Smiling Goat Ranch: Horse Boy Program

CARBONDALE — Smiling Goat Ranch begins its Horse Boy program, which uses horses and small animals to help children with autism, with visits from Horse Boy founder Rupert Isaacson. See the newest affiliate of the Horse Boy and meet the goats, rabbits and horses at the open house, followed by a book signing and movie screening of “The Horse Boy.”

Open house 4-6 p.m. and book signing 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

Smiling Goat Ranch open house, 271 Willow Lane (near the Carbondale rodeo grounds), and movie screening at Calaway Room, Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St.

Buy tickets and info:

SoL Theatre Company: “The Muppet Christmas Carol” Auditions

CARBONDALE — SoL Theatre hosts auditions for “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” based on the book by Charles Dickens and directed by Jennifer Michaud, for ages 6 to 18. Students should prepare a short musical number to be sung a cappella or with CD/iPod

4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 with callback 12-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

Studio 15 in the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St.

Info and to sign up for an audition time:

Cooper Wine and Spirits: Free Tastings

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Enjoy free tastings every weekend in downtown Glenwood Springs, as Cooper Wine and Spirits showcases different varieties of hand-selected wines, craft beers and Colorado spirits.

5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10

Admission: Free

732 Cooper Ave.


Town of Carbondale Recreation Dept.: 10th Annual Celtic Fest and 14th Annual Oktoberfest

CARBONDALE — Start this fall celebration Friday evening with bagpipes, beer and the Best Legs in a Kilt contest. Sample authentic Austrian cuisine and dance to Celtic tunes. The next day, Oktoberfest offers German music, food and beer, liter-holding and nail-driving contests, and the Hokey Pokey and Chicken Dance. Round out the evening with live music from local bands.

5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Admission: Free

Fourth Street Plaza, Fourth and Main streets


The Artist’s Mercantile: October Artist of the Month Kay Cochran

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Artist’s Mercantile features its artist of the month for October, Kay Cochran, who works in acrylics and is presenting a multi-themed show for Halloween. The themes are the Elites of Argar, the Owl and the Pussycat, and the Uninanimates. Snacks will be served, and everyone is welcome.

Artist’s reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

Admission: Free

720 Cooper Ave.

Info: 947-0947

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue: End of the Summer Season

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A two-hour, family-friendly dinner theater show with professional talent performing comedy skits, seasonal jokes, high-energy dance numbers, novelty songs and original comedic presentations.

Doors at 6:30 p.m. (with show following food, drinks and entertainment) Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11

Admission (show only): $24/adults, $22/seniors, and $16/kids 12 and younger; food and beverages optional, a la carte; 10% off groups of 10 or more

Springs Theatre, 915 Grand Ave.

Reservations and group info: 945-9699, e-mail and

Thunder River Theatre Company: “The Mineola Twins”

CARBONDALE — The valley’s award-winning Thunder River Theatre Company opens its 21st season with “The Mineola Twins” by Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. Directed by TRTC’s Sue Lavin, the play features Missy Moore with Cassidy Willey, Brendon Cochran, Kari Sea and Jesse Monsalve. Attend opening night and enjoy a catered champagne reception.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10

Tickets: $25/adults, $17/20-30 something young adults, and $14/full-time students.

67 Promenade

Tickets and info: 963-8200 and

Steve’s Guitars: Natural Transfusion

CARBONDALE — The members of this new band have been playing Steve’s shop for years, forming Vision Quest in the listening room and performing together since. Recently they formed another side project with Mateo Sandate on electric guitar, Ashton Tauffer (bass), Aaron Taylor (drums), Paul Strempler (sax) and Harris (electric guitar) playing instrumental songs that soar into jazz fusion a la Bill Frissel.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

19 N. Fourth St.

Info: 963-3304, email and

Ute Theater: Five Comedians for Five Bucks

RIFLE — Join Gail Mason, Josh Disney, Tobias Livingston, Preston Tompkins and David Rodriguez for a Friday night of comedy with valley and Front Range comics.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

Admission: $5

132 E. Fourth St.

Info: Don Chaney at 665-6569 and email

Rivers Restaurant: Live Music Fridays

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Enjoy live classic and alternative rock with the Nanograms Friday night at Rivers.

