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V-Day Roaring Fork 2010 and the Advocate Safehouse Project are kicking off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the benefit screening of the documentary film “Until the Violence Stops” featuring playwright Eve Ensler, the author of the Vagina Monologues. The event will take place Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m. at Dos Gringos Burritos and Cafe Ole in Carbondale. All are welcome.

Free Easter egg hunt for toddlers to fifth-graders on Saturday, April 3, at 9 a.m. at the New Creation Church, 44761 Highway 6 west of Glenwood Springs. Petting zoo, music, face painting, candy, prizes, drawings and more than 5,000 hidden eggs.

The final slide show in the 2010 Naturalist Nights series will take audiences to the Canadian Rockies to examine changes in treeline elevations in the past century through repeat photography. Will Roush will present “The Complexities of Climate Change: Treeline Elevation Changes in the Canadian Rockies” this Wednesday, March 31, at Dos Gringos Burritos, 588 Highway 133 in Carbondale. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and food and drink can be purchased beforehand.He’ll repeat the show Thursday evening at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), again starting at 7:30 p.m.Roush’s presentations, which are free, are co-hosted by the Wilderness Workshop and ACES.Historical photographs of the southern Canadian Rockies taken in the early 1900s show the treeline elevation to be 500 feet lower than it is today. Roush’s presentation will explore the role of climate change and other factors in the shift, discuss the challenging questions it poses for conservationists and restorations, and also throw in some cool photos of backcountry skiing. For more information, contact WW at 963-3977.

Artist’s Mercantile and Gallery, 720 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs, will be showing the artwork of Laurel Astor 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.

The Bluebird Cafe in downtown Glenwood Springs will be featuring an artist through April 7.Susan Obermeyer Strauss is a Colorado native and has a studio and home along Cattle Creek south of Glenwood Springs. Susan studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute as well as The Evergreen State College. About 10 years ago she began printmaking and eventually bought her own press. Susan also has her first Solo Show in New York city at the A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery April 27 through May 8. Her work is collected internationally. Her current work mixes mediums of photography, printmaking, painting and collage. Susan uses oil-based inks and paints as well as encaustic. Susan’s work is influenced by both travel experiences and cultural explorations. She finds inspiration in both nature and icons. Her focus and journey is to generate an intimate dialogue between paint, texture and light interlaced with iconic imagery.

For the 20th consecutive year, High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and Colorado Mountain College will sponsor free VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)/TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) tax preparation for basic federal and state tax returns. We will prepare forms: 1040 A with schedule 1, 2, 3 & EIC; 1040 with schedule A, B, EIC & R; 1040 – V; 1040 – ES; 2441 (child and dependent care credit ; 8863 ( education credits); and 8812 (additional child tax credit). This service is provided at no charge for seniors, disabled individuals and low income clients from Aspen to Parachute/Battlement Mesa. We will arrange appointments through April 8.Call 384-8740 and leave your name, address, telephone number, and the location where you would like your taxes prepared. Our services are offered in Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute/Battlement Mesa. A volunteer will return your call and schedule an appointment to take care of your tax filing needs.

Hospice of the Valley is offering two Newly Bereaved Support Group meetings open to anyone in your community who has recently lost a loved one. The purpose of these groups is to create a safe environment for participants to understand the nature of their grief and receive support and information to minimize distress. One group will meet Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m., March 23 through April 6, at the Resource Connection, 321 East St. in Rifle. Another will meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m., March 25 through April 8, at the Hospice of the Valley office, 234 Cody Lane, Basalt. Participants must register and plan to attend all three sessions. For more information and registration call Rebecca Brackett, bereavement coordinator, at (970) 927-6650.

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