Benchtalk: April 21, 2017

Explore the Power of Optimism

In this workshop discover the benefits of optimism and how to be an even better skilled and effective optimist. The gathering takes place on Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the CB Chamber of Commerce. Bring a dish to share for the pot luck.  Call 970-596-5386 for more information.

Have coffee with commissioner Messner in CB next Thursday

On Thursday, April 27 at 9 a.m. the library will host “Coffee with the Community” with guest John Messner, Gunnison County commissioner. This is an open forum for the community to come ask questions and get answers about community issues from community leaders. So, prepare your questions and then head to the library to enjoy coffee with your community. For more information contact the Crested Butte Library at (970) 349-6535 or email

Learn about exchange students at the library

The library is hosting an Exchange Student Information Exchange on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. If you are an exchange student, come share your experience. And, if you have ever thought of being an exchange student come find out more about what it’s like. For more information contact the Crested Butte Library at (970) 349-6535 or via email at

Monthly Gunnison Arts Center film: Before the Flood

Before the Flood will screen at the Gunnison Arts Center on April 28. Doors will open at 6:30 and the film will begin at 7 p.m. This documentary runs one hour, 36 minutes and is rated PG. Full bar and popcorn will be available. Admission is $10. The movie features Leonardo DiCaprio as he interviews individuals from every facet of society about climate change in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. For more information go to, call 641-4029 or stop in at 102 S. Main St.

GAC Arts Center Singers auditions

Passionate singers sought! Community choral music returns to the valley with the formation of the Arts Center Singers. Auditions are either May 1 or May 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. for women and 7 to 8 p.m. for men.  The choir will be under the direction of Alicia Belgiovane. Singers of all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) are invited to audition with a passion to share in choral singing. The audition will consist of melodic and rhythmic sight-reading, aural recall, and an a cappella performance of “America the Beautiful.” For more information visit, 641-4029 or at 102 S. Main St.

Paint Your Own Pottery at the Art Studio in CB

The Crested Butte Center for the Arts and its Art Studio on Elk Avenue has a few spring activities. There are a couple of painting days just before the spring holidays of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. You’ll you have plenty of time to paint gifts and ship them off, have decorations ready, or paint purely for the fun of it. Pieces are ready two days after painting. Just drop in. No need to sign up or call in advance. Prices range from $5 to $55. Mother’s Day: Saturday, May 6. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Art Studio. Father’s Day: Saturday, June 10. 1 to 5 p.m. at the Art Studio.


April 20- Carl Jones, Frank Coffey, Tommy James, John Dethloff, Joe Coburn

April 21- Seth Mensing, Danica Ayraud, Jenny Stillo, David Windsor, Matt Borg, Doug Hosier, Mark Sibley

April 22- Jim Michael, Paula Swenson

April 23- Morgan Keeling, Sam Moore, Lowry Smith, Shannan Rau, Lizzy Curvin, Cyndie Gelroth

April 24- Paul Tillger, Lyla Hunt, Tammy Cliché, Carmela Rizzo

April 25- Laura Meredith, Bonnie Chlipala, Laura Bailey, Ol Z, Hope Freeman, Porter Washburn

April 26- Corky Lucks, Deborah Casey, Michael Linehan, Trish Giassa, Lynelle Stanford, Ted Conner

LOCAL SUPPORT: P.A.W.S. is very pleased to have received a $103 donation from Sierra Miller. Sierra wanted to do something specifically for P.A.W.S. so she held a bake sale. Thank you so much for your effort and support of P.A.W.S. courtesy photo
LITERARY EVENING: The Gunnison Center for the Arts hosted a poetry reading on Friday featuring local and visiting writers, including WSCU professor William Hausdoerffer. photo by Petar Dopchev
OFF-SEASON PROJECT: Kyle and Julie started working on their mobile bar project as soon as it got quiet in Crested Butte. photo by Petar Dopchev

Cameo Question: What do you like about off-season?

Peace, quiet and relaxation.
Scot Chrisman
Off-season!? Isn’t every
day off-season?
The crowd is gone and the
skiing is still great!
Sam Boritz
I like to relax, tie flies and
enjoy friends
Anna-Marie Jenkins
Gives me a lot of time to be
creative and reflect.
Trey Renner


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