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Conscious Global Leadership Institute presents “Transforming the Inner Landscape,” entertaining and insightful conversation from 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Third Street Center in Carbondale Discover the art of “inner listening” as inspirational local and global leaders introduce you to their own masterful, transformational teachers. Through interactive audience participation, learn these secrets of happiness and living a joyful, passionate, creative, sustainable life through simple storytelling, laughter, life experiences and practices.This unique evening is hosted by Tara Sheahan, founder of Conscious Global Leadership, whose mission is “to facilitate global social harmony by strengthening the character and consciousness of leaders across all genres” and moderated by Todd Breyfogle, seminars director of The Aspen Institute. The evening will weave together powerful stories of change: Casey Sheahan, CEO of Patagonia’s “aha” moment of seeing his company as one, big, 1,350-person family. And how his own happiness and perspective has had a tremendously positive effect on the health and prosperity of the entire company; Luann Robinson Hull, author of the just-released book “Happily Ever Right Now,” reveals how through her work in the psychiatric world, she was inspired to dive into brain research. Her discoveries consistently demonstrate that with practice and discipline everyone can upgrade into the “happiness zone.” Beda Calhoun, festival director of 5 Point Film Fest, shares how with one “breakthrough moment,” we can change our story from pain to laughter, unworthiness to joy, and unlock our passion to create the life we truly want. Other speakers who share “happiness practices” include Brook LeVan, Sustainable Settings; Tammy Perry, Davi Nikent; Lynn Kirchner, Rotary president, Amore Realty; Peter Goldberg, Nistar Data Systems; and Susanna Goldberg, Kitchen Design.This event is open to the public and is perfect for anyone who wants to learn from inspired leaders, and wants to share in this conversation about leading a joyous, stress-free life.Contact Tara Sheahan at (303) 709-6404.

Grandmother Jean (Adasti Gadahee) Cherokee Ulunsuti will host a special year-end cleansing and empowerment circle from 3-5:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 18.A blessed opportunity for spiritual cleansing through shared drumming, rattling, prayers and traditional earth ceremony. Adasti’ will assist with individual and group crystal work for cellular balancing as we prepare ourselves to move into a new year. Seating is limited. The Ostara Center is located at 305 Summit Drive, Carbondale. Contact Kat Diamond at 366-0963 to reserve a space in the circle. $45 per person and a small heart gift wrapped in red, the traditional way to honor a medicine woman.

The Valley Dynamite All Star Cheerleaders are going to be wrapping presents for donations on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart in Glenwood Springs. They will also be gift wrapping on Sunday, Dec. 19, from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 23, from 3-9 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Mall. Come out and get some presents wrapped and help the girls earn some money for their uniforms and upcoming competitions starting in January. For more information about our group, please visit our website http://www.valleydynamitecheer.com or call the director, Michelle, at (970) 779-0860.



The Frontier Historical Society is hosting a holiday open house on Friday, Dec. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Frontier Historical Museum at 10th and Colorado. Join us for hot cider, coffee from Starbucks and homemade cookies. Tour the museum decorated for the holidays including decorations by Starbucks, Once Upon a Child, Boy Scout Troop 225, City Market, the Quilters of the Rockies and Linda and Vitas V. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 945-4448.

On Friday, Dec. 17, Mad Dog & the Smokn’ J’s play rockabilly. On Saturday, Dec. 18, The Darels play punk/ska.



An account has been set up at Alpine Bank to help Myka Yellico with her medical expenses. Myka is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She and her husband, Jim, have four children. Donations can be made at any Alpine Bank location in the area.

Starting at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale, this comedy show will celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice and the beauty of ugly sweaters. Mark Thomas and his Comedy Mercenary Productions company has gathered up eight local, standup comics for the show, so come on out and have some good laughs. And, wear your best ugly sweater and join in the show. You might even win a prize for that work of art you just can’t seem to throw out.

Alyse Gentry and Katie Houchin will be sharing their individual stories of life and cultural experiences while traveling in Central and South America at the historic Cardiff Schoolhouse, 4018 Sky Ranch Drive in Park East, Glenwood Springs, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19.Alyse Gentry grew up in Glenwood Springs and left the valley in 2003. Over the last seven years she has traveled to many areas while studying hospitality and tourism. After spending last winter in Central America she has realized the importance of travel as a means to promote cultural understanding and acceptance. Through stories of her own travel, she would like to discuss the idea of messages that get “lost in translation.”Katie Houchin is a Spanish teacher at Sopris Elementary School. A new member of the Glenwood Springs community, she has lived and traveled in several countries, including Spain, Ecuador and Costa Rica. She will be discussing how to bring home what you learn abroad.The audience is invited and encouraged to participate in this conversation of travel and world culture.Admission at the door is a $5 suggested donation, with no one turned away. A portion of the proceeds goes to fund the continued upkeep of the Schoolhouse.Directions to the Schoolhouse: From town, drive South on Midland, take a left on Sopris Drive, and turn right on Sky Ranch Drive. The schoolhouse is on the corner of Colorow Drive. Parking is available at the Glenwood Park soccer fields and baseball diamonds.

Medicare specialist Patricia Pier will present a workshop on the Medicare Changes for 2011 and how health care reform will affect seniors. Please plan to attend at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17. The workshop will be held at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.


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