Happenings at a Glance:

April 2-30, 2018  Ark-Valley Humane Society Art Fundraiser
April 2-8, 2018  Ski Cooper $25 Ticket Deal
April 3-30, 2018  GARNA Bloomin’ Fundraiser
April 4, 2018  Book a Librarian
April 4, 2018  Creative Dance
April 4, 2018  HRRMC Lunch & Learn
April 4, 2018  Puppy Classes
April 5, 2018  Tunes & Tots
April 5, 2018  FREE Income Tax Return Prep
April 5, 2018  Great Decisions
April 5, 2018  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes
April 5, 2018  BV Supper Club
April 5, 2018  Open Fellowship/Worship
April 6, 2018  Story Time
April 6, 2018  Story Time
April 6, 2018  Rock Crawlers
April 6, 2018  Artist Reception
April 6, 2018  Vino Salida Free Concert Series
April 6, 2018  Adult Martial Arts
April 6, 2018  American Legion Bingo
April 7-8, 2018  Beach Party
April 7, 2018  Community Dog Walk
April 7, 2018  Meditation
April 7, 2018  Puppy Classes
April 7-8, 2018  First Aid & CPR
April 7, 2018  Ski Cooper Live Music
April 7, 2018  Ark-Valley Humane Society Art Fundraiser
April 7, 2018  Vino Salida Free Concert Series
April 7, 2018  A Little Help Fundraising Night
April 7, 2018  Bow Wow Film Festival
April 8, 2018  11th Annual Parking Lot Cook-Off & Tailgate Party
April 8, 2018  Canine Massage
April 8, 2018  Gunbarrel Challenge
April 8, 2018  Ski Cooper Closing Day
April 8, 2018  Ski with a Ranger
April 8, 2018  Open Gym Volleyball
April 9, 2018  Monday Morning Art
April 9, 2018  Chess Club
April 9, 2018  Monday Movement–Qigong
April 9, 2018  Adult Martial Arts
April 10, 2018  Mini Monets
April 10, 2018  Book a Librarian
April 10, 2018  FREE Income Tax Return Prep
April 10, 2018  Reading to Rover
April 10, 2018  Young @ Art
April 10, 2018  Celtic & Old Time Music Jam
April 11, 2018  Men’s Coffee & Conversation
April 11, 2018  Creative Dance
April 11, 2018  Book a Librarian
April 11, 2018  Creative Dance
April 11, 2018  Young at Heart Monthly Luncheon
April 11, 2018  Puppy Classes
April 11, 2018  CLIMB on Early Release Days
April 11, 2018  Soak on Early Release Days
April 11, 2018  GARNA’s Wildness Series–Wolf Conservation in Colorado

Want to showcase your business? 
Have unique and fun arts and crafts to sell? 
We are accepting applications for vendors for all our spring and summer events for 2018! 
Interested in sponsoring an event?  Call the Chamber at 719-395-6612 for details on how to be involved!

Spring Business Expo
–Saturday, May 12th at the BVHS Gymnasium
CLICK HERE for the Vendor Application!

July 4th Art in the Park–Wednesday, July 4th at McPhelemy Park
CLICK HERE for the Vendor Application!

Gold Rush Days–Saturday & Sunday, August 11-12th at McPhelemy Park
CLICK HERE for the Vendor Application!


Salida SteamPlant Hosts Bow Wow Film Festival, Proceeds Benefit Ark-Valley Humane Society

Ark-Valley Humane Society is teaming up with the Salida SteamPlant to host the Bow Wow Film Festival-short films for the love of dogs on Saturday, April 7th starting at 7:00PM.

The Bow Wow Film Festival is a joyful, traveling, dog centric collection of short films that celebrates the human canine bond. The festival features the year’s best pooch themed shorts all wrapped up in one beautiful, 90 minute, fun-loving package. The mission of Bow Wow Film Festival is to celebrate, educate and inspire all things doggie, through the art of short film.

“This will be a really fun evening for animals lovers and film lovers alike,” AVHS Marketing & Development Director Caitlin Reese said. “We’re also so excited to partner with Salida SteamPlant as they host this film festival in their beautiful theater,” Reese said.

Tickets for the film festival will be $10 and can be purchased online HERE! or locally at the SteamPlant, Salida Chamber of Commerce, and Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista. Popcorn will be available and attendees will be entered to win some fun raffle prizes.

