March 2017 Around Town

Carbondale Arts' 9th annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza: SHE brims with locals, performance art, multimedia, inspiring sustainable fashion and an intriguing storyline. The show, always a sell-out, raises money to educate youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. This month, ticket prices are $45 for members and $50 for non-members online at CarbondaleArts.com.

February 2017 Around Town

The Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center, a net-zero energy demonstration conference center located on Two Rivers Road in Basalt, continued to rack up awards all through 2016. Fast Company recognized the building with an Honorable Mention in their 2016 Design Innovation Awards. ZGF Architects, the Portland firm that designed the building, was named “Top Firm Overall in Sustainability 2016” by…

January 2017 Around Town

A crew of dignitaries hoisted seven golden shovels on a gray December day to break ground on 56 affordable housing units in Basalt. Located just beyond the Basalt roundabout, the Roaring Fork Apartments are rising on foundations begun for a proposed hotel that stalled out and went belly up in the 2008 economic downturn. The apartments are being built by…

December 2016 Around Town

In December, Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) presents a delightful romantic comedy. "The Last Romance" tells the story of Ralph and Carol, widowers with untold secrets from the past, who meet unexpectedly at a New Jersey dog park. Ralph attempts to woo the elegant-but-distant Carol, navigates his doting sister's jealousy and tries to tolerate Carol's dog, Peaches, who reminds him…

November 2016 Around Town

A kiva is being built in the public gardens behind True Nature Healing Arts in Carbondale. Historically, kivas were underground buildings that were used by Pueblo Native Americans for religious rituals, many of them associated with the kachina belief system. Among the modern Hopi and most other Pueblo peoples, kivas are square-walled, underground structures used for spiritual ceremonies.

October 2016 Around Town

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators recently awarded its 2015 Book Launch Award to children’s writer Nancy Bo Flood of Glenwood Springs. The annual award, established in 2012, provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to supplement the promotion and marketing of newly published works for children.

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The Aspen Community Foundation recently released a report on its Cradle to Career Initiative (CCI), a collaborative intervention that helps improve the educational outcomes for 20,000 children who live between Aspen and Parachute. In 2011, when CCI began, severe achievement gaps existed between local low-income children and their more affluent peers. That’s not surprising; nationally, family income correlates closely with…

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In late June, Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation announced Carbondale's certification as a new Creative District, along with five other new districts in Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Fort Collins, Mancos and the Golden Triangle in Denver. Governor John Hickenlooper commented, "These 2016 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit…

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A unique collaborative effort between Fat City Farmers, Pediatric Partners, Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) and the Sustainable Foodsheds class at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) has resulted in a new vegetable garden growing on the MFHC grounds in Glenwood Springs. Dr. Becca Percy called on Fat City Farmers for suggestions on how to introduce her young patients to more vegetables.…

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The Cowboy Corral, a local Western-themed choir, will be singing old-time cowboy songs at multiple venues over the summer. The 11-member local group shares the history of the cowboy era, tells stories of cattle drives and even throw in some mighty fine cowboy poetry from time to time. The group’s members and their personas are: Trail Boss, aka Kate Friesen;…

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The Carbondale Public Arts Commission will show off its 2016-17 sculptures on a June 2 walking tour featuring talks by the artists. The newly-selected artists are Andrew Arvanetes of DeKalb, Illinois; Joan Benefiel of Brooklyn, New York; James Burnes of Santa Fe; Steven Darrow of Fruitland, Maryland; Matthew Duffy of Washington D.C.; Francis Fox of Boise and Joe Sackett of…

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The Basalt Chamber of Commerce’s Sign Committee is placing wayfinding signs at the Basalt roundabout, along Emma Road and on Midland Avenue this spring. Nick Aceto, owner of Terrain Land Architects, creator of the monument sign in the roundabout at Basalt Avenue and Highway 82, designed the signs and says that the design goal for the new signs was to…

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Students in the Rams Energy Club, led by Fiona Laird, Emily Mata and Tavia Teitler, dedicated the new 385-kilowatt solar array at Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) in late January. The 1,242 solar panels will provide for all of the high school’s annual electric needs and will also feed extra electricity into Xcel Energy’s grid. Over the course of a…

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On January 6th, 265 students spent their first day in Ross Montessori School's new building in Carbondale. The school’s new, 19,000-square-foot, two-story building replaces modular buildings the school had used for the past eleven years. The new school includes numerous green building features such as natural light in classrooms and super-efficient LED lighting. A $75,000 grant from CORE is funding…

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Garfield County Search & Rescue is seeking new volunteer applicants. If you have been looking for a way to give back to our local communities, if you enjoy helping others, and if you’re good at activities such as snowmobiling, ATVing, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, canyoneering, rafting, boating, swimming and dog handling, this may be for you. Candidates must be 18 years…

December 2015 Around Town

In November, Roaring Fork Lifestyle magazine celebrated the successful completion of its 12th issue and one year in business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held by the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce. The magazine has grown from an initial publication of 32 pages to more than 50 pages, and it features more than 45 regular advertisers. The publisher, Rick French of…

November 2015 Around Town

Two Christmas concerts will be offered by Symphony in the Valley (SITV) next month. On the evening of December 12, SITV musicians will gather onstage at the Ute Performing Arts Theatre in Rifle to present Christmas classics. The program will be repeated at 4 p.m. on December 13 in the Glenwood Springs High School Theatre with seasonal favorites for young…

October 2015 Around Town

October 2015 marks the 100th birthday of the Hotel Denver in downtown Glenwood Springs. “Go out leaf peeping and enjoy the color, and then come by and enjoy some local color,” says April Carver, who owns the hotel with her husband Steven. “If the walls of this place could talk, they would tell stories of immigrant struggles, prohibition, gangsters, two…

September 2015 Around Town

A celebration that includes poetry, spoken word, singing and musical performances will take place at the new public sculpture installations around Carbondale during the second Annual LIT (Literature in Town) Crawl on October 1. The LIT Crawl is sponsored by the Carbondale Public Library and begins at 4 p.m.

August 2015 Around Town

“Ernesto,” the magnificent buffalo that has kept watch over Carbondale’s Main Street for the past year, has become a true local. Voted "Best of Show" in the Carbondale Public Arts Commission’s 2014 Art aRound Town exhibition, Ernesto now has the job of welcoming everyone to town as he resides permanently on Highway 133.

July 2015 Around Town

The 2 Rivers Art Project (2RAP), which is now eight years young, is beautifying downtown Glenwood Springs with outdoor art. Early this summer, 2RAP installed five new pieces of public art, all created by Colorado artists. It also relocated six previously installed pieces to accommodate the Grand Avenue bridge project. Thanks to 2RAP, 18 pieces of public art are now…

June 2015 Around Town

For the past 10 years, the founding parents and teachers at Ross Montessori Charter School (RMS) have envisioned a new building for the school of their dreams. They recently broke ground for that new school. The school will be located near the intersection of Highway 133 and Weant Boulevard in Carbondale.