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The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and its Threat Assessment Group (TAG) specialists will be holding a second community education session on local gang issues on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road. The presentation will cover what TAG is and does; why kids join gangs; identification of symbols, signs, graffiti and tattoos; and recent gang activity and associated impacts in the local area. There will be a follow-on question and answer session for concerned citizens, parents, guardians and teachers. This educational session is open to the public and is free-of-charge. Similar events have been highly beneficial in helping citizens better understand current gang trends and how to best address the threats in their neighborhoods, schools and communities.For more information, please contact TAG Deputy James Miller at 945-0453 or jmiller@garcosheriff.com.

On Aug. 19, as part of Glenwood’s Third Thursday celebrations, the Last Minute String Band will perform from 7-10 p.m. at the Bluebird Cafe at 732 Grand Ave. Call 945-0350 for info.

Ski Country Amateur Radio Club will present a one-day class for any adultwishing to obtain a Technician Class Amateur Radio License.The FCC Technician Class license test will be given at the end of the class. No Morse Code is required. The class will be taught by Bob Cutter (KI0G). It will be held at the U.S. Bank Community Room, 1901 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.There is a fee for the Tech License Study Guide, about $25 and a $15 fee for taking the FCC test. If you wish to take the course, please e-mail Bob at KI0G@yahoo.com. We need to order the materials before the first meeting.Friday, Aug. 20, 8-9 p.m. Hand out books, basic instructions, questions Saturday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class and testing If you have any questions, call Bob Ludtke at 945-8722 or e-mail K9MWM@sopris.net .



The Roaring Fork chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will host its annual potluck picnic at the south shelter at Veltus Park on Monday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in archaeology is welcome to attend. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided by the chapter. Please bring a side dish to share and your own drinks. Atlatl target practice will follow the meal. Access the park via the 27th Street bridge and Midland Avenue. For information, call Cynthia at 524-7981.

In this tough economy more families than ever are in need of our community’s generosity. Please help the New Castle River Center’s Back to School Children’s Clothing and School Supply Drive on Aug. 21. Call 379-4429 or 987-3710 for a list of needed items. Donations will be taken between 6 and 8 p.m. on Aug. 16-20 at the River Center, 126 N. Fourth St. in New Castle. Doors will open Aug. 21 at the River Center between 9 a.m. and Noon for distribution.



The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo takes place every Thursday through Aug. 19 at the Gus Darien Riding Arena, located one mile east of Carbondale on Garfield County Road 100 (Catherine Store Road).Events include bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, junior breakaway roping, plus mutton bustin’ and calf scramble for the kids.Gates open at 5:30 p.m., slack is at 6:30 and the grand entry is at 7:30. Spectators and participants are invited to bring a portable BBQ or a picnic dinner. There are also concessions on site.Admission is $8 per person (10 and under free), or $25 for a carload up to six people (each additional person is $5). More information at http://www.carbondalerodeo.com.


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