Stacy Leilua plays her part during a rehearsal for "Eccentricities of a Butterfly."

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Stacy Leilua plays her part during a rehearsal for "Eccentricities of a Butterfly."

What to do this weekend for July 10 to 12

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Today

— - Wildflower illustration workshop - Trillium House at the Yampa River Botanic Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Certified botanical illustrator Barbara Flowers covers the intricacies of creating realistic pencil drawings of plants. The three-day session coincides with the Steamboat Art Museum's presentation of "RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado," a collection of 40 botanical illustrations by members of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists. Tuition for the class is $200; materials are an additional $75, or participants may bring their own. Call 870-1755 to register.

- Figure drawing session - Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Bring your own supplies to this open figure drawing session. Model fee is $12. Call 879-4744. 1009 Lincoln Ave.

- Brown Bag Lecture - Tread of Pioneers Museum, noon

In the second installment of its weekly lunchtime lecture series, the history museum presents "The Last Ridge," a movie focusing on the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. Admission is FREE; bring a bag lunch. Call 879-2214. Corner of Eighth and Oak streets.

- Design District Stroll - Between Third and Fifth streets, 4 to 7 p.m.

Visit the businesses at the east end of downtown, taste refreshments and register for prizes. The event is FREE to attend. Call Tracy Barnett with Mainstreet Steamboat Springs for details at 846-1800.

- Hayden Farmers Market - 100 block of Walnut Street in Hayden, 5 to 8 p.m.

Featuring several food stands and other types of vendors, the recently founded Hayden Farmers Market is FREE to attend. Call Suzanne at 846-0616 for more information or to apply to be a vendor at future markets.

- Jesse Christensen - Rex's American Grill & Bar, 5 p.m.

Happy hour entertainment. FREE. Call 870-0438. Rex's is at 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., next to Holiday Inn.

- "Taming of the Shrew" - Spring Creek Park, 6 p.m.

The first performance of the 2009 Picnic Theater Festival updates a William Shakespeare classic. Bringing in performers from Steamboat Springs and New Zealand, the festival strives to get theater out of the box while building cultural connections. Admission to all Picnic Theatre performances is FREE; donations are accepted. Call Stuart Handloff at 355-9403 for more information. Park at Steamboat Springs High School and walk to Spring Creek Park.

- Organstein Jazz Trio - Three Peaks Grill, 7 p.m.

Cool off with tunes from Paul Potyen on organ, Steve Boynton on guitar and Dave Allen on drums. FREE. Call 879-3399. 2165 Pine Grove Road.

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

The rodeo includes all the usual events, such as tie-down roping, steer wrestling and bull riding. Live entertainment and barbecue get going at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 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.

- Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory faculty concert - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m.

The faculty of the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory features top string players and pianists from across the country. FREE, with a $10 suggested donation. Call 879-1350, ext. 13. Eighth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat Springs.

- Leahy - Strings Music Pavilion, 8 p.m.

All eight members of the family Celtic band Leahy will be on hand for this Strings Music Festival Different Tempo Series Performance. A trio of fiddle players drives the gorgeously fine-tuned sound, which draws on traditional Celtic melodies and folk rock spirit to strike a balance between scorching string sets and graceful ballads. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/leahymusic.

Tickets are $55 and were limited at press time. Call 879-5056. The Strings Music Pavilion is across from the Meadows Parking Lot, at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

- Road Soda - The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Road Soda plays a blend of rock and funk. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- Andy Griggs - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

With three records on RCA Records and a sing-along-laden 2008 smaller label release to his credit, Nashville music man Andy Griggs has a smoothly manicured country sound that allows for hints of his Louisiana heritage. Listen to Griggs at www.myspace.com/andygriggs. Tickets are $25 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Worried Men - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 10 p.m.

The longtime locals of Worried Men play the longtime favorites of the masses. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- James & The Devil - Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Denver five-piece rock band adds a layer of Americana to its music with the unruly fiddle playing of David Ross, screaming lead guitar lines and carefully designed jam sessions. Read an interview with Ross in this week's Explore Steamboat weekend guide, and listen to a recent James & The Devil recording at www.exploresteamboat.com. Cover for the show is to-be-determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

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

A weekly dance party features a mash-up of Also Starring's ever-changing record collection along with crowd-pleasing hits. Drink specials at the bar all night: $2 well drinks and $2 draft beer. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

- Riverbend - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Boulder's Riverbend returns to Steamboat with two nights of bar-ready bluegrass at The Tugboat. The band employs a banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass to produce songs that are as much dance-fueled rock as they are high mountain tradition. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/riverbend07. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. The Tugboat is in Ski Time Square.

Saturday

- Hot Air Balloon Rodeo - Bald Eagle Lake, 6 to about 9 a.m.

Thirty-two hot air balloon pilots will compete in a multi-task race, taking off from Bald Eagle Lake at 7 a.m. before heading to an obstacle at River Creek Park and returning to the launch site. The launch field is open to spectators starting at 6 a.m., with inflation starting at 6:30 a.m. Shuttles will bring spectators to the site from free parking at the Meadows Lot. There will be bike lockups at Bald Eagle Lake but no parking spaces. Read more about the event in today's Steamboat Today. Admission is FREE. Call 879-0880. The Meadows Lot is at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads, and Bald Eagle Lake is on U.S. Highway 40, about a mile south of the intersection with Walton Creek Road.

- Wildflower illustration workshop - Trillium House at the Yampa River Botanic Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Certified botanical illustrator Barbara Flowers covers the intricacies of creating realistic pencil drawings of plants. Tuition for the class is $200; materials are an additional $75, or participants may bring their own. Call 870-1755 to register.

