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Music on the Mountain generates big food donation

Music on the Mountain, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s mountain-top concert series, this summer led to the donation of 12,427 cans of food for the LIFT-UP community pantry, exceeding the park’s goal of 10,000 cans by almost 25 percent. The total since the series started in 2009 is 43,598.

“LIFT-UP is extremely grateful for the tremendous outpouring of generosity displayed by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and all who have supported their efforts over the past six summers,” said Kimberly Loving, LIFT-UP executive director. “With more than 43,000 cans of food collected since 2009, it is one of the largest ongoing efforts to assist LIFT-UP on record.”

LIFT-UP provides four days’ worth of food for families that visit its food pantries. Approximately 10 cans go into a bag of groceries, along with packaged items like cereal and pasta. So for every 1,000 cans of food collected, 100 bags of groceries can be put together, which will feed 25 families for four days. Twelve thousand canned items fill 1,200 bags, and will feed 300 families for four days.

Glenwood Caverns’ summer-long drive has triggered other food drives to join in. Glenwood Insurance Agency launched its Thousand Can Drive this summer, which prompted Murray Dental Group and Heim and Johnson, DDS, to engage in some friendly competition to see which could collect the most food for Glenwood Insurance to deliver to Glenwood Caverns, and ultimately to LIFT-UP’s food pantries. Together, these three organizations brought in 3,502 cans of food. Community Banks of Colorado held a food drive earlier in the summer that garnered an additional 350 cans.

This year’s Music on the Mountain Concert Series sponsors are Bighorn Toyota; Community Banks of Colorado; Dalby, Wendland & Co. Inc.; Glenwood Springs Post Independent; Lift FM; Perri’s Collision; Swire Coca-Cola; Glenwood TV; Glenwood Insurance Agency and Hotel Glenwood Springs.

Spa of Rockies boss to teach future leaders

Glenwood Hot Springs’ David Erlich, director of the Spa of the Rockies, has been selected to take part in a new Global Mentorship Pilot Program.

Fifteen spa industry veterans from around the world will lead the effort to educate the next generation of spa leaders. Erlich is one of three Americans among the mentors.

The program will begin in January and run through March; a second program will run April through June. Mentors will connect with their interns several times per month via telephone, Skype or face-to-face where possible.

Erlich has 25 years of spa and hospitality industry experience. Before coming to Glenwood Hot Springs, Erlich was the executive assistant manager at the Viceroy Anguilla. He served as regional director of spa operations for Fairmont Hotels for the Western U.S. and Hawaii, and as the executive director of spa and retail operations for Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, a geothermal spring spa in Sonoma, Calif. Erlich also spent time overseeing spa and retail operations as executive director for Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii.

Value of soft-surface trails to be discussed on Oct. 8

Glenwood Springs’ Two River Trails volunteer group and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) will present an introduction to “Glenwood Springs Area Concept Trail Planning” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Buoyed by the success of the Wulfsohn Mountain Park trail system, Two Rivers Trails, with assistance from IMBA and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA), is striving to develop a wider vision of trails for hikers, bikers, runners and dog walkers. This presentation will help inform the local community about the economic and tourism benefits of trails and mountain biking, and build support for future area soft trail projects.

IMBA Trail Solution’s Chris Kehmeier will present on the current trends in mountain bike trails and facilities, including how to create bike-optimized experiences on a shared-use trail with runners and hikers. Public feedback to aid in creation of this concept trails plan will be welcome and encouraged by Two Rivers Trails.

This is the first step in a multi-year process that will include detailed trail planning, trail improvements projects and new trail construction. If you are a trail user, business owner, community leader, or a trail runner, hiker or mountain biker, come and learn what great trails can do for Glenwood Springs. Maps will be available to help participants sketch out their trail visions. Anyone who cannot attend will be welcome to provide their input via an online survey that will be announced soon.

IMBA Trail Solutions will create this concept trails plan with funding by the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, Two Rivers Trails, and the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department, with the intention of further collaborating with Garfield County, the White River National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management on future trail system improvements in the Glenwood Springs area.


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