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At least five volunteers are needed to create and run the 2011 Burning Mountain Days Pageant. Send your name and contact information to burningmtnfair@gmail.com. This is a chance to help in the community. All volunteers will form a committee, and within that committee a chair will be elected. Emails accepted through Aug. 5.

In August, Solar Energy International is celebrating 20 years of providing renewable energy education for a sustainable future with an old-fashioned barbecue at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The event runs from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, and SEI is seeking volunteers to work 11⁄2 hour shifts to welcome guests, set up and clean up, serve food and drinks, paint faces, set up games, and more. Please e-mail april@solarenergy.org or call 963-8855, ext. 113, to sign up. Volunteers receive a 20th anniversary apron, mason mug and flyer disc.

Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts will provide an irrigation cost share program to address inefficient irrigation systems and will include practices to improve water quality and quantity. If your irrigation system needs a new headgate or improved delivery system, call the district office at 945-5494, ext. 105, for an application. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 15 for fall funding and installation.



It’s time to register for Summer Theater Camp with Miriam Shaw at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

Theater camp runs from Aug. 15 – 19, spanning from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Tuition for this weeklong camp is $150 for Art Council members and $165 for nonmembers. Create props, costumes, and gear up for an end of the week performance highlighting creative and fun theatrical scenes. For children and teens, ages 6 plus (must be able to read). There are many exciting roles; don’t miss your chance to be a theatrical star. Call 945-2414 to register, or check out glenwoodarts.org for more information.



The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program workshop for married couples and those considering marriage will be offered in Rifle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, and from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. The two-day workshop will give couples the chance to practice communicating openly without arguing, learn how to problem-solve, incorporate new skills, and put fun, friendship and intimacy into their relationships. The program is based on 30 years of research in relationship health. Cost is $10 per person, lunch and materials included, child care available for an added cost. Register in advance with Carrie Godes, Garfield County Public Health, 319-3430.

The Garfield County Fair Parade is seeking 35 combat veterans to ride in the Grand Marshall float for the parade on Aug. 6 in Rifle. To sign up, contact Dick Maddock at 876-2659 (work) or 876-2747 (home).

Aspen Valley Land Trust will be the recipient of all ticket proceeds from the 2011 National Sheepdog Finals held at Strang Ranch on Missouri Heights. AVLT is seeking more than 100 volunteers to staff the gate, take tickets, sell tickets, direct parking and help spectators. Volunteer shifts are 7-10 a.m., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 13-18.

Earn one free day pass for each shift worked as well as event entry during the day of your volunteer shift. All duties require the ability to stand and move around in exposed sun/rain conditions.

Visit http://www.avlt.org and click on “national sheepdog trials” on the left to be directed to our volunteer form. You can also purchase tickets here.

The AVLT sign-up is only for gate and parking duties. To help in another volunteer capacity, find the sheepdog finals volunteer form and schedule at http://www.sheepdogfinals.com.

Entries for the Fall Art Festival are due Aug. 17. Pick up forms at Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 809 Gallery, Artist’s Mercantile or Ramada Inn; or Main Street Gallery’s shops in Glenwood Springs or Carbondale. The Fall Art Festival is presented by the Glenwood Springs Art Guild Sept. 21-25 at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs. Info: Sheila Jennings, 384-2993, or Carol Dixon, (334) 714-0943.

New Castle Senior Housing is now taking applications for its affordable senior housing waiting list. It’s an active community and a pleasant place to live, featuring one-bedroom apartments (with rents determined by income), community room, laundry, library and covered outdoor patio. Minimum age is 62. Contact Leslie Means, property manager, New Castle Senior Housing, at 984-0779.

The Parachute Branch Library will have a visit from Mark Twain, brought back to life by Dave Ehlert of Branson, Mo. Twain is considered the greatest humorist in American literature, and Ehlert is just the man to play the part.

During the visits, Twain’s life story will be wound around all of his famous quotes, with a strong emphasis on the importance of literacy. The free event will be at the library from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5.

Info: Parachute Branch Library at 285-9870.


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