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

Featuring regionally grown produce, arts and crafts, food vendors, local businesses and live music, the Mainstreet Farmers Market takes place every Saturday through the summer. Admission is FREE. Call Tracy at 846-1800.

- 35th annual Art in the Park - West Lincoln Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Art in the Park brings in more than 150 artisan vendors, along with plenty of food and live entertainment. The KidSpot area offers free or low-cost craft activities for children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there will be a free tie-dye T-shirt demonstration at 9:30 a.m. Entertainment includes performances in theater, jazz, African dance, belly dance and rock music. At 6 p.m., performers from the Picnic Theatre Festival present "Songs Around a Campfire," an original musical theater piece.

For more information and a complete schedule of Art in the Park events, look inside this edition of Explore Steamboat. Admission is FREE, and the Arts Council will accept donations at the gate. West Lincoln Park is at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue; parking is limited.

- David Harlan - Rex's American Grill & Bar, 5 p.m.

Happy hour entertainment. FREE. Call 870-0438. Rex's is at 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., next to Holiday Inn.

- Greg Scott - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 5 to 7 p.m.

High lonesome Western tunes. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Fistful of Flamingos - Ben & Jerry's, 6 p.m.

Local band of high school students. FREE. Call 875-1400. 690 Wildhorse Plaza in Wildhorse Marketplace.

Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory student recital - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m.

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

- Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series - Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 7:30 p.m.

The rodeo includes all the usual events, such as tie-down roping, steer wrestling and bull riding. Live entertainment and barbecue get going at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 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.

- Jon Kimura Parker with the Strings Festival Orchestra - Strings Music Pavilion, 8 p.m.

Violinist Andres Cárdenes and violist Arturo Delmoni open the second classical concert anchored by the Strings Festival Orchestra with Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. The show continues with Respighi's "Trittico Botticelliano." Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, starring Jon Kimura Parker behind the keys, closes out the night. Tickets are $50 for adults and $5 for children. Call 879-5056. The Strings pavilion is at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

- Live music - The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- Spring Creek Bluegrass - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

The first Colorado band to be tapped by venerated Virginia bluegrass label Rebel Records, Spring Creek Bluegrass has an undeniably lyrical focus to its slightly updated take on tradition. Listen to a song by the band at www.exploresteamboat.com. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and are available at All That Jazz, Pioneer Spirits and Ghost Ranch Saloon. Pay $10 on the day of the show at Ghost Ranch. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Mountain Standard Time - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 10 p.m.

Coming out of Nederland, Mountain Standard Time falls into the Colorado jamgrass tradition nicely, with strong instrumental chops serving the band well. Listen to a song by the group at www.exploresteamboat.com. Cover is $5 at the door. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- James & The Devil - Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Denver five-piece rock band adds a layer of Americana to its music with the unruly fiddle playing of David Ross, screaming lead guitar lines and carefully designed jam sessions. Read an interview with Ross in this week's Explore Steamboat, and listen to a recent James & The Devil recording at www.exploresteamboat.com. Cover for the show is to be determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

- Riverbend - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Boulder's Riverbend returns to Steamboat with two nights of bar-ready bluegrass at The Tugboat. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/riverbend07. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. Tugboat is in Ski Time Square.

Sunday

- Hot Air Balloon Rodeo - Bald Eagle Lake, 6 to about 9 a.m.

Thirty-two hot air balloon pilots will compete in a multi-task race, taking off from Bald Eagle Lake at 7 a.m. before heading to an obstacle at River Creek Park and returning to the launch site. The launch field is open to spectators starting at 6 a.m., with inflation starting at 6:30 a.m. Shuttles will bring spectators to the site from free parking at the Meadows Lot. There will be bike lockups at Bald Eagle Lake but no parking spaces. Read more about the event in today's Steamboat Today. Admission is FREE. Call 879-0880. The Meadows Lot is at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads, and Bald Eagle Lake is on U.S. 40, about a mile south of the intersection with Walton Creek Road.

- Wildflower illustration workshop - Trillium House at the Yampa River Botanic Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Certified botanical illustrator Barbara Flowers covers the intricacies of creating realistic pencil drawings of plants. Tuition for the class is $200; materials are an additional $75, or participants may bring their own. Call 870-1755 to register.

- 35th annual Art in the Park - West Lincoln Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Art in the Park brings in more than 150 artisan vendors, along with plenty of food and live entertainment. The KidSpot area offers free or low-cost craft activities for children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there will be a free tie-dye T-shirt demonstration at 9:30 a.m. Entertainment includes performances in theater, drumming, Irish dance and rock music.

For more information and a complete schedule of Art in the Park events, look inside this edition of Explore Steamboat. Admission is FREE, and the Arts Council will accept donations at the gate. West Lincoln Park is at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue; parking is limited.

- Routt County Pioneer Picnic - Phippsburg Park in Phippsburg, noon

Bring a covered dish, salad or dessert to this annual event, which is sponsored this year by the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg and the Yampa-Egeria Historical Society. Linda Long will provide free barbecue. Call 736-8245 for more information. Phippsburg is about 20 miles south of Steamboat Springs on Colorado 131.

- "Eccentricities of a Butterfly" - Spring Creek Park, 6 p.m.

The 2009 Picnic Theater Festival presents an original play by local writer Dagny McKinley, who chronicles a day in the life of her free wheeling character, Audrey Rose. Admission to all Picnic Theatre performances is FREE; donations are accepted. Call Stuart Handloff at 970-355-9403 for more information. Park at Steamboat Springs High School and walk to Spring Creek Park.

Todd Reid - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 6 p.m.

Jazz drummer Todd Reid shares his years of experience. Cover TBA. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Game night - The Tap House Sports Grill, 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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