THURSDAY, AUG. 30Grand Opening / Open House Grand River Student Health Center4 - 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 • 703 Railroad Ave., Rifle • 625-6433Learn more about the services offered and meet the providers at the school-based health center. Refreshments will be served. The first 100 children who attend will receive a coupon/voucher redeemable for a ski/snowboard helmet at Sunlight Ski Bike Shop. Clogging Dance Classes5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays • Apple Tree Community Room, New Castle • 970-379-05125 to 6 p.m. for ages 3.5 - to 7-years old; 6 to 7 p.m. for kids ages 8- and 9-years old. Classes are taught by a certified clogging instructor. White River Trail Runners ATV club7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 • Crabtree's Red Canyon Auto Body, 854 Access Road, Rifle • Susan, 309-7042We are a nonprofit, family oriented club.FRIDAY, AUG. 31Silt Storytime10 a.m. Fridays • Silt Branch Library, 600 Home Ave. • Free • 876-5500, www.gcpld.orgEnjoy storytime for kids and their accompanying adults every Friday.SATURDAY, SEPT. 1Cave Exploration9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 • Rifle Falls Wildlife Gazebo • Free, but a Colorado State Parks annual pass or $7 daily pass required to enter • 625-1607 Hike around Rifle Falls with park naturalist Terry Wise and explore the caves. Look for signs of bats who live at Rifle Falls and learn how Rifle Falls was formed. Put on sunscreen and a hat and bring water. Don't forget a flashlight, closed toed shoes, and long pants. You will get dusty!Wildlife at Rifle Falls12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 • Rifle Falls Wildlife Gazebo • Free, but a Colorado State Parks annual pass or $7 daily pass required to enter • 625-1607 Stop at the interpretive table to learn how to recognize clues and figure out the skulls and skins that give insight into the identity and behavior of native Colorado animals.Sing Around the Campfire7:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 • Rifle Falls State Park • Free, but a Colorado State Parks annual pass or $7 daily pass required to enter • 625-1607 Relive the western cowpunchers tradition of songs around the campfire. Enjoy "The Gap Band" for an evening singalong. Guitarists include volunteer Frank Falke of Bonner Springs, Kan., and Joe Burkins of Rifle, along with Terry Wise of Littleton on keyboards. Bring your flashlights and lawn chair or blankets to the campfire pit and your roasting stick and ingredients to make s'mores. No seating is available.SUNDAY, SEPT. 2Rifle Gap Predators11:30 a.m. - Noon Sunday, Sept. 2 • Rifle Gap Swim Beach • Free, but a Colorado State Parks annual pass or $7 daily pass required to enter • 625-1607What would you do if you see a bear, coyote or mountain lion? Can you discourage predators from visiting your yard or campsite? Check out the interpretive table with some of the skins or skulls from Rifle Gap predators. Harvey Gap Predators1 - 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 • Harvey Gap Swim Beach • Free, but a Colorado State Parks annual pass or $7 daily pass required to enter • 625-1607Check out the skins and skulls at the interpretive table with some of the Harvey Gap predators. What would you do if you see a bear, coyote or mountain lion? Can you discourage predators from visiting your yard or campsite?Wild About Bats7:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 • Rifle Falls' Mountain Mist Amphitheatre • Free, but a Colorado State Parks annual pass or $7 daily pass required to enter • 625-1607Celebrate the 2012 International Year of the Bat by joining the park naturalist for an interactive presentation on everything you wanted to know about bats but were afraid to ask. Bring your flashlights, because as dark approaches you'll hike and observe their flight patterns while they munch on their supper. Be sure to use insect repellent. This program and hike is dependent upon weather conditions.Centennial Concert Series and Centennial Market 4 - 8 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 9 • Centennial Park, 300 W. Fifth St., Rifle • www.rifleco.org/recreationThis Sunday, enjoy Already Gone, playing from 5:30 to 9 p.m.MONDAY, SEPT. 3Labor DayHospice of the Valley Grief and Loss Support5 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3 • Grand River Hospital in Rifle • 970-927-6650For anyone learning to live again after significant loss, grief support groups can be a dynamic and engaging way to learn what we can do when grief shows up in