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The Central Colorado Climate Coalition will host Hoedown for the Climate: A Family Folk Music Event and fundraiser at the Coaldale Schoolhouse, 287 Hayden Creek Road on Saturday, Sept. 25, starting at 4 p.m.

Stilt Walker Kiwee Douglas and unicyclist Caydee Slater celebrate Penny’s 7th birthday party with the social distance arm. Courtesy image.

Acrobatic performances by the Salida Circus will kick off a tailgate party outside the School building beginning at 4 p.m., with a public picnic time (bring your own refreshments) and demonstrations by Copper Kettle Apothecary on recycling and zero waste products.

Music and dancing inside the schoolhouse will begin at 5:30 p.m., and feature local musicians including Bruce Warren, Dave Tipton, Chris Leydon, Jim Anderegg, Lisa MacPherson and Benny Bowmaster.

Mask wearing and social distancing are encouraged during the concert.

Suggested donation is $15, but any amount will be accepted to aid the Central Colorado Climate Coalition, a 501c3 nonprofit organization created in 2013 and made up of grassroots activists and citizens committed to education and action on climate change mitigation within the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding areas of Chaffee and Fremont Counties.

In addition, the nearby Artpost Art Gallery at Itty Bitty Lakes in Coaldale, owned by Kay Parker, will be open during the event, with a percentage of sales directed toward the Central Colorado Climate Coalition.

CCCC’s goal is to bring people and organizations together to work for sustainable policies, climate awareness, and local solutions to climate change.

The group’s mission statement reads in part: “We are committed to encouraging the next wave of climate activists to step into direct action in our community.”

The late Robert Parker, Mel Strawn, and Fred Rasmussen were instrumental in establishing CCCC and the current board members, staff, and membership are dedicated to continuing the cause of climate activism.

Past CCCC activities have included hosting the Mother Earth Day celebration and Parade for the Species in Riverside Park as well as a variety of public information sessions about climate change at the Salida Community Center and other venues.