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Posted on February 03 2011, 11:02am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Free avalanche safety class Saturday at Molas Lake Park
The Silverton Snowmobile Club (co-hosting with Durango’s San Juan Sledders and presented by the Forest Service) is holding a free Avalanche Safety Class on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. 
The class will be held at the Molas Lake Park area. This one-day class will cover how to read snow and how to use avalanche beacons and probes, in addition to snow safety. 
The snowmobile club will be providing chili and Amy’s special “hot crackers,” as well as some non-alcoholic beverages. 
In order to get the most from the class please bring beacons, shovels and probes, if you have them. The Gear Exchange in Silverton, (970) 387-5228, has offered discount prices to people attending the class so please call them if you wish to purchase these items. 
Be sure to wear layers of warm and water-proof or water-resistant clothing for this outdoor class and be sure to wear sunscreen as the sun can be intense. 
If you have any questions about the class or attendance please call Laura at (970) 744-9446, Dean at( 970) 744-1876 or Jim at (970) 387-5512.
Train Appreciation 
Day is Saturday, Feb. 5
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has long offered a “Locals Appreciation Day” with discounted train tickets for Silverton residents, and now the town is returning the favor.
“On Feb. 5 we’re putting on a ‘Train Appreciation Day’” for railroad employees, said Rodger Wrublik, owner of the Wyman Hotel.
He said the Wyman will be offering free rooms along with free ski, snowboard, sled, backcountry, snowshoe and skate rentals.
The Bent Elbow is also offering free rooms for railroad employees, along with the Teller House. The Teller House is also offering free breakfast for 14 people.
The Pride of the West is offering a free cover charge for the band playing Saturday night, and the Pickle Barrel is offering 10 percent discounts on meals for railroad employees.
“This has turned into a real hit, with a waiting list already in the works for more rooms,” Wrublik said.
Rainbow Ball Express to roll down Kendall Mountain on Feb. 12
The Silverton Youth Center is selling tickets for the Rainbow Ball Express which will be launched at Kendall Mountain sledding hill at about 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12.
Purchase a numbered, colored ball from the SYC for $2 or get three for $5.
The numbered balls will be launched from the top of the sledding hill and the first ball through the chute wins a $50 grand prize.
The first ball of each color will win the purchaser a local gift certificate and the last ball through the chute wins as well.
A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold.
Tickets are available at the Silverton Youth Center or call 759-0521 for delivery.
A Theatre Group plans reading of “The Diaries of Adam and Eve”
A Theatre Group will be presenting a staged reading of “The Diary of Adam and Eve” on Feb. 10, 11 and 12.
The play is based on Mark Twain stories and adapted for stage by David Burney.
It is being directed by Erin Powers and will star Mary Morris and Jim Lindaman.
The staged reading will take place at the Pickle Barrel restaurant at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 10-12.
In the play, Adam and Eve discover each other in the Garden of Eden and record their experiences on stone tablets (The first diaries!).
 Their dramatized courtship sparkles with wit and humor, poignancy and pathos. Eve tries to knock down a few stars to wear in her hair, discovers the beauty of fire, talks to her reflection in the pool, thinking it’s her sister, and pleads with Adam not to go swimming over Niagara Falls (or at least go over in a barrel).  
At last, however, when they leave the Garden, Adam and Eve discover their enduring love and need for each other. This highly original two-character play, drawn from Mark Twain’s “Diaries of Adam and Eve,” is a barrel of laughs, as rich in wisdom as in wit.
Railroad offering a
romantic excursion 
for Valentine’s Day
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering a train and dinner package as a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Passengers will enjoy an afternoon train ride to Cascade Canyon, followed by dinner at the Historic Strater Hotel.   
Cars offered on this ride are the Alamosa Parlor Car, the Cinco Animas, the Prospector Car, the San Juan Car or Standard-Class coach seating. Upon return to Durango at 6:30 pm, passengers will enjoy a festive buffet in the private Pullman Room at the Historic Strater Hotel. 
The train ride and dinner will be accompanied by the live music of Tim Guidotti.
The train departs Durango at 1:30 p.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at the Strater Hotel is from 7 to 8 p.m. Packages include the train ride, onboard sweets, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages in Premium cars, a complimentary glass of champagne (for passengers 21 and over), dinner and music. Prices range from $99* per person, depending on class of service selected.
*All fares are subject to a 4 percent Historic Preservation Fee. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. For more information and reservations, call 970-247-2733 or 888-872-4607 or visit www.durangotrain.com.
Kicksled Rodeo gets kicking on Feb. 19
Silverton Mountain School is sponsoring the Silverton Kicksled Rodeo this year on Saturday, Feb. 19.
The event starts at 10 a.m. on Blair Street, in front of the Avalanche Cafe. All participants will be awarded trophies.
Political parties plan meetings for Feb. 10
The San Juan County Republicans will meet in the Commissioner’s room and the Democrats in the County Treasurer’s office on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. for their bi-annual re-organizational meetings.  
At these off-election year meetings, officers and precinct people are elected.
The physics of musical instruments explored
The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College presents “The Physics of Musical Instruments” by Daniel E. Farmer tonight, Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in Noble Hall, Rm. 130. 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
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