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The Western Colorado Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is pleased to welcome back Richard Luckin, well-known Denver area railroad historian who will present a program on his recently-completed video, “Amtrak: the First 40 Years, 1971-2011.” The general public and chapter members are invited to this free event, which will be held at the Glenwood Railroad Museum in the east wing of the historic railroad depot, aka the Amtrak station. The program begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, and the main depot doors will remain open until 7:15 p.m.

SoL Theatre Company (or Stage of Life Theatre Company) is partnering up with Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) to launch a new nonprofit theatre company for children to be based in Carbondale. Its goal is to offer the program at the lowest possible cost to the participants as well as scholarships for children who would not otherwise be able to afford theatre in this valley, while still putting on high quality productions.

The first production is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” set to open on June 21 in Carbondale (at the CMS Auditorium).

SoL Theatre is also partnering with Thunder River Theatre on their conservatory program for children, with classes starting in July. For more info on SoL Theatre’s beginning and how they are collaborating with the organizations in the valley to offer theatre to children from all walks of life- visit or contact Logan Carter at 720-936-9732,

Volunteers are invited to come Thursday evenings in May from 4 p.m. to dusk beginning May 10 to help put the finishing touches on the trails at Wulfsohn. Plans are to rebuild a short return loop to the far west end of the Wulfsohn Trail and reroute a steep and unsustainable section of the Upper Loop Trail away from an erosion gully.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and its project partners – the city of Glenwood Springs and Two Rivers Trails – will provide the tools, materials, leadership, and some great rewards, including dinner and refreshments at night’s end.

For more information:, 970-927-8241 or

Encana’s Energy Expo is celebrating 10 years of educating western Colorado residents about natural gas development in the Piceance Basin. During the free public event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle, attendees will be able to visit with industry experts and see firsthand the technological advancements the energy industry has made in developing Colorado’s natural resources.

With more than 90 companies and organizations at the event, the Energy Expo offers attendees a unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with natural gas operators and service companies; local, state and federal governmental agencies; and community and state university representatives. Interactive exhibits and equipment displays will show attendees how companies drill for natural gas, how the hydraulic fracturing process works; how oil shale is developed; and what new environmental technologies are being used to protect groundwater and reduce air emissions. The expo will also showcase local alternative energy companies and natural gas powered vehicles.

The Bookcliffs Council on the Arts and Humanities (BCAH) is busy putting the final touches on the Stonehouse Gallery and Studio, its new facilities on East 16th Street in Rifle.

The BCAH Art After Hours classes are offered on the first and third Monday of each month throughout the summer. Most sessions sell out, so call ahead for reservations. For more information or to make reservations, call Art Director Betsy Blackard at 970-379-3842.

The Hilltop Summer Music Series features great outdoor live music by local musicians. Bring your family, friends and food to enjoy some of the best musicians performing free in front of the Bookcliffs. Summer dates have been scheduled for May 19, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.

BCAH has a goal to get 100 new members to donate $100 each with its 100 Club. With memberships and support from the community, BCAH can continue to bring Rifle quality in arts and humanities. Memberships are available at the individual ($20) or business ($75) level, or as part of the 100 Club ($100).

For more info, contact 970-625-3043 or

The public is invited to participate in the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave.

The Energy Advisory Board is a monthly forum for the public, oil and gas industry, landowners and local government to engage in positive and proactive communication and actions that encourage responsible and balanced development of energy resources.

Meetings include an educational presentation related to oil and gas industry topics.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a light meal and social time is provided for meeting attendees. The meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m. For meal-planning purposes, RSVPs are suggested. Call Denice Brown, Garfield County Oil and Gas assistant, at 970-625-5915 so she may order the correct amount of food for attendees.

Carbondale’s Wild West Rodeo is looking for cowgirls to try out for the 2012 Rodeo Royalty on May 7. Categories are princess (ages 10-13), queen attendant (ages 13-15) and queen (15-21). For application or information, contact Diane Teague, 379-7673 or Application deadline is May 1.

There’s still time to register 4- to 6-year-olds for children’s mini college June summer camp. The registration deadline has been extended to May 13. There will be field trips, art, science and plenty of time to play. Children can attend for one week or all four weeks in June. Summer camp hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call the school at 945-2446 for more details.

People who could not attend the community meetings held April 16-18 can still go online to the town of Carbondale website,, and select “Goals and Strategies Survey.” The survey is an opportunity for community members to rate their support of the draft goals and strategies in the comprehensive plan. The survey runs from now until May 4. Call Gabe Preston at RPI Consulting, 970-382-9886, with questions.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Roaring Fork Valley gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Register a team by visiting or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this team event. Relay For Life takes place from 5 p.m. Aug. 11 until 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during relay.

“Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made in the fight against cancer,” said Wendi Tanaka-Olson, Roaring Fork Valley volunteer Relay event chair. “Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement helps brings hope that, together, we can eliminate cancer as a major health problem.”

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available at or by calling 800-227-2345 or on Facebook at

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