Rifle Farmers’ Market and Lemonade Stand

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.

lemonadeHere are the other dates available if you can’t make the July 23rd market but still want to volunteer:
June 18th Rifle Library
June 25th
July 2nd
July 9th Garfield County Health
July 16th
July 23rd Mermaids
July 30th Grand River Hospital
August 6th
August 13th New Ute Theater Society
August 20th
August 27th
September 3rd
September 10th Wamsley PTAC (tentative)
September 17th
September 24th

Please contact Dana Wood dwood@garfield-county.com or Hanah Klausman hklausman@rifleco.org with questions or to sign up. Thanks!

June 12th Mermaids Invitation and Mudderella

Hello Mermaids!!! Come and enjoy a night of fun at Sue and Cieja’s home on June 12, 2015. The night begins at 6 pm. Our address is 2610 East Ave in Rifle off of W 24th Street. Home # is 625-2690. Sue and Cieja will put together a main dish for the gathering, one with meat, the other with veggies.
Besides enjoying the potluck of food and heartfelt conversations, we are planning a tye dyeing activity. All Mermaids need to bring a white cotton tank top, t-shirt or scarf and a wild mermaid imagination. This will work great on a shirt that may have a stain or two that keeps it from being worn. We have all the other supplies needed. You may want to wear clothing you do not care if it becomes stained. Sooo grab a yummy, fave drink, and seek out a night of fun at Sue’s house!
Also, you still have 1 day to sign up at the discounted rate of $99 for the August 22nd Mudderella event in Snowmass. Anyone interested in putting a team together, carpooling, or supporting muddy Mermaids, please email Tracy Morrick at klonyuk@aol.com or sign up at http://mudderella.com/events/colorado-2015/.

Rifle Fun and Job Opportunity

Hello beautiful Mermaids! So many fun things planned in Rifle this spring. If I missed anything email it to anna@blueeyesdesigns.com and I’ll spread the word.

This Friday May 15th at 6 pm – Mermaids gather at Anna’s home at 2534 Fairview Heights (W 24th St). Bring a dish, a drink, and a friend!Mermaids Heritage

May 15-17 – Annual Rifle Rendezvous. Find more information online at http://riflerendezvous.org/

May 21 at 7 pm – Back to the Future at The New Ute Events Center on 4th St. Tickets are $5 or bring a Rifle restaurant receipt from the night of the show for 2 free tickets!http://utetheater.com/

May 22 at 8 pm – 5 Comedians for $5 at The New Ute Events Center on 4th St. More information: http://utetheater.com/

June 5th – First Friday at Bookcliffs Council on Arts and Humanities – A special showcase of multiple active BAC artists, including George Cutting III, Sara Gallagher, Patty Ringer, Dave Schroeder, Bill Schoenecker, & Ricky Lively!! Its sure to be a wonderful showcase.

Heritage%20Days%20Poster-page-001June 6th – Rifle Heritage Day on 4th Street. Contests, silent auction, dancing, free museum tours, scavenger hunt and more fun! Click the poster to enlarge for more details…

June 18th – Rifle’s Farmers Market in the 2nd Street Lot is now on Thursday evenings from 4-8 with live entertainment, food vendors, and local artisans.


Habitat RFV

Habitat is looking for a dynamic 
Volunteer Coordinator!
Habitat for Humanity has an opportunity for someone to join our team as Volunteer Coordinator. This position is vital to the success of the organization and involves the following key tasks:
  • Recruiting new volunteer groups and individuals
  • Scheduling volunteers at our build site locations as well as the ReStore
  • Coordinating the logistics of large build groups from across the country- Bike & Build, Youth Groups, Collegiate Challenge
  • Turning volunteers into Habitat advocates by educating them, showing appreciation for them (recognition, gifts, dialogue and lunches), and ensuring they have meaningful experience while helping.
  • Track volunteer hours and provide feedback
  • Help with special events (home dedications, group breaking ceremonies, annual golf tournament, etc.)
Great communication and organization skills are a must.  Outstanding customer service and the ability to multi-task will be essential. This position can be part-time or expanded to full-time given the interest, availability, and skill set.
To apply please send your resume and letter of interest to Kristen atHabitatRFV@gmail.com.

