What to do this weekend


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"Pack Mule Blues" by WhiteWater Ramble


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WhiteWater Ramble plays danceable bluegrass today at Mahogany Ridge.


— - Yampa Fourth of July festivities - Town of Yampa, starting at 7 a.m.

"Out of this World" is the theme for the Fourth in Yampa, with a day stocked full of events. A pancake breakfast is from 7 to 10:30 a.m.; lineup and judging for the town parade is at noon, and the procession starts at 1 p.m.; head to South Routt Elementary School after the parade for a barbecue, crafts and games. Horse polo starts at 4 p.m., and the fireworks get going once it gets dark. Call Tom Yackey at 638-0276 or Arlene Porteus at 638-4496 for more information.

- Pancake breakfast - Little Toots Park, 7 to 10 a.m.

The Steamboat Springs Lions Club serves up an all-you-can-eat menu of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee and milk. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Proceeds stay local, and fund projects such as scholarships and optical care. Call Bob Rowe at 879-2396. Little Toots is at the corner of 12th and Yampa streets.

- Mainstreet Farmers Market - Sixth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Featuring locally and regionally grown produce, other foods, crafts and more, the Mainstreet Farmers Market includes dozens of booths, including several downtown business vendors. Admission is FREE. Call Tracy at 846-1800.

- Nordic combined event - Lincoln Avenue and Howelsen Hill, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Roller-ski racing down Lincoln is at 9:30 a.m. and ski jumping at Howelsen is from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

- Steamboat Sprint - Routt County Courthouse, 9:40 a.m.

Runners make a 400-yard dash down Lincoln Avenue. Registration for the race is at 9 a.m. in front of the courthouse. Entry fee is $4, and the winner of each age and gender category wins a $10 gift certificate to a local business. Call 879-2060. The courthouse is on Lincoln Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets.

- Fourth of July parade - Lincoln Avenue, 10 a.m.

Yampa Valley Bank presents the Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue with a theme of "Steamboat Seasons : Celebrating the Beauty." FREE. Call 871-7079.

- Art on the Mountain - Gondola Square, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The eighth annual Art on the Mountain features work by about a dozen local and regional artisans with vendors including painters, jewelers and other craftsmen. Admission is FREE, and Steamboat Ski Area will host its regular summer weekend activities during the fair. Call 879-6111. Gondola Square is at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, off Mount Werner Circle.

- Strawberry Festival - United Methodist Church lawn, after the parade

Proceeds from $3 ice cream sundaes and $1 ice cream cones and cups of lemonade will benefit local charities. Call 879-1290. Corner of Eighth and Oak streets.

- Taxpayer tea party - Routt County Courthouse lawn, after the parade

The 1773 Club hosts a taxpayer tea party immediately after the Fourth of July Parade, on the Routt County Courthouse Lawn, to protest federal tax rates and spending. Featuring an impersonator of former President John Adams. E-mail info@steamboatinstitute.org.

- Pioneer Day Block Party - Tread of Pioneers Museum, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition to the hot dogs, root beer floats, children's pioneer games and Victorian characters traditionally included in the history museum's patriotic block party, the Tread of Pioneers will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a big cake and live music from the Steamboat Swings big band. Dancers will be on hand to give demonstrations and instruction, and the museum will be open for free admission. FREE to attend. Call 879-2214. Corner of Eighth and Oak streets.

- Artist reception - Leisure Mountain Studio in Yampa, noon to 4 p.m.

Leisure Mountain presents new work by venue co-owner J-Jay Johnson. The coffee shop and gallery space will offer free coffee in the morning and will have wine available later in the day. For more information about the space or about Johnson's art, call 683-4500. 158 Moffat Ave. in Yampa.

- Ice cream social - Hahn's Peak Schoolhouse, 2 to 4 p.m.

The Hahn's Peak Historical Society hosts an ice cream social fundraiser, with homemade ice cream, a silent auction and door prizes. Pay $5, unless you're less than 3 feet tall, in which case you get in free. Call 879-7291. The schoolhouse is in Hahn's Peak Village, behind Hahn's Peak Cafe in the 61000 block of Routt County Road 129.

- Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory student recital - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 4 p.m.

Students from the summer chamber music program perform. FREE. Call 879-1350, ext. 13. Corner of Ninth and Oak streets.

