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Dance to Bobby Mason & H3 (Harding, Hills & Hawes), from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Gathering Center, located at the Church at Carbondale on Snowmass Drive.The event is a benefit for the Mountain Regional Housing Corp., which provides downpayment assistance, free homebuyer education classes in English and Spanish, foreclosure prevention referrals and landlord-tenant assistance.Food will be catered by El Pollo Rico. Tickets are $40, including dinner and dance, by calling 704-9801, or at the door for $45. For more information, contact Janet Rippy via e-mail: Janet@housingcommunity.org.

Heartbeat, a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide, meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs.Use the Bethel Chapel entrance on 824 Cooper Street. Call Pam Szdelyi with any questions at 945-1398, or email at pamsz@sopris.net.

The Silt Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting coats for both children and adults for the Silt Chamber Coat Drive. Donations can be dropped off at either Canyon Cleaners (2100 So. Horseshoe Trail in the Silt Business Center), at Cheryl & Co., 120 W. Fifth Street in Rifle; or at First National Bank Mortgage, 450 West. Avenue, #102, in Rifle. For questions, please call Cheryl Chandler at 379-5820 or Cat Martin at 618-9012.



The Rifle Information/Visitor Center located in the Rifle Rest Area is looking for volunteers to assist local visitors with information on our area. Varying 4 hour shifts are available during the week. These volunteer positions are excellent for anyone who loves to interact with people from all over the United States and the world! No experience is necessary but knowledge of the area and it’s history is preferable. If you ‘d like to find out more about the volunteer opportunities with the Rifle Information Center. Please contact Annick Pruett at 625-2085 or feel free to stop by and visit the Rifle Information Center located in the Rifle Rest Area.

Sept. 3-24, every Thursday, 9:30-10:30 am outside of E Dene Moore Care Center, 701 E 5th St. in Rifle. See if you and your dog have the disposition for pet therapy in a hospital setting and teach your dog to be the skills to be a therapy pet. For more information and requirements, or if you’d like to shadow a pet therapy team for a day, please call Kaaren 625-6423 or Sandy 625-5416.



The Carbondale Rotary Club is accepting grant applications from organizations whose missions focus on the Roaring Fork Valley and Carbondale community.All applications will be reviewed. However, those projects that have a direct, immediate, and identifiable long range benefit to the quality of life in the mid-valley area of Carbondale, El Jebel, and Basalt and coincide with Rotary International’s goals of literacy, health, hunger, water management, and youth services will receive greater consideration. Rotary funds are to be used for the purchase of physical or tangible items.The application deadline is Oct. 16, and the grants will be awarded Nov. 25. Applications are available at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., by calling Andy White at 274-2157, and on the Carbondale Rotary website [www.rotarycarbondale.org].

A local sewing shop is sponsoring a Sewing Expo in Centennial Park on Sept. 12, and is inviting the public to check it out.Sandy Boyd at Glenwood Sewing Center said the expo will include local 4H sewing groups from Garfield and Eagle counties, quilting guilds from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Rifle and DeBeque, high school home economics departments, girl scouts, knitting groups and more.On display will be demonstrations of sewing and knitting techniques, equipment and products of “local sewists and knitters” to examine.In addition, attendees can take part in “make it/take-it” projects, where they sit down and create their own project and then take it home.Boyd said the expo is an opportunity “to celebrate the fun of sewing, to showcase quilts, county fair entries, 4H and student sewists’ projects and more,” and urged “anyone interested in joining a quilt guild, or learning to sew or knit, or signing up for 4H” to come on down.The expo is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park, at the intersection of 9th and Grand.For more information call Boyd at 945-5900.

The 23d annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial will take place the week after Labor Day. That is, September 9-13, 2009.At the Meeker Classic, Don Helsley, an accomplished handler, will call the errors made by 124 top international dog/handler teams as they vie for the $20,000 purse facing N. America’s toughest sheep. There will be all the usual attractions: food and craft fairs, demonstrations, art contest, petting farm, bagpipes, free concert and more.Visit meekersheepdog.com for details.

The All Saints’ Episcopal Church of Battlement Mesa will hold its annual “Chili and Bluegrass Festival” from 5-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.. 26, featuring music, food and dancing. Everyone will be treated to chili and the usual fixin’s of cornbread or crackers, apple pie and a cold beverage. The meal and entertainment is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Gift certificates are available. Call the church at (970) 285-0798 or Dickie Calvert, (970) 285-0212.Come listen to the toe-tapping, hand clapping, foot-stomping bluegrass music! Everyone is welcome!

A Monday night women’s bowling league is forming at El Jebowl. Four- person teams or individuals needed.Start date is Sept. 21 at 6:15 p.m. Contact league secretary, Terry, at 945-8485 by September 18.

The West Garfield County Landfill will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The landfill will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 8 with its normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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