Featured artists include: Ed Singer of Gray Mountain, Ariz., for painting; Juantio Becenti of Cortez, for music composition; Robin Riley of Tucson, Ariz. for mosaic art; Jan Judy Dixon of Cortez, for writing; Frank Cope of Cortez, for painting; and Robyn Moore, of Cleveland, Miss., for photography.
The goal of the Aspen Guard Station Artist-in-Residence Program is to enhance public awareness of natural and cultural resources on public lands through unique artistic viewpoints. For the past 15 years, the San Juan National Forest has hosted painters, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, potters, sculptors, and other artists at the historic Guard Station. The rustic log cabin, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is a former ranger station set in an aspen forest north of Mancos.
For more information, contact Ann Bond, San Juan Public Lands Center, 970/385-1219, or Brenda Hindmarsh, Cortez Cultural Center, at 970/565-1151.
Auditions set for The Gazebo and Best Christmas Pageant
MONTROSE – Magic Circle Players Community Theatre will hold auditions for its December and January plays this September.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a Theatre for Children production set to run the first two weekends in December. According to director Allyson Crosby, its main characters, the Herdmans, “are generally acknowledged to be the worst kids in the world. Much to the chagrin, frustration and fear of the Sunday school children, among others, the Herdmans join the local Christmas Pageant.”
Auditions are Monday, September 13, and Tuesday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m., at the theatre, 420 S. 12th St., Montrose. There are parts for two adult males, four-six adult females, teens and children ages 9 and older.
Also in Sept., The Gazebo, a two-act comedy involving murder, blackmail, thuggery and mayhem, holds its auditions. The cast includes two males and one female in the principal roles, with seven males and two females in support. Auditions are Sept. 20-21, 6 p.m. at the theatre. The Gazebo opens Jan.14 and runs through Jan. 30.
According to Director Bob Dietrich, “This production is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to get their feet wet in a community theatre live performance.”
Sign Up to Attend, Participate in Telluride Tech Fest ‘Decennial’ Event!
TELLURIDE – This year marks the ten-year celebration of the Telluride Tech Festival, taking place Oct. 1-2, at the Sheridan Opera House. Organizers have reserved two 15-minute session spots for community residents.
This decennial event will feature two days of informative sessions, two keynote honorees, nightly demonstrations and plenty of networking time with leaders and innovators in the field of technology. To participate, fill out the proposal form online at techfestival.org or contact Sarah McClain at 970/275-3154.
The Tech Fest is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization; it is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so register at techfestival.org.
Mosaic Community Project Taking BIG IDEAS Applications Now
RIDGWAY – The Mosaic Community Project is granting funds now to community-oriented projects designed to inspire and empower Ouray County citizens to contribute to their community in a meaningful manner.
Funded in part through a generous grant from the Telluride Foundation, the BIG IDEAS Project provides seed money that must be at least doubled by the participant’s fundraising efforts. The money raised by the participant will be used to carry out the proposed service project within the timeline provided. Applicants may apply for up to $500.
Interested applicants should go to www.mosaiccp.org and download an application – located at the bottom of the BIG IDEAS page, or email email@example.com. Youth participants must have an adult supervisor who can monitor funds received and raised, as well as oversee funds allocation and overall progress.
MCP is a non-profit organization whose mission statement is to operate with dedication to promoting education, the visual and performing arts, sustainable living practices and environmental awareness in Ouray County. Current and future fund-raisers and projects include: Ridgway River Festival; Big Ideas; public works of art, visiting artist workshops and performances; county composting; community garden support; area clean-ups; and river corridor improvement efforts.
For more information about Mosaic Community Project, please visit www.mosaiccp.org
WOMAN’S CLUB OF OURAY OFFERS AID
OURAY – It is time for the Woman’s Club to share its monies with the nonprofit organizations of Ouray County. To apply, send a letter to the Woman's Club of Ouray, requesting the amount you would like. Include how the funding would be used, as well as any other sources of income that you have, addressed to Patty Ratliff, Woman’s Club of Ouray at PO Box 1191, Ouray. It must be received no later than Sept. 30 for your organization to be considered for funding. The membership of the club will have the deciding vote at its October meeting.
