January 2019 Around Town 2

Become A Big Buddy in 2019

January is National Mentoring Month, and the Buddy Program is currently seeking new Big Buddies to serve as mentors to local kids. The Aspen-based nonprofit invites the community to attend its Mentor & Mingle event on January 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Marble Bar Aspen inside the Hyatt Residence Club at 415 E. Dean Street. Interested locals can meet staff and current Big Buddies, enjoy sips and bites, and learn more about how to become a mentor. BuddyProgram.org

Basalt Health Leader Appointed to State Council

Amanda Wagner, CEO of TAC Fitness in Basalt, was recently appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the state’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles. The council promotes events and supports education initiatives that encourage healthier lifestyles, and collaborates with government entities (including the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition) to advance its vision. Wagner’s term runs until late 2022. Of her appointment, she notes that the Roaring Fork Valley will finally have “a seat at the table” in the discussion of state and national health.

Naturalist Nights Lecture Series Returns

Each winter Wilderness Workshop, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), and Roaring Fork Audubon co-host the popular free Naturalist Nights series to bring intellectual discussions to the valley. For 10 weeks starting January 2, presentations will be held Wednesdays at Carbondale’s Third Street Center and Thursdays at ACES Hallam Lake in Aspen. All discussions begin at 6 p.m. This year, learn about Trinidad’s anting trogon birds, what to expect in landscapes afflicted by wildlfire, and new evidence illuminating the innovative and resilient ancient Pueblo Indians. Visit WildernessWorkshop.org or AspenNature.org.