Posts Categorized: Announcements

Land Trust Hosts Beaver Workshop

On November 6, 2014 the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas is sponsoring a program on Living with Beavers, 7 to 8:30 pm, Community Room of the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association, 29780 Highway 24, Buena Vista, Colorado. The program will be presented by Bill Goosmann a riparian ecologist who has managed statewide wetlands programs for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Bill will discuss techniques that can be used by both private landowners and public [...]

Banana Belt Loop Race!

Salida BikeFest is this week Thursday through Sunday, and as part of BikeFest the classic Banana Belt Loop Race will be happening on Saturday the 13th! The race will start at 11 AM from the F-Street Bridge. The course is a Salida classic bike ride, from town to Piñon/Juniper forest, then on up into the aspen on the Rainbow Trail at Bear Creek. The race first was run in 1989 or 1990 (according to the best information I have, please enlighten [...]

Free Healthy Lunches for Youth All Summer Long

The Salida Summer Food Service Program, a partnership between Salida Boys & Girls Club, Amicas, Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado and LiveWell Chaffee County is going into its third year of programming to provide healthy, free lunches for youth 18 and under all summer long. The program will run from June 2nd through August 8th and is available Monday-Friday except for July 3- 4th. Any youth in the county 18 and under can enjoy a free meal at the Salida Boys & Girls Club from noon – 1:00 pm all summer long.

Dine Out to Support Summer Food and Mountain Lion Backpack Program for Students May 1-4th

Amicas and The Boathouse are donating a portion of their sales to the Healthy Meals 4 Kids (HM4K) Program during this “dine out” event May 1st-4th. In addition, Café Dawn is donating proceeds of their sales on Friday, May 2nd and Moonlight Pizza’s Moonlight Monday on Monday, May 5th will benefit HM4K, a program that helps ensure that all children in Chaffee County have access to healthy meals when school is not in session.

Explore the Golden Towers

The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is sponsoring a geology hike on Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Bob Hickey will lead the group on a journey to explore multiple geological formations in a section of the Arkansas Hills and along Dead Horse Gulch.

Salida Blood Drive

Salida Community Blood Drive

Tuesday, March 18 from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Masonic Lodge – 140 W.Third St., Salida

To schedule an appointment, call 800-365-0006, Ext. 2, or sign up at, enter site code

Beyond Aldo Leopold – public lands in the western U.S.

Join the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for this follow-up to Wendell Winger’s presentation last March. At the beginning of the 20th century Theodore Roosevelt established 234 million acres of public lands in the U.S. These lands include wildlife refuges and national forests that American’s know and enjoy. The way the public uses these lands, determined to a great extent by how we perceive them, influences the way people live in the western U.S. today. Perception of public lands, [...]

Salida Schools Earns State Distinction Thanks to Healthy School Food Collaboration

In December, the State Board of Education named Salida Schools as a District of Distinction. Typically this recognition is awarded to less than 10% of districts in the state, and is based on academic achievements, graduation rates, test scores, and attendance.

Salida School District Superintendent Darryl Webb believes that a complete culinary overhaul of school meals has played an essential role in gaining the District of Distinction accreditation.

Integrate Open House | 2.1.14

INTEGRATE is celebrating its 1 year anniversary in conjuction with Salida Rec Department Fitness Challenge with an OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Feb 1st from 9am-5pm. Free classes and seminars throughout the day to the

Discovering Natural Dyes

GARNA, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, is offering a class on natural dyes. Participants will learn to make and use a variety of plant, insect and vegetable dyes. Instructor Sara Ward will have on hand silk and wool fiber samples for practicing technique and there will be finished products for viewing and purchase. Sara studied natural dyes, weaving and dye gardens at the College of the Atlantic in Maine. The class will take place on Saturday, February [...]