December 16, 2021 – The Sopris Sun
Letters to Santa
Need to let Santa know how good you have been this year? And that perfect gift? Carbondale Recreation and Community Center has installed a special mailbox with express delivery to the North Pole, open until December 20. Make sure to sign your name and address so Santa can respond
Holiday Express Railway
For the first time, the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad is extending its season into winter and offering a holiday light train ride. This snow-covered slide through the Arkansas River Valley runs twice daily through January 8, except Christmas and Christmas Eve. Learn more about www.leadvillerailroad.com
On December 9, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded $ 298,490 to Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) to meet the growing stewardship needs in the Roaring Fork Valley. This is the largest one-time grant in RFOV’s 26-year history and is part of GOCO’s stewardship impact program, allocating lottery proceeds to improve green and recreational facilities. The grant will help RFOV hire four new staff and purchase a vehicle to support participation in the project, among other initiatives.
Nomination petitions for Carbondale’s board of directors will be available from January 4. The mayor’s seat and three seats, each with a four-year term, will be voted on on April 5. Nomination petitions will be available for pick up at Town Hall for three weeks during regular business hours. Interested candidates must be at least 18 years of age, be citizens of the United States, and have resided in Carbondale for at least one consecutive year prior to the date of the election.
The distinctions of the CHSAA
Following their state victory, the Roaring Fork High School football team received numerous honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA). Nick Forbes was named 3A Coach of the Year, while senior Ross Barlow received the illustrious 3A Player of the Year designation. In addition, four Rams were placed on the CHSAA 3A First Team: Ross Barlow, Emiliano Magana, Jose Mercado and Carlos Perez Rios.
The 12th Annual Cowboy Up Event (August 2021) broke attendance and fundraising records, raising over $ 31,000 for the Smiling Goat Ranch! âIn six years of our Horse Assisted Therapy program, we have helped hundreds of children and adults,â said Sheryl Barto, Executive Director of Smiling Goat Ranch. âAnd we made a vow to never let the costs get in the way of healing. All of our program’s needs, including animal feed and care, supplies and handlers, come from donations and grants.
Roaring Fork High School and Carbondale Middle School Archery Clubs are raising funds to purchase equipment. Currently, the programs have enough material for 10 students to participate. They would like to double that number so that each school can have its own set! Learn more about support at www.bit.ly/CdaleArchery
To take off
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Rifle Garfield County Airport a grant of $ 59,000, provided under the American Rescue Plan Act, to assist airports in their operations. âThe grant will be used for employee expenses,â said Brian Condie, airport manager. The grant offer was approved by the County Commissioners Council.
Student loan repayment
Borrowers who have been able to put their federal student loan payments on hold in the past 18 months will soon have to resume their payments, with interest, starting in February, reports the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, a national non-profit organization. More information can be found at www.studentaid.gov
False information was circulating that Valley View Hospital was not admitting unvaccinated patients. For greater clarity, we have reached out. “This rumor is unequivocally false,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr David Brooks. âWe take care of all patients, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. If people think this has not been the case with their care at Valley View, I ask them to contact my colleague, Stacey Gavrell, from our Community Relations team, at 970-384-6620.
They say it’s your birthday
People celebrating another trip around the sun this week include: Deborah Anderson, JR Burton and Tamarah Howard (December 16); Aiden Knaus and Cooper Marshall (December 17); Kathy Ezra, Daisy Tena and Ralph Wanner (December 18); Shirley Bowen and Frances Lewis (December 19); Don Butterfield, Linnea Fong, Terry Glasenap, Kenzie Hill, Beatriz Soto, Tyler Thompson, Prema Trettin and Travis Wilson (December 20); Paula Fothergill, Tommy Sweeney and Robin Waters (December 21); Jessica Hardin, Carolyn Jackson and Jerry Pluger (December 22).
THURSDAY DECEMBER 16
HAPPY HOURS OF HOLIDAY
True Nature welcomes you to sip and shop with live music every Thursday in December from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Center for Human Flourishing presents a panel on Heart / Mind Wisdom and the Global Dilemma of Self-Destruction at the Third Street Center at 6:30 p.m.
5Point Film presents three new films online at 8 p.m. To access them, donate any amount to www.5pointfilm.org
FRIDAY DECEMBER 17
Glenwood Springs Library offers a free adult writing workshop at 10 a.m.
