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The YouthZone Foundation is currently looking for new board members.Through the board’s efforts, YouthZone helps respond to local needs, provide opportunity where it wasn’t before, empower families and youth to make sound choices and achieve promising futures.Board members will help create a financial legacy of opportunity for YouthZone. Interested people can call Debbie Wilde at 945-9300 to learn about our next meeting.

The Rifle Police Department would like to invite you to join us Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Art Dague Pool for our National Night Out celebration. The focus of this event is to provide the community with helpful crime prevention information and allow the public an opportunity to interact with Rifle Police officers in a fun and entertaining way. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Officer Duncan and the newest member of the Rifle Police Department, “Tulo,” will conduct K-9 demonstrations. Meet with School Resource Officer Marantino and see how our new Simulated Impaired Driving Experience (SIDNE) car works. Bring a raft and leisurely float in the pool as you watch “Finding Nemo” on the big screen. The movie will begin as soon a the sun is down. A voluntary canned food donation will gladly be accepted on behalf of LIFT-UP at the pool entrance. Bring your family, your swimsuits, a raft and a canned food item to this year’s National Night Out with the Rifle Police Department. Contact Officer Wilson with questions at 970-665-6500.

The Great Rifle Rotary Ball Drop will raise money for the community programs it supports. This year, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. has donated $1,500 to the Rotary Club Ball Drop proceeds.At 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7, the final day of the Garfield County Fair, 3,000 tennis balls will be dropped from a helicopter onto a target located in the middle of the infield at the Garfield County Fairground. The target is marked with posts, each of which represents a prize. The balls landing closest to posts win a prize. Rifle Rotary sells tickets with numbers that correspond with one of the balls, all the way up until just five minutes before the drop.This year, 30 percent of the ticket proceeds and grant funds will go to the Raise a Reader program, which is a national organization with an affiliate in Roaring Fork that aims to improve literacy readiness by providing parents with the resources to get their kids interested an excited about reading.

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will join thousands of communities nationwide for the 27th annual National Night Out neighborhood crime prevention gathering. The Sheriff’s Office, along with the Battlement Mesa Activity Center, will be sponsoring a community event in the center’s green space and parking area at 398 Arroyo Drive from 3:30-7:30 p.m.The purpose of National Night Out is four-fold: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) generate support for local anticrime efforts; (3) strengthen police-community partnerships and (4) let criminals know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The event is free for all attendees, and the Sheriff’s Office will be providing grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. Also, since there will be no separate Touch-A-Truck event in Battlement Mesa this year, it will be held in conjunction with the National Night out event.

Halden Woffard and the Hi Beams, along with opening act Tyller Gummersall, bring country music to Fourth and Main in Carbondale on Saturday, Aug. 7.The final Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Summer of Music concert starts at 5 p.m. with the first annual Mountain Fair Singer-Songwriter contest winner, Jacob Russo, followed by Gummersall and his band at 5:45 and the Hi Beams at 7:30.Gummersall’s music has an alt-country bent with influences ranging from Ryan Adams to Robert Earl Keen and Van Morrison.Halden Woffard has performed in Carbondale on several occasions. The Hi Beams follow in the tradition of Hank Williams and Bob Wills, with Honky Tonk and Texas Swing sounds. Margaritas, wine and beer will be available, as well as children’s activities. For more information about CCAH, visit

The deadline to sign up for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Tour of Tuscany, italy trip has been extended to Friday, Aug. 6.The trip is scheduled for Oct. 14-22.Contact Debbie Bannon for more information or to reserve your spot at 945-6589 or

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