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Growing Community: Finding Joy

We don’t even know how to start this column right now — talk about how every week gets weirder than last week, when we thought that was the height of weirdness? Or start with being grateful for spending time with family over the holidays and looking at the bright side? The crummy, no-good days seem to alternate with feeling OK [...]

December 30th, 2020|

Growing Community: Who Feels Like a Shock Absorber?

There was a recent New York Times article titled, “Mothers are the ‘shock absorbers’ of society.” This really caught my eye because it’s not a new awareness: mothers often carry the heaviest burden of caring for a child, keeping all things home-related running and, most often, returning to work in just a few weeks after having a baby. Thankfully, dads [...]

December 23rd, 2020|
  • https://vimeo.com/481320929

Awesome Aspenites…Desiree Whitehead, Operations Manager, Aspen Rec.

Awesome Aspenites of the week... Meet Desiree Whitehead, the Operations Manager for the City of Aspen Rec. Department.  Another program that refused to stop getting creative over the last few months.  Desiree and her team have worked tirelessly to provide programming for kids and adults throughout the pandemic... Swim lessons in the bathtub... What?  It was so fun to connect  [...]

December 10th, 2020|
  • https://vimeo.com/481320929

Awesome Aspenites… Michaela Idhammer-Ketpura, Aspen Youth Center Director

Awesome Aspenites of the week... Michaela Idhammer-Ketpura is the director of the Aspen Youth Center.   She has done an amazing job of brining creativity and pivoting during this Covid time.  Listen to this interview to learn about all the great things AYC has been doing since last March.  Interested in the learning pods or activities at AYC, you can reach [...]

December 4th, 2020|

Growing Community: Are we at Mile 18 of our unprecedented times yet?

People say that the hardest part of running a marathon is at Mile 18.  That’s when runners hit a wall, and it becomes harder and harder to maintain pace. This middle part of the marathon is the most challenging point, and even first-class runners experience difficulties and train very specifically to deal with them. Unfortunately, nobody trained us to be [...]

December 2nd, 2020|
  • https://vimeo.com/481320929

Awesome Aspenites… Reese and Avery Leonard with Plus20

Awesome Aspenites of the week... PLUS 20... 2 local Aspen High School students, Reese and Avery Leonard wanted to make a difference in their community. They created PLUS20. A small donation of $20 that they then turn around into local gift cards for families. They give the gift cards directly to Aspen Family Connections so that we can support families [...]

November 19th, 2020|

Growing Community: Octopus 101

This column doesn’t generally offer film reviews, but if you are searching for something to watch while we are all stuck indoors, you can do no better than the documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ on Netflix. Best of all, this is a film that anyone can enjoy, even elementary-age children (Common Sense Media says 8 and up). Without spoiling the story [...]

November 18th, 2020|

AFC Food Distribution moves to the Aspen Chapel

THE MOBILE/DRIVE-THRU FOOD PANTRY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES and ASPEN FAMILY CONNECTIONS IS ON THE MOVE AGAIN! Starting next Wednesday, November 18th, we will be at the Aspen Chapel, 77 Meadwood Dr.  The Aspen Chapel is right off the roundabout, just up Castle Creek!  SAME DAY OF THE WEEK, SAME TIME, SAME FOOD... NEW HOME! Anyone [...]

November 12th, 2020|
  • https://vimeo.com/481312854

Introducing Awesome Aspenites Video Series

Introducing a New Video Series... Awesome Aspenites! Aspen Family Connections has met so many amazing people and we wanted to bring you some that are directly impacting AFC and our community. Our first interview is with Cam Daniel, Pitkin County Sheriff Deputy and the Aspen School District Student Resource Officer. So today... enjoy our first installment of AWESOME ASPENITES! If [...]

November 12th, 2020|

Growing Community: Teaching Tolerance

I wish you could have been there! Kids First just hosted our annual in-service training for all the child care programs staff in Pitkin County. Everyone successfully Zoomed into the meeting, and we loved hearing Dr. Rosemarie Allen share information about implicit bias, microaggressions, white spaces and how we look at ourselves and our classrooms with new insight. Teachers and [...]

