State Park open house

An open house at the Colorado State Park's Nature Center at Hahn's Peak will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 24, at the park's visitor center.

Friends of Steamboat Lake State Park will sponsor the exhibit and demonstration for the open house. New displays will be presented with information on the park and surrounding area, a beaver den, an exploration station, a topographical map of the region and historical data.

At the open house, Mountain Recreation will present a "Showdown at Snowtown" at noon. Bring your own shovel for the extreme snow removal challenge that consists of sprint and walkway shoveling.

A limit of 10 participants with a $25 entry fee for each person will benefit Steamboat Lake Snow Club. To register, call 871-1495.

Red Runner Dog Sled Tours will give a dog sledding demonstration at 1 p.m. Carol Bloodworth will have her dog team and sled on display at the open house. At 12:45 p.m. three door prizes will be given away.

Friends of Steamboat Lake State Park is a group of locals interested in supporting activities at the park and maintaining and developing special projects such as a fishing pier for the handicapped.

Tele-wannabes meet Saturday

Ski Haus hosts a telemark tips course from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 24 at Howelsen Hill. The instruction is free with a half-price lift ticket and half-price telemark rental, if needed.

At Howelsen Hill lodge at 8:30 a.m., participants and Ski Haus employees will meet to help telemarkers improve their technique. Depending on the number of people, groups of beginner through experienced telemarkers will split into the appropriate telemark level. Sign up at Ski Haus, space is limited. Call 879-0385.

'Wildflowers' wins award

Director and photographer Tom Baer of Dome Peak Productions in Steamboat, and desginer and editor Brian Sheehan of Beyond Digital Communications in Denver received the Telly Award in Nature/Wildlife category for their video "A Season of Wildflowers."

Local botanist Karen Vail hosts the 62-minute film with an informative commentary for flower lovers. Vail will be the featured speaker at the Denver Botanic Gardens Saturday, Feb. 24. Denver's 9News will broadcast segments of the film on Fridays and on weekends in spring and summer. The video and a pocket field guide is available at, the Yampatika Nature Store in Steamboat, Off the Beaten Path and Steamboat Floral.

Vail charity ski, music event

For a charity event, Roger Daltrey, Peter Frampton and Gary Booker will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at Vail's Dobson Ice Arena for the 2001 American Ski Classic concert.

The event will benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, sponsored by Paul Mitchell Systems and Vail Valley Foundation. Tickets go on sale Saturday online at for $50 for general admission and $75 for reserved tickets.

Daltrey, former lead singer of The Who, solo guitarist Frampton and Brooker, of Procol Harum, will perform as part of 2001 Ski Classic scheduled March 14-18. The event will feature the Hyundai Legends Downhill, Legends of Skiing Giant Slalom and the Ford Cup celebrity team races.

Cowboy book looks to past

"Gift from the Gods," by former educator and Texas writer George J. Beimers, presents the story of a cowboy that has the opportunity to view three ancient societies with secrets that could prevent disastrous world events.

Beimers is an award-winning poet, charter member of the International Society of Poets and won the World of Poetry contest in 1990. This book and his sequel, "Additional Gifts from the Gods," are available in paperback and electronic format.

Durango's first film festival

Durango's first independent film festival will present screenings of three movies: "Gimme Shelter," "Rockers" and "Warrior - The Life of Leonard Peltier" from March 10 to 18 at a variety of theaters in Durango.

"Gimme Shelter" follows the odyssey of a tour with the Rolling Stones, which violently ended the dream of rock and roll harmony at the Altamont Speedway in December 1969.

"Rockers" shows the Jamaican reggae scene of the late '70s where Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace struggles to succeed in the recording industry.

"Warrior - The Life of Leonard Peltier" presents the 1975 shoot-out at the Pine Ridge reservation where two FBI agents and a native resident were killed. Suzie Baer, director of "Warrior" will be the featured speaker at the festival.

Tickets are available online at or at 970-259-2291. Durango Film Festival will be presented at Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College Drive, 385-1711, and at Gaslight Theatre, 105 E. Fifth St., 247-8133.

Homer exhibit hits Denver

American artist Winslow Homer will be featured in an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum March 3 to April 29.

"Winslow Homer Facing Nature," which includes 46 watercolors, illustrations, engravings and oils, shows his intimate paintings that powerfully explore the human experience in nature.

To enhance the arts' effects, the Denver Art Museum offers ambient sound, environmental objects and artifacts, easels to draw on, woodlands smells and a life-size canoe to sit in.

Tickets to the museum, including a CD-ROM audio tour for adults and children, are $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students with ID, $4.50 for children 6 through 18 and free for children 5 and under and Denver Arts Museum members. The Museum is located at 13th Avenue and Acoma Street in downtown Denver. Call 720-865-5000 for ticket or tour information.

New treatment for snakebites

CroFab, the first snakebite treatment to be introduced in more than 50 years, is for patients with minimal or moderate North American crotalid envenomation.

To prevent clinical deterioration and systemic coagulation abnormalities, CroFab should be taken within six hours of snakebite. Dr. Richard Dart of the Rocky Mountain Poison Control Center in Denver, was the main investigator in the CroFab development.

CroFab was effective in neutralizing the venoms of 10 crotalid snakes in North America. It consists of antibody fragments that bind to toxic substances in the venom. CroFab works by binding and neutralizing venom toxins, facilitating their redistribution away from target tissues and their elimination from the body. For more information visit

Artopia is feast for the senses

Artopia 2001, an evening dedicated to celebrating sensual stimulation through an interactive showcase of performance and visual arts, presents its fifth annual event from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 3 at the Temple Events Center in Denver.

The evening will include samplings of fine food, wine, spirits and cigars, performance art, claymation movie shorts, artists' works in progress and a fashion show.

Nina Storey, Carolyn's Mother and The Ryan Tracy Band will provide live music throughout the evening.

A portion of Artopia 2001 will benefit Denver's local charities. Tickets are available online at or Ticketweb at 303-825-4TIX for $40 for entry, food and spirits. Fashionable attire is required (no jeans), 21 and older only. Call 303-777-6887.


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