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An unusually wonderful guest is coming to the Roaring Fork Valley. Chido Govera became the head of her household at age 7 when her mother died of AIDS. After dropping out of elementary school, she was barely able to find food enough to feed her brother and grandmother, and rarely was she able to avoid the abuse, both physical and sexual, of her uncles. At age 22, Chido won a scholarship to learn how to grow mushrooms, and her life changed. She now had a means for food and income, as well as a perspective of how to climb out of the victimhood of being an AIDS orphan.On Sunday, Aug. 12, she will be teaching a class in growing mushrooms. For further information, contact Barbe Chambliss at barbe@rof.net.At 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, Davi Nikent and GreenWeavers are sponsoring Govera to speak about her life and her center in the Calaway Room of the Third Street Center. She is a compelling speaker with a fascinating past and a brilliant dream for the future.

Animal trainer Dorit Ernst, CPDT-KA, will be available on a drop-in basis to work with pets and their owners from 1-3 p.m. every other Sunday, beginning today at High Tails Dog & Cat Outfitters, 50633 Highway 6, Glenwood Springs.This is the ideal solution for owners who have trouble making a six- or eight-week commitment to a course, or who just need to work on a specific issue. Ernst, former apprentice of Terena Thomas at Canine Country School, has been in Germany for the last three years, training animals for films. The cost of a training session is whatever you can or want to pay. For more information, contact Laurie Raymond, 970-947-0014 or 945-8723.

Community Solutions’ 100,000 Homes Campaign is a grassroots effort aimed at identifying, housing and providing services to 100,000 of the nation’s most vulnerable homeless and at-risk individuals by July 2014. As part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign and the statewide initiative Colorado Counts, the Tri-County region of Colorado is planning a week-long effort Aug. 13-17. The goal of the effort is to better understand the communities’ needs and help persons who are homeless and living on the edge obtain and sustain permanent housing and receive needed services. This effort will take place in three counties: Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield. The campaign is currently recruiting dedicated volunteers to go to shelters, soup kitchens and other identified locations in order to survey and talk with individuals and families. There will be a mandatory volunteer training on Monday, Aug. 13 (offered at 10 a.m. in Edwards, 1:30 p.m. in Glenwood Springs and 5:30 p.m. in Aspen), and volunteers will conduct surveys for the rest of that week.Volunteers are needed to conduct surveys as well as to enter information from the surveys into the database. To find out more about 100,000 Homes Campaign and Colorado Counts, visit http://www.coloradocounts.org/.


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