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The 2010 Thursday Naturalist Nights speaker series kicks off at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale with “Bighorns of the Crystal River Valley” on Wednesday, Jan. 6.The free slide show, hosted by the Wilderness Workshop, starts at 7 p.m. Food and drinks can be purchased beforehand.For those who can’t make the Carbondale presentation, it will be repeated the following night (Thursday, Jan. 7) at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, starting at 7:30 p.m. Colorado Division of Wildlife Officer John Groves will give an overview of the biology of bighorn sheep and the history of the Avalanche Creek herd, and will discuss the herd’s population decline and the research being conducted to identify decline factors and increase lamb survivorship.Dos Gringos is located in the La Fontana Plaza, 588 Highway 133. For more information, contact the Wilderness Workshop at 963-3977.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents The Band of Heathens on Friday, Jan. 8, at the Church at Carbondale.Hailing from Austin, the Heathens have been compared to The Band and Little Feat. Their latest recording, “One Foot In the Ether,” hit No. 1 on the Americana Music Association radio chart and wound up at No. 8 on the AMA top 100 albums of 2008. The Heathens have been a favorite in the valley since their appearance at Steve’s Guitars two years ago. Since then they have played the Carbondale Mountain Fair and The Belly Up.The evening begins at 7 p.m. with local favorites The Hell Roaring String Band, playing its eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass and original tunes. Beer and wine will be served. Tickets are on sale at CCAH and Dos Gringos in Carbondale, or by calling (970) 963-1680. For more information, visit http://www.carbondalearts.com.

There will be a benefit to help with the Skis 4 Kashmir project being headed up by Charlie Noone of Glenwood Springs, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Pour House in Carbondale.The evening will include a silent auction and music by Durango bluegrass band Waiting on Trial. Admission will be $5 at the door.For more information, visit skis4kashmir.org, or e-mail charlie@skis4kashmir.org.



Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails as we explore 74 acres of Emma open space by moonlight on snowshoes on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 5-6:30 p.m. Bring your own snowshoes or use a pair provided by the Roaring Fork Club. Emma Open Space boasts lush wetlands, snowy fields and a critical migration corridor for deer and elk to move across the valley. Meet at the Emma Schoolhouse parking lot. This free event is underwritten by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails. Registration is required at http://www.roaringfork.org/events. More info, call (970) 927-1290.On Thursday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon the James H. Smith Northstar Open Space morning snowshoe event will take place. On Thursday, Jan. 28, from 5-6:30 p.m. there will be a nordic ski event along the Rio Grande Trail downstream of Stein Park (toward Woody Creek).For more information call 927-1290 or visit http://www.roaringfork.org.


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