January 2020 Around Town

Dos Gringos Continues Anniversary Giving Campaign During the 52 weeks leading up to its 20-year anniversary in November 2020, Carbondale’s Dos Gringos restaurant is conducting an $11,000 charitable campaign. Each week, a staff member will select a local nonprofit to receive a cash donation based on a percentage of sales. So far, such groups as Ascendigo Autism … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

120th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) invites the valley’s birders to help count birds on December 15 for the 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. Birders of all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in this important census that has helped … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Roaring Fork School Board Vacancies Applications are due August 18 for a vacancy on the Roaring Fork School Board created when Matt Hamilton resigned. The board and district leadership agree that the top priority is getting strong community leaders to run for and serve on the board through the election process. Three Roaring Fork Schools Board of Education … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Brews for the Brave Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC) and United Way Battlement to the Bells (UWBB) will jointly manage the Beer Garden Concession at the 2019 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo, July 31–Aug. 4, held at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle. Proceeds from the concession will be gifted to the two nonprofits that … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Registration Open for Glenwood Car Show Save the date for the 16th annual Glenwood Springs Car Show weekend, July 26-27, presented by Vicco’s Charcoal Burger Drive-In and Valley Cruisers Car Club. Registration for participants is open now through the last day of the show. Cost: $20 for the first vehicle, $10 for a second, and free for … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Tiffany of Redstone Filming TV Series in the Valley Craig Stifter, owner of local vintage and salvage shop Tiffany of Redstone, recently announced that local filming is underway for a public television series he developed over the course of the past year. The show, called “Picking 2 Repurpose,” is slated to air its first season on Rocky … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Habitat Seeks Basalt Vista Project Volunteers Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley has partnered with Pitkin County, the Roaring Fork School District, the Town of Basalt, and local businesses to build the Net Zero 27-unit Basalt Vista Affordable Housing Community for teachers and other middle-income workers in the local workforce. Construction on the first nine … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Valley Visual Art Show Continues In February The 39th annual Valley Visual Art Show, presented by Carbondale Arts, remains open for public viewing through February 22 at the R2 Gallery inside The Launchpad (76 S. 4th Street). Featuring 50 Roaring Fork Valley artists accepted to the exhibit on a first-come, first-served basis, the show has become a … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Become A Big Buddy in 2019 January is National Mentoring Month, and the Buddy Program is currently seeking new Big Buddies to serve as mentors to local kids. The Aspen-based nonprofit invites the community to attend its Mentor & Mingle event on January 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Marble Bar Aspen inside the Hyatt … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Symphony in the Valley Celebrates Silver Anniversary Symphony in the Valley is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season, and the beloved local all-volunteer orchestra invites the community to attend its upcoming spring 2019 performances. These include the Symphony Swing 25th Anniversary Gala: On The Town at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood and Rifle’s Ute Theatre in February, … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Sopris 100 Who Care Fundraiser In late September, the Carbondale-based women’s giving circle Sopris 100 Who Care hosted its third fundraising event at Pan & Fork. The group, formed earlier in 2018, raised $9,200 for the Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork Schools. Upcoming fundraisers will be held quarterly and new members are welcome; during each meeting, … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Day of the Dead Week in Basalt October 29 through November 2, the Basalt Regional Library hosts a week of festivities in celebration of the Day of the Dead. Daily family-friendly activities and events inspired by the traditions of Mexico are free and open to the public. First up is an October 29 screening of … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Hotel Colorado and Vapor Caves Celebrate 125th Anniversary Glenwood’s historic Hotel Colorado and the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves are celebrating 125 years of high-country hospitality and relaxation this month. On Saturday, September 15, the businesses are hosting a joint birthday celebration, and the public is invited to attend a day of festivities in various downtown locations. … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Mountain Family Health Centers Begins Construction on Basalt Facility In its mission to meet the high demand for affordable, integrated health care services including medical, dental, and behavioral health for all Roaring Fork Valley residents, Mountain Family Health Centers has started construction on its new Basalt Integrated Medical Center. The center will provide nine medical exam and procedure … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Carbondale Chamber Director Recognized The Colorado Chambers of Commerce Executives (CCCE) convened for their annual conference and awards celebration April 29 through May 2 at the Garden of the Gods Club & Resort in Colorado Springs. During the awards celebration, Colorado Chamber leaders were recognized by their peers for best practices, noteworthy projects, and achievements made during … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Registration Open for Valley Cruisers Car Club Show Registration is now open for the Glenwood Springs Car Show weekend July 27-28, presented by Vicco’s Charcoal Burger Drive-In and Valley Cruisers Car Club. $20 for the first vehicle, $10 for the second, and free for the third. Save the date for the free kick-off BBQ on … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Colorado Creative Corridor Launches The Colorado Creative Corridor offers visitors to the state an invitation to pair destinations through unique arts and cultural experiences. The Corridor takes visitors some 331 miles through five Creative District destinations, traveling through several different regions that tell the story of Colorado mountain culture. The rich arts communities of Carbondale, … Continued

