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Join SSAC visual arts committee

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting applications for its Visual Arts Committee. Among other things, this volunteer committee works with the SSAC staff in determining the upcoming shows in the gallery and is involved in setting policies regarding the visual arts programs at The Depot. Deadline for applications is September 21. Call Beth at 879-9008 for more information.

Plein Air show still at Depot

The Small Works Gallery at the Depot Art Center presents the Plein Air Painters Workshop in the Plein Air Exhibit now through Sept 24. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 879-9008 for more information.

Partners offers Mad Creek hike

Partners in Interpretation presents a free hike to the Forest Service's Mad Creek Barn to see the new renovations to the historical structure from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The hike continues every Thursday with varying times from now until Sept. 27. Good hiking shoes, water and rain gear are essential. The hike is four miles round trip and is an easy to moderately strenuous walk. Keep posted for the weekly times in 4-Points or call 871-9151 for more information and for reservations.

Perry-Mansfield hosting gala

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp hosts the sixth annual Madness de Vine for sponsors and other community members for a night of international food and wine and auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the top of the gondola. Gondola boarding will begin at 6 p.m.

Wine tastings will be from Washington, Chile and Argentina, Italy, Spain and more. Award-winning quilter David Taylor will present his Perry-Mansfield auction item "Wildflower Ballet," with bids starting at $5,000. Proceeds will benefit future growth of Perry-Mansfield. Tickets are $50 at All That Jazz, The Bottleneck, Central Park Liquor, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Chase Oriental Rugs. Call Perry-Mansfield at 879-7125 for more information.

Neil Diamond plays in Denver

Neil Diamond is coming to the Pepsi Center at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and tickets are on sale now. Diamond will highlight material from his new CD, "Three Chord Opera," as well as old time favorites. Diamond has added a new horn and string section to his band. In his career, Diamond has sold 115 million records. The tour is presented by Barry Fey and House of Blues Concerts.

Tickets can be purchased at the Pepsi Center Box Office and Ticketmaster locations (including Rite Aid, Foley's, Tower Records, Budget Tapes and CDs, Angelo's CD's and More, Wherehouse Music). To charge by phone, call (303) 830-TIXS or (719) 520-9090 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Winefest set for this weekend

Colorado Mountain Winefest presents its 10th annual celebration today through Sunday in Palisade. The Grand Harvest Celebration begins the three-day fall wine festival with winemakers dinners at six select restaurants and facilities in Grand Junction and Palisade.

Saturday begins the Festival in the Park featuring a variety of wines from 20 of the state's wineries. Dotsero and Laura Newman & AOA entertain the crowd with live jazz after the 18-piece Swing City Express. Other festival events include food demonstrations with professional Colorado chefs, chef food and wine pairing competition, ice carving, grape-stomping contest and an amateur winemakers competition. Saturday night features the Winefest Heart Gala with Colorado wines, chamber music, Broadway musical hits and a healthy food fare at Adam's Mark Hotel in Grand Junction. Sunday includes a Tour the Wineries event with music and special appetizers to enhance the wines. Visit www.coloradowinefest.com or call (800) 290-0303 for tickets and more information.

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