This is an open journal for Mermaid members to post bulletin items regarding needed support, items for sale, new business ventures, and other news and inspiration pertinent to Mermaid life.
Hi all! Our Mermaids Holiday Gathering is quickly approaching on Friday, December 14th. Before that there are a lot of fun events going on in Rifle. Here is the PDF schedule of Hometown Holiday Events. Please share more on our Facebook page!
Support local non-profits like New Ute Theatre Society, Rifle Animal Shelter, and Bookcliff Arts Council!
Misty is looking for a reliable cat lover to check-in on her kitties while they are out of town starting February 22nd. Please share this and contact Misty if you can help or know anyone who wants the job! firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date
October Mermaids is scheduled for Thursday 10/26 at the home of Shelley Aibner. Mark your calendars and more details will be sent next month.
Western Adventure Weekend This Weekend!
This weekend is Rifle’s signature event: Western Adventure Weekend! The festival kicks off Friday night with the soulful musical experience of the Hazel Miller Band at the Ute Theater. Doors open at 7pm for this 7:30 show and $10 tickets are available at the door.
Saturday at 9:00 am mountain bike enthusiasts will gather for a race up Hubbard Mesa followed at 9:15 with the start of a 5K race running Rifle’s urban trails. Register for the Roan Cliff Chaos online here.
Also on Saturday, two blocks of historic downtown Rifle will be the center of activities with a Block Party from 10 am to 5 pm. The streets will fill with arts and craft vendors, food trucks, live music and activities for the kids.
Saturday night there will be a free street concert featuring the Led Zepplin tribute band Get the Led Out from 7 pm – 9 pm. Get your FREE wristbands in advance at the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce (limit 4 per person) as we expect this to be a big event!
Garfield County Fairgrounds hosts a Militaria Collector and Gun Show on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your skis, balls, skates, boats, tents and well used sport toys for their All Sports Swap Meet.
For a full schedule of events, parking maps, street closure information, and tickets, please visit: http://realwesternadventure.com/western-adventure-weekend/
A big thank you to Kim and Dan Ward for hosting Mermaids in August. We had a great time with delicious food, genuine people, and big entertainment! Thank you Lou for snapping these photos (I somehow managed to jump into nearly all of them!). If you are interested in hosting a future Mermaids gathering, please contact Anna!
Happy New Year and New Beginnings to all Mermaids! It’s time to start another year of fun, support, laughter, tears and lasting connections with other amazing women. In order to make these networking events happen we need volunteers to host. You get to pick the date, the time, the place, and a theme (if you want). You also get to keep a lot of yummy leftovers and typically a bottle of wine or two! If you are interested in hosting, please email, text or call Anna (email@example.com) with your preferred month. We can pencil you in and fill out the details later. If anyone would like to host in January, please send me the details so I can spread the word and we can add it to our calendars.
I’m looking forward to another great year of Mermaids!
It’s snowing and just in time for Hometown Holiday and other fun events around Rifle. Hometown Holiday 2016, the 3rd Annual Celebration organized by the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, begins this Friday Dec 2nd and continues through Sunday Dec 4th. Visit with Santa at the Ute Events Center, shop local crafts and pottery at Rifle Middle School, enjoy a bonfire and hot cocoa on the 2nd Street lot, watch the Parade of Lights on Railroad Ave, and much more! For a full list of events, please visit: http://rifleareachamber.com
Also from 11-2 this Saturday, Kristina of Ladybug Express will be at the Bookcliff Arts Center instructing a family-friendly wreath-making class. This FREE event will also have cookies and hot cocoa! Or if you are interested in making a beautiful keepsake wreath, Kristina will be back up at BAC on December 7th from 7-9 pm for an After Hours Art class. The cost is $40. Please RSVP by November 30th if possible so that Kris can provide plenty of supplies! RSVP and find more information about these and more events at BAC here: http://bookcliffsartscenter.org/
Geneva is looking for donations for the 6th Annual Arbonne Adopt-a-Grandparent Campaign. See the poster below for details. Please let Geneva know if you can donate by December 1st so she can order the Arbonne Shea Butter Hand Cream and make deliveries by December 16th. Contact Geneva with any questions at 970-309-3088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Votes are in and calculated! Votes for the Mermaid & Barracuda Holiday Party that is. Anna and Travis will be hosting this year on Saturday, December 17th beginning at 6 pm. Anna’s home is at 215 Hutton Ave in Rifle (click here for a map). Please bring a dish to share and a beverage of your choice. We’ll keep the White Elephant Gift tradition going this year too! Bring a wrapped, inexpensive gift if you want to participate.
