Aspen briefs for Aug. 8
Race volunteer training starts
USA Pro Challenge volunteers are required to attend one of two training sessions — either from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today or from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday Both sessions will be held at the Colorado Mountain College Aspen Campus. Volunteers are still needed for the event starting Aug. 14 through race days on Aug. 19 and 20.
A variety of positions in Snowmass Village and Aspen are available, including race-course marshals, hospitality, ambassadors, Green Team and more. All volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt.
Visit http://www.aspenupcc.com for more information and to register.
Paterson to discuss book
Aspenite Charlie Paterson will appear along with his daughter Carrie Paterson at 4:30 p.m. today at the Hotel Jerome ballroom to introduce their book, “Escape Home.” The event will include a slide show, a book signing and a reading.
“Escape Home,” subtitled “Rebuilding a Life After the Anschluss — A Family Memoir,” documents the history of Charlie Paterson. Born in 1929 into a Jewish family in Vienna, Paterson escaped the Nazis as a boy and lived as a foster child in Australia before being reunited with his father, Steve Shanzer, in New York City in the late 1940s. In 1949, Paterson came to Aspen and worked as an usher and stagehand for the Goethe Bicentennial Convocation.
Paterson, who studied architectural design with Frank Lloyd Wright, built a cabin in the Shadow Mountain neighborhood, which he turned into the 36-unit Boomerang Lodge. He ran the lodge for more than 40 years, most of them with his wife, Fonda, who joined the staff at the Boomerang in 1968.
The Patersons will appear at another book event on 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Basalt Regional Library.
Due to a reporting error, a brief in Tuesday’s paper regarding three open seats on the Aspen Board of Education was incorrect. Current school board member Bob Glah does plan to run for re-election on Nov. 5.
A headline in Wednesday’s edition incorrectly portrayed a Basalt Town Council meeting. Five council members indicated they were indifferent about whether marijuana was grown in proposed greenhouses across Highway 82 from Holland Hills. Two members of the board expressed concerns about the size of the greenhouses.
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