SHS Drama Team Croons Themselves a Salida Soup 40 Win!

 Members of the cast of  Little Shop of Horrors , the first SHS musical in 18 years, pose with the Big Soup Check after their win on September 20th.

Members of the cast of Little Shop of Horrors, the first SHS musical in 18 years, pose with the Big Soup Check after their win on September 20th.

Scholarships, stained glass, and singing carnivorous plants were part of September’s Salida Soup (how’s THAT for alliteration?!).
Bones Davis presented on behalf of his non-profit organization Articipate, with past and present students lauding the program as an asset to the community. Licia Iverson spoke to the crowd of 100+ about the United Methodist Church’s one hundred year old stained glass windows and the proposed cost of maintenance, cleaning, and repair. But it was Devon Kaspar and Andre Wilkins, and the cast of the upcoming fall SHS production of Little Shop Of Horrors, that stole the show. Their rendition of “Skid Row”, the opening number of LSOH, was strong and exciting. The diners thought so as well, voting a veritable landslide of support for the Kaspar & Wilkins effort.

October will see the 3rd annual Spooky Soup - diners are encouraged to come in costume, and to bring a scary, weird, or spooky potluck item. Salida Soup 41 is Thursday, October 18.

For more information on Salida Soup, visit the Soup page under the PROGRAMS tab at gopfca.com.

And the winner is...

 Participants and supporters gather at Salida Regional Library to kick off the PfCA Bookmarks for Burritos Program. From left front are Tatum Miller, Dinah Miller, Maya Miller, Harper Hartman, Jesse Hawley, Mabel Gartzman and Ozzie Gartzman. Back: Jimmy Sellars, Susan Matthews, Mark Monroe, Sarah Gartzman, and Rob Gartzman. Photo by Sam Klomhaus from  The Mountain Mail .

Participants and supporters gather at Salida Regional Library to kick off the PfCA Bookmarks for Burritos Program. From left front are Tatum Miller, Dinah Miller, Maya Miller, Harper Hartman, Jesse Hawley, Mabel Gartzman and Ozzie Gartzman. Back: Jimmy Sellars, Susan Matthews, Mark Monroe, Sarah Gartzman, and Rob Gartzman. Photo by Sam Klomhaus from The Mountain Mail.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Salida, Colorado: September 20, 2018)

The new Bookmarks For Burritos program, launched earlier this month, has sent the two winning images to be made into free bookmarks, each to be available at the Salida Regional Library and all Salida-area school libraries. 

Harper Hartman and Jesse Hawley collected the most votes in the contest. Ms. Hartman’s image of an astronaut on the Moon was inspired by the novel “Wonder”, by R.J. Palacio, while Mr. Hawley’s image is based on David Lubar’s “The Curse of the Campfire Weenies”.  Each winner also received a free Mo’Quito burrito from MO Burrito, one of the programs’ sponsors. 

To enter the contest, forms can be picked up at the Salida Regional Library. The Partnership for Community Action collects submissions regularly, and scans them onto their website. Visitors to the site can then vote online for their favorite image. Winners are announced periodically, with their art being made into shareable bookmarks.

For images of other submissions, and to learn more about the program itself, visit www.goPfCA.com/library

Sellars Project Space is a multi-disciplined partnership focused on using a variety of strategies to strengthen communities. The Partnership for Community Action (PfCA) is a Sellars Project Space program that creates tools to assists in strengthening the community's shared voice and offers opportunities for the community to work and play together.

For more information on Sellars Project Space, and the various programs and services they offer, or to schedule radio and/or television interviews, image requests, etc. please contact Jimmy or Mark at (719) 221-9893 or by email at jimmy@sellarsprojectspace.org, or mark@sellarsprojectspace.org

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PfCA Teen Night Returns to Seasons Cafe

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School is back in session, and that means the PfCA Teen Night has returned to Seasons Cafe!

Sellars Project Space’s Partnership for Community Action (PfCA) Program, Seasons Cafe, the Chaffee County Youth Alliance, Family and Youth Initiatives, and the Boys and Girls Club of Chaffee County are working together to provide this weekly event for teens in a safe, drug-free, bullying-free, and inclusive environment.
After a fun and successful change of venue for the summer to Fun Street Family Arcade, our area teens are now back at their favorite hang-out for patio time, river shenanigans, and of course, FRENCH FRIES.
Thank you to Scotty Hughes and Fun Street - that 10-week "location vacation" proved to be enlightening and a lot of fun! 

For more information about Teen Night, please visit www.salidateennight.com

Chaffee County Open Re-Presents for SS 39 and Wins!

 Daryl Huschka (l) and Jenny Gee-Majeski with the Big Soup Check. Huschka's pitch for the Chaffee County Open won the night's Soup pot.

Daryl Huschka (l) and Jenny Gee-Majeski with the Big Soup Check. Huschka's pitch for the Chaffee County Open won the night's Soup pot.

