Marie Carmichael leads a rehearsal Wednesday of the Mountain Madrigal Singers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The group will perform at 7 p.m. today.

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Marie Carmichael leads a rehearsal Wednesday of the Mountain Madrigal Singers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The group will perform at 7 p.m. today.

What to do in Steamboat this week, Dec. 11-17

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Today

— ❱❱ Local Artisans of Steamboat — Token Threads, 5 to 7 p.m.

Token Threads clothing store hosts a monthly series celebrating local artisans. Nicolette Powell will have gourmet holiday treats from her catering company, Creative Cuisine; Katy Vaughn and Maureen McQuillin will have knit hats and gloves from their KatyMaureen business; Jewelry by Lori will offer nature-inspired accessories; and Heather Bolles will sell sterling silver jewelry from her Just Right Jewels. Learn more about Token Threads’ new local artisans spotlight night on the “Steamboat Today” morning show at 8:35 a.m. Friday on Steamboat TV18. FREE. Call 871-4732. 635 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Jon Gibbs and Randy Kelley — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 6 to 8 p.m.

Longtime local musicians provide happy hour entertainment. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ “Trifle, Truffles and Figgy Pudding, Too” — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m.

The Mountain Madrigal Singers will perform a mix of sacred and secular holiday songs, from Renaissance time to modern times, in its “Trifle, Truffles and Figgy Pudding, Too” concert at 7 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at All That Jazz and at the door. A reception after the concert features seasonal desserts. Call All That Jazz at 879-4422 for tickets or choral director Marie Carmichael at 871-4883 for more information. St. Paul’s is at Ninth and Oak streets.

❱❱ Girls of Steamboat Calendar release party — Depot Art Center, 7 p.m.

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Jill Wernig talks about the Girls of Steamboat Calendar release party happening at 7pm on Dec. 11th at the Art Depot.

Jill Wernig talks about the Girls of Steamboat Calendar release party happening at 7pm on Dec. 11th at the Art Depot.

This event is a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, and a celebration for the release of the Girls of Steamboat calendar. Eveningwear is suggested, and the Arts Council will run a cash bar. Appetizers have been donated. Meet the girls on the calendar, view photos from the project, watch a video about the making of the project and dance the night away at this event. Admission is free, and donations are encouraged. Go to www.skitowncalendar.com for more information. Read more about the event on page 18 of Explore Steamboat, and watch an interview with calendar organizer Jill Wernig at www.exploresteamboat.com. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Country dancing — Shorty’s, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Shorty’s hosts free country line dancing each week. Call 736-2686. 107 Moffat Ave. in Oak Creek.

❱❱ “The Grinch” live — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Electronic music. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Smooth Money Gesture — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

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Jam and rock band Smooth Money Gesture plays today and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. Cover is $5 at the door.

Labeling themselves “groove-oriented, progressive psych rock,” the five musicians of Colorado band Smooth Money Gesture mix original songs with covers to produce a rock sound that dips a little into everything else that’s been popular in the past five or so decades. Listen to a live performance by the band at www.exploresteamboat.com. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

❱❱ DJ Also Starring — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Let the week go at Tap House’s Friday night dance party. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Me & Ed’s Music Machine — The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Eric Barry and Eric Delaney play rock music from the 1950s through the 1990s using a two-man setup to produce a full band sound. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ Missed the Boat — Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 10 p.m.

Local folk rock, bluegrass and Americana group Missed the Boat plays songs with mountain soul and a danceable beat. Listen to songs by the group at www.myspace.com/missedtheboatband, and learn more about Missed the Boat at www.exploresteamboat.com/bands/missed-boat. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

Saturday

❱❱ Holiday craft workshops — Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, times vary

Learn how to make a fall or holiday wreath from 10 a.m. to noon; design your own wrapping for gifts from 10 a.m. to noon; learn how to make gourmet gifts from 10 a.m. to noon; and create your own gingerbread house from 1 to 3 p.m. Prices vary by workshop. Call the Arts & Crafts Gym at 870-0384 for more information or to register. 1280 13th St.

❱❱ Artist demonstrations — Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 10 a.m. to noon

See featured artists for December paint photographs, create oil paintings and pop geodes. FREE. Call 879-4744. 1009 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Community Classes for Mind-Body Awareness — Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Alli Brook teaches Kundalini yoga in this new weekly series highlighting practices for mind-body awareness. Each class includes a tea tasting from The Deep Steep Tea Co. and a chance to look through the library’s collection of mind-body resources. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a blanket or mat if you have one. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted for a different local charity each week. Call 879-0240 for more information. 1289 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Steamboat Coloring Book kids activity — Epilogue Book Company, 2 to 4 p.m.

