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The Aspen Center for Integrative Health will present the first Aspen Healthy Gourmet Fest July 29-30.The festival features three events: a lunch and cooking class at a choice of private residences on July 29; an organic wine-tasting at the Little Nell on July 29; and a tasting dinner, along with the presentation of the Platinum Carrot Chef Awards on July 30 at the Little Nell.Among those participating in the Healthy Gourmet Fest are Richard Betts, master sommelier at the Little Nell; and chefs Mark Fischer of Carbondale’s SIX89, Eric Tucker of San Francisco’s Millennium Restaurant, Terry Conlan of the Lake Austin Spa Resort, and Shawn McClain of Chicago’s Green Zebra restaurant. Receiving the Aspen Healthy Gourmet Festival Lifetime Achievement Award will be Jim Fetzer of Ceago Vinegarden, and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. Citizen Awards will be presented to Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm; Sen. Tom Harkin; and Morgan Spurlock, director and star of the documentary “Super Size Me.”For further information, including a complete schedule of events, go to

The third annual Festival las Américas is set for Carbondale’s Sopris Park Sept. 10. The festival, organized by Club Rotario Roaring Fork, is a fund-raiser for educational projects throughout the area.The event will include Native American and Mexican folklorico dancers, salsa music and a mariachi band. There will be foods representing areas from the Chilean coast to the Rocky Mountain region.Club Rotario Roaring Fork is looking for nonprofit organizations, community groups and businesses interested in showcasing their services and products. It is also seeking volunteers for a variety of tasks.For further information on participating in the Festival las Américas, call Julian at 309-5169, or go to, organizers are accepting submissions for the poster design contest. The deadline is Aug. 15. Submissions, approximately 11 inches by 17 inches, should be delivered or sent to Mi Casita Real Estate, 1030 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601.

Bassist Ron Carter will be the guest of honor at the Telluride Jazz Celebration next month. The 29th annual event is set for Aug. 5-7, on the main stage in Telluride Town Park.Carter was the bassist for the Miles Davis Quintet in the mid-’60s, and has toured with Cannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery and Herbie Hancock. He will perform Aug. 5 at the Sheridan Opera House and on the Ron Carter stage Aug. 6.Also performing on the main stage Aug. 5 are Colorado Latin band Conjunto Colores, and the Dave Mason Band, led by former Traffic singer-guitarist Mason. The Benevento/Russo Duo is set for a late-night Jazz on Main show.Joining Carter as main stage acts Aug. 6 are Bobby Watson & Horizon and the John Scofield Trio. The Sheridan Opera House will have shows by vocalist Lizz Wright and the Dave Holland Quintet, while the Telluride Conference Center features Garage a Trois.Wright, the Dave Holland Quintet and Garage a Trois will play main stage sets on Aug. 7.The Jazz Celebration also features music clinics and free performances in Elks Park.For further information, go to or call (970) 728-7009.

Playwright-director Vincent Cardinal will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, July 22. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Cardinal will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his play, “The Colorado Catechism.” His romantic drama, about two people meeting in a Cripple Creek rehab center, is playing in the current Theatre Aspen season. Contributing to the discussion will be Theatre Aspen Artistic Director David McClendon.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.

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