First Mermaid Connections Blood Drive a Success

Brief Reminders – Mistyoga hosting Mermaids this Saturday 4/18 from 5-9. More details here. The Lego Movie at The Ute Theater this Thursday 4/16 at 7 pm. More details here. Renew Rifle Spring Clean Up Saturday 4/25 from 8-12. More details here.

Mermaid Connections sponsored a blood drive on Monday, April 6th at the 2nd Street Lot (2014 Farmer’s Market Site) in Rifle, Colorado. During the three hour time period, Mermaids (Shelley Aibner, Anna Kaiser, Cieja Montgomery, Elissa Nye, Sue Stockman) and community members donated sixteen pints of blood at the St. Mary’s Blood Mobile. These donations of life saving blood are used in hospitals across the Western Slope.

With a heartfelt THANK YOU to our community members who gave graciously of their time and blood at the first Mermaid Connections Blood Drive. Without you, our hospitals would not be able to save those in need of blood donations.

Blood Drive

Pictured from left: Cieja Montgomery, Wendy Sondgeroth, Cindy Scott, Michael Whisenant, Sue Stockman Photograph taken by Elissa Nye. Thanks Elissa!

We, also, had a wonderful crew of phlebotomists from St. Mary’s on hand who were efficient and friendly. They certainly knew how to draw blood!

A warm and grateful shout out of appreciation to the following Rifle businesses for giving permission to post a Blood Drive poster at your location:

Alpine Bank (including Call Center), B & B Plumbing/Heating, Blush Salon & Spa, City Market – Rifle, Colorado River Fire Rescue – Station 41, Columbine Ford, Community Banks of Colorado, Farm Fresh Cafe, GarCo Rifle Annex, Garfield County Courthouse – Rifle, Garfield County Fairgrounds (Grounds Maintenance & Colorado Extension), Garfield County Public Library – Rifle, Grand River Student Health Center, Jean’s Printing, Lady Bug Express Floral & More, Lety’s Salon, Micro Plastics – Rifle, Micro Solutions, Misty’s Yoga, Napa Auto Parts – Rifle, Rib City Grill, Rifle Animal Shelter, Rifle Chamber of Commerce, Rifle City Hall, Rifle Middle School, Rifle Police Department and Court, Rifle Vacuum Shop, Rocky Mountain Dispensary, Rocky Mountain Liquors, Schmueser & Associates, Shooter’s, Spevere Chiropractic, Starbucks – Rifle, Subway – Rifle, Thai Chili Bistro, The Whole Works, Timberline Sporting Goods, Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, Twisted Studios Boutique, Valley Lumber, Western Rockies FCU, and Wing Nutz Bar & Grill.

MermaidConnections plans to host additional blood drives on a quarterly basis at the same site if it is available. The next drive will be sometime between June and August 2015 depending on St. Mary’s blood mobile scheduling. Information on future Mermaid Connections blood drives will be posted on our website as well as in the Citizen’s Telegraph and Rifle businesses.

Reminder: Mermaid Connections Blood Drive Monday April 6

Just a reminder that Cieja has organized a Blood Drive for Mermaids and the community to donate on Monday April 6th from 11 am -2 pm. If you signed up to participate at the January Mermaid gathering, Cieja will be in touch with you to schedule your appointment. If possible, please schedule an appointment with Cieja at cieja1@live.com or 625-2690. There are still slots available from 11-12:40 and at 1:20. BloodDrive

Renew Rifle April 25th

Rifle’s spring clean up activity, Renew Rifle, will be April 25th this year from 8-noon. Volunteers are needed for mulching, planting, weeding and painting. Click on the flyer below for all the details or contact Helen Rogers at hrinteriordesign@msn.com for more information. See you there!
Renew Rifle

Lawn Care Business Opportunity

Hello Mermaids — Sorry this didn’t come through correctly the other day. Let’s try this again!
Here is an opportunity from Misty Frontella. And just a reminder, we hope to see you all at Misty’s Yoga Studio for April Mermaids on the 18th from 5-9.

