Filoha Meadows Firefly & Rare Orchid Walks
Fireflies, rare orchids and thermal wetlands are only part of what make Filoha Meadows special. Join Roaring Fork Conservancy staff to tour areas of the meadow typically closed to public access while discussing current issues surrounding Filoha Meadows and the Crystal Valley from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7; Thursday, July 9; and Wednesday, July 22. Lisa Tasker, a plant ecologist with E.M. Ecological, will join the program on both July 7 and July 9 to offer her expertise on the plants we will come across. This adult program is appropriate for those 12 years and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Please dress appropriately as the program will happen rain or shine. Registration is required and opens three weeks in advance of programs at http://www.roaringfork.org/events. Call 970-927-1290 with questions.
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.
Summer youth art classes in New Castle
The New Castle Recreation Department will offer Mighty Makers Youth Art Classes for ages 8-14 through July 16, in partnership with local art educator Lynne Cassidy. The classes will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at The OZ Artists’ Workshop in downtown New Castle from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Recycle Art Designs on July 8 and 9; and Marble Mazes on July 15 and 16. The fee is $45 per class and includes art supplies. Preregistration one week prior to the class is required and can be done online at http://www.newcastlerec.com.
Grant money available for qualified Garfield County housing nonprofits
The Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors (GSAR) is accepting grant applications from qualified Garfield County organizations that provide housing services to moderate- to low-income persons or households. GSAR has $5,280 available for local housing-related projects. To be eligible for funds, organizations must be based in Colorado, have a housing-related mission, and be a nonprofit agency with a 501(c)3 status or a public agency. The deadline to submit applications is July 10. To request an application, call the GSAR office, 970-945-9762.
Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s July Demonstration
The Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s July demonstration will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1630 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Dean Bowlby will be the demonstrator. For more information call 274-3325.
The Silt Branch Library offers Spanish Storytime for children ages 3-6. This eight-week program will run through July 30. Stories, songs, and activities will explore camping and the outdoors. This program will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 970-876-5500.
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