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Benchtalk: January 6, 2017

Happy New Year!

2017 has arrived, the snow is falling with a vengeance, and rumor has it, Angelina Jolie took a quick New Year’s trip to CB. What a way to start the year!

Lots on deck at the library

It’s a busy time at the Old Rock Library. Start your weekend with free yoga on Friday morning, January 6 from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. The guest instructor this month is Jackie Just, who will lead a Vinyasa Yoga session. That evening, at 6:30 p.m., head to the library for the First Friday Family Film, Kubo and the Two Strings, rated PG. Everyone is invited; children aged eight or younger must be accompanied by someone at least 12 years of age. Then on Wednesday, January 11, Philosophy on Tap meets at the Brick Oven Pizzeria and Pub at 5:30 p.m. to ponder and converse. No preparation necessary. And of course, Late Night Study Hours for high school finals are back! They will be held at Crested Butte/Old Rock Library from 7 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 17-19. This is a free event. Tutoring, light snacks and hot drinks will be provided, as well as wi-fi, desktop computers, b&w printing, scanning, and a quiet atmosphere.

Financial planning class in CB South

The library is offering the first session of its Financial Literacy Program on Monday, January 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Crested Butte South POA Building at 61 Teocalli Rd. The first class is Goal Setting and Financial Planning, centering on basic money management skills such as creating a budget, calculating your net worth, tracking expenditures, and setting realistic savings goals.

Gunnison Valley Health early blood draws in Crested Butte

Early blood draws, part of the Gunnison Valley Health Wellness Events, will take place on Wednesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 26 from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Queen of All Saints Parish Hall, at 405 Sopris Avenue in Crested Butte. Online reservations are open now through January 22 at For more information call (970) 642-8418.

Call for photographers

Gunnison Valley Health is seeking photos for a hospital-wide artwork project. Scenic landscape images of the surrounding area are preferred. If you are interested, please contact Tyler at: to find out more.

Gunnison Driver License Office closures

The Gunnison State Driver License Office, located at 108 E. Georgia Ave., will be closed January 10 and January 19 for employee training. Colorado residents are encouraged to visit to see if they are eligible to use online services, including driver license renewal, address change and emergency contact information.

Winter Historic Walking Tour back for another week

Bundle up, come on out for a stroll on Elk Avenue, and learn fun and interesting facts about Crested Butte, the Gunnison Valley, and its rich heritage on Thursday, January 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tours meet in front of the museum at Fourth and Elk at 1 p.m. and a donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children is appreciated. Tours may also be scheduled for groups of three or more by calling the museum at (970) 349-1880.


January 5-Roxana Alvarez

January 6- Nathan Wojtalik, Mike Miller, Jim Schmidt

January 7- Kathy Hecker, Mike Klein, Zeb Early, Angie Greevy, Gordon Reeves

January 8- Ryan Sylvester, Maggie Chlipala, Mary Martin, Sandy Murphy, Eliane Wissocq, Sandy Parker, Cody Hillman, Elvis

January 9- Jeremy Rowland, Michael Baim, Cotton Harris, Lena Weisman, Megan Clark

January 10- Ben Morello, Mark Soleri, Anthea Schmid, Izzy Acuff

January 11- Alex Theaker, Jeffrey Isacc, Heather Garrison

CONGRATULATIONS: Geeta Karnik and Adarsh Mantravadi were married at Ten Peaks on June 18, 2016. photo by Third Eye Photography
NEWLYWEDS: Alex Wise and Katie Sandiver were married on July 9, 2016 at the Gronk.
photo by Third Eye Photography
NEW YEARS BABY: The 2017 New Year’s baby has arrived! Congratulations to proud mother Kenia Davalos, pictured here with her brother Jose. Kenia welcomed Kendra Davalos early in the morning on January 2 at the newly renovated Gunnison Valley Health Family Birth Center.
Photo by Tyler Hansen/Gunnison Valley Health

Cameo question: What song do you play when you’re in the powder?

Stylo by Gorillaz
Adam Fabian
In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins
Ally Porter
White Room by Cream
Chuck Reynolds
If I Had a Boat by Lyle Lovett
Leslie Locklear
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Lindsay More

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