October 2016 Around Town 1

Mountain Family Health Clinic Expanding in Basalt

Mountain Family Health Centers is planning a capital campaign to raise money to expand its Basalt Clinic, which is planning to move in 2018. The clinic will relocate to Basalt’s old Bristlecone space which currently houses Pitkin County employees. Mountain Family Health currently offers primary care and behavioral health services in Basalt and will add dental service through its Mobile Dental Van in early 2017.

Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) is expanding to meet its mission of providing high quality, integrated primary medical, behavioral and dental health care in the communities it serves, with special consideration for the medically under-served, regardless of ability to pay. MFHC currently provides healthcare for more than 17,700 residents of Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco Counties, maintaining clinics in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Basalt, Edwards and Avon.

Local Author Wins National Award

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators recently awarded its 2015 Book Launch Award to children’s writer Nancy Bo Flood of Glenwood Springs. The annual award, established in 2012, provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to supplement the promotion and marketing of newly published works for children.

Nancy Bo Flood’s winning book, Soldier Sisters, Fly Home (Charlesbridge), tells the story of two sisters living on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and tensions that arise when one of them enlists in the US Army. Flood will use her grant to visit Navajo schools where she will share the book with Native American students. “I want to encourage and support students’ own writing,” she commented. “Less than one percent of books published for children are about contemporary American Indians. Every child should see themselves—their stories, their landscape, and their people—in a book.”

Ellen Stapenhorst Releasing New Album in October

Local singer/songwriter Ellen Stapenhorst has been recording an album at Cool Brick Studios in Carbondale and will be releasing it this month. She says, “It’s been a wonderful process, working with the ever-so-patient and talented Dave Taylor.  Some great players and singers have joined me, all in the spirit of putting something thoughtful, beautiful and loving into the world.”

Lux Wellness Center Presents Screening of “Life, Adjusted.”

Local residents are invited to witness how gifted hands, a little insight and a lot of love can perform miracles during the exclusive screening of a documentary film about the transformation of an abused and battered horse called Dizzy.

Dr. Jay Komarek, an equine chiropractor from Denver, says that the documentary has “been an overwhelming labor of love” that showcases his “resolve and dedication” to the veterinary chiropractic field, adding, “Dizzy certainly changed my life and we know she will change yours.”

The beautiful, independently-funded documentary film shows how the time, love, care and chiropractic adjustments offered by a small group of dedicated individuals enabled the battered horse to break through her complex system of defenses and return to a state of grace and well-being. The film is being presented by Lux Wellness Center and will be shown at Carbondale’s Crystal Theatre, on Sunday, October 16th at noon.

YouthEntity Receives $100,000 Financial Literacy Grant

YouthEntity has received a $100,000 Daniels Fund grant to support and expand its financial literacy programs “I am financial knowledge” for grades 5 and 8 and the high school program “Banking on Your Future”, which is a joint effort between YouthEntity and Alpine Bank.

Last academic year, YouthEntity served 2,700 students, with 1,830 in Garfield, Pitkin, Summit, Mesa and Eagle County schools participating in a personal financial literacy workshop. After the workshop, students earn cash awards of up to $15 each for a perfect test score.

YouthEntity Executive Director Kirsten Petre McDaniel noted that YouthEntity believes that “personal financial literacy is an important life skill that every student needs” and that the grant will allow the nonprofit “to scale our financial literacy programs to students beyond our current service areas and sustain programming within our current footprint.”

Burn Fitness Opens Beauty Boutique

Burn Fitness Studio in Basalt has opened a Beautycounter boutique and has also begun offering facials, dermaplane, peels, tinting, waxing and other cosmetic services. Clinical esthetician Erika Asbury is available for appointments seven days a week.

Burn Fitness owner Denise Latousek says she’s “excited to ‘counter’ the beauty industry with these amazing, safe and performing products,” which come from Beautycounter, an education-based, non-toxic personal care, skin care and cosmetics company. Noting that the company lobbies for more health-protective laws, Latousek says, “The average woman in this country leaves home each morning wearing 100 harmful chemicals and toxins. The last laws in the US were updated in 1938 and currently ban only 11 ingredients. What!? Europe bans 1,300 ingredients. Beautycounter bans 1,500!”

Glenwood Bridge Closed October 8-18

The bridge connecting downtown Glenwood Springs to Midland Avenue via Seventh Street will be closed for 10 days this month starting on October 8.

The pedestrian portion of the bridge will remain open and construction crews will be able to give emergency vehicles access to the bridge. However, motorists traveling from west Glenwood to downtown will need to use US 6 or the main Interstate 70 Exit 116. Residents along Midland Avenue can either drive to 27th Street to access Grand Avenue, or travel back through west Glenwood Springs.