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The Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library will hold its Fall Book Sale Friday, Oct. 9, through Monday, Oct. 19, at the Carbondale library, 76 S. Fourth St.To donate used books for the sale, please bring them to the library during library hours and let the staff know you are bringing book donations. The books for the sale are to be stored in boxes in the storage shed outside the building.For more information, call the library at 963-2889.

Stop by the AKC Responsible Dog Owner information booth provided by Roaring Fork Kennel Club at the Heeling Partners Pooch Parade on Saturday, Sept. 19. We will have useful information for you to help in your decision to add a dog to your family through the requirements for the Canine Good Citizens test you can pass with your pet. We hope to see you Saturday, Sept. 19. Remember, registration for the Pooch Parade is at 9 a.m., and the fun continues until noon.

Officers of the Rifle Elks Lodge #2195 will host a fundraising breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the lodge, 501 W. Fifth St., Rifle.The cost is $5 per plate. All proceeds will go toward the lodge’s building fund.The menu will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, juice and milk. Call Jo at 625-0635 for more information.

Free breast exams for women age 55 and older will be held at the Rifle Senior Center on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 1-4 p.m.The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Aspen is providing funding for Columbine Home Health to make the free breast exams possible to senior women. Sarah Oliver, certified adult nurse, will provide the exams and education women in self breast exams. Women without insurance to cover mammograms will be referred to a program to cover mammograms. Call Sarah at 618-3606 to schedule an appointment.

The Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport will hold a fly-in open house on Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon.Activities include: raffling of airplane rides, pancake breakfast, static displays, model airplane demonstrations and paragliding demonstrations.Children welcome, fun for all, meet the pilots and plane owners based at Glenwood Airport. For more info, call the airport manager at (970) 618-0778.

Paddlers are invited to compete in a fall freestyle kayaking event at the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park on the Colorado River on Sunday, Sept. 27.Competition will begin at 11 a.m., with registration from 9:30-11 a.m. the day of the competition. An entry fee of $20 is required, and there will be a competitor’s meeting at 10:45 before the competition.The event is sponsored by the Gear Exchange, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Alpine Quest Sports, Aspen Valley Harley Davidson, city of Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Whitewater Events, Colorado Rocky Mountain School and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

The Carbondale Rotary Club Youth Exchange Program is accepting applications from Basalt and Carbondale students for the 2010-11 school year.Applications are due by Sept. 30, and interviews will be in early October.More information and applications may be obtained by contacting Robin Tolan at 379-1365, e-mail at, and by going to cost is approximately $5,000, including airfare, VISAS, health insurance, orientation and year-long support of international Rotarian host families.Currently, Carbondale students Raleigh Burleigh and Elizabeth Robinson are spending this year in Chile and India, respectively, while French student Violette Hardy is living with host parents in Carbondale.Interested students may view the experiences of Raleigh and Elizabeth by going to their blogs,, and for Elizabeth,

The second annual Smoking River Pow Wow will be held in Meeker Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26, at Ute Park, located just west of town. Admission is free to this community celebration. No dogs or alcohol allowed. The grand entry starts at 7 p.m. on Friday. There will be grand entries on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The honor guard includes veterans from the Meeker VFW and the Uintah-Ouray Ute Indian Tribe from Fort Duchesne, Utah. Dancers in their colorful regalia who will later be competing for prize money follow the flag bearers as they enter the dance arena. There will be a traditional buffalo feast at 4 p.m. Saturday thanks to the Uintah-Ouray Ute Indian Tribe’s gift of an American bison from the tribe’s bison herd. The tribe is also sponsoring the prize money for a traditional Ute hand game. For more information please contact Liz Turner or Lynn Lockwood at (970) 878-6000. You can also visit their website at

Grand Valley Science Club is currently accepting registrations for grades 4 through high school. The club exists for the purpose of providing educational support for parents of home-schoolers in the area or for science enthusiasts from the public school. The middle school class sponsors a Science Olympiad team. Overall theme for the year is biology. Classes meet on Wednesday at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church. For more info, contact Kim Whelan at 285-7639.

The Glenwood Springs Elks have begun their annual big game hide collection to benefit our nation’s veterans. The Elks have begun the annual collection of deer and elk hides, which will be tanned and distributed for recreational and occupational therapy throughout the Veterans Administration health-care system to our disabled veterans. The Elks also have a program in place where tanned leather is cut and sewn into specially designed fingerless gloves and are furnished to veterans confined to wheelchairs to protect their hands. The drive is part of a nationwide leather program that the Elks have been operating since 1948. The motto of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission is: “So Long As There Are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Will Never Forget Them.”Once donated, volunteers clean, salt, fold and stack the hides. They are then transported to tanneries for processing. After cleaning and tanning, a portion of the leather is made available in craft kits to veterans to make wallets, clothing, belts and moccasins for personal use or to enter in arts and crafts shows. The remainder of the leather is made into fingerless wheelchair gloves for disabled vets and is distributed through the VA system by representatives of the Elks organization. The program is funded by the Elks at no cost to veterans or the government. In fact, “Elks Leather” has become a national byword among veteran patients everywhere. Our veterans responded willingly to our call, and now it is only fitting that we respond to their needs.For information on how to properly prepare, care for and donate a hide or to participate in this program, contact the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge 2286, P.O. Box 57, 51939 Highway 6, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81602, 945-2286,

The Carbondale Rodeo Club and Senior Matters present the Last Days of Summer & Bareback Bonanza on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Carbondale rodeo grounds.The Bareback Bonanza will feature rodeo events, live entertainment with Anita Witt, barbecued meat from local ranchers and a live auction featuring a 10-year-old quarter horse mare. Rodeo registration and barbecue begin at 2 p.m. Live entertainment is at 2:30, and the Bareback Bonanza is at 3:30. The horse auction will start at 4:15 p.m.

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