Are you looking for a change of career?
Do you want to be your own boss?
Do you want a business with limitless room to grow?

If you like working outside this is a GREAT opportunity for a motivated person to work 2-3 days a week, 7 months a year and add roughly $25,000.00 to your income. The option to grow the business again to a 4-5 day a week schedule and double your income is only a season or two away.

If you have an existing lawn business and are looking to grow instantly, this could also be for you.

I have a great group of 20, long-term, clients with beautiful lawns to offer you.

All equipment goes with the business as well including:

  • 1 Walker zero-radius, bagging mower (42 in. deck)
  • 1 John Deere walk-behind mower (36 in. deck)
  • 1 John Deere walk-behind mower (22 in. deck)
  • 1 John Deere gas blower
  • 1 gas edger
  • 12’x6′ reinforced ramp-gate trailer
  • 2 spare sets of Walker blades and spare blades for both John Deere mowers
  • Misc. replacement parts

Transition training would be part of the agreement.
Please call Misty at 970-948-5362

Yoga, Movies, and Helping our Community!

Spring into action in Rifle with so many upcoming events (I’m sorry if I miss a few!). Also I know there are several Earth Day clean up events in and around Rifle every year. Please send me those details or other spring events and I’ll get them shared with the group (tjarkaiser@gmail.com). Thanks!

Mary PoppinsTonight (3/19) – Family Movie Night at The UTE : Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are only $5. Get 2 FREE tickets when you bring a dinner receipt from a Rifle Restaurant dated the evening of the show. Sponsored by the New Ute Theatre Society.



west-slope-story-poster-sm4/2 and 4/4 – Boomtown Players Presents West Slope Story, an original romantic comedy at 7:00 pm at The New Ute Events Center on 4th St in Rifle. Tickets on sale at Millers Dry Goods and online at boomtownplayers.org.



BloodDrive4/6 Mermaid Blood Drive at the 2nd Street Lot in Rifle (where the 2014 Farmers Market was) from 11am – 2pm. Four people can donate at once and donations only take 20 minutes. This event is open to the public so encourage your friends to attend as well. We need 10 Mermaids to sign up for appointments to make the drive a success! Please contact Cieja to schedule yours at: cieja1@live.com.


The Lego Movie4/16 Family Movie Night at The UTE : The Lego Movie at 7:00 pm. The New Ute Theatre Society will be hosting the movie and a Lego Build contest for children 5-14. Drop off your best Lego creation to the theater the evening before the show from 4-6pm. We’ll display the Legos the night of the movie in the lobby and award prizes! Tickets to the movie are $5 or bring a Rifle restaurant receipt from the evening of the show for 2 FREE tickets.

8465054/18 Mermaids Gather at Mistyoga from 5-9pm! Join us as Misty hosts at 103 East 3rd St. in downtown Rifle. We will begin the evening with a very gentle yoga class for all levels from 5-6:00 pm followed by a Vibrational Sound Bath performed by Daniel Pierce from 6:30-7:30 pm. Daniel will play crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls. The sound and vibration from the bowls create balance and harmony in your body, mind, and spirit, all you are required  to do is find a comfortable position either lying down or seated and enjoy the process. We will eat and share time after the Sound Bath so please bring a creation from your kitchen that is filled with Prana (life). In other words nothing that has been killed or is processed please. Mistyoga will serve hot Chai, if you would like a cold beverage please bring your own non-alcoholic drinks. I hope  you will plan on attending both the yoga class and the Sound Bath and just ask that you please bring your yoga mat and blanket if you have them, the studio has enough mats and blankets for approximately 20 people. The Sound Bath begins promptly at 6:30, from 6:30-7:30 pm the studio door will be locked to avoid disturbances so please arrive on time. Daniel performs a Sound Bath at our studio once a month and the tradition is to collect a donation, a part of the proceeds go to an orphanage in Napal and a part to Daniel.

