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Join us for Lawn Bash 2024!

Lawn Bash 2024 will take place on Wednesday, June 26 from 3-6pm

On Wednesday, June 26, join friends and fellow listeners from 3-6 p.m. for a fun, family-friendly FREE gathering to celebrate our remarkable community on the lawn of the Red Brick Center for the Arts (110 E. Hallam Street, Aspen).

Meet the Aspen Public Radio team, tour the radio station, and see a live radio broadcast highlighting community voices from the event. From 5-6 p.m., find a seat on the lawn and enjoy a panel discussion on strengthening our democracy during this critical election year, moderated by 1A host Jenn White.

Enjoy complimentary donuts & hot and iced coffee from Aspen Mini Donuts, beautiful mangos on a stick from Señor Mango, and homemade ice cream from Afternoon Deelites (while supplies last!). With complimentary paperboard carton water provided by Everybody Water. Taqueria el Yaqui will also be on-site with authentic, Mexican street food available for purchase.

Throughout the event, guests can visit resident artist studios in the Red Brick Center for the Arts to see them at work and shop collections, enjoy family-friendly artmaking in the Art Factory, and experience the newly renovated art gallery showcasing the exhibition “Fortune Teller” opening June 20, 2024.

Then learn how to get more involved in our community! Explore the 2024 Lawn Bash Volunteer Fair to find out how you can volunteer with one (or more!) amazing nonprofit organizations working throughout the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, including:

Alpine Legal Services
Aspen Animal Shelter
Aspen Thrift Shop
Buddy Program
Carbondale Clay Center
Challenge Aspen
Chris Klug Foundation
& National Marrow Donor Program
English in Action
Gay For Good
Habitat for Humanity RFV
Pitkin County Senior Services
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers
Smiling Goat Ranch
Valley View Hospital
West Mountain Regional COAD
& Western Colorado Red Cross

At 5 p.m., find a good spot for your lawn blanket and chairs at the main stage in front of Aspen Public Radio’s studios to enjoy a robust panel discussion exploring how we can fight for democracy and promote civic participation in this critical election year.

Moderated by national public radio host Jenn White, panelists will include Colorado Mountain College President and CEO Carrie Besnette Hauser, who earlier this year launched Rediscovering Common Ground, a non-partisan series of community conversations about civic engagement and civil discourse; Rocky Mountain PBS Director of Journalism Jeremy Moore, creator of Reality Check, a nonpartisan educational initiative to create a more media-literate Colorado; and Aspen’s Mayor Torre to encourage participation in all aspects of civic life, explore how we engage with respect and civility, learn how to identify and counter misinformation, and build a community in support of our democracy.

Complimentary copies of "The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens" by Richard Haass will be available for pickup. Each year, the CMC Common Reader program selects one book and offers it for free distribution across the dozens of communities CMC serves – followed by a series of discussions, author talks and conversations at CMC campuses.

In this 2024 Common Reader selection, the book’s author Richard Haass argues that the very idea of citizenship must be revised and expanded. The Bill of Rights is at the center of our Constitution, yet our most intractable conflicts often emerge from contrasting views as to what our rights ought to be. This fall, our community will be invited to hear from Haass as he visits several CMC campuses around the region to discuss the principles behind the book.

Support for Lawn Bash 2024 has generously been provided by Alpine Bank, Obermeyer Wood Investment Council, Colorado Mountain College, Rotary Club of Aspen, and ACRA, with additional support from Everybody Water, Aspen Mini Donuts, Afternoon Deelites, Colorado Site Services, Red Brick Center for the Arts, Karp.Neu.Hanlon, and Aspen Community Foundation.


About Aspen Public Radio: Aspen Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to support, nourish, and enrich our community by providing informative, entertaining, and educational radio and digital programming in a reliable and professional manner. Founded in 1980 as Roaring Fork Public Radio Translator, broadcasting from Sy Coleman’s living room in 1981, Aspen Public Radio has now grown into one of the most relied upon news institutions in the Roaring Fork Valley. The station is located in the Red Brick Center for the Arts at 110 E. Hallam Street, Suite 134, Aspen, Colorado.

You can listen to Aspen Public Radio at 91.5FM and 88.9FM, along with other repeater signals depending on location throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, or by streaming the station at aspenpublicradio.org from anywhere in the world.