December 16, 2021 – The Sopris Sun


GOSSIP:

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

Stewardship

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.

Civic service

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.

Cowboy standing!

The 12th Annual Cowboy Up Event (August 2021) broke attendance and fundraising records, raising over $ 31,000 for the Smiling Goat Ranch! “In six years of our Horse Assisted Therapy program, we have helped hundreds of children and adults,” said Sheryl Barto, Executive Director of Smiling Goat Ranch. “And 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.

Aim high!

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. “The grant will be used for employee expenses,” 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

Suppress rumors

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. “We 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).

COMMUNITY CALENDAR:

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.

INDIGENOUS WISDOM

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.

5POINTS

5Point Film presents three new films online at 8 p.m. To access them, donate any amount to www.5pointfilm.org

FRIDAY DECEMBER 17

HISTORY CRAFTS

Glenwood Springs Library offers a free adult writing workshop at 10 a.m.

LIVE MUSIC

Kyle Jones serenades at the Carbondale Library at 5 p.m.

SOUND TRIP

Dr. Zachary Cashin leads a sound healing journey at Third Street Center at 7 p.m. Tickets to www.davinikent.com

CRYSTAL THEATER

“The Rescue” opens at the Crystal Theater and runs through Monday at 7:30 p.m., except Sunday at 5:00 p.m. “Being The Ricardos” also airs on December 17 at 4:45 p.m.

FULL MOON

True Nature offers a full moon aromatherapy ceremony at 6 p.m. Tickets are at www.truenaturehealingarts.com

BLACK NIGHT

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

HOLIDAY JAZZ

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

TRAINING JACKET

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.

WINTER MARKET

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.

RENNE LIBRARY

Noel Productions brings a real reindeer to the Carbondale Library at 2 p.m.

SOPRIS SOARERS

The Sopris Soarers adult troupe performs “Countdown to Christmas” at Third Street Center at 3 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are at www.soprissoarers.com

LINKED PATH

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

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

True Nature welcomes Dance Initiative for a performance in the Peace Garden at 4 p.m. More info on www.truenaturehealingarts.com

CABARET SPECIAL

Thunder River Theater Company presents a cabaret with Beth Malone and special guests at 7:30 pm More info at www.thunderrivertheatre.com

HUMOR SHOW

The Marble Distillery in Carbondale welcomes comedian Ben Kronberg at 8 p.m. Tickets to www.bit.ly/MarbleComedy

Drunk poets

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

GROUP AA

The Meeting Place in Carbondale (981 Cowen Drive) begins offering “Hole in the Donut,” a new anonymous group meeting of alcoholics on Sundays at 6:45 am.

SPIRAL DANCE

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 “pagan invocation”, 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.

TALE TIME

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

DARKEST DAY

True Nature holds a solstice ceremony at 12:30 p.m. More info on www.truenaturehealingarts.com

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

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

LIBRARY CONCERT

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

TALE TIME

Children and their parents are invited to story time at the Carbondale Library on Thursdays at 10:30 am. www.gcpld.org

FURTHER AWAY

FASHION SHOW

Carbondale Arts announced with a heavy heart that the Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza will not take place in March 2022. COVID, ”explained Amy Kimberly.


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