Megan Morgan, local artist and author of The Steamboat Coloring Book, leads a holiday stocking decorating activity for children of all ages. Hot chocolate and treats will be provided. FREE. Call 879-2665. 837 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Second annual Merry Mainstreet holiday celebration — Lincoln Avenue, 4 to 7 p.m.

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Kelly Landers lays out all the details on the Merry Mainstreet celebration happening this Saturday in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Kelly Landers lays out all the details on the Merry Mainstreet celebration happening this Saturday in downtown Steamboat Springs.

A parade featuring the Steamboat Springs High School football team, local organizations and Santa Claus kicks off the second annual Merry Mainstreet, a holiday celebration presented by Mainstreet Steamboat Springs. Highlighting downtown businesses, the event features competitions for gingerbread house and window decoration, visits with Santa and holiday carolers. New to the event is the Joyous Jaunt, a restaurant crawl including seven downtown venues offering holiday drink specials. Participants must get an entry form stamped at each bar to be eligible for a 7 p.m. drawing for restaurant gift certificates at Old Town Pub. Call 846-1800.

❱❱ “Steamboat Then & Now” book signing — Epilogue Book Company, 6 to 8 p.m.

Author Harriet Freiberger and photographer Ken Proper sign copies of their new local photo-history book. FREE. Call 879-2665. 837 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Under a Blood Red Sky — The Steamboat Grand, 7:30 p.m.

When Billy “Bono” Bunting started imagining his full-scale tribute to different stages in Irish rock band U2’s long-running career, he put years of music making and theater performance to use. With a video presentation matched to U2’s various moods, Bunting and the rest of his Denver-based tribute band channel the stadium-rock feel of their music heroes. Tickets for Saturday’s show are $15 at the door and are available starting at 7 p.m. Listen to Under a Blood Red Sky’s take on a U2 song and watch a promotional video at www.exploresteamboat.com, and learn more about the band at www.myspace.com/underabloodredskymusic. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

❱❱ Cosmic Night and free karaoke — Snow Bowl, 7 p.m.

FREE admission. The bowling alley also hosts “dollar bowling night,” with $1 games and $1 PBR, every Tuesday. Call 879-9840. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, off U.S. 40 in west Steamboat.

❱❱ Oakhurst — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Oakhurst replaces the fiddle player typically found in a bluegrass band with a drummer, a move that pushes the group well past its roots in American roots music. The band plays regularly in Colorado and tours frequently across the country. Oakhurst has shared stages with acts such as John Mayer, The Flaming Lips, The Avett Brothers and Emmylou Harris. Listen to a song by the band at www.exploresteamboat.com, and learn more about Oakhurst at www.exploresteamboat.com/bands/oakhurst. Pay $10 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Smooth Money Gesture — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Labeling themselves “groove-oriented, progressive psych rock,” the five musicians of Colorado band Smooth Money Gesture mix original songs with covers to produce a rock sound that dips a little into everything else that’s been popular in the past five or so decades. Listen to a live performance by the band at www.exploresteamboat.com. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

❱❱ Mambo dance party — Mambo Italiano, 10 p.m.

The theme for this week’s mud season dance party is “The Ugliest Sweater That Could.” The holiday celebration is the last Mambo dance party of the season, and offers a $100 gift certificate or bar tab to the party person with the most ironically hideous sweater. FREE. Call 870-0500. 521 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Pat Waters — The Boathouse Pubb, 10 p.m.

Multi-instrumentalist Pat Waters plays a variety of rock songs and other styles. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ The Dyrty Byrds — Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

The Dyrty Byrds are Colorado and Georgia musicians Sam Holt (of Outformation), Eric Martinez, Tori Pater and Mike Goletz. The group plays rock ’n’ roll music with a definite Southern influence. Read more about the band on page 20. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

Sunday

❱❱ Paul Geppert — Steaming Bean Coffee, 9 to 11 a.m.

Paul Geppert is a local folk, bluegrass and acoustic musician who performs regularly with the groups Cornbread and 3Wire. His solo acoustic set will be a fixture on Sunday mornings through the winter. FREE. Call 879-3393. 635 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ “Amahl and the Night Visitors” — United Methodist Church, 9 and 10:45 a.m.

Congregation members, the church choir and children join forces to present Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas season opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Call 879-1290. 736 Oak St.

❱❱ Holiday craft workshop — Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, 1 to 3 p.m.

Elise Matise leads a session about holiday gift-wrapping. Prices vary. Call 870-0384. 1280 13th St.

❱❱ Skate with Santa — Howelsen Ice Arena, 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This holiday-themed public skate session includes refreshments. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for youths and free for children ages 5 and younger. Skate rental is $4. Bring nonperishable food times to donate to the LIFT-UP Food Bank and get $2 off admission or skate rental for each item donated. Call 879-4300. 285 Howelsen Parkway.

