“Saddle Up” Gymkhana
The first “Saddle Up” Gymkhana will start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the 4J Arena in New Castle. The event will support the Silt Historical Park with classes for $10. There will also be a rubber duck race, a relay race, and a tee-up-the-golfball race. For information, call Mady Masias at 970-366-1602.
Marble retreat celebration
Marble Retreat is celebrating 40 years of being in business, and the culmination of the celebration is on Oct. 11. The day begins with an open house and hors d’oeuvres from 10 a.m. to noon at the Marble Retreat lodge, 181 Bannockburn in Marble. At 5:30 p.m. at the Orchard Church in Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Drive, there will be a silent auction and entertainment by Disney artist Noah Elias, followed by dinner from Slow Groovin BBQ and a concert by contemporary Christian music artist Mark Schultz. For more information and to buy tickets go to http://www.marbleretreat.org/40anniversary or call 970-963-2499.
Hospice volunteer training
Have you been touched by the loss of a loved one? Has your family been helped by hospice and you would like to give something back as a volunteer? Volunteer training for the care and comfort of hospice patients and their families will be offered from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, 15, 20 and 22 at St. Mary’s Church in Rifle. All four classes are required for certification. Veterans are encouraged to apply. For more information, or to register, call Hospice of the Valley, Monday through Friday, at 970- 927-6650 or email Marti Barbour, volunteer coordinator at email@example.com.
Funding for irrigation practices available
Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts have cost-share funds available for landowners in Garfield County for implementation of approved conservation practices that address water quality and quantity, soil erosion or range improvements. Applications are ranked based on resource concerns and can reimburse up to 50 percent of a predetermined amount established by the review committee each year. Call the district office at 945-5494, ext. 105, for an application or go to http://www.bookcliffcd.org. Fall applications will be accepted through Oct. 10.
Introductory Historic Skills classes
The Silt Historical Society presents five classes over two weekends for $35 per session at the Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave. On Saturday, Oct. 11, Ladies Victorian pastimes is from 9 a.m. to noon, Flintnapping is from 1-4 p.m., and Backyard Beekeeping is also from 1-4 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 18, Blacksmithing is from 9 a.m. to noon and Irish Lace Tatting is from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call Bill at 618-4182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunshine Farms Annual Garlic Class
Learn how to plant, harvest, cure and eat garlic. This annual class will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Sunshine Farms, 38487 Highway 6, in New Castle. For more information, call Pat at 984-3320.
Abe Lincoln Alive
What was Abe Lincoln really like? Performance artist John Voehl will bring our nation’s 16th president to life at the Garfield County Libraries for two nights only. The New Castle Branch Library will host this event at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, and the Glenwood Springs Branch Library will host at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. This special event brought to you in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s presidency. For more information, visit http://www.gcpld.org.
Rock ‘N Roast returns for fifth year
The Rock ‘N Roast is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Gathering Center at The Orchard in Carbondale. The fun-filled event benefits valley early childhood programs including Children’s Rocky Mountain School, Growing Years, and Mount Sopris Montessori School and will feature a wine wall, music, silent auction and a drawing for great prizes. Food will be provided by the valley’s best roasters. Must be 21 to attend. For more information call 963-3506, ext. 2.
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