Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio and her father John are scheduled to perform "Father and Daughter play Vivaldi" as part of the opening concert for the Steamboat Springs Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Youth tickets are available for $10.

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Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio and her father John are scheduled to perform "Father and Daughter play Vivaldi" as part of the opening concert for the Steamboat Springs Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Youth tickets are available for $10.

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Front man Chris Walsh, center, joins drummer Peter Heitz, left, and bass player Andy Pratt to form the band Trouble or Nothing. The band is hosting its debut CD release party at the Depot Art Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. The band is scheduled to start playing at 8 p.m.

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The Drew Emmitt Band plays a free concert Saturday at the base of Steamboat Ski Area as part of Steamboat OktoberWest. Local bluegrass band 3Wire opens the show at 4 p.m. An OktoberWest beer garden, cooking competition and pie eating contest are earlier in the day Saturday.

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Home ReSource holds it's second annual Creative Community Art Project this Saturday.  Stacy Weinberg talks about this great project.

Home ReSource holds it's second annual Creative Community Art Project this Saturday. Stacy Weinberg talks about this great project.

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OktoberWest is this weekend!  Harper Louden taps into Molly Killien for all the details.

OktoberWest is this weekend! Harper Louden taps into Molly Killien for all the details.

Today

— - Rally Colorado - Steamboat Springs, throughout the day

The ninth annual Rally Colorado runs through Routt County all weekend. Today's events include a Cook Subaru Technical Inspection at Cook Chevrolet/Jeep/Subaru from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and a Miller Coors Party Reception, Parc Expose (Car Show) at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue and Steamboat Car Club Display at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information about Rally Colorado, go to www.rallycolorado.org.

- Steamboat OktoberWest - Howelsen Hill and downtown Steamboat Springs, 5 p.m.

A new fall festival, presented by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, starts with a parade of cruiser bikes from the base of Howelsen Hill to Little Toots Park at 5 p.m. Starting at 6 p.m., downtown restaurants including 8th Street Steak House, Harwigs/L'Apogee, Mahogany Ridge, Mazzola's, Old Town Pub, Steamboat Smokehouse, The Tap House and Riggio's offer specials on food and samples of beer.

Five dollars buys six 5-ounce beer tokens at Little Toots Park; tokens are on sale from 5 to 7 p.m. at Little Toots. Buy a stein for Saturday's beer garden at Steamboat Ski Area for $8, a reduced price, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Little Toots. Call 879-0880 or go to www.steamboatoktoberwest.com for more information. Little Toots Park is at 12th and Yampa streets.

- "Grizzly Wars" with author David Knibb - Bud Werner Memorial Library, 7 p.m.

Epilogue Book Company and the Trappers Lake Sierra Club present lawyer, environmentalist and writer David Knibb, author of "Grizzly Wars: The Public Fight Over the Great Bear." Knibb will share his thoughts on grizzly bears in the Rocky Mountains, and take questions after his presentation. FREE. Call Rich at 871-8799. The library is at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street.

- Trouble or Nothing CD release party - Depot Art Center, 7 to 10 p.m.

Longtime local and singer-songwriter Chris Walsh unveils his first CD, a pop-punk project with a sharp sense of humor that's four years in the making. Read about Walsh's band, Trouble or Nothing on page 18 and listen to songs from the album, "Inflatable Rachael," at www.exploresteamboat.com. The concert is the first in a new songwriter series presented by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's performing arts committee. FREE. Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.

- Square dancing - American Legion Hall in Hayden, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The Green Ridge Mountaineers host a weekly square dancing night. The event is free for first-timers and $5.50 for returning dancers. Call 879-3521 for more information. On Third Street south of U.S. Highway 40.

- BLVD - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Former Steamboat Springs resident Mario Treadway, or MC Souleye, returns to town with his band, the San Francisco-based electronic music, hip-hop and dance act BLVD. Watch a video of the band performing at www.exploresteamboat.com. Pay $10 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Jason Wilder - The Boathouse Pub, 9:30 p.m.