The second time can sometimes be better than the first - at least when it comes to presenting at Salida Soup!  Daryl Huschka presented on behalf of the disc golf tournament, the Chaffee County Open, for the second time at Salida Soup 39. Diners voted Daryl the winner over the other presenter for the evening, Realize Your Beauty, but not by much. Stacey and her body-positive organization came in a very VERY close second; watch for her upcoming re-presentation at a future Soup!
Thanks again to our anonymous donor's monthly contribution, we were able to push the Soup pot this time to just over $500. 

Salida Soup 40 will be on Thursday, September 20th - see you there!

Team Breastfeeding for the Salida Soup 38 Win!

 Chaffee County Public Health's (l) Emily Anderson (RN, CLC), Lorraine Redmond (IBCLC), and Cassondra Franco (RN, IBCLC) and their families stand with the Big Soup Check. Team Breastfeeding scored enough votes to take home the monthly Soup pot.

Chaffee County Public Health's (l) Emily Anderson (RN, CLC), Lorraine Redmond (IBCLC), and Cassondra Franco (RN, IBCLC) and their families stand with the Big Soup Check. Team Breastfeeding scored enough votes to take home the monthly Soup pot.

Soup diners made another difficult decisions (for the 38th time!) and chose Chaffee County Public Health's Team Breastfeeding as the recipient of $495 to apply towards their recently defunded program. Planned Parenthood and the burgeoning Chaffee County Open (disc golf tournament) gave compelling presentations, but the need for safe and inclusive spaces and programs promoting a mother's natural food source won out. 
We also announced that, although High Country Bank has ceased donating their much-appreciated $250 bonus each month, Sellars Project Space did receive notice that an anonymous donor is willing to write a check for $500 each month to put towards Salida Soup and the Soup pot!
Stay tuned for announcements re: incentives and new possibilities for funding at future Soups!

AVEN Rolling out new SAFE SPACES Program

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The SAFE SPACE program identifies allies in the community who own/manage businesses and public spaces that LGBTQIA* individuals, families and youth can patronize, and not feel that they will be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm.  Filling out the on-line application and signing the pledge gets the participating business a sticker and certificate. When that business receives their certificate, they take a picture with it with all of the employees, as well as another photo of their entry with the sticker displayed. Once AVEN receives the images, that business will be added to the AVEN list of SAFE SPACE program participants, as well as being featured in AVEN emails and social media posts!

If someone encounters difficulty in a SAFE SPACE, they can fill out the Report a SAFE SPACE form and AVEN will contact the business and share your report. If a business or public spaces receives a report, they should communicate between AVEN and the person filing in order to keep both parties safe from any feelings of harassment.

For more information, please call (719) 221-9893, or visit arkvalleyequalitynetwork.org

*The letters LGBTQIA refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied. 

Salida PFLAG is now Spectrum Alliance

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The organizers of our monthly PFLAG meetings want to let you know about some important structural changes in our ongoing efforts to bring quality support to our local LGBTQ community.

While PFLAG is an outstanding organization, we have made the decision not to officially affiliate ourselves with them for the following reasons. PFLAG rightfully charges dues for all of the hard work that they do around the country and the information and infrastructure that they provide. If we were to become a full-fledged chapter, we would have to maintain a treasury, collect dues, and solicit donations. Currently, we have space generously donated by Seasons Cafe to hold our meetings and several volunteers which has alleviated our need for money. If all of those participating contribute by bringing snacks to monthly meetings then we should be good to go.

PFLAG also requires a Board of Directors format and a variety of positions that necessitate monthly meetings, record keeping, and financial responsibility and reporting. It is our belief that the amount of time that would need to be required to maintain a board could be better directed elsewhere.

With this in mind, we are changing the name of our current PFLAG meeting to the Spectrum Alliance. We feel the name is more inclusive, there will be no dues, and our mission will remain the same; to provide a safe environment for youth, families, and allies of the LGBTQIA community to educate, socialize, and advocate.

The Spectrum Alliance will continue to meet at our usual time—the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Seasons Café. Our next meeting is Monday, July 16th and our topic will be an interesting and humorous TED Talk called “The Gay Agenda”. We look forward to your continued participation in these gatherings.

Please direct all inquiries or comments to arkvalleyspectrumalliance@gmail.com. You can also find out more info by visiting ArkValleyEqualityNetwork.org.

Again, thank you for your continued support and involvement of this much needed group. We enjoy our time with you and are looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting!


 

PfCA's Teen Night Wins 3rd Anniversary Soup

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Despite an unexpected venue change and lower attendance than usual, the Third Anniversary Salida Soup (#37!) was a great success, garnering SPS/PfCA's weekly Teen Night the winnings!

