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Roaring Fork Valley Quilters quilt show will open with a reception for the artists from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. This exhibition is the 12th consecutive show since the Gallery opened in June, 1985. It will run through Feb 15. Participating artists include Cynthia DeFrancia, Susan Dodington, Aspen; Adele Plantec, Snowmass Village; Jonne Winter, Carbondale; Sandy Boyd, Linda Cheney, B Anne Greene, and Kathleen Molitor, Glenwood Springs. The show was curated by Sandy Boyd.To get to the Aspen Chapel, use the Castle Creek Road exit from the roundabout to Meadowood Drive. For more information, please call Gallery Directors Tom Ward at 925-8367 or Carol Loewenstern at 925-1919, or The Aspen Chapel at 925-7184.

KAFM Community Radio announces a new monthly, alternative film series dubbed REEL TIME @ THE RADIO ROOM slated for its intimate Radio Room venue starting in January.The series will take advantage of the explosion of independent and alternative filmmaking and self-distribution and bring entertaining films which exist beyond the realm of major distribution to Grand Valley audiences.To foster audience participation, films will be preceded by a live radio talk show and followed by an in-depth discussion. REEL TIME @ THE RADIO ROOM will feature a new film the third Thursday of each month with both a late afternoon and evening presentation.Seating is limited, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early.The series inaugural film will be the inspiring documentary Girls Rock, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15 with shows at 4:30 and 7 p.m.For more information, call 970-241-8801 ext. 216 or log on to

Newly-founded Roaring Fork Cultural Council hosts first in series of dialogues Jan. 16.Three-time ambassador and former director of the U.S. Information Agency Henry Catto will speak with the community Jan. 16 at Thunder River Theatre, located at 67 Promenade in Carbondale. Just days before Barack Obamas inauguration, Catto plans to address what international challenges the new president will face.Cattos visit is the first of a series of events organized by the Roaring Fork Cultural Council. Consisting of 26 local founders, the council was born out of a desire to bring nationally- and internationally-known figures to the Roaring Fork Valley, speaking on cultural, political and ecological issues in their areas of expertise. The council is co-chaired by Jim Calaway and Craig Rathbun. In the spirit of dialogue, all events will be conducted in a question-and-answer format. The Jan. 16 event will be moderated by Calaway, with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.Cattos dialogue will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance from, the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake Ave., in Glenwood Springs, or the Colorado Mountain College Lappala Center at 690 Colorado Ave., in Carbondale.The Roaring Fork Cultural Council is planning five more events for 2009, including a visit from Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Brown. The council is partnering with Colorado Mountain College, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, and the Thunder River Theatre Company to bring this series to Carbondale.

The Independence Pass Foundation is hosting a Wild & Scenic Environmental Filmfest to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. The subjects of the nine award-winning short documentaries in the filmfest range from the nationwide bee hive crisis to climate change and from oil and water to the restoration of Owens Lake. Attendees will have the chance to win giveaways, including a pair of cross country skis and two nights at the Hotel Jerome, donated by businesses and individuals. This special event will benefit restoration and revegetation work on Independence Pass. Tickets are on sale now at the Wheeler and Ute Mountaineer.

The opening reception for the Creamer and Sugar Invitational will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at the Carbondale Clay Center. the invitational exhibition created by Kelly McKibben, Mark Harro, Alex Watson and Lauren Mabry, all current CCC resident artists. The exhibition dates are Jan. 5 through 31.The next six-week session of classes begins Monday, Jan. 5 for the session which runs to Feb. 9. Spaces are filling fast. Please call CCC office to register, 963-2529. Family Valentines drop-ins – Decorate your own Valentine Bowl, for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult helper.Finished bowls will be fired and ready for pick-up between Feb. 9-13.All day drop-in, no appointment necessary, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, with Sandie Gardner, CCC artist.

A new program, LIFESTEPS, offered by Glenwood Medical Associates helps you emphasize what you are doing right to help lose weight.The LIFESTEPS Weight Management Program teaches small groups of adults to successfully take gradual steps toward changing their eating and physical activity behaviors. The program is designed for individuals who are committed to taking positive steps toward better health and weight management based on sound nutrition principles.For more information on the LIFESTEPS Weight Management Program at GMA, contact Jeanne Luetke at 309-0784. An orientation session for the next class will be held at GMA at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29, and again at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5. Classes start Jan. 12.

JVA Consulting has been awarded a continuation grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services compassion Capital Fund to provide monetary grants, training and technical assistance to grassroots faith-based and community organizations across Colorado which serve baby boomers and older adults.JVA is now accepting applications for the Colorado Compassion Initiative (CCI) funding cycle of Feb. 20 through Sept. 30. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 30.To find out more about the CCI grants, how to register for a Jan. 7 or Jan. 8 pre-application workshop (mandatory for new applicants) and to download documents, go to

Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 7, to explore open space by moonlight on snowshoes. Meet at the Emma Schoolhouse parking lot. Or join Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 8, to explore James H. Smith Northstar Open Space on snowshoes. Bring your own snowshoes or use a provided pair. These events are part of Roaring Fork Conservancys 2009 Watershed Explorations and are sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails, the Roaring Fork Club, and Roaring Fork Conservancy. Space is limited. Please register online at

The 2009 Naturalist Nights speaker series kicks off with Colorados Red Rock Canyon Country at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7 at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale. Dinner and drinks can be purchased before the free slide show, hosted by the Wilderness Workshop.The show will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.Presenter Kate Graham of the Colorado Environmental Coalition will lead a photographic journey into the beautiful sights, rich history, and current efforts to protect the red rock of Colorados Dominguez Canyons and Dolores River Basin. For more information, contact 963-3977.