Aladdin JrGoing on Now! Register your 8-14 year old for Kids Theatre Summer Camp. Camp dates are Mon-Thurs July 6 – Aug 2 from 10 am – 3 pm. Each day students will learn dancing, art, singing and acting. Students will perform Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at The New Ute Events Center at the end of the camp. Spots are limited to only 40 students. Register today: http://secretidentitypictures.weebly.com/aladdin-jr-camp.html 





March Mermaid Notes

Can you believe March is next week already? We’re finally getting some February weather, but spring is around the corner! Here is what is coming up in Rifle:

JohnnyOBandFebruary 26-28 : Shrek the Musical presented by RHS Drama Club. For anyone who missed opening weekend, be sure to check out the show this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7 as well as a Saturday Matinee at 2. For more information visit Facebook.
February 28 : Hoot at the Ute – Benefit for The Rifle Animal Shelter at the New Ute Events Center. More information at http://rifleanimalshelter.com/content/hoot-ute.
March 7 : Free First Saturday at MistYoga 8:30-10:00. More information at www.mistyoga.com.
March 12 : Open House at Grand River Medical Clinic’s 3rd Floor Office Expansion. Services available on the 3rd floor: general surgery consultation, women’s care and anti-aging medical services. Medical providers and staff will be available for questions. Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres from 5-7 pm.
March 13 : Mermaids Gather at Geneva’s home! Mark your calendars. More details to follow. Anyone interested in hosting the Barracuda’s Poker Night in March please contact Geneva at volunteer.habitat@gmail.com.
March 14 : New Ute Theatre Society’s Annual Membership Drive Featuring The Johnny O Band! Come enjoy the party and support local theater by becoming a NUTS Member! See the poster for details. Tickets on sale this week at Rifle Lock and Key and online at TicketsWest.com.
March 19 : Family Movie Night at the New Ute Events Center. NUTS first monthly family film is tentatively scheduled to be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. If you are interested in helping to organize or volunteer at these events, please email Anna anna@blueeyesdesigns.com.
March 23-27 : Garfield RE-2 Spring Break!

Special Thank You to Shelley for hosting a Fabulous February Mermaids and to Lou for bringing her camera and taking some wonderful shots for our portfolio.
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Partnering for School Wellness : What Parents Need to Know

On behalf of Dana Wood, I would like to personally invite all the Mermaid parents with school age children to attend this upcoming workshop Partnering for School Wellness : What Parents Need to Know. The workshop will be held from 4-8pm on February 23 in Rifle and February 24 in Glenwood Springs. Presented by Action for Healthy Kids and LiveWell Garfield County, parents can learn how to work collaboratively to promote healthy eating and physical activity in our schools.

This is something that I am passionate about and I will be attending the Monday Workshop at the Rifle Library. Please share this information with other parents that you know! I look forward to seeing you there!

Click on the flyer below to print the PDF. In English and Spanish.

