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Four local government associations, including the Colorado Municipal League (CML), Special District Association of Colorado (SDA), Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI), and the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), host a forum this evening in Glenwood Springs to discuss the potential impact of three November ballot initiatives. The forum takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Roaring Fork School District Office board room, 1405 Grand Ave.Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 place all aspects of local government at a financial crossroads. Local elected officials and key local government staff are invited to attend these forums to learn how local communities and schools could be affected, and to discuss strategies for public awareness.

The Glenwood Springs 2010 Fall Art Festival is just around the corner and interested artists must have their entry in the mail by Aug. 18. An entry form can be obtained by calling Portia at 970-945-0393 or by emailing The festival is will be Sept. 22 – 26 in the lower level of the Ramada Inn and averages around 350 artists from several states, and is the largest non-juried fine art show in Colorado (non-juried means that the exhibit is open to all artists). Artwork will judged on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and then at 3 p.m. the Main Gallery opens and public is invited to come see who won what ribbon or award, The “Bargain Bin,” where there are hundreds of pieces of original artwork all priced at $125 or less, opens at 8 a.m. on Sept. 21. Both the Main Gallery and the Bargain Bin are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the show except on Sunday, Sept. 26, when the show is concluded at 2 p.m. Patron Night will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The Glenwood Springs Art Guild sponsors and staffs the popular exhibition in order to raise funds for scholarships for local high school seniors who plan to further their art education in college, grants for the area schools for much needed art supplies, as well as grants to the area libraries for art books and videos and numerous other worthy programs that provide art education or art therapy in the valley. Admission is free and the public is asked to vote for their favorite piece of artwork to receive the coveted “Popular Choice Award”. The public is also encouraged to attend free art demonstrations each day by the exhibit’s judges and the Fall Art Festival Grand Champion from the previous year. To become a valued Purchase Patron of the Fall Art Festival, please contact Ruth Mollman at 876-5874, or for more information regarding the Fall Art Festival call 970-928-0026, 970-945-6650 or email

The new Carbondale Main Street Market and Artist Bazaar takes place this and every Wednesday throughout the summer, from 4-8 p.m. downtown at the Fourth Street Plaza.The market and bazaar features more than 30 artists, home and farm garden, produce, and local food and drink vendors.There’s also live music beginning at 5 p.m. This week the featured entertainment will be the musician duet of sisters Susan Anderson and Barbara Cyr, who call themselves “Harmony.”For information, or to get involved as a market vendor, call the Carbondale Recreation Department at 704-4114.

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

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 adult wishing 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 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

Burning Mountains Fire Protection District’s volunteer firefighters will be hosting the annual Pig Roast Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. at Veterans Park in Silt. There will also be a silent auction. Burning Mountains Firefighter’s Association will be raising money for the Burning Mountains Firefighter’s Association, Emergency Family Fund, and Scholarship Fund, all of which benefit the community. Tickets prices will be $6 for advanced sales, $7 at the door, and 5 and under free. Please call 876-5738 with questions.

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.

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