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This Week Outdoors: Where to go and what to do

Editor’s note: For a list of more sport and outdoor activities as well as other events happening around the valley, visit http://www.vaildaily.com/calendar. Events are subject to change.

Friday, Aug. 14

The Science Behind Your Watershed and River Restoration hike with Walking Mountains: Join Walking Mountains Science Center and Eagle River Watershed Council for an immersive hiking experience. Along the trail, hikers will learn about healthy streams, watershed restoration and more. Pre-registration is required and the hike starts at 9 a.m. Visit www.walkingmountains.org. This event is free ($10 if transportation is needed) and space is limited.

Yoga+Beats in the Street: This socially distanced yoga class in downtown Eagle is followed by specials and beats with Kirby K at Katch of the Day. The class starts at 7 p.m. and costs $20. Visit yogaandbeats.com to reserve a space.

Saturday, Aug. 15

GoPro Mountain Games Elements series presents Après 5K trail run: Open to runners (or walkers) of all ages and abilities, the Après 5K is part of the 2020 GoPro Mountain Games Elements series. The race ends at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, and is followed by a showing of The Barkley Marathons on the venue’s 23-foot-by-9-foot screen. Registration for the event is available at mountaingames.com (starting at 11 a.m. on July 28). Social distancing protocols will be in place.

Garden Tours at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens: Starting at 10:30 a.m., tours of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail explore alpine flora, mountain environments, history and more. Spots are limited, and participants are asked to arrive several minutes early. Register online at bettyfordalpinegardens.org.

Monday, Aug. 17

Join a naturalist for Walking Mountains’ Backyard Backcountry Hike Series: Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon offers free guided hikes on Mondays at 9 a.m., limited to 15 people per hike. The weekly series of half-day hikes explore local wildflowers, mysterious mycology and more. Visit www.walkingmountains.org to register.

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Beaver Creek Blast mountain bike race: The Vail Rec District’s Mountain Bike Series continues Aug. 18-19 with the Beaver Creek Blast. There are categories for all ages and abilities, and racers are spaced out across two days to help keep with social distancing guidelines. For more information on the series, visit www.vailrec.com. Races go from 4 to 8 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday of race days.

Outdoor yoga class at Beaver Creek: This free, 90-minute outdoor yoga class takes place Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Beaver Creek from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Visit www.beavercreek.com.

Family guided activities with Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail: Children and families can discover the great outdoors with some hands-on learning on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Cost is $10 per child and activities are best suited for ages 5-12 and are from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Visit https://bettyfordalpinegardens.org/.

Thursday, Aug. 20

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens presents Proper Pruning Workshop: Attendees will receive expert advice and learn tips and tricks to efficiently cutting away branches and stems to help garden growth. This event is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Ford Park in Vail and is free for members and volunteers and $10 for non-members. Visit https://bettyfordalpinegardens.org or call 970-476-0103.

Saturday, Aug. 22

GoPro Mountain Games Elements Series: Disc golf competition: Organizers of the GoPro Mountain Games Elements series have announced a disc golf event coming to the Cross Creek Disc Golf Course in Gypsum on Aug. 22. Each competitor will participate in two stroke-play rounds throughout the day with lunch from Rocky Mountain Taco and a player pack provided. Registration is $60, and space is limited due to county and state public health guidelines. Round 1 kicks off at 9 a.m., and Round 2 starts at 1:30 p.m. Register online at at https://mountaingames.com/the-games/elements/.

Saturday, Aug. 29

Camp Hale Half Marathon: The Vail Rec District’s Trail Running Series continues with the Camp Hale Half Marathon. This race begins 8 a.m. and is open to all abilities. Participants must pre-register. For more information, visit www.vailrec.com. Race organizers have adjusted certain protocols for safety.

Garden Tours at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens: Starting at 10:30 a.m., tours of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail explore alpine flora, mountain environments, history and more. Spots are limited, and participants are asked to arrive several minutes early. Register online at bettyfordalpinegardens.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 1-2

Davos Dash mountain bike race: The Vail Rec District’s Mountain Bike Series concludes Sept. 1-2 with the Davos Dash. There are categories for all ages and abilities, and racers are spaced out across two days to help keep with social distancing guidelines. For more information on the series, visit www.vailrec.com. Races go from 4 to 8 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday of race days.

Outdoor yoga class at Beaver Creek: This free, 90-minute outdoor yoga class takes place Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Beaver Creek from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Visit www.beavercreek.com.

