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Pitkin County Events

  1. Smith Bridge Closure

    September 5, 2023 - September 14, 2023

    County work will close Smith Bridge on Smith Hill Way from Sept. 5 - 14. Needed repavement work will eliminate cracks and potholes and reduce strain on the aging bridge. To reach Upper River Road and McLain Flats Road, drivers should plan to use Gerbaz Way or Cemetery Lane during the closure. Read more about the Smith Bridge closure.

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  2. OST North Star: Take a Walk on the Other Side

    September 7, 2023, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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  3. Wonder, Words and Wisdom: A Writing Workshop with Wendy Videlock

    September 7, 2023, 5:15 PM - 8:30 PM

    Wonder, Words and Wisdom - A Writing Workshop with Western Slope Poet Laureate Wendy Videlock

    Come join us as we explore just how a good dose of wonder, a touch of craft and a working love of words can lead us over the river and into the endless possibilities of poetry and the arts.  We might find ourselves on paths of life-long learning, simply by scratching the surface of our own imaginations.  Everybody will create a poem or the makings of a poem— and all are invited to share their poem at the Open Mic later that same evening.  All skill levels welcome. 

    Workshop - 5:15-6:30pm

    Open Mic - 7:00-8:30pm

    Please register for the workshop in advance. Registration is capped at 23 participants for the workshop. The Open Mic is open to any and all!


    Writer Bio:
    Wendy Videlock is currently serving as Poet Laureate of the Western Slope. She lives on the edge of a canyon in Palisade with her husband and their various critters. Wendy is the author of five poetry collections, an illustrated children’s book, and a collection of essays on poetic craft and the creative process. Videlock’s poems and essays appear most notably in Oprah Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Hudson Review, Best American Poetry, Hopkins Review, The New York Times, New Criterion, and Rattle. Wendy is the three-time winner of the Keats Soul Making Prize, a two-time finalist for Colorado State Poet Laureate, two time finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize, and has won the PBTS Sonnet Prize, the Fischer Poetry Prize, the Cantor Poetry Prize and the AMP Sonnet Prize. Wendy is also a visual artist whose works are featured at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade, Working Artists Gallery and Willow Creek in downtown Grand Junction, and in Desert Valley Gallery in Las Vegas. Like her poems, her visual art is inspired by a sense of movement, play, rhythm, discovery, celebration and the natural world. Wendy believes that incorporating creativity into our daily lives is a great joy, a worthy difficulty, and might just be the answer to all that ails us. To see more of Wendy's work, please visit

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