Kyle Jones serenades at the Carbondale Library at 5 p.m.
Dr. Zachary Cashin leads a sound healing journey at Third Street Center at 7 p.m. Tickets to www.davinikent.com
“The Rescue” opens at the Crystal Theater and runs through Monday at 7:30 p.m., except Sunday at 5:00 p.m. âBeing The Ricardosâ also airs on December 17 at 4:45 p.m.
True Nature offers a full moon aromatherapy ceremony at 6 p.m. Tickets are at www.truenaturehealingarts.com
Author Craig Childs presents a multimedia performance at the Paradise Theater in Paonia at 7:30 p.m. Masks are encouraged for the Friday show. Vaccination and masks compulsory for the Saturday show. For tickets visit: www.bit.ly/DarkNight2021
The Josefina Mendez Quintet plays current jazz interpretations of Christmas classics at the Contemporary in Willits at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at: www.tacaw.org
SATURDAY DECEMBER 18
The Roaring Fork Valley Care with a Coat campaign returns with four drop-off points: the Jewish Community Center in Aspen, Hollyann in Willts, Independence Run & Hike in Carbondale and YouthZone in Glenwood Springs. The slightly worn and washed winter coats will be collected until Monday to be given to local populations in need.
In addition to Deck the Walls, Carbondale Arts is hosting a pop-up Farmers’ Market at The Launchpad on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with a performance of Kindred Spirits at 3 p.m.) and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. required for everyone inside the Launchpad.
Noel Productions brings a real reindeer to the Carbondale Library at 2 p.m.
The Sopris Soarers adult troupe performs âCountdown to Christmasâ at Third Street Center at 3 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are at www.soprissoarers.com
Chicago-based artist Adam Grossi signs books at The Art Base from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Grossi’s exhibition, titled “Bound Path”, is on display until February 5. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ADVOCACY & AFTER
Wilderness Workshop hosts an informative happy hour at the Sunlight Mountain Resort Base Lodge from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free, but registration is requested at www.wildernessworkshop.org
True Nature welcomes Dance Initiative for a performance in the Peace Garden at 4 p.m. More info on www.truenaturehealingarts.com
Thunder River Theater Company presents a cabaret with Beth Malone and special guests at 7:30 pm More info at www.thunderrivertheatre.com
The Marble Distillery in Carbondale welcomes comedian Ben Kronberg at 8 p.m. Tickets to www.bit.ly/MarbleComedy
The Drunken Poets, a local group of four acoustic / electric musicians, perform at Contemporary in Willits at 8 p.m. Tickets to www.tacaw.org
SUNDAY DECEMBER 19
The Meeting Place in Carbondale (981 Cowen Drive) begins offering âHole in the Donut,â a new anonymous group meeting of alcoholics on Sundays at 6:45 am.
Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church revives the tradition of the winter solstice in place of the regular Sunday service. Children and vaccinated adults are invited to join in the âpagan invocationâ, bonfire and spiral dance starting at 10 am.
SEE THE SILENCE
The Center for Environmental Studies in Aspen welcomes photographer Pete McBride to the Wheeler Opera House for a special presentation of his latest book, “Seeing Silence: The Beauty of the World’s Most Quiet Places”. The show starts at 6 p.m., find your tickets on www.aspennature.org
FULL MOON RESPIRATORY
Chelsea Bennett conducts a full moon ceremony at Third Street Center at 6:30 p.m. www.chelseabennetthealing.com/events
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21
TAKE & CREATE
Basalt Library offers DIY LED Wood Ornament Kits for Pickup, while supplies last, starting at 10 a.m.
Youth and their parents are invited to story time at the Glenwood Springs Library on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. More information on www.gcpld.org
True Nature holds a solstice ceremony at 12:30 p.m. More info on www.truenaturehealingarts.com
Basalt Library invites families to enjoy outdoor activities, hot soup, and a seasonal celebration of returning to longer days. The fun starts at 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 22 DECEMBER
Oran Mor performs Scottish and Irish music at the Carbondale Library at 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to everyone.
THURSDAY 23 DECEMBER
Children and their parents are invited to story time at the Carbondale Library on Thursdays at 10:30 am. www.gcpld.org
Carbondale Arts announced with a heavy heart that the Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza will not take place in March 2022. COVID, âexplained Amy Kimberly.