Ladies’ Night Out in Grand Valley and flint knapping in Silt |

Ladies’ Night Out in Grand Valley and flint knapping in Silt

A few weeks ago, a woman named Fran Storm called me from Parachute.

She said she heard I was an expert in fashion. She obviously doesn’t know I once rolled my jeans really tight at the bottoms (we called them “pegged”) and had a thing for polka dots. Hey, that was the ’80s, OK?

I thought she was joking but it comes to find out she really wanted me to speak about what’s hot and what’s not in the fashion world at Sunday’s Ladies’ Night Out from 5-7 p.m. at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.

I’ll not be traipsing around in a Wonder Woman costume and Playboy bunny suit for the skeptics out there.

Actually, I’m going to do my best when pointing women in the right direction for fashion. And luckily I spent practically an entire weekend a few weeks ago watching re-runs of “What Not To Wear” on TLC.

My favorite Stacy and Clinton fashion faux-pas tips:

– Remember ladies, miniskirts aren’t appropriate for every age.

– Tall women should stay away from clunky shoes.

– Sparkle isn’t just for nighttime.

– Never wear white to someone else’s wedding.

Tickets for Ladies’ Night Out are $7 and include: massage therapy by the staff from Dr. Chris’s office; skincare advice from Diane Haynes; aromatherapy by Barbara Allen from Self Indulgence; haircare by Holly from The Perfect 10; diet and food advice from Lynn Miller; flower-arranging tips by the staff from Centennial Gardens; and interior design advice by the staff from Interiors II.

And it all goes down before “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy” even come on. Ladies, there’s no excuse not to come.

The 17th Annual All Glenwood Springs Kids Fine Arts Celebration student art show, opening at 6 p.m. today and running through Thursday, Glenwood Springs High School gymnasium. Information: 384-5575

With art programs in U.S. schools shrinking as fast as my bank account balance after April 15, we should especially take time to celebrate our local kids’ artwork this week. Thousands of pieces of student art will fill the GSHS gym until Thursday, so take a moment to appreciate young expression before the work is gone. And before art classes and clubs in schools disappear, too.

Silt’s annual Chautauqua takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave. Demonstrations include flint knapping, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, candle and soap making, butter churning and baking bread.

When I was a kid in Indiana, we had Pioneer Day. We would dress up like old-fashioned Hoosier pioneers, make a boat-load of funnel cakes and sassafras tea, play Hot Potato and compete in potato-sack races. Chautauqua sounds a little like my Pioneer Day. That might just bore the socks off today’s kids, who are more intrigued by playing video games than climbing trees or pretending to be an old-timer. But, c’mon, everyone loves a little fresh-baked bread ” and flint knapping.

– Community Brothers Benefit, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge, 51939 Highway 6, West Glenwood. Barbecue, live music by The Strays, The Rock Dogs, and Dave Hill and Bruce Imig of The Dags, and a silent auction. Admission: $5

– Greg Masse, acoustic guitarist and singer, 7 p.m., White House Pizza, Carbondale. No cover. Information: 704-9400

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