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Celebrating dandelions and Mom, and Texas Hold ’em amid the Harleys

All hail the dandelion.

That’s the mindset in Carbondale this weekend as the valley’s funky little mountain town celebrates the saffron-flowered weed. I’ve emceed Dandelion Day the last few years, so this event has a special place in my nature-loving heart. There is no question Carbondale loves its colorful festivals and outdoor events at Sopris Park.

Dandelion Day is no exception.



This community celebration of sustainability and spring officially starts today with tours of Carbondale’s Roaring Fork High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School gardens. Participants can ride their bikes or drive for the tours and are encouraged to meet at the RFHS growing dome at 3 p.m. Continuing with the eco-friendly theme, the Crystal Theater on Main Street will show “Bringing It Home,” a movie about building with sustainable industrial hemp, at 5:30 p.m. for only a $5 suggested donation. Top it all off with dandelion greens and other dishes featuring Carbondale’s official flower at Town restaurant.

Dandelions: They’re what’s for dinner.



Saturday is when Dandelion Day takes to the streets and Sopris Park with a host of activities, starting with yoga in the park with True Nature Healing Arts at 9 a.m. Following, the festive and fun nonmotorized Parade of the Species marches down Main Street to Sopris Park. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress as their favorite animal and plant species — I suggest some face painting to get in the true spirit of the spring season — and walk or ride their bikes, trikes and unicycles through Carbondale.

A skateboard works, too.

Once at Sopris Park, 699 Euclid Ave., Dandelion Day revelers will enjoy live and local music featuring the Songwriter’s Showcase, a learning tent, gardening and environmentally friendly, vendor and nonprofit booths, a compost contest, light bulb recycling, educational workshops, a beer garden with Colorado brews, and fresh and organic food.

Learn more about Carbondale’s love for the dandelion at http://www.dandelionday.org.

Friday

I grew up catching rides to softball practice perched on the back of my dad’s motorcycle. So I’ve always loved this exciting two-wheeled form of transportation. Tonight, shiny new motorcycles will be on display at Doc Holliday Harley-Davidson, 2302 Devereux Road, for its third Casino Night to raise funds for the Early Childhood Network. Partygoers can play craps, roulette, blackjack and Texas hold ’em and enjoy heavy appetizers and a live auction, all for the kids.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30 for one or $50 for two. For tickets, call Kim at 928-7111 or email at referral@earlychildhoodnet.org.

Saturday

With all they endure, moms must have the greatest sense of humor in the world. In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue is offering valley moms and their families one more chance to see its original comedy spring show before the summer season starts May 23. Enjoy singing, dancing, skits and jokes, followed by food, drinks and socializing. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Vaudeville’s new home, The Springs Theatre, 915 Grand Ave. Tickets are $22 (senior rate) to $24 for Mom (and Dad and all the other adults) and $16 for kids 12 and younger. Bring the whole extended family and receive a 10 percent discount of groups of 10 or more. Visit http://www.gvrshow.com for more information and call 945-9699 for reservations.

Sunday

Sunday is all about Mom, so plan a special day just for her Sunday. Try the trout pate at brunch riverside on the expansive deck at Rivers or a burger in the courtyard of the historic Hotel Colorado. Stroll downtown Glenwood for the cute boutiques or take her for a flat of fragrant flowers at Glenwood Gardens. Maybe take a scenic drive up to Redstone and Marble, go to the movies to see the next Spider-Man movie or just spend some quality time at home doing yardwork or sharing a home-cooked meal with Mom. Maybe even make her laugh. She deserves it.

April E. Clark is Googling dandelion recipes. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.


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