Families are invited to join Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA) principal Tim Carlin for coffee on their way to the X-Games from 7-9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, 725 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. The first 100 patrons each day will get free coffee courtesy of ColoCA and have a chance to learn more about this innovative public school alternative. ColoCA meets the needs of students who are better suited to learning outside the traditional classroom. With personalized instruction and a proven curriculum delivered by exceptional certified teachers, plus unique clubs, activities and field trips, ColoCA students achieve outstanding academic and social growth. For information, call 303-794-2302 or visit www.connectionsacademy.com.
The Holy Cross Cattlemen's Association annual meeting takes place from 12:55-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs. The annual meeting starts at 12:55 p.m., with the business meeting and reports from government agencies. At 2:20 p.m., Dr. John Patterson, executive director of Producer Education, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, will present "How does rain, green grass and the urban consumer affect me as a cattleman?" At 5:30 p.m., we have social hour, the banquet starts at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the certified Angus beef dinner are $25 each. There will be dancing to the live band All the Pretty Horses from 8:30-11 p.m. For information or to reserve ticket, call Ginny at 970-318-0076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn the science and skills needed for homebrewing beer at the Silt Branch Library from 1-3 p.m Saturday, Jan. 26. This Big Read event will be taught by a local award-winning homebrewer and president of the High Altitude Mashers homebrewing club. The demonstration will cover the creation of a popular beer style from start to finish sampling of a pre-made homebrew. All participants must be 21 years of age, or older. There is a limit of 30 individuals. To register, contact the Silt Branch Library at 876-5500.
Garfield County Libraries is kicking off The Big Read with John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath?" at 5:30 p.m. during Carbondale's First Friday on Feb. 1. Y'all come to downtown Carbondale to enjoy the bonfire, sing and dance to Slide Whistle, and meet the book's main characters, the Joads, as they camp alongside Route 66 - all right outside the Gordon Cooper Branch Library at the Fourth Street Plaza on Main Street. RFHS students will be portraying the Joad family and sharing hot drinks. This library celebration is part of the town of Carbondale's monthly open family gathering.
First Friday in February is Fat Friday in Carbondale as Mardi Gras carnival season kicks off early with First Fat Friday on Feb. 1, and includes a parade with 25 floats, restaurant and merchant parties and specials, and fun. For more information, or to register a float, contact Andrea at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, 970-963-1890 or email@example.com.
The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Second and Main Street and heads down Main Street to Seventh Street, where it ends. A panel of local, celebrity judges will make awards to floats in several categories.