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This month, we here at NUTS are honored to be hosting a very special event at the New Ute Events Center for the participants of Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD). Featuring food from Miner’s Claim, a wine and beer tasting sponsored by Choice Liquors and solo jazz guitar by local musician Sean Strode, up to 300 people from Garfield County to Summit County are expected at this exclusive networking event.

What is RPD, you ask? Put on by the Community Resource Center, this event is held every four years and provides nonprofit leaders with training and networking opportunities to ensure their organizations thrive. Not only do participants get instruction on how to run their nonprofits, but they are given the opportunity to meet and pitch their ideas to potential donors. Rifle was chosen to host this year’s mountain-area conference, which serves Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Pitkin and Summit counties.

The fact that Rifle, out of all the mountain towns in those counties, was chosen to host this year’s RPD shows what a draw local amenities like the Ute can be for visitors. Rifle could not attract conferences like the RPD without gathering places such as our historic theater and the Colorado Mountain College campus — where much of the conference is being hosted.

If you don’t have a stake in a nonprofit, you may be wondering why having RPD here in Rifle matters to you. The fact is, this conference not only elevates Rifle’s stature in the eyes of visitors from more affluent communities, but it will bring visitor dollars into our town. For three days, June 24-26, approximately 300 participants will be eating, drinking and sleeping in or near Rifle. Local restaurants and hotels are bound to be hopping.

It’s also great marketing for our little town. The Mountain RPD webpage includes a blurb about why Rifle “is a great place to live,” and a list of “things to do in Rifle” that broadcasts local events to all RPD participants. Check it out at

For all these reasons, we here at NUTS are thrilled to be a part of the RPD lineup.

And now, a recap of events at the Ute in May: NUTS hosted the eighth-grade celebration for our kids graduating to high school; the family movie night showing “Back to the Future” brought a turnout of nearly 100 attendees; and Five Comedians for Five Bucks kept people laughing all night.

On this month’s agenda is the Glenn Miller Orchestra, playing June 24. Event tickets can be purchased at or City Market.

For more information about NUTS, find us on Facebook, visit our website at, or write to us at P.O. Box 84 in Rifle.

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