July 2017 Around Town

Crown Mountain BMX Hosts State Qualifying Race

Crown Mountain BMX, a youth bicycle program that helps riders train and compete at El Jebel’s Crown Mountain Track, is now in its fourth season of racing. The group will hold weekly Tuesday night USA BMX-sanctioned races at 6:30 p.m. (registration/practice at 5:30 p.m.) through August 29. Practices and clinics are held every Thursday.

“BMX is a very exciting Summer Olympic sport that is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.,” said volunteer and program manager Jared McDermott. “Crown Mountain BMX is the valley’s most exciting bicycle program, always welcoming new riders of all ages and abilities.”

The group will host an annual Colorado State Qualifier race, expected to draw more than 250 riders from around the state, on July 29. The all-day event begins at 9:30 a.m. with rider registration and practice. Race schedules and more information can be found at CrownBMX.com, and updates are available on the group’s Facebook page and Instagram account. Families with interested kids can also email Races@CrownBMX.com for details.

Redstone Magical Moments 
Concert Series

The community of Redstone presents its free Saturday evening outdoor concerts from 6-8 p.m. in beautiful Redstone Park along the Crystal River this month. The music continues most Saturdays through September 2 (no performances July 8 or August 19 and 26). Picnic baskets are welcome but the Redstone General Store across the street will also have plenty of snacks, beer, and of course ice cream available for purchase.

Created 19 years ago by local resident Lisa Wagner, the family-friendly Magical Moments concert series features a mix of local and national performers. The 2017 lineup includes valley favorites Whiskey Stomp (July 15), Aspen Music Festival and School students (August 5), and Rolling Stones tribute band Emotional Rescue (August 12). Wagner and the community of Redstone thank local sponsors Bighorn Toyota, Alpine Bank, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, and many others for helping make the music free to all who attend.

WindWalkers, Pathfinders Partner for Healing After Loss

Two valley nonprofits have joined forces to offer locals a new grief and loss therapy program utilizing the healing power of horses. Together, Carbondale’s equine therapeutic riding and educational organization Windwalkers and Aspen’s cancer support program Pathfinders now offer the Roaring Fork Valley community an alternative, non-traditional approach to healing after loss.

“Our therapeutic sessions are especially effective for those who feel ‘stuck,’ or unable to reach their goals,” said WindWalkers Executive Director Gabrielle Greeves. “This therapeutic approach is a powerful and effective way to bring about needed change because as clients change themselves, the horses respond differently. Horses are honest. They can mirror exactly what human body language is telling them. This makes them especially valuable messengers. Therefore, clients are actively involved in investigating, experimenting, posing questions, being curious, problem solving, assuming responsibility, being creative and assertive and attaching meaning to what happens with them and the horses.”

Pathfinders Director Allison Daily added, “Pathfinders is honored to partner with WindWalkers. What I have witnessed with the WindWalkers horses is the intuitive and honest abilities a horse has to simply be present with a person in their pain or grief, and to not be uncomfortable and to not walk away from the intensity of feelings. That is a powerful tool that the horse innately gives to the client. When the horse is present with someone in deep pain, and chooses to walk with them through an exercise in the equine therapy, a deep shift almost always happens at that time or within the next few days.”

Group therapy sessions are available for both adults and children. Locals seeking further information about participation can contact Greeves at 970.963.0583 or Daily at 970.379.5276. Additional details about each organization can be found at WindWalkersTRC.org and PathfindersForCancer.org.

New Melodrama at Glenwood 
Caverns Adventure Park

Part ghost story, part mystery, and part romantic comedy, Trouble Bubbles at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs is a new theatrical offering for the summertime thrill-seekers of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. The play, an updated version of the classic American melodrama, was created by local musician and Riviera Supper Club owner Jonathan Gorst and features performances by young Roaring Fork Valley actors.

“Working with Jonathan to turn his idea into a reality has been so rewarding,” said Bob Stepniewski, the park’s food and entertainment manager. “Not only are we providing travelers with another reason to visit Glenwood Springs and our guests with another form of quality, family-friendly entertainment, this melodrama recognizes and cultivates creative young talent.”

The lively show follows colorful characters of the Old West as they unravel the plot of an evil professor amidst ghostly antics and mischief. Performances are included with admission to the park and are held at The Fort, a new covered area in the park’s plaza. Shows are currently scheduled twice daily on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays through mid-August and weekends through September. Visit GlenwoodCaverns.com for full details.