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If it Rains: A Climate Perspective on the Dust Bowl

Join Research Integration Specialist Jeff Lukas of Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado-Boulder for a discussion on the evolution of the drought that caused the Dust Bowl. Jeff uses tree-ring records to get a longer perspective on the impact of drought in the West. This program will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, at the Rifle Branch Library. This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibit, “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” that resides at the branch from March 6 until April 17.

Applications available for Strawberry Days fine art & craft show and food fair

Applications for the 118th annual Strawberry Days Fine art & craft show and food fair are now available at The applications for both aspects of the festival will be juried. Fine Art & Craft Show applications are due March 30, and Food Fair applications are due March 16.

The Fine Art & Craft Show represents fine artists and crafters from all over the United States selling hand-made, one-of-a-kind items. The Food Fair features traditional favorites and international delights.

The 118th Annual Strawberry Days Festival takes place June 19, 20 & 21, 2015 at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs. For more information, visit or call the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 970-945-6589.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Dinner

The American Legion Post 100 in Carbondale again hosts this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Dinner on Tuesday, March 17. The parade starts at 4 p.m. at the corner of Seventh and Main in Carbondale, continues east on Main Street, turns left at Third and ends at the American Legion. There is no fee to be in the parade. A traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner follows the parade starting at 5 p.m. for $8 per person. You do not need to be a member of the American Legion to attend. Call 970-963-2381 for more information.

Cowboy Up Carbondale accepting beneficiary applications

In its seventh year Cowboy Up Carbondale will celebrate Carbondale’s unique western heritage with live music, dancing, barbecue and an auction to benefit a local nonprofit. Cowboy Up Carbondale is currently accepting applications for this year’s event beneficiary. Applicants must be a 501(c)3 and be able to provide volunteers that support their organization. The deadline to apply is March 31. For more information or to apply go to or contact Erin Bassett at 970-309-3319

Roaring Fork Cultural Council Speaker’s Night

The Roaring Fork Cultural Council is excited to be bringing Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of Colorado’s ACLU, to the Thunder River Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20. There is a lot of concern in our country surrounding the complex decisions regarding our constitutional rights and how to deal with terrorism. Woodliff-Stanley will address these concerns. The balance between civil liberties and surveillance is a hot topic right now. RFCC chair Jim Calaway will ask some leading questions, which will be a sound springboard for this topic. The discussion portion will last approximately 40 minutes. Then questions from our audience will be entertained for an additional 30 minutes. Tickets, information about the speaker and the RFCC is available at

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