❱❱ Sixth annual Cowboy Christmas Celebration — Saddleback Ranch, noon to 4 p.m.

This family-friendly event features tubing on Saddleback Ranch’s Yee-Haw Hill, horse-drawn sleigh rides, hot chocolate, cookies and a chance for children to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The event also serves as a toy drive for patients at Denver Children’s Hospital; bring a new, unwrapped toy for Mickey’s Fund. Call 879-3711. Saddleback Ranch is at 37350 Routt County Road 179; take U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs and watch for the turn onto C.R. 179 at mile marker 122.

❱❱ Live trivia — Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 p.m.

Test your nonessential knowledge in four rounds of questions, with categories ranging sports, history, food, music and more. Call 871-6277. 628 Lincoln Ave.

Monday

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra holiday concert —Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Local youth musicians perform seasonal and nonseasonal music in the Steamboat Springs Orchestra’s youth program concert. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. Call the orchestra office at 870-3223 for more information. 1289 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Acoustic open mic night — The Boathouse Pub, 7 p.m.

Local musicians Paul Geppert and Jay Roemer host an open mic night for acoustic music setups. This is a weekly event through the winter. Signup starts at 7 p.m. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Tuesday

❱❱ Expressions of the Spirit — Fishcreek at Sundance Plaza, noon to 2 p.m.

Susan de Wardt leads a weekly journaling workshop. The cost is $20. Call 846-6562. 465 Anglers Drive, Suite 2C.

❱❱ Holiday concert and art show — Soroco High School, 5:30 p.m.

Soroco secondary schools host an art show at 5:30 p.m. in the Soroco High School commons and a concert at 6:30 p.m. in the old gym. FREE. Call 736-2313.

❱❱ Holiday band concert — Steamboat Springs High School, 7 p.m.

Steamboat Springs Middle School music groups perform in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. FREE. Call 879-1058. 45 East Maple St.

❱❱ “The Gift of Fire” with Dan Caro — Bud Werner Memorial Library, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Drummer, inspirational speaker and burn survivor Dan Caro has spent his life devoted to make music and overcoming adversity. He shares his story and what he’s taken away from it in a public talk. Tickets are $10 in advance at All That Jazz or www.dancaro.com, or $20 at the door. Call All That Jazz at 879-4422 for tickets, and visit www.dancaro.com to learn more. 1289 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Acoustic music from a local musician. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ DJ Also Starring — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Local disc jockey Also Starring presents a 1980s dance party. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

Wednesday

❱❱ 32nd annual Community Holiday Party — Howelsen Hill Lodge, 6 to 8 p.m.

Tubing on Howelsen Hill, caroling, visits from Santa and refreshments including hot chocolate, cookies and cider will be featured at this annual community event. FREE. Call 879-4300.

❱❱ Live trivia — The Tap House Sports Grill, 6:30 p.m.

Answer questions on a variety of topics for a chance at Tap House gift cards. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Holiday concert — Steamboat Springs High School, 7 p.m.

High school concert and jazz bands and choir perform in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. Proceeds from a bake sale before the concert will go toward a spring band trip to Disneyland in California. FREE. Call 879-1058. 45 East Maple St.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 9 p.m.

Solo acoustic music from a local musician. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Sam Ayer — The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Solo acoustic music with a soulful flare from a local musician. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ DJ Also Starring — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Local disc jockey Also Starring presents a varied set. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Todd Tijerina — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Blues and rock musician Todd Tijerina takes a bare-bones approach to playing the guitar, giving himself a solid foundation of funky blues music with roots in New Orleans and Texas styles. Listen to Tijerina at www.myspace.com/tijerinaband. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

Thursday

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Writer’s Group — Depot Art Center, noon

Local writers gather for weekly readings of their work; visitors are welcome. FREE. Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Jon Gibbs and Willie Samuelson — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 5:30 p.m.

Local musicians play happy hour music. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ “Dogsledding the Rockies” slideshow presentation — Epilogue Book Company, 7 p.m.

Local author Dagny McKinley presents a slideshow based on her new book, “Wild Hearts: Dogsledding in the Rockies,” which chronicles McKinley’s two seasons as a sled guide at Grizzle T Dog & Sled Works in photos and short stories. FREE. Call 879-2665.

❱❱ Dustin Pittsley Band — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Dustin Pittsley Band is a blues, jam and Southern rock group from Oklahoma. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/dustinpittsley. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Kirk Martenson — The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Acoustic rock. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ Karaoke — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Feel like a rock star at Tap House’s free weekly karaoke night for ages 21 and up. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Todd Tijerina — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Blues and rock musician Todd Tijerina takes a bare-bones approach to playing the guitar, giving himself a solid foundation of funky blues music with roots in New Orleans and Texas styles. Listen to Tijerina at www.myspace.com/tijerinaband. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

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