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Posted on October 11 2012, 10:44am by Mark Esper in Local News category
 
Chickens, ponies and a goat arrived in Silverton on Sunday for “A Day at the Farm” at the Silverton Family Learning Center. The critters came from the ranch of Mario and Vicky Acosta of Farmington, N.M.
ABOVE: Reid Weller, 3, and Elliot Barszcz, 1, check out a goat.
 
Students to perform
in concert tonight
Silverton music students will be putting on a short concert tonight, Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the school multipurpose room
“I’ve been teaching 3rd-8th graders for the past six weeks, and we will be putting on a short concert to show their progress thus far,” said music teacher Lacey Black. 
Admission is free.  
“The kids have been working on rhythms and singing, and will be performing works that they helped compose, and will be using some basic drums and instruments,” Black said.   
 
‘Blazing Ice’ debut, slide show Friday
On Friday, Oct. 12, Silverton American Legion Post #14 will host the debut of “BLAZING ICE: Pioneering the 21st Century’s Road to the South Pole,” by Silverton author John H. Wright as featured in this newspaper on March 1. 
A slide show presentation, reading and book signing by the author will be held in Al Homann Memorial Hall. Books will be on sale by the American Legion as a fund raiser for its good works.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m.
 
SJC Concert Band 
to perform Saturday
The San Juan College Concert Band under the baton of Dr. Keith Cochrane returns to Silverton on Saturday, Oct. 13.   
The concert features a wide-ranging variety of music including pieces by classical composers Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Bela Bartok, and Claude Debussy.  
Repertoire of local interest include Paso Doble for Geraldo Molinero (read: Gary Miller!) and Marvin Paioff’s “American March.”
On the lighter side, the band performs Leroy Anderson’s “The Typewriter” (remember Jerry Lewis?), and the rock band Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son.”
The band will perform at the Congregational Church at 7 p.m. as a benefit for the Silverton public school music program.  
 A true community band, the SJC Concert Band has members ranging in age from junior high school to senior citizen.   
They practice once a week throughout the year, performing concerts both at the college and at summer venues around Farmington.   
This will be the third year they have come to Silverton to perform in the acoustically amazing Congregational Church.   
The band’s director, Dr. Keith Cochrane, has been a member of the festival brass band for 16 years and is an honorary member of the Silverton Brass Band.
 
School fundraiser 
Oct. 18 to provide 
a taste of Rwanda
The public is invited to the Silverton Middle School Gallery Night and Dinner in the school’s performing arts center on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The event is a fundraiser for the school to bring two students and a teacher from Rwanda for four weeks later this year.
The 65 students at the school are studying Africa as part of their Expeditionary Learning efforts this year.
A $12 donation includes a 3-course authentic Rwandan meal, poetry reading, and gallery walk.
A 40-minute video, “Mountain Gorilla,” will be shown.
The Rwandans are scheduled to arrive Nov. 8 and stay until Dec. 8.
 
Wilderness first aid course set for Oct. 27-28
A wilderness first aid course by Remote Medical International will be conducted in Silverton Oct. 27-28 at Kendall Mountain Recreation Area.
The event is sponsored by Silverton Avalanche School.
The 16-hour course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to treating sick or injured patients, for individuals working or playing in remote environments.
Tuition is $205.
And from Nov. 9-18, Remote Medical International will conduct a Wilderness First Responder class at Kendall Mountain, again sponsored by Silverton Avalanche School.
Wilderness First Responder is an 80-hour course recognized as the standard medical certification for guides, trip leaders, outdoor educators, and anyone working or recreating in remote areas.
Tuition is $650.
Based in Seattle, Remote Medical International provides equipment, training telemedicine and onsite medical care for anyone who works or plays where the hospital is not an option.
For more information call (800) 597-4911 or go to www.remotemedical.com on the Internet.
 
Locals can ride train 
for $20 until Oct. 27
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering two weeks of Local Appreciation fares to ride the train round-trip (Standard Class) for $20 per person from Oct. 13–27.
The train departs Durango at 8:30 a.m. and travels to Silverton for a two-hour, fifteen-minute layover, leaving for Durango at 2:15 p.m. On Oct. 13, there is a 9:15 am train departure, arriving in Silverton at 12:45 p.m. and leaving for Durango at 2:45 p.m.
 Residents of Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Ridgway are included in this offer. Tickets are available at either the Durango or the Silverton depot or by calling (970) 247-2733 or (970) 387-5416. 
Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking and proof of residence will be required. No other discounts apply and tickets are non-refundable.
 
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