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For the birds

Yampatika offers the sixth annual Bird-a-thon from 6 a.m. to noon May 19, meeting at Yampatika. With experienced and patient teachers, participants may see a marsh hawk and a northern mockingbird, like they did last spring during the International Migratory Bird Day. Lunch is provided and dress warm. Bring birds books and binoculars if you have them, but Yampatika will provide a few extras. This event is free and open to the public. If you'd like to make a pledge for educational fundraisers, please stop by Yampatika. Call 871-9151 for more information.

Kids art

Kaleidoscope and the Hands-On! Children's Museum are offering a pastels and multi media class from 3:30 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday in May, except May 30, at the Children's Museum. The cost is $25 for four sessions, space is limited. Children will learn basic color theory using different types of pastels, papers and other media. Call 871-9955 for more information.

Wild women

The Colorado Division of Wildlife presents a workshop on Becoming an Outdoors Woman May 18 to May 20 at the King Mountain Ranch near Grand Lake. This workshop provides women with outdoor-skills training. The instructors believe in breaking the traditional barriers of women in the out-of-doors by educating and empowering them. To register, contact Lenora Lovett at 303-291-7303 or email lenora.lovett@state.co.us.

Major incident

Steamboat Springs will host an Independence Incident in July. On July 3 the concert line-up includes: Israel Vibration and The Roots Radics Band with Blues Traveler and String Cheese Incident headlining. On July 4 performers include Charlie Hunter Quartet, soloist Ben Harper and a re-appearance by String Cheese Incident.

Tickets are on sale at All That Jazz, Mt. Werner Total and Ticketmaster by calling 303-830-TIXS. A one-day ticket is $35, a two-day ticket is $60, plus applicable service charges.

Three day camping will be provided in the Tennis Meadows for $40, not including admission to the shows. Concert-goers must have wristbands to enter the campground. Free water and port-a-lets will be provided. Campground opens at noon July 2 and will close at noon July 5. Gates open at 12:30 p.m., show begins at 2 p.m. Note: no animals, alcohol, cans, coolers or bottles allowed in festival site.

Back to nature

Women's Series: Brown's Park Overnight Explorations May 18 and 19 through Yampatika and Partners in Interpretation. Meet at 9 a.m. May 18 at Yampatika Nature Store and the group will return at 6 p.m. May 19.

The group will visit Brown's Park to hike, bird watch and visit historical sites. Registration and a $25 fee are required, food is not included. Call 871-9151 for more information, an itinerary and items to bring.

Off to Boulder

Here's what happening at the Boulder Theater, located at 2032 14th Street in Boulder in the week ahead. Call 303-786-7030 for information.

Friday: Reload with R.A.W., Dara, Rinse and Flux at 9 p.m. Admission is $15, 18 and older only.

Saturday: KGNU presents The Hazel Miller Band with special guest Liz Barnez at 9 p.m. Admission is $7.50, 21 and older only.

Monday: Boulder Weekly Presents "Raising the Sparks," a Chuck Davis film as a Jewish renewal fundraiser. Screening starts at 7:30 p.m. for $10, all ages welcome.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Boulder Weekly Film Series presents "Traffic" at 7 and 9:45 p.m. Admission is $5, all ages welcome.

Steamboatin

John Fawcett's watercolor "Steamboatin" can be viewed at Two Rivers Gallery and can receive bids in the silent auction that will benefit Strings in the Mountains.

Every year an artist donates a piece to be auctioned to Strings, which also appears on programs and posters. The silent auction ends at 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and bids begin at $5,000. To view or bid on the watercolor, Two River Gallery is located at 56 Ninth Street or call Strings at 879-5056. Two Rivers Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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