9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9

Admission: Free

2525 S. Grand Ave.

Info: 928-8813

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Harvest Festival

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — An artisan vendor market with live artist demonstrations, food including homemade cinnamon rolls and hot beverages from 8 a.m. and homemade soup, roll, beverage and dessert from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Benefits Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and valley charities.

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Admission: Free

1630 Grand Ave.

Info: 945-6848

Roaring Fork Quilt Guild: Monthly Meeting and Quilt Workshop

CARBONDALE — The Roaring Fork Quilt Guild hosts an arrowhead quilt block workshop with the group’s monthly meeting at noon during the lunch break. Guests welcome.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Admission: Free

320 Sopris Ave.

Info: Lynn at 510-5232

Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE): Blessing of the Animals

SPRING VALLEY — Bring your dog leashed and cat or other small animal crated, from birds to hamsters, to enjoy a quaint ceremony to bless the valley’s animals. Bring a few snacks to share and CARE will provide beverages and give all guests a tour of the shelter.

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Suggested donation: Small bag of dog or cat food

2801 County Road 114


Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Chapter IW: Fashions for the Valley

PARACHUTE/BATTLEMENT MESA — A fashion show with three-course lunch and wine pairings featuring local wineries (non-alcoholic beverages also available), and a silent auction. Also, featuring the “12 Reason We Love Battlement Mesa/Parachute” 2016 calendar for $20 featuring 12 men representing different businesses/services from the two communities and modeling in the fashion show.

11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Dr.

Tickets and info: $25 from any of the PEO sisters in Chapter IW and by calling Holly at 948-1912

Sopris and Glenwood Springs Elementary Schools Parents and Teachers Association (PTAs): Fur and Feathers 5k Family Fun Run

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A family event focusing on health, with proceeds supporting school programs at Glenwood Springs and Sopris elementary schools.

9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

Info, entry forms and fees, volunteer opportunities:, and


New Castle Recreation Dept.: Folk Dance Program

NEW CASTLE — In partnership with instructor Patricia Esteban, the New Castle Recreation Dept. offers a new folk dance program at the New Castle Community Center. Patricia received her degree in dance from Brigham Young University, and will host a free family class for all ages. Adult classes are being offered on Tuesday evenings. Participants will learn traditional dances from North America, Europe and Asia.

Free family class 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, with adult classes 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 through Dec. 8

Fee for adult classes: $48/program, $40/seniors ages 55 and older, and $8/drop-in participants

New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St.

Registration and info: 984-3352 and

Glenwood Springs Library and Book Train: “Legends and Lies: The Real Doc Holliday” presentation

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Victoria Wilcox, award-winning author of “Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday,” a historical fiction trilogy covering Holliday’s entire life for the first time, presents “Legends and Lies: The Real Doc Holliday,” setting the record straight on the Southern-born western legend. The Book Train supplies the books.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15

Admission: Free

815 Cooper Ave

Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists and Davi Nikent Center for Human Flourishing: Sara Thomsen in concert

CARBONDALE — With a voice rich as the best Midwest soil, Sara’s songs carry you inward and outward — in, to the particulars of your own life, and out — into the shared humanity of us all. Her performance style is easygoing and full of humor and depth, capturing the audience’s engagement. Sara’s music gently enfolds and unfolds the listener.

7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16

Admission: $15 tickets in advance at, $18 at door

520 S. Third Street


Dance Initiative: Fourth Annual Spectrum Dance Festival

CARBONDALE — Dance Initiative celebrates dance arts starting with a performance by Local Color on at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Colorado guest artists take the stage during the Broad Spectrum performances at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Daytime workshops are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with guest teachers from around the region. The festival concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 with a free Work In Progress studio performance and Q&A with Dance Initiative’s final Artist In Resident of 2015, Alya Howe.

Various times Friday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 18

Admission: Varies

Performances at Thunder River Theatre and workshops at The Launchpad

Festival passes, individual tickets/registration, and information:

Frontier Historical Society: 16th Annual Ghost Walk

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Ghost Walk tours starting at dusk lead guests up the hill by lantern light to the old Linwood Cemetery where costumed actors portray pioneers from Glenwood Springs’ past including Doc Holliday and Kid Curry. Tours are limited to 30 people each and are recommended for children school-age and up. Participants need to carry lanterns or flashlights for the moderately strenuous 1/3 mile hike up to the cemetery.

