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Are you NUTS?

We here at NUTS have had grand plans for the New Ute Events Center from the beginning. Our first vision of the Ute as a gathering place for people from all over our valley and beyond seemed to be nearly out of reach when we first began this process, yet that idea has come to fruition through the past year.

Now, we have new, continually lofty goals for the upcoming months and years. First, we are still working to fund retractable, bleacher-style seating at the Ute. This contraption will make it possible for all members of the audience to have a great view of the performers on stage by offering different “levels” of seats. But when it’s not needed — think of prom where only a dance floor is needed — it can fold up neatly at the back of the room. We plan to continue submitting grant proposals to fund this amenity, and have committed funds of $85,000 toward this $146,000 project.

The family movie nights that have become so near and dear to some community members with young children will also continue. We want to keep and expand the partnerships we have formed with Rifle’s downtown restaurants, encouraging people to eat out as a family, then come by the Ute after to enjoy a show with the kids. You may recall that we gave discounted entrance to family movie nights for those who ate at a local restaurant the evening of the show. This program, which strengthens our ties to local businesses while boosting our local economy, is exactly what we have always envisioned for the Ute.

We will also continue to facilitate other groups’ events at the Ute. A big part of what NUTS does is offer support — financially and logistically — to other nonprofits who seek to rent the Ute or want help with promoting an event there.

Finally, one of our most important goals for the future is to continue effectively sharing our mission, events and achievements with the public. The more people hear about the Ute, the more likely they are to come out to an event, volunteer to help, or even become a member of NUTS. We constantly strive to improve our communication with people like you so everyone in the community has access to the Ute and its excellent programming.

We invite you to join us in these missions by signing up to be a member of the Ute. All it takes is a commitment on your part to volunteer or make a generous financial contribution within your means. We have come this far only because of people just like you working together on a shared vision.

For more information about NUTS, find us on Facebook, visit our website at, email us at, or write to us at P.O. Box 84 in Rifle. Event tickets can be purchased at, City Market, or the Whistle Pig Coffee Stop & Cafe.

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