In brief: Bears in hyperphagia, Snowmass picnic, free knee pain seminar, Ride the Ranches

Learn about black bears in hyperphagia with ACES

Aspen Bear Alliance is hosting an informational seminar on black bears and their fall “feeding frenzy” — also known as hyperphagia — this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. The event will address questions like:

1. Why are bears so hungry?

2. How to prevent a trashy mess in your yard (and stay ticket free from the police!)

3. What you can do to keep bears WILD, out of town, and away from your yard.

In addition to a presentation and discussion, the Aspen Bear Alliance will offer light refreshments and a free raffle.

Town of Snowmass Village to host annual fall picnic

A community favorite returns to Snowmass Village this autumn with the Snowmass Village community picnic. The Town of Snowmass Village will provide burgers, hot dogs, and a vegetarian main. In addition to free food, there will be free, all-day access to the entire recreation center.

This event is open to all members of the community. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy a great day at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center.

The picnic will take place Saturday, Oct. 7 on the pool deck at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center from 12-2 p.m. for the 2023 Town Picnic.

For more information, please visit

Free seminar on knee pain treatment and management from Valley View

Tomas Pevny, MD, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at ValleyOrtho, will present “Innovative Approaches to the Treatment of Knee Pain,” a virtual discussion via Zoom, on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The presentation is part of Valley View University, a series of free educational webinars hosted by Valley View.

Knee pain is a common complaint among adults, affecting nearly one-third of the U.S. population. Knee pain limits function and mobility and impairs quality of life. In this 30-minute webinar, followed by an open Q&A, Dr. Pevny will discuss common causes of knee pain as well as innovative approaches to the treatment of knee pain, including iovera, a non-surgical, FDA-approved treatment for knee arthritis.

Dr. Pevny, who has been practicing in Aspen since 1995, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee and shoulder injuries, sports medicine, trauma, total joint replacement and joint preservation.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.

How: To register, visit

Cost: Free

Ranch tour to serve as fundraiser for agritourism grant program

Carbondale Tourism announced the first-ever Ride The Ranches, a gravel and paved road ride event that will bring bikers to the farm gates of some of the Roaring Fork Valley’s most treasured agricultural gems. The 50-kilometer ride, led by Aspen Cycling Tours and taking placeSunday Oct. 8, 2023, also serves as a fundraiser for Roaring Fork Roots, a new agritourism grant program from Carbondale Tourism that will provide financial support to farmers and agricultural businesses looking to expand or develop a tourism offering. 

The three-hour ride will be suitable for all levels of biker and includes stops at the following farms and ranches: Aspen Valley Land Trust’s Coffman Ranch, Sustainable Settings13 Moons Ranch,  Seed Peace at Sunfire RanchTwo Roots FarmJuniper Flowers farmMarigold Livestock, and ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch. At each stop, riders will get a refreshment and a chance to meet and greet with the farmers. 

Tickets are $85 and include ride registration, a t-shirt, and admission to the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT) Party in the Pasture. For more information about the Ride the Ranches and to register for the event, visit: