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The fall session of Financial Peace University will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 6 – 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Rifle. There will be 13 weekly classes, including lessons that have many down to earth financial issues. Everyone can benefit from this program from the young adults just starting out on their own to the retired seniors. There will be an information video shown in the church hall at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4, and anyone interested can sign up for the classes at that time. Call Cyndi or Allan Cyr at 970-876-5992 for more information.

Colorado Mountain College Theatre will hold open auditions for its fall performances on Sept. 6 and 7 at 6 p.m. in the New Space Theatre at Spring Valley, located at 3000 County Road 114 south of Glenwood Springs.

Actors will be cast for “Inherit the Wind” (performances Oct. 21-23 and 27-30) and “I Hate Hamlet” (performances Dec. 2-4 and 8-11).



“Inherit the Wind,” written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, is a dramatization of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial. High school teacher John T. Scopes was convicted of teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in a science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law that prohibited the teaching of evolution.

“I Hate Hamlet,” by Paul Rudnick, features an out-of-work TV actor who is offered the role of Hamlet, which he hates. To top it off, his new apartment appears to be haunted by the ghost of John Barrymore, who famously played the part.



Those auditioning should prepare a short monologue of their choice and also be ready to read from the script. Scripts are available for reading at the college’s Quigley Library at Spring Valley or Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs (1402 Blake Ave.).

If auditioning, please call the theater department in advance at 947-8252 or 947-8177 to declare your intent to audition or to ask any further questions.

2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives and those who bravely responded to the attacks, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association will observe a “Moment of Silence” at 9:11 a.m. on 9/11/11. The chamber also encourages local businesses to participate.

With many partners including the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the Business Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has set up an online map to share how American businesses and local chambers of commerce are observing the anniversary – from moments of silence to communitywide volunteer campaigns. The map is available at http://911.bclcmaps. com/, and businesses and organizations are invited to share their anniversary plans to be included on the map. According to Marianne Virgili, president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, “We are honored to be among the Friends of the Manhattan Chamber – one of the chambers of commerce across the nation who joined that chamber to show solidarity and support after 9/11.”

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The libraries will resume normal hours Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on our website, http://www.gcpld.org, during the closure. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

The Grand Junction High School Tigers Class of 1961 50th reunion will take place Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 2.

The reunion mixer, banquet and brunch will be held at Courtyard by Marriott.

Additional activities include a golf scramble and tours of ole GJHS and “new” Colorado Mesa University.

For registration forms and details, please visit http://www.gjtigers.com or contact Rawlene Bainter at (970) 243-0541 or rawlene.bainter@bresnan.net, or Shirley Porter at (970) 255-9419 or sportersings@gmail.com.

The Western Slope Honor Flight is seeking World War II veterans for its Fifth and Final Flight to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 21 and 22, 2011. Plans are to transport 90-plus veterans from Western Colorado and Eastern Utah to visit the memorials built and dedicated in their honor.

The trip is free for veterans, but guardians are asked to pay a fee of $950 to accompany the veteran and provide care.

This upcoming trip will be Western Slope Honor Flight’s final journey. Over the five flights, the project will have transported more than 500 veterans.

Application forms for veterans and their guardians can be accessed at the DAV office at the VA Medical Center; http://www.Westernslopehonorflight.com or by calling Kris Baugh at (970) 434-2916.

Celebrate our rivers by entering the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s 2011 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Contest. Photos must include rivers, streams or water in the Roaring Fork watershed, either directly or indirectly. Amateur and professional divisions; deadline for entries is Sept. 30, 2011. Info and contest rules at http://www.roaringfork.org/photo.


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