A&E at a glance
Great Balls of Fire!, the seventh annual Carbondale Rotary fundraiser, rages from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carbondale Firehouse. The ’50s-era firehouse dance party features music by the Bobby Mason All Stars, dinner by Conundrum Catering, libations, silent and live auctions, and magic by Doc Eason. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Foundation and Thunder River Theatre. Tickets are $100 per person and available from any Carbondale Rotarian or by calling Dr. Mark Cook at 963-3013.
The Valley View Hospital Holistic Harmony Music Program is celebrating its first anniversary with a night of music, food and a silent auction from 6-9 p.m. Thursday in the hospital’s upper lobby, 1906 Blake Ave. Tickets are $25. The program was developed to meet emotional, mental, spiritual and aesthetic needs of patients, families and staff. For more information, call 384-6651. Tickets may be purchased at Glenwood Music, VVH Gift Shop, and Jeans Printing in Rifle.
The Strawberry Days Festival, Colorado’s oldest civic celebration, is set for June 16-18 in Sayre “Strawberry” Park, complete with the annual parade down Grand Avenue on June 17. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is looking for volunteers to help make this year’s festival a success. All volunteers earn a complimentary Strawberry Days T-shirt. Businesses may participate in the Corporate Challenge by enlisting four or more employees to volunteer for a three-hour shift. Call the chamber at 945-6589 for more information.
In its second year, the Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest returns with an additional night of fresh seafood, libations, and live music. The event takes place Friday night, June 23, and all day June 24. Feast on fresh lobster flown in from Maine and enjoy the music of local bands and performers. Sponsored by Steve’s Guitars and the Town of Carbondale, the event also features a beer and wine tent and kids’ activities. Lobster is served in hourly sittings, and tickets will be pre-sold; deadline for ordering is Friday, June 16. Event-day, walk-up meal tickets will not be guaranteed, as lobsters sold out last year. Call 704-4116 to purchase a lobster, or for ticket venues.
To close the inaugural season in its new theatre, Thunder River Theatre Company presents the absurdist tragi-comedy, “An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf” by Michael Hollinger. Directed by TRTC’s associate artist Valerie Haugen, the play features company members Richard Lyon, Michael Miller, Patrick Murray, Valerie Haugen, and local guest Kristin Carlson. Artistic director Lon Winston plays the role of Victor. The show runs June 16-18, 23-25, 30 and July 1 at TRTC’s new theatre at 67 Promenade in downtown Carbondale. Curtain is 8 p.m. on all nights except Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students. Sunday tickets are $22/$12. Tickets, information and directions are available at thunderrivertheatre.com or by calling 963-8200.
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