On December 10th, we’re all invited to a Pottery Open House at Misty’s home 413 E 3rd Street in Rifle from 10-4. Come shop her recent creations for unique holiday gifts. Check out the Cracked Pot Holiday Flyer here.
Just a reminder, there are several craft fairs going on in Rifle this Saturday 11/12. I’ll be at Graham Mesa Elementary from 9-4 selling homemade signs, holiday decor, and more! The Rifle Animal Shelter’s Craft Show is at the Ute Events Center from 9-4 and the Rifle Senior Center’s Craft Show is 9-1. The Lutheran Church on 5th Street in Rifle has a Craft Bazaar on Nov 19th. There is also a luncheon with soup in a bread bowl.
Good luck to Rifle Bears Football team at their first State Playoff game this Saturday at 1!
Great job last night Lydia and Janelle!!
Here is some information on upcoming events in and around the Rifle area. If you have an event or news to share with the group, please send it to Anna at email@example.com or 970-618-9657. Also, if you haven’t gotten a chance to Vote on the date of our Holiday Gathering, please do so here! As of this morning, it is an even 4 way tie! See you Nov 9th at the Cabaret!
November 4th 7:30 pm at the New Ute Events Center – KMTS is thrilled to present “The Acoustic Living Room” Songs and Stories with Grammy Award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley. Kathy and Bill have shared one of Nashville’s most musically rich partnerships for over two decades. Click Here for Tickets!
Don’t forget: Turn back your clocks on November 6th and cast your VOTE by November 8th.
November 9th 7:00 pm at the Glenwood Vaudeville Review – Mermaids Gather for an evening of Cabaret style entertainment and support of our fellow Mermaid dancers – Lydia LaBelle de Rios and Janelle! Doors open at 6 pm. Let’s Carpool!
November 12th Craft Fairs: 9 am – 4 pm at Graham Mesa Elementary AND New Ute Events Center or 9am – 1pm at the Rifle Senior Center – Three craft fairs in Rifle in one day! I’ll have a booth at Graham Mesa Elementary selling handmade wooden signs, wine bottle crafts, dishcloths, wreaths and more! Stop by and see me! Then head over to the Rifle Senior Center for their Craft Fair and Christmas Cookie Decorating. Finally end up at the Ute Theater for the Rifle Animal Shelter’s Holiday Arts, Craft Fair & Benefit Bake Sale to pick up homemade gifts for a good cause. Here are a few of the signs I made! 🙂
November 19th 6 pm at the New Ute Events Center – Rifle Recreation presents “The Winter Awakening”. This FREE event features 3 short winter films (see flyer at the bottom of the page).
December 1st – DEADLINE for the Travel with 4-H International Student Exchange Program. If you are interested in hosting a student, or you have a student wanting to travel, please see the attached flyers and contact Courtney Loflin at 970-491-2711. Korea Outbound 2017 Program | Japan Outbound 2017 Program | Finland Outbound 2017 program | Costa Rica Outbound 2017 Program
Also Happy Veteran’s Day, Hunting Season, and Thanksgiving this month! Thank you to everyone for sharing the local event information! We have so much to be thankful for in our community!
Hi Mermaids! After taking the month of August off, I am happy to announce that Elissa Nye will be hosting our September gathering on Friday the 30th! In honor of harvest season and cooler evenings, we encourage everyone to bring their favorite soup or a dish to compliment. If you are feeling in the sharing mood, also bring your recipe so we can enjoy your delicious dish again and again! Elissa’s welcomes us to her new home near Highland Elementary at 1018 County Road 294 (click to get directions from Google) at 6:00 pm. I can’t wait to see you all there!!
TONIGHT AT THE UTE THEATER! The Bird Dogs: A Tribute to the Everly Brothers – Bridging the gap between oldies rock-and-roll and country music, The Bird Dogs bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience to the stage. Tickets are $20 and available through TicketsWest.com, at City Market until 1:00 pm today or at the theater tonight. Doors open at 5:30 pm for this 7:30 show. Check out a preview of the band here: https://youtu.be/Lqe_4IHiTA4
Misty Frontella’s niece Ashley is trying to move to the Rifle area and having a hard time finding a job and a place to live. If anyone has information about potential house sitting, roommates wanted, personal assistant positions or such, please contact Misty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ashley is a quick learner and has library experience. Let’s help bring another Mermaid swimming to Rifle!
Rifle Farmers’ Market continues through September 29th every Thursday from 4-7 pm in the 2nd Street lot. There is still a lot of fresh produce, local honey, and artisans to enjoy!
Did you know Rifle is getting a new boat ramp on the Colorado River?! Come down to the Rifle Rest Area on Saturday September 24th to help RFOV clear the area and build a new river trail system. Click the brochure on the right for more information or visit http://rfov.org.
On October 8th, Rifle will host the 3rd Annual Middle Colorado River Cleanup. This is the first year the clean up will focus on the Colorado River near Rifle as well as Rifle Creek. Registration starts at 8:30am in Centennial Park, Rifle CO. The clean-up will start at 9am followed by a BBQ lunch in the park for all participants. Come and have fun with the whole family and help your community and watershed shine! Find more information and pre-register on Facebook.
Many hands make light work so I hope to see many of you water loving ladies at one or both of these river events!
Also at The Ute Theater on September 22, Michael Martin Murphy will perform at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at City Market and TicketsWest.com. With the hits “Wildfire”, “Carolina in the Pines” and “Geronimo’s Cadillac” Michael Martin Murphey is a western songwriting legend. Come enjoy a musical tour of the hits as well as the western music songbook. Michael Martin Murphey describes the time and essence of each song giving the fan a rare up close and personal concert experience. For more information, and to preview more events, please visit www.utetheater.com.
If you have upcoming events or news to share with our fellow swimmers, please send those to Anna at email@example.com. Thanks lovely ladies!
Just a reminder that July Mermaid’s gathering will be next Saturday July 23rd at Rifle Gap State Park beginning at noon. Here are all the details. Please RSVP to Geneva if you haven’t already so that we can organize our potluck, games, and camping details!
Rifle’s Farmers’ Market is on Thursday evenings again this summer from 4-8pm. Come on down to the 2nd Street lot for fresh produce, arts & crafts, live music, and delicious food. You are also sure to see many familiar faces as several Mermaids are regulars there! Kristine Llacuna has a booth with flowers and gifts from Ladybug Express. Her business is still open! Stop by and say hi this week!
As always, if you have anything to share with the Mermaids, please send it to anna@blueeyesdesigns. Thanks!
Have you been wanting to host a Mermaids gathering? Here is your chance to sign up for anytime this year starting in April! You get to pick the day, the time, and a theme (if you want one). Why host? You get to keep the leftovers, caring Mermaids bring fabulous hostess gifts, and you have a clean house for one night! If you are interested, please email Anna with the month you’d like to host: firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMINDER: Next Friday, February 26th starting at 6:30 pm we’ll gather at Olive Ridley’s Coffee, Tea and Travel at 228 Railroad Ave in Rifle, CO for a Humanitarian Night. As it is the month of Love, the Barracudas are also invited! Along with Geneva, Robyn and other Mermaids who have done humanitarian work, Lydia and her husband, Gregorio will share with us photos and stories from their trip to Mongolia. It is sure to be an uplifting, informative and entertaining evening! Please bring an appetizer (nothing with peanuts please!) to share. Olive Ridley’s will have beverages available for purchase.
MARCH GATHERING: Save the date for March 30th gathering at the home of Geneva Farr. More information will be coming in March.
If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please use the link below to RSVP so Geneva can appropriately plan for tonight’s Baby Shower for Sara Murray. A Graco Jogger/car seat has been purchased from the Mermaids. Feel free to contribute any $ amount to the purchase and/or log on to either registry (in the invitation below) and shop til you drop! The baby room colors are navy blue and gray, and she loves the BRONCOS!!!
Sara is truly excited to embrace this journey with support from her Mermaid family and looks forward to seeing all who can make it. If you can not make it, you will be missed!!!
Happy Holidays to all my sincere mermaids! I hope you are almost done shopping, wrapping and baking and can now enjoy quality time with your family and friends in our winter wonderland! I’m wishing you each a warm, safe, and joyous holiday! Unfortunately some families in our community aren’t so blessed. As she talked about at our Holiday Gathering, Geneva Farr is putting together 2 Christmas Dinner Baskets for families around Rifle. We still need a few items to fill the baskets. If you are able to donate a bag of potatoes, stuffing, or fresh fruit assortment, please contact Geneva at 970.309.3088 for details.
Merry Christmas to all! ~Anna
The hard drive on my laptop is dead. I cannot fix it at this time. I am asking for help in locating a computer or laptop with SKYPE (audio/video) for a job interview in Florida on Tue Nov 3rd at 11:45am. I am willing to either pick up the laptop or come to the home of whomever has a computer on Mon Nov 2 to verify SKYPE is working. If at someone’s home then I will need to be there on Nov 3 around 11:15 am to set myself up.
