The Times-Independent

Castle Valley Comments
January 12, 2017

For a small community, Castle Valley has a lot of activities to keep people informed, entertained and healthy. Residents can attend town meetings to keep abreast of how the elected officials run our municipality, witness how the fire department operates, find a good book to read during the cold winter days, enjoy a game of chess, or find a place to satisfy the appetite. Following is a list of activities that can be found in Castle Valley to fulfill the interest of most everyone.

The Castle Valley Town Council meets every third Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. to discuss and vote on agenda items to keep the town running smoothly. The town’s Planning and Land Use Commission holds its meetings every first Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the road committee gathers every third Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss road issues. Everyone is invited to these public meetings at the town hall at 2 Castle Valley Drive.

The Castle Valley Fire Department holds training meetings every first and third Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. at either Station 1 at 840 E. Castleton Road or at Station 2 behind the Town Hall on Castle Valley Drive. The three-member fire commission board also meets every second Thursday at Station 1 during the winter months and Station 2 during the summer. Again, the public is invited to the board meetings or training sessions.

The Castle Valley Library hours are Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays, from noon to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. Librarian Jenny Haraden says that if her car is there at other times while she is working, people are welcome to come in and check out a book.

On the first Thursday of each month, the library presents an alternating program of either a speaker presentation or a movie. The last presentation featured paintings by Heidi Snyder and the story of each painting by Mary O’Brien, but it was canceled because of severe weather and was rescheduled for May 4. These programs begin at 7 p.m. at the Castle Valley Library and Faylene Roth directs these events.

The library is also gearing up for its annual winter game day. Jenny said that, “If you enjoy playing ping-pong, checkers, chess, cards, board games or just visiting with friends and neighbors, please join us Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own game if you’d like. Our first session will be Wednesday, Jan. 18. Hope to see you there!”

For many years now a potluck dinner at the Castle Valley LDS Church has been going on. The community meets each month on the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a good meal while visiting with neighbors. Everyone brings a dish to share and there is always a good assortment of delicious entrees and desserts. After dinner people like to hang around and visit a few minutes before packing up and going home.

For the past year one of my favorite activities has been with the Castle Valley photo group, where I have learned a lot about photography and enjoyed seeing what images others have created. The group is led by Bill Rau and Tom Haraden, who have shared their experience and knowledge. Here is what Bill has to say about it: “The Castle Valley photo group is entering its second year of activities. Programs include viewing and discussion of group members’ photos taken in response to monthly assignments. This is usually followed by a short presentation on composition, camera settings, or different photographic techniques. All activities are designed to improve taking photos and enjoying good images. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to join at any time; all skill levels and photographic interests help inform one another. The group meets the first Monday of the month in the Castle Valley Library at 7 p.m.” For more information, everyone is invited to call Bill Rau at 435-259-7986.

There are other interest-specific groups of various kinds that meet informally during the week. One of those is a hiking group that meets each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the mailboxes. Even though they all do not show up at the same time, about 20 people have shown interest at various times and they simply show up and decide where they are going to go that morning. There has also been a craft group that was formed but is not currently active, although it might get back together later. They met at the conference room at the Town Hall and sat around the big table and worked on and displayed whatever project they were doing at the time. They assembled on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

There is a loose association of gardeners who meet at the Canyon Nursery on Rim Rock Lane in the spring for a seed swap. Alice Drogin says it is nice to meet with other gardeners and try other things in addition to the old tried and true vegetables. They also trade advice and gardening tips. She also experiments with pollinator gardens to attract birds, bees and butterflies, and this spring people can see her garden and exchange ideas on that.

An exercise group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at the Town Hall. They do yoga exercises from DVDs. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend that group to stay physically and mentally fit.

ByBy Ron Drake

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