ACCESS Roaring Fork will be offering “SecondShift” after school classes at all Garfield County middle schools. The programs start the week of Feb. 11, with the exception of Glenwood Springs Middle School, which starts Feb. 19. Classes are enriching, supportive, fun and affordable. If you haven’t received your registration form, please visit http://www.accessrf.org and click on “Programs,” or pick up a form at your local middle school. For more information contact ACCESS at 970-963-4402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outcast Productions presents the Flynn Memorial Bull Riding starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children. Call 625-2514 for more information.
Garfield County Libraries invites all to an old-fashioned gathering at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Third Street Center in the Jim Calaway Room to celebrate the spirit of sharing during the “hard times” of the Great Depression, as depicted in the great American classic, “The Grapes of Wrath.” For this Big Read event, we’ll have soup for all from the organic garden and kitchen of CRMS and bread fresh out of the Community Oven. The Jamboree features students from the RFHS choral class; guitar students from GSHS; the singing senior Zingers; The Slide Whistle Band; the Library’s Pied Piper, Sue Schnitzer; students from the RFHS Grapes of Wrath Book Club; Jack Green as Casey, the preacher from the Grapes of Wrath; and local square dancers do-si-doing. This free program is sponsored by the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, CCAH, The Carbondale Community Bread Oven, and CRMS. We welcome you to get in the spirit of “The Grapes of Wrath,” wear your overalls, and join the whole town for a hoedown to celebrate The Big Read 2013.
Vendor applications for the 42nd annual Mountain Fair are now available. This year’s fair will be held July 26-28 in Sopris Park. More than 135 arts and crafts vendors and 23 food vendors participate in the fair. The Carbondale Mountain Fair is produced by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities and more than 15,000 people visit the fair each year. The Arts and Craft Vendor Application deadline is March 1, and the Food Vendor Application deadline is April 5. Applications are available at http://www.carbondalearts.com. For questions call 970-319-3555 or email email@example.com.
Budget Travel is running a contest to name America’s Coolest Small Towns, and Glenwood Springs is now officially one of 15 finalists, according to local publicist Mandy Gauldin of Peak Communications.
To support Glenwood Springs in the contest, supporters can vote once a day at this site: http://www.budgettravel.com/contest/ americas-coolest-small-towns-2013,14/
The finalists are concentrated in eastern states. Glenwood Springs and Quincy, Calif., are the only Western towns on the list of finalists.
Current voting has Glenwood Springs in last place, but there is time to catch up.
Voting continues through Feb. 14.
What if your birthplace holds keys to who you are and why you’re here? This is the subject of “The Essentials of Radical Grounding,” which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in Eagle. The course is offered by The Wholeness Project and Women’s Empowerment Workshop.
Radical Grounding explores the landscapes of our birth as holding important information for whom we are and what sustains us. Calling on the indigenous wisdom of place, Kimberlie Chenoweth, MA, founder of The Wholeness Project, teaches how to reconnect with our roots in ways that will profoundly affect our life and inner knowing.
Chenoweth is a board certified professional counselor, Core Transformation trainer, master NLP practitioner, and visionary with a cross-cultural initiation from the Andes, Nepal, Tuva and Ireland. Based in Glenwood Springs, she has been in private practice working with individuals and groups since 1990. To register, call (970) 618-1976 or email Kimberlie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $75.
Advocate Safehouse Project presents the 12th annual LUNAFEST at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hotel Colorado. Proceeds benefit Advocate Safehouse Project and the Breast Cancer Fund.
LunaFest connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of diverse, talented women filmmakers, with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.
Advance tickets, adults $15 and students $10, can be purchased at The Blend in Carbondale, Treadz in Glenwood Springs, and The Midland Art Company in Rifle. For more information, contact Emma at 945-2632, ext. 107.
The Colorado Department of Revenue offers a business tax class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in Glenwood Springs. The class covers the laws surrounding state sales and use taxes applicable to businesses conducting sales in Colorado. This class is for new businesses in Colorado and/or taxpayers considering opening a business, and/or those with no sales/use knowledge. Topics covered will include state sales tax license requirements, sales tax rate application, nexus, tax-exempt sales transactions, use tax liabilities, available electronic services and much more.
Due to limited seating, preregistration is required. For more information and to sign up for this class or other classes offered by the Colorado Department of Revenue, visit http://www.TaxSeminars.state.co.us.
The CMC ArtShare Gallery will feature some of the best work produced by both alumni and current students in Colorado Mountain College’s professional photography program in an exhibit on display during February.
The exhibit includes portraiture, commercial, illustration, scenic, journalism and other pieces either produced in a CMC class or from the artists’ personal collections.
The photographs will be on display from Feb. 1 to March 2 at the CMC ArtShare Gallery at 802 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. An opening reception is set to take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. The reception is free and open to the public.
The ArtShare Gallery is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 947-8367 or visit cmcartshare.com.
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