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Are you curious about our local wildlife? Join the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for a virtual lecture, “A Wildlife Wander”, presented by Ryan Kempfer and Chris Kassar of Elk Raven Photography.

The Colorado Arts Relief Fund is providing $7.5 million to support arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members and also organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The story details how a seemingly well-intentioned canine breeder ends up abandoning nearly one hundred Labrador retrievers in a northern Colorado field in 2004, leaving behind a trail of heartbroken puppy buyers and unhealthy puppies.

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The Greater Arkansas Valley Chamber Choir and Orchestra will present a holiday concert streamed over Youtube Friday, Dec. 11, from the sanctuary of ClearView Community Church in Buena Vista.

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One concert that fell victim to the pandemic holds special significance for local musicians and community members alike – “Salida’s Next Last Waltz.”

The concert has become a Thanksgiving holiday tradition that combines the talents of 32 local musicians as they re-create the legendary “Last Waltz” concert performed by The Band and a who’s who list of musicians in 1976.

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Chaffee Arts is pleased to announce a holiday art market located at Arkansas Valley Digital Imaging art gallery, 317 E. Main St. in Buena Vista.

The market will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 20 through Dec. 27  

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Music is returning to the Arkansas Valley as ensembles figure out how to perform while adhering to public health guidelines on social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brandon Chism conducts distanced singers of the Arkansas Valley Chamber Choir and Orchestra, in a Monday evening rehearsal of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, which the group will perform, livestreamed from the sanctuary of ClearView Church on Dec. 11.

“The performing arts, that can be a place where people of significant differences can come together and not just tolerate each other, but really support each other and help us focus on what’s most important,” Chism told The Times last week. “If there was ever a time we needed a performance like this concert, I believe it’s now.”

The performance will be streamed live at www.clearviewcommunity.org at 7 p.m., Dec. 11.

There will be links on ClearView’s main page to take them to the live stream on YouTube. More information about the concert can also be found on their Facebook page by searching for @ArkValleyChamber.

Also on Nov. 14, music will fill the ClearView Sanctuary and stream into your home with a performance by the Alpine Orchestra.

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The Alpine Orchestra will perform “Through the Ages,” at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 with a program for what director Mary Hallman calls “a double string quartet with two more,” featuring the music of Mozart, Debussy and Bach, both real and imagined.

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Filmmaker Connie “Paprika” Leaverton of Buena Vista garnered another accolade for her documentary “Hiko in Tonga” last month, earning the award for best editing in the feature documentary at the Marina Del Ray film festival.

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The Arkansas Valley Chamber will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” as well as a selection of secular and sacred holiday music, in a choral and orchestral concert livestreamed from ClearView Community Church

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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will present The Epic (and Operatic) Tale of the Rocky Mountain Locust: An Environmental Murder Mystery featuring Locust: The Opera, an event with Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood, entomologist, mystery writer, and Professor of Natural Sciences and Humanities at the University of Wyoming.

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The next Central Colorado Humanist Science Sunday presentation Oct. 4 will examine the science of forecasting snowfall in Colorado this winter.

The program, How to Forecast Snow in the Mountains of Colorado and this winter’s snow outlook will be presented by meteorologist Joel Gratz.

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Chaffee County Writers Exchange regretfully announces that the planned visit by best-selling author Chris Enss has been postponed until spring.

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The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will present a free lecture by Lloyd Athearn, Executive Director of Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27.

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The first phase of an estimated $10 million rehabilitation of the historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville has just begun. Scaffolding is now up on the most-damaged south and west exterior walls, ready to repair crumbling bricks and leaking windows. This project is the first full rehabilitati…

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A photo from the Cottonwood Basin Friday, July 17, of two new residents of Chaffee County.

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The Winds and Dixieland Jazz bands unite for the medley finale, “Armed Forces on Parade,” paying tribute to every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and all who serve in them at the BV Rec Thursday concert at McPhelemy Park.

