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RUG SEMINAR

Rugs are practical to some and art to others. If you're in the latter category, Chase Oriental Rugs is holding an event for you. Chase is holding an Oriental rug seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the gallery in Riverside Plaza that will be followed by wine and violin music.

"Understanding today's contemporary Oriental rugs involves knowledge of social, cultural, political and geographical issues in the Middle and Far East," Gallery owner David Chase Scully said. "The challenge and fun for me is that it's a constantly changing scene."

Oriental rugs are not like ordinary rugs, Scully said, they are hand-knotted and everything is based on tradition and history, even though they are contemporary rugs. The rugs are reflective of the world, inspired by nature, but changed by modern politics and craftsmen who must flee from their homes and become refugees. The craft is the same, but the craftsmen may be influenced by a new homeland.

Being educated about the rugs can change people's views of them, Scully said.

"Most people appreciate these hand-woven treasures on a completely different level," he said.


ARTISTS NEEDED

Feeling creative? Really creative? Then Emerald City Teen Center wants you. Emerald City has three big empty walls and is looking for artists to create a mural-like design and then paint it, with some help of local teens if the artist needs them.

People should come in and look at the walls which Becky Howlett of Emerald City said are big and then sketch out a design. It should be something that appeals to teens, she said.

The center has all the materials; all it needs is the inspiration and someone who wants to give local teens a better place to hang out. Call 879-6960 for more information.


BIRDATHON

Yampatika's Fifth Annual Bird-a-Thon is Saturday, which is also the International Migratory Bird Day bird count. Participants should meet at 6 a.m. at Yampatika at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Lunch will be provided after the bird count and people should dress warmly. For more information or to help sponsor a birder's count, call 871-9151.


HAIR SHOW

Spruce Up is hosting a hair and fashion show at 5 p.m. Saturday at Riggio's. This free event will showcase all kinds of new and different hair styles and colors, according to Laura Stamp, and is a thank you to the customers. Appetizers and wine will be provided.


CLEAN-UP DAY

Fat Eddy's Threadworks is hosting a clean-up on May 20. Folks will be picking up trash along the Yampa River Core Trail, the river and U.S. 40, and then will be rewarded with food and drink specials and prizes at a party at El Rancho, with food donated by local restaurants. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at Backdoor Sports on Ninth and Yampa Streets. Call 870-0596 for more information.


ART OPENING

Art of the New Millennium opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 26 at the Depot. This is the kick-off event for the sculptures that have been popping up all over the valley.


AUDITIONS OPEN

Auditions for "Signatures," the orignal production created for this summer's Centennial Celebration, are from 4 to 9 p.m. May 30 and 31 at Steamboat Springs High School. The cast for the August production is an ensemble one.

Call 879-9008 for sign-up.

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