About Ark-Valley Humane Society

Founded in 1995, Ark-Valley Humane Society advocates for the welfare of all animals through compassion and care. With a Live Release Rate of 99%, Ark-Valley Humane Society is dedicated to providing each animal with the care they deserve and the hope for a second chance. Over 145 companion animals were spayed or neutered in 2017 through our Chaffee County Community Assistance Spay and Neuter programs. Our vision for the future is to enhance the lives of all companion animals through humane education and partnerships, to create a safer and happier world for all companion animals, and to enhance the human-animal bond through education and responsible pet ownership.

About Salida SteamPlant

The historic SteamPlant Event Center offers a riverside, multi-use facility to accommodate corporate functions, community gatherings and private events of any kind. The versatility of the SteamPlant makes it perfect for events ranging from conventions or conferences to concerts, art shows, movie screenings, galas, weddings, family reunions and community gatherings. The ballroom has all of the ingredients to accommodate your needs – including a dance floor, mezzanine, kitchen and dressing rooms.

Kick-start your spring with these awesome programs from Peak Fitness!  There’s something for everyone!

Classes with an * are included in a Peak Fitness Membership or $8 to drop-in if not a member.
Classes with ** require a Tier 2 Membership or $15 to drop-in if not a member.

*Beginning Yoga
Tuesday 2-3pm
The class is designed to enhance vitality and a sense of well-being. This yoga workout will help participants gain improved flexibility, balance, strength and posture. We will incorporate basic yoga poses with stretching.

*Intermediate Yoga
Monday 9:30-10:30am
Thursday 5-6pm
This yoga workout will help participants gain improved flexibility, balance, strength and posture while incorporating basic and intermediate yoga poses with stretching.

*Lunch Crunch Yoga
Friday 12:30-1pm
This class provides an intermediate 30- minute yoga workout that will help participants gain improved flexibility, balance, strength and posture. 

*Intensity Training For Women
Mon & WED 5-6pm
Friday 4-5pm
This class is a great way to learn different weight training exercises, and the exercise intensity needed to maximize workout potential. Each session will include a warm-up followed by a strength training circuit with the goal of keeping your heart rate elevated with little rest.

*Tactical Performance Training
Tues & Thurs 6-7pm
Wed & FRI 8:15-9:15am
The tactical program is designed for first responders or anyone with an active lifestyle. The class will prepare participants for the unique demands these groups encounter on the job or in the real world.

*Lunch Crunch
Tues, WeD & Thur 12:30-1pm
This class provides a 30-minute moderate to high impact strength training session designed for the on-the-go individual with a get-in and get-out attitude.

Tuesday 6-7pm
This class integrates combinations of punches, kicks, & heavy-bag work. Additional muscle and motion exercises are incorporated to strengthen and condition. You will have fun, reduce stress, & get an awesome workout.

Mon & Wed 6-7pm
Monday 2-3pm
Friday 5-6pm
The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms with easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The goal is simple: We want you to want to work out and to love working out!

**The Grind
Mon, Tues, Thurs & FRI 5:45-6:45am
This class focuses on high intensity workouts. No workout is the same and blends weightlifting, body weight, and cardio movements to improve total fitness. This class is open to all abilities and skill levels.

**Barbell Performance Training
TUES & Thurs 5-6pm
This class focuses on skill development specific to Powerlifting and Olympic lifting exercises. No experience necessary.

**Climbing Orientation
Mon & Fri 2-3pm
This class is for beginning climbers wanting to learn belay and climbing safety along with basic climbing techniques.


GARNA Bloomin’ Fundraiser now through April 30

GARNA is partnering with Salida Greenhouse to sell annual flower bowls, hanging tomato plants and vegetable and herb starters to help welcome spring and celebrate Mother’s Day.  With every purchase of these colorful arrangements, Salida Greenhouse is graciously donating a generous portion of the proceeds to GARNA to support youth and community programs and projects.  Three options are available: 14 inch annual flower bowls with colorful varieties, 12 inch hanging baskets of Tumbling Tom tomatoes and individual vegetable and herb starter plants.  Additional information and ordering instructions can be found at http://garna.org/calendar/bloomin-2018/.  Ordering is taking place now through April 30 and plants will be ready to be picked-up at Salida Greenhouse May 10 through May 28.  For questions, please contact GARNA at 539-5106.

Salida Community Garden – a few plots are available

Spring is here and it is time for community members who want to grow their own healthy, organic food to start thinking about gardening. A limited number of plots are available for the 2018 growing season at the Salida Community Garden, located at West Second and I Streets. Each plot measures 10 by 20 feet and the rental fee is $50 per plot. The Community Garden supplies tools, hoses and water. Gardeners provide watering devices and do their own soil preparation. Plot holders are asked to attend an orientation session on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. and are also expected to volunteer for at least one three-hour community garden work day. The Salida Community Garden is a project of the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association. To inquire about a plot, please contact GARNA at info@garna.org or 539-5106. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. More information.

