November 2019 Around Town 1

River Bridge Expands to New Facility, Grows Team

Thanks to community support through the Bridge to Their Futures Campaign, River Bridge Regional Center has expanded into a new location at 504 21st Street in Glenwood Springs. The building houses offices for therapists and comfortable exam rooms. River Bridge also added to its team to ensure adequate services are provided to local children who have experienced abuse. Meghan Backofen, the center’s mental health therapist, has also written a book called “Who’s the Boss of This Body?”,  designed to help educate children on body safety. Visit for more news.

De La Sala Named ESL Teacher of the Year

The Roaring Fork Schools are excited to announce that Grace De La Sala of Carbondale Middle School was named the 2019 English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education (CABE).

“Grace is an amazing teacher and well-deserving of this honor,” Superintendent Rob Stein said.

De La Sala has been with the district for 14 years and is a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) teacher. She was honored at the 2019 CABE Awards Gala in Thornton on October 11.

Emma Bazaar Returns Ahead of the Holiday Gift-Giving Season

The 43rd annual Emma Bazaar will be held November 15 from 3-7 p.m. and November 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Emma Schoolhouse just west of Basalt. The event, which features goods from 14 local artists and crafters, has long been considered one of the valley’s best holiday traditions.

“While there are so many beautiful products to consider, it’s also true that when you go to the Bazaar you will see everyone you have ever known in the Roaring Fork Valley,” says organizer Barbara Clarke. “Old friends catch up in the checkout line; small groups form outside to laugh and make plans to get together over the holidays.”

This year shoppers can expect to find unique jewelry, blown glass, children’s clothing, skincare items, handmade ornaments, upcycled mittens, pottery, and much more. 

“So many things have changed in 43 years,” Clarke adds, “but not the tradition of good friends stopping by and shopping in a 19th century one-room schoolhouse in mid-November, as another winter begins to set in.” Follow the Emma Schoolhouse Bazaar on Facebook for updates.