Fun & Free: Week of August 23

Legendary Colorado troubadour Sean Kelly brings a reincarnated version of the Samples to Avon, a concussion discussion, a missing mountain biker, and a literary walkabout.

Edited by Tom Winter August 23, 2016

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Sean Kelly has been leading Colorado band The Samples since the broke onto the national consciousness in the early 1990's. He bring the latest incarnation of the band to Avon this week for a free show.

On Wednesday August 24, Big Sam’s Funky Nation is joined by Colorado favorite The Samples at AvonLive! Summer Concerts in the Park hosted in Nottingham Park. With food trucks and micro brews (liquor sales benefit the the Bright Future Foundation), this is the chance to enjoy one of the last free concerts of the summer in the Vail Valley.

Most of us have figured out that wearing a helmet is a good idea when biking or skiing, but just in case you need a second opinion, join Vail Valley Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Specialist Kim Greene and Colorado Mountain Medical’s Dr. Jon Feeney to learn about the signs, symptoms, treatment and protocols for returning to sports after a concussion as part of Eagle Valley High School’s free speaker series on Tuesday night at 6pm. The panel discussion will also include Howard Head Sports Medicine’s Concussion Specialist Brittany Huntimer and Steadman Clinic Certified Athletic Trainer Brandi Martin. Aside from learning about how physicians rehab concussions, you'll learn about brain health, and how to maintain your own as well.

Friday brings the opportunity for active readers to join the Walking Book Club at 11am. As part of their Healthy Lifestyle Series, the Vail Public Library hosts these unique gatherings that are similar to a regular book club, except participants will meet outside and take a stroll while engaging in literary gymnastics. It’s a fun, social outing, but at the same time readers enjoy the mental and physical activity essential to a healthy brain. This month’s selection is Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper.

One of mountain biking’s great mysteries is explored in the documentary film, The Rider and the Wolf, at the Little Beach Park in Minturn on Saturday, August 27, 7 p.m. Featuring the story of Mike Rust, the hall of fame mountain bike pioneer who disappeared without a trace in Colorado under suspicious circumstances, The Rider and the Wolf delves into the quirky and innovative personality of Rust, his amazing contributions to mountain biking and the suspicious circumstances of his disappearance.



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