Family guided activities with Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail: Children and families can discover the great outdoors with some hands-on learning on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Cost is $10 per child and activities are best suited for ages 5-12 and are from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Visit https://bettyfordalpinegardens.org/.

Saturday, Sept. 12

EverGold trail running race at Beaver Creek: The Vail Rec District’s Trail Running Series continues with the EverGold 10K and 5K at Beaver Creek. This race begins 9 a.m. and is open to all abilities. Participants must pre-register. For more information, visit www.vailrec.com. Race organizers have adjusted certain protocols for safety.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Boneyard Boogie trail running race in Eagle: The Vail Rec District’s Trail Running Series concludes with the Boneyard Boogie in Eagle. This race begins 9 a.m. and is open to all abilities. Participants must pre-register. For more information, visit www.vailrec.com. Race organizers have adjusted certain protocols for safety.

Vail Valley musicians trading the stage for the web: when and where to watch livestreams

Local musicians who usually play for a live audience are taking their shows on the road, kind of, via Facebook Live due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

Lifelong Vail local Johnny Schleper traded the Red Lion stage for his guest bedroom and has been going live every Friday since the ski resorts closed in March.

“It has been an interesting and humbling experience,” Schleper said about performing without a live crowd. “I definitely can’t do it without the awesome people streaming through Facebook Live every week.”

Fellow Red Lion singer Dave Tucker has been posting his live shows on Facebook Live as well, and both Tucker and Schleper have been a part of KZYR The Zephyr’s Virtual Friday Afternoon Club.

“It’s great exposure to be on KZYR’s Facebook page and the radio, or if people share it off of their Facebook page and create a watch party. I’m getting new fans from all over the world that are seeing me play for the first time,” Tucker said.

German sensation Helmut Fricker has entertained guests at Sarah’s Lounge at the Christiania in Vail on Friday afternoons for 40 years and isn’t letting the COVID-19 closures stop him.

“I get out my accordion and alpenhorn and play in front of my fireplace at 4:30 p.m. at my home in Eagle,” Fricker said.

Look closely, you may even spot his dog, Spencer, in the background wearing a Bavarian costume.  

Kevin Danzig is using this time to share some of his originals as well. His “A Song A Day ‘Til May” series has proven popular with fans and he may continue it next month with a different name: “Another Tune ‘Til June.”

Gathering together a string of soon-to-be-announced local artists, The Ghost Light Sessions hosted by the Vilar Performing Arts Center kicks off with a show by the Runaway Grooms at 7 p.m. on May 7. Additional artists will be announced soon.

“We have been working hard to really curate this set to be a very engaging listening experience that takes the viewers at home through a musical roller coaster,” said frontman Adam Tobin.  “We want listeners to feel like they’re at an actual live show again.”

For some performers, that’s the part of the show they miss most.

“The live show energy is unique every night. That connection is like a new conversation that’s always different and interesting. Can’t wait to have those conversations again,” said local musician Brendan McKinney.

Even Scott Munns is getting comments from his Vail fans while playing on Facebook Live from Florida. Munns splits his time playing gigs at the Bridge Street Bar in Vail and the Elbo Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“It’s fun to see the comments from the Vail locals or people who have seen me play there over the years. There will be some inside joke about a song I usually play, or they’ll ask me about O.J. Simpson and want me to play the ‘Bronco song’ — it’s just one big party,” Munns said.

Each performer says it helps them pass the time during social distancing and breaks up the day. Schleper has been recording and writing new songs, doing a little snowmobiling and getting the dirt bike ready.

“I’m also getting a lot of amazing family time, which is great because we have a daughter who is 16 months old,” Schleper said.  

Munns admits that he’s been less productive.

“I would like to say that I have been writing songs and being more creative but I’ve been watching TV and eating. Although I did learn the song, ‘I Saw a Tiger’ from the ‘Tiger King’ series on Netflix,” Munns joked.  

Although the online audience has been kind and generous, oftentimes tipping performers via virtual means, the performers do miss the live crowds.

“Nothing beats being in the same room with people who love live music and it’s that energy that gets shared multiple nights a week that I miss most,” Tucker said.  

Munns also misses the crowds and not having to social distance.

“Honestly, I miss hugging people, not in a weird or creepy kind of way, but I’m a hugger, I hug perfect strangers. I’m gonna hug people when we get the all-clear signal,” he said.

Catch these performers on Facebook Live:

If you’re a local artist doing a virtual performance and would like to be added to this list, email Entertainment Editor Casey Russell at crussell@vaildaily.com.

Entertainment editor Casey Russell contributed reporting to this story.