Benchtalk: November 3, 2017

Sit on the dance board

Do you have a passion for the dance community in Crested Butte? Do you or your child participate in dance classes or have you ever danced in Move the Butte? The Crested Butte School of Dance is looking for new board members. Information can be found online at For further questions or to express an interest in being a board member email Donnie Cook at by November 9th.

Or sit on the water and san board

The Mt Crested Butte Water & Sanitation District is also seeking a community member to fill a vacancy on its board of directors. The district includes properties in Mt Crested Butte and those in Meridian Lake Park. A map is available on the district website, The director appointed shall serve until the next regular special district election in May, 2018. For more information about the District boundaries, director eligibility requirements or other board vacancy-related issues, contact the Main Office at 349-7575.

Documentary filmmaker Melinda Levin to visit Western 

Documentary filmmaker and University of North Texas professor Melinda Levin will visit Western State Colorado University in November to meet with classes and host a screening open to the public. While on campus, Levin will host a screening of two of her in-progress works. The free event, open to the community, will take place Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the John & Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall within Quigley Hall. There, Levin will show two of her documentaries: one about a Cuban arts group that performs in the Pindar del Rio barrio neighborhoods and another about a Mongolian Tibetan Buddhist monk who leads environmental and cultural work. A question and answer session will follow.

Arts Center Singers Concert at the GAC

Community choral music returns to the Gunnison Valley with the formation of the Art Center Singers at the Gunnison Arts Center’s Black Box Center on November 10-11 at 7 p.m. The choir is under the direction of pianist Alicia Belgiovane. Local singers come together to share their love of music and will perform songs that every generation likes to sing in a two-night performance. Doors will open 30 minutes before the concert. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under and seniors aged 60 and older, and members.

CB playground project open house 

The town of Crested Butte will host an open house to present the site plan, play equipment, and landscape design of the new “pirate playground” renovation of the Mary Yelenick playground in Town Park. The open house will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall on Monday, November 6, with light refreshments, a chance to review the playground design, and an opportunity for Q&A with the design team.


November 2- Dylan Hartley, Tom Rossman, Jackson Petito, Joe Walowski, Cash Lamar

November 3- Susan Eskew, Ceil Murray, Cini Jackson

November 4- Keith Bauer, Cari Freeman, Torrey Carroll

November 5- Jean Keet

November 6- Lulu Nelson, Kami Garvey, Kris Murray, Doug Eagen

November 7- George Swigert, Tami Houston, Bob Gillie, Cassidy McDaniel, Alex Mundy

November 8- Hilary Mayes, Jen Greene, Rob Bowen

TEA PARTY FIELD TRIP: Paradise Place Preschool visited Rooted Apothecary for a scavenger hunt, and they infused honey with medicinal herbs last week. courtesy photo
COMMUNITY WORKSPACE: Cement Creek Commons held its grand opening on Wednesday, October 11 in CB South. photo by Lydia Stern
CONGRATULATIONS: Heather Ann Perry and Kevin James Butt were married on August 12, 2017, in Elkton, CO surrounded by 100 of their friends. photo by Alison White Photography

Cameos: What’s the trick and what’s the treat?

The trick is 720, and the treat is powder landing.
Alex Stevenson
The trick is handing out candy at the dental office, and the treat is when they come back for a filling.
Amber Selkow
The trick is DDs, and the treat is not going to jail.
Deputy James Beda
The trick is buying enough candy, and the treat is all the trick-or-treaters.
Mary Schmidt
The trick is housing, and the treat is the view.
Nicole Larson

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