October 2017 Around Town 3

Roaring Fork Brain Train Expands Under My Community Health Foundation

The Roaring Fork Brain Train (RFBT) has recently partnered with Basalt-based My Community Health Foundation (MCHF) to expand its reach throughout the valley. RFBT launched in 2016 as a program of Senior Matters, but will officially transition next month as a new program of MCHF. It is the only enrolled support program of its kind on the Western Slope, serving individuals experiencing memory loss due to early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

RFBT will remain at its current home in Carbondale’s Third Street Center and will retain its staff members and volunteers. Program founder and Carbondale resident Diane Darling plans to hand over program leadership to MCHF, but will remain in an advisory role. The program is seeking volunteers and accepting applications for potential participants. Find more information at MyCommunityHealthFoundation.org.

New Hours For Garfield 
County Libraries

As of September 5, all Garfield County library branches adopted new operating hours in response to a decrease in revenue for 2017. “Given the continued demand for library services in our communities, we do not have the resources to maintain our current schedule. We have managed to stay open due exclusively to the dedication and hard work of library staff, but we’ve reached the limit of what we can do sustainably,” said Executive Director Jesse Henning. “This new schedule will allow your libraries to provide more consistent service without making any changes to staff.”

The schedule change comes as a direct result of data collection over the past eight months, staff input, and public survey comments. For a complete listing of all open hours for each branch, visit GCPLD.org.

River Center Seeks Board Members

New Castle’s non-profit River Center, consisting of 12 community outreach programs and hundreds of volunteers, is seeking applicants for its board of directors to help with strategic planning, fundraising, and other duties.

“We’re looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our programs for families in our area,” said Executive Director Heather Paulson. “If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership one evening a month, please contact us to find out whether it is right for you.” Interested individuals can reach Paulson at 970.404.0545 or email Heather@RiverCenterNewCastle.org.

Ski Free in Japan With 
Sunlight Season Pass

Sunlight Season Pass holders with plans to travel to Japan can now enjoy three free days of skiing at the island nation’s Kiroro ski area, just a short flight from Tokyo. Kiroro features 21 designated runs on 2,000 vertical feet and an abundance of off-piste skiing, plus average annual snowfalls topping 750 inches.

Other free ski days can be had at Wyoming’s Snow King Mountain, Alaska’s Eaglecrest Ski Area, Idaho’s Lookout Pass Ski Area, and Spain’s Alp 2500. Sunlight Season Pass holders can also take advantage of special discounts on food, gear, and services right here in the valley during the 2017-2018 season.

22nd Annual Taste of Basalt

The Basalt Education Foundation invites the community to save the date for this year’s Taste of Basalt, taking place on Saturday, November 4 from 6-11 p.m. at the Roaring Fork Club. The affair features food samples from area restaurants; wine, beer, and cocktail tasting; DJ dancing; and a silent auction and raffle. The midvalley’s most anticipated autumn social event raises more than $100,000 annually to support the arts, technology, hands-on science programs, outdoor education, teacher training, and college counseling at Basalt elementary, middle, and high schools. The event’s title sponsor for the fifth year in a row is Alpine Bank, which has pledged $10,000 to support “the Taste.”

“We are so grateful for Alpine Bank and all of our new and returning sponsors for believing in our mission to enhance local public education,” said Basalt Education Foundation Board President Erika Leavitt. Event sponsorships are still available; for more information, contact Kristen Maley at KMaley@BasaltEdu.org. Individual Taste of Basalt tickets are $125 per person and are available at BasaltEdu.org. Last year tickets sold out a week prior to the event.

Sunsense Solar Receives Honor

Carbondale’s Sunsense Solar was recently named one of the top solar contractors in the U.S. by Solar Power World magazine. The team achieved a rank of 259 out of the top 500 companies nationwide, and 10th of 219 contractors in the state of Colorado.

“Now in our 28th year of providing solar electric solutions throughout Western Colorado and adjoining states, Sunsense Solar is proud to be recognized for our achievements,” said owner Scott Ely. “The Sunsense goal is to proactively build a long-term, sustainable business based on quality, consistency, credibility, and service to our clients.”

Sunsense Solar employs 24 workers and installed 2.1 MW (megawatts) of solar in 2016. Since its founding in 1990, the company has installed 12.6 MW of solar. The company is an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor and provides solar solutions for homeowners as well as municipalities, counties, school districts, and commercial industrial customers. The company has also built over 6.6 MW of capacity in community solar gardens throughout the Western Slope.

Rock Bottom Ranch Available For 2018 Event Rentals

Basalt’s Rock Bottom Ranch (an operation of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, or ACES) is currently accepting bookings for 2018 event rentals. Weddings and other events can be scheduled any time outside of June 15-August 15, 2018. The ranch has an open-air lighted pole barn for receptions, and the facility can accommodate up to 150 guests. The site also has a variety of outdoor spaces for ceremony locations. For full details, email Rock Bottom Ranch Program Manager Chris Cohen at CCohen@AspenNature.org.

Thunder River Theatre Opens 
”Dead Man’s Cellphone”

September 29 marked the grand opening of Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Thunder River Theatre. The play asks what happens if every time we make a decision, we create a new but parallel universe? Billions of universes side by side where we, but not we exactly, live coincidental lives that are each a consequence of the multitudes of choices we have made. The production, directed by Corey Simpson, features Brian McIsaac, Chloe Conger, Sonya Meyer, Wendy Perkins, Gerald DeLisser, and choreographer Alya Howe. Written by Sarah Ruhl, Dead Man’s Cell Phone will be performed on October 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, and 14. Details and tickets at ThunderRiverTheatre.com.

Rotary Seeks 
Masquerade Sponsorships

The Glenwood Springs Noon Rotary Club will host its Third Annual Masquerade Ball fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Colorado. Event proceeds benefit Rotary’s scholarships, grants, and community projects. The club is currently seeking event sponsors. Perks for Gold Sponsors ($5,000) include 10 tickets, a private table, title sponsorship in marketing materials, a co-named Glenwood Springs High School scholarship, and logo placement in event photos. Silver ($2,500) and Bronze ($1,200) Sponsors also receive some benefits. For full details, email Peter Jaycox at PJMarketing97@gmail.com.

SoL Theatre Auditions

Auditions for A Christmas Story at Stage of Life Theatre Company will be held Friday, October 13 (3:30-5:30 p.m.) and Saturday, October 14 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with callbacks 2-4 p.m.) Rehearsals begin October 17. Performances are December 14-17 at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.

The story we have all loved for years of a boy named Ralphie in 1940s Indiana comes to the stage with all the heart, mischief, and “major awards” you could dream of! Students ages 7-13 are invited to prepare a comedic monologue that shows off their sense of humor and good, old-fashioned, wholesome charm (favorite pieces from the movie are encouraged). To sign up for an audition, visit SoLTheatreCompany.org or email SoLTheatreCompany@gmail.com.