RF Valley -Week of 6/6

Summer is finally here and with it the schedules around the valley are filling up fast. There is something for just about every interest out there. So get out your calendars, be they in your phone or on your wall  -old school style, and start filling those days with fun!

The past few weeks we’ve started on the lower end of the valley, so this week let’s get a bit kooky, stir it up and start in Aspen, If you’re feeling intellectual or have a story

to share, then this Wednesday  take RFTA to Rubey Park and then head East on Durant to Victoria’s Wine & Espressso Bar. The event is hosted by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. Exercise your creativity and spontaneity with a series of short writing exercises. All levels and genres welcome to this friendly, non-critiqued workshop. Bring a pen.

Another fun Aspen event is happening at the Aspen Art Museum. On Wednesday meet at Paepcke Park at 5 p.m. to join the cruiser bike ride over to the museum. Green Drinks are casual gatherings where people who are interested in environmental issues share cocktails and network. The event is free and beverages and appetizers are provided. Aspen Green Drinks is sponsored by the ZGreen Program. For more information call 970-429-1798 or visit www.aspenzgreen.com.

If art or writing are not your thing and you’re looking for an inner Zen exploration, join the Aspen Yoga Society on Saturday morning at the Upper Gondola Plaza from 8-9 a.m. for an hour of free yoga. Again, you can take RFTA, get off at Rubey Park and you’re just a hop, skip, jump away from inner peace!

Heading down valley, Basalt has lots of artsy stuff to offer this weekend. The Wyly Arts Center, just a few steps away from the downtown RFTA bus stop, has a FREE family chalk art project, called Where the Sidewalk Ends,  on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. Each family will receive a poem, colored chalk, and helpful inspiration to create your own visual art on the sidewalk in front of the Wyly Community Art Center. Sounds like a ton of fun!

Heading just a smidge more down valley into El Jebel, stop in at The Downvalley Tavern on Sunday afternoon to celebrate their One Year Anniversary! Maybe it’s because they roast up a pig like nobody’s business or perhaps it’s because their logo features the likeness of the succulent beast, but they are offering roasted pig with sides for a mere $10 per plate. Combine the fabulous food with the rocking sounds of Echo Monday and the afternoon promises to be amazing fun! You can get there by getting off at the RFTA City Market stop.

In Carbondale the weekend starts heating up on Thursday night with the Carbondale Rodeo. While this venue isn’t your typical RFTA stop, you can easily reach it by getting on the Rio Grande Trail, heading East on the trail along the Catherine Store Road outside of Carbondale and following along until you see the throngs of folks raring to watch a piece of the Wild West. If you grew up in the area you’ll likely run into old friends, if you’re new to the valley you’ll be sure to acquire a few new friends before the evening ends!

On Friday night you can discover your inner yogi and have your wine at Transformation Yoga & Fitness in downtown Carbondale. Take RFTA to the swimming pool, get off and walk about a block East. Class starts at 5 p.m. and is followed by complimentary wine. Lovely indeed!

Also in Carbondale is the Fiesta de Tamales on Saturday from 5:30-9 p.m. at The Gathering Center. This is English in Action’s annual fundraiser and cultural gathering; it features more than 700 fresh, homemade tamales, an assortment of homemade desserts, a beer and wine bar, a live DJ spinning salsa music, dancing, a prize drawing and a piñata. $15/adults, $5/children. The trick to getting there is to take RFTA to the swimming pool, get off and head East to Second Street , then take a right until you hit Sopris Avenue, grab a left until you reach Old Snowmass Drive and you’ll see the Gathering Center.

Last but not least, Glenwood Springs has much to offer this weekend. On Friday take the RFTA bus to the Meadow Mall and stop off at The Double Dog Pub for some live music. Starting at 7:30 you can enjoy a variety of our talented valley musicians playing everything from blues to bluegrass. Get there early for a good seat and some excellent eats.

The Glenwood Vaudevill Revue is offering a fabulous show on Saturday night. A family fun affordable dinner theatre with professional talent performing all new original material including: The Bat Cave Rap, Dramatic Readings, tap dancing, jokes & gags. RFTA makes a variety of stops on Grand Avenue, making the theatre an easy destination for an evening of entertainment.

Hurry up and plan your weekend!