Join the family of Richard “Jay” Buchanan as they give back to the valley community with a thank-you of mouth-watering, authentic Jamaican cuisine and good times to benefit Your Friends for Life.Enjoy a fun filled evening Friday, Sept. 7, with tantalizing Jamaican dishes, reggae and calypso music, games, dancing, cornrow hair braiding and much more family fun while helping Your Friends for Life, the program which supports, nurtures and encourages families and individuals dealing with cancer from Rifle to Aspen. There will be jerk chicken, red beans and rice, curried chicken and more.The fundraising event is sponsored at the Gathering Center at the Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. Tickets will be available at the door, which opens at 6 p.m. Cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child 6-10 years of age.For additional information, contact Diane Welter at 970-309-5293.
Join Roaring Fork Conservancy for an evening discussion of the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement (CRCA). After years of negotiation, Western Slope Colorado River stakeholders and East Slope entities, including Denver Water, recently finalized this landmark agreement that will determine much of the future planning and uses of the Colorado River water. The presenters will include three local water attorneys who have actively been involved in this agreement: Peter Fleming (of the Colorado River Water Conservation District), Mark Hermundstad (Lower Colorado River representative), and Karl Hanlon (Middle Colorado River representative). All are welcome to attend on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Roosevelt Room of the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs This free event is underwritten by Roaring Fork Conservancy and Karp Neu Hanlon, P.C., Backbone Media, and SGM. More information is available at http://www.roaringfork.org/events or (970) 927-1290.
Defiance Community Players presents an audition workshop for the upcoming production of ‘Urinetown The Musical.’ The workshop is from noon till 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Jeannie Miller Theatre in Glenwood Springs High School. Bring uptempo sheet music and closed-toed shoes to dance, work with a pianist and get cold reading tips. Show dates are Nov. 9-10-11 & 16-17-18. For information call Jacquie Meitler, 970-945-2174 or Chip Winn Wells, 970-379-5940.
A Veterans Benefits representative will be at the Glenwood Springs TeleHealth Clinic from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. The clinic is located at 2425 S. Grand Ave., near Rivers restaurant. She will be able to assist veterans with such items as filing for a service connected disability, information on home loans, veterans’ education programs, veterans’ pensions, widows’ pensions, vocational rehabilitation and other veterans’ programs.For details, call 970-945-1007.Lions Club Pancake Breakfast and pie and tamale boothStarting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, during Burning Mountain Festival, Lions will serve mountains of fluffy pancakes, roast ham, coffee and juice at the Community Center in New Castle for $5 per plate. Later on, come visit the Lions pie and tamale booth next to Garcia’s Restaurant. You can purchase slices or whole pies along with home made tamales. Both fundraisers help support those in our community needing eye exams and glasses.
Literacy Outreach needs your help teaching basic literacy skills to adults including basic reading, writing and math to native English speakers and oral English skills to non-native speakers. Volunteers do not need to speak a foreign language or have prior teaching experience, just a desire to help, the ability to read and speak English and three hours of time per week to work with an adult. Literacy Outreach will provide interested volunteers with more information regarding the requirements and rewards at any of the following informational sessions: 10-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave.; 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way; 6-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave.; and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way.Literacy Outreach is a local nonprofit teaching essential literacy skills to adults one word at a time. Please call 970-945-5282 for more information or visit our website at http://www.LiteracyOutreach.org.
Alpine Hospice has rescheduled its second annual Car Wash & Bake Sale for A Cause to Friday, Sept. 14, from 2-5 p.m. at 1517 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. 100 percent of all proceeds benefit the local Alzheimer’s Association Western Slope Chapter.
Roaring Fork Conservancy invites all photographers to enter the 2012 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Competition. Photos must include rivers, streams or water in the Roaring Fork Watershed, either directly or indirectly. There is an amateur category and professional photographer’s divisions. This area includes the Fryingpan, Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers, as well as their tributaries. Deadline for entries is Sept. 30. For more information and contest rules visit http://www.roaringfork.org/photo.
Spellbinders, the valley’s organization of volunteer classroom storytellers, has scheduled its 2012 training sessions. Half-days in Aspen on Sept. 12, 14 and 18; and in Carbondale on Oct. 22, 24, 26. No ongoing commitment is required. Training cost is $50, which includes all materials. Those interested in this or future training can call 970-401-0618.Speaking Spanish offered through GWS Rec Dept.Learn Spanish naturally and easily without traditional classroom pressure. This 10-week class will get you moving, laughing and learning Spanish fast. Our experienced Spanish instructor, Courtney Madden, will cover high-frequency vocabulary words, basic pronunciation and mix in a sprinkling of grammar. This class will be taught in an oral/hands-on format. There is no text book to purchase and no previous experience is expected. This class will get you started communicating in Spanish. No tests, no pressure … just fun.This class is designed for adults and will meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:45 a.m. beginning Sept. 11 and running through Nov. 13. Cost for this great class is $65 member / $81 nonmember. Preregistration is required by Friday, Sept. 7.
Bring your family to Filoha Meadows near Redstone and explore beaver ponds, learn about the local bat population, and go on a scavenger hunt to discover the uniqueness of this special place. The tour will be from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Also learn about the other larger hooved animals that call Filoha home. Appropriate for families with children of all ages and their parents. Please dress appropriately; the tour will happen rain or shine. This free event is underwritten by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails. Registration is required at. http://www.roaringfork.org/events. Call 970-927-1290 with questions.
Aspen Valley Land Trust’s ninth annual Save the Land Dance will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Tybar Ranch, on Prince Creek Road near Carbondale. The evening includes dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and the release of “Our Place, Too: People and Conservation in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.” The hardcover coffee table book showcases photos and stories of 46 landowners and families who have conserved their land. The event is to recognize all landowners of conserved properties and features dinner by the Hickory House and dancing to the neo-country music of the Whittingtons Band. Tickets are $75. To buy tickets or for info contact Aspen Valley Land Trust at avlt.org or 963-8440.
The Roaring Fork Young Professionals present a Panel Discussion with the Candidates at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Visitors Center/Glenwood Chamber at 802 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Current county commissioners John Martin and Mike Samson will sit on a panel with their opponents Sonja Linman and Aleks Briedis. The candidates will introduce themselves and talk for a few minutes about their campaign, but most of the time will be spent in a question and answer format.This event is free for RFYP members and $10 for nonmembers.
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Over 75,000 hikers visited Hanging Lake during this year’s peak season. Via signage, the city hopes to point more of those hikers also in the direction of downtown Glenwood Springs.