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Spring and sun brings activity to New Castle

Kay VasilakisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
New Castle NewsKay Vasilakis

With all the spring flowers popping out and the grass greening up, locals are catching the idea and offering some interesting activities. From a soccer tournament to a basket weaving class, there’s something for every age group. Get interested, get out and get moving!

Emily Johnson was a Coal Ridge High School student and soccer captain (Class of 2010) who died last year at 16 from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. She was an amazing young woman who was a friend to all.She saved many lives through the donation of her organs and tissues, and has since inspired others to make a difference in the lives of others by “paying it forward.”Organizers of the Emily Johnson Play it Forward soccer tournament are excited to honor her memory once again with its second annual 3v3 tournament, to be held the weekend of June 4-6 at Gates Soccer Park at CMC Spring Valley. Friday night will again feature the Colorado Mountain United Soccer Club (local athletes) versus the Fort Collins-based women’s Force team.The 3v3 soccer tournament will begin Saturday morning and continue through Sunday, with girls/boys teams from U8 to U18 as well as an adult co-ed bracket. Entry fees will be $150 per team. If you have some dedicated soccer players, organizers would really appreciate your team signing up for this tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund two scholarships for Coal Ridge seniors, as well as for donations to a local and global charity. The committee is still accepting donations to help with the tournament. Please go to http://www.emilyjohnsonplayitforward.org for more information and to register your team.

Ever wanted to create your own basket? Here is your opportunity.A basket weaving class will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the New Castle Branch Library. Participants will get ready for the summer farmer’s markets by learning how to make a market basket. Be sure to bring a bag lunch, and also $12 for the materials fee. Participants will take home a completed basket at the end of the class. Registration is required and space is limited, so visit the New Castle Branch Library today or call 984-2346.

The New Castle Senior Housing “Pins & Needles” group will have handcrafted items for sale, just in time for Mother’s Day. The craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 at the New Castle Senior Housing Activity Center, 201 Castle Valley Boulevard. The fair will offer affordable new and unique items, just right for Mother’s Day.

The Kathryn Senor Elementary School (KSE) Go Green team is hosting a community-wide Reduce and Reuse Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 17, in the KSE parking lot. For a $10 fee, participants will be provided with their own table and parking space to man to sell household items, toys, sports equipment, school clothes and more. Baked goods will also be offered for sale as part of the fundraiser, with proceeds to benefit tree-planting efforts at the KSE back playground. The rain location for the rummage sale will be inside the school gym. For questions or to reserve a table space, contact Chris DeSimone at 665-7667 or cdesimone@garfieldre2.k12.co.us.

This year’s New Castle Farmers Market will be held at the corner of Castle Valley Boulevard and Highway 6, in the lot next to Alpine Bank. The market will be open to the public from 4-8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning May 27. Organizers are looking forward to having the foot traffic for vendors and farmers, and are still looking for more vendors.Come support local farmers with their fresh produce and local vendors with their unique items. – Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For possible mention of a positive local event or news item, please e-mail kvasilakis2222@gmail.com.

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