Roamin' the Range for Feb. 2014

A little wind, a little snow, but no one in Northern Larimer County needs to suffer from cabin fever. Bundle up, step out the door and enjoy some of the varied entertainment possibilities in the area.

Livermore Community Hall, built more than 65 years ago by volunteer labor on land donated by the Roberts family, is being readied for the 13th annual Valentine Dance to be held in the hall at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. Country music by Barely Gettin’ By. Tickets $10 adults, $18 for a couple, $4 ages 6-12, 5 and under free. Dinner/dance package available at Western Ridge restaurant in Glacier View. The original hall, on the corner of County Road 74E and U.S. 287, was flooded out in the early 1900s and then rebuilt by volunteers 2-miles west, on the east side of the river. According to Ponderosa Promenaders square dance caller, the oak dance floor is one of the finest in Northern Colorado. The dance is held annually to benefit the community and raise awareness of the hall’s availability for others to use. Locals in the Glacier View, Red Feather and Crystal Lakes Fire Department districts, including Virginia Dale and Bonner Peak communities, can rent the hall at a discount. Kitchen facilities available.

Fans of indie filmmaker Wes Anderson will want to catch a showing of his film, “Bottle Rocket” at Lyric Cinema Café, Feb. 28 through March 6, the opening of week-long showings of all seven of his films. The retrospective is planned prior to the debut of his latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Dubbed “The Indie Auteur: A Wes Anderson Retrospective,” the event will run through mid-May concluding with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in April and May. All shows are at 9 p.m. with the exception of March 2 when the Lyric will have an awards night. The films are: “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” March 5-11; “Rushmore,” March 7-13; “The Royal Tenenbaums,” March 14-20; “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” March 21-27; “The Darjeeling Limited,” March 28-April 3; “Moonrise Kingdom, “April 4-10; and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” April 11 or 18 through mid-May.

Anyone with a love of horses, looking for a special evening out and happy to support Complete Equestrian Vaulters, a hard-working and talented team of young people who perform dance and gymnastics on horseback, will enjoy the Heart Beats Gala. This annual fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Adams Atkinson Arena, 735 Overland Trail Drive in Fort Collins. Supporting the gala, a “love-themed” evening, are Garlic Knots, Everyday Joes and Butter Cream Cupcakery. The menu includes pasta, salad, hot drinks, wine and cupcakes. Children $10, adults $15. Info: Nicole 970-213-0759. Learn more about the vaulters at www.facebook.com/CompleteEquestrianVaulters

The fun begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Night for the Museum, an evening of art, international food and music in support of the Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. To be held at the Fort Collins Country Club, 1920 Country Club Road, the event will begin with an early bidder purchasing and reception until 6 p.m. ($75) followed by admission to the event ($50) at 6 p.m. Enjoy international hors d’oeurves, cash bar, dancing and live music until 9 p.m. Silent and live auction items include trips to: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; ski-in-out Hotel Madeline in Telluride; Monarch’s House, St. Andrews, Scotland; El Corazon de Santa Fe, N.M.; and the Fairmont, Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, California. Provided by Philantopia. Make reservations online at GlobalVillageMuseum.org or send a check to Global Village Museum, 200 West Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, CO, 80521, or in person at the museum 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Phillip Toledano, juror for the Wondrous Indeed Photography Exhibit at the Center for Fine Arts Photography, 400 N. College Avenue in Fort Collins, will speak during First Friday, at 5 p.m. Feb. 7. Photography buffs won’t want to miss this!

A major exhibition of Andy Warhol prints is featured at the Fort Collins Museum of Art, 201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins through March 16. From the Cochran Collection, the prints were completed between 1928 and 1987 and represent various periods of Warhol’s career. On display are complete sets of his “Myths” and “Cowboys and Indians” series. Admission $8. Info: 970-482-2787 or ftcma.org.

Along with the Simwatachela Sustainable Agriculture and Arts Program, Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures, 200 W. Mountain Ave. in Fort Collins presents Africa through Art — Adversity to Beauty, sharing the beauty, triumph and splendor of the African people through March 22. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Exhibition includes paintings, wood carvings and seed jewelry, which will be for sale. Admission: $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, $1 children. Info: 720-221-4600.

Northern Colorado is fortunate to have a lots of choices for theater goers. During this month Bas Bleu Theatre will be performing “Becky’s New Car” through March 9. OpenStage features “Moonlight and Magnolias” through March 8. Candlelight Dinner Theatre in Johnstown features “9-5: The Musical” through March. Christopher Cross will be in concert at the Candlelight, Feb. 11-12. Each of these theaters has a website with show details, location and prices.

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