New Castle’s Earth Day Expo is April 19 |

New Castle’s Earth Day Expo is April 19

New Castle News
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

New Castle is truly lucky to have so many residents interested in the environment and willing to put their efforts into promoting eco-friendliness.

Children and adults may ask questions and learn from Garfield County’s environmental educators and experts at the second annual Earth Day Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19, at the New Castle Community Center in beautiful downtown New Castle. The free, informational Expo will feature displays, mini lectures, children’s activities, refreshments and prizes.

This second annual Earth Day Expo is presented by the volunteer New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the town of New Castle, as a community-wide educational event to celebrate International Earth Day.

Expo educators will range from home energy auditors, solar electric companies, geo-thermal installers, natural yard care and gardening experts. Participants may ask questions about noxious weed control, saving money on home energy bills, eco-friendly home-buying tips, and low-emission standards of hybrid cars.

The Expo will feature a number of hands-on displays from operating solar in the schools activities, trading in recyclable plastic bags for a free canvas bag, and taking home free compost.

Drawings for both adults and children will be available for free prizes, including day passes to the Aspen Skiing Company and a $100 gift certificate for green building supplies. Free efficient compact florescent bulbs will be available, courtesy of the Aspen Skiing Company.

The expo is supported by a donation from Alpine Bank in New Castle. For questions about the Earth Day Expo in New Castle, call 984-0502 or e-mail

There’s talk of raising taxes for water, so if you don’t vote, don’t gripe when the tax man comes a-callin’. The New Castle Chamber has sent out numerous e-mails about this topic.

There is an additional information sheet on Ballot issue 2A available at New Castle Town Hall for anyone who would like additional information on this subject.

New Castle Branch Library has several interesting offerings that are on the horizon, including an evening with artist Wewer Keohane at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.

Wewer will discuss how creativity has guided her through many career and life changes, and open the floor to questions and conversations with the audience.

Organizers encourage participants to bring a journal and a pencil.

Celebrate Earth Day with children’s author/illustrator Ann Louise Ramsey at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the library. She will be reading her new book, “Just Be You,” featuring her cocker spaniel, Honey, along with her special “Earth Day” book, “Me, the Tree.”

Following the book readings, Ann will demonstrate how she created the digitally-enhanced photographs in her books, and give a brief overview of the self-publishing process.

A teen program, “Illustrating with Photography” workshop will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17th, at the library. Learn the basics of creating illustrations with photography and Photoshop.

If you’re interested in scrapbooking, you’ll be at the library for “Scrapbooking with Paula” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Sign up at the library. This class is designed for all levels of expertise, from beginners to experts. Bring some pictures with you.

Call the New Castle Branch Library at 984-2346 for more information about any of these programs.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with news tips and local inspirations, call 384-9118 or e-mail

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