November 2017 Around Town 1

Youth Orchestra Presents 
Fall Concerts

The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra will perform this month on November 12 in Aspen at Edlis Neeson Hall at the Bucksbaum Campus and on November 14 in Carbondale at the Third Street Center. Both performances begin at 5:30 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public. Families and young children are always encouraged to attend.

The nonprofit, now in its seventh year, serves nearly 50 young area musicians aged six to 18. The students play a variety of instruments including violin, viola, cello, wind and brass instruments, and percussion; the orchestra is composed of three ensembles so that musicians may participate in a program matched to their ages and abilities. Scholarships for tuition and private lessons are offered to make the program affordable for all. For performance details and registration information, visit

CASA of the Ninth Announces New Executive Director

Glenwood-based Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Ninth recently welcomed new executive director Christy Doyon to the organization, which works to provide trained volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the state’s Ninth Judicial District. Holding two degrees from Colorado State University, Doyon moved to the Roaring Fork Valley from Fort Collins in 2015. She previously worked with Eagle County Public Health’s Healthy Aging Department, the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in Glenwood Springs, and with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County. More at

UpRoot Seeks Volunteers

Valley-based nonprofit UpRoot is seeking volunteers for two work days at Eagle Springs Organic in Silt on November 4 at 9 a.m. and November 5 at 1 p.m. The organization’s mission states that it works “to create a holistic, healthy, economically vibrant and just food system within Colorado through gleaning, experiential education, and nonpartisan legislation.”

Volunteers are asked to dedicate at least two hours of work harvesting leftover crops for local hunger relief organizations. Families are welcome, and volunteers will be able to take home a box of the harvested organic vegetables. Carpooling options are available. To RSVP, contact UpRoot co-founder Ciara Low at or call 401.601.5249. Visit for further information.

Aspen Music Festival and School Partners with Americorps

Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) has helped bring five new music educators to the valley through a new partnership with ArtistYear, an Americorps program dedicated to increasing arts education opportunities for young people around the country. The five full-time teaching fellows are working within the Basalt schools and directly with AMFS, providing after-school programming and private lessons for local schoolchildren.

Said Alan Fletcher, AMFS president and CEO, “The five ArtistYear AmeriCorps members who have joined us here this fall are bringing to this community both the talent and the intention to make children’s lives better through art. We support this for our local families and also are proud to be a part of this program as it develops for all the other communities who will benefit from ArtistYear as it grows nationally.”

New River District General Manager

The Colorado River District has announced that attorney Andrew (Andy) Mueller of Glenwood Springs will assume the role of general manager following the retirement of current GM Eric Kuhn. Mueller comes to the position from the law firm of Karp Neu Hanlon and was selected unanimously by the River District’s board of directors after a nationwide search. He is a former member of the River District board, and previously served as board president and vice president.

The River District’s mission states that its goal is to “lead in the protection, conservation, use, and development of the water resources of the Colorado River basin for the welfare of the District, and to safeguard for Colorado all waters of the Colorado River to which the state is entitled.” The organization serves 15 Western Slope counties including Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin. Mueller said of his new role, “I’m excited by the opportunity to become part of the excellent team at the Colorado River District and I look forward to working to protect Western Colorado’s water for years to come.”