Before the BOOM Begins . . . .
Well, Boom Days is nearly here, so before the fun and festivities begin, Leadville Today is packing in some local news.
Then, starting tomorrow, it’s going to be an “ALL-Boom” weekend report, including all the schedules, events and real time posts and tweets on the Leadville Today social media platforms, so be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!
Fall is Here . . . on the Community Park Mural
While most locals would agree that they don’t want to see the fall season come on any faster than it already seems to be, this “Fall” is a welcome sight!
The “Four Season” mural at the Community Park is now complete with the fourth “Fall” wall installed on July 29. As part of the ceramic mural which wraps the restroom building at the popular sports facility, the final season was installed by local artists, teachers, and students on Tuesday, July 29.
Project Directors Amanda Good, Ann Stanek and Erin Farrow have hosted an after school art class for Lake County high school and middle school students during the past couple of years. Students designed and produced the custom tiles that were adhered to the four walls, each side representing a different season.
The “Fall” or north side of the building was the last custom tile mural installation which is sponsored by the Leadville Arts Coalition and funded by the Climax Community Grant and the 21st Century Fund. The mural is beautiful and adds so much to the Community Park – thank you!
School Sports Physicals Next Tuesday, Aug. 5
The 5th annual sports physicals event will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 4 – 8 pm at the Lake County Intermediate School. Physicals are required for all students playing sports. Medical providers and other volunteers from Lake County will be donating their time and only ask for a $10 donation. This money is then donated to Project Dream 21st Century Community Learning Centers to keep our after school programs going. A parent must be present in order to participate. Reservations are not accepted. It is first come first served.
This year Avalanche PT and Sports Rehabilitation (Frisco and Copper Mountain Clinic Locations) will be offering a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) for an additional $15. ImPACT is a computerized exam utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during competition, ImPACT can be used to help determine the severity of head injury and when the injury has fully healed.
The computerized exam is given to athletes before the beginning of the contact sport season. This non-invasive test is set up in “video-game” type format and takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. It is simple, and actually many athletes enjoy the challenge of taking the test. Essentially, the ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. It, however, is not an IQ test. You must arrive before 7 pm if you would like to do the ImPACT test.
Please call Susan at 719-293-0115 if you would like more information about the sports physicals events.
Benefit Concert Tonight for Leadville Fire Department
What do you get when you bring together a concert pianist, a fire chief, an opera house and 100 miles of trail? An evening of incredible music, for an alarmingly good cause!
Tonight, Thursday, July 31 accomplished concert pianist Javier Cendejas will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Tabor Opera for the Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue.
While Cendejas makes his present home in Kentucky, his accomplishments as a pianist are internationally renown. If you enjoy classical music, you are familar with the name Javier Cendejas. And if the renderings of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Arabesque in C Major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann, and Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor, are to your musical taste, then don’t miss this special performance. For Cendejas’ full biography see below.
Now semi-retired, Cendejas is presenting this benefit concert to share his love for music and to support Leadville friend, Fire Chief Dan Dailey.
“I have known Javier for almost a decade now,” explains Chief Dailey. “He has become a good family friend,” often visiting with the Dailey family during his training runs, and races.
And yes, that’s where the trail part of the story comes into the picture. Cendejas will be attempting his tenth Leadville Trail 100 Run on August 16 -17.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t finished it,” says Cendejas quietly, as he plays the piano during the publicity photo shoot at the opera house. So will his tenth attempt seal the deal with a famous LT100 Belt Buckle?
“Who knows? We’ll see! I just like coming here and running. I just have fun,” he joked.
In fact, it was during one of his recent “fun” running visits, over lunch with Chief Dailey, when Cendejas offered to do a benefit concert for the fire department. From there, things came together quickly, and the benefit efforts to purchase a new fire engine were underway. Of course, it’s just the beginning of securing funds for new equipment, but any time the burden can be taken off the taxpayers, it’s a good thing, recognized Chief Dailey.
Of course, the concert’s venue and instrument should also be noted. If you have not attended a performance at the historic Tabor Opera House, or it’s been a while, DON’T WAIT! Owners Bill and Sharon Bland recently announced that this will be their last summer. Of course, the opera house remains on the market and they are still hopeful that the right buyers come along, but for now, this could be the swan song summer.
As for the piano that Cendejas will be playing, it’s pretty special. The Knabe Grand Piano which was originally purchased for the opera house by Horace Tabor, was recently returned to its rightful home through a donation of the most recent owners. It’s a one-of-a-kind and its sound throughout the opera house is nearly pure!
But this won’t necessarily be the first time Cendejas will be playing this Knabe. In fact, he has often been found “keeping his fingers in shape,” and thrilling afternoon tour visitors to the opera house.
Tickets for the July 31 benefit concert are $15/per person or 2 for $25 and can be purchased at the Leadville fire house on the corner of 9th and Harrison Ave. or at the Tabor Opera House. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance.