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Literacy Outreach volunteer tutor information session

Fifty-nine adult students are waiting to learn English in New Castle and Glenwood Springs. Literacy Outreach needs volunteers to tutor adults eager to improve their English skills. Training and materials are provided. Learn more about this opportunity that changes lives one word at a time. An information session will be held at the New Castle Branch Library at 6 p.m. Aug. 17. Another session will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Teo Prinster Learning Center, 1127 School St. in Glenwood Springs. Call Literacy Outreach at 970-945-5282 for information.

Palisade peach fundraiser and bake sale

The UpTown Market will be hosting its second annual Palisade peach fundraiser and bake sale from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Laestadian Lutheran Church, 1859 N. First St. in Silt. Preorder peach items by calling 970-481-6542 or emailing Additional peach items and other homemade baked goods will be available at the sale. Available for preorder are: 18 pound boxes of peaches — $20 for ripes (need to be eaten or used quickly) or $30 for firsts (good for a week or so); peaches by the pound — $1.20 for ripes or $1.60 for firsts; canned peaches — $8 a quart; peach or peach/strawberry jam — $6.50 a pint; frozen peach pie — $14; frozen peach crisp — $12; peach ice cream — 4 cups for $8.

Courthouse Dogs presentation

Join Ellen O’Neill-Stephens, JD, Celeste Walsen, DVM, facility dog Molly B, and River Bridge staff for an informative and lively presentation on the use of professionally trained assistance dogs during the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse. There will be two sessions. The first, from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Glenwood Springs District Library, is open to the community, and members of River Bridge’s four- county multidisciplinary teams are highly encouraged to attend. The second, from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, is for judges, attorneys and courthouse and legal staff, and CLE credits are available. O’Neill-Stephens is the founder of Courthouse Dogs. She served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Seattle for 26 years, and is a pioneer in the use of dogs to provide emotional support in the criminal justice system. Walsen is executive director of Courthouse Dogs and a nationally recognized leader in the development of guidelines for the use of facility dogs. RSVP for these free trainings at:

Audition schedule announced for ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Defiance Community Players will be producing “Fiddler on the Roof” this year, directed by Wendy Moore and starring Bob Moore as Tevye, with performances on Nov. 13-15 and 20-22. Auditions will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 12, with callbacks starting at noon on Sept. 13. The location for auditions is to be determined. Children, men and women are needed to fill about 30 spots. Rehearsals will take place Sunday through Thursday with some Sundays off.

Auditions are by appointment only and can be made by sending an email to or calling Alexis States at 515-360-6882. Appointments can be made starting on Sept. 4.

For an audition, prepare 16-24 bars of a song, and bring the sheet music to the audition. Also, be prepared to learn and perform a short dance routine that will be taught at the audition.

For more information, contact Chip Wells at 970-379-5940.

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