The St. Stephen's Parent Association is putting on Mardi Gras Family Fun Night from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the St. Stephen's Church basement at 1885 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. There will be a DJ, dancing, food, fun and games. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family of 4-6 people, with food and games sold separately. Proceeds will go toward the St. Stephen's School Scholarship Fund. Everyone is welcome.
SoL (stands for Stage of Life) Theatre Company is celebrating the grand opening of its new home at 995 Cowen Drive #101 (Gateway Plaza, next door to The Goat) from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. SoL is a new nonprofit children's theatre based in Carbondale the purpose of which is to build a healthy community and nurture our youth to their greatest potential through the performing arts. The grand opening will feature some of SoL's finest young talent performing live acts, fun prizes and treats for kids, as well as drinks and appetizers for adults.
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, down Main Street to Seventh Street, where it ends. A panel of local, celebrity judges will make awards to floats in several categories.
CMC Children's Mini College in Glenwood Spring is hosting its 10th annual Chocolate Extravaganza from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake Ave. The annual event is free and open to the public and features free chocolate desserts (including a chocolate fountain), a drawing for Round of golf for four plus lunch at Aspen Glen Country Club, $500 cash, and numerous other items. There is a huge silent auction featuring more than 100 items. Businesses throughout the Roaring Fork Valley have donated an array of fabulous items for this year auction. The auction items include ski packages, automotive work and pet care, original artwork, clothing, games, tons of gift certificates from your favorite businesses and much more. Babysitting for the event is available on a limited basis, call 945-2446 to make your arrangements or for details.
For anyone suffering from lower back, neck or shoulder pain, Karen Church is giving multi-media presentations on the simple anatomy of common injuries and effective strategies that heal. Her digital images enhance visual learning and inspiration for optimal health. The presentations are 4-5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 (back), and Tuesday, Feb. 12 (neck and shoulder), both at the Hotel Denver, Cooper Room. Cost is $10 per session. RSVP to Karen Church at firstname.lastname@example.org, 945-6971 or 710 Cooper Ave. #100, Glenwood Springs.
As a part of its community mission, the Children's Rocky Mountain School, a 501(c)3 early childhood education center in Carbondale, and the Family Visitor Programs are teaming up again to embark on the second annual pajama and book drive for local children and their parents in need.
The Great Pajama Drive was created to foster the love of bedtime reading for underprivileged children of the Roaring Fork Valley. The school will be accepting donations of new pajamas (newborn, child and adult sizes) until Feb. 8. For every pair of pajamas donated, Family Visitor Programs will supply a matching book. The goal is to collect enough pajamas to donate to 300 local families, delivered by Valentine's Day.
Organizers are asking for community support by donating new pajamas (newborn to adult sizes) at a drop-off location: Growing Years, Alpine Bank (Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs); Blue Lake Preschool, Basalt Library (Basalt); Children's Rocky Mountain School, Gordon Cooper Library (Carbondale); Children's Mini College, Glenwood Springs Library, Family Visitor Programs and Early Childhood Network (Glenwood Springs).