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Poet inspires Carbondale students

On Monday, Richard Blanco visited the Carbondale Community School and spoke to the students about poetry, the power of the written word and how we all have stories that we carry inside us. He is a remarkable individual, and he was so warm and engaging with our students.

He read several of his poems, including “Crayons for Elena,” “Looking for the Gulf Motel” and an excerpt from his inaugural poem, “One Today.” His visit was a remarkable opportunity for our students to hear and engage with a writer of extraordinary talent.

I want to thank the Aspen Writers’ Foundation (program manager Jamie Kravitz, and creative director Adrienne Brodeur) and Julie Comins Pickrell for arranging this visit to the Carbondale Community School.

Tom Penzel

Principal, Carbondale Community School

Aspen Valley Hospital supports Meatless Monday

I would like to thank Aspen Valley Hospital for hosting the Aspen Meatless Monday Community Dinner on Monday. Forty members of the community attended and enjoyed a delicious meat-free menu created and prepared by registered dietician Sandy Holmes. Along with dinner, we watched a series of TED talks called “What’s Wrong With the Way We Eat?” I also would like to thank Shelly for her help with the audio/visual equipment. I think I speak for all of the attendees when saying how much we appreciate that Aspen Valley Hospital supports and promotes wellness and good health in our community. Thank you so much!

Meatless Monday is a nonprofit public-health initiative in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Launched in 2003, the goal of Meatless Monday is to cut saturated fat intake, which in turn reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Going meatless one day a week also decreases our carbon footprint and saves precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.

Aspen Meatless Mondays have been in existence for almost three years. We get together regularly to share ideas for meat-free meals, listen to speakers, view documentaries and to participate in cooking classes and demonstrations.

Once again, thank you, Aspen Valley Hospital, for your support.

Dawn Shepard

Aspen Meatless Monday

Celebrating Aspen Chapel

I am writing to express my excitement and support for the forward-reaching analysis, planning and redefining efforts the Aspen Chapel has been working on over the past several years. This hard work is coming to fruition! The Aspen Chapel has launched its “Taking Flight” campaign to raise $3.5 million to ensure leadership, building renovations and programming enhancements for the local and global Aspen community and spiritual explorers.

This campaign celebrates the work that the Rev. Gregg Anderson started, and it launches the chapel as a center of community and spiritual exploration to meet the needs of generations to come.

The community knows the Aspen Chapel. It is nestled on the hill at the roundabout and is known for being a vibrant community center dedicated to spiritual inquiry, religious tolerance, learning, art, music and a gathering place of life events.

Thank you to all who are involved! I hope that everyone will join us in supporting the Aspen Chapel now and in the future.

Carolyn and Bob Glah


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