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The children’s mini college at the CMC Blake Center located at 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs is having an open house for fall registration from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20. Stop in with your children to see if we are right for you. Call 945-2446 for more information.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will hold a public open house on from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, to present the results of the third level of alternatives evaluation conducted for the State Highway 82 Grand Avenue Bridge Environmental Assessment. There will be no formal presentation at this event. Based on public feedback from the June public open house, the project team has conducted further analysis on the remaining two alignment alternatives and their options. The new information and findings of the analysis will be the focus of the exhibits at the upcoming open house. The public will be asked for comments on land use, urban design and visual considerations, pedestrian/bicycle connectivity, and traffic operations. There will be new visualizations and traffic simulations to help describe how the different alternatives will look and operate. Representatives from CDOT and the project team will be on hand to answer questions and record the feedback that will help the team identify the preferred alignment and options that will be further refined and evaluated as part of the Environmental Assessment process.

Bank of Colorado branches throughout the state are accepting donations to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. This fund will help Colorado families affected by disasters like the Colorado wildfires. Bank of Colorado will collect donations and match these funds collected up to a total of $15,000 through Aug. 31. Please visit one of the convenient locations near you and help support the American Red Cross.

The River Center is once again collecting school supplies and monetary donations to help students in New Castle and Silt who are not able to buy all of their supplies.School counselors provided a list of items that students most often are not able to buy. This supply list can be found at: http://www.rivercenternewcastle.orgDonated supplies will be given to the schools and distributed on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Checks payable to the River Center with “school supplies” in the memo will be used to purchase additional supplies. Please mail checks to: River Center, P.O. Box 272, New Castle, CO 81647.Supplies and donations can be left in the green boxes located inside the following locations:In New Castle: library; Alpine Bank; City Market; New Castle Diner; Elk Creek Mining Company; and at the River Center, 126 N. Fourth St., from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.In Silt: library; Municipal Building; Kum & Go; Canyon Cleaners. Because supplies will be available through the schools on the first day of class, no supplies will be distributed to students at the River Center this year.

The Glenwood Springs River Commission is asking for volunteers to help pick up trash along the public riverbanks in town on Saturday, Aug. 25. The cleanup will start at 9 a.m. Refreshments and a community barbecue for volunteers, with food donated by local restaurants, will start at noon. Music by All the Pretty Horses will start at 11:30 a.m. in the band shell. City vans will shuttle volunteers to and from cleanup sites. Volunteers should meet and sign in at Two Rivers Park at 9 a.m. Walk or bike to the park if possible – parking is limited. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat and work gloves, and bring drinking water.Anyone can volunteer. Let us know you’re coming, so we can plan for food and drinks. Sign up in advance at

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, along with presenting sponsors Alpine Bank and Wally and Peppy Dallenbach, will host the “Cowboy and Cowgirl Golf” event from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Dallenbach Ranch, in the Fryingpan River Valley, two miles above Basalt.”This is not your typical golf outing. We have abandoned all golf etiquette,” said event chair Mary Gould. “So leave your clubs, golf shoes, and polo shirts at home, wear your cowboy garb, and come help us raise money for Hospice of the Valley.”There will be a silent auction and live music by Twirp Anderson, who is also the live auctioneer, and the event will be catered by Aspen Caterers. All proceeds from the event will be used to provide Hospice care in the area.For more information on the event, sponsorship opportunities, or to register, call (970) 927-6650 or e-mail Tickets are $125 for golf and dinner or $100 for dinner only. Golf starts at 3 p.m. and cocktails begin at 5 p.m.

Slow Food Roaring Fork/Aspen and Restaurant SIX89 chef/owner Mark Fischer are sponsoring the ninth annual Summer Harvest Social on Monday, Aug. 27, at 689 Main St. in Carbondale. The evening, a benefit for Slow Food Roaring Fork, features a lineup of Colorado’s best chefs each preparing a course highlighting and inspired by local ingredients. Cash bar and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., and dinner begins promptly at 7 p.m. The price is an inclusive $115 for Slow Food Roaring Fork/Aspen members and $135 for nonmembers, comprising dinner, wine pairings, taxes and gratuities. Reservations are by ticket sales only. To purchase tickets, visit or proceeds from the event will benefit Slow Food Roaring Fork/Aspen, the local chapter of Slow Food USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of traditional and artisan foods and the advocacy of sustainability.For more information about the event, contact Tom Passavant at Slow Food Roaring Fork, 970-963-6205 or email

Join Friends of Rivers and Renewables for a dialogue on “Sustainable Hydropower in Mountain Communities” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.Richard Roos-Collins, chair of the Low-Impact Hydro Institute, and John Seebach, director of the Hydropower Reform Initiative for American Rivers, will discuss options for reconciling hydropower needs with ecosystem health in the face of climate change.Learn more at or from CLEER, Clean Energy Economy for the Region, at 704-9200.

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