Its time to nominate educators for the 2005 Colorado Teacher of the Year. The Colorado Department of Education is encouraging fellow educators, administrators, parents and community members to put forward their best and brightest teachers. Applications include eight essay questions that must be completed by the nominee by Aug. 13. Information: http://www.cde.state.co.us.Rifle Middle School will celebrate its grand reopening from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. The public can check out the new 40,000-square-foot addition that connects part of the former Esma Lewis Elementary School and Rifle Middle School. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies begin at 5 p.m., with tours and refreshments available. Information: Theresa, 625-7621.Aspen Health & Harmony will offer yoga with Thomas from 7-8:15 a.m. Friday at its studio at 695 Buggy Circle in Carbondale. Information: 704-9642.The 4-H Shooting Club will hold a free laser shooting game at the Garfield County Fair from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 13-15. They will also sell the last of their raffle tickets for $1 each. Information: Ros Hatch, 984-2016 Dance classes for adults ages 18 and older continue at the Glenwood Springs Community Center from 7-8 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 13, 20 and 27, in four-week sessions. Sessions are $30 for nonresidents, $24 for residents; drop-ins are welcome at $7 for residents, $8 for nonresidents. RSVP at the Glenwood Community Center or by calling 384-6301.The Two Rivers Mothers of Preschoolers invite all expecting mothers and mothers of preschoolers to meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month at Mountain View Church, next to Buffalo Valley. Child care is available for infants to kindergartners. Information: Jo, 876-1941.The Fraternal Order of Eagles and its auxiliary will hold an open house from 4-7 p.m. every Friday night in July. Information: Anita, 945-8295 after 6 p.m. or leave a message.The Silt Historical Societys needlework group meets 1:30-4 p.m. Fridays at the Silt Historical Park. Information: 876-5801.The Basalt Emergency Management Committee meets at 9 a.m. the first Friday of every month at Basalt Town Hall, and all meetings are open to the public. Information: Dick Merritt, 927-5178. Bikes to Mics, Aug. 14, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, will include a classic bike show. Information: 945-9124.To register for SHARE Colorado, a nonprofit monthly food distributor that offers grocery packages at half-price, visit Eagles Lodge, at 312 Seventh St., between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Information: (800) 933-7247 or http://www.sharecolorado.com.The Basalt Chamber of Commerce invites businesses and organizations to participate in the Basalt River Days parade scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, with a scooter or skateboard brigade, decorated bike, float or band. Ajax Bike and Sport on Midland Avenue will hold a bike decorating party at 10 a.m. Information: Judy, 963-9393. Author and historian Earl V. Elmont will speak on Life in Old Basalt at the Lions Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 14, and will deliver a fireside chat on The Colorado Midland Railroad at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chapman Campground up the Frying Pan River Valley.Basalt River Days invites all valley businesses and organizations to participate in its River Days parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Ajax Bike and Sport on Midland Avenue will hold a bike-decorating party at 10 a.m. Information: Judy, 963-9393.The Kiss the Trout contest will return to Basalt River Days, Aug. 14-15 in Arbaney Park, for a seventh year. Participants can vote for one of six nominees Becky Anslyn of Mason & Morse, Diane Ash of the Roaring Fork Land Co., Scott Levine of Midland Avenue Depot, Chris Norvell of Epicurious Fine Foods or Angela Menaz of Alpine Bank Basalt to kiss a dead trout. Votes are $1 each, and ballot boxes are at Alpine Bank, Basalt Bistro, Vectra Bank Basalt, Vectra Bank El Jebel, Susans Flowers & Gifts, Basalt Town Hall, Community Bank, All Us Ladies and Jimbos Liquor. Proceeds benefit River Days.The Colorado Division of Wildlife will offer a rifle hunter education course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15, at the Re-1 district building at 1405 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. No pre-registration is necessary. Kids 12 and younger must have a parent or guardian attend. The cost of the class is $10. Information: 947-2921 or http://www.wildlife.state.co.us.Aspen Health & Harmony will hold a weekend yoga workshop with Triska Lemos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15, at its El Jebel studio at 19351 Highway 82. Each session is $20. Information: 704-9642.Basalt River Days, Aug. 14-15 in Arbaney Park, is looking for pies of all types in two categories adult and child for its pie contest. Drop off pies between 1 and 1:45 p.m. Sunday for judging.Grace Church of the Roaring Fork Valley, 1776 Emma Road, will hold vacation Bible school for 4- to 9-year-olds from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 16-18. RSVP: Terrie, 963-4493, or Katy, 927-3016.The Rev. Dr. John M. Swomley will speak on The Separation of Church and State at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Wulfsohn Road. Information: Marian, 963-4754.The Biggest Top on Earth is coming to Rifle for shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. The Glittering Golden Edition of the Carson and Barnes 5 Ring Circus features performing elephants, circus stars and an exotic animal zoo. The Rifle Lions Club is sponsoring the circus, and will sell discount tickets before the show. Childrens tickets are $5, and adult tickets are $10 at Millers Dry Goods, the Lighthouse Restaurant, Action Shop and Wells Fargo banks in Rifle and Parachute. Information: Barry Miller, 945-8265, or Cindi Fenney, 625-1616.The Basalt High School Booster Club welcomes all parents to its first meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, in the Basalt High School library. The club will discuss financial needs, forming committees and looking for volunteers for the concession and merchandise stands. Information: Kelly Johnson, 379-5037, or Diana Kovach, 963-9604.The Garfield County Republicans will hold their monthly luncheon at noon Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Buffalo Valley Inn south of Glenwood Springs. Becky Rippy, Republican candidate for state representative, House District 61, will be the guest speaker, followed by discussion of the Republican Roundup on Sept. 25 and other upcoming events. Information: Jim Larson, 945-9456; Dorothy Cerise, 928-8260; or Tom Beard, 285-9740.Classes at Rock Bottom Ranch: Night Explorers, for 8- to 11-year-olds Aug. 19. Information or RSVP: 927-6760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute will hold its 18th annual Permaculture Design Certification Course from Aug. 23 to Sept. 4 at CRMPIs high-altitude site on Basalt Mountain. The course covers: permaculture philosophy and design, site analysis, forest gardening, greenhouse design, soil building, marketing, appropriate technology and integrated pest and weed management. The two-week course culminates in the creation of design for the El Jebel Heritage Fruit Tree Park. Camping and meals will be provided. Space is still available, and single-day attendance or forest garden tours are possible. Information: http://www.crmpi.org or 927-4158.Willits offers a farmers market on Saturday mornings across from the new Willits General Store and Gas Station
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