Upcoming weekend Loveland events include the opening of art exhibits honoring the late Jim Disney, new music from the Loveland Choral Society and the Loveland Orchestra, a chocolate festival, a Latin (Hispanic) Heritage Month celebration, holistic fair and more.

“James Disney: Legacy”

Two exhibits, ‘James Disney: Legacy’, featuring the works of longtime Loveland artist and former Larimer County Commissioner, and ‘James Disney/Eric Stensland: Double Vision’ will be featured in the main gallery of the Loveland Museum , 503 N. Lincoln Ave., opens to the public Saturday, September 17. The exhibitions will remain on view until November 13.

Most of Disney’s work focused on the mountains and landscapes of the western United States. “Legacy” explores his artistic career and “Double Vision” explores his friendship with Stensland, a photographer. Over the years, Disney had developed an exhibit idea that included both of them.

A third exhibition, “Climbing Mountains: The Life and Work of James Disney,” will be on view from October 14 to January 14. 29 in the Dunning Gallery. This exhibit explores Disney’s life as an artist, conservationist, and community member. Among his contributions to the community was the creation of murals for the Loveland Museum depicting early Loveland scenes. They remain exposed.

Admission to this exhibition will be free and an opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

Admission to the main gallery is $7 per person for ages 13 and up.

Free admission days will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 and Tuesday, November 1, and overnight in town from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

For more details, call 970-962-2410 or visit thelovelandmuseum.oug.

“Raise Every Voice”

The Loveland Choral Society will perform “Lift Every Voice…Sing” at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17 and 3 p.m. Sunday, September 18 at the Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland.

Tickets are $23 for adults and $20 for ages 14 and under.

For more details, call 970-962-2120 or visit rialtotheatrecenter.org.

chocolate festival

The Loveland Chocolate Festival will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday September 17 at First National Bank Exhibition Hall, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland.

The day will include chocolate tastings, shopping and entertainment.

Free entry.

For more details, visit cococholatefests.com.

Latin heritage

Heart and Sol of Loveland and the Loveland Public Library will be hosting a Latin (Hispanic) Heritage Month celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at Foote Lagoon, 500 E. Third St., Loveland.

The event will feature dance, music and spoken word entertainment, as well as food trucks and community vendor/resource booths.

For more details, visit bit.ly/3Kzl4t9.

Fall Holistic Fair

The annual Fall Holistic Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18 at the First National Bank Exhibition Hall at the Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland.

The event will explore alternative choices for caring for body, mind, spirit and the environment. It will include astrology, palmistry, aura portraits, clairvoyance, tarot and past life readings, as well as vendors and artisans, door prizes and free lectures every hour.

Admission is $10 daily or $15 for weekends. Children 12 and under are free.

Parking is free.

For more details, call 970-472-0200 or visit salons-holistiques.com.

children’s day

Children’s Day, a national celebration of life-changing work at Boys and Girls Clubs across the country, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at the Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland.

The event is free and features interactive and educational booths from local organizations.

For more details, visit begreatlarimer.org/events/day-for-kids.

Calm Waters Derby

The Stillwater Derby will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at Stillwater Ranch, 8511 Coyote Run, Loveland.

The event includes derby traditions, dinner, live auction and more, and benefits the Stillwater Ranch General Fund to provide programs for veterans, service members and their families.

Tickets are $60 and will benefit the nonprofit ranch, which serves veterans, service members and their families.

For more details, visit https://www.stillwaterranch.org.

Adoptapalooza 3

Adoptapalooza 3 will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at Cosmic Dog, 116 W. Fourth St., Loveland.

The event sponsored by BrotherBird Foundation and presented by Cosmic Dog will include live music from Mountain Duo, tips on how to train, wash and care for your pet(s). hot dogs, face painting and a chance to see adoptable cats and dogs.

Participants bringing adoptable animals include Scrungy Dogs and Pretty Pups Rescue, All Aboard Animal Rescue and The Snuggle Is Real with dogs, and Animal Friends Alliance, Colorado Kitty Coalition and Noco Cat Cafe with cats.

For more details, call 970-631-4387 or visit [email protected]

Loveland Orchestra

The Loveland Orchestra will perform a “Love Poems” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16 at Mountain View High School Auditorium, 3500 Mountain Lion Drive, Loveland.

At 7:00 p.m., conductor Louie Silvestri opens the evening with a discussion of the music on the program. The concert marks the start of his 20th season as conductor.

​The program includes the Symphony in D minor in three movements by the French composer César Franck​; ​” ​The Preludes,” ​a symphonic poem by Franz Liszt​; and ​”​Overture Romeo and Juliet-Fantasy by Tchaikovsky.​”​

Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children 12 and under. Six-ticket packages cost $80 for adults and $50 for students. Tickets are available online at ​lovelandorchestra.org/buy-tickets.html with an additional $1 processing fee.

The Loveland Orchestra is made up of over 60 musicians, amateurs and professionals, from Loveland and the surrounding area. To audition for the orchestra, visit lovelandorchestra.org.

animal blessing

Buckhorn Presbyterian Church in Masonville will hold its annual “Blessing of the Animals” worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 18.

The event will take place outdoors in the amphitheater overlooking the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Everyone is welcome to bring their leashed or crated pets – dogs, cats, goats, iguanas, llamas, horses or other pets – to the service and stay for refreshments and fellowship after the service.

The church is located at 8762 N. County Road 27.

For more details, call 970-667-2308 or visit buckhornpres.org.

Chili recipe

Roosevelt Spirit will be hosting a Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, September 17 at Roosevelt High School, 616 N. Second St., Johnstown.

The event will raise funds to help offset the cost of the national competition in February.

Anyone who prepares a good pot of chili is welcome to participate in the event. Prizes are $200 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 5-11 and free for ages 4 and under, and it costs $25 to enter the chili contest.

For more details, contact Michelle Mauch at 970-324-7945 or [email protected]

Visit historic houses

The Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s Annual Historic Homes Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.

The tour includes five private residences and two historic city-owned properties, showcasing the mid-century neighborhood on Meeker Drive and Buckeye in Fort Collins.

The 1879 Avery House and the city-owned 1883 Water Works are also part of the tour.

Tickets are $25 in advance, available at powderlandmarks.org or at multiple Fort Collins businesses, or $30 on day of visit.

For more details, call 970-221-0533 or visit powderlandmarks.org.

Fine arts and crafts festival

The 46th Annual Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 at Bond Park in downtown Estes Park.

The festival will feature world-class artists from Colorado and neighboring western states, offering paintings, hand-woven clothing, jewelry, metalwork, photography, sculpture, pottery and more.

For more details, visit fineartsguild.org.