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Swingles NightHotel Colorado invites everyone to enjoy a night of gourmet food, libations, and dancing at the new Valentine’s “Swingles” Night beginning at 8 p.m. today. Groove to the classic rock-n-roll sounds of local band, Blush. Nibble on delectable canapés, gourmet cheeses, carved meats, and a decadent chocolate fountain. A cash bar will serve a variety of beers, wines, and cocktails. Pay at the door with your favorite credit card. Get dirty at the Carbondale Clay CenterOpenings are filling quickly for the next six-week session of clay classes beginning Monday, Feb. 20. The Clay Center offers morning and evening classes for adults in addition to after-school classes for kids ages 5-17. All levels of experience are welcome. Deadline for registration is Friday, Feb. 17. Call the Clay Center for more information at 963-CLAY or visit 135 Main St., Carbondale.Pesticide workshopThere will be an EPA Private Pesticide Applicator Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the County Fairgrounds Event Hall in Rifle. The event is sponsored by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Garfield County Vegetation Management, and Eagle County Weed & Pest.The workshop provides an opportunity for local landowners to receive training and ask questions on the proper method of applying pesticides. Participants will be able to complete the EPA Private Pesticide Applicator Exam in an open classroom setting. Upon completion of the exam, attendees will be eligible to receive private pesticide applicator certification from the EPA. Pre-register by Feb. 20 by calling Steve Anthony at 625-8601.Mule Deer banquetThe Rifle/Glenwood Springs Chapter of the Colorado Mule Deer Association will hold its third annual banquet starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. For more information, contact Keith Goddard at 625-4436, Dave Stampfl at 625-2455 or Troy Baker at 625-4195.Archeological classThe Colorado Archeological Society Roaring Fork Chapter, Glenwood Springs is presenting “Colorado Historical Archeology” Friday evening, March 3, through Sunday, March 5. The course addresses Colorado history and its relationship to Archeology 1540-1940. Course covers various groups including American Indians, Spanish explorers, trappers and traders, U.S. military, mining, ranching, water development, etc. Professor Kevin Black presents this survey course which is interactive with slides and specimens.For more information or to enroll, contact Cynthia DeFrancia at 970-948-1905 or e-mail cdfran@comcast.net.Business Women’s NetworkThe Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association will hold their Business Women’s Network for Chamber members and their guests from 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Vanderhoof Room at WestStar Bank, and future meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of each month. A light breakfast will be provided. The group is looking for speakers who would like to make a presentation. For additional information, contact Raelyn at the Chamber at 945-6589.Basalt municipal electionsBeginning Monday, nomination petitions will be available at Basalt Town Hall, 101 Midland Ave. for the April 4 Basalt Municipal Election. Citizens will vote to elect three council members to serve four-year terms.Completed nomination petitions must be returned to the town clerk by 5 p.m. Friday, March 3, with signatures of at least 25 registered voters residing within the Town of Basalt. For additional information, call 927-4701, ext. 213.Veterans Winter FestivalThe Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle will have a Winter Festival for its residents beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 21. The event includes appetizers, a special dinner and a dance.The Great Backyard Bird CountThe National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology encourage everyone to count birds with a buddy from Friday, Feb. 17, to Monday, Feb. 20. Every pair of eyes is needed, and every birdy counts, whether in a backyard, in a park, or on any of the 730 million acres of public lands. This project returns for its ninth season, and has become a major source of scientific information about North American bird populations.Everyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to seasoned experts. Watch birds for at least 15 minutes on each day that you participate keeping track of the highest number you observe at any one time. More detailed information on how to participate is online. Participants enter their numbers online at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc, and there you can explore sightings maps, lists, and charts as the count progresses.Ride the Iron Mountain Tramway for freeThrough February, ride the Iron Mountain Tramway after 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays for free.V-Day Roaring Fork needs volunteersV-Day Roaring Fork needs volunteers and ushers for performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at the theater in Basalt Middle School, 151 Cottonwood Drive.V-Day Roaring Fork 2006 is a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” as part of the V-Day Worldwide Campaign.Contact Amy Nicole Baxter, AmyBaxter@Tmail.com.Civic educationThe Garfield Re-2 School District, in partnership with the Colorado Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, hosts its third community conversation about civic education from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Learning Opportunities Center in the Central Administrative Building, 839 Whiteriver Ave., in Rifle. Participants will begin work on an action plan to enhance civic learning in public schools in the district through stronger partnerships among schools, local government, community organizations, nonprofits, and other groups.


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