They’re off! The Kiwanis Grand Prix |

They’re off! The Kiwanis Grand Prix

This is it, the quintessential fun summer event that raises money for new curtains in the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium, to help the Art Center renovate its building and to help the Kiwanis Club fund its many community projects.

The big, the bold, the Kiwanis Grand Prix Race is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in downtown Glenwood Springs.

This is not the Ducky Derby. It’s not Snowmass Hot Air Balloon Race.

It’s a race that is just as much fun, just as colorful and just as exciting as the Indianapolis 500. Okay, so it’s not at all like the Indianapolis 500. The beauty of this race is that everyone can participate! I’ll tell you how.

Imagine this: 10,000 colorful, numbered balls at the top of 8th Street at Lincoln, 8th Street down to Bennett is sheathed with portable walls to contain the racers.

And they’re off, thousands of colorful and eager balls racing down 8th Street anticipating a big win! And the win is big, $5,000 big. If the first ball to cross the finish line has your number on it, you win $5,000.

Other prizes include two Bronco tickets for opening day, two Avalanche tickets, a sand-cast Navajo belt buckle inlaid with turquoise from Morris Trading Co., a Beach Cruiser bicycle from BSR Bikes and Snowboards, a Sony DVD/VCR player, a $150 gift certificate from One of a Kind jewelers and a $100 gift certificate from Mountain Peddler.

Summer is racing by, and what better way to groove with this phenomenon than to buy a chance to win these great prizes and help the community. Chances for the Kiwanis Grand Prix are $5 each. Buy a book of five or 10 and increase your odds. Chances are available at the Center for the Arts or look for the booth at City Market or Safeway. Information: 945-2414.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Co. to perform

Don’t miss this inspiring performance presented by one of Colorado’s premier dance ensembles, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, at 8 p.m. tonight at the Aspen District Theater.

Tonight’s performance will include choreography by Cleo Parker Robinson and Rosangela Silvestre, Milton Myers and Katherine Dunham.

Many of costumes used on this show are courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Call the Wheeler Opera House for tickets, 920-5770.

Dancers don’t forget

The Art of Flamenco Dance classes are the weekend of July 26-27. Kids classes are from 10 a.m. to noon and adults from 1-3 p.m.

Alicia Matesanz brings her talent to the Center for the Arts to share her love of Flamenco with the children and adults of the community. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the beloved dance form.

Classes cost $30 for members and $45 for non members. Call 945-2414 to register.

It’s not too late to take a summer class

We’re offering our best lineup yet of fine arts, dance, movement and clay classes for kids and adults. It’s not too late to register.

There are six weeks left; take a class for only $50. Dance, draw and just make art. Nothing feels better!

Summer Calendar of Events

Ruth Kary’s Photography is on display at the Community Center through July.

Phoenix Rising – Remembering the Coal Seam Fire, July 4 to Aug. 3. Artists reception and coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Friday, July 18.

The Art of Flamenco Dance classes, July 26-27.

Mask-making workshop in Centennial Park, Aug. 2. Mask exhibit, Aug. 8-31. Opening and artist reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.

Call the Center for applications, tickets or information at 945-2414.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th Street between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Stop by, call, or e-mail us at

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