OURAY – Saturday, May 24, marks the start of the Ouray Public Library’s summer hours, which are Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ouray Public Library kicks off its Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. Readers who submit the title of the books they read each week will be entered into a drawing for prizes awarded throughout the summer. Youth who enter the Reading Challenge between Monday, June 2 and Friday, June 20 also will be eligible for tickets to Magic with Eli’s workshop and performance scheduled for Monday, June 23 at the Wright Opera House.
The library will also offer its popular Summer Reading Program: Fizz, Boom, Read!, a five-week program for rising first- through fifth-grade students are encouraged to participate in this five-week program beginning Wednesday, July 9. The program runs every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. through August 6. Students will read and discuss their books, conduct science experiments and complete technology-, engineering- and math-related activities. All youth participants who meet their reading goals will be entered into drawings for a variety of prizes donated by generous Ouray businesses.
The library’s annual book sale takes place Friday, July 11, 4:30-7 p.m., and on Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Ouray Community Center, featuring paperback and hardback fiction by popular authors as well as westerns, mysteries and literary classics. Nonfiction offerings include biographies, cookbooks, home and garden books, adventure memoir and travel guides, and more (donations suggested); DVD movies will be on sale, starting at $3. To access the online catalog, visit http://ouray.colibraries.org (and search the Ouray Library District’s catalog) or see http://ouray.aspencat.info. You can contact the library by calling 970/325-4616 or via e-mail at OurayPL@gmail.com.
Web Technologies and Customer Relationship Management Workshop
TELLURIDE – The Telluride Foundation invites nonprofit board members and staff to its Web Technologies and Customer Relationship Management Workshop on Thursay, May 29, 1-4 p.m., at Wilkinson Library’s Program Room. The workshop is free and open to the public.
Participants will learn about website platforms and frameworks – how and why to implement, what to keep in-house versus contracting out, and how to evaluate technologies for your nonprofit or business. Participants will learn about Customer Relationship Management (CRM), which allows a company to manage interactions with future and current customers, including CiviCRM, a web-based, open source CRM software that helps nonprofits and businesses sustain relationships with supporters over time. While civiCRM will be the focus, the review will apply to most systems and will touch on what to look for in a system, web-based versus not, costs to consider, good tools to use, and a basic overview of civiCRM.
The workshop also provides insight into Google analytics, a service offered by Google that provides statistics about website traffic—how many people have visited the site—as well as traffic sources and other information to help marketers determine the effectiveness of a website. It will also cover Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the process of generating traffic from listings on search engines.
The workshop will be taught by Josh Gowans, a founding partner with 3Plums, LLC, a South Carolina-based software development and technology project management firm with a focus on marketing and communications; Gowans is currently the executive director of the Wright Opera House in Ouray. Gowans emphasizes that “Technical knowledge is not critical to attend this workshop. This will be a ‘how-to’ session with some review of ‘why’ to adopt these technologies.”
The Foundation is hosting numerous workshops for nonprofits in 2014; the next upcoming workshop is “Understanding Financial Statements,” July 17 from 10:30am to 12:30 p.m. at the Telluride Library. Please contact April Montgomery at the Telluride Foundation at 970-728-8717 or email@example.com to RSVP for upcoming workshops or for more information.
The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation visit www.telluridefoundation.org.
For Women-Only Outdoor Skills Event
MONTROSE – Women interested in learning outdoor skills are invited to attend a Cast and Blast weekend workshop, Friday, June 27-Sunday, June 29, sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The event is limited to 15 people and the application deadline is June 9.
Participants will learn the basics of fly fishing, shotgun shooting, archery and wildlife watching, and get tips on camping. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will supply all sporting equipment – shotguns, ammunition, bows and arrows, and fly rods and tackle. Those who have a 20-gauge shotgun, fishing or archery gear can bring their own.
“This program is designed for women and provides a very supportive atmosphere for those who want to learn about fishing, hunting and wildlife,” said Kelly Crane, district wildlife manager in Ouray. “We especially invite women who have little or no experience to join us.”
Participants must have a current Colorado fishing license.
The event will be held at the Jim Olterman/Lone Cone State Wildlife Area, located about 25 miles south of Norwood. Participants should bring their own camping gear; they can camp in their own tent or sleep in a cabin. All food will be provided. Those with dietary restrictions, however, should bring their own supplies.
Those interested in the workshop must apply. For an application, contact Dawn Bresett at 970-252-6000, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by June 9. Participants will be notified by June 13.
23rd Annual Telluride Science Research Center Town Talks
The Telluride Science Research Center Town Talks, featuring engaging, down-to-earth, annual series of summer lectures (with discussion) from visiting national and international molecular science researchers, and discussions, start up Tuesday, July 1, and continue through Tuesday, Aug. 19, 6-7:15 p.m.
The talks take place at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village.
The Town Talks are a public component of TSRC’s mission to convene the world’s most influential academic and private sector molecular scientists to set powerful new directions in research, build international collaborations, and find solutions to science and engineering challenges.
TSRC, founded in 1984 as an incubator for molecular science research, is the only independent molecular science center in the world. TSRC lives at the creative crossroads of chemistry, energy, biomedicine, material science, nanotechnology, and more; visit www.telluridescience.org for more information.
A Meet the Scientists gathering takes place before each lecture, 5:15-6 p.m., with a cash bar.
The lectures are free and open to the public; donations are accepted.
2014 TSRC Town Talks Schedule
Tuesday, July 1
“Lively Tour of the Periodic Table”
Professor of Chemistry, Boston University; Former TSRC President
Tuesday, July 8
“Lead us not into Hemptation: The Genetics of American Cannabis”
Professor of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, July 15
“The Next 20 Years: Green Chemistry by Design”
George M. Bevier Professor of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh.
Co-Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Tuesday, July 22
“Type II Diabetes: An Emerging Epidemic”
Joan Emma Shea
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara. TSRC Board Member.
Tuesday, July 29
“Charting a Path to a Less Warm Future”
Paul B. Shepson
Professor of Analytical and Atmospheric Chemistry, Purdue University
Tuesday, August 5
“Swim like a Mermaid, Spew like a Pump, Chew like a Disposal: Proteins in Action”
Patricia L. Clark
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Concurrent Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame O’Hara
Tuesday, August 12
“Modern Mimics of Natural Nano-Structures: Taking a Page from Wood, Beetles, Butterflies, and Birds”
Professor of Chemistry and CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year, Fort Lewis College. TSRC Science Advisory Board Chair.
Tuesday, August 19
“Replaying the Tape of Life”
Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, New Zealand Institute for Advanced Studies and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Please visit www.telluridescience.org for updates to the schedule.
Sixth Annual Ouray Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival Seeks Applications
Ouray’s Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival is seeking applications for beneficiaries its sixth annual event. To be a beneficiary you must be a registered Ouray County nonprofit, and willing to help with marketing, putting up posters, spreading the word, setup and cleanup.
The festival takes place on the second Saturday in December, at the Ouray Community Center. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland; the event will feature a nine-piece brass swing band, Swing City Express. For information, visit http://coloradowinefest.org/ or email Faith Parry, at email@example.com