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ECO Roadshow 2013

2013 marks the birth of the ECO Roadshow –

Banner_eco roadshow

Grand County Colorado’s own Sustainability Fair. Infinite West will be collaborating with Cooper Creek Square to bring you live entertainment, sustainability education, puppet shows for the kids, and other fun activities.

The ECO Roadshow is a collaborative sustainability event, bringing environmentally conscious businesses and non-profits together with the public for the purpose of education for all ages. The event is being held in conjunction with a Solshine Music Festival weekend and is designed to promote a Greener Grand County.

2-4 Live Music with Afro-Pop Ensemble, Nokuthula

Cooper Creek Square will be providing and funding a stage with local musicians and entertainment!

11-1 Rocky Mountain Puppet Show

These puppet characters by ventriloquist Meghan Casey come to life! The show promises to be a magical and totally realistic interaction between Meghan and her characters. Expect to feel good and laugh a lot. This puppet show will feature an ecological and planet-friendly theme.

1-2 Magician

11-4 Sustainability Education Booths & Demonstrations

Infinite West is coordinating educational booths & vendors, with the intention of raising awareness on sustainability issues & strategies, as well as promoting Green Business in Grand County. We will draw from local resources, as well as bringing in outside technologies and advocates to show in the event.

Thank you to our ECO Roadshow Sponsors!


Infinite West is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located at the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand County, Colorado

The Congress – Live Music

Join us Friday January 9 for Live Music at Smokin’ Moes in Cooper Creek Square

$5 – Part of proceeds benefit Infinite West!


Beauty In Awareness: /Art/Music/ Poetry/Fun!

Beauty In Awareness: /Art/Music/Poetry/Fun!

Local Grand County artists are joining together this year to generate change in our communities, and our world. Join us in supporting the Beauty In Awareness Artists Advocate Party.  This is a kick off celebration party for anyone interested in participating in The Beauty in Awareness Art Show, slated for Spring of 2013. Several Cooper Creek business are sponsoring a mixture of fun activities to support the event, such as The Nest, Mountain Grind, and Smokin’ Moes.  starts as a daylong event taking place at Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park. Get your art on with in a collaborative piece, listen to live poetry, amazing music, and add your own artistic expression. Coordinators are looking for artists to participate in this spring’s Beauty in Awareness Art Show, designed to celebrate art for sustainable change.

Who:  Calling all artists, community members, kids, and caring people!
What: The Beauty in Awareness Artist Advocate Party
Where: Cooper Creek Square (The Nest, Mountain Grind, Smokin’ Moes)
When: February 9, 2013

There will be a small entry fee to attend the evening events, including a Happy Hour, art show at Nest.artistic home, and music at Smokin’ Moes. A portion of the proceeds will go to Infinite West to help support the upcoming Beauty in Awareness Art Show.


Events Include:

Art at Nest. artistic home – Information Hub
10 o’clock – ON – Collaborative Art Project: Throw Some Paint! – Nest
3-4 o’clock – Lindsey England: Images & Readings from her book The Hermit in the Woods – Nest
7-9 o’clock – Mixer & Poetry Slam – Mountain Grind Coffee Shop
9 o’clock – ON – THE CONGRESS – Rockin’ music with heart at Smokin’ Moes, Winter Park
4-7 o’clock – CASH MOB

Get a FREE TICKET to Saturday Night’s Show!
How? Participate in Saturday’s Cash Mob… Spend $20 at Nest and get free admittance to The Congress at Smokin’ Moes at 9:00 Saturday Night.

This event is organized by Lavender Elephant (find us on facebook!) & Nest. artistic home in Winter Park, Colorado. Sponsors include:

Cooper Creek Square
Nest . artistic home
Smokin’ Moes
Sushi Bar
Mountain Grind Coffee Shop

For more information contact:
Abbey Arabie- 985.630.5256 /
Carolyn Bailey- 970.531.8625

Permaculture Talk

Don’t miss this week’s upcoming lecture on Permaculture from University Centers of San Miguel’s Director of Sustainability, Robyn Thiel Wilson.

