Carbondale’s North Face/Bill Hanks Ballfield public batting cage is now complete, thanks to a vision by Malcolm McMichael, community partnerships and donations surpassing $4,000 to help cover material costs. The tunnel net batting cage is available during daylight hours except when the adjoining baseball field is reserved.
Prepare for bears
Black bears are now entering hyperphagia, meaning they will spend 20 hours a day trying to eat more than 20,000 calories to fatten up for hibernation. Most conflicts between people and bears can be traced to easily accessible human food, trash, fruit producing plants and other attractants. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has tips on “bearproofing” your home at cpw.state.co.us/bears
Potato Day 2021
Carbondale celebrates the 112th Annual Potato Day on Oct. 2 in Sopris Park. This year’s theme is “Tuber Renaissance,” celebrating the community’s renewal as we emerge from pandemic restrictions. The festival will include a parade, booths and the traditional community meal. Apply as a sponsor, vendor or for the parade at bit.ly/CdaleEvents
The Colorado Mountain College District is seeking candidates for three positions on its elected board of trustees, each with a four year term. Seats up for election include District 1 (Aspen School District boundaries) and District 3 (Garfield School Districts RE-2 and 16 boundaries). Petitions are available at the college’s central services office in Glenwood Springs and completed applications are due by Aug. 27.
Journalist and broadcaster Brent Gardner-Smith was named Aspen Public Radio’s next news director. Gardner-Smith’s experience includes serving as executive director of Aspen Public Radio from 2003 to 2007, reporting for The Aspen Times and Aspen Daily News and, most recently, as executive director of Aspen Journalism — an investigative news organization that he founded in 2011. Aspen Public Radio Executive Director Breeze Richardson’s vision for the radio station is to center on impactful news content, putting complex issues into context and facilitating community conversations.
With students returning to classes, the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District asks commuters to slow down and pay attention as they cruise through town. Walkers are advised to always use a sidewalk when possible. Bikers are asked to wear a helmet, dismount at crosswalks and always ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic. Drivers are reminded to never pass a school bus that is loading or unloading children.
Spring Gulch clean-up
The Mount Sopris Nordic Council invites volunteers to help prepare Spring Gulch trails for the winter season on Aug. 28. Work will consist of pruning branches and clearing downed trees. To sign up, visit bit.ly/HelpSpringGulch
Wilderness Workshop recently announced the Crystal River Photo Contest. Snap a photo that shows why you think the Crystal River is a special place. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 17 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Labor Day concert
Jazz Aspen Snowmass is seeking volunteers to help with parking and “green team efforts” for its annual Labor Day Experience. In exchange for one shift, folks can earn a free ticket to any day of the festival they choose. This year performing artists include Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow and Yola.
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THURSDAY AUGUST 19
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the last Carbondale Wild West Rodeo of the season at the Gus Darien Riding Arena. Slack is at 6 p.m. Grand entry is at 7:30 p.m.
Kristina Hurrell discusses her Saharan experience and book “Captivated: An Adventure in Faith” on the lawn at Basalt Library at 5:30 p.m.
“Death of the Pugilist,” an experimental ensemble piece based on contemporary American novelist Daniel Mason’s book, is presented by curator and performer MinTze Wu in partnership with Carbondale Arts. The show is at The Orchard at 6 p.m. Find tickets at shopcarbondalearts.com/events
Glenwood Springs City Council meets at 6:15 p.m. to discuss the potential annexation of 214 Center, the field north of the Glenwood Springs Mall. The agenda and Zoom link are at cogs.us
Guitarist and storyteller Hiroya Tsukamoto performs at the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. To register for a ticket, email email@example.com
FRIDAY AUGUST 20
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers leads an overnight backpacking trip along the Lost Man Loop beginning on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Register at rfov.org
Rebecca Trehy leads an outdoor music class for families with children between eight months and five years of age at Basalt Library at 10:30 a.m. Masks are appreciated and distancing is recommended.
“One West, Three Perspectives” opens at the Ann Korologos Gallery with a reception at 5 p.m. Masks are required for all attendees.
WEST AFRICAN DANCE
Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork hosts a West African dance class from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact Julianna with questions at 970-309-4158.
The Center for Human Flourishing present Bob Sima and Shannon Plummer performing “Where the Light Gets in” at the Third Street Center at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at davinikent.org
“PIG” shows at 7:30 through Monday, except at 5 p.m. on Sunday. “Roadrunner” also shows on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Painters Stage performs at Steve’s Guitars at 8 p.m. The concert will be streamed live on the GrassRoots Community Network YouTube channel.
SATURDAY AUGUST 21
Glenwood Springs residents can drop off wood and metal waste, including mattresses, at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Household garbage, landscaping waste, metal furniture, construction debris, appliances and tires will not be accepted. For household hazardous waste, an appointment must be made by calling 970-945-5375.
Conservation photographer Jon Mullen teaches the basics of landscape photography in the Crystal Valley from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Register at wildernessworkshop.org
SUNDAY AUGUST 22
TACAW presents iZCALLi, performing for free at The Contemporary in Willits. Registration is required at 7 p.m.
TUESDAY AUGUST 24
To accommodate increased usage by hikers and bikers, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers works with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails to improve the Lower Plunge (Hunter Creek) trail at 4 p.m. Register at rfov.org
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25
The final session of a three-part series on parenting is at Carbondale Library at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at gcpld.org
OUR LANDS ART SHOW
The Aspen Chapel Gallery hosts an opening reception for a new exhibit celebrating public lands from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Aspen 440 performs at Heather’s in Basalt at 7 p.m.
THURSDAY AUGUST 26
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band performs for free on Fanny Hill in Snowmass Village at 6:30 p.m.
Alya Howe and Professor Chai facilitate an ecstatic dance at the Heart Barn at 13 Moons Ranch, south of Carbondale, at 6 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and volunteer opportunities.
FRIDAY AUGUST 27
WISDOM OF BEES
Elderberry’s Herbal Education and Retreat Center in Paonia offers a weekend exploration into the medicine of bees, beginning Friday at 4:45 p.m. and concluding at 1 p.m. on Sunday. To register, visit elderberrysfarm.com
Lizzy Plotkin and Natalie Spears perform in the Peace Garden at True Nature at 5:30 p.m. KDNK will live broadcast the concert.
SATURDAY AUGUST 28
Cowboy Up returns to the Fourth Street Plaza in Carbondale with live music, Western dancing, an auction, mechanical bull and more beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s proceeds benefit Smiling Goat Ranch.
SUNDAY AUGUST 29
The Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association hosts their annual meeting on Sunday, Aug. 29 at Propaganda Pie in Redstone. The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. and guest speaker Dr. Duane Vandenbusche, professor of history at Western Colorado University, presents promptly at 5 p.m. For free pizza, RSVP at email@example.com