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February 20, 2013
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Community Briefs - Feb. 21, 2013

Dancing time is here again, as the Symphony in the Valley presents "Symphony Swing," playing and singing swing era music for those who "don't get around much any more."

Symphony Swing will be held in the Grand River Hospital ballroom, 501 Airport Road, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Tickets are $35 per person and include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

The dance benefits the all-volunteer orchestra in its 20th year of bringing affordable classical music to audiences up and down the Colorado and Roaring Fork valleys. Part of the fundraiser is an opportunity to sponsor a musician's chair in the orchestra for $250, or the conductor for $1,500.

For tickets, visit or call (970) 379-0149.

The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts will host a workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Glenwood Springs Community Center for small acreage landowners interested in backyard farming and sustainability.

The workshop will address cooperative grazing for small acreages, water wise landscaping, beekeeping in Western Colorado, wildlife rehabilitation, seed banking, ditch rights for small acreages and fruit trees and small berries.

Registration fee of $10 includes lunch. Call 945-5494, ext. 105, for more information.

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of many Rifle-area residents, Girls on the Run Western Colorado received a donation of slightly more than $1,400.

More than 20 Garfield County residents participated in a challenge called "30 Miles in 30 Days." Participants committed to walking or running at least one mile a day for 30 days in a row, starting Jan. 1. They solicited sponsorships on a per-mile basis. Sponsors paid a certain amount of money (usually $1) for every mile a participant ran or walked.

Many Rifle-ites participated, including Jen Sanborn, Skye Siebert and Helen Rogers, while people from as far as El Salvador, Washington state, California and Wisconsin participated in their local program or sponsored a runner.

The challenge was such a hit that Angela Strode, board member for Garfield County, plans to invite the community to complete 30 more days of activity in April. Strode hopes to increase community awareness and donations, since last year, the county effort raised just 19 percent of its total programming expense (it costs $100 per girl to run the program). Other counties in western Colorado contributed up to 80 percent of their programming costs.

Girls on the Run Western Colorado is a nonprofit organization based in Grand Junction. It provides an after-school program for girls, pairing lessons on topics such as bullying, self-esteem and body image with a running curriculum. The lessons culminate in a 5K race in Grand Junction. Last year's race drew more than 2,500 runners and walkers from Western Colorado.

To donate or get involved, contact Strode at 625-9444 or visit

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