Open knitting, 2-5 p.m. at the Yarn Garden, 904 Highway 133 in Carbondale.

Jose Luis Orozco songs, performed by Crystal River Elementary School second-graders, 6:30 p.m. at the CRES auditorium, 160 Snowmass Dr. in Carbondale.

Big Read kick-off event, featuring appearances by State Senator Gail Schwartz, Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig, Basalt Mayor Leroy Duroux and acclaimed Chicano author Luis Alberto Urrea, who will read passages from “Bless Me, Ultima” in both English and Spanish. 5-6:30 p.m. at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale.

Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club Stars of Tomorrow 2008 Talent Show, featuring children from around the valley, 7 p.m. at the Roaring Fork High School Auditoria in Carbondale.


Community Contra Dance, hosted by the Last Minute String Band, 8 p.m. at the Glenwood Masonic Lodge, 901 Colorado Ave. Beginners’ walkthrough starts at 7:30 p.m. $7.


Benefit for Kelly Michel, with musicians from across the valley, 4-8 at Two Rivers Cafe in Basalt. Michel underwent emergency surgery last August, and was later hospitalized for life-threatening complications. More information: Kimberly at 925-8683.

Renick Stevenson’s Circle of Friendship: Poetry and Music, a gathering of creative people, sharing their poetry, music and more, 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. 6th St.

A Cowboy’s Tale to Tell, a cowboy poetry evening, featuring local outfitter Randy Melton and Idaho buckaroo Reride Smith, 7 p.m. at the Redstone Inn. Free and open to the public. More information: Sue at 704-1843.


Open mic, starting up again for musicians, poets and more, 7-9 p.m. at Summit Canyon Coffee Shop, 732 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

Literacy Nights, a special evening featuring Rudolpho Anaya, 7 p.m. at the Thunder River Theatre. TRTC is participating in The Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.


Roaring Fork Valley Performing Arts Club meeting, 6-8 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, 915 School St. Open to all ” bring your spontaneity and your instruments.


Intro into fly fishing, lead by avid angler Kirk Webb, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Old Pond Park in Basalt. Please dress appropriately; the event will happen rain or shine. This event is free; however, space is limited and reservations are required. Reservations: 927-1290.


Olympic Snowboarder Chris Klug, giving a talk on his book, “To the Edge and Back,” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs during a Safe School Ambassadords recogntion lunch. To RVSP: call 888-920-4750 or e-mail

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