Parent Workshop Invitation - Garfield County - ENG

Girls on the Run and Thursday Yoga

GIRLS ON THE RUN LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS: The spring season of GOTR begins in two weeks, and we are seeking coaches, running buddies, and sponsors! This program fits perfectly with the Mermaids mission of connecting and supporting girls and women. Please read the following information, and contact Angela Strode at angela@haysandstrode.com or go to www.gotrwesterncolorado.org if you would like to volunteer or donate:

GOTR is part of a national organization that provides an after-school program for elementary- and middle school-aged girls. The program teaches the girls how to be healthy both mentally and physically while also training them for a 5k. Lessons include topics like self-image, leadership, bullying, and cliques. This is not a competitive sports program and the running piece is not meant to produce track stars; instead, the girls are imbued with understanding of how to be active and find enjoyment in exercise. The national average cost to each participant is $165, but we charge only $50 per girl. What’s more, if girls can’t afford the $50, they can opt to pay a $10 scholarship price or nothing at all (over 40% of Garco girls are on scholarship). We never turn participants away due to inability to pay. However, we frequently turn girls away because our program is so full and we cannot find enough coaches to staff our teams! Last fiscal year, GOTR served over 2,000 girls in Western Colorado, including over 300 from Garfield County. This year, Rifle Middle School is already turning girls away for the spring season because the teams are full.

THURSDAY LUNCH YOGA REMINDER: If you need a way to relax and leave the work-a-day world behind, come join us for lunch yoga every Thursday from 11:45-1 at Mistyoga on Third Street. Angela Strode, Dana Wood, and Misty Frontella rotate teaching, so there is a great variety of styles in this class. Angela will be teaching this Thursday (Feb. 5), so come on down! Beginners are welcome, $15 drop-in.

Coaches Needed

Mermaid Thank you’s and Reminders

Big thanks to Robyn Whaley for hosting our January gathering and for the fun earring making project. If you didn’t have cash on hand, you can still get the $5 to Robyn for the cost of supplies either via mail (1325 Firethorn Dr Rifle, CO 81650) or at the February 13th gathering at Shelley’s home. When I left the party only 7 crafters had paid so let’s make sure Robyn is reimbursed for this fun idea!

Also thanks to Twisted Studios Boutique for presentation and chance to shop for Valentine’s Day. If you missed it, stop by their store at the corner of 3rd and Railroad or visit them online at http://twistedstudiosboutique.com/.

Stephanie Barnett will be instructing a beginner crossfit class at 1211 Fitness on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at 4:00 pm. Your first week is free and after that there is a $10 drop-in fee or an unlimited classes membership for $100/month. If you’ve been thinking about trying out crossfit join Stephanie today!

Robyn Whaley will be traveling to Haiti in March on a medical mission. Any cash donations or over the counter items like toothbrushes, advil, soap, etc are all appreciated. Please bring donations for Robyn to the February 13th gathering or contact her at 712-249-2811.

Cieja has organized a Mermaid Blood Drive tentatively taking place at the 2nd Street lot (Farmer’s Market spot) on April 6th from 11-2. This is a great non-monetary way to give back to our community and get others involved. As long as we have 10 Mermaids sign up, St. Mary’s of Grand Junction will send out the Bloodmobile and anyone in the community can donate. We’ll send you more details when things are finalized. Thanks for organizing this Cieja!

Rebecca Lemmon is traveling to Mexico to volunteer her expertise at a vet clinic. The clinic is only operative when they have a volunteer vet and donations. I’ll follow up with the link to send donations when I get that.

Shelley Aibner is hosting our next get together on February 13th for Mermaids and Barracudas. More information about the Night of Love to follow!



Invite : WildTree Freezer Meal Workshop – Soups On!


Thursday January 29th at 6:30 pm at Pearson Insurance in Rifle
Friday January 30th at 6:30 pm in Silt

The concept is simple: We’ll get together and prep 10 HEALTHY dinners in 1 hour, to take home and eat! Here’s what we’ll be making:

  • Southwest Chicken & Corn Chowder
  • Ranch Chicken Taco Chili
  • Easy Taco Soup
  • Hearty Italian Lasagna Soup
  • Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Creamy Potato Soup (with Sausage, optional)
  • Savory Vegetable Beef Soup
  • Tia Rosa’s Chicken Enchilada Soup
  • Pasta e Fagioli
  • Creamy Broccoli Soup


1. You decide you want to do this and let ELISSA NYE WITH WILDTREE know by: Tuesday January 20th



2. Our Wildtree rep, Elissa Nye, will send out an email with order information which includes a “designated” bundle of Wildtree products. (The order is placed IN ADVANCE so we have the products for the workshop.)

