MONTROSE – Men in the Mix and Empowering Dads invite all dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers and other male role models and their children to attend the 7th Annual Fatherhood Event, dubbed “Life’s a Jungle, Hang with Dad for a Day,” on Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Montrose County Fairgrounds.
Moms and other female role models are welcome to attend as well.
“This is a fun and rewarding event for children and their dads to spend quality time together. Males play a very important role in their children’s lives and we hope to encourage Dads to be a positive role model and spend time with their children while learning some great parenting tips,” said Ruben Melgoza, a Fatherhood Coach with the Empowering Dads program at Montrose County Health and Human Services.
Everything is free, including admission, games, activities, parenting tips, lunch, bump ‘n’ jump, race cars from Thunder Mountain Speedway, live music and more.
For information, please call Penny at 970/209-3641.
TELLURIDE ACADEMY LAUNCHES IT 32nd YEAR OF SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
TELLURIDE – The Telluride Academy begins its 32nd year of summer enrichment programming on Monday, June 11. “If our bookings keep up at our current pace, we expect to host 800 children. This could be our largest attendance ever,” said Executive Director, Elaine Demas.
Students learn while playing – about the local watershed and the birds that fly overhead, for example, on a paddle trip down the San Miguel River, or how to safely belay a friend while rock climbing, how to fix a flat tire while mountain biking or create a delicious meal in the backcountry.
This summer, through a partnership with the Wright Stuff Foundation, the Academy is offering a Norwood-to-Telluride bus route for Session 2 (June 25-July 6) and Session 4 (July 23-Aug. 3). It will also launch its first-ever capital campaign to pay for its new home – a small commercial condominium in the Cimarron Complex at the base of Lift 7. “Our total goal is $307,775 which will pay the debt down completely and allow us to direct those much needed funds to other areas of our operations, most importantly toward our Tuition Assistance Fund,” says Demas.
The Academy is offering a hundred theater and outdoor enrichment and programs this summer for students ages 5-18. Visit HYPERLINK "http://www.tellurideacademy.org" www.tellurideacademy.org for information.
Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership News and Updates
RIDGWAY – The 5th Annual Ridgway River Festival takes place Saturday, June 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. To volunteer or donate, HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com"firstname.lastname@example.org! Half of the proceeds will benefit the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, and the other half will benefit MCP.
The UWP Watershed Plan is scheduled to be finalized by June 30.
In other news, UWP’s previous VISTA volunteer Matt Jurjonas received a grant to Remove Invasive Tamarisk in the Ridgway State Park and Re-vegetate Rollans Park with Native Plants, which will begin in August 6 with a youth corps crew and volunteers. For more information, visit www.uncompahgrewatershed.org.
NATE SOULES MEMORIAL FUN RUN June 16
TELLURIDE – Get outside and get some exercise and support a great cause. On Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m., run, walk, bike or push a baby jogger for the 4.2 mile fun run in honor of beloved father, husband and friend Nate Soules. The course starts at the softball fields in Lawson Hill, follows the bike path to town and ends at Elks Park. Parents can run while their child bikes in the parent/child biking division. A kid’s fair will follow the race at Elks Park with lots of fun activities including a bouncy castle, face painting, tattoos, arts and crafts provided by Alpine Bank, snow cone machine and exciting games. In case of inclement weather, the kids carnival will be moved to the Town Park Pavilion (Andy Hanley Rink).
Race entry is $25 per person per person prior to June 10 or $30 after. The parent/child biking division is $35 per team prior to June 10 or $40 after. Register online at HYPERLINK "http://active.com" \t "_blank" active.com (type in Nate Soules in the search box) or email HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" \t "_blank" firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants may also register the morning of the race at 8:15 a.m. at the Lawson Hill softball fields. Entry fee to the kid’s carnival is $5 per child. All monies raised support scholarships for the three programs, including a scholarship for Ben Soules, Nate’s son.
Prizes will be awarded for the first male, first female, first parent/child biking duo and first baby jogger finisher. Prizes will also be awarded for best costume so get creative. No aid stations will be available along the race route so participants are encouraged to bring their own water. A shuttle will be provided to transport runners from Elks Park back to Lawson Hill.
For more information about the Run and Kids Carnival, call Annie Carlson at 729-0713.
Ouray County Historical Museum Seeks Photo Exhibit Entries
OURAY – Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit entries for the Ouray County Historical Society’s 8th annual juried photography exhibit, “San Juan Memories,” which will showcase the San Juan Mountains as seen through photographers’ eyes.
The exhibit, which runs July 9 through August 15, will be held at the Ouray County Historical Museum at 420 6th Avenue, Ouray. Entries may be dropped off at the museum through June 30. The photographs may reflect the show’s theme in any way the artist chooses: outdoor activities, historic sites, ranching life, or any singular image that captures the essence of western Colorado’s San Juan mountains.
Call the museum 970)/325-4576 for information.