Community News & Notes
Never floated through mountain wetlands? Then join us for this awesome event from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. Bring your canoe, kayak or ducky and get ready to float the gentle Roaring Fork River through some of the most important wetlands in the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Staff from Pitkin County Open Space & Trails and Roaring Fork Conservancy will give the history of James H. Smith North Star Preserve, point out wildlife, and discuss recent restoration activities along this mild two-hour float. Please dress appropriately – life jackets are required; the float will happen rain or shine, but is dependent on river flows and may be cancelled due to extremely high or low flows. This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited, and registration is required. Visit http://www.roaringfork.org/events to register and call (970) 927-1290 with questions. Sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails and Roaring Fork Conservancy. For more information on this and other events visit: http://www.roaringfork.org/events.
The Union Pacific Railroad will be offering free tours through Glenwood Canyon in vintage 1940s-era passenger rail cars on Tuesday, June 16.Free tickets are available at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association office on Grand Avenue. Seating is limited, and tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.Departures from the Glenwood Springs train station bound for Dotsero and back will be at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A fourth tour may be offered if there is enough demand.
During Strawberry Days the Ride Glenwood buses have extended their hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with buses scheduled to make stops every 30 minutes throughout this time. Parking is limited during the festival, so citizens are encouraged to help themselves and the environment by riding the Free Ride Glenwood buses. These extended hours apply from Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21. Call (970) 925-8484 for more information.
The Garfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition and Mental Health America are offering a free, one-hour suicide prevention training called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), in Glenwood Springs on June 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Training is limited to the first 30 registrations received. To reserve a seat in the QPR training, please call 970-665-6382.
The Wilderness Workshop will host its sixth annual Wilderness Picnic at East Maroon Portal on Sunday, June 14, from noon to 3 p.m.The picnic is billed as a “semi-potluck,” meaning that WW provides the grill goodies and soft drinks, and guests are encouraged to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. The Last Minute String Band will provide live music, and games and activities will be organized for kids.Admission is free for Wilderness Workshop members, and for kids 12 and under. It’s $10 for non-members, but free for anyone who joins WW at the event. East Maroon Portal is located off of Maroon Creek Road, about 3 miles beyond the T Lazy 7 Ranch. Parking is available at the site, although everyone is encouraged to carpool or bike.For more information, please call the Wilderness Workshop, 963-3977.
Senate Republican Leader Josh Penry will host a town hall meeting to discuss the 2009 legislative session at 1 p.m., Monday, June 15, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Issues for discussion are expected to include progress toward securing funding for the new Parachute interchange, under bipartisan legislation that Penry co-sponsored earlier this year. Penry and state Rep. Randy Baumgardner recently wrote state officials urging them to make the interchange a top priority on the list for projects funded under the bill. The creation of the new interchange just west of Exit 75 will bring much needed relief to the local communities as it will open an alternative route into the Piceance Basin for heavy drilling equipment.
The parking lots at Two Rivers and Sayre Parks will be closed Tuesday, June 16 for parking lot striping from 7 a.m. to mid-afternoon. This closure is weather dependent. The closures will complete the parking lot maintenance in these locations. Call 384-6366 with concerns.
Allen Ringle of the Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company and Tim O’Keefe of the Roaring Fork Conservancy will give a presentation about how water is collected from the headwaters of the Roaring Fork River and diverted under the Continental Divide. The tour will visit Lost Man Reservoir, the Roaring Fork collection dam and tunnel, the Grizzly Reservoir, and the Twin Lake tunnel that brings water to the eastern slope. The tour goes from 10 to 4 p.m. on June 20. Participants should bring a lunch and weather appropriate clothing, and meet at Lost Man Creek Campground (CO 82 Mile Marker 55, east of Aspen). The tour is free, but registration is required, either online at http://www.roaringfork.org/events or by phone at 927-1290.
The Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign is launching a volunteer program to help finalize mapping and check areas proposed for protection in preparation for legislative action in Congress.Inventory Corps recruits must attend an initial training on field-checking protocols and equipment on Saturday, June 13, in the Grizzly Creek area east of Glenwood.The Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign is advocating for several new wilderness areas in and around the White River National Forest, as well as expansion in areas such as the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.The Hidden Gems Hike Series returns this summer as well, with a full schedule of outings into proposed wilderness areas. For more information and to register for the Hidden Gems Inventory Corps, visit http://www.whiteriverwild.org, or call (970) 963-3977.
Youthentity will present Byte Marks workshops during the weeks of June 15 and 22. Information will be given about online technologies, including Gmail (Mondays), Facebook (Tuesdays), Twitter (Wednesdays), and sharing photos (Thursdays). Each workshop is one day, from 2-4 p.m., and costs $49. All will be held at the Partnering for Success Center. Register through the center at 963-4065, or contact Morgan at 379-5608 for more information.
The Roaring Fork Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society will meet on Monday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1016 Cooper Avenue, Glenwood Springs. The public is invited to attend. The program will be a video titled “The Last Yahi,” a biography of the last free Native American in North America living in the wilderness. For information, call Cynthia at 524-7981.
The Carbondale Rotary club hosts the annual “Happening” event Saturday, June 13, at the Carbondale Fire and Rural Protection District headquarters on Highway 133. The usual theme, “Great Balls of Fire” has been retooled to reflect the times. – “Great Bailout Balls of Fire,” will feature a reduced $75 ticket price, hearty American fare and live music from Bill Parish. Proceeds from the annual Rotary Happening benefit valley nonprofits and the club’s grant and scholarship programs.Tickets are be available from any Carbondale Rotarian. Information can be found at http://www.rotarycarbondale.org.Harley Davidson OpeningAspen Valley Harley Davidson is having its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. All proceeds from the event will benefit C.A.R.E. The event is Mardi Gras themed, with jambalaya and shrimp etouffee from Bravo Fine Catering and the band “In the Pocket” providing entertainment. The event will include stilt walkers, henna tattoos, jugglers, costumes, and more. For details, call Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson at (970) 928-7493.
The Terraces Condominiums will host a community Garage Sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. The sale will occur at 2701 Midland in Glenwood Springs. For more information, call Linda Wylie at (970) 704-1515, extension 135.
The 2009 ASP Benefit Horse Show is scheduled for June 13 and 14th at the Aspen Equestrian Estates starting at 8 a.m.and running through late afternoon. This horse show is sanctioned by the Colorado West Hunter Jumper Association. Riders will compete over jumps and on the flat. This fundraiser for the Advocate Safehouse Project is a fun event for competitors and spectators alike. Advocate Safehouse Project invites the community to come out and enjoy a free entertaining event. For information, call 945-2632.
Elks Lodge 2286 will have its annual Flag Day Ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, at Centennial Park in downtown Glenwood Springs.Boy Scout Troop 225 will assist lodge members with the history of our American Flag. There will be music, readings and the winner of the Elks Grade School Americanism essay contest will read their essay. A receptacle for American flags that need to be retired will be available.
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