Due to a scheduling overlap and mixup at the SteamPlant, the Soup had to move to a space able to accommodate both diners and speakers, as well as a place to cook the soup itself. Many thanks to Seasons Cafe for stepping in and letting us cobble together a memorable Soup for about 30 diners. The two other presenters, The Triangle Oasis and the Salida Stiltwalker Project, were compelling and informative, but the diners felt that their donations would be best suited to support a safe, inclusive, bullying- and drug-free space weekly for our teens here in Salida. 
Many thanks to all who came and voted, to the Seasons staff who stayed to help (thanks for that margarita, Shelly!), and to Seasons owners' Julie & Kristofer, for believing that community is about heart, and food is about community. 

The next Salida Soup will be July 19, back at the Salida SteamPlant Ballroom. Visit salidasoup.org for details. 

Chaffee County SART Presents (& Wins) at SS 35!

 Planned Parenthood nurse Karen Adamson (l), and manager Shelley Schreiner hold up the Big Soup Check tallying the winnings they earned for the Chaffee County SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) at Salida Soup 35. The money earned will go towards new support technologies.

Planned Parenthood nurse Karen Adamson (l), and manager Shelley Schreiner hold up the Big Soup Check tallying the winnings they earned for the Chaffee County SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) at Salida Soup 35. The money earned will go towards new support technologies.

It should have been 3 presentations, but due to a technological snafu, diners only had two to choose from at Salida Soup 35 on April 19. FAASST Motorsports and the Chaffee County SART group were on hand to present, but George Mossman's 6th Grade Class didn't get their confirmation (they were later contacted, and will be presenting at Salida Soup 36, on May 18). 
Judy Faas told the diners about the soap box derby cars, while the SART group, represented by Planned Parenthood stars Karen Adamson and Shelley Schreiner, showed the difference between their currently outdated and non-functional technology, and the new (very expensive) portable devices they would need to get current.
The diners voted, and the CC SART folks received the night's earnings. 
Thank you to everyone, as always, for presenting and for being a part of the potluck! 

For more information on the Soup, or to become a Presenter, go to salidasoup.org

Teen Night - New Summer Vacation Location!

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Beginning Thursday, June 7th, Teen Night at Seasons will become Teen Night on Fun Street! Growing our current partnerships with the Chaffee County Youth Alliance, Family and Youth Initiatives, and the Boys and Girls Club of Chaffee County, the PfCA wants to welcome our newest partner, Scotty Hughes and his new Fun Street Family Arcade! We are excited to bring this weekly event for teens to such a spectacular "vacation location". It will still function as an event for teens to interact in a safe, drug-free, bullying-free, and inclusive environment.
The idea to move the location from its current (and quite successful) base of Seasons Cafe to the arcade was proposed and agreed upon during a meeting of sponsor stakeholders. The energy of the arcade will be a perfect backdrop for summertime evenings with friends. 
We are currently working out coffee & tea and food & beverage logistics, but rest assured, the affordability of the menu items offered will still be a top consideration. 
Moonlight Pizza is already a food sponsor of the arcade, which will be a benefit for those at Teen Night. 

For more information, email us; be sure to put TEEN NIGHT in the subject line.

Your donations keep Teen Night awesome. To contribute, please visit salidateennight.com

PfCA, SRL, and MO Burrito partner for Bookmarks for Burritos!

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Partnership for Community Actions’ Bookmarks for Burritos program, in conjunction with Rob Gartzman of MO Burrito, and Susan Matthews, Library Director, aims to get kids to think further about art and literature, and how the two are combined in so many aspects of their lives.

Bookmarks for Burritos participants will be asked to design a bookmark based on their favorite story or book, using an entry form available at the Library. Returned forms will be chosen at random to be printed as bookmarks to be distributed at the Salida Regional Library, as well as Salida school libraries. Along with their art being featured, the two monthly winners will also receive a free Mo’Quito burrito from local favorite, MO Burrito.

An online gallery of bookmarks will be available on our website.

For more information, call the Salida Regional Library at (719) 539-4826.

Colorado Farm to Table Wins Salida Soup 34!

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Raising nearly the exact amount they requested, Colorado Farm to Table walked away with the Soup pot last night in another close vote. Just edging out the SHS Knowledge Bowl Team and the HRRMC Oncology Department, CFTT was elated the diners chose their seed purchasing as the evenings best presentation. 
Wearing t-shirts and awesome corn hats, members talked about the fact that lower grant funding and fewer donations motivated them to present at the Soup, in hopes of raising money to purchase seeds for this year's crop. Since 2005 CFTT has grown and given away more than 1,000 tons of nutritious produce and every pound has been given to those in need. They supply local churches, Caring and Sharing, and many food banks across the state with healthy, fresh produce for those most in need. Last year they raised 315,000 pounds of fresh produce and gave 100% of it to help feed hungry families. 
Congratulations to this important and enthusiastic organization!

