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Night at the Castle

The Sopris Sun would like to remind those interested that two overnight suites are still available for the night of our Aug. 12 fundraiser featuring pianist John Robin Sutherland, former principal pianist for the San Francisco Symphony. The cost of the suites is $1,000 (half of which is tax deductible), which covers two tickets to the otherwise sold-out performance,  a reception afterward and, of course, a night at the Castle.

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Road rumpus

On Friday, May 31, the City of Aspen will be making a temporary repair to pavement peel on the Castle Creek Bridge. Westbound (downvalley) traffic on the Castle Creek Bridge will be detoured via Power Plant Rd., Smuggler Street and 6th Street, from approximately 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eastbound (upvalley) traffic will continue to use Castle Creek Bridge with intermittent holds for outbound buses. Delays are to be expected, and some parking spaces along the detour route will be closed.

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Go, Amy K!

In case you hadn’t heard, Carbondale Arts executive director Amy Kimberly recently was awarded the Governor’s Creative Leadership Award for her work on the Carbondale Creative District. The Carbondale district is one of 23 towns designated as official creative districts by  Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, as part of the state’s effort to recognize and promote towns throughout the state for their localized creative activities and energies. The award was given at the CCI summit gathering in Salida.

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Oh, those little libraries

We got a note from Sonya Hemmen over at Ross Montessori School in Carbondale, who said she “loved the article about Little Free Library,” a column by Nicolette Touissant in the May 15 edition, wherein Touissant chronicled the 10-year growh of Free Little Libraries locally and around the country. Apparently the column missed one, and Hemmen wanted to make sure that everyone knows of the convenient location of Ross Montessori School’s Little Free Library, at 109 Lewies Lane in Cdale, right next to the school.

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Thinking about the 2020 Census?

In case you’re wondering about the upcoming national census count, in 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau has posted anticipated release dates for a variety of recurring statistical reports scheduled for release in 2019 that have some bearing on the census.  These reports are listed in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which can be found at and which is updated as needed throughout the year. The 2020 census promises to be a complicated and controversial one, and citizens may be better able to participate if they understand some of the underlying issues and problems, according to federal authorities.

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Get yer float on

The “Homecoming” Strawberry Days Parade takes place June 22 at 10 a.m. on Grand Ave. in downtown Glenwood Springs, and organizers sent out a blast announcement that the deadline to get a float (or any other entry) into the parade is June 3.  This longtime local tradition features creative community floats, the Miss Strawberry Days entourage, the Strawberry Patch Kids and more, and applications are available at To learn more, call the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at (970) 945-6589.   

Blame the geeks

Those hoping to register their outdoor toys this next week will have to put up with a little bit of  bureaucratic delay. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has announced it will be performing an upgrade to its online Vehicle Registration System from May 28 through June 3, 2019. Members of the public hoping to renew registrations on boats, off-highway vehicles (OHVs) or snowmobiles during this time will not be able to access the system online and will need to come in to a CPW office. More information on registering boats, OHVs and snowmobiles in Colorado is available on CPW’s Registration page. CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including 41 state parks, and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres.

Clay nation

The Carbondale Clay Center (CCC) wants local art fans to show up at a reception for their June exhibition, Ellipsis, featuring works by CCC Resident Artist Savanna LaBauve, now in her second year at the Center. The exhibition will be on display from June 7—28, with an opening reception on First Friday, June 7th from 6-8pm. Ellipsis highlights Savanna’s most recent works, which focus on “the power of multiples, the pulse of rhythm, and the balance of breath,” as the CCC put it. The Carbondale Clay Center is located at 135 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623.

They say it’s your birthday

(Editor’s Note: The Sopris Sun would like to apologize for running the wrong set of birthdays in the May 23 edition, and to set the record straight for both last week and the current week.)

Folks celebrating another year of life this week include: Tai Jacober (May 23); Patti Hall and Tom Mercer (May 24); Paul Dankers, Sean Connors and Charlie Cook (May 25); Dena Barnes, Amber Frisbie and Sue Hopper (May 26); Jennifer Johnson, Lacy Dunlavy and Richard Glasier (May 27); Louis Meyer, Joan Lamont, Dorie Hunt and Alex Salvidrez (May 28); Clark Cretti (May 29)

Jay Harrington (May 30); Chip Munday, Debbie Romanus (June 1); Li Free, Tracy Trulove and Easton O’Flannery (June 2); Lacy Hughes and Jim Ryan (June 5).


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