No Excuses This Year: Keep Your Resolutions With Help From Local Groups, Classes, and Organizations

“Eat healthier.”

Smarter eating starts with smarter shopping, and this Colorado Mountain College Lifelong Learning class is a crash course in better navigation of the grocery aisles. Learn what label claims really mean, and how to locate the healthiest products. 

“Smart Grocery Shopping” 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 27, 2019. Glenwood Springs campus. Register at ColoradoMtn.edu

 

“Read More.”

Book clubs are motivating, but what if you don’t care to read the group’s monthly selection? With the First Wednesday and Book Review book clubs in Basalt, there is no required reading; just show up and discuss the title currently on your nightstand.

Every first Wednesday at the Basalt Regional Library, 12-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. BasaltLibrary.org

 

“Try A New Sport.”

When you’ve conquered every other fitness activity the valley has to offer, try something different: fencing. The Roaring Fork Fencers Club offers classes and private lessons for all levels at locations across the valley.

Scheduling, cost, and sign-up at RoaringForkFC.com

 

“Explore Valley Attractions.”

The Redstone Castle is back. After an extended closure for renovations, the historic Crystal River Valley mansion is now open to the public again for tours, overnight stays, and events. 

58 Redstone Boulevard, Redstone. Purchase tour tickets and more at TheRedstoneCastle.com

 

“Support The Arts.”

The valley’s vibrant arts scene is ever-expanding, so options can seem overwhelming. If you pick just one venture to keep up with this year, try the Carbondale Salon series curated by performance artist Alya Howe: music, poetry, film, dance, and plenty more await. No two Salon performances are alike.

First Salon of 2019: January 12 at 7 p.m. at The Launchpad in Carbondale. Tickets: $25 at EventBrite.com. Check AlyaHowe.org for future performance dates.

 

“Volunteer.”

Statistics show that levels of overall fulfillment and happiness increase when we give back. If there is one New Year’s resolution guaranteed to make you feel instantly better in 2019, it’s this one. Fortunately, the valley is rich with volunteer opportunities. Short on time? Sign up to be a periodic special events volunteer. Need something to do with the kiddos? Plenty of organizations welcome young helpers. Looking to lead? Apply to serve on a board. The possibilities are endless. Our community is home to many worthy nonprofits, so research online to find the job right for you. In the meantime, here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning:

  • Serve with a group: LIFT-UP is always seeking groups to prepare and serve a meal at Extended Table in Glenwood. LiftUp.org
  • Get out with the kids: Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers hosts dedicated family work days during the warm months. RFOV.org
  • Tutor: Literacy Outreach offers training and support for tutors wanting to help teach new English speakers. LiteracyOutreach.org
  • Lend a paw: Colorado Animal Rescue often needs foster homes for kitten litters, senior dogs, and other special-needs pets. ColoradoAnimalRescue.org
  • Mentor: Stepping Stones connects positive community role models with underserved youth. SteppingStonesRFV.org
  • Support Survivors: Advocate Safehouse Project trains volunteers to work the agency’s 24-hour help line for victims of domestic and sexual violence. AdvocateSafeHouse.org

 

“Find A New Hobby.”

Birdwatching is possibly the most fun hobby around (sorry, stamp collecting). With the help of a wonderful new guidebook by local experts Mark Fuller and Rebecca Weiss, birders can venture outdoors and identify 155 of the valley’s winged species. 

“Birds of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley” $24.95. Available at Explore Booksellers (Aspen), Bookbinders (Willits), and Book Train (Glenwood).

 

“Finally Start Meditating.”

Three mornings a week at The Launchpad in Carbondale, you can gather with other locals for 45 minutes of silent, rejuvenating, meditative bliss. It’s all free; just bring your own towel/cushion and water.

Non-taught Silent Meditation: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:45-7:30 a.m. Contact: Russ Criswell at RCriswell@hotmail.com

 

“Make Time For Relaxation.”

Simply Massage recently unveiled a new location in a beautifully renovated downtown Glenwood space. Their highly-rated 60-minute sessions are affordable enough to schedule regularly.

420 7th Street, Glenwood. 970.306.0098. SimplyMassage.com

 

“Learn For The Fun Of It.”

Co-hosted by Wilderness Workshop, ACES, and Roaring Fork Audubon, the Naturalist Nights 10-week speaker series is one of the best intellectual offerings in the community. This season, learn about ancient Pueblo culture, birds, wildfires, Colorado snowpack, and more—all for free.

Beginning January 2, presentations are held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in Carbondale (Third Street Center) and Thursdays in Aspen (ACES Hallam Lake). Program details at WildernessWorkshop.org and AspenNature.org.

 

“Get Creative.”

Try your hand at scoring and setting glass during the new Monday “Mosaic Madness” class at the Glenwood Springs Community Art Center. Bring a friend and some snacks, and make a fun weekly routine of it.

Mondays, 6-8 p.m. 601 East 6th Street, Glenwood. Call 970.384.6301 to register.

 

“Indulge (A Little).”

The owners of everyone’s favorite Glenwood donut shop, Sweet Coloradough, have just opened an outpost in the new Snowmass Base Village: CoDough Bar. Grab a treat before or after hitting the slopes, and this resolution will be the easiest to keep!

CoDough Bar, located on the Base Village patio. Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.