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Fun Flashes

Ballet performances

at Crystal River

Crystal River Ballet School presents “Sleeping Beauty,” at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, and at 2 p.m. Saturday May 11, at Roaring Fork High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under and seniors. Children 3 and under are admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased at Party Land, 792 Highway 133 in Carbondale, in advance at Crystal River Ballet, or at the door prior to performances.

The program features Alexandra Jerkunica, formerly of Ballet Pacifica, and students of the Crystal River Ballet School. For more information, call Crystal River Ballet at 704-0114.

Historical Society to host hoedown, sells bricks

The Mt. Sopris Historical Society in Carbondale will host a membership hoedown and complimentary cook-out at the chamber of commerce, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

Music will be supplied by Anita Witt and friends.

This will be the first chance for people to see the personalized paving bricks that have been laid between the society’s historic jail and the chamber of commerce headquarters. Another round of bricks is being sold to help fund a new roof for the jail.

Personalized bricks are offered at $50 for two lines of engraving, and $150 for three lines of engraving. Inscriptions include names, businesses’ names, and memorials to friends and loved ones.

“Personalized bricks make unique birthday or holiday gifts,” said a society spokesperson.

Bricks can be purchased at the hoedown, or by writing the Mt. Sopris Historical Society at Box 2, Carbondale, CO 81623.

Memberships to the Mt. Sopris Historical Society are $15.

The old jail and chamber of commerce headquarters are located at the corner of Highway 133 and Weant.

Lionel Young:

Fiddle to dance to

Lionel Young can play his electric fiddle with a glass slide, a bow, or he can pluck it like a steel guitar. He translates seemingly disparate musical styles – classical, rock and jazz – through a blues sensibility and makes it something new and exciting. Something you don’t want to miss.

But can you dance to it?

“Absolutely,” said Young. “We pride ourselves on the variety we play, and we can keep everybody on the floor.”

Young brings his compelling rhythm and blues and swing sounds to the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts 7 p.m., Friday, May 10.

The Lionel Young Band plays it all, from Caledonia, hey bab-a-re-bop, anything by James Brown or Ray Charles, New Orleans style music, music by Dr. John, the Nevel Brothers, the Meters, Wilson Pickett, Professor Longhair, the Isley Brothers, and the band’s own original tunes. The band was named best blues band in Denver in 1996 and 1997 by Westword Magazine. Band members include Jay Forrest on drums, Kevin Jackson on bass, and Dave Camp on sax, flute and keyboards.

Tickets are $18 for Center for the Arts members and $24 for nonmembers. To reserve your tickets call the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts at 945-2414. This is the center’s final concert and dance of the winter/spring season.

Get art smart

Black Diamond Studios in Glenwood Springs is offering a variety of creative classes for adults and children starting in May.

Children ages 6-11 can learn to make a hard-bound book or journal in the Bookbinding Kits class, being offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18. Gail Lindley of the Denver Bookbinding Co. will be the instructor. Cost is $25 and includes instruction and materials to make a book in class and a second book at home.

Other bookbinding workshops, also taught by Lindley, will be offered from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 17, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Learn the fundamentals of bookbinding, which can be expanded to projects including scrapbooks, photo albums and binders. Cost is $25 for instruction and $18 for the kit.

Linda Drake, owner of Lunar Designs, will instruct “Decorate a Garden Chair,” from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Cost is $25. Take an old wooden chair with a blown-out seat, add some embellishments and a pair of children’s shoes, and make it into a decorated planter for the garden, just like that.

Other classes will be offered in the coming months. For information, call 947-0947 or visit 823 Cooper Ave.


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