This is really important to me.
I’ve been to the library but they want me to use some other form of Skype (Google ?) but I cannot as the company requested SKYPE. Janine is in the process of seeing if she is allowed to download SKYPE for my interview but I may not know until Mon.
Reminder: October Mermaids’ gathering is a Costume Party hosted by Cheryl Aispuro this Friday Oct 23 starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
Also, Shirley Byrd’s son, Dalton is selling Holiday Wreaths to earn money for a big trip the Boy Scouts have planned for next summer. Click on the brochure image below to see it larger. Please contact Shirley to order or Dalton can come to you to show you the brochure in person. Orders need to be in by Sunday October 25th. I’ve gotten one of these wreaths every year for the past 4 years and I’m never disappointed!
Hello all! Kris Llacuna at Ladybug Express will be hosting a Fall Centerpiece Class on November 6th from 7-9 pm. The cost of the class is $25, which includes centerpiece supplies, wine and other beverages. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. If you are interested in registering, please contact Kris at 970-665-9243 or email@example.com. Sign up early to ensure enough supplies for everyone!
Also, Ladybug Express is a donation spot for Lift Up’s canned and dry goods collection this holiday season. Drop off your non-perishable food items between November 1st through December 15th and receive 10% off your Ladybug Express purchase.
133 W. 3rd Street Rifle, CO 81650
Thank you to all who responded to my call for hostesses. Here is our six month lineup:
August – Lou White
September – Robyn Whaley
October – Cheryl Aispuro
November – Shirley Byrd
December – Holiday Gathering, Location TBD
January – Jane Holt
More details will be sent prior to each gathering. Thanks ladies!!
Also, Cieja has been fostering kittens for the Rifle Animal Shelter that are ready for adoption. Click on the poster below to see the full size PDF with all the details.
From Lydia Rios and family : My husband and I have lived in Rifle for 10 years. We have two young sons; 8 and 4 years. We have been selected to do some volunteer work in Mongolia both teaching English and assisting in rangeland management promoting best practices. Though we are being permitted to leave from our positions from work we will be doing so without pay. Our entire family of four is embarking on this humanitarian effort. We are sort of racing against the clock as it would have us leaving in less than 30 days! My husband and I are extremely involved with our community (i.e. church, Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, 4-H, local fundraising for community projects, volunteering at lift-up and library, etc), so this would be an adventure that we would come back and share at many levels. For any questions, do not hesitate to call us at 970-217-8189. We thank you for your consideration to donate to this mission!
Lydia, Gregorio, Dante, and Alex
To make a donation, please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/MongoliaRios
Meg Black will be here visiting us for the July HoopDance gathering on Wed. July 22nd at Shelley’s house! For anyone who was on the fence about attending, we’ve just added a beautiful smile with a solid hugging soul to a night of hoop dancing, supportive friends, wine sampling, appetizer chomping and cheerful conversation! Need I say more…
Meg’s also excited to bring to us a free workshop the following Friday afternoon to share with us what she’s learned about intentional living and enhancing your inner peace. Stephanie Straw will be hosting Friday July 24th from 1-4pm. Check out the flyer below or contact Meg to RSVP or get more details at 970-270-9963.
Next Saturday July 11th – Christmas in July – A backyard art party at 413 east 3rd St. Rifle (our back yard). Please join us for our Backyard Art Party featuring artists: HR Design – Helen Rogers, Zoe Life Soapworks – Donna Roberts, Sara Gallagher, The Cracked Pot – Garrick and Misty Frontella and Rock Mason. We will have pottery, paintings, soap, prints, natural skin care products, scarves, jewelry, garden art, fabric art and so much more.
Stop by to shop and visit any time between 3-9:00 pm for open studio.
Join us for appetizers and wine from 6-9:00 pm. Feel free to bring a dish and your favorite bottle of wine to share. We welcome instruments of any kind for sharing song and dance around the fire. Questions – call Misty at 970-948-5362.
Hello Mermaids! We’re officially into summer now and July is right around the corner! Here are some fun things to do around Rifle this month and some news from other Mermaids:
SAVE THE DATE! Our next Mermaid gathering will be at the gracious Shelley Aibner’s home on Wednesday July 22nd. She is planning a special summer activity! More information coming soon.