7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15. p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17, Oct. 23-24 and 30-31

Tickets: $18/person for all ages, $10/Frontier Historical Society members. Reserved with a Visa or MasterCard by calling 945-4448 or e-mail

1200 Bennett Ave.

Info: 945-4448

Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH): “Deck the Walls” Holiday Show Call to Artists

CARBONDALE — To celebrate the holidays, CCAH seeks distinctive handmade items for the annual juried “Deck the Walls” show running from Nov. 20 through Dec. 30 in the R2 Gallery.

Applications due Friday, Oct. 16

R2 Gallery at The Launchpad, 76 S. Fourth St.

Info and applications: 963-1680 and at

Sunlight Mountain Resort and Sunlight Inn: Jack Frost Kick-Off

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Sunlight Mountain celebrates with the Mountain Funky Blues Band, live reggae by ZoLopHT, and rock by Tight Thump. Meet the bands at the after-party at the Sunlight Inn.

3:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Admission: Free

10901 County Road 117

Info: 945-7491

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts: Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Celebrate autumn with the Center for the Arts for an evening of wine, beer, food and live music at the annual Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest.

5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Admission: $35/individual GSCA member, two members/$60, $45/non-member

Hotel Colorado, 526 Pine St.

Info and online tickets:

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue: Stand-up Comedy with Hippieman

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — An evening of adult stand-up comedy with Front Range comic Hippieman, as seen on Comedy Central and the Late Late Show.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Admission (show only): $25

Springs Theatre, 915 Grand Ave.

Reservations and group info: 945-9699, e-mail and

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue: Purely Patsy with Kelley Zinge

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Singer Kelley Zinge’s Purely Patsy show highlights the music and life of Patsy Cline at her best, worst, most personal moments. This show sold out two performances last year so call soon for best seats.

Doors open 6:30 p.m. for dinner and drinks Friday, Oct. 23

Admission: $20, food and beverages additional

Springs Theatre, 915 Grand Ave.

Reservations and info: 945-9699 and request online

Crown Mountain Park: Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Black Eggs Hunt

BASALT — Find the perfect pumpkin hidden in the fields at Crown Mountain Park and decorate them before going home, enjoy hot cider, and take a hay ride or participate in one of the many kid’s games provided by Blue Lake Preschool. The Halloween hustle kids race starts at 10 a.m. For the black egg hunt, bring a flashlight, candy bag and try out costumes to get a head start on Halloween. There will be at least 3,000 candy- and toy-filled eggs for kids, split into age groups, and prizes for the best costume.

Pumpkin Patch 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 and Egg Hunt 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25

Admission: Free for pumpkin and egg hunts, $5 for Halloween Hustle

501 Eagle County Drive

Info: 319-8041 and

CCAH: October Art and Wine Break: Mixed Media Magnets

CARBONDALE — Take an art break with the opportunity to relax and create, as CCAH provides the space, the drinks, snacks and a little help from Lisa Singer, who will be on hand to facilitate fun art projects. October’s Art Break focuses on making mixed media magnets. All levels of experience will enjoy this evening of art making. Space is limited so sign up early.

6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27

Suite 15 Classroom, Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St.

Info and to reserve a spot: 963-1680 and

CCAH, Valley Settlement Project and Thunder River Theater: Dia De Los Muertos

CARBONDALE — The annual community-wide celebration of the dead returns the night before Halloween for an evening of color, procession and performance. The evening starts in the Round Room of the Third Street Center with altar viewings, traditional foods, hot chocolate, face painting, and a procession starting at 6:30 p.m. At Thunder River Theater, entertainment includes a bilingual puppet show and poetry.

5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 30

Begins at the Third Street Center and concludes at Thunder River Theater

To make an altar: CCAH at 963-1680 or email by Oct. 15

Stage of Life (SoL) Theatre Company: “Any Dream Will Do” Fall Fundraiser

CARBONDALE — Celebrate SoL and test-drive your Halloween costume at the second fall fundraiser with a one-night performance of “Any Dream Will Do.”