GARNA’s Wildness Series – Wolf Conservation in Colorado: A Discussion on the Past, Present and Future
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Buena Vista Community Center

What are options for re-establishing grey wolf species in Colorado? On Wednesday, April 11, join GARNA to learn more about grey wolf behavior, ecology, re-establishment options and the past, present and future of wolf conservation in Colorado. The presentation will be led by Ryan Wilbur of Defenders of Wildlife. Following the presentation, there will be a special screening of Canis Lupus: Colorado. This documentary delves into the perspectives of a photojournalist, hunter and a rancher from Colorado on the complex relationships between people and wolves. Defenders of Wildlife works on the ground, in the courts and on Capitol Hill to protect and restore imperiled wildlife across North America and around the world. Ryan Wilbur, Defenders of Wildlife Rockies and Plains Representative, studies human wildlife coexistence and works to restore wolves in Colorado through collaborative efforts. Ryan’s work involves numerous outreach projects aimed at increasing community awareness about gray wolf behavior, ecology, and options for reestablishing the species in Colorado. He is also working with ranchers to discuss viable non-lethal programs to reduce potential livestock-wolf conflicts. Registration and more information.

Earth Day 2018
Saturday, April 21,
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Riverside Park, Salida, CO

Join 350 Central Colorado, GARNA, Salida Recreation, Southwest Conservation Corp, Colorado Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Elevate Her, Smokey Bear and many other community groups for a family-friendly Earth Day 2018.
10:00 AM – Parade of Species from Alpine Park to Riverside Park
10 AM – 2 PM – join in for various Earth Day activities in Riverside Park
The event is free and open to the public.

Reservoirs and Snowpack – Managing Water in the Upper Arkansas Basin
Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
UAWCD Offices and O’Haver Reservoir

Got snow? It’s been quite the winter when it comes to snow and precipitation. What is the outlook in the Upper Arkansas River Basin for 2018 and what are water managers doing to prepare? Join GARNA and the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District (UAWCD) for an overview of water administration and management in the Upper Arkansas Basin and learn about the importance of storage reservoirs in the upper watersheds such as O’Haver Lake and other types of storage potential in our community – alluvial storage. We’ll also discuss how we plan for drought years and the other exciting work being done by the UAWCD and other agency partners with regards to water protection and supply in the Upper Arkansas River Basin. This program will have 2 parts. The first part will be held at the offices of the UAWCD office in Salida. Following an introduction and presentation at the office, participants will carpool to O’Haver Reservoir for a field visit and picnic lunch. Presenters are Jord Gertson, hydrologist for the UAWCD and Chelsey Nutter, UAWCD Projects Manager. Registration and more information.

Nature Series — Astronomy Program: Craters of the Moon
Friday, April 27, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Join GARNA and Central Colorado Humanists for Scott Adams’ final astronomy program in Chaffee County. He will present an introduction to astronomy from the back yard astronomer’s point of view. Highlights of the talk include a review of various types of telescopes including GARNA’s new Orion 10 EQ-G 10” Reflector Scope. According to Scott “This scope’s huge 10″ optics and precise, heavy-duty computerized GoTo mount will show you what big-telescope performance is all about”. The program will also include types of deep space objects “out there”, and provide comparisons of what viewers actually see through amateur telescopes versus professional telescopes. Scott pursued a 31-year career as a petroleum geophysicist, geologist, exploration program manager and reservoir manager with Chevron Corporation, with numerous domestic and international assignments. He has given several talks on earth, life sciences and photography for GARNA, the Salida Sunday Science forum, Columbine Gem and Mineral Club, and the Geologists of Jackson Hole. Scott and his wife are moving out of state therefore this will be his last GARNA presentation. From 7:00 to 7:45 pm, Scott will present on backyard astronomy. Moon gazing with the Orion Atlas EQ-G 10 will follow. Both the presentation and stargazing will take place at Scott’s home located just outside of Salida. Registration and more information.