This lecture and discussion will be held at Grandma Miller’s
Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm
What is Permaculture?
“Permaculture is the art of creating living ecosystems that imitate Nature to provide food, fuel and shelter for humans. With permaculture, it is possible for people to regenerate and enhance the places where they live and work.” – High Altitude Permaculture

Robyn Wilson was the Executive Director for the University Centers of the San Miguel for the past four years and is now excited to focus on Sustainability and College Studies. Robyn worked as the Peace Corps Recruiter for Northern Arizona and attended graduate school at Northern Arizona University where she graduated in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities and a Master in Bilingual Multicultural Education.  She received a Bachelor in International Business from University of Wisconsin Whitewater.  In 2000, Robyn joined the Peace Corps as a Municipal Development volunteer in El Salvador.  “Because of my training, I am always seeking an opportunity to apply my knowledge of the environment, sustainable development, and second language training to the areas of education and community outreach. Through my actions, I seek to facilitate the empowerment of people to become healthy and proactive citizens.”  She continues to enjoy traveling, enjoying the mountains and rivers of the Southwest, and spending time with her husband.

Please RSVP, as spaces are limited.

Granby Rotary & Middle School to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day in Granby May 17 2012

In what is becoming a long-standing tradition in Grand County, Earth Day will be celebrated one month late. This could be attributed to the old saying, ‘Grand County Time’, but actually it has much more to to with what the weather might do at 9000 feet on April 22, the traditional global day for celebrating the earth. As Kristie DeLay said: “Who knew the weather would have been so nice that we could have celebrated this year on the actual day?”

Kristie is the committee chair for the Granby Rotary’s Earth Day festivities, which this year include activities with the 6th Graders in East Grand Middle School. The day will include tree planting, trash cleanup, and a presentation by the students. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th at the school.

Infinite West’s Vicky Burton, fearless leader of the ‘Red Hand Team’ cleans up Trash and Recycling with East Grand Middle Schoolers on Granby Earth Day! (photo courtesy of T.H.J. Hodsdon)

Infinite West is proud to be helping with a sponsorship of the event. We also look forward to volunteering at this event and learning with the kids the importance of nurturing and caring for our planet. Volunteers are needed from 12-4 on May 17th, or the evening of May 16th to help dig holes for trees to be planted. If you would like to join as a volunteer, please contact Infinite West.

Earth Day: The History of A Movement

(from Earth Day Network)

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

12:30 p.m. Earth Day. One half-hour after moratorium on car engines, Fifth Ave. is mobbed. Photo: New York Daily News / Frank Castoral


The Infinite West Board of Directors will be hosting a Mixer and Meet & Greet on Thursday, January 19th at 6:00 PM. The Winter Park Winery has very generously donated their Tasting Room for this event.

Current members of the Board will be meeting candidates who have expressed an interest in joining the Infinite West Board as Directors. If you have an interest in contributing to the sustainable future of our region through a volunteer position on our Board, contact the Board Secretary, Jessie Wormington using the form below:

. We will be accepting RSVPs for this event through January 17th.

2011 Spirit of the Lake Regatta, Chiller Caterpillar, Crews & Brews Festival

Saturday, August 27, Grand Lake, Colorado — Spirit of the Lake Regatta, Chiller Caterpillar Race, and Crews and Brews Festival

crews & brews -spirit of the lake regatta logos

Some of the proceeds from these events will go toward conservation efforts for the Colorado River Headwaters.

This regatta is staged on Grand Lake (once known as Spirit Lake) at an elevation of 8,437 feet. Grand Lake, located in north-central Colorado, is a friendly, historic mountain town near Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake is the highest, largest natural lake in Colorado at the base of majestic Mt. Baldy.

There will be a staggered start exhibition Head Race first. The Teams will be timed over the course and results will be posted (after all teams have completed the race) in the Infinite West booth in Town Park. There will be awards for the fastest times in each category. Get Registered!
Entry fee for the Head Race is $25 per person. After Aug.25, entry fee is $30 per person.

Kayaks & Paddle Boards:
Kayaks and Paddle Boards will start immediately after the rowing regatta. The race course will be an out-and back course to a single buoy. The course will be shorter than that of the crew race – this is an ‘Exhibition’ paddle board race with a mile-long course +/-
Following the race at 1:00pm enjoy the Grand Lake Brew Fest and Colorado Beers! All racers will receive $10 off of the $25 event fee.

