Buddy Program awardees
The Buddy Program last week announced its annual awardees. The Champion Award was given to Conchita Ramirez, family liaison at Basalt Middle School, for her dedication to community! Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers was recognized with the Golden Carabiner Award and the Inspiration Award went to Pitkin County Healthy Community Fund for their generous support of the Buddy Program.
Care packages to troops
The American Legion Post 100 in Carbondale is collecting donations to send care packages to active-duty troops for Christmas. Donations can be dropped off at the American Legion (97 N. Third Street) through Dec. 1. For more info, call 970-963-2381.
Anne Perry, originally from the Roaring Fork Valley, is an attorney in Seattle working to help a specific Afghan family emigrate to the United States. A GoFundMe page is collecting donations to help pay the costs. Perry was recently interviewed on the topic by KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh. For more info, visit: https://bit.ly/AnniePerry
Tree permits available
Christmas tree cutting permits are now available from the White River National Forest. Permits are $10, with an additional $2.50 fee if purchased online. This year, fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid Outdoors program (www.everykidoutdoors.gov/). For complete details, visit: www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Comp plan update
Carbondale’s comprehensive plan update process continues. The Town is now seeking feedback on draft recommendations through an online poll, open through Nov. 28. Paper copies are also available at Town Hall. The final meeting between consultant team Cushing Terrell and the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission is on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
The Paint Store (2401 Dolores Way, Carbondale) is now accepting unwanted paint to be recycled through PaintCare, a national nonprofit that also works with Ace Hardware of Carbondale. Find a detailed list of accepted products for recycling at www.paintcare.org/products
Valley Visual Art Show
The 43rd Valley Visual Art Show, one of the Valley’s largest and longest-standing exhibitions of work by local artists, will open at The Launchpad on Jan. 21, 2022. Applications are due by Dec. 6 at www.carbondalearts.com
Laptops on loan
Garfield County Libraries offers laptops to adults that need a computer to take home for up to three weeks at a time. The machines run on Windows and come with the Microsoft Office Suite and other software installed. This service can be combined with the “Wifi to GO!” service offering mobile hotspots. Plus, you can get a free USB memory stick (while supplies last) when you check out a laptop! For details, visit gcpld.org
Unincorporated Garfield County has issued 242 residential building permits in 2021 (through October), the most since 2007. These permits include single-family dwellings, manufactured homes and other work. Still, the majority of building has occurred within municipalities, where 791 units have been constructed so far this year with 102 deed-restricted as affordable housing. Meanwhile, home values are soaring; the average single-family home sales price in Carbondale was $1,553,497 in September.
Community radio triumphs
Rocky Mountain Community Radio (RMCR) coalition met last week in Crested Butte with KDNK and Aspen Public Radio in attendance. In 2021, RMCR won second place for public service (small newsroom category) from the Society of Professional Journalists for collaborative reporting on fossil fuels. RMCR is now working on collaborative reporting on affordable housing.
They say it’s your birthday
Folks celebrating another trip around the sun this week include: Larry Smith (Nov. 18); Kelsey Clapper and Heather Lafferty (Nov. 19); Mike Metheny and Rosie Sweeney (Nov. 20); Crystal Tapp (Nov. 21); Karen Barbee, Lindsay Hentschel, Maria Mork and MinTze Wu (Nov. 22); Michael Gorman (Nov. 23); Crystal Mariscal, River Morgan, Matthew Thomas and Casey Weaver (Nov. 24).
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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18
UNDER THE SUN
Join Sopris Sun correspondents and guests for Everything Under The Sun, airing every Thursday on KDNK at 4 p.m.
Aspen Shakti offers a pop-up yoga class at the Third Street Center at 5:30 pm.
Independence Run and Hike leads a weekly group run on Thursdays departing from the store at 6 p.m.
Roaring Fork High School hosts a fundraiser for the school at 6 p.m. with fall-themed games and a haunted house. Tickets are available at the event.
The Center for Human Flourishing presents “Shuring: One Soldier’s Path to Peace” at the Third Street Center at 6:30 p.m.
Dance salsa at Heads, Hearts and Souls (443 Main in Carbondale) on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Bachata at The Launchpad at 8 p.m.
The Black Nugget offers karaoke on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s son, Grahame Lesh, performs with his band, Midnight North, at The Contemporary in Willits at 8 p.m. More info at www.tacaw.org
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19
DECK THE WALLS
Carbondale Arts’ holiday market is open for business! Support local artisans by shopping at The Launchpad. (Carbondale Arts members will have exclusive access to the market on Nov. 18.)
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Family and friends celebrate the life of Tom Bleskan at “Hendrick Haven” (1054 County Road 106) in Satank at 4 p.m. This is an outdoor event, please bring a dish and a story to share.
FULL MOON BREATHWORK
Chelsea Bennett offers a ceremony to release “what no longer serves” at 6:30 p.m. Sign up at www.facebook.com/chelseabennetthealing/events
Zachary Cashin leads a sound healing journey at the Third Street Center at 7 p.m. Reserve a spot at www.davinikent.com
SOPRIS THEATRE COMPANY
CMC’s theatre program presents “The Thanksgiving Play” by Larissa FastHorse at the Spring Valley campus at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are at www.our.show/stc/thethanksgivingplay
THUNDER RIVER THEATRE
Thunder River Theatre Company’s production of “As Close As I Can” by Cassidy Willey continues at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow and on Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets at www.thunderrivertheatre.com
“The French Dispatch” shows at the Crystal Theatre at 7:30 p.m. through Monday, except at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Chilean-American rock group Kiltro will perform at The Contemporary in Willits at 8 p.m. Tickets and more info at www.tacaw.org
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20
The Aspen Indigenous Foundation’s Shining Mountains Film Festival takes place at The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen today and tomorrow, with programs at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Details at www.aspenaif.org
Jacy Sundlie facilitates a simple technique to release stress and tension at the Third Street Center at 3 p.m. More info at www.davinikent.com
PLOTKIN AND SPEARS
Local musicians Lizzie Plotkin and Natalie Spears play at The Contemporary in Willits starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are at www.tacaw.org
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 25
All Garfield County Library branches will be closed on Nov. 25 and 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Aspen Shakti offers a Thanksgiving yoga class at their studio in Aspen (535 East Hyman Ave) at 9 a.m.
Basalt Elementary School hosts its annual turkey trot, The Gobble Wobble at 9:30 a.m. Register at www.bit.ly/basaltgobble or on site on the morning of the event.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26
The Meeting Place offers a 12 steps Thanksgiving meeting beginning at 10 a.m. More info at www.meetingplacecarbondale.org
Aspen Shakti guides a special yoga class at their studio in Aspen (535 East Hyman Ave) at 10:30 a.m.
It takes community support to keep The Sopris Sun shining.