Community News & Notes
Bluegrass band Alternate Route from Montrose will perform a benefit concert to help sponsor Carbondale native Katie Stewart’s ongoing work with underprivileged Bolivian children, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 18, in the Church at Carbondale’s Gathering Center.A graduate of Roaring Fork High School, Stewart began volunteering with the mission organization International Teams after graduating from Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.One of the organization’s ministries is in an impoverished neighborhood in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Stewart has been volunteering at the ministry’s after-school program for two years, and is returning to continue working at the center as a full-time paid staff person, with her salary paid solely by donations and funds raised in the United States. The concert is free but donations are encouraged, and there will be a pie sale and auction, as well as a short presentation by Stewart. For more information, call 704-9963.
Cristo la Roca Church will have a special evangelist, Luis Galindo, from Juarez, Mexico, ministering for three nights, starting Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at Glenwood Middle School in West Glenwood. On Sunday, July 18, he will minister at Riverside School in New Castle, with the service at 6 p.m.For more information, call 970-618-9135.
The Valley View Hospitals Holistic Harmony music program will be holding its fifth anniversary celebration Thursday, July 29, from 6-8:30 p.m. A variety of the programs musicians will be showcased. If you were ever a patient and had the experience of a musician coming in to play for you, or if you are interested in learning more about this unique program, come to the hospital’s upper lobby and check it out. Many say it’s the “best bang for your buck.” A $25 ticket available at the door get you food, wine, fine entertainment, and a sense of community
The San Francisco-based alternative country rock band, Or The Whale, plays the fourth in the Carbondale Summer of Music concert series, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 18, in Sopris Park.Or The Whale has shared the stage with indie bands such as The Fleet Foxes, The Dodos and Two Gallants, and have appeared on Good Morning America with write-ups in Paste and Billboard magazines.Or The Whale features the vocals of Lindsay Garfield and Julie Ann Thomasson, combined with the backing of keyboards, pedal steel, drums and guitar.The free concert series is presented by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities and the town of Carbondale.Opening Sunday’s show will be the final two contestants in the Mountain Fair Singer Songwriter Competition, Lucas Pulver and Lisa Atkinson. Last week, Lee Martin advanced to the finals.The finals will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, during the 39th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair at the Jam Tent in Sopris Park. For a full schedule of Mountain Fair events and the music line-up, visit http://www.carbondalearts.com.
Life Drawing group exhibits at Main Street Coffee House Stop by Patti’s Main Street Coffee House from now until late August to appreciate the painstaking work done by the OZ Life Drawing Group, whose members are Jane Lee, Jane Seglem, Patty Ringer, Mark Lemon, Tom Torge, Bette Solowitz, Alice Gustafson, Staci Dickerson and Susie Carlson. These serious artists have been working on the exhibit, titled “Faces of New Castle,” since last winter.The coffee house will be open on Burning Mountain Day.An artists’ reception will be held from 4-6 Friday, July 23, at Patti’s.
Join us at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library as local author Mary Peace Finley discusses her new book “The Midnight Ride of Blackwell Station.” Mary will talk about this tale, which features the true story of the hijacking of a Colorado railroad station in 1886. The program is on Thursday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information call 963-2889.
Hospice and Home Care of the Valley will offer its Hospice volunteer training starting Tuesday, July 20. The three-day training will be held at the offices in Basalt. This free 18-hour training takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 20, 21 and 22. All three days must be attended.If you’ve ever thought you might like to learn more about what hospice does or how you can be involved, please call Sean Jeung at 544-1568 to reserve a seat or for more information.
The Garfield County Noxious Weed Program’s spring deadline is today, Friday, July 16. If you haven’t developed a management plan yet we can assist you with that and you can sign up for the fall program. Please call the office at 945-5494, ext. 105, or Steve Anthony at 625-8601.
The Rifle Branch Library presents Paws to Read every Monday through July 26. You can sign up to have a 15-minute reading session between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. with trained dogs who love it when children read to them. Paws to Read provides a fun, stress free environment where children practice reading aloud. To reserve a reading session, or for more information call the library at 625-3471.
The 39th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair needs volunteers for a variety of duties, including T-shirt sales, Peace Patrol, ambassadors, Green Team, traffic control, and more.The arts and entertainment festival runs July 23-25, and raises money for the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. Volunteers who put in four hours of time will receive this year’s Friend Of Fair T-shirt, along with a chance to win a New Belgium cruiser bicycle.To sign up, call 963-1680, or look for the Mountain Fair volunteer sign-up table at the July 17 concert in Sopris Park.
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