3. After the order is placed, Elissa will email you a grocery list and a few prep instructions. You will purchase your groceries ahead of time and have about an hour prep at home. You are welcome to use any meat and veggies you already have on hand.

4. Then, you come to the workshop at Pearson Insurance 827 Railroad Ave Rifle with your groceries prepped and ready to make 10 meals! Your Wildtree bundle of products will be waiting for you on Thursday January 29th at 6:30pm. The workshop only takes about an hour to finish all 10 bags.

IF YOU CANT MAKE IT TO THE WORKSHOP BUT STILL WANT THE MEALS, Elissa can order you a bundle, send it directly to you with all your prep instructions, recipes and bag labels.

Elissa Nye, the Wildtree rep, is going to walk us through assembling all of them!

How awesome is it to know that we are going to leave with 10 dinners ready to freeze and pull out on busy nights?!

The meals serve 4-6 and come out to about $2.50 per serving- that’s less than fast food drive through!

Registration Deadline: Tuesday January 20th


A Call for 2015 Hostesses

Happy 2015 Magnificent Mermaids! We had a great year visiting in 2014 and this year looks to be even more marvelous! If you are interested in hosting a gathering, please email Anna at anna@blueeyesdesigns.com. As the hostess, you choose the date, time, and you keep the yummy leftovers! You are also welcome, but not obligated, to choose a theme, a project/craft, or invite a special guest to present on a topic that you care about.

Remember, Mermaids was started as a means to connect with other women of the community, share interests, invite new connections, reinforce existing friendships and most importantly celebrate who we are as individuals in a supportive, safe environment. We encourage everyone to invite your girlfriends to come along as this is a wonderful opportunity being presented to us all to embrace new experiences, and perhaps gain a different sense of belonging. We also encourage you to come with open minds, open hearts and curiosity for what and who else is in our community and an invitation to leave judgments and gossiping at home. It’s all about effective connections, nothing more and nothing less.

Mermaid Holiday Party

Mermaid ChristmasHappy Holidays to all! Don’t forget we’re celebrating this Saturday December 20th at 6:30 pm. Renee Stump will be hosting the Mermaids and Barracudas at her home 1240 Sage Ct in Rifle, CO. Please bring a wrapped White Elephant gift ($10-$15 range) for a humorous gift exchange. Black ties are not required, but this is a fun chance to dress up and show off your style! Come bearing a festive dish, drink and your holiday cheer!

And if you want another chance to wear your little black dress, the holiday festivities continue for the New Year’s Eve Gala at the UTE. Symphony in the Valley will be playing Big Band music for dancing while Grand River Cafe caters appetizers. There will be a cash bar, free champagne toast at Midnight, and a Balloon drop with prizes! Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at Miller’s Dry Goods, UteTheatre.com and probably at our Holiday Party on Saturday.

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Rifle Animal Shelter Holiday Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale

Help support the Rifle Animal Shelter this Saturday, Nov. 15th at the UTE!!! The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair and Benefit Bake Sale will be 9 am – 4 pm with breakfast available for purchase until 10 am and lunch 11-1 pm. Cookie donations are appreciated to fill holiday tins. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/rifleanimalshelter or call Brittney or Billie at 970-625-8808.

Local Holiday Shopping and Fun

Hello powerful women! The holiday season is upon us (yes there were snow flurries in Rifle yesterday!) and I’d like to invite you to join me and many other community members in shopping locally this year. Below are a couple of great opportunities to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in Rifle, Colorado on Friday Nov 21 and Friday-Saturday December 5th and 6th. Hometown Holiday also features entertainment and fun for the whole family! Click on the images to see full size PDF posters.

