Community News & Notes
An Academy of Western Slope Artists and Musicians (AWSAM) dinner-dance that was scheduled for Saturday, May 9, in Rifle has been canceled, but plans are under way to reschedule the event in the fall. For more information, call 625-2333.
Carbondales only organic grocery is looking to boost community awareness and support this weekend.The Carbondale Community Food Co-op is holding a membership drive over the weekend. One membership incentive on offer this weekend is a 10 percent discount on all new fully paid memberships. The store will also be offering prizes, shopping discount coupons and free locally grown organic food tastings.Cooperatives are member-owned organizations, and by purchasing a membership share, locals have a say in how the store is run and the groceries it offers. Members also receive regular discounts off their purchases.The co-op is located at 559 Main St., across from Peppinos Pizza. The co-op board urges people to come by anytime this weekend, on Dandelion Day or in-between movies during the film festival, and talk to them about joining.
The Glenwood Springs Masonic Lodge #65 will recognize student scholarship winners and outstanding individuals in the field of education during a dinner ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7.Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from throughout the valley, including Katherine Peckler (Basalt High School) and Michael Black (Roaring Fork High School). Michelle Stripp and David Scholz from Glenwood Springs High School will be receiving scholarships in memory of Lodge Brothers Ralph Sample and Stan Dodson.The Outstanding Educator Award will be presented to Betty Rahn from the Garfield School District Re-2.Recognition for academic achievement and service to Glenwood Springs High School will be presented to juniors Taylor Goodstein and Allison Rippy.And, 50-year Masonic Service Awards will be presented to Brothers James Andre and Bruce Isaacson.Masonic members who plan to attend the dinner should RSVP Fred Davidson, at 984-2575.
The May 6 meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter, National Railway Historical Society will feature railroad historian Jerry Day with a multi-media presentation titled A brief history of Denver & Rio Grande Western standard gauge snow fighting operations from 1890 to the present. It will include photographs of the equipment used and of snow fighting operations all over the system, including the Aspen Branch. The presentation is based on many years of research and actual incidents and stories shared by D&RGW crews.The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Railroad Museum and is free and open to the public.Day served for 22 years in the U. S. Air Force as a photographer and photography instructor, then worked as technical training and technical publications manager at Hewlett-Packard for 15 years. He has written two books on the Rio Grande narrow gauge.Since the Amtrak station will be closed at that time, use the wide outdoor stairway to the west to get down to the passenger loading platform, then proceed east to the museum doorway. Call (970) 928-8721 if more information is needed.
Summer camps at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts run on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting in June. Give your children the gift of art for this years summer camp. Wednesdays are Art and Pottery Camp, Thursdays are Dance, Music and Theater Camp. Affordable prices, talented staff, and endless fun. Call 945- 2414 to register today, or visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org http://www.glenwoodarts.org.
The Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 413 Ninth St., will hold its spring Used Book Sale through May 9. Volunteers estimate there are many more than 15,000 used hardback and paperback books available, including works of fiction and non-fiction, and both adult and childrens books. Books are sorted by category. The sale is held in the basement. Book donations are gratefully accepted year-round, during the librarys regular hours of operation. Please call the library at 945-5958 for specific times for the book sale or for more information.
A midvalley Unitarian Fellowship is forming, made up of members of the defunct Aspen Unitarian group as well as some of the congregation from Glenwood Springs.The fellowship will be holding a second meeting in Basalt on May 7 featuring Unitarian-Universalist Minister Robert Latham.The gatherings will both start at 10:30 a.m. at the WIN Health Institute, behind the Mid-Valley Medical Center at Highway 82 and Original Road. For more information call Bill or Sue at 963-2163.
There will be a Parade of the Species costume making party at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, on the basketball court next to Solar Energy International (Second and Main in Carbondale) for people to make their costumes for Saturdays Dandelion Day event.The rain date will be Thursday, same time and place. Supplies will be available, or bring your own. The Parade of the Species takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday during Dandelion Day, on Main Street. Parade participants should arrive at Second and Main streets at 10:45 a.m. with costumes. A good website to check out for inspiration is http://www.procession.org/.
Bridges High School in Carbondale hosts a community spaghetti and chili dinner from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. The cost is $5 per person to help raise funds for an upcoming school trip to Europe.There will be a recognition of students Abbey Leone and Tyler Newcomb, who placed first and third, respectively, in the recent statewide Moral Courage essay contest sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League. The students were given awards by Gov. Bill Ritter in Denver last week.The guest speaker will be Kathleen Keelan, program director of Creating Caring Communities of Denver.Bridges is located in the Bridges Center (former middle school) at the intersection of Fourth Street and Sopris Avenue in Carbondale. For more information, call 384-6160.
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