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September 2006
MUSIC: END-OF-SUMMER BLUES
Sure, you've got Oktoberfest in Larimer Square this weekend, and you've got John Mayer at Red Rocks on Monday and Tuesday. You've also got a seriously shrinking window of summer playtime in the mountains... So here's an idea instead: Hit all three in one place at the 13th annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, where you can catch up with John Mayer, sample from 55 microbreweries, and soak up the last of the summer sun in the Rockies. Really, it's a win-win-win situation. For three days, world-renowned musicians such as Mayer, Lou Reed, and Bruce Hornsby will take over the mountain haven, including late-night groove sessions in local juke joints. Beer, music, mountains. If that doesn't sound like a summer's end celebration...Well, it does. So go. Fri 3 p.m.–Sun 10 p.m. Telluride. $50/single day pass; $140/three-day pass. For more information or tickets, call 866-515-6166 or visit www.tellurideblues.com. HEALTH: WHAT'S COOKING IN YOUR LIFE?
We're heading into fall, we're stowing the bathing suits in the "summer bin" for the attic, and we're pulling on the long pants and jackets more often. Bad news? Let's face it—our healthy summer living is on the down slope. Good news? The International Center for Performance & Health can help with this dire situation. A team of experts is on point at the ICPH to help you identify goals, eat right, exercise appropriately, and keep a positive attitude relative to your abilities, so everyone from elite athletes to stay-at-home moms can find the right balance of techniques to stay healthy. Not sure where to begin? Start with some Conscious Cooking Classes, held Tuesday nights through December. Learn about the benefits and techniques of Food Combining (Sep. 19 & 26), Low Glycemic Index Cooking (Oct. 3 & 7), Vegan/Vegetarian Cooking (Nov. 7 & 14), and Healthy Italian Cooking (Dec. 5 & 19). International Center for Performance & Health, 1720 S. Bellaire St., penthouse. $75/class; $195/three classes; $275/five classes. For more information or to register, call 303-756-ICPH or visit www.ICPHBalance.com. FAIR: REDUCE, REUSE, AND HAVE FUN
Hop on the free, alternatively fueled shuttle to the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair in Fort Collins this weekend, and get the low-down on renewable energy, natural health, organic agriculture, green building, and alternative transportation. More than 35 workshops, four keynote speakers (including Mayor Hickenlooper) a silent auction of sustainable goodies and services, the Planet Youth kids' zone, and a "friendly food market" (read: organic, healthy eats) will keep you moving all weekend, so make some time to take a load off in the hammock forest at the beer garden (bring your own mug, of course) or hit up the meditation tent in the Zen Zone. Pick the brains of the keynote speakers and other community leaders at Friday's VIP food-and-drink fest at the New Belgium Brewery, 5–7 p.m. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5; children under 12 free. Oxbow Property across from New Belgium Brewery, 500 Linden St., Fort Collins. For more information, call 970-224-FAIR or visit www.sustainablelivingfair.org. SPEAKER: THINK IT'S HARD FOR YOU TO STAY IN SHAPE?
Boulderite Michelle Theall, founder of Women's Adventure magazine and an avid runner, hiker, rock-climber, and snowboarder, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003. She fought back against the disease, getting back in shape, staying active, and seeking adventure every day. Theall will speak about the launch of the magazine and share her message about the importance of physical and mental strength—even in the face of life-altering news about your health—when she drops by Outdoor DIVAS (home of Boulder's coolest gear-gets for the ladies) this Tuesday. Join her at the "Evenings with DIVAS" motivational session if you need a good kick in the butt to get the rest of your life started. Tue 7 p.m. Outdoor DIVAS, 1133 Pearl St., Boulder. For more information, call 303-449-DIVA or visit www.outdoordivas.com.