Around Town 25

Glenwood Springs Chamber Announces Promotion

Following her leadership of another Strawberry Days celebration and launching the Grand Avenue Wayfinding Guides program, Angie Anderson has been promoted to executive vice president of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. Anderson has served as the chamber’s vice president of operations for nine years. Glenwood Chamber President and CEO Marianne Virgili said, “She’s shown wonderful leadership and taken on additional responsibility, and we wanted to recognize that. Angie began her chamber career when she was in high school. She is familiar with all aspects of our organization, from visitor services to events, publications and operations.”

Basalt’s Free Outdoor Movies Continue This Month

The Basalt Summer Cinema – Movies in the Park continues this month with Local Hero on August 13 and Dirty Dancing on August 27. On September 10th, the series will finish up with Labyrinth and Purple Rain. The series, presented by the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, is designed to appeal to a range of ages and interests.

The setting for the series alternates between Willits and downtown Basalt. In August, films will be shown in Lions Park in historic downtown Basalt. They’re shown on a 16-foot inflatable screen with four Eurolive outdoor speakers. Showings are  free (donations welcome) and movie-goers are invited wear a costume, to bring a blanket, lawn chairs, your sweetheart and the kids. 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.) For details, see BasaltChamber.org.

Cowboy Up in Carbondale August 26

Join friends and neighbors in celebrating Carbondale’s western heritage on the evening of Friday, August 26th under the big tent in downtown Carbondale. Local non-profit Cowboy Up Carbondale and the Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) Booster Club will be hosting a community barbeque featuring Smoke Modern BBQ. There will be dancing to the band Lever Action and an auction with  items donated by local merchants. All proceeds will benefit the RFHS Booster Club with an emphasis on football and baseball programs. See the Lifestyle calendar for details.

Carbondale Achieves Creative District Status

In late June, Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation announced Carbondale’s certification as a new Creative District, along with five other new districts in Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Fort Collins, Mancos and the Golden Triangle in Denver. Governor John Hickenlooper commented, “These 2016 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live. These districts not only increase the quality of life, they also help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country.”

Along with state’s official designation, each district receives an award package with an estimated value of $40,000, including financial support, technical assistance, advertising and marketing support, access to grants, state highway signs and leadership training. Certification covers a five-year period.

Carbondale’s Creative District encompasses the town south of the Rio Grande Trail, including historic buildings and businesses along Main Street. It continues up Fourth Street past the Launchpad and on to the Third Street Center, home to a number of artists’ studios, nonprofits and other organizations. For more information, visit the Carbondale Creative District’s new website at CarbondaleCreativeDistrict.com.

Rio Grande ArtWay Begins to 
Take Shape

In July, new Creative District signage began to be installed to designate the Rio Grande ArtWay, a stretch of the Rio Grande Trail in Carbondale. The plan for the ArtWay’s design has been hatched by the Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities (CCAH), the Carbondale Creative District Committee, town officials, Colorado Creative Industries and a team of consultants. A preliminary master plan for the linear park was drawn up by Acre Narrative Design of Carbondale and paid for by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, which oversees the Rio Grande Trail, a former railway corridor.

Amy Kimberly, executive director of CCAH, says that the ArtWay will include a Folk-Art Garden which will be designed by the Latino community working through the Valley Settlement Project. The Carbondale Public Arts Commission will help with placing sculptures along the trail. Kimberly also says that plans include a “gateway arch” built out of bicycle parts at the juncture of the trail with Highway 133.

Brain Train Celebrates 
Grand Opening

On August 27th, the Roaring Fork Brain Train program, designed to support people with early memory loss and mild cognitive impairment, will celebrate its grand opening at Third Street Center in Carbondale. Sponsored by Roaring Fork Neurology, the event will feature art created by a local artist who struggles with dementia. Art sales will benefit the Roaring Fork Brain Train.

The Brain Train program is sponsored by Senior Matters, a local nonprofit, and is offered from 9:45 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The program consists of four hour-long segments: seated yoga, a support group in conjunction with an art directive, a bring-your-own-lunch and social hour, and cognitive stimulation exercises. Modeled after a successful adult day program and counseling center in Los Angeles, this local Brain Train program was initiated by Carbondale resident Diane Darling when she learned that her sister would be living here for the summer.

In 2013, Darling’s sister was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at just 58 years of age. She’s one of more than five million people in the U.S. who suffer from Alzheimer’s, a disease that includes symptoms including memory loss, mild cognitive impairment and speech difficulties. Although Alzheimer’s is commonly associated with seniors, an estimated five percent of patients develop symptoms before 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Darling notes that many applications have already been received by Brain Train—the program is at capacity with a growing wait list! Darling says, “It is important to note that we welcome applications from people suffering from any kind of early memory loss, not just Alzheimer’s. This could be someone with Parkinson’s disease, or who suffered a stroke, or any other condition that may cause it.” The program is funded by the generous donations of the community, grant writing, social media funding and fundraising events. For more information, to donate or to download the application go to SeniorsMatter.org or call Diane Darling at 970.987.3754.