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Get your chill on

The Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 10th Annual Frozen Dead Guy Days on the weekend of March 4-6. A wild and wacky celebration of all things dead, frozen and frigidly fun, Frozen Dead Guy Days has won the Governor’s Award for Best Promotional Event in Colorado and the Reader’s Digest Top Five Winter Festivals in the United States. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest yet, with more events, sponsors and cold craziness.

“The crowds and coverage of last year’s festival means that this year’s activities will draw people throughout the world who are intrigued by our small town, Grandpa Bredo, competition in the cold, and plain silliness,” says Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce President Blue Hessner.

Events take place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and you can find the full schedule at www.nederlandchamber. org. The festival includes contests, events and musical entertainment. The Blue Ball and Coffin Races are the most popular attractions.

The festival was founded as a tribute to Grandpa Bredo Morstoel from Norway. After his death due to a heart condition in 1989, his daughter and grandson packed him in dry ice and shipped him to a U.S. cryonics facility for eventual reanimation. In 1993, they moved Grandpa to Nederland in hopes of starting their own cryonic facility. Now, 21 years later, he is still sheltered in a Tuff Shed, where dry ice keeps him frozen and preserved.

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BoCo Loco bike ride

Spring into shape for a great cause!

The Boulder Community Hospital Foundation and the Justin Parker Neurological Institute will host an inaugural fundraising spring bike ride on Sunday, May 15, with open start times from 6:30 to 8 a.m. The BoCo Loco Bike Bash ride will start and finish at the Gerald Stazio Softball Fields off of Valmont Road, near 55th Street, in Boulder. Participants can choose from four courses, ranging from 30 to 100 miles, and the event will end with an expo party from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stazio Fields. Western Disposal Services

will support this zero-waste event. Early registration is open through March 31, and registration is open through May 12. The ride is limited to 800 riders.

Proceeds from the BoCo Loco will benefit the Justin Parker Neurological Institute and the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation.For more information, visit

IPWA open house on pine beetles

The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance is hosting its annual Open House and Winter Lecture, featuring Jeff Mitton of the University of Colorado department of ecology and evolutionary biology and IPWA 2010 scholarship recipient Scott Ferrenberg.

They will explain Colorado’s pine beetle epidemic and share research findings on increased reproduction of the pine beetle. The event will be held Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Forest Service Office, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 303-466-3255.

Boulder Arts Commission awards first of new grants

The Boulder Arts Commission has awarded the first round of its new Arts and Business Collaborative (ABC) grants. The grants are intended to promote partnerships among arts organizations and businesses or nonprofits to create innovative projects, while also creating significant economic benefit to the community.

The Boulder International Film Festival, Governor’s Office of Creative Industries and Boulder Convention & Visitors’ Bureau received $25,000 for the DiMe (Digital Media) Symposium.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Baker Street Pub and Millennium Harvest House received $7,500 for Shakespeare a la Carte.

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Downtown Boulder Inc. received $7,500 for the BMoCA Scavenger Hunt, an educational, exhibition-themed scavenger hunt played at the museum and throughout downtown Boulder.

For more information about the Boulder Arts Commission, contact staff liaison Greg Ravenwood at, or call 303- 441-4113. Grant applications are available online at