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Inside Aspen
February 2017
What's Happening at City Council This Month

February 6
Council Work Session - Report from Aspen Institute meeting on regulation of formula retail outlets

February 7
Joint Work Session with Board of County Commissioners: Electric Bus Demo

February 13
Regular City Council Meeting

February 14
Council Work Session - Council Discussion; Update on World Cup Finals;
Update on Aspen Housing Partnership Public Outreach

February 20
Presidents' Day Holiday

February 21
Council Work Session - Review of Historical Significance and Redevelopment Options
for five City-owned properties

February 27
Regular City Council Meeting

February 28
Council Work Session - RFTA Integrated Transportation System Plan (ITSP): update of the findings from stage 2, forecasted transit demand, and review of alternatives for study during stage 3. 

Stay current on the City Council schedule here.
Aspen Bicycle and Pedestrian Masterplan Update
For the last few years the City of Aspen Parks and Engineering Departments have been working together to do a thorough update of Aspen’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.  The last update was 1991 and a lot has changed since then.  What hasn’t changed are the plans goals, some of which include creating safe connections for pedestrians and bicyclists in and around Aspen, developing an integrated pathway system and to expand and improve the existing routes to encourage non-motorized travel in the downtown core and beyond for commuting and recreational purposes. The document will lay out the plans, priorities, and projects for the next ten years. Together consultants,
The first phase of the new master planning process began in 2014 and continued into 2015 and involved an inventory of current conditions and public outreach for ideas for phase two.  Together consultants, City staff, and the public came up with more than 100 potential improvement projects to the bike/ped system.  These ideas were categorized and prioritized and whittled down to six top priorities.
These six priorities are now the focus of phase two and include researching and implementing the following.
  1. Identify appropriate locations and then create more bike parking downtown and create  
  2. Create a trail on 4th Street from Main St. to Music Tent
  3. Explore the best ways to improve movement east/west through the downtown core
  4. Add additional bicycle striping
  5. Locate the top 5 sidewalk gaps
  6. Research and install trial bicycle boulevard on Hallam or Francis in the West End that could become permanent
Like phase one, public input is integral to success.  A great upcoming opportunity to learn more about these projects and offer your opinion as at an open house on February 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Sister Cities Room in City Hall.
In the future, look for online opportunities to engage and contribute comments at www.aspencommunityvoice.com.
Meet Rebecca Hodgson
What is your role at the City of Aspen?
I am the Assistant to the City Manager and the City's Purchasing Officer.  I support the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, Mayor, Council, and staff in the City Manager’s office and do whatever needs to be done toensure they are able to focus on high priority issues.  I also manage City-wide purchases of goods, supplies, equipment and services over $10,000.  

What do you want the public to know about what you do?

I am truly here to help you in any way that I can.  I don’t always have the immediate answers.  When I don’t, I will find the answer for you or at a minimum find the person who has the answer.   I’ve enjoyed working for our citizens and guests for the past 16 years and look forward to serving you all in the future.

You sit at the front desk in the City Manager’s office and greet all kinds of visitors.  Have you noticed any trends about who comes into the office?
We have a lot more school children and out-of-town visitors come to meet the Mayor.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I love to hike, go white water rafting, camping, sew quilts, garden and spend time with family and friends.  I have a small business, Mountain Meadow Naturals, and for the past fourteen years, I’ve spent every Saturday throughout the summer at the Aspen Saturday Market selling organic skin care, aromatherapy, herbal remedies, and handmade soaps that I make in my home in Carbondale.  It’s fun meeting locals and visitors and helping with directions, information on local issues, offering suggestions on good places to eat or things to do while in town.   I am a member of the Elks Lodge in Aspen and on the Potato Day Committee that hosts the annual Carbondale Potato Day. 
Clothes and Shoe Recycling at Rio Grande Recycling Center

