Register Now: Inaugural Ukulele Fest

The valley’s first-ever ukulele festival, the Western Slope Ukulele June Jam, is happening June 8 from 1-6 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The event is sponsored by Glenwood Music, the Crystal UkuLadies & UkuDudes, and Redstone Art Gallery owners Stephanie and Michael Askew. The festival features a day of workshops, performances, and musical fun for adults and children of all ages and abilities. Various breakout sessions will be available to choose from, and will suit a variety of skill levels from beginner to intermediate. 

Admission is free for participants, but advance registration is recommended. To register, email event coordinator Stephanie Askew at Stephanie1Askew@yahoo.com or call/text 214.405.8040. The festival will culminate in a free concert in the community hall from 5-6 p.m., when family and friends of registered participants may join them and listen to music performed by the day’s instructors and guest artists. 

“Take A Minute” Campaign Launches in Glenwood Springs

A new grassroots effort is launching this month in Glenwood Springs with a focus of encouraging drivers to lay off the gas as they travel the one and a half miles through the heart of town. The initiative seeks to reduce danger, noise, and pollution on Grand Avenue, and ease access for all residents and businesses curbside to create a safer, more welcoming downtown core.

The name “Take A Minute” was adopted based on the mere one-minute time difference it takes to drive through downtown at the 25 mph speed limit versus the average 33 mph driving speed. The campaign steering committee originates with Valley View Hospital, Alpine Bank, and Imagine Glenwood, among others. The Glenwood Springs city council and police department will also be actively supporting this effort during the month of May. To get involved, simply honor the speed limit as you drive through Glenwood. To participate more actively, contact Diane Reynolds at ImagineGlenwood@gmail.com.

Save the Date: Crown Mountain Park Summerfest Balloon Bash

June 8 and 9: Save the dates for the midvalley’s great annual welcome to summer. Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel plays host to this lively event featuring a family foot run in honor of the late valley philanthropist Jim Calaway, delicious food and beverages for purchase, and, of course, the magic of hot air balloons. Each morning at 7 a.m. sharp (weather permitting) attendees can enjoy sunrise balloon launches, and on Saturday a “glow” will be held at 8:30 p.m. Find the event on Facebook for the latest details.

Valley Settlement’s New Website Features Bilingual Job Board and More

Valley Settlement, the Carbondale-based nonprofit that provides programming to support the community’s immigrant families, recently unveiled a website revamp which features a new community event board and a job board. The two boards can be utilized in both English and Spanish. The organization welcomes businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits to post open positions of employment and access a wider network of potential applicants; any individual or group is welcome to post details in the event section. Visit ValleySettlement.org to view the new resources.