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Symphony Swing tickets, Home staging seminars, Arthur Ranch

Symphony Swing tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for Symphony Swing, Symphony in the Valley’s annual gala to benefit the community orchestra. Performances will be Feb. 28 in Rifle and March 1 in Glenwood Springs, but tickets will sell out long before then.

These festive events feature the full orchestra and the symphony’s jazz band, playing top tunes from the Big Band era — with plenty of dancing, sumptuous food, and distinctive auction items.

Guest performers will include legendary local guitarist Frank Martin and drummer Zach Ritchie, along with vocalists Jeannie Walla, Lorraine Curry, Sharon Young, Kelly Thompson, Jack Lanning, Ellen Staplehorst, and members of The Sirens — plus dazzling swing-dance cavorting by the Churchill family of ArtillumA.

If your dancing shoes are a bit dusty, the ArtillumA dancers will be instructing at two special swing dance classes on Saturday, Feb. 22, one week before the big event.

The two-hour dance classes are at 10 a.m. at the ArtillumA Dance Studio, 224 E. 21st St. in Rifle, or at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Springs High School. The classes are $20 per person, and all proceeds benefit Symphony in the Valley. Call ahead to reserve your spot, (970) 618-8264.

Symphony Swing will be presented Friday evening, Feb. 28, at Grand River Health in Rifle, and Saturday evening, March 1, at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.

Reserve your seats today by visiting, or by calling (970) 618-8264.

The Arthur Ranch on East Divide Creek: Memories of Western Colorado in the 1960s and ’70s

Local resident and author Kathleen Arthur is the featured speaker at the Winter Lecture Series at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. She started out writing a book about growing up on the Arthur Ranch on East Divide Creek south of Silt for her children and grandchildren because she wanted to pass along the stories so they wouldn’t be forgotten, but once she had several copies of the book printed, other people in the area became interested in the stories too, and the project grew. This book is a compelling account of a disappearing way of life told from an insider’s point of view about the seasons of life on a working cattle ranch in western Colorado from calving in the spring to haying in the summer and canning in the fall. For more information about this free community event, call 970-945-5958.

Home staging seminars

Is your home ready to be sold? Professional APSD-HSE certified property scene designer/stager Debby Langford is offering three home staging seminars. All seminars run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8 at the Designer’s Vault, 214 Eight St. in Glenwood Springs. Seminars are $79, and seating is limited. Preregistration is available at, by calling Langford at 970-230-0479 or by emailing

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