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Spellebrate good times, tributes to two valley personalities, and a crown fit for a king or queen

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

When I was in high school, I was in a club called Spell Bowl. Don’t be surprised, but mostly we just spelled words.

I remember getting Beelzebub right in a competition.

Spell Bowl was the chance for a grammar freak like me to meet other spelling-conscious kids who knew the importance of vocabulary accuracy. Not only did we spell against other schools, but we also had a lot of fun fostering friendships and building teamwork.

Friends who spell together stay together.

Tonight at the Hotel Colorado, Literacy Outreach celebrates the joy of spelling with its annual fundraiser, Spellebration. This fun adult spelling bee and silent auction raises funds as valley teams of three dressed in costume compete for top Spellebration prowess. This year’s theme is all about the sitcoms, titled “Spellevision: Laugh Your Way to Literacy.”

If I were on a team, we would dress as “Three’s Company.” I always wanted to be Chrissy Snow.

But I’m more of a Janet Wood.

Stop by the Hotel Colorado starting at 6 p.m. to bid on silent auction items, grab a Hotel C cocktail and watch the best costume party/spell-off of the year, all for a great cause, literacy.

It is a Spellebration, after all.


Honor a champion of the arts and entertainment scene in the valley with a tribute concert to longtime Aspen Times A&E editor Stewart Oksenhorn Friday night at PAC3 Carbondale. Musical friends are coming together to play for Stew and support Aspen’s Hope Center, whose mission is to extend a beacon of hope to those in emotional crisis and offer comprehensive care to help decrease the stigma of mental illness through clinical care, public education, community collaboration and outreach. Doors for the Rock & Rock Stew fundraiser open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8.


Every little girl and boy are queens and kings of cuteness, so why not treat them as such with handmade crowns? Make two, or maybe four, crowns for the little royalty in your lives Saturday at the Speckled Feather Mercantile, 303 W. Main St., in New Castle. Personalize crown colors by bringing along paint pens, craft ink, stains or sprays. Instructor Jennifer Sparaco, of Chasing Fireflies Photography, will lead the instruction at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Admission is $20. Call 573-6378 to preregister.


I would give anything to be hanging out with my sweet friend Eddie this Sunday in Glenwood Springs at brunch. We lost him in March, a sudden ending to a story that feels unfairly unfinished. I hear his laugh every time I see a photo of him or hear his name. On Sunday, the community will honor his memory and fun and beautiful spirit at a community celebration of his life at 11 a.m. at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. The world will never be the same without him.

April E. Clark wants a purple crown. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.

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