Author: Janet Varnum


Play examines Hedy Lamarr – actess, pinup girl, mother of Wi-Fi “Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” That famous quip comes from one of the most beautiful – and brilliant – women of the 20th century. Austrian-born movie star Hedy Lamarr was an icon of beauty and glamour during Hollywood’s Golden Age and the most popular pinup girl of World War II. But few people know she’s also the “mother of Wi-Fi” for inventing frequency- hopping spread spectrum technology. That technology paved the way for modern digital communications such...

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Velvet Riff will perform at charity fundraiser Dinner, dancing, a silent auction and the music of Velvet Riff are all part of the Elks Winterfest on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Salida Elks Lodge, 148 E. Second St., Salida. Winterfest is a charity fundraiser and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar happy hour followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. with glazed pork loin, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert. Dancing and live music by the Velvet Riff will start at 8 p.m. and continue through midnight. Tickets for the entire evening cost $25 per couple....

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A wedding fair with flair in Salida Whether you prefer a traditional church wedding or want to say your vows in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, you’ll find the resources to customize your dream wedding at the Mi Amor wedding fair Saturday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the SteamPlant Event Center in Salida. The wedding fair is hosted by Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association, whose members specialize in beauty consultation and salons, bridal registries, cakes and caterers, event rentals and linens, floral décor and hotels and lodging. They also include musicians, officiants and ministers, photographers, photo...

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Get cozy with heartwarming ‘Our Souls at Night’ Looking for a heartwarming movie to enjoy on a cold, winter night? Get the popcorn ready and tune in to Netflix’s Our Souls at Night, based on the best-selling novel by the late Kent Haruf of Salida, or snuggle up with the actual novel for a bittersweet love story. In the movie, Robert Redford and Jane Fonda star as Louis Waters and Addie Moore, two widowed neighbors who don’t know much about each other until Addie gives Louis a surprising proposal. After knocking on Louis’s front door and exchanging a few awkward...

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Foodshed Alliance celebrates local harvest, entertainers in Salida If you enjoy the local farmers markets, don’t miss two upcoming ShedFest celebrations in Buena Vista and Salida. Salida’s 11th annual ShedFest will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Alpine Park, located at Fifth and E streets. Buena Vista will host its inaugural Shedfest on Friday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. in downtown BV’s South Main Town Square. “Shedfest is a family-friendly event that celebrates local farmers, ranchers, food producers, artists and musicians to wrap up the farmers market season,” said Ashley Ahlene, general...

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