Lines West: Oct. 18


If going back was an option,

I would take it and start

before the going, before then,

and try and scrape all

layers of delusion,

crusts of desire

and veils of self-deception,

and try and learn what now

is all too late,

so as not to go ill forward,

and never have to opt back.

        — Jorge H. Aigla (2010)

Botanical Gardens’ Haunted Castle to open Oct. 23

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens has transformed its Children’s Castle into a Haunted Castle that will be open for a spooky good time in the evenings beginning Wednesday, Oct. 23, and continuing through Thursday, Oct. 31.

The castle, in the children’s area of the gardens, 641 Struthers Ave., will be open from 6–10 p.m. on the weekdays and from 5–11 p.m. on the weekend.

Not for the faint-of-heart, the haunted experience will give thrill-seekers a chance to jump out of their skin. Parents are encouraged to use discretion when bringing the younger kids. It is described in a news release as a “scary haunted house.”

Cost is $8 for adults, and $5 for ages younger that 12. Call 245-3288 for information.

Classes begin at art studio


Watercolor Dogs Art Studio, 145 N. Mesa St., in Fruita, will offer new classes beginning soon.

Watercolor In The Morning will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 14, 21 and Dec. 5, 12; Realistic Drawing will be from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 12, 19, and Dec. 3, 10 and 17; and Putting A Painting Together will be from 1:30–3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 14, 21 and Dec. 5, 12.

Call 270-2235 or go to for information.


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