our lives.TUESDAY, SEPT. 4Dental fluoride varnishes8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 • Garfield County Public Health, 195 W. 14th St., Rifle • $5Fluoride varnish is "painted" onto teeth to prevent cavities. No appointment necessary. Silt Historical Park OpenTuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., through Oct. 31 • 8th and Orchard • Free, donations appreciated • 876-5801 to arrange toursLiteracy Outreach Conversation CircleVarious times every Tuesday • Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., Rifle • Free • 945-5282 for info and timesJoin a Literacy Outreach volunteer for Conversation Circle, a great way for adult English learners to practice their speaking skills in a safe environment. All speakers of other languages are welcome. Only English will be spoken. Advocate Safehouse Project support group6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 • Confidential location in Rifle • 945-2632 A free, confidential support group for women in current or past abusive relationships. Child care provided. Call for specific location and more information.Bookcliffs Council on Arts & Humanities Art After Hours6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 • Stone House Gallery, 1100 E. 16th St., Rifle • $25 • June Renfro, 625-3043, or Betsy Blackard, 970-379-3842Mark Heuer will teach canvas ala carte with acrylics. Fee includes supplies.WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5Silt Storytime10 a.m. Wednesdays • Silt Branch Library, 600 Home Ave. • Free • 876-5500, www.gcpld.orgEnjoy storytime for kids and their accompanying adults every Wednesday.Toddler Time 10 a.m. Wednesdays • Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way • Free • 285-9870, www.gcpld.org Story time designed just for toddlers, plus games, finger play and more. New Castle Senior LuncheonNoon Wednesdays • River Center, 126 North 4th St., New Castle • $2.50 donation suggested • RSVP to 984-2334 or 987-3565Also sponsored by Lizzi's Main Street Coffeehouse, Elk Creek Mining Co., New Hope Church, Innermountain Distributing and Alpine Bank.Rifle Lions Club7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 • Bookcliffs Council on Arts & Humanities Building, 1100 E. 16th St., Rifle • Susan, 309-7042 THURSDAY, SEPT. 6Clogging Dance Classes5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays • Apple Tree Community Room, New Castle • 970-379-05125 to 6 p.m. for ages 3.5 - to 7-years old; 6 to 7 p.m. for kids ages 8- and 9-years old. Classes are taught by a certified clogging instructor. FRIDAY, SEPT. 7Silt Storytime10 a.m. Fridays • Silt Branch Library, 600 Home Ave. • Free • 876-5500, www.gcpld.orgEnjoy storytime for kids and their accompanying adults every Friday.SATURDAY, SEPT. 8Pathway to Fishing9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 • Lion's Pond (Rifle Visitors Center, 500 Lions Park Circle) • Register at the Rifle Recreation office, 202 Railroad Ave.Kids from 6 -12 years of age will learn the basics of knot tying, casting, fish ecology and other interesting facts about how and where fish live. All participants will receive a free tackle box, tackle and casting pole. Sponsored by the Rifle Recreation Department, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery, Colorado Sportsmen Wildlife Fund, Colorado State Parks and Bureau of Land Management.SUNDAY, SEPT. 9Final Centennial Concert Series and Centennial Market 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 • Centennial Park, 300 W. Fifth St., Rifle • www.rifleco.org/recreationThis Sunday, enjoy the Defiance String Band, playing from 6 to 9 p.m. It is the last concert of the summer.MONDAY, SEPT. 10Go 2 Work Workshop9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays • Colorado Mountain College Rifle Campus • Free • 384-8523Resume assistance, career exploration, skill assessment/enhancement, and interviewing skills assistance are available. Prepare for your CareerReady Colorado Certificate. No preregistration is required.Jazz and Ballet Dance Classes5:45 to 7 p.m. Mondays • Apple Tree Community Room, New Castle • 970-379-0512Ballet for kids 5- to 10-years old from 6 to 7 p.m.; Jazz for kids 5- to 10-years old from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.; Jazz for adults from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.TUESDAY, SEPT. 11Parent's Guide to Surviving Middle School6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 • Rifle Middle School • Free • RSVP: YouthZone, 625-3141
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