- Sam Ayer - Rex's American Grill & Bar, 5 p.m.

Happy hour music from Ayer, who lists Count Basie, Mississippi John Hurt and Hank Williams among his influences. FREE. Call 870-0438. Rex's is at 3190 South Lincoln Ave., next to Holiday Inn.

- Jesse Christensen and Jon Gibbs - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 5 p.m.

Locally produced happy hour tunes. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series - Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 7 p.m.

The rodeo celebrates the 106th annual Cowboys Roundup Days all the usual events, including tie-down roping, steer wrestling and bull riding. Live entertainment and barbecue get going at 5:30 p.m., and Steamboat's Fourth of July fireworks start soon after the rodeo ends.

Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 7 to 15, and free for children ages 6 and younger. For more information, call 879-1818. The rodeo grounds are at 501 Howelsen Parkway, at the bottom of Fifth Street across the Yampa River.

- Blue Sun - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

The Boulder band Blue Sun plays all brands of funky music, tapping into Motown and R&B grooves for a high-energy set. Learn more about the band at http://bluesun.name. FREE show. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Missed the Boat - The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Naming the mountains, the Grateful Dead, Mahogany Ridge open mic nights and campfires among the things that have shaped the band's rockin' folk bluegrass sound, Missed the Boat serves up original tunes and a couple of choice covers. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- Fourth of July Fireworks display - Howelsen Hill, 9:30 p.m.

After technical problems foiled what was supposed to be the largest fireworks display in Steamboat Springs history in 2008, volunteer show Tim Borden said he has gone to professional conventions and gotten new equipment to make sure 2009 will go off without a hitch. A new launch site south and east of the rodeo grounds will add visibility, and Borden has promised more shells than 2007 or 2008, with 3,300 total fireworks to produce more than 10,000 in 19 minutes. Call 871-7079 for more information.

- EOE's New Orleans Refuge Allstars - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, after the fireworks

Koan and Billy Franklin from EOE, Holden Young and Eric Rolls from HY3 and members of the Bill Smith Band come together as a one-time-Steamboat-resident all-star band. Franklin ensures a killer light show to go along with the music, and spinning by DJ Leprechaun during the set breaks. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- Fourth of July DJ Party - The Tap House, after the fireworks

Selector Calder Don and DJ Also Starring team up for a Fourth of July dance party. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

- The Unknown Americans - Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Boulder-based Americana. Cover to be determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

- Hot Soup - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Boulder's Hot Soup plays a tasty blend of rock, funk and jazz. Pay $5 at the door. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/hotsoupband. Call 879-7070. Ski Time Square.


- Mountain Madness half marathon and 10K - Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot, 8 a.m.

Part of the Steamboat Springs Running Series, the Mountain Madness races start out from the ice arena and go over a paved course of rolling hills. Registration is $20. Contact the race director at scott.blair@yvmc.org. Howelsen Ice Arena is at 285 Howelsen Parkway.

- Art on the Mountain - Gondola Square, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The eighth annual Art on the Mountain features work by about a dozen local and regional artisans, with vendors including painters, jewelers and other craftsmen. Admission is FREE, and the Steamboat Ski Area will host its regular summer weekend activities through the fair. Call 879-6111. Gondola Square is at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, off Mount Werner Circle.

- Saddleback Ranch Cattle Drive - Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs, 10 a.m.

See and smell Steamboat's ranching heritage as cowboys drive 110 pairs of cattle down the town's main street as part of Cowboys Roundup Days. FREE. Call 875-7001.

- Cow Town Ranch Tour - Meet at Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Go on a ranch tour to learn about working cattle and elk ranches in Routt County. Transportation, guides, informational materials and root beer floats are included. Cost is $50 for adults, $10 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children ages 6 and younger. Call 879-0825. Artists' Gallery is at 1009 Lincoln Ave.

- The Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo - Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 5 p.m.

Local ranchers team up to demonstrate the daily workings of cowboy life, from penning a steer to roping and mock-branding a calf to milking a cow. Admission is FREE. Call 879-0880. The rodeo grounds are at 501 Howelsen Parkway.

- Bill Copper Quartet - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 6 p.m.

Ghost Ranch wraps up a holiday weekend of FREE music. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Game night - The Tap House, 10 p.m.

Square off in Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero and bar games. FREE admission, happy hour drink prices all night. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.


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