Community Programs and Services

- A Community Soup Night, held the first Tuesday of every month, where people gather to share a healthy meal, exchange news and hear about community events (with as many as 60 people participating), a community Thanksgiving Potluck, and a monthly Community Potluck and Music Series where the community can share a meal and enjoy music by professional musicians without having to drive a long distance.

- A Community Closet provides a place for members of the community to donate or take gently used items of clothing, baby items or shoes.

- A twice annual Community-Wide Yard Sale

- The sale of products such as books and home-made jellys from other non-profit organizations in the community to visitors and community members and provides information and maps featuring other businesses in the Allenspark area.

- Meeting space for Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Overeaters Anonymous, and the Allenspark Senior Advisory Council classes in computer literacy.

- Activities for children are offered several times per year, including the popular Teddy Bear Picnic and a Halloween Party and Haunted House.

- Wi-Fi and cell phone service (Verizon and Sprint) are available to the community at The Old Gallery 24 hours a day, even when The Old Gallery is not open. Many homes in the community lack Internet access. - Cell phone service is not available anywhere else in the community.

- Organization and sponsorship of a community event titled “Celebrate Allenspark”, whose purpose is to draw visitors and community members to local businesses.  The participating merchants advertise their businesses at the Gallery and contribute prizes to those who visit local establishments.

Education

- Classes and workshops in nutrition, raw food, gardening and wildlife photography (offered by two published photographers).

- A women’s book group that meets monthly.

- A lecture series featuring local and international speakers on a wide variety of topics such as fire management and forestry, astronomy, and issues plaguing India and Kenya.

Wellness

- The Old Gallery Wellness Center, housed in a seasonal cabin behind the main building, offers space for certified local practitioners to provide a variety of alternative therapies and counseling sessions on a sliding fee scale.

- A weekly walking/running group as well as the annual Run Like the Wind 5K/10K Race that draws runners from the community and many other areas.

- Two certified Yoga instructors hold classes four times a week.

- A delivery point where local residents receive food orders from Door to Door Organics.

- Outdoor recreational facilities. ACCC applied for and received a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for $122,000 to build a playground, basketball court, picnic area, water fountain, and outdoor restrooms for the community. The playground was installed in 2010 and the restroom and remaining amenities will be constructed in the fall/spring of 2011/12.

The Arts

- The Allenspark community is home to many fine artists, many of whom are nationally recognized. The Old Gallery provides an opportunity for these artists to display their works. Studio space and classroom space are also provided for local artists to hold classes and workshops.  Volunteers staff The Old Gallery every weekend of the year.

- An annual Arts Day provides an opportunity for people to meet the artists and see them at work. Originally funded by a grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance, this popular event is now in its third year.

- Artists of the Month program, featuring the works of two local artists in June-December.  An Opening Reception is held each month.

- Special exhibits (Passion Works, featuring the art of adults with and without disabilities) and dramatizations (the life of Pee Wee Reese).

- Numerous theatre workshops including Shakespeare and improvisation

- The recently formed Allenspark Performing Arts Group, produced and directed by Betsy Skinner, put on a well-attended musical theatre program entitled, From Page to Stage: A Musical Revue.  The cast included 26 members of the local Allenspark and Estes Park areas.

- Group classes in CoreSinging

- A monthly Open Mic night provides a venue for local and area musicians, poets and comedians.

- Writing workshops and a writing group led by a local, published author.

- Arts and craft activities for children are offered throughout the year.

- A weekly art group provides a supportive environment for artists at all levels

- Classical concerts are held in private homes as fundraisers for the organization.

 

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