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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Pit Stop would like to offer all high school student drivers orientation on how to maintain vehicles properly, to reduce the repair and increase the safety and value of their vehicle. This will include most safety concerns, including tires, turn signals and lights. We will show each individual how to check the brake fluid, engine oil, powering steering fluid, transmission oil and coolant. All those who attend will receive a free car wash at The Pit Stop, located at 410 W. First St., Glenwood Springs. This is a free service offered on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our second annual Spayghetti and No Balls Spaghetti Dinner at the Rifle Elks Lodge is on May 1 from 5-8 p.m. The ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the Rifle Animal Shelter, Valley Vet Clinic, Downtown Drug, Jimmy’s 66 and Jim’s Automotive or at the door. Dinner includes a special lasagna, spaghetti, bread, salad and a donation dessert bar. Proceeds benefit the Rifle Animal Shelter community spay/neuter program. We helped spay more than 300 animals in the Rifle area last year. Help us keep helping the community. For more information call 625-8808 or see our website at

Come join a community Contra Dance Saturday, May 1, from 8-10:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. Dance to lively, old-time music performed by the Last Minute String Band. This month’s caller is John Unger from Montrose. He’ll teach square, contra, and line dances, as well as the polka and waltzes. It’s fun, nonalcoholic and aerobic, and no is partner necessary.Beginners should arrive by 7:30 p.m. for a 30-minute dance walk-through.The school is located at 915 School St. in Glenwood Springs, two blocks west of the Post Office. Admission is $8.Contact: 945-0350 or;

Church at Carbondale is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend, May 1-2. Church at Carbondale began when members of Church at Redstone outgrew their building. Pastor Doug Self, his family and a group of about 50 began services in Carbondale as an offshoot of Church at Redstone. On the first Sunday of May 1990, Church at Carbondale began on the corner of Fourth and Main in what then was a CMC classroom and is now a framing shop. That fall C@C Sunday services moved to Roaring Fork High School where they continued to meet until 2004. In May 2004 the church moved into its own building around the corner from the high school on Snowmass Drive. Recently, the second phase of its facilities were completed, the Gathering Center, that serves the church and is made available to the community for various events and activities.

Bargains abound at the upcoming used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. The sale will be held from May 1-8. Don’t miss the special preview for Friends members on Friday, April 30, from 5-8 p.m. Visit the sale often and choose from more than 15,000 used hardback and paperback books, conveniently sorted by category. The sale opens at 10 a.m. each day except Sunday, when it begins at 1 p.m. Book donations are gratefully accepted year-round, during the library’s regular hours of operation. The library is located at 413 Ninth St. Call 945-5958 for more information.

On Saturday, May 1, the Friends of the Fireworks will combine efforts with other community organizations, area businesses and the community for an all-out effort to raise the funds needed the for the July 3 fireworks show at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. One group of volunteers will be out at City Market in Rifle collecting funds throughout the day, two more volunteers are needed for this event (only 1 hour of your time). There are also donation jars at many local businesses including Kelly’s Aloha Spa, Bank of Colorado, Wells Fargo Bank, Rocky Mountain Liquors, Fred’s Hardware, WingNutz, Columbine Restaurant, The Elks Club, the city of Rifle, the Rifle Information Center and other area businesses. Thanks to WingNutz Bar and Grill and Columbine Restaurant, which will be donating 10 percent of their sales that day to the effort. Volunteers are still needed to help walk with the Rifle Fire Protection District, which will be canvassing various neighborhoods and giving kids firetruck rides while passing the boot to also help raise the funds. We need walkers so if you can help with this endeavor we need you. Please meet at the fire station on Railroad Avenue at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Every little bit helps. The goal is to reach $19,000 and currently only about $10,000 has been raised. If you are unable to help on May 1 a Rifle Fireworks Fund has also been set up at Alpine Bank. C’mon Rifle, if we all do just a little bit we can bring back the fireworks this year.

The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers hosts a free Summer Activities Fair from 9 a.m. to noon at the Eagle County Community Building in El Jebel on Saturday, May 1. This will be the only fair in our valley.Register for swim lessons, craft classes and summer camps. This year Children for a Better World will sponsor a Preschool Kid’s Carnival with games and prizes.With representatives from more than 30 local organizations, the fairs allow children of all ages to sign up for fun and educational summer programs, apply for scholarships and get new ideas for summer fun. Scholarships will be awarded on the spot. For more information, contact Katie at 384-5689 or

Join the Frontier Historical Society for an afternoon of fun for the first annual Hysterical Historical Road Rally/Poker Run and Scavenger Hunt Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m. Form your own team of four to follow the clues collecting items, playing cards and historical facts while you tour historical sites in and around Glenwood Springs. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Join us for awards and dinner afterward at the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge #2286. Cost is $25 per person and includes dinner. The number of teams is limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot. Teams are encouraged, but not expected, to come up with a theme and dress in costumes. Proceeds benefit the Frontier Historical Society Museum.For more information and to sign up your team (preferably by April 24), call Pam Ruzicka at 379-9705.

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