Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails as we explore these 74 acres of open space by moonlight on snowshoes from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Emma Open Space boasts lush wetlands, snowy fields, and a critical migration corridor for deer and elk to move across the valley. Meet at the Emma Schoolhouse parking lot. Event is free, but registration is required http://www.roaringfork.org/events. For info call (970) 927-1290.
Celebrate Garfield County Libraries’ Big Read and revisit the 1930s and learn the science and skills needed for homebrewing beer. Classes will be taught by a local, award-winning homebrewer who serves as president of the High Altitude Mashers homebrewing club. Demonstrations will cover the creation of a popular beer style from start to finish. Garfield County Libraries will offer this class at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Rifle Branch Library. All participants must be at least 21 years of age and show identification. Class is limited to 30 people, so preregistration is required. To register, stop by the library branch or call the Rifle Branch Library at 625-3471.
Dancin’ time comes again to the Roaring Fork Valley as the Symphony in the Valley presents the Symphony Swing playing and singing the Swing Era music for those who “Don’t get Around Much any More.”The Symphony Swing will be held at two different venues. In Rifle, the dance is performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Grand River Hospital Ballroom, 150 Airport Road. Tickets are $35 per person and include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.In Carbondale, the dance is performed at 6 p.m Saturday, Feb. 23, at The Orchard in The Gathering Center, 110 Snowmass Drive. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes a buffet dinner and a cash bar.The dance benefits the all-volunteer orchestra in its 20th year of bringing affordable classical music to the audiences up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. Part of the fundraiser is an opportunity to sponsor a musician’s chair in the orchestra for $250, or the Conductor for $1,500.For tickets, contact http://www.SITV.org or call 379-0149.
The Aspen Dance Connection will present a Bao Bao African Drum & Dance performance Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Roaring Fork High School. The show will feature 12 dancers and drummers from Ghana, a story teller, 20 drums including the Talking Drum. Food and African wares starts at 6:30 p.m., show is at 7 p.m. with dancing by all at the end. Tickets are on sale at Dos Gringos, Carbondale and Dancing Bear Trading Post, Glenwood Springs. Adults are $15/$18 at the door and students are $5/$7 at the door. Children 5 and under are free. Part of the proceeds will support projects in Zimbabwe and Ghana. For more information or to volunteer or house dancers please contact 927-0641.
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