Engaging in Aging Senior Fair Event Needs Community Support

Chaffee County will be celebrating and exploring various opportunities for active seniors on Saturday, May 19th, and community support is needed to ensure that this day-long senior fair, Engaging in Aging, is a success. Two local non-profits that serve seniors, A Little Help, dedicated to connecting neighbors to help seniors thrive, and Sage Generation, whose mission is to provide resources so that seniors can thrive in the living situation of their choice, are teaming up to bring this special event to our county. In partnership with Chaffee County Public Health, Chaffee County Department of Human Services, Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, and Columbine Manor Care Center, the event planning committee hopes that community agencies, businesses, and members will consider sponsoring and contributing to Engaging in Aging.  So far, sponsors include Buena Vista Drug, Jenna Mazzuca, Salida Sunrise Rotary, Salida Soup/Sellars Project Space, Anderson & Hughes, PC, Chaffee County Public Health, Tenderfoot Health Collective, Columbine Manor Care Center, First Colorado Land Office, Pinon Real Estate Group, The Book Haven, Lund Eye Care Associates, and Premier Health Care.  Sponsorship levels range from $250 as a Bronze Sponsor to $1,000 as a Gold Sponsor.  Special recognition will be given at each level.  Another way to support the event is to have an informational table or provide a workshop.  Table sponsors include Greater Arkansas Recreation and Nature Association (GARNA), Salida Aquatic Center, and Therapy Dogs of Chaffee County, and workshops already lined up include “What is Diabetes?”, “Conscious Aging- tools to age creatively and have fun with it”, and “Dealing with Aging Skin and Cancer Prevention.”  “It is not too late to get involved.  There are plenty of ways to be part of the fun on May 19th.  After all, we are all aging.  Let’s celebrate and enjoy it!  We encourage anyone and everyone who cares about the aging population in Chaffee County to join us!”, shares Dee Dubin, community volunteer for A Little Help.   Funds raised from this event will help support local non-profits that serve seniors as well as future senior fairs.

To find out how you can support Engaging in Aging, contact Dee at 719-966-7366 or dee@alittlehelp.org

Engaging in Aging will be held from 9am to 4pm at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 19th.  An updated schedule of activities will be found at www.alittlehelp.org and other outlets once details are finalized.  Food trucks will also be part of the fair experience.  “On behalf of the planning team, I hope that all seniors and their loved ones save the date and join us on May 19th.  This unique event to celebrate aging is completely free to the public and will bring education, awareness, resources, and other health and wellness-related activities to seniors in our community.  Planning for the event has been a true collaborative effort.  Our local agencies are invested in our seniors, and this event is just one example of how dedicated they are,” adds Chaffee County Public Health Director, Andrea Carlstrom.

For more information, contact: Andrea Carlstrom, Director, Chaffee County Public Health

Dear Friends of BVMA,

It’s been an unusual winter with the lack of snow and warm temperatures. Despite the weather we have had a very fun and successful winter here at BVMA. Thanks to all of you who came out for our courses and guided trips over the past 4 months!

As Spring approaches, we are excited about new opportunities and wanted to let you know about our upcoming courses. Below is a list of some of the highlights. Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have thoughts or questions.

April 7th – First Aid and CPR: This is a 5 hour course covering the basics of 1st Aid, CPR and AED use. Cost is $120 and no prior experience is necessary. See our website for more info or to sign up.

April 21st – Mountain Navigation 101: This course is focused on map and compass skills and has both a classroom and outdoor practical application portion. Navigation is an essential skill set for anyone who spends time in the outdoors. Cost is $75 for this full day course. No prior experience is necessary. Info and registration will be on the website soon. Email us at reservations@bvmountainadventures.com to sign up.

April 22nd – Mountain Navigation 201: This course will build on the fundamentals and focus on using online mapping tools, GPS, and cell phone apps to plan trips and navigate in the backcountry. This is a more advanced course in navigation for all backcountry users. Mountain Navigation 101 or equivalent experience required. Cost is $85 per person. Info will be on the website soon. Email us to sign up.

April 28th-29th: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification: This 2 day course, Sponsored by SOLO Wilderness Medicine enables current WFR’s to recertify their credentials. Holders of WFR certs from SOLO, WMA, NOLS/WMI, and Desert Mountain Medicine can recertify using this course. Cost is $295 per person. Call or email to sign up, spaces will fill fast.

May 5th-6th: Ski Mountaineering Clinic: This 2 day clinic will focus on the skills needed to climb and ski big Spring objectives. All skills will be taught by a certified AMGA Rock and Ski Guide. Cost is $395 per person and includes the use of crampons and ice axe. Register online or call us for more information.

We look forward to seeing you in the mountains this Spring!

Chris Nicewarner, Owner

Get your limited-time-only local discount cards to support the BVHS choir!

Buy the 2018 BVHS Soundscapes Discount Card HERE!

The 2018 BVHS Soundscapes Discount Card features eight amazing offers and discounts from many of BV’s favorite businesses.  For $20 this card can be yours, and valid for the rest of 2018.  That’s an amazing deal to support our amazing BVHS choir program.  Every discount card purchased will help us travel to New York City to perform Morten Lauridson’s Lux Aeterna at the world famous Carnegie Hall.  
And so do YOU!

