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Community Briefs

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, the Gear Exchange and local artists are inviting mountain bike riders to “Le Tour Defiance,” a community mountain bike parade and race on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Costumes are encouraged.

A parade style roll-out departs at 9 a.m. from the arts center, 601 Sixth St., to the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The race on the Wulfsohn and Red Mountain trails starts at 9:30 a.m.

The race ends at noon back at the arts center, with a barbecue lunch, awards ceremony and the opening of the “Tired Olde Soles” art exhibit, an artistic journey representing adventurers, travelers, dreamers and believers.

Racers must be 10 or older, with four divisions for age and gender. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 on race day. Register online at, call 945-2414, or register at the arts center on the day of the race from 8-8:30 a.m.

The Keystone Science School, in partnership with Colorado River District, Aurora Water and Denver Water, will be hosting a standards-based, educational, three-day water program known as H2O Outdoors. Open to all Colorado high school students, H2O Outdoors will take place Oct. 13-15.

The aim of the program is to provide students with insight into the world of Colorado’s water supply, laws and quality through hands-on experience in watershed observation. At the close of the program, students will present their findings during a “town hall” formatted dialogue. Meals and dorm-style housing are provided to all students, and chaperones come from the Keystone Science School. Cost is $25. Registration forms and fees are due by Sept. 14. For more info about H2O Outdoors or to register over the phone, contact Amanda Seidler at 970-468-2098 or visit the school website at

Garfield County Libraries is hosting the Big Read featuring John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” in February 2013. The Big Read, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, is designed to promote reading and discussion of great books. Garfield County Libraries’ Big Read title coincides with the release of Ken Burn’s new documentary titled “The Dust Bowl,” set to air on PBS in November. To view a clip of this documentary, visit

To kick-start The Big Read, Garfield County Libraries will send 40 Garfield County high school students to a Youth Summit in Denver on Oct. 17, all expenses paid. Students will discuss the history of the Dust Bowl and its aftermath with renowned documentary producer Ken Burns, through a live webinar. Students will also have the opportunity to meet peers from around the nation, interact with scholars and engage with public historians. This Summit is one of 10 being held throughout the nation and is hosted by the Smithsonian Affiliates and The Colorado History Center. Students will have a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime trip by submitting entries in the form of essays, poetry, posters, exhibits or art pieces that reflect on themes found in “The Grapes of Wrath.” Applicants must submit their entries to their local library by Monday, Oct. 1. For more information, go online at, or stop by your local library for complete contest guidelines. Seven winners will be selected from each community in Garfield County and will be notified by Oct. 8.

Defiance is proud to present “Urinetown:The Musical” on Nov. 9-11 and 16-18.

Often called “the musical theatre lovers musical,” this comedic romp parodies musicals such as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Big River,” “Miss Saigon,” and “Les Miserables.” Former head of CMC Theatre and “Hairspray” director Tom Cochran will be designing and directing. Musical direction will be provided by Brad Vierheller, who also is the musical director of the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. The multi-talented Jennetta Howell will choreograph. “Urinetown” addresses timely themes that are important to us all.

Auditions are being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and again from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Glenwood Springs HS. Bring 16-32 bars of an up tempo song to sing with a pianist that will be provided. Wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. A prepared monologue isn’t necessary since scenes from the “Urinetown” script will be read.

Help is also needed for shift, construction, costumes, etc. Either show up at auditions or call Jacquie Meitler at 970-945-2174 or Chip Winn Wells at 970-379-5940.

To help meet training needs in one of the fastest-growing career fields in the country, Colorado Mountain College in Rifle and Glenwood Springs offers the Personal Care Attendant Training certification class.

The class provides hands-on training for those wanting to become a home care aide, patient care provider, nurse assistant, family caregiver or volunteer for elderly, chronically ill or disabled individuals. The class also can provide a starting point for anyone interested in a health care career.

The minimum age for enrollment in this continuing education class is 16. No GED or high school diploma is necessary to take this course.

The class at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle runs Thursdays, Aug. 30, through Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m. To register, call 625-1871.

The class at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs runs Tuesdays, Sept. 4 through Dec. 11, from 6-9 p.m. To register, call 945-7486.

There are a limited amount of scholarship funds offered to students who meet the eligibility requirements for the Women in Transition program. For more information about these scholarships, please call Jill at 384-8518.

Get your first glimpse of the new Silt Branch Library while helping librarians get ready for opening day. The library will soon need volunteers to form a “book brigade” to help move books from the old library to the new library. All ages are welcome, and there will be flexible shifts – so even an hour’s work will be helpful. The library needs volunteers who can move books a section at a time by way of a hand-to-hand chain from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the library at 876-5500.

Becoming a Parent! is offering a series of discussion-based classes tailored to the expecting or new parent. Classes meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Sundays at 33 Gillespie in El Jebel starting Sept. 9. Meet other moms, get acquainted with the latest parenting research, get answers to your questions about sleep, feeding, discipline, education and health. One-on-one family and birth coaching services available. $90 per semester. Contact or 970-355-9982.

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