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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Literacy Outreach fundraiser, Spellebration 2011: Dig Deep for Literacy, promises to be “the mammoth event of the year,” according to event organizers.

This year’s adult spelling bee will take place on Friday, April 15, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, a new venue for the family-friendly event, now in its 17th year.

Three-person teams of spellers, dressed to the event’s rocky theme, the Stone Age, compete for best and worst team spelling honors, as well as best team costume and most dollars raised contests.

This year’s theme also celebrates the historically massive Ice Age discoveries of last year in Snowmass at Ziegler Reservoir.

There’s something for every age to experience at Spellebration. Spectators can participate in the silent auction throughout the evening while cheering for their favorite team. As the word difficulty increases, Spellebration’s spelling helper, a spectator favorite, will be available for hire to get teams past challenging words.

Spellebration 2011: Dig Deep for Literacy benefits literacy tutoring for adult learners in Garfield County and GED instruction at Colorado Mountain College.

Sponsors, silent auction donations and teams (3-person and individuals) are needed and encouraged to contact Executive Director of Literacy Outreach, Martha Fredendall without delay at 945-5282.

Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 16, for a community cleanup of the popular Hubbard Mesa area north of Rifle.

High Country 4 Wheelers, White River Trail Runners, the Bureau of Land Management, Garfield County and other local businesses and off-highway vehicle groups are sponsoring the cleanup.

Nearly 100 people have attended previous cleanups in this area, a popular area for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, mountain bikers and other recreationists. They have removed nearly 5 tons of garbage and debris.

“While this is a popular recreation area, its proximity to town unfortunately also makes it a popular dumping site,” said Steve Bennett, BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager. “We are very grateful to the many volunteers willing to donate their Saturday to help keep this area clean.”

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Fravert Reservoir parking lot, across the street from the U.S. Forest Service Rifle Ranger Station on County Road 244. The cleanup should be complete by 3 p.m.

Lunch will be provided. Volunteers should come dressed in long pants, sturdy work shoes and leather gloves. Additional rakes and shovels will be helpful as well. For further information contact Greg Noss, (970) 963-6084, Dan Alvis (970) 309-5368, or Bryan Dorr (970) 625-9049.

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