Ark Magazine writes about PfCA Teen Night

 Jacob and Vasey perform in front of a large crowd at the first PfCA Teen Night at Seasons Cafe on February 1st. Photo by Andre Wilkins.

Jacob and Vasey perform in front of a large crowd at the first PfCA Teen Night at Seasons Cafe on February 1st. Photo by Andre Wilkins.

Article by Ericka Kastner

As a direct result of a team effort between multiple community organizations, the staff at Seasons Cafe will once again open their doors... read the entire article at https://arkmagazine.net/teen-night/

Thank Ark Magazine for the great article. Teen Night is every week on Thursdays. For more information visit http://www.SalidaTeenNight.com

Fridays @ Three Holiday Party at kHEN!

The atmosphere was festive during December 29th's Fridays @ Three show - we turned it into the Fridays @ Three Holiday Party! The community was invited to come to the kHEN Studios between 2-5p for holiday snacks, drinks, and opportunities to be LIVE on the radio! Our amazing friends Duke & Tammy Shepherd (Pint & a Half) played a couple of songs, Mayor P.T. Wood popped in for a chat, and Tuwa, the rescued Arctic Fox, blew us all away with her beauty and sweetness. We had so many folks in the studio that day - everyone did a great job!
Thanks to all who came by to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

PfCA Hosts MLK Jr. Day Meetup at Seasons Cafe

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This week we hosted a meet-up for MLK Jr. Day here in Salida. We didn't see any events in the community commemorating this important federal holiday, so we organized one. We had nearly 30 community members attend the event where we discussed our connection to MLK's legacy, stories that inspire us, and quotes by the civil rights leader.

Participants were also asked to submit their hope and dreams for the area. We typed them up and have listed them below!

  • Celebrate Culture and Diversity
  • Official Indigenous People's Day in Town/County/State/USA
  • Official MLK Day in Salida
  • Affordable housing for every category of our citizens, utilities to Vandeveer Ranch so we can develop that close in piece of land. Community input into both and economic development that arises from affordable housing. 
  • Development of Highway 50 via a new development plan that creates a beautiful gateway to Salida.
  • Total acceptance of everyone!
  • I would like Salida to have a place for the teenager to hang out.
  • Specific housing for seasonal workers, paid for in partnership with larger employers.
  • Practice tolerance and find ways to be reminded of it on a regular basis.
  • Encouragement of faith community alliance to address local issues.
  • Age/Economic diversity.
  • Housing for the homeless.
  • Affordable housing specifically designed for emerging artists and musicians (work/live spaces).
  • Conversation about racial issues, about income inequality.

Manifest Action Sports manifested a big Salida Soup win!

 Slaid Waggoner (middle) and the Manifest Action Sports crew posed with the Big Soup Check as the winners of Salida Soup 31 on Thursday, December 21. 

Slaid Waggoner (middle) and the Manifest Action Sports crew posed with the Big Soup Check as the winners of Salida Soup 31 on Thursday, December 21. 

Three young BMX bikers free-styled their way to winning the Soup pot during Salida Soup 31 with a compelling presentation about building confidence and staying out of trouble. 
Slaid Waggoner and his crew from Manifest Action Sports talked about how riding and working on BMX bikes kept them focused on a positive future. They hope to bring their enthusiasm for the sport of BMX riding - as well as scooter and skateboarding culture - to Salida, in the form of a space where young people can learn proper riding techniques, tricks, and how to work on their chosen action sport vehicles. Watch for something to come this Spring!
Valley To Valley Senior Care Center, and Friendship Bridge Salida also presented. 

 

White Christmas at The SteamPlant

 Ugly Sweater Contest participants having fun prior to the screening of White Christmas at the SteamPlant Theater on Monday, December 18.

Ugly Sweater Contest participants having fun prior to the screening of White Christmas at the SteamPlant Theater on Monday, December 18.

As much as Salida dreamt of a white Christmas to happen, the only snow we got was on the big screen at the SteamPlant Theater. The Free Monday Movie for December was the 1954 holiday classic, White Christmas. Sing-alongs were encouraged (the "Sisters" number being the most popular, it seemed), and the Ugly Sweater Contest before the film was a lot of fun. 

Salida PFLAG's First Holiday Party a Festive Success!

It was a festive and inclusive atmosphere at Seasons Cafe for the Salida PFLAG Holiday Party on Thursday, December 14th. Folks from all parts of the Salida community gathered to decorate and create ornaments for the PFLAG tree in Holiday Park, as well as sharing delicious baked goods from Seasons Cafe chef Julie Kimbrough and PFLAG board members and friends.
David Tipton was on hand to provide the music.

From its founding in 1972 to its work today, PFLAG’s membership of LGBTQ people, families, and allies have united in love, embracing each other and people whose communities are often marginalized, erased or ignored.