Fall Painting Workshops

Carbondale artist Sarah Uhl will host two sessions of “Plein Air Painting: Dancing in the Golden Leaves” this month. Uhl designed these all-day outdoor workshops to be an introduction to plein air painting and a glimpse into how art offers a deeper connection to nature. The focus will be to seek out the majestic nature of golden aspen leaves. Workshops will begin in Aspen (September 21) and Marble (September 28). Beginners are welcome; all supplies are included. Reserve a spot and read more at SarahUhl.com/Workshops.

Federal Grant Awarded to Create Local Opioid Treatment Strategy

Midvalley Family Practice (MVFP) of Basalt has recently endeavored to take on the issue of opioids in the Roaring Fork Valley. This effort is supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration grant that will fund development of a coalition and strategic plan to open the doors for future funding opportunities. Over the next year MVFP will convene with members of the treatment community, and the community at large, to develop strategies to treat individuals and families struggling with opioid and substance use. In this movement, the practice has made a commitment to educating all members of the community about effective interventions and it plans to soon host educators and experts in the field of addiction. MVFP hopes to understand the needs of the entire community; any local residents interested in becoming involved are encouraged to contact Jarid Rollins, Community Opioid Treatment Strategy (COTS) director, at 970.927.4666 or jrollins@mvfpsportsmed.com.

Youthentity Launches Career Academy

The Carbondale-based nonprofit Youthentity, which provides career exploration and financial literacy programs to grade school students throughout the Western Slope, has announced the creation of a first-of-its-kind career exploration and educational program called Career Academy. Offered to high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley, the program gives students the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning through one of two chosen tracks: Structure Design & The Building Industry, and Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management. Classes are held during school hours and are open to all high school juniors and seniors (and sophomores by exception) who complete the program application and get approval from their school to participate.

Classes started in August and align with the Roaring Fork Schools academic calendar. Both tracks include training with Youthentity University, an online learning experience which teaches students career skills such as resume writing, interviewing, basic business skills, communication, personal branding, and others. All courses provide school credit upon completion. Interested students
can speak with their high school counselors to find out more, or contact Career Academy Director Peter Barclay at Peter@youthentity.org or 970.963.4055.

Pet Services Company Launched to Address Landlord/Renter Concerns

In response to frequently-perceived conflicts of interest between landlords and pet-owning renters, pet professionals Laurie Raymond and Tracey Yajko, with Heather Wilkinson, have founded Pets Are Welcome Here (PAWH) to help alleviate these tensions and facilitate positive outcomes. The team applies expertise in pet behavior, owner education, and conflict resolution to enable property owners/managers to welcome residents’ animals more profitably and with less risk. PAWH offers services to avoid damage and liability costs, minimize vacancy rates, and incentivize responsible pet ownership in renters. Find PAWH on Facebook.

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

LIFT-UP, which for 37 years has assisted individuals in need throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, is seeking more volunteers to work in their food pantries. Lead Pantry Managers are needed in Aspen and Carbondale to help manage food donations and distribution, and key volunteers are needed for three to nine hours per week in Aspen, Carbondale, and Rifle to work directly in distributing food to our neighbors in need. For a rewarding and impactful volunteer experience, please contact Waylon at 970.625.4496 or visit LiftUp.org for days, hours, locations, and to apply.