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YouthEntity to host boot camp in Carbondale

YouthEntity will host the Western Slope ProStart Competition Boot Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the YouthEntity Center in Carbondale.

The event, led by the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation, will include ProStart teachers, competition teams and mentors from the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope. The teams will learn best practices for the upcoming competitions throughout Colorado with the hope of advancing to the National ProStart Invitational, a high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts.

“Every year, I look forward to coaching our restaurant-management competition team,” said Kirsten McDaniel, executive director of YouthEntity. “It’s really rewarding for the students to develop a restaurant concept starting with a blank piece of paper and integrating a variety of elements from marketing, food costing, menu design and human resources into a concept that’s a hero ,not a zero.”

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Spiritual class offered at Aspen Chapel

Nicholas Vesey, spiritual leader at the Aspen Chapel, will teach a developing-consciousness course at the Aspen Chapel from Jan. 21 through March 10. The class is based on his book “Developing Consciousness: A Roadmap to the Journey of Enlightenment.”

The course explores the conventional “enlightenment” experience in a simple way and takes people on an experiential journey through their consciousness using talks, meditation, sharing of personal experiences and spiritual exercises.

In addition to using his own book as a basis for the class, Vesey will discuss other authors and texts such as the Bible, Tao Te Ching, the Dalai Lama, Albert Einstein, Aldous Huxley, Thomas Merton and Anthony de Mello.

Each class lasts 90 minutes.

For more information, contact Vesey at or 970-355-4243.