Cyclists race downhill as part of the 2011 Boulder Cyclocross Series. This Sunday marks the beginning of the cyclocross season in Boulder at the Valmont Bike Park. Photo courtesy of Mountain Moon Photography

S eptember is National Yoga Month, and studios in Boulder are teaming up to provide scholarships for students in Haiti by offering donation-based classes all this month. The charity The Friends of Haiti will send 100 percent of the proceeds to medical or nursing students in Haiti who have lost one or both parents, or whose family income is less than $30 per week.

This weekend put your yoga-funds to good use and head to Vinyasa Flow at Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place.

Your money will help fund scholarships for students at the University of Notre Dame D’Haiti in Port au Prince who have pledged to stay in Haiti to serve for at least five years after graduation.

“It’s the connection of both elements, the element of yoga and the element of Haiti,” said Kim Tomsic, one of the event’s organizers. “In yoga we believe that everybody is connected and so here we are connecting in our Boulder community with people in Haiti.”

Info: Vinyasa Flow at Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place, Saturday, Sept. 15, 11:00 a.m.,


Reel Rockin’

Worn out from climbing all summer, but still haven’t got enough of the sport? Check out the Reel Rock 7 film festival on Friday at the Chautauqua Auditorium. The climbing-centric film lineup features four films — “La Dura Dura,” “Shark’s Fin,” “Wide Boys” and “Honnold 3.0” –that are partly home-grown by Boulder’s Sender Films.

This year the film festival moved to a new home that event organizers hope will seat twice the number of filmgoers. Legendary climbers (and locals) like Lynn Hill and climber/journalist Jon Krakauer might even be there.

Info: Reel Rock 7 film festival, Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., Chautauqua Auditorium,


Cyclocross at Valmont

Though the Pikes Peak Velo Campus Cross race in Colorado Springs technically kicked off the cyclocross season last weekend, this Sunday’s Boulder Cyclocross Series race marks the real opening of the season, according to Lance Panigutti, co-owner of Boulder Racing and one of the race’s organizers. Plan to watch between 600 and 700 riders take on the ‘cross course at the Valmont Bike Park on Sunday.

Since the Valmont Bike Park opened in the summer of 2011, not many actual races have been held there, Panigutti said.

It’s still new-ish and exciting to watch or race ‘cross at Valmont.

Even though the park is open for riding all the time, the race allows cyclists to ride trails that are closed off the rest of the year, Panigutti said.

“All the feedback we’ve gotten is that this is people’s favorite course of the season,” he said.

Info: Boulder Cyclocross Series race, Sunday all day, Valmont Bike Park,

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