Brief Points for Dec. 19, 2003

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Last-minute gift ideas

Strings in the Mountain marketing director Jody Patten made a "Gift of the Arts" Holiday shopping list for people who are hard to buy for.

She suggests:

Gifts $10 and younger -- Tickets are only $1 for youth (18 and under) to Strings in the Mountains' two holiday youth concerts ("Riders in the Sky" on Dec. 27 and "The Nutcracker" puppet show on Dec. 29).

At $10, the 2003 Festival of Music CD is available at the Strings in the Mountains office, across from the Meadows Parking Lot.

Donate $5 to Strings' "Kids Supporting Kids" program and five children will receive free tickets to the 2004 season youth concert. This gift is tax deductible.

Gifts $20 and up -- Gift Certificates are available in any amount. Season passes to the three Winter Season concerts are $72.

You also may purchase individual tickets for next summer's series and direct Strings to give them to local health and human service agencies that distribute them to needy clients. This donation also is tax deductible.

For more information or to order gifts, call Strings in the Mountains at 879-5056 ext.100 or ext. 103.

Movie stars among us

Several residents of Steamboat Springs are featured prominently in a new documentary, "Saving Colorado's Treasures" produced by Chris Wheeler. A public screening of the film will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

The event is hosted by Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp, Historic Routt County! and the city of Steamboat Springs.

The 50-minute documentary highlights six preservation projects made possible through State Historical Fund grants, including a feature on Perry-Mansfield and an interview with former councilwoman Arianthe Stettner from Historic Routt County.

For more information, call 871-8215.

Gambler's Ball tickets on sale

Tickets are now available for The Gambler's Ball "Roaring '20s" New Year's Eve Party, sponsored by Perry-Mansfield and Emerald City Opera. The party, open to ages 21 and older, will begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court. Tickets are $50 per person.

Tickets are available at All That Jazz, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Epilogue Book Co., and the Sheraton or by calling 879-7125.

Design a snowboard

Ride Snowboards and ArtLink are looking for artists to enter the second annual "Snowboard Art 2: A Graphics Competition" scheduled for exhibition in February 2004.

The grand-prize design will be printed on five limited edition Ride snowboards. The grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and one of the limited edition Ride snowboards decorated with the design. The remaining four boards will be used for fund-raising purposes for the Surfrider Foundation's Snowrider Project, a national outreach program that seeks to educate snow-sport enthusiasts and alpine communities on the interrelationship between the mountain and coastal environments and promote watershed stewardship.

The competition is open to all artists working in any two-dimensional medium designed to fit the official snowboard template. Details are available at www.artlinksteamboat.org, www.ridesnowboards.com and www.artdeadline.com. Entries from the first design competition can be viewed online at www.artlinksteamboat.org.

The design competition will be held and exhibited in Steamboat Springs with an awards presentation following in February 2004.

'Valley Vows' at museum

The exhibits "A Century of Valley Vows: A Community Exhibit" and "Foundations of Steamboat: The Gossard Family" are now on display at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The exhibit traces the traditions, people and attire from weddings in Routt County over the past century.

Gallery open six days a week

Riverhouse Editions, a fine art print workshop and gallery, is open by appointment 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Call 871-1559 or 870-8944.

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