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Cowboy Up Carbondale is a Roaring Fork Valley Community western barbecue and street dance held in downtown Carbondale. The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.The event is a charity benefit celebrating the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. The event is designed to celebrate last year’s Rodeo division winners along with Carbondale’s cowboy heritage and family friendly environment.The event will include a video tribute to the 2008 belt buckle champions, a live auction, barbecue and street dance featuring live music from Adam Ashley and the Gunslingers.Ticket cost $35 for the barbecue and dance, $15 for kids barbecue, and $10 for the dance only, and can be purchased at Alpine Bank locations, the Roaring Fork Valley Co-op, The Pour House and Aspen Equestrian Center.

Symphony in the Valley presents a free one-hour concert of Americana and patriotic favorites at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs to celebrate the Fourth of July. Immediately after the concert, the city of Glenwood Springs will present its annual Fourth of July fireworks show.Conductor Carlos Elias will lead the orchestra in a musical tribute to Independence Day, performing “America, the Beautiful,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The Washington Post March.”Two guest conductors will lead the orchestra for rousing marches composed by John Philip Sousa. Barbara Chaplin of Silt will conduct “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and Monique Merritt of Glenwood Springs, who plays bassoon with the orchestra, will conduct “El Capitan March.” They were the successful bidders for the opportunity to conduct the orchestra offered in an auction at the orchestra’s Symphony Swing concerts in March.The three winning entries in the orchestra’s “America the Beautiful” poetry and essay contest will also be performed. The winning writers are Caleigh Smith of Rifle, Jan Hadwen Hubbell of Snowmass, and Rosalie McLearn of Rifle.Bring a blanket to Two Rivers Park on the evening of the Fourth of July and enjoy a rousing concert and a fantastic fireworks display. Both events are sponsored by the city of Glenwood Springs.

Bike to Work Day festivities will be held from 7-10 a.m. this Wednesday, June 24, at Rifle City Hall. Come out and enjoy breakfast provided by “The Bakery” on Third Street. If you live too far away to ride your bike downtown, park your car a block away, take your bike out of the trunk, and wheel it over to the grassy area near the corner of Second Street and Railroad, where the breakfast tent will be set up. Hope to see you there.

Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (GVCA) will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the best practices for gas drilling in Battlement Mesa on Tuesday, June 23, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center staring at 6 p.m. Guest speakers include Judy Jordon, Garfield County’s oil-and-gas liaison; Jim Rada, the environmental health director for the county; and Peggy Utesch, past president of GVCA and co-author of the Community Development Plan for Rifle, Silt and New Castle with Antero Resources. For more information, contact Paul Light at (970) 285-7791.

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