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The town of Carbondale Utilities will begin performing annual cleaning and maintenance of the sewer system throughout town starting today.

High pressure water is used to perform this maintenance, creating a potential inconvenience for customers with short service lines. If you have experienced a problem in the past with back pressure or water back up in your plumbing fixtures, please cover those fixtures with a plastic bag or a towel between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions call 963-3140.

Thunder River Theatre Company announces auditions for “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov in a wonderful new and fresh translation by Paul Schmidt. Auditions began Sunday, Nov. 13. If you have been cast in a previous TRTC production or have auditioned for TRTC before, you do not need to prepare a monologue, just be informed about “The Cherry Orchard.” If you have never auditioned for us before, please prepare two short contrasting monologues – no more than two minutes each.

TRTC needs men in their mid-20s to 60s, and women from 17 to 40s. The production dates are Feb. 24 and 25 and March 2-4 and 8-10. Rehearsals will begin in early January. If you are not available for this production, but wish to be considered for future productions, please audition for us at this time. TRTC is always looking for new people who enjoy working back stage, as well. All theatre artists who work on TRTC productions are paid honorariums.

To this day “The Cherry Orchard” remains one of the most popular plays of the famous Moscow Art Theatre, and internationally, it is the most widely known and produced of his plays. Written in 1903, The Cherry Orchard’s subject, dialogue and characters are so contemporary it could have been written today.

The theatre is located in downtown Carbondale. Call 970-963-8200, or e-mail for your audition slot.

Carbondale families are participating in the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind – Operation Christmas Child – an effort that has hand-delivered 86 million gifts to kids worldwide since 1993.

This year-round project of Samaritan’s Purse is coming to its peak, as local businesses, churches and schools prepare to collect gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21. Participants can drop off their shoe box gifts at Church at Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Drive, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to1 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 970-858-9873 or visit

Critical Thinking for Success with Scott Halford, CSP

Roaring Fork Leadership presents Scott Halford. On Thursday, Feb. 2, he will be conducting his program on “Critical Thinking for Success” at the CMC Aspen Campus.

Registration will continue until Nov. 14. There are only 50 seats available, and they are expected to sell out.

Soon Garfield County residents will have the opportunity to express their goals and priorities for conserving valued open lands during a series of four community workshops to be held throughout the county.

This summer, the Garfield Legacy Project – a partnership of citizens and organizations promoting the creation of a nonregulatory open lands program in Garfield County – partnered with the Sonoran Institute, The Trust for Public Land, Aspen Valley Land Trust and Garfield County to initiate a project called The Greenprint for Conservation and Economic Opportunity.

The purpose of the project is to have a community conversation about the places people treasure and the values those places provide to citizens, communities and the economy. The result will be a plan that can guide future conservation investments with willing landowners.

Project partners are hosting four public workshops: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center; noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Parachute Library; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Rifle High School; and noon Thursday, Nov. 17, at Carbondale Town Hall, Community Room 2.

There is also a web-based survey for people who cannot attend one of the workshops but want to share their opinions. The link to the online web-survey is:

For more information, please contact Martha Cochran at or 970-963-8440. To learn more about the Garfield Legacy Project, visit

The Orchard is creating a community garden on 1/2 acre of land north of the church on Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. This garden will be available for vegetable gardening to all valley residents. Local community members are invited to an information meeting at the Gathering Center from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

This will be an opportunity to review present and future plans, which include an organic garden, fruit orchard, common gathering areas and water features. There will also be a sign-up for plots that will open next spring. Call Doug Stewart at 963-1658 for more information.

Woodworker, designer and builder David Rasmussen lost everything in a fire that took his studio up Thompson Creek Road, and he had no insurance.

A benefit account has been established at Alpine Bank, Carbondale branch. Donations can be made to the “David Rasmussen Woodshop Benefit Account” ending in 4334. Or simply send contribution via Paypal to

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