The Woman's Club offers community service and philanthropy, and aims to support deserving local organizations. Last year, money was granted to Amped Outdoors, Mosaic Community Project, Mountain Sunshine, Neighbor to Neighbor, Ouray County Arts Association, Ouray County Chorus, Ouray County Historical Society, Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, Ouray Elks, Ouray Mountain Rescue, Ouray Public Library, Ouray Trail Group, Ridgway Railroad Museum, Second Chance Humane Society and Voyager Youth Program. The club also supports the Ouray County Food Pantry, Cedar Hill Cemetery, the Ouray Community Center by providing a new projector, the Ouray Masonic Lodge while backing the Medical Loan Closet, and the completion of the hospice room at Valley Manor Care Center in Montrose.
A thank-you goes to the wonderful people of Ouray County for helping the club be generous to so many deserving community organizations.
Nonprofit Organizations on Western Slope Receive Grants From Daniels Fund
DENVER – Organizations serving seniors, youth, and the homeless are among the major recipients of grants for Western Slope nonprofits announced this week by the Daniels Fund.
Recipients include: Colorado Discover Ability Integrated Outdoor Adventures, Grand Junction; Delta County Meth Project; Delta County School District, Pre-School Backpack Program; Delta Montrose Youth Services; Hope’s Kitchen, First United Methodist Church of Cortez; RSVP Colorado West, Montrose; Seeds of Learning, Pagosa Springs; and The Tree House Center for Troubled Youth, Grand Junction.
“Nonprofit organizations are stung twice by our unsettled economy,” explained Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, and “demand for their services surges at the same time resources and donations dry up.
“That awareness drives our continued support of the organizations that do so much for the most vulnerable in our communities.”
The program areas eligible for grants through the Daniels Fund include: Aging, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Education, Homeless and Disadvantaged and Youth Development.
Bill Daniels, a cable television pioneer known for his kindness and generosity to people in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Visit www.danielsfund.org for more information.
THREE AEDS INSTALLED IN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY PARKS
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – When someone suffers from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, seconds can make the difference between life or death – and every resource counts. According to statistics, widespread access to defibrillators could save an additional 40,000 lives per year.
Some of those lives may be saved right here in San Miguel County, where Open Space and Recreation Officials have now placed three AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in county parks. One is located at the Down Valley Park, and two are at the Fairgrounds in Norwood (one in the Event Center, and one at the ball fields).
“This is intended to save lives,” San Miguel County Parks and Open Space Coordinator Linda Luther-Broderick said. “In the case of a heart attack, the first five minutes are critical. Given our remote location, these AEDs should boost survival rates.
“This is part of a community-wide effort to make AEDs widely available,” she said, “and to make sure that we have an informed populace trained in their proper use.”
The effort to make Telluride a “Heart Safe” community began in 2006, when local cardiologist Mark Rosenthal spearheaded an effort to develop a public access defibrillator program in the region, with initial funding provided through the Telluride Foundation and the Telluride Association of Realtors. AEDs have now been placed throughout Telluride and Mountain Village and in local schools as well.
Telluride’s remote rural location makes it an ideal spot to employ AED technology, said CPR World’s Kevin Dunkak, who has worked with the program since its inception.
“Given where our parks are, especially Down Valley Park, and the response times for an ambulance, these AEDs are going to give someone in cardiac arrest a much better chance for survival,” Dunkak said, noting that cardiac arrest can result from athletic injuries as well as congenital heart trouble.
“Basically you are trying to get the AED on the person in the first couple of minutes,” Dunkak said. “We have close to 60 of them in the area now; they are becoming the standard of care around the country.”
Hundreds of local citizens have already been trained in the proper use of these life saving devices, and continuing public education remains a priority. San Miguel County will sponsor AED training classes in Norwood this winter, Luther-Broderick said.
“Our goal is to have 50 participants, from Fairgrounds user groups and from the community, who are certified in their use,” Broderick said.
Contact Broderick at 970/369-5472.