6 p.m. Friday Oct. 30


The gym at Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St.

Info: 274-0894 and

Glenwood Springs Noon Rotary: Masquerade Ball

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Join the Noon Rotary for a Masquerade Ball. Dance to music by the Symphony in the Valley and a DJ and enjoy a dinner buffet, cash bar, and silent and live auctions. Space is limited, and special rates at the Hotel Colorado are available for lodging.

6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30

Tickets: $100 ($120 at the door) and to buy tickets through PayPal

Hotel Colorado, 526 Pine St.

Info: 948-6226

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue: Hypnosis and Comedy with Rusty Z

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Comedy hypnotist Rusty Z, aka “The Hypnotic Comic,” has honed his craft by touring the country as well as appearing on several national television shows as a stand-up comic focusing on audience-driven hypnotics.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30

Admission (show only): $20, food and beverage additional

Springs Theatre, 915 Grand Ave.

Reservations and group info: 945-9699, e-mail and


Bookcliffs Arts Center: October Artist Spotlight

RIFLE — Western Slope author, artist and musician Anne Louise Ramsey is Bookcliffs Arts Center’s October featured artist. Ramsey’s interests in the arts include photography, Animal Artistry pet portraits, writing and illustrating children’s picture books, and her line of Happy Dog Art greeting cards, all on display. She will be there personally signing her children’s books.

Admission: Free

1100 E. 16th St.


CCAH: “CrossCurrents”

CARBONDALE — Curated by Glenwood Springs artist Lynette O’Kane, this art exhibit visually articulates the seemingly random animations of wind and water while exploring underlying patterns and themes to this apparent chaos. The exhibit includes an installation of delicate wire-constructed tumbleweeds, plaster and encaustic wall works depicting clouds and weather patterns and mono prints representing the movement and flow of water.

Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Nov. 7

Admission: Free

R2 Gallery at The Launchpad, 76 S. Fourth St.

Info: 963-1680 and

New Castle Recreation Dept. and ArtillumA Dance Company: Dance Combo Classes

NEW CASTLE — This fall, children ages 4-9 will learn the basics of ballet, jazz and tap in the popular dance combo classes. Shoes will be available for purchase the first week of classes and students will perform in the annual Spring Showcase in Rifle. Additional costume and showcase fees may be required.

4:15-5 p.m. for ages 4-6 and 5-6 p.m. ages 7-9 Thursdays

Cost: $45 initial registration fee and $45 monthly fee, required for the program that continues through mid-May


Info: 984-3352

Wyly Art Center: “Alleyworks” Exhibit

BASALT — “Alleyworks” features sculptures by Aspen resident and artist John Bozza primarily comprised of found object raw materials such as fence posts, logs and natural rock. Totems, pencils and other everyday objects will be shown. Through Saturday, Oct. 17.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

Admission: Free

99 Midland Spur

Info: 927-4123 and

Wyly Annex: Art by Sara Ransford and Bunny Burson

BASALT — The Wyly Art Center hosts nationally exhibited artists Sara Ransford and Bunny Burson at the Wyly Annex in historic downtown Basalt. Ransford’s work features recent soda fired paper clay sculptures and a series of pen and ink drawings. Burson’s work includes prints and laser-cut work, some of which created in the printmaking and digital FabLab studio at Anderson Arts Ranch Center. Through Saturday, Oct. 17.

Gallery hours: 12-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Admission: Free

174 Midland Ave.


Cooper Corner Gallery: Art on Display

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Celebrate Glenwood’s newest art gallery, Cooper Corner Gallery, featuring art by Roaring Fork Valley artists, and more.

Admission: Free

315 Eighth St.


Colorado Mountain College (CMC) ArtShare Gallery: “Moments in Place”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Joseph Gamble, a professional photographer and professor of photography for the Isaacson School of New Media at CMC, presents an exhibit focused on his travel and street work.

Admission: Free

802 Grand Ave.

Info: 947-8367, and

Mousai Gallery: Pat Winger Exhibit

CARBONDALE — Enjoy one-of-a-kind sculptures from locally sourced wood by Pat Winger at Mousai Gallery.

