3 Things to do this week

SPECIAL EVENTS

Thursday

Oct. 10

CREATIVE MIXER Oct. 10, 5:30-7 p.m., Paquette Gallery, The SteamPlant Theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave. We’ll feature Lost in the Woods, an art exhibit juried and curated by Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists about the majesty and mystery of trees. Musical guest will be TJ Hittle.

Friday

Oct. 11

BV CONTRA DANCE Oct. 11, 7-9:30 p.m., Congregational United Church of Christ, 217 Crossman Ave. No experience or partner is needed to enjoy the great tunes and instruction from local musicians and callers. $4 ($2/students). Carole or Randy at 395-6704 . Sponsored by Arkansas Valley Music and Dance and the Country Dance and Song Society.

Colorado Legal Services Fridays, Oct. 11, 18, 9-11 a.m., Chaffee County Courthouse, 142 Crestone Ave, Salida. 1-800-395-2465.

Saturday

Oct. 12

CHAFFEE COUNTY WRITERS EXCHANGE SPECIAL WORKSHOP Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., BV Sangre de Cristo Electric Company Community Room. Facilitated by Jennifer Sweete. Special guest, Jerry Fabyanic. Attendees are invited to dress for Halloween in their favorite book character costume. Reservations required. Bring paper, pen or laptop, a potluck item to share for lunch and your drink. Refrain from wearing perfumes or colognes. $30 for CCWE Members; $45 for non-members. The Workshop registration document is available at www.CCWritersExchange.org/workshops and mail or bring to the session with your check made payable to: Chaffee County Writers Exchange, P.O. Box 245, Buena Vista, Colorado 81211.

SHRUNKEN HEAD AND SUGAR SKULL WORKSHOPS Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Turner Farm, 829 W. Main St. $5/craft. Advanced reservations recommended at 719-395-8458.

BANANA BELT STAMP CLUB Oct. 12, 1-3 p.m. at BV library. Open to beginners and to experts, guests welcome. bananabeltstampclub@live.com. 303-915-9572 

CHAFFEE ARTS ANNUAL MEETING Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. BV Community Center in the Aspen Room, 715 East Main St. Short business meeting and then a potluck lunch. Open to the public. Bring a dish to share.

Monday

Oct. 14

THE NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, BILLIE LOVE CHAPTER 2286 MEEETING Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. at Fiesta Mexicana, 1220 E. U.S. 50, Salida.  Guests are welcome to attend. Jean Hanfelt, 539-6467, or Ted Van Hintum, 395-5648.

Tuesday

Oct. 15

CLASS ON OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA Oct. 15, 9-10 a.m., second-floor conference rooms of Heart of The Rockies Regional Medical Center, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida. TC Rodak, a registered sleep technician, will help participants understand how to prepare for a sleep study and what happens during the study. Free. It is recommended you attend this class if your provider has ordered a sleep study or suspects you may have sleep apnea. Refreshments and a light breakfast provided. TC Rodak, 719-530-2280.

BV WOMEN’S CONNECTION LUNCHEON, Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m., Casa del Rio Clubhouse, 27665 CR 313. Program and music by April Abbott, “Taking off the Masks.” Special feature Donna Watson, “The Great Train Robbery.” $10; $5 for 30 and under. RSVP to Vicki, 395-8638 or bvwomensc@gmail.com

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD TO SIGN UP FOR 2020 MEDICARE PART D AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During Open Enrollment PPACG’s Area Agency on Aging’s State Health Insurance Program is offering personal counseling to all Medicare-qualified individuals.

Wednesday

Oct. 16

WEARABLE ART FASHION SHOW, BOUTIQUE BRUNCH Oct. 16, 10-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.; brunch and fashion show is at 11 a.m., Salida SteamPlant , 220 W. Sackett Ave. $35; tickets at The HodgePodge, 1548 G St. #7, Salida; Serendipity Yarns, 321 W. Main St., BV. www.heartofcoloradofiberartsguild.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

CANDI-DATING, A POLITICAL PARTY Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m., BV Community Center, 715 E. Main St. After each candidate has the opportunity to make 2-minute opening remarks, the process will essentially follow a speed-dating model. Read more about Candi-Dating on the LWVCC website: (lwvchaffeecounty.org/forums).

