Sun Dog’s K-9 Uphill
Do you like dogs and hiking up mountains? If you live here, chances are you do. And the 18th annual Sun Dog Athletics K-9 Uphill is a spring Aspen tradition that’s right up your alley.
Dubbed “a snowshoe and ski event for dogs and their people,” the race benefits local animal shelters. It kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Buttermilk Mountain.
It hosts more than 300 dog/human teams from around the region. There are recreational and competitive divisions, so whether you’re looking for a spring stroll with your pup or a lung-busting run, you’ll fit right in. It climbs more than 2,000 vertical feet on a two-mile course.
If you don’t have a dog, there will be willing “demo dogs” looking for teammates at Buttermilk on Saturday, provided by local shelters. Demo snowshoes from Kahtoola will also be on hand.
The race is followed by a dog/owner costume contest with prizes, a barbecue and raffle, with live music on the patio at Bump’s.
Pre-register for $30 at www.active.com  or at the Ute Mountaineer in downtown Aspen. On Saturday morning, registration is available on-site from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. for $35.
More information at 970-925-1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Theatre Aspen’s ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’
The classic Disney film following mermaid Ariel as she longs to live above the sea comes to the Wheeler Opera House stage this week, in Theatre Aspen’s Spring Youth Production of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”
All the songs you love from the film — from “Under the Sea” to “Les Poissons” — are performed in this production, along with new ones from the Broadway musical.
“Theatre Aspen School is one of the first companies nationally to produce this newly released title,” says director Graham Northrup. “The students are very excited to make it a magical show.”
The ensemble production features over 40 local kids trained by Theatre Aspen, with Tatum Shane as Ariel, Lyon Hamill as Triton, Karlie Nelson as Sebastian, Carter Graham as Scuttle, and Jessie Rathbun as Ursula.
The show opens Thursday, April 18, and runs through Saturday April 20. Performances are at 7 p.m. nightly, with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available through the Wheeler Box Office, at aspenshowtix.com or by calling 970-920-5770. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students up to age of 18. More info at www.theatreaspen.org