If you have an upcoming event that you’d like to share with the Mermaids, please email Anna at anna@blueeyesdesigns.com as soon as possible so we can help spread the word!

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Fall FUN and October Mermaids at Shelley’s Home

I’m finding it terribly hard to believe that it is the last day of September already! But with so many fun events this October, I’m excited for Fall! Mark your calendars for Thursday October 23. We’ll be gathering at the home of the super awesome Shelley Aibner around 6 pm. Bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage! Soooo looking forward to a night with all the Mermaids!

Fall Festival 2014This weekend is Rifle’s Annual Fall Festival! Events include Thursday Oct 2nd Chili Cookoff and Jalapeno Eating Contest sponsored by Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce at the Garfield County Fairgrounds from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Friday Oct 3rd FREE Music at  The New Ute Events Center. Bring your dancing shoes for traditional Octoberfest music by Alpine Echo outdoors beginning at 5:30 followed by upbeat bluegrass tunes performed by The Leonard Curry Trio inside The Ute at 7 pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase and Jay’s Steakhouse is serving concessions. Saturday’s festivities begin at 10 am at Centennial Park with a “Great Pumpkin Egg Hunt” followed by music, food, face painting, art vendors, and entertainment through 4 pm. Check out the official poster for full event details!

And, Halloween would not be the same without a bash with Skye (seriously you’ll just have to come back every October)! This year The Boomtown Players and The New Ute Theater Society are hosting an Intergalactic Halloween at The New Ute Theater Friday, October 31 from 8-11. Find all the details on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1470182306587016/.


Cancellations, September News and Events

Hello Lovely Ladies! Unfortunately I have two cancellations to report. Tonight’s Mermaid’s Family Fun night has been cancelled as many of us have school and sporting events. If this frees you up, check out the Wine Tasting Event at Grand River Hospital tonight from 5-8 pm. It was a lot of fun last year! Also, the Todo Mundo performance at The Ute Theatre on Friday night has been cancelled. Watch Facebook for ticket refund instructions.

However, there are many other fun fall events scheduled! Here are some news briefs and events that Mermaids are organizing, participating, and enjoying this fall. Also, don’t forget to check our calendar often or add it to your smart phone to stay connected (Don’t know how? Ask Anna!).

Skye and Todd Sieber are embarking on a new adventure (or revisiting their roots) and moving to Salt Lake City. We sincerely wish them the best in their move and hope they visit often! They are selling their energy efficient home with a fabulous garden (a stop on the Tour de Farms 9/20)! Please spread the word: http://www.goldstarrealtyinc.com/index.php/property-search/featured-listings/1112w26placerifle/

Sept 19 – Rifle Farmer’s Market 4-8. The Farmer’s Market continues each Friday through the end of this month on the corner of 2nd St and Railroad Avenue.

Sept 20 – Tour de Farms sponsored by Bookcliff Conservation District and LiveWell Garfield County from 8:30 – 11:30 am. FREE but tickets available online here.

Sept 20 – Colorado River Fire & Rescue’s Open House and Touch-A-Truck annual event from 10:00 – 3:00 and the Rifle Fire Station. FREE!

Sept 20 – Movie : Fed Up at The Ute Theater at 6:30 – FREE but tickets required and available online here.

Sept 28 – Geneva Farr’s Mercedes Presentation at The Ute Theater from 4 – 6:30. Discounted tickets are available through Monday Sept 22 online here or available at the door for $15. Dress up and join us to celebrate Geneva’s accomplishment!

Oct 3-4 – Rifle Fall Festival at The Ute Theater Friday evening at 7:00 pm and Centennial Park on Saturday from 10:00 – 4:00.


Geneva’s Mercedes Presentation

Congratulations to Geneva Farr who has been appointed Executive Regional Vice President with Arbonne and will be presented with a Mercedes Benz on Sunday September 28th at The New Ute Events Center. The night kicks off at 4pm with cocktail hour followed by the main event from 5-6:30. We hope to see you all there to support Geneva in her big accomplishment!

