The COVID-19 Omicron variant has made its presence known in the state of Colorado and accounted for 91% of positive cases over a three-week period. Prior to Christmas, Garfield County was seeing 25 confirmed positive cases of COVID each day on average. On Dec. 29, the county reported 136 positive cases in a single day. The week leading up to Dec. 30 saw an average of 62 cases per day. According to a press release, the majority of people infected with omicron experience less severe symptoms than with other variants, especially if they are vaccinated.
Garfield and Eagle counties adopted the Center for Disease Control’s updated isolation protocol, in response to the Omicron variant. This reduces a positive testing individual’s required quarantine time. Whereas previously they would have to spend 10 days in isolation, that number has now been cut in half. If a person is asymptomatic on day five, they may exit quarantine but are asked to wear a mask for five more days while around other people.
Little Women auditions
Young people between the ages of eight and 18 are invited to audition for Sol Theatre’s production of the classic “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12 and Thursday, Jan. 13 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. There is also an option to submit pre-recorded audition entries. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Ready to snuggle up with a good puzzle this winter? You’re in luck! During the month of January, Carbondale Library invites folks to drop off an already-completed jigsaw puzzle in exchange for a new-to-you one. The library asks that puzzle swappers be considerate and make sure their donated puzzle has no missing pieces. For more info, call 970-963-2889.
Mental health funding
The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Behavioral Health announced that $9 million in funding would go to counties throughout the state for various projects addressing mental health. Garfield County was awarded $700,356 to build a “social withdrawal management facility” with case management and ongoing treatment in Glenwood Springs.
Wilderness Workshop, in collaboration with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and the Roaring Fork Audubon Society, kicks off this winter’s Naturalist Nights speakers series with Scott Rashid, director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute. Rashid will speak about small mountain owls on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Presentations will be held in-person every other Wednesday at the Third Street Center and also streamed live and archived by Grassroots TV on YouTube. For the full line-up of Naturalist Night speakers, visit: www.wildernessworkshop.org
They say it’s your birthday
Folks celebrating another trip around the sun this week include: Taylor Faczak, Peter Lamort and Tsama Parpin (Jan. 6); Corby Anderson (Jan. 7); Ananda Banc and Stephen Paul (Jan. 8); Anne Hillmuth, Rick Holt, Kay Jacobson and Jim Mitton (Jan. 9); Lorraine Escue, Mary Finley, Will Masters, Ron Razzore, Erica Sparhawk, Jake Strack-Loertscher and Nancy Vories (Jan. 10); Kim Anne, Emily Goldfield, Crystal Holley and Nick Penzel (Jan. 11); Betsy Bingam-Johns (Jan. 12).
FRIDAY, JANUARY 7
350 Roaring Fork protests fossil fuels at the intersection of highways 133 and 82 every Friday at 8 a.m. Meet up outside La Fogata Restaurant (995 Cowen Drive) ready to rally.
Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Skier Appreciation Day, benefiting United Way Battlement to the Bells, kicks off at 9 a.m. Lift tickets cost $25, there will be an online auction, live music and costume contest with the theme “heroes and villains.”
COMIC BOOK BASH
Award-winning hip hop artist Neil McIntyre uses beatbox and rhymes to convey his love of comic books at the Glenwood Springs Library on Friday at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, “Mr. Kneel” will be at the Carbondale Library at 4 p.m.
“Nightmare Alley” opens at the Crystal Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and continues through Monday, except on Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Highway 82 Band performs at Steve’s Guitars at 8 p.m. Stream it live on the GrassRoots YouTube channel.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8
Families are invited to outdoor storytime at Basalt Library, weather permitting, at 10:30 a.m. When indoors, masks will be required.
HIGH SCHOOL ART
The Aspen Chapel Gallery (0077 Meadowood Drive) presents works of 85 students from five local high schools. A reception, following COVID protocols, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibition then runs through Feb. 12, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The work is not for sale but can be “adopted” for a $25 donation to support high school art programs.
Feeding Giants performs at Heather’s in Basalt at 6:30 p.m. For other musical acts at Heather’s, visit www.heatherssavorypies.com
The Arts Campus at Willits presents the Whiffenpoofs, 14 senior Yale students selected to perform in the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, see www.tacaw.org
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9
Wilderness Workshop and Defiende Nuestra Tierra invite you to take a stroll along the Crystal River from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register, email www.wildernessworkshop.org
Basalt Library hosts a lesson on effectively using Microsoft Word. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-927-4311*1005.
MONDAY, JANUARY 10
Basalt Library teaches proficiency with Pages, the Mac software, at 1:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11
Learn what it takes to volunteer with English In Action from 9:30 a.m. to noon, online. To register, call 970-963-9200 or email email@example.com
Sopris Lodge (295 Rio Grande Ave.) hosts a job fair to fill various full and part-time positions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Positions are available for caregivers, dining service, activities, resident assistants, concierge, maintenance, housekeeping and more. See job descriptions and apply online, visit www.soprislodge.com
TAKE & CREATE
Basalt Library offers a free take-home kit to practice cross stitching. Kits are available while supplies last beginning at 10 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12
School-aged children are invited to the Glenwood Springs Library every Wednesday for learning activities with the Aspen Science Center at 2:30 p.m.
Wilderness Workshop, in partnership with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Roaring Fork Audubon, co-hosts Scott Rashid with a presentation about small mountain owls at the Third Street Center at 6 p.m. The talk will also be streamed via the GrassRoots YouTube channel.
TIME TO TALK
Aspen Strong hosts a mental health support group online on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/7u36ndly
THURSDAY, JANUARY 13
Children and their parents are invited to storytime at the Carbondale Library on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. More information is at www.gcpld.org
Volunteer attorneys provide free legal consultation at Basalt Library from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
THINGS IN MOTION
Basalt Library hosts the Aspen Science Center for a workshop with marbles for students in kindergarten through fourth grade at 3:45 p.m. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In collaboration with a performance at The Contemporary, Basalt Library welcomes Andy Thorn and Dr. Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon for a workshop at 4:30 p.m. and a jam session at 6 p.m. To register for either or both opportunities, visit www.basaltlibrary.org
ASK A LAWYER
Alpine Legal Services offers a hotline clinic on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 970-368-2246 and visit www.alpinelegalservices.org for the schedule of dates by legal topic.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
Basalt Library hosts Colorado Workforce to assist job seekers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register, call 970-927-4311.
The Ute Theater in Rifle presents The Lil Smokies performing at 7:30 p.m.
The Arts Campus at Willits presents Leftover Salmon performing at 8 p.m. Tickets and info at www.tacaw.org