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On Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. Daniel Hallford will present an exciting evening of classical guitar music in the Historic Cardiff School in south Glenwood Springs. Admission is $12.Daniel graduated with a masters in classical guitar performance at Mannes College of Music in NYC in May. He is currently planning to attend Stoneybrook College on Long Island to pursue a doctorate degree. For more information look at Daniel’s website at To order tickets call 945-6247.

Due to popular demand the Garfield County Libraries are extending the free library card promotion. You can pick one of four “adult” designs featuring scenes of the beauty and excitement that can be found in our area. These library cards also come with an additional keytag. The new library cards will simplify your life and make checking out your favorite materials effortless – whether you decide to carry the card in your wallet or on your keychain. For the first time the Garfield County libraries are also offering special library cards for children. These two card designs feature a fox, a fish, and the fish’s frog friend, which can also be found on the children’s page of the library’s new website. Not to worry, adults who fall in love with these adorable critters are welcome to choose one of the “children’s” designs. Conversely children can choose an “adult” design with a keytag. The new library cards are available now, and the free promotion has been extended through Aug. 31.

Local artist Linda Helmich refers to her artwork as “living waterworks,” a visual poetry of gratitude she expresses for the world she sees. Her paintings are fresh and spontaneous, with a simple and direct story.Linda works almost exclusively with watercolor, sometimes combining it with ink for definition. “Watercolor has the transparency and gentleness that I appreciate in art, as in life,” she said. Her work is mostly representational, although not photorealistic. One can easily see that she gives her subject matter a little personality. “I’ve used a little imagination, as we must do in life if we are to get through the difficult times,” she explains of her process.A Midwest native, Linda commended that living in Colorado, surrounded by our mountain scenery, “it would be very difficult to avoid being a landscape artist.” She never tires of trying to capture the beauty of the mountains in different seasons, different light, angles and weather. Her paintings tend to be rhythmic, almost musical, and are sometimes humorous.Linda studied art at the Peninsula Art School in Wisconsin, the Coupeville Arts Center in Washington state, and also Colorado Mountain College. She has also studied under noted watercolorists Joseph Boehler and Lenox H. Wallace. Most inspirational for her has been her time studying with Australian watercolorist Robert Wade.Linda’s paintings have been exhibited in various local galleries and shows, including the Glenwood Fall Arts Festival, where she received awards in the Professional Watercolor Landscape category. She has also been an exhibiting artist at the Gallery of the Master in Loveland.Her watercolor paintings are being shown through Sept. 7 at the Artist’s Mercantile & Gallery, 720 Cooper Ave., in Glenwood Springs. An opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, with the opportunity to meet the artist and ask questions about her work.

The 24th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials is set for Sept. 8-12 off of Highway 13 just west of Meeker.Feisty sheep challenge 125 top international dog/handler teams vying for a $25,000 purse plus other prizes. Art contest/auction, food and craft fair, American Humane Associationn Rescue Rig; dog handling, saddle making and other demos; petting farm; pancake breakfasts and BBQ, bluegrass concert and more family fun.Cost: Adults: $10; age 8-16 & 65+: $5; under 8 free.

On the first Monday of every month a reading partnership between mothers and daughters (in fifth and sixth grade) will form. Come join us at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. for this mother/daughter book club. We will read titles that define who we are, explore topics pertinent to us, and encourage lively dialog between us all. For more information or to RSVP call 963-2889.”Faces of New Castle” art exhibit will remain on display at Patti’s Main Street Coffee House in New Castle through Thursday, Aug. 12. Multiple artists have portraits of locals up for viewing, so stop by and see if you recognize anyone.

Registration for Colorado Mountain College’s fall semester is under way. Many classes in Rifle or via distance learning start the week of Aug. 30, and additional classes start throughout the semester. Each household should receive a course schedule in the mail. In addition, more information and registration is available online at or by visiting the campus in Rifle, 3695 Airport Road. Students new to the college and those who have not taken classes within the past 10 months need to register in person. Students who have taken classes within the past 10 months can also sign up by mail, phone or fax, or online. For more information, call 625-1871 or 1-800-621-8559.

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