Free is key: Vail Valley events
You don’t have to be rich to have fun in Vail. In fact, you don’t have to have to hit up the ATM at all. From concerts to author events to art exhibits, opportunities abound this month to soak in culture without shelling out for tickets. We compiled a list of free events taking place in the Vail Valley this month.
Peruse digital photography by local artist Alan Crouch at the Town of Vail Public Library. The exhibit is open through March 15 during library hours, which are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The photography hangs in the community room. Call 970-479-2184 for more information.
The Bud Light Street Beat concert series continues with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. The six-piece band from Asheville, N.C., is renowned for its signature style called “bounce music,” funk combined with hip-hop, reggae, ska and Latin. The concert starts at 6 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village. For more information, call 970-949-1999 or visit http://www.streetbeatconcerts.com.
Author, Olympic television producer, feature filmmaker, award-winning journalist, ESPN commentator and former professional skier Bill Kerig has been writing, filming, sharing tips and competing on the World Pro Mogul Tour for more than two decades. His latest book, “The Edge of Never,” follows the story of father-and-son extreme skiers. The Vail Symposium event begins at 6 p.m. at Donovan Pavilion in Vail. For more information, visit http://www.vailsymposium.org or call 970-476-0954.
Children can enjoy festivities that celebrate the special qualities of a Vail winter. Children ages 6 to 11 will be entertained with an afternoon of face-painting, puppet-making, stories, games and play-acting. The carnival takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Town of Vail Public Library community room. For more information, call 970-479-2179.
In recognition of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, the libraries of the Eagle Valley Library District will hold a Seuss celebration. All three libraries will offer Dr. Seuss stories by library staff readers, followed by games and birthday cake. Event times are 1 p.m at the Avon Public Library, 2 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library and 4 p.m. at the Gypsum Public Library. For more information, call the Avon Library at 970-979-6797, the Eagle Public Library at 970-328-8800 or the Gypsum Public Library 970-524-5080.
Meet American realist painter Thomas Arvid. The artist is passionate about art and wine. A collector of both, he strives to capture the pleasure of a life well-lived on each canvas. The event takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Bohemian Gallery at the Beaver Creek Lodge. For more information, visit http://www.grandbohemiangallery.com or call the gallery at 970-845-1716 or 970-845-1702.
The Bud Light Street Beat concert series continues with The Indulgers. The Boulder band has been on the cusp of the Celtic-rock music scene in Colorado since 1998. Fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, drums whistles, pipes and vocals tell stories old and new. The concert starts at 6 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village. For details, call 970-949-1999 or visit http://www.streetbeatconcerts.com.
Learn about “The ABCs of Investing” at the Avon Public Library. Join Tom Larsen in a discussion of the differences between indexed and managed mutual funds. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 970-949-6797.
Disney on Ice presents “A Disneyland Adventure,” a complimentary performance at the ice rink in Beaver Creek plus skating with favorite Disney characters after the show. Weather dependent. Call 970-845-9090 for more information.
See an advanced screening of DreamWorks “Monsters vs. Aliens.” The event is 6:30 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The event is only free with a ticket. Pick up a free ticket at the Cookie Corner in Beaver Creek from 3 to 5 p.m. First come, first served. Call 970-845-9090 for more information.
Kids of all ages can do hands-on craft projects at a station adjacent to the skating rink in Beaver Creek. At the Mad Hatter Skating Party, skating is free with a crazy hat. Bring your own hat, or make one at the Cookie Corner from 1 to 5 p.m. Crafts and skating are from 3 to 5 p.m. Call 970-845-9090 for more information.
Painting and photography from part-time East Vail resident Timolyn Esson will be on display at the Town of Vail Public Library. She describes her work as “mixed-media acrylic paintings with photography inside.” The subject matter is childhood. The exhibit continues through March 31 during library hours. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details, e-mail email@example.com or call the library at 970-479-2184.
Author Shirley Welch will discuss her historic nonfiction book “The Eagle River Valley” at the Town of Vail Public Library. This book is part of the Images of America series and is a collaboration with the Eagle County Historical Society. Copies of the book will be available at this event. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at 970-479-2194 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A course on Afghanistan will be part of the Vail Symposium’s “Active Minds” series. In October 2001, the United States led a coalition invasion of Afghanistan seeking to oust the ruling Taliban and find al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden. Active Minds takes a look at the path Afghanistan has taken since then, including the establishment of a new government under the leadership of Hamid Karzai. The presentation will take a look at what the future holds for this war-torn country as U.S. troop presence there continues to increase. The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Singletree Community Center in Edwards. For more information, visit http://www.vailsymposium.org or call 970-476-0954.
The Bud Light Street Beat concert series presents Taj Mahal. Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th-century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world ” West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Hawaiian Islands. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Golden Peak in Vail Village. For more information, call 970-949-1999 or visit http://www.streetbeatconcerts.com.
The Bud Light Street Beat concert series presents John Brown’s Body. The reggae band takes a progressive approach to the traditional genre, infusing a broad spectrum of influences to create a unique sound. The eight-person band ranges from classic UK reggae of the ’70s to West African instrumentation and from indie rock to hip-hop. Music starts at 6 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village. For details, call 970-949-1999 or visit http://www.streetbeatconcerts.com.