GALLERY OPENING: On Saturday, August 21, Denise Liebl and Arthur Turner held an opening reception for their show, “Things Seen and Understood” at the Kinder Padon Gallery inside of the Center for the Arts. Their work will remain up until September 12. So, stop on by and enjoy some beautiful watercolor paintings while you can. photo by Nolan Blunck

Benchtalk: August 27, 2021

Train your dog to ride the Mountain Express
Beginning September 7, the Mountain Express welcomes well-behaved dogs on its vehicles at all times. Dogs must be registered with the Town of Crested Butte or the Town of Mt. Crested Butte and owners must carry valid proof of registration at all times. Join us for one of our training and registration days to get your pup ready to ride. Free training will be provided by Elevated Dog Training. Please bring a current rabies certificate from your veterinarian for registration. Training and registration sessions will take place at Town of Mt. Crested Butte Town Hall on Monday, August 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Crested Butte Town Hall on Thursday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more at mtnexp.org.

ArtWalk Fest 2021 with the Gunnison Arts Center
Celebrate art and creativity of all kinds during Gunnison’s ArtWalk Fest on Friday, September 3 from 5-10 p.m. See live art in action, view gallery openings, participate in painting, or throwing clay on the wheel, watch improv skits and dance performances on IOOF Park Stage, enjoy local craft food and beer, and experience the art and culture our amazing town has to offer. Finish the ArtWalk at the GAC with live music on the South Main Stage This entire event is free and open to all ages!

Join Vandenbusch for podcast on Colorado history
Join Duane Vandenbusche for a series of 11 podcasts via Zoom on Colorado history every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. beginning on September 9. Topics covered will include narrow gauge railroads, ranching, mining, water, geography and women in Colorado. The presentations will include photos. The podcasts are free. To hear them go to crestedbuttemuseum.com.

1880 newspaper celebration in Gunnison
How did the The Gunnison Democrat newspaper staff celebrate the launch of the first edition in August of 1880? Visit the Gunnison Pioneer Museum, open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through September, and find out! Admission $10 for ages 13+, $3 for ages 6-12, and free for those 5 and under. Follow on Facebook for more awesome local history!

Local vets have opportunity to learn more about local support services
The Veteran’s Administration Western Colorado Health Care System team will be visiting Gunnison County on September 15. An informational gathering will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts to discuss potential benefits, services and care with local veterans and their families. Information regarding healthcare enrollment, benefits and local support services will be available. VA staff members and the Gunnison County Veteran Services officer will be on-site to speak with veterans and family members. There is no registration required to attend in person. For more information contact Steve Otero, Gunnison County Veteran Services officer, text or call, 713-823-5828.

Birthdays:
August 26- Kerri Councilman, Wyatt Ewert, Lee Olesen, Chris Ladoulis
August 27- Nancy Wicks, Mick Osmundson, Read Hunker, Kiara Cottrell, Terry Vaughn, Craig Burbank, Monica Harrington, Kay Peterson Cook, Wayde Hollis
August 28- Betsey Friedman, Susan Parker, Charlie Reamer
August 29- Sam Evans, Jon Morrissey, Mary Baim, Scott Moss, Ben Pritchett, Dianna Dickerson, Sierra Brooks, Summer Lambro, Carter Beesley, Olivia Reamer, Lisa Cramton
August 30 – Steve Jennison, John O’Neill
August 31- Rene Defourneaux
September 1- Craig Sikes, Josh Roland, Christy Sunter

GALLERY OPENING: On Saturday, August 21, Denise Liebl and Arthur Turner held an opening reception for their show, “Things Seen and Understood” at the Kinder Padon Gallery inside of the Center for the Arts. Their work will remain up until September 12. So, stop on by and enjoy some beautiful watercolor paintings while you can. photo by Nolan Blunck
GUNNISON COUNTRY FOOD PANTRY TOUR: Gunnison Country Food Pantry Executive Director Katie Dix (left) and Pantry Volunteer Laurie Gery (right) met with Colorado House District 59 Representative Barbara McLachlan and Colorado House District 61 Representative Julie McCluskie on August 22 to discuss the need for food assistance in Gunnison County and how food pantries provide that assistance. The Colorado legislators realized that the Pantry needs to expand its facility to meet future economic challenges and to continue serving as everyone’s safety net. courtesy photo
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Older brother Milo (age 3) holds his new baby brother Archie Vader Beane who was born on August 7, 2021 weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces and 19.5 inches long. Congratulations to parents Catherine Vader, Alex Beane, and older brother Milo on the new addition to the family. courtesy photo

CAMEOS: HOW ARE YOU GOING TO WRAP UP YOUR SUMMER?

Get some more hiking
and backpacking in, but
realistically I’ll be working.
Lilly Hannah
Getting out and enjoying the last of the warmer weather!
Jess Taylor
Take a nap.
David Wasinger
I just want to go skiing.
Cooper Wesson
I haven’t even started my
summer!!
Amber Knight

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