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The Glenwood Springs Community Center will close at 8 p.m. Sept. 1-15 because of paint fumes. Information: Leon Kuhn, director of parks and recreation, 384-6315.

The Mid-Valley Mothers of Preschoolers will meet from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Christ Community Church between Basalt and El Jebel. Charla Belinski will speak on “Focusing on Patience in our Lives.” Child care is provided. The first time is free; additional meetings cost $5. Information: Wendy Rickard, 927-5154; or Jacy Allen, 927-8722.

Heritage Park Care Center and Dr. Barbro Pilch will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, with the St. Mary’s Hospital bloodmobile in the main parking lot of Heritage Park Care Center at 1200 Village Road in Carbondale. Information: Konnie, 963-1500, or St. Mary’s Hospital, (800) 458-3888, ext. 2555.

Anyone interested in participating in the Aspen Walk for Wilderness, Saturday, Sept. 25, at Ashcroft, can register for $15 until Friday, Sept. 10. Registration is $20 after that. The early-bird price for participants 12 and younger is $10 ($12 after Sept. 10), but they can walk for free if they don’t want the T-shirt and water bottle. Information:

There are still slots open for the Pinnacol “Pinnacle” golf tournament Sept. 10 at Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club. Information or RSVP: 945-6589.

The 26th annual Foulkrod Invitational Open Golf Tournament is set for Sept. 10-11 at the Aspen Glen Golf Course to benefit the nonprofit Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation, which funds classroom programs and teacher opportunities in public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. The tournament is open to individuals or teams of up to four people. The $200 tournament fee includes dinner parties, door prizes and souvenirs. RSVP: 379-6569 or e-mail

The Silt Historical Society’s needlework group meets from 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.

Saturday, Sept. 11, is trail maintenance day for the Rifle Snowmobile Club; volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the groomers shed at the West Elk Trailhead. There will be a potluck club meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Robinson’s High Country Cabin on Buford Road.

The Financial Health Fair presents “How to Get Out of Debt in 5-7 Years” with certified financial planner Bob Marette from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Riverside Middle School in New Castle. There will be a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and child care. Donations accepted. RSVP: 984-2656.

The Friends of the NRA will hold their annual banquet starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs. Proceeds stay in the community. $35 tickets include dinner and a raffle ticket. The event is still looking for sponsors. Information: Dave and Ros Hatch, 984-2016.

Nonprofits and businesses can showcase their services and products during the second Festival Las Americas from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Sopris Park in Carbondale. The festival’s motto is “One Continent, One Community.” The festival will include cultural, artistic and recreational activities, plus food, a Cantina del Pueblo, and live music and dance. Information: Club Rotario Roaring Fork, 309-5169,

Glen Valley Care and Rehabilitation Center, 2305 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs, will hold a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Proceeds benefit the residents’ activity fund. Donations welcome. Information: 945-5476.

The Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter are offering reduced-cost vaccinations for dogs and cats at their annual wellness and vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Rifle Animal Shelter on Prefontaine Avenue (across from Rifle High School). Bring your pet’s health records, and cats should be in carriers and dogs on leashes. Information: rifle_animal_shelter@ or 984-2579.

The second annual Family/Kids Safety Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, will feature 19 booths with car seats, bike helmets, prizes, education, food and more.

The Wheeler Opera House has scheduled volunteer usher training for 4-5:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Information: 920-5787.

The Glenwood Springs Eagles Club will hold an auction and dance Saturday, Sept. 11. The club, 312 Seventh St., will be open to view auction items at 10 a.m., and the auction starts at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. Rockinhorse will play rock and country starting at 7 p.m. Information: 945-9723 or 945-5506 after 4 p.m.

The inaugural Aspen Snowmass Ride for the Cure will culminate in a Think Pink Party, from 2:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Paepcke Park. Admission is $15 for 17 years and older, $10 for 16 and younger and free for Ride for the Cure participants. Information: 920-0250, or e-mail komenaspen@

Colorado attorney general and U.S. Senate candidate Ken Salazar will speak at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Summit Canyon Coffee Shop in downtown Glenwood Springs, and at 11 a.m. Saturday at Heinze Park on Sixth and Railroad in Rifle.

Democratic county commissioner candidates Keith Lambert and Greg Jeung, state Senate candidate Jay Fetcher and state House candidate Sam Robinson will meet members of the public from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center in Parachute.

Garfield County Republicans will hold their monthly luncheon at noon Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Brickyard Square (covered patio) in the Midland Hotel on Third Street in downtown Rifle. The agenda will include recognition of Garfield County Commissioner John Martin and a report on the Republican National Convention from Colorado delegate Carole Brown. Information: Jim Larson, 945-9456, Dorothy Cerise, 928-8260, or Tom Beard, 285-9740.

Greg Jeung’s campaign for Garfield County commissioner will offer dinner from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Axtel Park (behind the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce) in Glenwood Springs. Tickets: $50 per family, $40 per couple, $25 per person. RSVP: 945-4465 by Sept. 15.

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