Glenwood Springs is planning a series of events that could have locals and visitors wagging their tails during the scorching days of summer.
In other parts of the world, space below decks might be reserved for trolls, but Glenwood Springs Parks And Recreation spokesman Steve Frederick said the city prefers the more entertaining options.
On June 23, the city is set to begin the weekly, free Movies Under the Bridge event, which runs through August. As the city’s director of recreation, Frederick said the event, which is scheduled for Thursdays, is to provide an engaging family activity for people to enjoy while browsing the downtown neighborhood.
The following Friday, June 24, Music Under the Bridge will kick off at Bethel Plaza, under the Grand Avenue Bridge. The free, weekly event, scheduled for Fridays, makes the most of downtown’s unique acoustics and provides the city with an opportunity to showcase local musicians.
Continuing the ball rolling through the fourth week of June, Glenwood Springs hosts the Dis/Ability Film Festival on June 25, Frederick said.
Highlighting the power of inclusive education and presented in partnership with the Departments of Communication Arts/Film and Education at Western Colorado University and the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, this family film festival is free and open to the public.
“It’s a really cool event,” Frederick said. “The films are made by people with disabilities. This will be the first time that Glenwood has been part of the festival, but our aim is to work with the organizers and make it a major stopping point for the film’s tour in the future.
Although free, space is limited, so the city is asking potential attendees to confirm their attendance at http://www.glenwoodrec.com. The film festival starts at 7 p.m., but attendees can purchase dinner and drinks starting at 6 p.m.
Watching others perform art is fine and dandy, but for those who want to get their hands dirty and make art themselves, Frederick said the Glenwood Springs Community Art Center, 601 E. Sixth St ., is now open and hosts a variety of summer activities.
“We have a number of programs across the city to help parents with their summer child care needs,” Frederick said.
During the pandemic, the Glenwood Spring Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, suffered from budget cuts. But in 2022, the center is making a comeback, said public information officer Bryana Starbuck.
“We’re in a much better place,” Starbuck said. “And things at the community center jump.”
This year, the center is focused on reinforcing the idea that “everyone is invited to participate in everything we do,” said Frederick.
To further this goal, one of the center’s premier summer events is the Inclusive Play Day from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
“We just hired a Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator with the goal of creating inclusive programming for everyone,” Frederick explained. “We will be able to resume our normal programming and support adaptations by creating opportunities for every child and adult to participate.”
For the community center’s younger members (and their caregivers), Starbuck said the center’s Summer Little Rec Events program begins June 15 with a dinosaur picnic. Little Rec events are aimed at children ages 1-7 and take place approximately twice a month during the summer. The program includes a Touch-a-Truck event, a small rodeo, a picnic with teddy bears and a tea party.
Go to http://www.glenwoodrec.com to learn more about the program, registration and costs.
Do you have an appetite for something adults can also sink their teeth into? Community Center Food Truck Fridays are scheduled to fill Glenwood Springs evenings with aromas from some of the best mobile restaurants the Valleys have to offer.
Starting June 10, about four to six food trucks will line up at the community center from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. while diners enjoy food and entertainment, Starbuck said.
The Food Truck Friday entertainment program includes:
July 8: The Low End Band, Free Pass Day
July 29: DJ Kaozz, Bounce House Extravaganza
August 12: Feler & Stahl, nature educators with living birds of prey
In addition to the calendar of events, Starbuck said the community center has significantly increased its number of fitness classes, such as yoga, pilates and piyo. Most fitness classes have lower availability, she said.
“We still have the old classes that everyone loves,” Starbuck said. “But we’re always adding new ways for people to get involved at the community center.”