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The Mt. Sopris Rotary Club (formerly The Rotary Club of Carbondale/Aspen Glen) is preparing for its annual fundraiser. The fifth annual River Bridge Golf Tournament is just around the corner on Monday, May 17. The tournament is hosted at the Aspen Glen Club. Registration begins at 10:30 and tee off is at 12:30. Players can enjoy a day of golf at one of the finest golf courses in the country. The fee for the golf tournament is $150 per person, which includes the cost of a box lunch, several golf accessories, and a hosted cocktail/awards party immediately following the tournament at the Aspen Glen Clubhouse.The Mt. Sopris Rotary Club will donate the majority of the proceeds of the tournament to the Childhelp River Bridge Center, a center for the investigation and treatment of child physical and sexual abuse in Glenwood Springs. Remaining proceeds will go the Rotary Club’s Community and Vocational Fund that donates to numerous nonprofit organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley.As in previous years, The annual River Bridge Golf Tournament will be proudly sponsored by a number of local individuals, businesses and financial institutions. Sponsorships are available at several price levels. Individuals and businesses interested in purchasing a sponsorship or playing in the tournament can get more information by contacting any of the following individuals: Ed Brown (970) 963-2444 ; Toni Cerise (970) 379-6029; or Jim Waddick (970) 963-8695.

The Garfield County Department of Human Services Childcare Program will host its annual Provider Appreciation Brunch on Sunday, April 25, at the Hotel Colorado. The purpose of the event is to honor providers in licensed child care homes and centers throughout Garfield County. Individual providers will be recognized. If you would like to honor your child’s provider with a letter please send it to Dana Damm, Garfield County Department of Human Services Childcare Program, 195 W. 14th St., Rifle, CO 81650, or mail to Please take a minute to honor our providers for the essential role they play in the lives of our children.

“Walk the Walk” in the Fight against Cancer – join a a relay team for the 2010 American Cancer Society Roaring Fork Relay For Life. Teams are forming now. Contact Katie Ericsons at (218) 349-3303 or visit for more information. Cancer has affected nearly all of us in some way, either personally or through the struggle of a loved one. We appreciate the time and energy you give to help us keep fighting back so we can create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

Take a step back in time. Ongoing throughout the winter are guided tours of the Historic Redstone Castle, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone and the Redstone General Store. $15 for adults and $10 for seniors / children over 5 years, free under 5 years. More info: 963-9656 or

Senior Matters is launching a singing chorus led by Betsy Schenck of musical fame. The group will be based on the Boston group, Young@Heart. We will have the sing fests on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Senior Center, 520 S. Third St. The class is free and will run for 10 weeks. Come put a song in your heart.

Artist’s Mercantile and Gallery, 720 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs, will be showing the artwork of Laurel Astor from through Friday, April 2. Laurel is currently working in pastels and watercolors. Many people dream of being able to make a living doing something they love. Laurel Astor is one individual who has been able to realize that dream, and does make a living being an artist.Laurel Astor’s work merges old world European elegance with the vibrancy of landscapes of the American West, and ranges between the two. Her pastels evoke an experience of simpler times when life was uncomplicated. Classical still lifes recall French country kitchens: pomegranates on a shelf, eggs in a blue bowl, a simple teapot on a white tablecloth, a single pear. Her landscapes have a more impressionistic style: aspens in autumn, sunsets over the Great Salt Lake, vivid yet subtle desert hillsides.Laurel began working as an artist in 2003, after a peak moment of realization in a Telluride gallery that she could make a living as a painter. Self-taught, she initially worked in watercolors, until being introduced to pastels through a workshop. She now works mostly in pastels, and occasionally in watercolors and acrylics.Laurel has evolved rapidly as an artist, and by now has won more than 30 awards for her work, and has participated in more than 20 high-end art festivals. Articles regarding her work have appeared in various newspapers, including locally. Her artwork was also chosen for the Kayenta Art Festival Poster in 2007.Laurel works out of a studio at her home and maintains a website: She hosts workshops and classes in pastels, watercolors and acrylics, teaches private lessons and sells her work internationally through Poems Publishing.

Lynn Riemer, affectionately known as the “Martha Stewart of Meth Labs,” and a previous forensic chemist with the DEA and member of Colorado’s North Metro Drug Task Force, will be presenting Adolescent and Community Training (ACT) on Drugs presentations for students, parents and the public at large at Grand Valley Middle School and High School on Tuesday, April 13. ACT on Drugs provides a comprehensive and hard-hitting update on the dangers of drug use, especially methamphetamine and how dealers are using color, flavor and marketing ploys to target our youth. The public is invited to attend evening sessions from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 12, at Grand Valley Middle School. This will be geared to parents as well as those highly affected by meth labs such as Realtors, housekeepers and concerned neighbors. All citizens are encouraged to attend, and the sessions are at no cost to Garfield County as the Christian P. Anshutz Foundation is providing the funding. For more information, contact Phil Strouse at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 309-9697.

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