Foodshed Alliance Now Accepting Vendor Applications

Farmers Markets Open June 2nd & 3rd, 2018

Buena Vista, & Salida Colorado February 9, 2018 — Foodshed Alliance is now accepting vendor applications, and booking performing artist for the Market Stage.

Chaffee County Farmers Markets will operate in Buena Vista on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in South Main Town Square and in Salida, on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Alpine Park. Mark your calendars; the season starts: June 2nd & 3rd, 2018.

To learn more about becoming a Market Vendor visit: https://FoodshedAlliance.com/become-a-vendor.

To apply to perform on the Market stage visit: https://FoodshedAlliance.com/stage

Direct any questions to Info@FoodshedAlliance.com or call 719.398.0301

Foodshed Alliance is a grassroots cooperative located in central Colorado. Our Vision to connect, develop and promote healthy communities by strengthening relationships between local producers and consumers. We aim to educate and expand our authentic, local, agriculture and cottage industry and empower our community to support a thriving, sustainable food system that contributes to the success of a buy-local economy.

Recent Colorado Death Sheds Light on
National Work Zone Awareness Week

STATEWIDE – This year, National Work Zone Awareness Week is even more meaningful to the employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) because of the loss of one of their own. CDOT Maintenance Operator Nolan Olson died earlier this year after he sustained injuries from being struck by a vehicle while working on a US highway. Olson’s death sheds light on the importance of slowing down and giving undivided attention while driving through work zones.   

The crash incident occurred on February 2, when Olson, a member of the Pagosa Springs maintenance patrol, was filling potholes on US Highway 160 in southwest Colorado. Olson was severely injured and transported to a Denver area hospital where he received treatment for more than a week. Olson succumbed to his injuries and died on February 11.


Each year in the spring, National Work Zone Awareness Week is held to bring attention to safety in work zones. This year the week will be celebrated April 9 -13. CDOT joins DOTs across the country supporting the awareness message and hosting events to honor those lost.    

“This year’s national theme is, Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility,” said Kyle Lester, CDOT Director of Maintenance. “It truly is everyone’s responsibility! Our workers are trained to watch out for oncoming traffic. In turn, we ask the traveling public to be ever diligent when coming up on work zones. Give the road your full attention: don’t be on your cell phones; look out for other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians; and please, watch for our flaggers and workers.”

The 2018 National Work Zone Safety Poster <attached> depicts several images of the various hazards and obstacles encountered on our roads and in work zones, including: caution signs, cones, barrels, workers, cell phones, bicyclists, and other vehicles. The poster sends a reminder to always keep eyes on the road and to remain alert.


In 2017, there were 15 work zone fatalities in Colorado. <graph attached> This was more than double the deaths which occurred over the past several years. These fatalities included workers from the private sector who work in road construction zones. (No CDOT employees were killed in 2017.)

Nationally, more than 750 people were killed in work zones in 2016 (two years ago). This includes total fatalities of all drivers, pedestrians, cyclists as well as construction workers.


CDOT hosts a Remembrance Day in each region to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty. CDOT has lost a total of 60 lives in work zone areas since 1929, with the most recent fatality happening earlier this year, when Nolan Olson was killed.


In honor of National Work Zone Safety Week, CDOT asks the public to go orange. Join state employees by wearing orange on Wednesday, April 11, Go Orange Day. All roadway safety professionals across the country are encouraged to wear orange on this day to support work zone safety while also honoring the families of those who lost their lives in work zones.

Additionally, members of the public who frequent social media will also note that CDOT is promoting a “profile frame.” This is a visual tool offered to followers to help heighten awareness and show support for particular causes, like work zone safety. Visit CDOT’s Facebook page to learn more and to view videos and safety tips throughout Work Zone Awareness Week: https://www.facebook.com/coloradodot/.


CDOT urges drivers to always drive with care, especially when traveling through work areas. Use these safe-driving tips when traveling through cone zones. The public is also reminded that in Colorado, fines are doubled for infractions in a work zone.

  • Be patient and stay calm: Work zones aren’t there to personally inconvenience you. Remember – the work zone crew members are working to fix and improve the road and make your future drive better.
  • Expect the unexpected: Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.
  • Don’t tailgate: Keep a safe distance between your car and the car ahead of you. The most common crash in a highway work zone is a rear-end collision, so leave two car lengths between you and the car in front of you.

These are just a few of the many suggestions recommended for motorists. For more tips, visit: https://www.codot.gov/programs/cone-zone/safe-driving-tips.html

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