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Community Briefs

Hay Park Birding Walk

Join Wilderness Workshop for a walk through Hay Park at the base of Mount Sopris, a proposed wilderness area, while birding with Roaring Fork Audubon’s Mary Harris from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. Beginners and advanced birders are welcome. Look for nesting green-tailed towhees, mountain bluebirds, western wood pewees, white-crowned sparrows, pine siskins, juncos and more. Bring your own binoculars. This mid-elevation easy hike is a 3-mile round-trip trail up to a meadow and aspen tree grove. No dogs allowed. Bring appropriate day hike equipment including water, snacks and lunch. Free and open to the public.

Tosho Con: A Fandom Festival

Tweens, teens and adults are invited to join in on the libraries’ own book, comic, movie, TV show, and gaming convention. Come geek out and celebrate your favorite fandoms. Events vary by branch, but include quidditch, LARPing, video games, cosplay contests, appearances by the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers, guest speakers, and more. Costumes are highly encouraged. These events will take place on Tuesday, July 14, at 1 p.m. at the Rifle Branch Library and at 4 p.m. at the Parachute Branch Library; on Wednesday, July 15, at noon at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library and at 4 p.m. at the Carbondale Branch Library; and on Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m. at the Silt Branch Library. For more information, visit

Tosho Con: Call for Artwork

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is seeking submissions for an art contest to take place during Tosho Con: A Fandom Festival on Wednesday, July 15. Participants can be age 3 and older, and entries must be original artwork. Submissions must be received at the library by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. For more information, call 970-945-5958.

Super Dogs with Storyteller Denise Gard

Some sheep are in trouble and need help. Who can save them? Join Sienna, the famous border collie, as she transforms into Super Dog! Denise Gard will present tales of hero dogs in this engaging program that includes lots of audience participation. These programs will take place on Tuesday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Carbondale Branch Library and 1:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library; on Wednesday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the New Castle Branch Library and 1:30 p.m. at the Silt Branch Library; on Thursday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Rifle Branch Library and 1:30 p.m. at the Parachute Branch Library. For more information about Summer Reading events, visit

Wilderness Workshop announces 2015 Wildfest

Wilderness Workshop is selling tickets for its 2015 summer bash, Wildfest, which offers live music, workshops, and locally produced cuisine, beer and spirits, from 1-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Other Side Ranch in Old Snowmass. Wildfest is a celebration of our surrounding public lands designed to bring outdoor enthusiasts of all interests and backgrounds together for a day of family-friendly fun.

Tickets cost $30 if purchased before the event, and $35 at the venue. Wilderness Workshop is also accepting volunteer applications. Volunteers can submit their information online or by calling Reghan Mahaffey at (970) 274-4314. Tickets are available online at or for retail purchase at the following locations: Ragged Mountain Sports (Carbondale), Ute Mountaineer (Aspen) and Bristlecone Mountain Sports (El Jebel). Contact Wilderness Workshop at (970) 963-3977 with any questions.

Glenwood Insurance Agency kicks off Thousand Can Drive

Glenwood Insurance Agency has launched an aggressive food drive campaign to assist LIFT-UP in its mission to feed the less fortunate in western Colorado. Glenwood Insurance Agency’s “Thousand Can Drive” will attempt to match or exceed the amount of cans collected by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park throughout the summer at the Music on the Mountain, which is an ongoing food drive for LIFT-UP that allows patrons to ride the Iron Mountain Tramway for free with the donation of a can or other nonperishable item.

All food collected by Glenwood Insurance Agency and other participating business will be donated to LIFT-UP after Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s final Music on the Mountain concert on Sept. 26 in a small ceremony. Glenwood Insurance Agency is the title sponsor of that evening’s concert featuring local band, The Missing Link.

Those that would like to help may make donations at the agency’s location at 1605 Grand Ave. Unit K in Glenwood Springs, or at Carbondale Insurance Service at 502 Main St. in Carbondale. If your business would like to get involved, visit for marketing materials that make getting involved easy.

Buddy Program opens office in Third Street Center

The Buddy Program has opened an office at the Third Street Center in Carbondale in addition to its current locations in Aspen and Basalt.

The Buddy Program has been serving youth in Aspen since 1973 and in Basalt since 1994, and partners with Carbondale schools, nonprofits such as YouthZone, Aspen Community Foundation, Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District, and others, to bring critical services to youth and families in Carbondale. The Buddy Program runs five programs throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, including one-on-one mentoring, group/experiential mentoring, and financial literacy education. In addition to mentoring experiences, the organization provides professional case management, extracurricular activity scholarships, continuing education scholarships, therapeutic counseling and other services.

The Buddy Program is looking for volunteers in the midvalley, from Basalt to Carbondale, to be matched as Big Buddies with youth in the area. If you are interested in volunteering, call today at 970-927-1001 or

Teen Comic & Manga Contest

Do you enjoy drawing? Creating storylines? Reading graphic novels? Teens (age 11-18) are invited to enter the Make Your Own Comic & Manga Contest for the upcoming Tosho Con at the Rifle Branch Library. All submissions will be displayed in the teen area. Create your own comic with a maximum length of 1 letter-size page (one sided). Each submission must be the creative and original work of an individual. All entries due by Monday, July 13. For more information, call 970-625-3471.

Tosho Con: Call for teen artwork

The Carbondale Branch Library is seeking submissions for a teen art contest to take place during Tosho Con: A Fandom Festival on Wednesday, July 15. Participants must be between the ages of 14 and 18. Submissions must be received at the library by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. The winner will be given free registration to the Aspen Words Summer Graphic Novel Workshop that will take place the week of July 27. For more information, call 970-963-2889.

Brighter Smiles: Brighter Futures program

The office of Corey I. Johnson, DDS, presents a program designed to allow local, nonprofit causes to raise funds via its Custom Teeth Whitening promotion. The selected organization will be the featured charity of the quarter, and all of the profits from the Custom Teeth Whitening sales will be donated directly to the organization. Application deadline is Aug. 3. Visit to apply. Recipients will be chosen and notified by Aug. 17.

GSHS Class of 1975 40-year reunion

The Glenwood Springs High School Class of 1975 40th Reunion will be held Aug. 28-30. Classes 1972-1978 are also invited to attend to help celebrate time together at GSHS. Meet and greet, golf, barbecue and dancing are all part of the weekend festivities. Email Neisha at (cell 720-255-3243) or Diane at (cell: 562-884-6040). Send name, year of graduation, mailing address, and phone number. Also find us on Facebook to update your information.

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