Know when to hold ’em and fold ’em |

Know when to hold ’em and fold ’em

Don’t miss the Texas Hold ’em poker party at 5 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.Sometimes even the best-laid plans go awry at the last minute. I am hooked on Texas Hold ‘Em, a fun game that’s easy to learn and even easier to win. I love the terms. I love to play with the terms “Take me to the river!”Got me a couple of cowboys? I thought, what a great way to raise some funds for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, have a little fun, bring in a different crowd, etc. I was really excited, and so was our board. I checked with our local gaming person and proceeded to get the word out. Well, it turns out the Colorado Division of Gaming was not so excited.Even our police chief said he would love to come play if he didn’t have to arrest the whole bunch of us. Not a pretty sight or a good message to send our kids. There have been so many illegal poker games around the state that they have to crack down. But, we are still very pleased to present a Texas Hold ‘Em poker party tonight. We have approval from the Colorado Gaming Division and the blessing of Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson. It doesn’t get much better than that!So poker players, come on down and join us with a tax-deductible donation. Come play for self-esteem and win the title, “You da Poker Man,” “Pocket Cowboy,” or even “Fishhook,” among others. Come down to learn the game or practice for your next trip to Vegas or Black Hawk. Refreshments and snacks will be available. We’re looking for 80-plus poker players to come down here and know when to hold ’em or know when to fold ’em.The wonderfully talented members of the Glenwood Springs Art Guild have filled the gallery of the center with great renditions in all classic mediums, including textile art. The Art Guild is that organization that puts on the huge Fall Art Festival every September. The guild’s membership includes many seasoned professionals. Many guild members have published works in books and other print media, many have work on display throughout the state on a continuing basis, and many are have works in galleries around the state. The guild has more than 200 members. Showing from now until May 30, we hope you will join us for the artist reception at 6 p.m. Saturday here at 601 E. Sixth St. Be inspired by their renditions, and then register for a great art class from the Center.Second annual Fairy FestivalCalling all ladybugs, fairy godchildren, elves and flower girls ages 2-6 for a Fairy Festival at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 21. Come, wear your sweetest costume, check out the latest fairy couture, dance, eat some fairy cake and meet our great dance teachers! Free admission and lots of fairy fun! While you are at it, register for one of our pre-ballet and tap classes for the 10-week summer session. Art Center Dance Company auditionsDance Auditions for the Center for the Arts Dance Company will be Saturday, May 21. Junior Dance Company auditions for kids 9-14 years old will be between noon and 1 p.m., and Senior Dance Company auditions for adults 15-25 years old will be from 1-2 p.m. Come try out for a position in our dance company. It is a year-round program, with performances in the valley.Calendar of events Now through June 11 – Registration for classes May 6-30 – Glenwood Springs Art Guild exhibit May 13 – Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Night, a fund-raiser for arts center programming May 14 – Art Guild Reception, 6 p.m. June 3 through Aug. 28 – All Rivers Juried Exhibit June 4 – All Rivers Artist ReceptionGayle Mortell is the director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Call the center for applications, tickets or information at 945-2414.

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