April 2018 Around Town

Registration for all children ready to enter kindergarten in the Roaring Fork Schools starting August 2018 may register from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6. Children must be five years old on or before October 1 to enroll for the 2018-2019 school year. To register, parents should go to the school they plan to enroll their student in with…

March 2018 Around Town

Symphony in the Valley presents two St. Patrick's Day-themed galas at 7 p.m. on March 16 at the Ute Theater in Rifle and March 17 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center in Glenwood. The non-profit symphony, composed of 40 volunteer musicians hailing from across the region, will perform well-known tunes and be accompanied by several vocalists including Michael Schoepe, Warren Lucio, Stephanie…

February 2018 Around Town

Applications are now available for Mountain Fair arts vendors. To be selected you must be an artist or craftsperson exhibiting his or her own handmade works of art (not manufactured, not imported), or any community service, civic or social organization, or educational institution selling only its own works of art. Criteria for judging includes quality and uniqueness of items. For more…

January 2018 Around Town

The Glenwood Chamber Resort Association is seeking sponsorships for its annual gala and community awards ceremony on January 27. Sponsorships offer the opportunity to reach a target audience of over 300 local business people at the largest annual gathering of business owners and employers in the community. Sponsorships are available from $100 and offer significant marketing exposure for your business. Sponsorships at $1,000 and…

December 2017 Around Town

New Castle's Coal Ridge High School (CRHS) invites local professionals and business owners to join the school's new internship/work-study program to help provide students with real-world skills and experience. The program allows students with paid jobs and/or unpaid internships to prepare for the world of work while earning high school elective credit. Students are permitted to take advantage of flexible…

November 2017 Around Town

The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra will perform this month on November 12 in Aspen at Edlis Neeson Hall at the Bucksbaum Campus and on November 14 in Carbondale at the Third Street Center. Both performances begin at 5:30 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public. Families and young children are always encouraged to attend.

October 2017 Around Town

The Basalt Education Foundation invites the community to save the date for this year's Taste of Basalt, taking place on Saturday, November 4 from 6-11 p.m. at the Roaring Fork Club. The affair features food samples from area restaurants; wine, beer, and cocktail tasting; DJ dancing; and a silent auction and raffle. The midvalley’s most anticipated autumn social event raises…

September 2017 Around Town

Amanda Boxtel, executive director of Bridging Bionics, took to the stage with Joseph Watson to dance in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's Dancing with the Stars gala in August. The gala is Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's biggest fundraiser of the year. Watson and Boxtel's performance was captured for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet by photographer Michael Alvarez, who caught even the moment…

August 2017 Around Town

The Carbondale Clay Center (CCC) invites the community to mark it’s calendars early for the organization's 20th anniversary fête at their facility on Saturday, September 9 from 5-9 p.m. The CCC gallery will feature a visual narrative of the nonprofit's history with photographs, newspaper articles, event posters, and other materials collected from the past two decades.

July 2017 Around Town

Two valley nonprofits have joined forces to offer locals a new grief and loss therapy program utilizing the healing power of horses. Together, Carbondale's equine therapeutic riding and educational organization Windwalkers and Aspen's cancer support program Pathfinders now offer the Roaring Fork Valley community an alternative, non-traditional approach to healing after loss.

June 2017 Around Town

It's the place to be on Thursday nights! The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo rides into town once again on Thursday, June 1 and continues every following Thursday, rain or shine, through August 17. Spectators will be treated to the thrills and spills of cowboys and cowgirls of all ages competing in bull riding, ranch bronc riding, barrel racing, and mutton…

May 2017 Around Town

Tom and Sarah Rumery, owners of New Castle's Osage Gardens, are celebrating 25 years of local, organic farming in 2017. Now the largest grower of fine organic culinary herbs in Colorado, the farm began with just six basil plants and now boasts nearly 6,000. Also grown on-site are over 20 other herb varieties including dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, tarragon, thyme,…

April 2017 Around Town

Carbondale's 5Point Adventure Film Festival returns for its 10th year this month, featuring more than 50 films on April 20-23 at the community center downtown. The multi-day event includes additional annual festivities such as panel discussions, spoken word, music, live podcast recordings, art demonstrations, book signings, dance performances, and appearances by filmmakers and athletes from around the globe. Executive director…

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…