A free Literary Night at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, Thunder River Theatre Companys Valerie Haugen will give a lecture on author Kurt Vonnegut, and will also read from his books. Valerie Haugen is Associate Artistic Director and Founding Member of Thunder River Theatre Company. Enjoy conversation and light refreshments on a cold winters night. If you have questions, please call 945-5958.

The new hours for the Glenwood Springs recycle center, 1015 School St., are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Jan. 6.To find what recycling items are accepted, visit the citys web site at

The first free lecture in the free Maggie and Nick DeWolf lecture series at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen will be Biophysics: Natures Exquisite Nanomachines: The Dynamic and Varied City Plan of Living Cells, by James A. Spudich of Stanford University, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7.We now know the components of a cell are highly organized, with dozens of different kinds of molecular motors moving along filamentous highways carrying vital components to specific cellular locations. Dr. Spudich has studied how the protein motor myosin drives motility, cell division, and muscle contraction for 30 years.For more information, call 925-2585.

Celebrate 2009 24 Hours of Sunlight from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 2624 South Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. The event is free for chamber members and guests and includes race tips presented by special guest, Valley View Hospitals Dr. John Findley; skis, skins and boot demo sponsored by Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop; a chance to win cool 24 Hours of Sunlight loot; food provided by Qdoba Mexican Grill and beer provided by Mountain Beverage (Coors) and wine provided Turtles Glenwood Liquor.Contact the chamber at 945-6589 for more information.

Free weekly support group for women in unhealthy intimate relationships with free child care are held from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays in Rifle; and 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Glenwood Springs. Call the Advocate Safehouse Project at 945-2632 for more information and locations.

The Annual Take Ten Festival, a celebration of the excellence of emerging playwrights, is coming to the AHS Black Box Theatre Jan. 25-27. New this year is the addition of a play from the MFA Playwrighting department of Yale, headed by Paula Vogel. The winning Yale playwright will join representatives from Columbia, Brown, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, Iowa, UCLA, UCSD and the University of Texas at Austin.

The 22nd Aspen Parks and Recreation Owl Creek Chase will be held Jan. 17. Since 1985 the Owl Creek Chase has been one of Colorados favorite Nordic races and has since grown into the largest multi-day event in Colorado, the Aspen Nordic Festival. Events included are; Junior Olympic Qualifiers, Citizen level Colorado Cup racing and a free clinic, Elite level events in the USSA SuperTour, Sprint racing at Wagner Park, and for the first time this year, the University of Colorado NCAA Invitational. For more information, call 970-429-2098.

A 12-week Science Of Mind foundation class begins Tuesday, Jan. 13 at A Spiritual Center in Carbondale.Call Golden at 963-5516 for more information.

Parents, take some time for yourself from noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 22, Feb. 12 and Feb. 26, while your child joins the Glenwood Springs Recreation Department for Lunch Bunch. Fun and creative arts and crafts for children 18 months through 6 years old. For more information or to register, call 384-6301 or visit

Orthopedic Associates and The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at 707 Wapiti Ave., in Rifle, just above The Rib City Grill. Enjoy refreshments and network with fellow chamber members. This event is for Chamber members and their guests. Please RSVP to 625-2085, ext.2 by Jan. 20.

The Chamber Women in Business Network will meet at noon Tuesday, Jan. 20th at the Learning Opportunities Center in the Garfield Re-2 Administration building located at 837 Whiteriver Ave. in Rifle. This is a free brown-bag event and an opportunity to network and meet other businesswomen from up and down the valley. This months meeting will feature Lucille Bauer from Cats travel who will talk about where to find great travel deals.The Women in Business Network is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and Countrywide Home Loans.

Literacy Outreach is looking for volunteers to tutor people eager to improve reading, writing and math or English speaking skills. Volunteers need at least two hours of time per week to work one-on-one with an adult, the ability to read and speak English, and a desire to help someone who wants to learn.Volunteer information sessions will be held at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 1 p.m. Jan. 8 and again at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13. These brief, informal presentations will provide details about Literacy Outreach’s volunteer tutoring program. Please call Literacy Outreach at 945-5282 for more information.

The New Castle Branch Library invites all third, fourth and fifth graders to join its new book club. Organizers will begin by deciding what kids want to read at the first meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. If you have questions, please call 984-2346.

The 11th annual Ice Fishing Tournament-Rifle Gap State Park will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17 and 18.The fishing begins at 8 a.m. The event is free to children 17 and younger. Fees will apply to adults.Each participant must complete and sign a registration form and read the 2009 official rules and regulations for this years Ice Fishing Tournament. Go to for more information or call (970) 625-2085 ext. 4.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the Iron Mountain Tramway, and all of the Adventure Parks attractions will be closed from Monday, Jan. 5, through Friday, March 6. The companys year-round employees will remain busy during the closure working on exciting new attractions. The Adventure Park will reopen for the spring season Saturday, March 7.The business office will remain open weekdays throughout the closure. Call 945-4228 or 800-530-1635, ext. 111, or visit for more information.

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its quarterly membership luncheon at noon Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Learning Opportunities Center at the Garfield Re-2 Administration Building located at Ninth and Whiteriver. The sponsor and speaker will be H&R Block, discussing Taxes: What you should know before Filing. The luncheon is open to members and future members. Wing Nutz will cater the luncheon. Please RSVP by Jan. 13 to 625-2085, ext. 2.

The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool will be closed for regularly scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, Jan. 7. This is a great opportunity to spend time at the Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club where guests can purchase a day pass and have use of the steam room, sauna, and all the new Club amenities. Please note the indoor whirlpool will not be available due to maintenance.

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