In Brief: School musical at Wheeler; Kids Safety Fair; new members in Food Leaders Fellowship |

In Brief: School musical at Wheeler; Kids Safety Fair; new members in Food Leaders Fellowship

Aspen Community School to perform annual musical at Wheeler

The Aspen Community School will be performing its annual spring musical, “Hop on the Magic School Bus,” on April 27 and 28 at the Wheeler Opera House. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7. 

“Hop on the Magic School Bus” is based on the 1990s animated television series. The audience is invited to follow Miss Frizzle and her class as they adventure through historical scientific discoveries and explore Leonardo da Vinci’s artistic and observational curiosity, Galileo’s and Robert Hooke’s discoveries through lenses, Jennifer Doudna’s recent discoveries of CRISPR technology, paleontology discoveries at Ziegler Reservoir in Snowmass, the progression of fossil fuels, and the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

This annual production returns in its 36th production on the Wheeler stage. The original stage production is the culmination of a month’s work combining the creative process of teachers, parents, and students.

Kids Safety Fair in Glenwood Springs in May

Valley View, an independent, nonprofit health system based in Glenwood Springs, present the annual Kids Safety Fair on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Valley View Hospital.

Activities include: 

  • Fire Safety: Tour a fire truck, and learn about fire safety with Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.
  • Kiwanis Bike Rodeo: Children are invited to practice bike safety at the Kiwanis Bike Rodeo. Kids are welcome to bring their own helmets to complete a bike safety course. Bikes and trikes will be available for use. 
  • Water Safety: From the pool to the lake, get ready for a fun summer with Pediatric Partners with information and resources about water safety.
  • Helmet Safety: Safety first! Children will learn about helmet safety and how to properly wear their helmets. Free, fitted bike helmets will be available while supplies last.

Food Leaders Fellowship announces new fellows

The Food Leaders Fellowship at the Aspen Institute community grew today as the fellowship welcomed its second cohort of 18 emerging leaders. The 2023 Food Leaders Fellows include entrepreneurs, investors, and civic and non-profit leaders dedicated to changing the food system to eradicate food and nutrition insecurity, support entrepreneurs and farmers, and push forward sustainable solutions, according to the institute. 

“This cohort continues our program’s dream to bring emerging food leaders together in one place to challenge and support one another,” said Corby Kummer, executive director of food and society at the Aspen Institute. “Our first cohort has really embodied that dream, and I can’t wait for these 18 dynamic leaders to join our fellowship community.”

The fellowship began in 2022. Over 18 months, Food Leaders fellows step back from their day-to-day lives to examine their beliefs and personal missions. They work to identify and hone their abilities to make significant change, officials said.

Fellows identify individual action plans that build on the work they are currently doing and the initiatives they most want to start. Along with encouragement and critiques from their new Food Leaders collaborators, fellows receive mentoring from established experts who have paved the way in food sustainability, innovation, policy, human and worker rights, and regenerative agriculture. They have regular virtual meetings and two additional in-person gatherings during the fellowship. 

The members of the 2023 cohort of Food Leaders fellows:

  • Greg Bohrer, director of corporate affairs, Walmart Inc.
  • Marie Bragg, assistant professor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
  • Bridget Carle, senior vice president, Guy Carpenter
  • Dominique Carter, assistant director for agricultural sciences, innovation, and workforce, The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
  • Dion Dawson, chief dreamer/CEO, Dion’s Chicago Dream
  • Julian Debenedetti, chief of staff, Thrive Market
  • Connor Dowling, CEO, GenoTwin Inc.
  • Amanda Eller, strategy director, Waverley Street Foundation
  • Emily Gee, marketing director, AeroFarms
  • Alexxis Isaac, director of operations, Eat the Change
  • Louise Iverson, manager of global impact initiatives, General Mills
  • Ross Iverson, managing partner, Manna Tree
  • Sam Landercasper, deputy director of strategy and operations, Pitkin County Human Services
  • Julia Luscombe, vice president of strategic planning and portfolio management, Feeding America
  • Ashley Schimke, health and nutrition Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
  • David Street, strategist, next gen leadership and engagement, Bread for the World
  • Denise Woodard, CEO and founder, Partake Foods
  • Ebony Woodruff, land retention and advocacy attorney, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

JVAM promotes two to partner

JVAM this week announced the promotion of Ann Jefferson and Alex Clayden to partners.

Ann Jefferson brings experience in estate planning, probate, business planning, and commercial transactions. She has advised clients in a range of industries, including outdoor recreation, hospitality, and real estate.

Alex Clayden is a litigator with a track record in disputes involving real-estate transactions and matters affecting title to real property. He has experience advocating on behalf of business clients in contract, employment, and business tort cases. He is also versed in prosecuting and defending claims relating to construction projects, including helping contractors secure liens and, ultimately, payment for their services. Additionally, he has experience in intellectual property matters and is a trusted advisor to businesses and individuals.

“We are thrilled to announce Ann and Alex as partners at JVAM,” said Ben Johnston, founding partner of JVAM. “Both attorneys are talented, dedicated, and have a proven track record of success. We are confident they will make valuable contributions to the firm and help us continue to provide exceptional service to our clients.”

Calligraphy class at Carbondale Library

The Carbondale Branch Library will have another calligraphy class and demonstration at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4. They will be making a simple framed sign for participants to bring home. Registration is required, and space is limited to 15 participants. It’s free and open to all adults. To register or for more information, call the library at 970-986-2889.