Colorado-based folk and rock singer-songwriter Jason Wilder draws from an early life on the road for his life-ready songs. Listen to some of Wilder's original tracks at www.myspace.com/jasonwildermusic. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- Johnny O. Band - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

The three-piece Johnny O. Band has no trouble driving a dance party with blues background and healthy inclusion of funk and rock. Listen to the group at www.johnnyoband.com. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square.

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

Classic rock covers. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- Jerry Joseph - Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Songwriter and rock musician Jerry Joseph holds little back in his decades-informed creations. His solo set brings live, rock energy to those heart-bare original tunes. Listen to Joseph's songs at www.myspace.com/jerryjosephsolo. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

- DJ Also Starring - The Tap House, 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.

Saturday

- Run, Rabbit Run - Base of Steamboat Ski Area, 6 a.m.

The last race of the 2009 Steamboat Springs Running Series is a 50-mile ultra-run with 9,000 feet of climbing. The race starts at 6 a.m. at Steamboat Ski Area, goes up Mount Werner, across the Continental Divide to Rabbit Ears, and back. Go to www.steamboat50.com for more information.

- Rally Colorado - Steamboat Springs, throughout the day

The ninth annual Rally Colorado runs through Routt County all weekend. Today's events include the first car out at 8 a.m. from the Steamboat Springs rodeo grounds, with the first car coming in at 5 p.m.; and a Fanfest and Rally Car Display presented by Fireside Catering from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue, and Dirty Impreza Car Club Display at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue. For more information about Rally Colorado, go to www.rallycolorado.org.

- Steamboat OktoberWest - Steamboat Ski Area, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A new fall festival, presented by the Steamboat Springs Chamber, starts with a keg-tapping ceremony: Event organizers have selected several fall-themed, Rocky Mountain-produced beers for the OktoberWest beer garden. Ten dollars buys a 15-ounce stein with one free beer; stein refills are $3, and beers without a stein are $4. Food competitions include a local lamb cook-off from 1 to 3 p.m., with a people's choice tasting at 3:30 p.m., and a chocolate-pudding pie eating competition at 3:30 p.m.

Local bluegrass band 3Wire and Americana musicians the Drew Emmitt Band play a free concert starting at 4 p.m. Listen to a track from Emmitt's most recent CD, and watch a video of him performing, at www.exploresteamboat.com. Read an interview with Emmitt on page 20 of Explore Steamboat.

Admission to all events is FREE. The Gondola will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a Saturday Gondola ticket gets Sunday rides for free. Activities in the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone at the base of Steamboat Ski Area will be two-for-one from noon to 7 p.m.

Call 879-0880 or go to www.steamboatoktoberwest.com for more information. Little Toots Park is at 12th and Yampa streets.

- Pottery demonstration - Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, noon to 5 p.m.

Local ceramic artists Bill Sanders and Barb Gregoire demonstrate their techniques - Sanders shares his secrets to large bowls and platters, and Gregoire offers her expertise about teapots. See examples of their work at www.steamboatgallery.com. FREE. Call 879-4797. 1009 Lincoln Ave.

- Second annual Creative Community Art Project - Home ReSource at the Milner Landfill, noon to 4 p.m.

Home ReSource, a salvage yard that aims to divert reusable materials from the Milner Landfill, hosts a reception for its second annual community art project. Artists and community groups used materials from the salvage yard to create sculptures, mosaics and other works of art. The reception includes children's art activities, food and drinks.

Read more about the Creative Community project and watch an interview with event organizer Stacy Weinberg at www.exploresteamboat.com, and learn more about Home ReSource at www.salvageit.org. The salvage yard is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. FREE. Call 879-6985. The Milner Landfill is off U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs, at 20650 Routt County Road 205.

- Book signing - Off the Beaten Path, 2 to 4 p.m.

Charlie Diemer signs copies of his book "Pearl of Tao." FREE. Call 879-6830. 68 Ninth St.

- "WALL-E," swimming and movie screening - Old Town Hot Springs, 6 p.m.

Unlimited waterslides and swimming start at 6 p.m., and a screening of Pixar's "WALL-E" is at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for Old Town Hot Springs members and $12 for nonmembers. Call 879-1828. 136 Lincoln Ave.

- 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.

