 p.m. Community Connection Night at UCC Parlour.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Celebrate Recovery upstairs at Oh Be Joyful Church. 970-596-3846.
• 6-8 p.m. Adult outdoor pick-up soccer in Town Park. 349-5338.
• 7-8 p.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.
• 7-9 p.m. Pick-up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 7:45-9:45 p.m. Drop-In Adult Volleyball, CBCS MS Gym

WEDNESDAY 15
• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 a.m. Rotary meeting at the Grand Lodge.
• 7:30-8:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 8 a.m. Circuit Cycling at the Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30 a.m. High Country Conservation Advocates day hikes. Sign up at www.hccacb.org.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Mat Mix at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation. Roundtrip to Gunnison. 275-4768.
• 10:15-11:15 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Easy Flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 1-3 p.m. Clay Seed Pods with the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts with the
Wildflower Festival. 349-2571.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 4 p.m. Water Warriors – Coal Creek Watershed Coalition at the Old Rock Library.
• 5 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5-8 p.m. Wildflower Cocktails and Clay with the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts with the Wildflower Festival. 349-2571.
• 5:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga class in Crested Butte South. 349-1209.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Restorative Yin Yoga Nidra – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
303-483-5935.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-7:45 p.m. Prana Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.

Events & Entertainment 

THURSDAY 9
• 6 p.m. CB Mountain Runners host a trail run on the Meander trails on Crested Butte Mountain. Meet at the Snodgrass trailhead on Gothic Rd. 349-5326.
• 7 p.m. TETWP PRCA Rodeo at the Gunnison Rodeo Grounds.
• 7 p.m. Jim Sargent plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 p.m. CBMF’s Festival Symphony Orchestra presents Off the Record at the Center for the Arts.
• 10 p.m. Karaoke upstairs in the Sky Bar at the Talk of the Town.

FRIDAY 10
• 5:30-9 p.m. Kick-off Dinner for the 14th Annual Caddis Cup Fly Fishing Tournament at Cement Creek Ranch. 349-1206.
• 4 p.m. CBMF’s Casual Classics at UCC.
• 4-7 p.m. Ryan Herr & Molly Hull plays on the patio of Butte 66.
• 7 p.m. Cattlemans’ Days Rodeo at the Gunnison Rodeo Grounds.
• 8 p.m. Ryan Herr and Mollie Hull play at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 10 p.m. Jerusafunk & MIILK play at the Eldo.

SATURDAY 11
• 7 a.m. 14th Annual Caddis Cup Fly Fishing Tournament. 349-1206.
• 10 a.m. CBMF’s Divine Family Young People’s Concert “Trout Fishing in America” at the Big Mine Ice Arena. Music at 11 a.m.
• 6 p.m. Poets Ernest Hilbert & John Nelson will read at Rumors Coffee and Tea House.
• 6-9 p.m. Gypsy Jazz Social Club plays at Montanya Distillers.
• 7 p.m. Cattlemans’ Days Rodeo at the Gunnison Rodeo Grounds.
• 7 p.m. Craig McLaughlin plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 9:15 p.m. Cameran Nelson and Cory Morrow play at the I Bar Ranch.
• 10 p.m. DANK plays at the Eldo.

SUNDAY 12
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Crested Butte Farmers Market on Elk Avenue.
• 11 a.m. CBMF’s Festival Symphony Orchestra Dress Rehearsal at the Big Mine Ice Arena.
• 2 p.m. Beekeeping 101 Workshop in the Chipeta Garden at WSCU.
• 3-7 p.m. Happy Hour Sundays with Chuck Grossman at the Eldo.
• 3:30-5 p.m. Community Pedal Posse hosted by the Adaptive Sports Center. Start/Finish at the Adaptive Building, 325 Belleview Ave.
• 6 p.m. CBMF’s Festival Symphony Orchestra From Russia With Love at the Big Mine Ice Arena.
• 6-8 p.m. Sundays @ 6 featuring Bruce Hayes at Legion Park in Gunnison.
• 7 p.m. Bill Dowell plays at the Princess Wine Bar.

MONDAY 13
• 3 p.m. CB Wine & Food Festival California Cult Wines: California White. 349-7487.
• 5:30 p.m. Alpenglow: Seryn on the Center for the Arts Outdoor Stage.
• 6-8 p.m. GCSAPP hosts it’s Parent & Youth Education Dinner at GES Middle School. (Every 2nd Monday).
• 7 p.m. Jackson Melnick plays at the Princess Wine Bar.

TUESDAY 14
• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wildflowers & Science Extravaganza! Wildflower Festival Hike with 1% for Open Space and Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. 349-2571.
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Book signing by Jennifer Ackerfield at Townie Books.
• 3 p.m. CB Wine & Food Festival California Cult Wines: Awesome Cabernets. 349-7487.
• 6 p.m. Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Old Rock Library.
• 6 p.m. Tour de Forks: Ski History Haus at the home of Kathy & Paul Hooge in Mt. CB with cuisine by David Wooding of Bonez & Meg Antonczyk of the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin. 349-7487.
• 7 p.m. Kevin Marquis plays at the Princess Wine Bar.

WEDNESDAY 15
• 9 a.m.-noon RMBL’s Summer Science Tour “A Walk on the Wildflower Side” with Dr. John Harte.
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Book signing by Todd Caudle at Townie Books.
• 4 p.m. CBMF – The Opera Children’s Chorus Showcase at UCC.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Open House Day at Cochetopa Therapeutic horsemanship. 8610 Hwy 114.
• 5:30 p.m. Everything You Wanted about Donizetti, But Were Afraid To Ask with Maestro David Stern at the Mallardi Theatre.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Live! from Mt. Crested Butte on the Red Lady Stage featuring Humming House.
• 5:45 p.m. Pinnacle Race at Evolution Bike Park. Register by 5:15 p.m.
• 6 p.m. Books-N-Bars at the Old Rock Library.
• 6 p.m. Dawne Belloise and Chuck Grossman play at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 6-8 p.m. GCSAPP hosts their Parent & Youth Education Dinner at CBCS.
• 7 p.m. Photographer John Fielder presents photographs of his trip down the Yampa River at the Old Rock Library.
• 7:30 p.m. Pool Tournament upstairs at the Talk of the Town.
• 7:30 p.m. Public Policy Forum Summer Speaker Series with Richard Allen, JD “The Supreme Court: The Most Dangerous Branch?”

Kids Calendar

THURSDAY 9
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

FRIDAY 10
• 11 a.m. Storytime for ages 3 and up at the Old Rock Library.

SATURDAY 11
• 3 p.m. Storytime for preschoolers at Townie Books.
• 4 p.m. Storytime for kindergarten-third graders at Townie Books.

MONDAY 13
• 4 p.m. Kids Program at the Old Rock Library.
• 4 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.
• 4:45 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 349-7752

TUESDAY 14
• 11 a.m. Kid’s Beatbox Show at the Old Rock Library featuring Neil McIntyre.
• 11 a.m. Summer reading program for ages 3-7 at the Old Rock Library.
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

WEDNESDAY 15
• 11 a.m. Baby/Toddler Storytime at the Old Rock Library.
• 3:30 p.m. Trailhead after school club at CBCS. Ages 5-11.
• 4 p.m. Summer reading program for ages 8-12 at the Old Rock Library.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.