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Basalt Hosts Movies in the Park This Summer

This summer, Basalt will premiere its own version of an outdoor “walk-in” movie theater: the Basalt Summer Cinema Series – Movies in the Park. Six feature films will be shown in Lions Park on a 16-foot inflatable screen with four Eurolive outdoor speakers. It’s free and you’re invited to wear a costume, to bring a blanket, lawn chairs, your sweetheart and the kids. You can grab a snack nearby or buy food and refreshments in the park. (Beer and wine will be sold at the event so no outside liquor is permitted.)

The first in the 2016 series will be a modern classic, the middle a warm and fuzzy shoutout to small-town survival and the last a double-feature tribute celebrating artistic legends of our time. The July line-up includes the Princess Bride on July 9 and Rocky Horror Picture Show on July 23.

The program continues in August with Local Hero and Dirty Dancing, and on September 10th, the series will finish up with Labyrinth and Purple Rain. Add to that some fun pre-movie events, local premieres, a song or two, student projects, virtual reality demos, you name it. Sponsorships available; call Basalt Chamber of Commerce for details.

Blue-Capped Wayfinders Serve as Guides in Glenwood

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s summertime Grand Avenue Bridge Wayfinding Guide will help you find your way eight hours a day, seven days week through Labor Day.

The Chamber’s team of enthusiastic guides, locals who know and love Glenwood Springs, will walk throughout zones on the north and south sides of the temporary Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge to assist visitors in navigating to attractions, restaurants and shopping. In blue t-shirts and baseball caps sporting the Glenwood Springs logo and the international “I” information symbol, they should be easy to spot.

“We are very excited to be able to offer an extension of our visitor information services,” said Marianne Virgili, president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber. The Glenwood Springs Tourism Promotion Board sponsored the program to ensure that visitors can easily get to where they want to go during the bridge construction, and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was awarded a contract to manage it.

Triple Collaboration Grows Historic Clinic Garden

A unique collaborative effort between Fat City Farmers, Pediatric Partners, Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) and the Sustainable Foodsheds class at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) has resulted in a new vegetable garden growing on the MFHC grounds in Glenwood Springs. Dr. Becca Percy called on Fat City Farmers for suggestions on how to introduce her young patients to more vegetables. Illène Pevec, Fat City Farmers’ program director and a CMC instructor, suggested “Plant a garden with your clients.”

This spring Pevec’s students from CMC gathered up llama manure from Linda Hayes’ llamas and dug it into the new garden. The doctors and clients at the two clinics planted the spring crops on April 30; lovely lettuce and beet tops have already gone into salads. In June, the clinic gardeners planted tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans and squashes to add to the abundant salad greens. This garden makes history as the first clinic garden serving as a health intervention in our valley.

Y’art Sale Culminates in 12-Hour 
Art Frenzy

An art yard sale started last year to help former Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities Executive Director Ro Meade cover her medical costs has taken on a new life and will be repeated this year as a fundraiser to aid the growth and development of Scavenger Industries, a well-rooted and budding Creative Re-use enterprise.

The second annual Y’art Sale and 24 hours of art will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 5th to 9th at the Launch Pad in Carbondale. The Y’art Sale is a yard sale with a creative focus, offering great buys on everything from traditional art supplies to reclaimed materials that spark curiosity.

The week culminates in the 24 Hours of Art: a collaborative work completed in a 24 hour period by 12 artists. (For an idea of what might happen, see last year’s “Exquisite Corpses” along the Rio Grand trail near the La Fontana Plaza.) Visit for more detailed information.  Come get your art on!

Local AKC Dog Owners Strut Their Stuff July 9-10

The Roaring Fork Kennel Club will hold its annual RFKC Dog Show on July 9th-10th at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. This a two-day, American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned event, which features competition in puppy classes, owner-handlers, junior showmanship, all-breed conformation, obedience and rally.

Each day is a separate show, culminating in an award to an individual dog for Best in Show on both Saturday and Sunday. The event is open to the public and 100 percent free to attend.

It’s a great opportunity to get close to breeds of dogs that you may only have seen on television. Take advantage of the opportunity to speak to knowledgeable owners, handlers and breeders of many different kinds of dogs from all over the country—a great way to decide what kind of dog you might want if you’re thinking about getting one. It’s also a fun way to just absorb as much dog as you can!

Kids Up and Down the Valley Celebrate Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day is a nationwide, fun, experiential learning program for children grades K-12. It shows them how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. Many Roaring Fork Valley towns and organizations will be participating. Local parents can register their children at and pick up materials free of charge at local Alpine Bank locations.

Through managing a business and creating a plan for success, young people learn everything from customer service and supply management to marketing and how to calculate a profit. The valley-wide Lemonade Day will be held July 16 as budding entrepreneurs open up for business in locations throughout the community. See Lifestyle calendar for more information.