It’s still off-season, so we had to dig a little deeper to unearth events and activities that don’t usually get as much attention. Fortunately, there’s always something going on, and hiding in plain sight were these unique DIY events that allow you to get more directly involved in your recreational and cultural pursuits.
Flashmob dance in Bonedale
Exercise is always more fun when it’s combined with dance, and Bonedale Ballet offers everyone the opportunity to learn and dance with an opportunity to perform in the streets. Inspired by Thrill the World Carbondale, in which a local flashmob performed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in sync with dancers around the world last October, Bonedale Ballet decided to continue the fun with a weekly flashmob dance class open to kids, teens, and adults. On Fridays from 5-6 p.m., students learn basic jazz dance or hip-hop choreography to a trendy or classic song, then perform publicly a few times a year at community events like First Fridays, parties, and fundraisers. Payment per session or punch passes are available; visit Bonedale Ballet’s site at corepilatesballetyoga.com/ballet for more information.
Scratch that writing itch
It’s only fitting that the town that nurtured as rich a literary organization as Aspen Words also has a longtime tradition of providing a supportive environment for aspiring writers. On Tuesdays from 7–8 p.m., the Aspen Weekly Writers’ Group meets at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in the West End Conference Room. This is a group editing environment, where participants present their own work to other writers and should be prepared to give feedback on other participants’ work. Just bring five copies of your manuscript or sample text, double spaced. This is a free event.
Diggin’ it for two-wheeled fun
Calling all mountain bikers! Here’s your chance to learn what it takes to build a new trail, and by helping to build it contribute to the local mountain bike community. The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, in coordination with Aloha Mountain Cyclery and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites anyone and everyone to the second and third of three Thursday evenings dig parties, on May 30 and June 6, from 5-8 p.m., in the Prince Creek trail network. Participants will get down and dirty helping build the new Undie Trail in Prince Creek, which will traverse the top of the Crown and connects other area trails. Meet in the Prince Creek parking lot from 4 p.m. on to sign in, grab tools, and get a shuttle to the site.
Name your entertainment
If you care about Aspen’s cultural and performance options, take an hour to attend a community workshop on Thursday, May 30, from 5-6 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House, to give your input on future arts and culture needs in Aspen. As part of the city of Aspen and Wheeler Opera House’s feasibility study on a possible expansion of the Wheeler, they’re hosting this workshop — the first of several — to take public input on long-term community desires and needs for future additional space.
The goal is to have an expansion plan in place by fall 2019. Attendees are asked to RSVP to
Julie.Gillespie@cityofaspen.com or 970-920-5774. It’s Aspen — there will be snacks.