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Local wildlife photographer, woodworker, and all-around artisan Christopher Clausen is exhibiting his framed works at the New Castle Branch Library during the month of September. Clausen is a talented man who will be at the New Castle Branch Library on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 7-9 p.m. for an artist’s reception. Join us as we meet Mr. Clausen, learn about what he does, and celebrate his works. For more information call 984-2346.

Former Marine helicopter pilot Allen G. Orcutt will be signing his book, “No Rest Elsewhere: Vietnam Notes, 1968 – 2008,” at the Book Train book store on Friday, Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will go to the Dove Foundation, which works on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged in Vietnam. For more information call 945-7045

Roaring Fork High School will host a free movie screening on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m.”LOCAVORE,” a documentary about the movement to revitalize our local food economy, will be showing at the Roaring Fork High School in the auditeria to raise money for the school’s Edible Schoolyard and Greenhouse project. Donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

Patricia Kerschner will lead a second Release Stress workshop, from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, at Splendor Mountain Spa, 506 Maple St., Glenwood Springs. Learn how your body talks to you so you can make more life-enhancing choices, and the value of “back-breathing” in releasing stress and energizing your body. Suggested donation: $15.Call Patricia at (720) 382-6900 to sign up or for more information about the workshop.

The 30th annual Chili Cook-Off will be held Oct. 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Four Categories will be judged during this event: Red Chili, Green Chili, Salsa and our newest open category – Jerky. Cost is $25 for one entry, $30 for two entries, $40 for three entries and $45 for all four. Registration is limited, and competition is fierce. Registration deadline is Oct. 9. Join us at the Chili Cook-Off and participate in our jalapeo eating contest. Go online at or drop by the Rifle Chamber and register today. Pre-order chili tickets available at the Rifle Chamber. Call the Rifle Chamber with any questions at 625-2085, ext. 4.

There will be an Emma Schoolhouse reunion on Sunday, Sept. 27, starting at 1:30 p.m.Former students and their families, teachers and their families, former and current neighbors and families and anyone interested in the Emma history:Bring a potluck dish to share. Bring any pictures, memories, stories to share with everyone.If you know of someone who needs a ride, call Janice at 927-3549. Pass the invitation onto anyone.This event is sponsored by Basalt Regional Heritage Society.

The Rifle Branch Library will be closing on Sept. 4 to move to the new temporary facility at 139 W. Third St. Please visit another Garfield County Library if you need books, movies or computer access while we are closed. If you have items checked out from the Rifle Branch please return them to another Garfield County Library or hold onto them until the library reopens.The library will reopen at the temporary facility in mid-September with the same great books, materials, and services. The library will remain at that location while construction on the new library building takes place on East Second Street. Thank you for your patience and support while we embark on this exciting journey. If you have questions please call 625-3471.

Free beginner’s fly-fishing clinics are offered by Crystal Fly Shop in Carbondale every Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. through September. Focus is mainly on detailed casting instruction; other topics include entomology and rigging. No equipment necessary. Meet at the shop at 208 Main St. at 5:30. Please call 963-5741 to reserve a space.

Friends of the Parachute Library will hold a general meeting on Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. All current members and interested persons are invited to attend. Agenda items include presentation of the updated by-laws and officer elections. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact 210-7119.

The Thompson Divide Coalition, a group of ranchers, landowners, local governments and others with a stake in the federal lands above Carbondale, is convening a town meeting to discuss their efforts to protect the Thompson and Divide Creek drainages from energy development.The coalition is working to eliminate future gas and oil leasing in the area, and minimize the effects of the leasing that has already occurred.The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Carbondale Fire House, on Highway 133 across from the entrance to River Valley Ranch. All members of the community are invited.

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