November 4th, 2020|

Growing Community: Finding Joy

We don’t even know how to start this column right now — talk about how every week gets weirder than last week, when we thought that was the height of weirdness? Or start with being grateful for spending time with family over the holidays and looking at the bright side? The crummy, no-good days seem to alternate with feeling OK [...]

December 30th, 2020|

Growing Community: Who Feels Like a Shock Absorber?

There was a recent New York Times article titled, “Mothers are the ‘shock absorbers’ of society.” This really caught my eye because it’s not a new awareness: mothers often carry the heaviest burden of caring for a child, keeping all things home-related running and, most often, returning to work in just a few weeks after having a baby. Thankfully, dads [...]

December 23rd, 2020|
  • https://vimeo.com/481320929

Awesome Aspenites…Desiree Whitehead, Operations Manager, Aspen Rec.

Awesome Aspenites of the week... Meet Desiree Whitehead, the Operations Manager for the City of Aspen Rec. Department.  Another program that refused to stop getting creative over the last few months.  Desiree and her team have worked tirelessly to provide programming for kids and adults throughout the pandemic... Swim lessons in the bathtub... What?  It was so fun to connect  [...]

December 10th, 2020|
  • https://vimeo.com/481320929

Awesome Aspenites… Michaela Idhammer-Ketpura, Aspen Youth Center Director

Awesome Aspenites of the week... Michaela Idhammer-Ketpura is the director of the Aspen Youth Center.   She has done an amazing job of brining creativity and pivoting during this Covid time.  Listen to this interview to learn about all the great things AYC has been doing since last March.  Interested in the learning pods or activities at AYC, you can reach [...]

December 4th, 2020|

Growing Community: Are we at Mile 18 of our unprecedented times yet?

People say that the hardest part of running a marathon is at Mile 18.  That’s when runners hit a wall, and it becomes harder and harder to maintain pace. This middle part of the marathon is the most challenging point, and even first-class runners experience difficulties and train very specifically to deal with them. Unfortunately, nobody trained us to be [...]

December 2nd, 2020|
  • https://vimeo.com/481320929

Awesome Aspenites… Reese and Avery Leonard with Plus20

Awesome Aspenites of the week... PLUS 20... 2 local Aspen High School students, Reese and Avery Leonard wanted to make a difference in their community. They created PLUS20. A small donation of $20 that they then turn around into local gift cards for families. They give the gift cards directly to Aspen Family Connections so that we can support families [...]

November 19th, 2020|

Growing Community: Octopus 101

This column doesn’t generally offer film reviews, but if you are searching for something to watch while we are all stuck indoors, you can do no better than the documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ on Netflix. Best of all, this is a film that anyone can enjoy, even elementary-age children (Common Sense Media says 8 and up). Without spoiling the story [...]

November 18th, 2020|

AFC Food Distribution moves to the Aspen Chapel

THE MOBILE/DRIVE-THRU FOOD PANTRY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES and ASPEN FAMILY CONNECTIONS IS ON THE MOVE AGAIN! Starting next Wednesday, November 18th, we will be at the Aspen Chapel, 77 Meadwood Dr.  The Aspen Chapel is right off the roundabout, just up Castle Creek!  SAME DAY OF THE WEEK, SAME TIME, SAME FOOD... NEW HOME! Anyone [...]

November 12th, 2020|
  • https://vimeo.com/481312854

Introducing Awesome Aspenites Video Series

Introducing a New Video Series... Awesome Aspenites! Aspen Family Connections has met so many amazing people and we wanted to bring you some that are directly impacting AFC and our community. Our first interview is with Cam Daniel, Pitkin County Sheriff Deputy and the Aspen School District Student Resource Officer. So today... enjoy our first installment of AWESOME ASPENITES! If [...]

November 12th, 2020|

Growing Community: Teaching Tolerance

I wish you could have been there! Kids First just hosted our annual in-service training for all the child care programs staff in Pitkin County. Everyone successfully Zoomed into the meeting, and we loved hearing Dr. Rosemarie Allen share information about implicit bias, microaggressions, white spaces and how we look at ourselves and our classrooms with new insight. Teachers and [...]

November 4th, 2020|
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