If you have old clothes and shoes unfit for the thrift store, there is now a solution for recycling these goods. Look for a white and green USAgain collection box at the Rio Grande Recycling Center in Aspen or take them to the Pitkin County Landfill during operating hours.
USAgain is a for-profit company that collects unwanted textiles and resells them in the U.S. and abroad, effectively diverting millions of pounds of clothing from landfills, generating new revenue streams for U.S. businesses and non-profits, and fueling local economies in emerging countries.  
Approximately 1,600 tons of textiles end up in the Pitkin County Landfill annually.  “This equates to 4.3% of our total waste stream,” said Cathy Hall, Pitkin County Landfill Manager. “By diverting this waste we save landfill space, reduce carbon emissions, and find a beneficial second life for these items.”
The USAgain clothing recycling bin at the recycling center is a way to keep those materials out of the landfill and back into the production cycle.  “Aspen is always leading the way in sustainability, so we are confident this will be a successful diversion program”, said Liz Chapman, Waste Reduction Specialist for the City of Aspen.
Please note, rugs and carpeting are not accepted.
For more information, contact Liz Chapman at (970) 429-1831 or visit the Pitkin County Landfill webpage at www.Landfillrules.com.
February Brings Big Shows and Lots of Laughs
to the Wheeler
It’s one of our favorite times of the year over at the Wheeler Opera House. Our 2017 Winter Season is starting back up with some huge concerts and films, and the annual Aspen Laugh Festival is just around the corner!
If you’re into live music and family events, take a look at the week of Valentine’s Day. We’ve partnered with Theatre Aspen to bring Broadway and TV star Matthew Morrison to town on Tuesday, February 14, performing the hits that made him famous in the TV show “Glee” and on the Great White Way. High-octane concerts arrive at the Wheeler on February 17 with tribute band ABBA Mania and February 18 with the aca-perfect experience Vocalositythe all-new live concert event from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) that takes a cappella to a whole new level! Finally, on Sunday, February 19, you have two back-to-back chances to bring the whole family to Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, where dogs, cats and other creatures perform with one of Ringling Brothers’ greatest showstoppers!
 The big kahuna of February, though, is the annual Aspen Laugh Festival! Everything kicks off on Tuesday night with a free Open Mic Night for locals. Wednesday through Saturday, Comedy Central Roast favorite Whitney Cummings leads the lineup of headlining stand ups, with Agent Provocateur of comedy Margaret Cho, “Workaholics” and “Modern Family” star Adam Devine and Saturday Night Live pioneer Kevin Nealon performing for the remainder of the five day festival. All shows are available in a Laugh Pass package for only $165.
Looking forward to March, you won’t want to miss our Monday Night Docs film “BUGS” on March 6 and the very special evening planned with our friends at The Little Nell featuring a BUGS Chef’s Dinner at element47!
For more information on these events and more, visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com.
What's Happening at the ARC?
The Owl Creek Chase & Tour

The Owl Creek Chase is both a cross-country ski race and tour! The race is 21K freestyle Nordic ski race from the Snowmass XC Center to Aspen Nordic Center. The Tour is a shorter version of the race starting at Two Creeks and is free!
The challenging course from Snowmass Village to Aspen presents the very best that Nordic skiing has to offer: tough climbs, scenic views, thrilling descents and excellent snow conditions! Participants can choose between the 9am Classic race or 9:30am Skate race. Prize money is ONLY awarded for the Classic Division of the race to the top 3 overall Men and top 3 Overall Women: $300, $200, $100.  Registration Fee schedule: $55 until 2/9 and $60 until Race

Don't want to race? Do the Free Tour! The Owl Creek Chase TOUR - a scenic point to point Nordic tour starting at Two Creeks at 10am and ending at the Aspen Nordic Center.  This is the only time you will be able to ski the entire Owl Creek Chase route without taking your skis off at the road crossings.

Want to volunteer ? Email us at AspenSpecialEvents@cityofaspen.com to learn more.  You MUST REGISTER to participate in the race or the tour at www.owlcreekchase.com.

Want to Golf This Winter?
Try out the golf simulator at the Aspen Golf Club. Try out over 50 different courses, bring your own clubs or use ours. Beer, wine and food service from Red Mountain Grill.  Call for reservations at 970-275-7346.  
Hours: Th-Fr 4-8pm, Sat 2-8pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Up to 6 people and 2-hour maximum per/visit.  Cost $40/hour.

NEW! Aerial Arts Classes at the Red Brick
We are now offering some exciting new aerial arts classes at the Red Brick Recreation Center!
Lyra Class: Fridays from 2:30-3:30pm STARTING January 27th - Drop In Fee: $30
Aerial hoop (aka lyra) is a circular apparatus suspended from a single point. Build strength, showcase flexibility and learn to flip, turn, roll, pose, and transition between positions. Sessions begin with basic skills and conditioning and gradually progress into fluid choreographed sequences. Learn to love moving in the air and fly in your first class. We suggest wearing long pants and brining a long sleeved shirt to class.

Open Gym: Saturdays from 5-7pm STARTING January 21st - Drop In Fee: $15

During this time Aerial Silk and Lyra are available for personal workouts and training for students working at an intermediate level or above Please note there is no instruction during this time and participants must meet minimum skills requirements in order to attend. Please adhere to safety guidelines, wear appropriate attire and respect others using the facility and apparatus Requirements for Open Gym Class Silks: Standard climb full height up and down, Inverted straddle from climb, Foot-locks from climb Lyra: 3 pull ups, Single knee hang on both legs, Inversion while spinnin
Aerial Class: Sundays from 5-7pm STARTING January 22nd - Drop In fee: $30
Also known as tissu or fabric, aerial silk is a visually impressive skill combining strength, grace and aerial awareness. Learn to climb, wrap and drop with confidence and agility, increase core and upper body strength and overall flexibility. No prior experience necessary! Form fitting clothing and leggings are recommended.

Bob Johnson Hockey Camps Open for Registration
The 2017 Bob Johnson Hockey camps are now open for registration!
When: July 23rd - July 29th
Where: Lewis Ice Arena, Aspen Recreation Center
Cost: $545 ($195 Goalie Camp)
Visit bobjohnsonhockeyschool.com for more details!

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