Tickets are on sale now online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/geneva-farr-region-mercedes-presentation-tickets-12657333425. Get your tickets before 9/15 for the early bird price of $12. Tickets will be $15 at the door.

Geneva Mercedes Presentation

Rifle Beer Garden Needs You!

Happy Friday Mermaids!! The Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation (RREDC) is recruiting volunteers for the Rifle Main Street program to serve at the beer gardens this summer at Centennial Park and the Ute.  All proceeds will go towards the redesign of the Ute Outdoor Patio to make it a place that works for beer gardens and other events.  Concept designs will be coming soon!

beerBelow are the dates we need volunteers. If you are trained to serve alcohol, great.  We need one trained person there at all times.  If not, that’s ok too. We need three people for each event, so sign up with your friends. If you would like to get trained, we are setting up a class soon and the RREDC can cover the cost of the class for you (how much fun would that be!?!).  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Nathan Lindquist at nlindquist@riifleco.org.

Also, don’t forget tonight is Rifle’s Farmers Market from 4-8pm on the corner of Railroad Ave and 2nd Street. Volunteers are always appreciated to set up at this weekly event beginning at 2:30. Lets make it a fun summer!

EVENT all are approximately 7 – 9 pm VOLUNTEERS
Thursday, July 24 Robert Earl Keen @ the Ute (tentative) Jess Hankins? Nathan Lindquist
Friday, July 25 Caleb Dean Band @ Centennial Park Rich Carter? Nathan Lindquist
Friday, August 1 Todo Mundo @ Centennial Park
Saturday, August 16 Foxfield Four @ Centennial Park Hannah Klausman
Friday, August 22 Papa Juke @ Centennial Park Anna Kaiser
Saturday, August 23 Drew Emmitt @ the Ute (tentative)
Friday, September 5 Comedy Night @ the Ute (tentative)

More events to come for fall 2014!

Preschool Openings with Miss Debbie

Miss Debbie Laudick, teacher at Cozy Corner Preschool in Rifle, has added another class to her schedule this fall and still has a few openings. She is a hands-on, interactive, and attentive preschool teacher with a common sense, theme-based, real-world fun curriculum. Many of the Mermaids children have attended Miss Debbie’s including my own! I strongly recommend her! Please let me know if you have any questions or call Miss Debbie at 970-625-0919.

Ethan Kaiser with Miss Debbie

Ethan Kaiser with Miss Debbie

Vision Board Workshop at Mistyoga

“A wildly creative” Visioning Board Workshop July 17th 6:45-8:45 pm

According to the Yoga tradition, your soul has four distinct desires:

  • The desire for purpose, the drive to become who you are meant to be
  • The desire for the means (health, security, finances) to prosper in this world
  • The desire for pleasures like intimacy, beauty, and love
  • The desire for spiritual fulfillment and lasting freedom

In our Visioning Board Workshop -part 1 we will set the ground work for building our vision boards. We will begin by touching on the four desires. We will cultivate self-reflection and self-empowerment through a variety of specific practices and methods. You will discover a deeper connection to your heart’s desires and you will learn valuable tools to apply to your daily life that will keep you connected to your vision.

We recommend attending the Yoga Nidra Class prior to the workshop (5:30-6:30 pm). Deep relaxation is an important tool for healing and rejuvenating your body, mind, and soul. Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep.

Cost includes healthy snacks and extra supplies for building your vision board.

Early bird special

  • Sign up for Part 1 by July 10th and pay $25
  • Sign up for Part 1 & 2 by July 17th and pay $50 for both
  • Sign up for just Part 1 after July 10th and pay $35

Please Bring: A friend, your beautiful self and a healthy snack to share. For more information, please visit http://www.mistyoga.com/visioning-board-workshop.html