Volunteer with the Mermaids at the Lemonade Stand on Thursday July 23rd from 4-8pm at Rifle’s Farmers’ Market. Please contact Anna if you can come or just show up! 970-618-9657
Sue Stockman has plenty of canned goods available still available from her booth at the Farmers’ Market. If you are interested in stocking up on these homemade goodies, please contact Sue @ 625-2690.
Geneva has shared the following job openings at Habitat for Humanity. Please note: you must apply by July 7th!
- PT Volunteer Coordinator
Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley is looking for a dynamic individual to lead our volunteer program. The position is responsible for the recruiting, scheduling, and educating volunteers for our home building job-sites as well as our ReStores. Showing appreciation for the volunteers and getting their input is key to building last volunteer relationships. Self-motivation, detail orientation and good organizational skills are a must; leadership experience recommended. PT position, 15-25 hours a week $18/hr+ depending on experience. Email cover letter and resume to Habitat.firstname.lastname@example.org by July 7th.
- PT Family Services Engagement Specialist
Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley is looking for a dynamic and caring individual to lead our family services program. This position is responsible for guiding partner families through the home ownership process requiring consistent communication with partner families, applicants and family advocates. Track sweat equity hours, facilitate first-time home buyer education and financial education classes, lead the family selection application process annually. Experience working in the non-profit sector directly with low-income clients is recommended. Self-motivation, detail orientation and good organizational skills a must. PT position, 10-20 hours a week, more during family selection process, $18/hr+ depending on experience. Email cover letter and resume to Habitat.email@example.com by July 7th.
Other July Happenings: (also follow our calendar for up-to-date changes)
July 3rd – First Friday Art Opening at BookCliffs Art Center – This month come check out the dreamy visions of local oil painter, Sara Gallagher! Live music, catered eats, good drinks, great company, wonderful art!! Event is from 5-8pm at the Stone House top of 16th Street in Rifle.
July 3rd – Centennial Concert Series : Symphony and Fireworks – Symphony begins at 6:00 with Fireworks after dark.
July 4th – Cash’d Out Live at The Ute Theater 7:30-10pm. Don’t miss the #1 Johnny Cash Tribute band “Cash’d Out” during their North American Tour. The Johnny and June Carter Cash sound is revived with this incredible act, coming to Rifle for a special July 4th performance. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at City Market or TicketsWest.com.
July 9th – Hilltop Summer Concert Series presents BoneTree from 6-8 for free at the Bookcliffs Art Center (Stone House top of 16th Street in Rifle).
July 9th – Jason Eady at the New Ute Events Center at 7:30. Jason is a can’t miss American country music singer and guitarist. He is regarded as an important figure in the subgenre of Texas country music, a form of “classic country” bent upon returning the music to its historic singer-songwriter roots. Buy tickets in advance at TicketFly.com.
July 23rd – Hilltop Concert Series Presents Front Porch Pickers free from 6-8pm at the Bookcliffs Art Center.
Every Thursday – Rifle’s Farmers’ Market from 4-8pm at the 2nd Street Lot on Railroad Avenue in Rifle. Follow the Facebook page for more information!
If you have events or things you want to share with the Mermaids, please email them to Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Hello sunshine! I’m not complaining at all about this rain (I haven’t even turned my sprinklers on this year!), but I am sure glad to see the sun today! And with the sun comes lemonade. The Rifle Farmers’ Market is on Thursday evenings this year from 4-8pm beginning June 18th through September in the 2nd Street Community Lot. The Market is looking for volunteers to staff the 2nd Annual Lemonade Stand. I went ahead and signed the Mermaids up for Thursday July 23rd. If you can help, please let Anna know (970-618-9657) or just show up when you can! Volunteers are needed from 3-8:30 but if we can take turns that would be great. We can also come up with a creative theme to help sales. Last year Grand River Hospital did pink lemonade for Breast Cancer awareness and they were the biggest seller!
Every penny made at the Lemonade Stand goes towards providing funds for S.N.A.P. (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called Food Stamps) users to purchase fresh, local, and healthy foods from the Rifle Farmers Market vendors. For each user that brings in their SNAP card to purchase market tokens, the Rifle Farmers Market provides an additional $6 match. It is a win-win for the market. Not only does it provide a much needed service to community members, but we also connect local farmers and producers with more consumers. More money to vendors means the Rifle Farmers Market can continue to thrive, giving the committee a chance to recruit even more fruit and veggie producers to the market.
Here are the other dates available if you can’t make the July 23rd market but still want to volunteer:
June 18th Rifle Library
July 9th Garfield County Health
July 23rd Mermaids
July 30th Grand River Hospital
August 13th New Ute Theater Society
September 10th Wamsley PTAC (tentative)