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Compared to other musicians, Dennis Fischer considers himself limited in ability. It did not stop him from finding a way to express himself through music and entertainment.

“I consider fiddling to be an art form that will never die out,” he says. “Popular as ever, maybe more popular than it’s ever been because there’s a lot of people who enjoy the old-time string music. It connects us somehow with something deeper than ourselves, I guess.”

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July Fourth weekend will see a big return to live music following months of self-isolation with two shows by COVID-canceled bands at the Lawn, a new–yet–familiar outdoor venue in South Main.

People are encouraged to book tours at BuenaVistaMuseums.org as only 10 people are allowed at a time. Walk-ins permitted subject to availability and between tours.

FARMERS MARKETS Sundays at South Main Square in BV, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturdays at Alpine Park in Salida, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Safety protocols followed. For more information see foodshedalliance.com

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is excited to re-open youth programs this summer with 2 weeks of Nature Camp for Buena Vista area youth ages 7-11. (Additional programs in Salida.)

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Music has filled most of life for l Mary Hallman. Her father, though he loved the violin, mostly played the fiddle. Her mother was a singer, and she got Hallman started on a piano at the age of 4.

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The next Collegiate Peaks Forum Series free lecture will be Melanie Yazzie, professor and head of printmaking, University of Colorado at Boulder, who will present “Melanie Yazzie: An Overview of Various Indigenous Female Artists,” Wednesday, June, 10, 7 p.m. via Zoom video conferencing.

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The Mountain Mania Car Show will not be held this Fourth of July weekend, Buena Vista Optimist Club event director Gary Roberts said Monday.

"The Buena Vista Optimist Club board of directors met yesterday and looked at the car show from every aspect. We weighed the pros and cons of holding the car show this year, but our first concern has to be for the health and wellbeing of our town and surrounding community," Roberts wrote in an email to other Optimists. "While we felt confident we had a plan to put more distance between each car in the show and requiring all participants and attendees to wear a mask, we realized there are always those folks that would not comply."

The Walden Chamber Music Society is still planning to treat audiences with a concert on Sunday, May 31. Tune in to YouTube for the virtual concert “From My Life: Musical Memoirs” performed by pianist Jo Boatright.

In a unanimous decision by the Chaffee Arts Board of Directors, the Open Awards Art Show at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum Courthouse Gallery will not be held in 2020, and will be rescheduled in 2021.

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Buena Vista's Fourth of July parade will not take place this year as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, the BV Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday morning.

Art in the Park, the arts and crafts show in McPhelemy Park on the same weekend, has also been canceled for 2020, a news release from the chamber said.

"It’ll be a peaceful, comforting live music venue that’s becoming a tradition here in BV. It’s been about 3 years at the People’s Stage, 3 years at the Watershed and now maybe get 100 years here at the Roastery. Who knows, but live, local music is becoming a tradition here.”

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The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce is still looking forward to hosting its summer events, like the Old Time Fourth of July parade and festivities and August’s Gold Rush Days.

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The Walden Chamber Music Society offers two scholarships of $1,500 to Chaffee County students who wish to pursue an education in the field of music. This year’s recipients are Jasper Lau and Alan Mueller. Both are 2019 graduates of Salida High School.

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Chaffee County commissioners agreed Tuesday to continue until May 12 a discussion about extending due dates for payments from Live Nation for the Seven Peaks special event permit.

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Artistic expression continues to thrive even while galleries remain closed to the public during the COVID-19 quarantine. Even the Chaffee Arts Open Awards Art Show has had to be postponed to allow artists and spectators to remain safely at home; however, Chaffee Arts will continue keeping art open to the public whenever possible.

Like many other well-known local art events, the Salida Studio Tour is cancelled for this year due to the COVID-19 virus. With sadness but resolve in her voice, Patti Vincent, president of the Salida Studio Tour board of directors, announced the decision this week. “Even though the event is …