PINK DAY TEA Oct. 17, 2-3 p.m. in the café at the HRRMC, 1000 Rush Dr., Salida.  In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the event includes tea, coffee, treats, gift bags, drawings for free giveaways and tours of the hospital’s mammography suite. For more information about local providers who provide free screenings or the Foundation’s Pink Day Tea, contact HRRMC Community Health Worker Brenda Gentile at 719-207-2088.

LIFESTYLE WELLNESS RETREAT Nov. 3-7. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 18.

For more information about the schedule and cost, call 719-530-2057 or visit hrrmc.com and click on the Wellness Retreat button.

5TH ANNUAL WALK FOR FREEDOM Oct. 19, Forest Square Park next BV chamber. Schedule: 11 a.m.-noon, registration; noon speech by BV HOPE director, Beth Ritchie;12:15 p.m. walk a 1.2-mile path through town back to the park for free drawings and lunch. Pre-register at www.a21.org/walk. Free Walk for Freedom hat while supplies last. Questions? Beth Ritchie 719-395-6938 for buenavistahope@gmail.com

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

DAVID A. BILLESBACH EXHIBIT OF PAINTINGS Oct. 1-31, AVDI Gallery Chaffee Arts Wall, 317 E. Main St., BV.

USDA FOREST SERVICE PRESCRIBED FIRE PROJECT IN CHAFFEE COUNTY PLANNED The North Trout Creek Prescribed Fire project involves burning approximately 917 acres between McGee Gulch and Shields Gulch along FR 305, 315 and 376, starting as early as the first week of October.  The unit is approximately four miles east of Buena Vista.  Temporary road closures will be necessary.  Access to the Lenhardy Public Fuelwood Area will be temporarily closed during active burn days. Weather conditions will affect the dates for ignition. Once the burn begins, smoke may be present for several days throughout the Arkansas River Valley and Park County.  Fire personnel will monitor the burn unit until the fire is completely out. Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591.

WIGGLES & GIGGLES Thursdays 10-11 a.m., BV Public Library, 395-8700, buenavistalibrary.org

JOURNEY INTO FREEDOM Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Creekside Gathering Place, 203 Cedar St., BV. James and Gail Lisi journey though the Bible teaching practical truth that we can apply to everyday life. Call 417-598-3997 or www.jameslisi.com

BUENA VISTA FARMERS MARKET Sundays through Oct. 6,10 a.m.-2 p.m., South Main Town Square.

SALIDA FARMERS MARKET Saturdays through Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Alpine Park.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACQUET CLUB SUMMER SCHEDULE Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8:30 a.m. and 8:30-10 a.m.; Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. All at the outdoor BV tennis courts. Open to the public. Call Bob Martinez, 395-3166 to confirm days, times.

BV REC DANCE LESSONS AT THE BUENA VISTA COMMUNITY CENTER Tuesdays, 6 p.m., intermediate 2-step and swing; 7:30 p.m., night club 2-step. New dance every month. Thursdays, 6 p.m., beginner 2-step and swing; 7:30 p.m., line dancing, both singles and the cowboy cha-cha. Classes through September at BV Community Center, 715 E. Main St. $5/person or $8/person for both classes on the same night. Bill, 918-902-6094.

U.S. 285 RESURFACING through November 2019. North and southbound one-lane alternating traffic, 15-minute delays and speed limit down to 40 mph. Construction will take place during daylight hours, M-Th, and sunrise to noon, Friday. Alternative routes suggested. Hotline: 719-551-5281. Email: US285Overlay@gmail.com

BV HOPE third Fridays, 3 p.m., at Public Health Office, 112 Linderman. Beth Ritchie, 395-6938.

Tuesday Evening Ladies Literary Society (TELLS) Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Weekly support, exploring spiritual journeys held in homes. “Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto” by John Povlovitz.Everyone welcome. Rebecca Poos, 395-2544.

Open Gym VOLLEYBALL Sundays, 7-9 p.m., BVHS gym. Ages 16+. $2/visit.

Pickleball Opportunities

Mondays 9 a.m.-noon, Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m., all at Darren Patterson Christian Academy. All levels, $3.

Chaffee County Quilts of Valor third Mondays at Bev’s Stitchery. We start at 9:30 a.m. and sew until between 2-3 p.m.

Monday Morning Art Mondays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., BV Community Center, 715 East Main St. Drop-ins welcome. Contact BV Rec for more details, 395-1939.

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