A Fine Arts Spring Fling for Children will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Just 4 Fun Dance Studio, 224 East 21st, Rifle.Children ages 5-12 are invited to come and create “make and take” spring and Easter Crafts, learn fun dance steps and participate in music-making and singing. Cost is $10 per child and $17 for child and parent, plus $5 for each additional child. Cost covers art supplies, lessons and refreshments. To register, call 625-9990 or 618-7358 or stop by the studio prior to 1 p.m. the day of the event.

The Vega String Quartet will perform in a recital with pianist Debra Ayers, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at Colorado Mountain College’s New Space Theatre. This is the final performance of the Jim Calaway Honor Series and is presented by the CMC Center for Excellence in the Arts. CMC donors Charles Foster, John Marzolf, Carol Perrin and Ron Southard will be honored for their efforts on behalf of the new Chaffee County CMC campus at a reception following the March 15 performance.The Vega String Quartet will perform Haydn’s Quartet in D major, Op. 71, No. 2, followed by Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110. Following intermission, the quartet and Ayers will perform Dvorak’s famous Piano Quintet, Op. 81.Tickets are $15, students are $6, and patron tickets are also available. Discounts are also available to Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) members and their families, and CMC faculty and staff. To order tickets, or for more information, call 947-8367 or e-mail

LIFT-UP’s Snow Strut Against Hunger day of snowshoeing and skiing on the Flat Tops will be held Saturday, March 23. Participants (pre-registration required) can take a shuttle bus or drive 16 miles up the Buford Road west of New Castle, then ski or snowshoe one mile to a private cabin, where they can enjoy a chili lunch before spending the remainder of the day enjoying the views and snow.Proceeds help LIFT-UP raise even more money since the event qualifies the non-profit for the Feinstein Million Dollar Challenge, a private foundation that has put up $1 million nationwide to help fight hunger.Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop in Glenwood Springs will offer a 50 percent discount on equipment rental. Simply present your ticket.Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children 16 and under, or $30 registration day. Registration forms are available at all LIFT-UP offices, area sports shops and recreation centers, or by calling 945-2005 or visiting

The Aspen Community School’s 30th annual musical production, “Liberty’s Power,” will be performed at 7 p.m. nightly, Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen. Tickets are $16 adults, $8 children, and available at the Wheeler Box Office or by calling 920-5770.

Tickets are on sale now for the second Beyond Bluegrass Festival of Acoustic Music, scheduled for March 22-24 at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House. Musicians include the Del McCoury Band, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, The Tim O’Brien Band and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Admission for all shows is $95; for three shows of your choice, pay $75. Single tickets go on sale March 4. Admission to The Del McCoury Band is $30; Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, $25; The Tim O’Brien Band, $30; and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, $30. Seating is reserved. To make a purchase or for more information, call the Wheeler Box Office at 920-5770 or visit

Due to demand, the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen has added a second performance for Vince Gill. In addition to Gill’s Sunday, March 17 performance, which is sold out, a solo acoustic performance will be given at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18.Tickets are $35 at the Wheeler Box Office, by calling 920-5770, or visit

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