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Helen’s birthday

Kaela Klanderud Ultican and her mother, Helen Klanderud. (MEH)

On June 9, Helen Klanderud celebrated her 70th birthday and the final days of her mayoral term of Aspen with a grand party at the new Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Meadows Resort. The invitation featured a photo of Helen and the Golden Gate Bridge – both born in 1937 and “built to last.” The party even featured an ice sculpture of the bridge. All four of Helen’s children attended and gave tributes to their mother. It was also a great introduction to the new Doerr-Hosier Center and everyone walked around and around, admiring the large galleries, meeting rooms and especially the terraces with their fabulous views. It was a wonderful gathering of longtime Aspenites and Helen’s friends and co-workers at the city of Aspen.Another wonderful local event will be held Saturday, June 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, where there will be a gallery exhibit for local artists , a picnic, music and short films. The Aspen Dance Connection will also perform an African dance. This event is open to the public, and people will be able to tour the new addition to the Red Brick. On hand to meet everyone will be representatives from all the nonprofits who have offices in the Red Brick and the artists who have studios there.Yet another wonderful local event on Sunday, July 1, is a picnic and tours of the archives and museum at the Aspen Historical Society’s Wheeler/Stallard House. If you are interested in Aspen history, this is the event for you. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Janet Guthrie and Jan Fox are off to Bali to attend a workshop on “How to Unclutter Your Life.”

Returning to Aspen for a reunion of friends at the Difficult Campground group spot last weekend were former Aspenites Patrick and Elda Sieders, who now live in Colorado Springs. Patrick worked in the production department of The Aspen Times for many years and Elda is originally from Brazil. Sabrina Darya Sadeghi, daughter of Dr. Patricia Hill, local television host and psychologist, and Nasser Sadeghi, architect and real estate developer, has recently been awarded a master’s degree in international relations with a specialty in intercultural service leadership and management by the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vt. SIT is an accredited graduate school operated by the Experiment in International Living.After completing several internships and intercultural study programs abroad that focused on citizen diplomacy, Sabrina has returned to the U.S. where she is currently living in a loft in Brooklyn, working for Hosteling International and freelance writing for several other international cultural and arts programs.

Sabrina was born in Aspen and educated at Aspen Montessori, Aspen elementary and middle schools, and Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. She was on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team in the 1990s and was the World Cup champion in women’s freestyle snowboarding for four years, just prior to snowboarding’s entry into the Olympics. Sabrina went on to earn a double bachelor’s degree in international relations and comparative history of ideas from the University of Washington, and she lived all over the world both studying and traveling for several years. Lizzie Talenfeld has taken her children on a tour of Italy.Undercurrent … All the slick magazines and other Aspen publications came out just in time for the Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen. Reading the publications and looking at the photos and advertisements … I wonder where I am. Certainly not in the Aspen I know!

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