Admission: Free

50 Weant Blvd.

Info: 948-5687 and

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue: Open Mic Karaoke Night

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Singers, musicians, comedians and poets are welcome to take the Springs Theatre stage for a night of all-ages fun. A keyboard and guitar are available to accompany any act.

Sign-up and doors open at 7:30 p.m., fun begins at 8 p.m. Thursdays

Admission: Free; menu and full bar served all evening

Springs Theatre, 915 Grand Ave.

Info: 945-9699 and

CCAH: Classes at The Launchpad

CARBONDALE — Movement, music, and dance classes are in full swing at The Launchpad. Crystal River Ballet, The Yard Hip Hop, Carbondale Rhythm Collective, DanceLAB, Core Healing Arts, Aspen Dance Connection, and more offer classes for all ages seven days a week. Pick up a full schedule at the Launchpad or visit and click on Launchpad.

76 S. Fourth St.

Info: e-mail and

The Powers Art Center: Art Gallery

CARBONDALE — The Powers Art Center strives to teach the public about contemporary and pop art through exhibitions.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Admission: Free

13110 Colorado 82

Info: 963-4445, e-mail and

Harvest Pottery: Jail House Studio/Gallery

CARBONDALE — Harvest Pottery has opened its doors to the Jail House Studio/Gallery with new work on display. The historic jailhouse and cabin is free to visit and open to the public.

Admission: Free

500 Weant Blvd.

Info: 963-2550, email and

Grove’s Black Dog Saloon: Open Mic Nights

NEW CASTLE — Open Mic every Sunday for music therapy at the Black Dog Saloon.

5 p.m. Sundays

Admission: Free

219 W. Main St.

Info: 984-0999, and

CCAH: Figure Drawing Sessions

CARBONDALE — Drop-in, non-taught model figure drawing session facilitated by Philip Hone Williams with a live figure model.

6-9 p.m. Mondays

CCAH classroom, Third Street Center

Info: 456-2865 or e-mail to reserve space

Hotel Colorado: Monday Night Jazz

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Hotel Colorado features valley musicians for Monday night jazz jam sessions, including Justin Pfeifer on piano, Ashton Taufer on bass, and Zach Ritchie on drums. Middle through high school, as well as local, musicians of all levels have an opportunity to hone their skills and enjoy camaraderie and networking with fellow jazz musicians.

7-9:30 p.m. Mondays

Admission: Free

124 W. Sixth St.

Info: e-mail and

Carbondale Beer Works: Phat Pagan Open Mic Night

CARBONDALE — Patrick Fagan invites performers of all types for free expression, liberal libations and musical invention. No cover.

7:30 p.m. Mondays

Admission: Free

647 Main St.

Info: 704-1216 and

Rivers: Open Mic Nite

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Open mic for artists of all types hosted by Dan Rosenthal. All talents welcome. $1 taco special. No cover.

8-10 p.m., Wednesdays

Admission: Free

2525 S. Grand Ave.

Info: 928-8813

Grove’s Black Dog Saloon: Geeks Who Drink

NEW CASTLE — Geeks Who Drink (not your average) Pub Trivia Thursdays at the Black Dog Saloon.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays

Admission: Free

219 W. Main St.

Info: 984-0999, and

Main Street Gallery: Regional artists

CARBONDALE — Works by Dean Bowlby, Stephen Datz, Berard Hofmann, Jane Lee, Linda Loeschen and Mary Noone. The gallery also specializes in preservation-quality framing.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Admission: Free

399 Main St., Carbondale

Info:, 945-4817 and 963-3775

CCAH: Drop-in figure drawing class

CARBONDALE — Open to all ages and abilities, CCAH is offering an uninstructed session for figure drawing. Bring your own easel and supplies.

7-9 p.m. Mondays

Fee: Model’s fee

Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St.

Info:, and 963-1680

Midland Arts Company: Local artists’ offerings

RIFLE — This cooperative gift shop features the work of the six artist-owners and about 30 additional local artists: handmade soaps and candles, fabric arts, iron work, original paintings, and turned-wood lamps, along with the already existing artisan jewelry and pottery.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Admission: Free

110 E. Third St., Rifle, next to the Blush Salon

Info: and 625-3068

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