- Steamboat Springs Orchestra - Strings Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Accomplished concert violinist and music teacher Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio joins her father, Steamboat Springs Orchestra principal cellist John Sant'Ambrogio, for the duo's first-ever performance of the Vivaldi Concerto for Violin and Cello. Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, the guest artist for the Steamboat Springs Orchestra's season-opening concert, also will be featured on Schubert's Konzertstuck in D Major and the Kreisler showpiece Tambourin Chinois. Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 anchors the second half of the concert program. Read more about the orchestra's 2009-10 season and opening concert in Saturday's edition of Steamboat Today. Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and are available at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Vino and All That Jazz, or by calling the SSO office. Admission is $25 at the door, and student tickets are $10. Call 870-3223. The Strings Pavilion is at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

- Great American Taxi - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Leftover Salmon founding member Vince Herman taps into a Southern rock vibe with his band Great American Taxi, putting an Americana and roots rock touch to the solid instrumental talent that's driven Herman's career. Pay $10 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Sam Ayer - The Boathouse Pub, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday

Ayer plays rock and pop favorites and a few lesser-known songs in his acoustic set. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- Johnny O. Band - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

The three-piece Johnny O. Band has no trouble driving a dance party with blues background and healthy inclusion of funk and rock. Listen to the group at www.johnnyoband.com. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square.

Sunday

- Rally Colorado - Steamboat Springs, throughout the day

The ninth annual Rally Colorado runs through Routt County all weekend. Today's events include the first car out at 8:30 a.m. from the Steamboat Springs rodeo grounds, with the first car coming in at 4 p.m.; and an awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information about Rally Colorado, go to www.rallycolorado.org.

- Steamboat OktoberWest - Steamboat Ski Area, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A new fall festival continues with activities and discounts at the mountain. A $5 Bloody Mary bar at the Oasis sundeck at the top of the Gondola is from 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a $10 lunch buffet at the top of the Gondola is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Gondola will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a Saturday Gondola ticket gets Sunday rides for free. Activities in the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area will be two-for-one from noon to 7 p.m.

Call 879-0880 or go to www.steamboatoktoberwest.com for more information. Little Toots Park is at 12th and Yampa streets.

- Steamboat Dance Theatre auditions - Northwest Ballet Studio, 2 p.m.

Steamboat's community dance group holds auditions for its 38th annual concert, with pieces for all levels of dancers in a variety of dance styles. Everyone who auditions will be placed in the show. Registration is at 2 p.m., and auditions start at 3 p.m. Call 871-1880 or go to www.steamboatdancetheatre.org for more information. 326 Oak St.

- 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. Rio offers happy hour specials on food and drinks from 4 p.m. to close. Call 871-6277. 628 Lincoln Ave. The Tap House Sports Grill, at 729 Lincoln Ave., hosts the same trivia game at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

This week

- Steamboat Springs Photography Forum - Depot Art Center, 6:30 p.m.

Steamboat Springs photographer Peter Arnold demonstrates how he makes panoramic images out of several digital landscape photos. Annual membership for the Steamboat Springs Photography Forum, which offers an informational workshop on the third Monday of each month, is $60; first-time guests may attend for free. Call Gerald Hardage at (321) 303-3548 for more information. 1001 13th St.

- Pat Waters - Mahogany Ridge, 9 p.m. Tuesday

Rock songs and other tastes from a local musician. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- Trevor G. Potter - The Boathouse Pub, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday

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

- Acting and public speaking workshops with Stuart Handloff - Depot Art Center, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday

Local drama teacher Stuart Handloff offers a seven-week series of classes in public speaking and acting techniques. Tuition is $20 per week or $75 for the seven-week session. Call Stuart at (970) 355-9403 for more information. 1001 13th St.

- Trevor G. Potter - Mahogany Ridge, 9 p.m. Wednesday

Classic covers from a local singer-songwriter. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- Liquid Samurai - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m. Wednesday

Jam and psychedelic music, frequently paired with a light show. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Sam Ayer - The Boathouse Pub, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday

Ayer plays rock and pop favorites and a few lesser-known songs in his acoustic set. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- The Bryan Joyce Band - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m. Thursday

Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

BLVD performing "Stamina"

"Long Road" by Drew Emmitt

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