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Take a class, it’s a blast

Gayle Mortell

The weather is so beautiful and the landscape is so green that the promise of blissful, summer days exudes a sense of anticipation and joy that is contagious. I want to grab my kid out of these last, agonizing, few days of school, take off and release myself from the confines of everyday.Summer is the best time to escape. At the Center for the Arts, we’ve brainstormed through many snowstorms to come up with some great classes and activities to fill the season. I think we’re going to have a great summer!The Summer ’03 Class Catalogue is out and it’s time to register for some fun time in the arts. Pick up a catalogue at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, the Glenwood Springs Community Center, Carbondale Council on the Arts, and any of the local libraries. We are offering 56 classes in dance, pottery, fine arts, crafts and theatre arts for all levels and all ages. We are also offering stone sculpting and silversmithing for adults at all levels. We are really excited about the myriad of offerings. Check out the catalogue; I am sure you will find something that interests you and your children.Hip hop classes, break dancing, ballet, tap, modern and jazz round out the dance program. We are offering Dance Dogs again, a STOMP class for little boys age 4-5. Diane’s Art Party is a class for kids who like to experiment in many different types of art media. The popular Japanese Animation and cartooning classes are scheduled for kids who will actually develop comic books. Sling some real mud this summer to create some colorful and artful pieces of pottery.To celebrate our new theatre arts program, “Mask” is a theme we’ll be embracing this session in most of the classes. We are offering mask-making classes in pottery and in the art departments plus a workshop in Centennial Park on Aug. 2.An art exhibit called “Mask” will be installed in the gallery for the month of August. Melanie Huskey and DeAnna Anderson, dance teachers extraordinaire, are going to choreograph some theatrical pieces to be performed at the Artist Reception on Aug. 8. Take a summer class. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is a great place to hang out and learn a new skill. The energy is positive and great people work and play here. It only requires a little bit of time, it’s fun, you’ll meet new people and develop a skill that will enhance your life.It always does a body good to get away from the house; even for just an hour or two a week can make a big difference. We have made all the classes affordable – only about $10 an hour – and the benefits you receive are priceless!It’s easy to register. If you can’t come in, we can take your information over the phone. The Summer 2003 session begins June 6. It’s important to register early so we don’t have to drop a class because of low registration. Call us at 945-2414. It’s gonna be a great summer!Tonight Tom Mix returns”The Great K & A Train Robbery,” starring Tom Mix, will be shown as part of the celebration of Historic Preservation Month at the Eagles’ Durrand Opera House, 312 7th St., at 8 p.m. Friday, May 23.Parts of this film were actually shot at Glenwood’s Opera House on 7th Street and in Glenwood Canyon. Come watch the movie and enjoy special scrumptious desserts from Ingrid’s Cup and Saucer. Admission is $12 for adults and $7.50 for youth, age 5 to 18, at the door, with a cash bar. The evening is sponsored by the Historic Preservation Commission of Glenwood Springs and assisted by the Frontier Historic Society. Tickets are available at the door. Call 945-2414 for more information.Summer Calendar of Events-Glenwood Springs Art Guild Show, through June 1.-The Great Roaring Fork Liquor Wine Tasting Event, 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Hotel Colorado. -“Wheels” Art Exhibit and Art Car Show, June 5-29. Artists and opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday, June 20. Art cars will drive in the Strawberry Days Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21. Applications due by Friday May 12. Delivery day is Tuesday, June 3, with pickup on Monday June 30.-“Phoenix Rising – Remembering the Coal Seam Fire,” July 4-27. Artists reception and coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Friday, July 18.-“Mask,” Aug. 1-31. Opening and artist reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Mask-making workshop in Centennial Park, Aug. 2.Call the Center for applications, tickets or information, 945-2414. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th St. between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We’re open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by, call, or e-mail us at gwsarts@sopris.net for information on these and other events, classes and shows.

By Willa SoncartyRegistrarFrontier Historical Society and Museum Stephen Donegan was not easily forgotten by his classmates at Garfield County High School. Charismatic and attractive in a Tom Cruise kind of way, he excelled in student activities such as oration, drama club, sophomore class president, yearbook staff. He was also musically inclined. The sound of Stephen Donegan’s trumpet was heard in band, pep band and orchestra. He lived his senior motto, “Whoever blows a tune out of his lips, blows sorrow out of his life.”After his graduation from Garfield County High School in 1940, Donegan worked as a bookkeeper for Pando Constructors. Soon, a decade of world conflicts would chart his future.Japan occupied Manchuria and China. Fascist Francisco Franco waged a civil war in Spain. Germany invaded much of Europe and had relentlessly bombed England. With Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Stephen Donegan knew he had to serve his country. In April 1942, he enlisted as an aviation cadet.His flight training took him to Texas where he received instruction at Kelly Field, the Aviation Cadet Center at San Antonio, the Primary Flight School at Ballinger, and Goodfellow Field at San Angelo. He received his wings at Blackland Aviation Flying School in Waco. By 1944, Stephen Donegan had risen to the rank of first lieutenant. From England he served as a B-17 pilot or co-pilot, flew reconnaissance missions, and was awarded the Air Medal for his meritorious achievement while participating in many heavy bombardment missions over enemy-occupied Europe.Extraordinary world events molded a young man into an expert pilot. Valor, bravery and patriotism enabled Lt. Stephen Donegan to change the world. “Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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