This Zany Fun Race has very few rules:
–Entry fee for Chiller Caterpillar is $25 per Individual or Team.
–ANY non-motorized water craft may enter–especially those you make yourself.
–Entries must be assembled on the water near the Town Dock on race day by race time.
–Teams/entrants MAY ONLY USE THEIR HANDS to DIRECTLY PROPEL the craft–NO paddles, oars or motors allowed!
–All entrants Must wear PFDs (life jackets) or be immediately disqualified–No Exceptions.
–An awards ceremony will be held in Town Park following the races with prizes for ‘Fastest Craft’, ‘Best Theme’, ‘Best Dressed Team’, and ‘Best Dressed Boat’–so bring your costumes and your cameras!
There are other awards too, so get your team and your craft ready and Get Registered!

Registration and Check-in will also be available for all racers on August 26 from 12:00 – 7:00pm at the Grand Lake Chamber office, 14700 U.S. Highway 34, Grand Lake, Colorado. For directions, click here.

Boat Rigging/Drop off August 26th – 3:00pm to 9:00 pm at Lake Park:
From the entrance to Grand Lake–from HWY 34 and the Grand lake Chamber Welcome Center, continue straight on West Portal Road. This road turns toward the right (toward town), but continue straight on West Portal Road toward the East Inlet Public Boat Launch area. (look for directional signage). At the very first stop sign, turn right onto Garfield Street. Continue toward the bottom of the hill and turn left onto Park Avenue. Go straight on Park Avenue then, turn right onto Hancock Street. Go straight at the stop sign and continue toward the Lake. Parking will be marked for trailers and boat storage.

Get your Regatta gear here.

Thank You to Sponsors

Contact Info:
E: Infinite West
P: (970) 531-6073
Registration Deadline:

Celebrating Earth Day in Granby Colorado

Saturday, May 21st

“Protecting Our Rivers”

Slopeside Productions and Infinite West

are proud to present Granby Earth Day in Polhamus Town Park on Saturday, May 21st, from noon to 6 pm.  There will be:

– Live Bands –

– Educational Booths –

– Local Arts and Crafts –

– Kid’s Activities –

– Skate Competition –

– A Special Visit by “Earl,” the Search and Rescue Dog –

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to ongoing Fraser Valley Water Conservation Initiatives.  We are still accepting applications for local artists, crafters and vendors. Contact: Teresa Hill at

The festivities will continue into the evening at Brickhouse 40, with the CD Release Party of local music compilation “This Side of Berthoud, Volume II.”  Local musicians will jam into the night from 6-10 pm. Admission is free, and CDs will  be available for $10.  Please visit or call

(970) 887-5143 for more information.

A Special Thank-You to Our Gold Sponsors:

Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies

Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition

The Town of Granby, Colorado

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors!


Channel 17 Mountain TV

Mountain Parks Electric, Inc.

Dancing River Consulting

Munn Architecture, LLC

Cooper Creek Square

Naked Aspen Designs

Waldow and Daughter Trucking


Real Estate of Winter Park

Simply Efficient Solar & Wind

Grand County BEDA

Winter Park Resort

Granby Ranch

Granby Chamber of Commerce

Curbside Recycling

Imagin3 Energy Solutions

GROW-BUY-EAT-LOCAL Campaign Kickoff

GROW-BUY-EAT-LOCAL Campaign Kickoff
in conjunction with the launch of Fraser Valley Community Gardens
Please join us in the lobby of the Grand Park Community Recreation Center, 1 Main Street, Fraser on Wednesday, April 27, 5-7:30pm for this exciting event.

Earth Day is BACK!

After a successful first year, Granby has once again decided to host an Earth Day celebration. The date for this year’s event will be May 21 in Granby’s own Polhamus Park. This year, in partnership with Teresa Hill and Slopeside Productions, Infinite West is honored to be taking a more active role in getting this event off the ground. Visit the Slopeside Productions webpage to get a glimpse of the 2011 event. Stay tuned for more information, including the history of Earth Day and opportunities for businesses or families to get involved! We are currently looking for sponsors, vendors, volunteers and educators. Please contact Jessie W if you are interested in participating at any level.