Rodeo Season Kicks Off June 1
It’s the place to be on Thursday nights! The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo rides into town once again on Thursday, June 1 and continues every following Thursday, rain or shine, through August 17. Spectators will be treated to the thrills and spills of cowboys and cowgirls of all ages competing in bull riding, ranch bronc riding, barrel racing, and mutton bustin’. Slack starts at 6 p.m. and the performance begins with the Grand Entry at 7:30 p.m. All events take place at the Gus Darien Riding Arena on Catherine Store Road.
Kids aged three to 10 years old can participate in the calf scramble, which requires a wristband and a parent’s signed waiver. Fantastic concessions include BBQ, popcorn, nachos, and sno-cones, but guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets. New in 2017 are covered bleachers on the east side of the arena, a new announcers’ stand, and a new sound system. Tickets are available at the gate for $10 each or $30 for a carload of up to six people, but reduced-price tickets can also be purchased at the Roaring Fork CO-OP in Carbondale. Find the Wild West Rodeo on Facebook or visit CarbondaleRodeo.com.
Check Out State Parks with Free Library Backpacks
The hugely successful “Check Out State Parks” program is back at Garfield County Libraries. Visit your local branch to check out a backpack with binoculars, guidebooks, and a seven-day free pass to any of Colorado’s 42 state parks. Each library branch will have two backpacks available: one that can be reserved ahead of time, and one that can be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. Simply ask your librarian if it’s available on the day you stop by.
Backpacks can be checked out for seven days, and should be returned to the same library branch. In 2016, Garfield County Libraries loaned these backpacks 162 times and many residents used them to visit local state parks at Harvey Gap, Rifle Gap, and Rifle Falls. While a Colorado State Parks pass costs $70 per vehicle per year, the “Check Out State Parks” program allows people to explore public lands for free.
Registration Open for Annual Glenwood Car Show
Gather your motor-loving friends because registration is now open for the 14th annual Glenwood Springs Car Show, scheduled to be held this year on July 28 and 29 in the Glenwood Springs High School parking lot. Cost is $20 for your first vehicle, $10 for your second, and free for your third. The event, hosted by Vicco’s Charcoalburger Drive-In and Valley Cruisers Car Club, will feature classic cars, vintage snowmobiles, and motorcycles during this summer weekend of fun, food, live music, and prizes. Vehicles can be registered ahead of time or even on the day of the show. Follow Valley Cruisers Car Club on Facebook for news, and contact Ron at 970.945.1008 or ValleyCruisers@sopris.net for registration information.
Home Energy Assessment Discounts Available
In the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys (including Marble), discounted home energy assessments are available this summer and fall through Energy Smart Colorado at the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE). The cost to residents is just $100, but is valued at $400.
Assessments, conducted by professional building analysts, include some immediate energy-saving upgrades such as LED light bulbs, water heater insulation, and programmable thermostats. Radon and carbon monoxide testing is also included along with infrared testing to identify air leaks and a report listing recommended improvements. For assessment sign-up details, contact an energy coach at 970.704.9200 or visit GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.
New Salon Performance Series in Carbondale
Fans of The Salon at Justice Snow’s in Aspen, an artistic performance series, will now be able to enjoy the same programming in a new downvalley location. Curator Alya Howe will present the first Salon at The Launchpad in Carbondale on June 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased at EventBrite.com.
Salon events will include a variety of performance mediums, from dance and multimedia works to music and spoken word. Many of these pieces are experimental and suited to the intimate performance space. The June 17 program features Boulder jazz drummer Zack Ritchie, Carbondale cellist Sarah Graf, New York City actor and filmmaker Stefano Da Fre, Denver comedian Harry Babar, and Carbondale dance soloist Carolyn Yates with the cast of Vacuum. For more details, contact Howe at AlyaHowe@me.com.
Basalt Public Arts Council Debuts Work By Denver Artist
The recently-established Basalt Public Arts Council (BPAC) announces its inaugural program, CONFLUENCE 3, a six-year series of three temporary public art exhibits installed for two years each. With a theme of “Discover What Connects Us,” the art pieces are planned to be placed throughout Basalt to stimulate economic vitality, civic unity, and an expanded sense of place.
In 2016, BPAC issued a statewide call for entries to be considered for the first phase of the program. Of 49 applicants, one winner was selected for superior creativity, technical skill, and safety considerations: Denver-based artist Wynn Earl Buzzell Jr., with an entry of five sculptures entitled Mōtiō 2.0. Buzzell Jr. says that through this work he seeks to “create a powerful sense of place throughout the town. Where it will become part of Basalt’s collective memory, where it will quietly speak to the idea of community and serve as a reminder of the importance of the connections that bind us.”
A grand opening of Buzzell Jr.’s work is scheduled for June 10 from 2-5 p.m. in Basalt Lions Park and Willits Triangle Park, when attendees can enjoy tours, bike decorating, refreshments, and entertainment. Mōtiō 2.0 will then be on view through May 2019. Visit BasaltPublicArtsCommission.com or follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram for more details.