April 2017 Around Town

5Point Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years

Carbondale’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival returns for its 10th year this month, featuring more than 50 films on April 20-23 at the community center downtown. The multi-day event includes additional annual festivities such as panel discussions, spoken word, music, live podcast recordings, art demonstrations, book signings, dance performances, and appearances by filmmakers and athletes from around the globe. Executive director Meaghan Lynch noted, “Intimate yet inclusive, the laid-back vibe of our festival is a direct reflection of its birthplace, the Carbondale community.”

For a decade, the festival has served as a nexus of the creative and outdoor communities, guided by its five core principles of respect, commitment, humility, purpose, and balance. Its mission seeks to “inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.” As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, 5Point Film also offers the Dream Project scholarship program for high school students and the 5Point Film Fund for emerging filmmakers. Festival tickets and information are available at 5PointFilm.org.

Electric Vehicle Discounts Start in April

Garfield Clean Energy (GCE), CLEER, and nine partners have launched a new program that will enable local auto dealers to offer discounted pricing on electric vehicles for a 90-day period starting April 1. It is the first program of its kind for Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin counties.

GCE chair and Parachute town administrator Stuart McArthur said that a request for proposals was sent to auto dealers serving the three counties in January. Since many auto manufacturers are now producing plug-in electric vehicles, GCE was looking forward to widespread participation. The program, called “Electric Vehicle Sales Event: REV Up Your Ride,” is scheduled to run from April 1 through June 30. See GarfieldCleanEnergy.org for program details.

Wilderness Workshop Seeks Summer Intern

Applications are now being accepted for a summer internship position with nonprofit Wilderness Workshop, which acts as the conservation watchdog of the White River National Forest and nearby BLM lands. Internship dates are flexible, but generally run from June through August.

The organization is seeking a college student who has completed at least two years at an accredited four-year college or university. Ideal candidates should possess excellent communication skills, a passion for public land conservation issues, and an interest in fundraising and nonprofit administration, among other qualifications. Primary duties will include planning and organizing special events, helping coordinate the Artist in Wilderness Residency program, providing administrative support for membership programs, and engaging in conservation advocacy.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to development director Rebecca Mirsky at rebecca@wildernessworkshop.org with “Intern Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. More information is available at WildernessWorkshop.org.

Big Tents, Open Hearts

Carbondale’s Premier Party Rental, known by locals for its large signature white tents, has reported a charitable impact exceeding $71,000 in 2016. A range of partner organizations from across the valley received funds or event rental donations, including Aspen Valley Land Trust, Glenwood Springs High School, the Basalt Education Foundation, and the annual Cowboy Up Carbondale fundraiser.

Company co-owners Mike Smith, Eric Hunter, and Jay Abrahamovich said of Premier Party Rental’s charitable giving: “We are honored to have donated and worked side by side with such amazing organizations to help make a difference in our community. We believe in these organizations and the impact that each and every one of them brings, offering valued experiences and enhanced opportunities to people in our local community. We are so proud to work together toward a better and brighter future.”

Valley Settlement Becomes Stand-alone Nonprofit, Names Leadership Team

Valley Settlement, formerly a project of the Manaus Fund known as the Valley Settlement Project, recently established itself as an independent organization. The initial project, started in 2012, has seen significant expansion in recent years and will now operate with its own dedicated board of directors and new executive director, Jon Fox-Rubin.

Board president Ellen Freedman commented, “We are excited to have recruited an outstanding board of directors with representation from our key community partners including Rob Stein (Superintendent, Roaring Fork School District) and Richard Gonzales (General Counsel, Colorado Mountain College). Other members have deep experience in the education, nonprofit, and social justice arenas: Elaine Berman, Jamie Helzberg, Paula Nickell, Rob Pew, Rabbi David Segal, and Patti Stranahan.”

The nonprofit’s programming will continue to serve local Latino families within the Roaring Fork School District, offering a whole-family approach to early childhood education, parental involvement, and overall engagement within the greater community. For more information, visit ValleySettlement.org.

Blue Lake Preschool Fundraiser

The community is invited to help support affordable local childcare at Blue Lake Preschool’s annual fundraiser on Friday, April 7 from 6-10 p.m. Blue Lake Preschool is a board-governed nonprofit organization and licensed childcare provider that strives to enrich the lives of children and their families in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Tickets for their adults-only event, “Date Through the Year,” are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The fundraiser, held at The Gathering Center at The Orchard in Carbondale, will feature a silent auction, door prizes, dancing, music by DJ Dylan, a photo booth, food, and drinks. Contact Michelle or Savanna at 970.963.4380 for more information.

Carbondale Arts R2 Gallery Proposals

Carbondale Arts is now welcoming R2 Gallery proposals for the 2018 calendar year. The deadline for receipt of proposals is May 1.

Proposals may be for an exhibition of an artist’s own work, or a group show (juried or invitational). Two- and three-dimensional works, as well as video installations, will be considered. Download a proposal form in the Artist Resources section at CarbondaleArts.com, email gallery manager Brian Colley at Brian@CarbondaleArts.com, or stop by the office at The Launchpad to pick up a hard copy.

Children’s Garden Project Named ROFO Fund Winner

Aspen Trail Finder has awarded its $3,000 annual ROFO Fund grant to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, for the purpose of helping create a children’s garden at Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt. The project won 55 percent of more than 2,000 votes cast online at AspenTrailFinder.com in late February, finishing ahead of other proposed projects from Aspen TREE and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.

The trail resource website’s founder Preston Files noted, “The ROFO Fund’s goal is to get people involved in giving back, even if that’s as simple as clicking a button. We hope that by sharing some of the projects that our amazing local land, river, trail, and outdoor education nonprofits are trying to accomplish, we have inspired more people to get involved and give something back to this place we all call home: the Roaring Fork Valley.”

The ROFO Fund is a donor-advised fund through the Aspen Community Foundation. The winning Rock Bottom Ranch garden project will serve as a place for children and families to explore the origins of food and inspire a lifelong connection with nature through hands­-on experiences and play. The garden will allow kids to use their imaginations to create their own connections with plants, water, science, and healthy food. Planned garden features include child-level raised beds, an animal nursery, a kids’ water pump, pollinator gardens, a birds and bugs area, and more.