Sonlight Foursquare Church of Glenwood Springs welcomes Aaron Masimer as its new lead pastor at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 24. A special service will be held at the church, located at 0355 Mitchell Creek Road (County Road 132) in Glenwood Springs.Aaron is a 1993 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School and graduated with honors from Life Pacific College in San Dimas, Calif., with a degree in Pastoral Ministries and an emphasis in Greek. Aaron has worked as a foreman for Terry Thompson Construction in Aspen for the past 13 years.Aaron is married to Rebecca Lyon, a 1999 graduate of Rifle High School and 2004 graduate of Mesa State College with a degree in English Literature. The couple have three daughters.Sonlight Church invites you to join us in welcoming Aaron Masimer as our new pastor at this special installation service. For more information, please visit www.sonlightfoursquare.org.
Dance Initiative announces a grant of $1,000 has been awarded to Tessa Wood so she may continue her development as a practitioner and teacher of African dance.Peter Gilbert, the founder of Dance Initiative, said that applicants for the grant were limited to the 36 dancers and choreographers who had participated in one of the four "Dance for Us" performances, produced by Dance Initiative, that have been held at the Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale since 2009. The purpose of the grant is to provide financial support to experienced dancers, choreographers and teachers of dance to further their education and professional development. Applicants were required to select a dance program to attend, detail what they expected to accomplish in the program and how they would share that experience with the community. Tessa plans to travel to Zimbabwe to study in the Chigamba Cultural Center in Harare where she will experience life as it is today in Zimbabwe while participating in dance and music workshops that are designed to impart the true power of the community through the context of traditional music and dance. Tessa wrote: "I expect to immerse myself in Zimbabwean dance, music and culture. It is in my heart and I love it so much, as well as Zimbabwe itself. The people are so joyful and the dance and music so spiritual. I expect to study with traditional teachers, providing me with an understanding and experience of this amazing dance and culture."As to what she would share with the community, Tessa wrote "I already teach African dance class, and would continue to do so upon my return, teaching the new things I have learned. I also have a vision of a kids African dance class with the proceeds going toward school fees for some of the orphans my teachers (in Zimbabwe) take care of. Kids helping kids, I love it!"
One hundred and fifty guests attended the opening of the Historic Thompson House Museum in Carbondale on Wednesday, July 13. They celebrated the birthday of Hattie Thompson, met Hattie herself (portrayed by storyteller Merrilee Hindman), enjoyed the songs of a barbershop quartet, and sipped ice tea out on the shady lawn. The group welcomed new Executive Director Beth White. And, looking forward to the future, attendees signed the first document to be placed in the Time Capsule in the new Carbondale Library, commemorating the opening of the long-anticipated museum, a project of the Mt. Sopris Historical Society.