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Colorado Animal Rescue presents its annual Dressed to the K9s event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Enjoy a complimentary wine and beer bar, delectable desserts, live music and a fabulous furry fashion show with adoptable animals from CARE. Tickets are $75. Call 947-9173 for tickets or information.

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 11a.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.

The Silt Historical Park presents Cowgirl Extraordinaire: Anita Witt. Trick roper, singer, cowgirl poet and author Anita Witt will be performing Friday, Sept. 21, at the Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave. Accompanying her will be her sweet little dog. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with a jam session by the “Silt Historical Park Porch Pickers.” The historic buildings will all be open for viewing. This is a free event, and donations will be appreciated. For info, call 618-4182.

The Carbondale Chamber is holding its Annual Business Conference on Friday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gathering Center at The Orchard. The Conference will feature keynote speaker Mark Hoog on Conscious Leadership, and Karla Tartz, on the current economic state of Colorado, breakfast provided by Bonfire Coffee, a series of educational breakout sessions and informative expo booths hosted by local businesses. Conference tickets are only $25 for conference attendees.For more information on tickets please visit or call (970) 963-1890.

The Gordon Cooper Branch Library is continuing the Alex Project into the fall. For teens, this is a chance to increase your college resume, connect with adults from the community, and share the power of a great read. For adults, this is an opportunity to become involved in our community through reading and mentoring. Contact the Gordon Cooper Branch Library at 963-2889 for more information or to register. Participants must sign up by Sept. 15. The Fall Alex Celebration will be held from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

The Roaring Fork Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1016 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs. The program will be a one-hour video titled “Conquest” that continues a video series titled “Guns, Germs and Steel.” It is a National Geographic video based on the Pulitzer prize-winning bestseller by Jared Diamond that explores the fascinating connections between geography, technology and global human development spanning 13,000 years of struggle and conquest. Anyone interested is invited to attend. For information, call Cynthia at 401-3533.Car Wash and Bake Sale for a CauseAlpine Hospice has canceled its second annual Car Wash & Bake Sale for A Cause scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, the Rifle Branch Library is hosting an exhibition titled “The Bonfire of Liberties: Censorship of the Humanities.” This exhibit will be at the Rifle Branch Library from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15. “The Bonfire of Liberties” addresses the difficult topic of censorship. Censorship has been practiced for nearly as long as there have been materials to censor. This exhibition gives an overview of censorship in its various guises over time. The exhibition also examines the struggle between those who want to censor difficult, controversial and revolutionary material from sensitive viewers and those who want to protect the freedoms of all people to read, view and think for themselves. Viewers may be surprised to learn just how many of their favorite books and plays have been censored at some in history.

KDNK Carbondale and KGNU Boulder present “Connecting the drops: A conversation about water issues from the Western Slope to the Front Range,” from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. This live, call-in simulcast will feature perspectives from the headwaters in the Roaring Fork Valley to end users on the Front Range. Listeners can join the conversation by calling KGNU during the broadcast or listen in as the stations connect statewide constituencies with sometimes differing views on water issues.KGNU host Sam Fuqua will be in Boulder with Greg Fisher, manager of demand planning at Denver Water and Jennifer Gimbel, the director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. KDNK host Steve Skinner will be in Carbondale with Brent Gardner-Smith from Aspen Journalism and Sharon Clarke, scientist with the Roaring Fork Conservancy.

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