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What treasures are stashed around Glenwood Springs? We are about to find out. The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is on a worldwide treasure hunt and will be digging in town for five days. During this free event, the Treasure Hunters are expecting to see more than 1,200 residents bringing in their rare and unusual collectibles. Locals will have a chance to talk to world-renowned antique and collectible experts, and it’s all free.

Glenwood Springs is the next stop on the Treasure Hunters Roadshow worldwide tour. During this event at the Ramada, our treasure hunters are hoping to see items such as coins and paper currency issued prior to 1965, toys, dolls, trains, vintage jewelry, old and modern musical instruments, war memorabilia, gold and silver jewelry, costume jewelry, advertising memorabilia, swords, knives, daggers, and the unusual.

Collectors are very serious about their hobby; so serious that they will pay a lot of money for the items they are looking for. Nearly all coins, vintage jewelry, musical instruments and toys made prior to 1965 are highly sought after by collectors. The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is a place where anyone in your community can connect with collectors from around the globe. Our treasure hunters make offers based on what our collectors are willing to pay. Then when someone decides to sell, they get paid on the spot and our treasure hunters send the item to the collector at their expense.

Have fun with your search. Empty your jewelry box of broken jewelry, dig out your old teeth containing dental gold, find your gold coins, gold bars, etc. Gold is traded on the stock market and prices fluctuate daily. We will buy gold based on the day’s current gold value. Don’t miss out. Make plans now to attend the Treasure Hunters Roadshow.

The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) in Basalt Colorado is holding its 25th consecutive annual Permaculture Design Certification Course in August. This is the longest running consecutive PDC course in the entire country and in the world. Permaculture is a home, landscape and lifestyle design system that mimics the natural world. Permaculture sites integrate plants, animals, landscapes, structures and humans into symbiotic systems where the products of one element serve the needs of another.

At CRMPI this manifests as a high-altitude complex that includes a 20+ year old edible forest garden and demonstrates edible landscaping across three climate zones. The forest garden includes over 150 types of fruit trees, shrubs and other perennials as well as annuals. The site also includes four greenhouses, which demonstrate edible tropical and Mediterranean ecosystems and are currently producing papayas, passion-fruit, figs, rosemary, bananas and many other perennial plants as well as annuals.

This year, we have over 20 people signed up for our Design Certification course which is being taught by a team of instructors lead by Peter Bane, the founder and publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine. We will be ending the 2-week course with a small gathering and party to celebrate 25 years of permaculture design and education in the Roaring Fork Valley. Many of the people currently teaching and writing about permaculture in the US did their design course here during the last 25 years including Mark Shepard and Toby Hemenway. And permaculture ideas have been appearing in the news all across the country including recently on Bill Maher. With the increasing focus around the country on sustainability and environmentalism, especially as both relate to food, CRMPI is a feather in the cap of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Literacy Outreach has received approval for accreditation from ProLiteracy, a nonprofit educational organization that supports local literacy programs. Literacy Outreach was awarded accreditation by meeting the highest national standards put forth to volunteer literacy programs.

Literacy Outreach had to pass 16 standards to reach accreditation. Six revolved around organization management such as planning, fiscal responsibility and employee management. An additional six targeted student-centered services like recruitment, intake instructions, and involvement. The last four standards looked at tutors and instructors including recruitment, training, and supervision.

“We are very happy to be awarded accreditation from ProLiteracy. They are an excellent organization with a great reputation for supporting local literacy programs, such as ours. Literacy Outreach is proud to be recognized and we look forward to helping more individuals in our communities reach their literacy goals,” said Martha Fredendall, executive director for Literacy Outreach.

Literacy Outreach was commended for the mutually beneficial partnership with Garfield County Public Library District, their well-written and comprehensive strategic plan, and Literacy Outreach’s established connections with agencies, businesses, and individuals within the community.

Literacy Outreach is a grassroots non-profit organization combating adult illiteracy in Garfield County through individualized instruction. Professionally trained volunteers provide weekly tutoring to adults with reading skills below the fourth-grade level. Services are provided to traditional literacy students, who lack basic reading, writing and math skills and to English Language Learners (ELL).

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