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Basalt High School will host the Colorado Senate debates between Republican Senator Jack Taylor and Democrat Jay Fetcher starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at the schools Commons Center. Basalt Town Manager Bill Efting will moderate. A question-and-answer session open to students and community members will follow at 10:20 a.m. Information: Seann Goodman, (970) 348-5959.The Roaring Fork Peace Coalition and the Stepstone Center present David Barsamian, a well-known radio personality and activist speaking on Activism and the Election, and Kevin Danaher, co-founder of the international human rights organization Global Exchange, speaking on Global Justice for Global Security. The event takes place at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at Glenwood Springs High School. The book-signing begins at 6:30 pm. The event is free, but donations are welcome at the door.

Dan Burden of Walkable Communities Inc. will discuss methods for connecting regional trails with community transportation corridors, and the role of bike networks in livability and desirability as tourist destinations from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Information and RSVP: New Century Transportation Foundation, 704-9200 or ctuttle@newcenturytrans.org.A free general information session for anyone interested in learning about Alzheimers disease will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Mesa Mall Community Room (park between Mervyns and JC Penney). Dr. Robert A. Sammons Jr. will discuss the difference between dementia and normal memory loss due to aging. Information: Annie Smyth, (970) 256-1274. The Basalt Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Autumn Gathering from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at the new Riverside Grill in Basalt Center Circle featuring menu samplings and a cash bar. Current and prospective members are welcome. Bring business cards for door prizes. Raffle tickets for the Roaring Fork Conservancy Mexico trip will be available. Information or RSVP: 927-4031 or bchamber@rof.net.The Eagles Lodge, 317 Seventh St., will hold a spaghetti dinner for Advocate Safehouse from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. The dinner is open to the public, admission is $7. Information: 945-5506The Silt Historical Societys needlework group meets 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Silt Historical Park. Information: 876-5801.The Basalt Emergency Management Committee meets at 9 a.m. the first Friday of every month at Basalt Town Hall, and all meetings are open to the public. Information: Dick Merritt, 927-5178. Help Sopris Elementary School fifth-graders raise money for an educational field trip to the Denver Museum of Science and Nature from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at their fall festival. The event, in the schools parking lot, features a craft and community garage sale, family activities, face-painting and silent auction. Information: Cathy Petts, 947-0120. Shop till you drop at Basalt Middle Schools flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the schools parking lot. Spaces are still available and participants keep 100 percent of what they make. Fundraising groups can rent spaces for $10 and others for $15. Proceeds benefit the seventh-grade Boston trip. Information: Robin Braine, 963-4610 or Janice Popish, 963-2786.The Roaring Fork Kennel Club is holding a dog show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St. Competition categories include obedience, confirmation, junior showmanship, and canine good testing. Prizes will be awarded in each category, and everyone is welcome to join. There is a $5 fee for the first entry and $3 for each entry after that. Information: Britton, 928-0482. Buttons & Bows Square Dance Club invites dancers of all levels and ages to dacne on Saturdays, Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. The dances start at 8 p.m. at the Grand Valley Early Childhood Learning Center (old high school) on Second Street in Parachute. Information: 285-2046. Willits offers a farmers market on Saturday mornings across from the new Willits General Store and Gas StationThe Glenwood Springs Community/Contra Dance series continues on the first Saturdays of the month. Information: Don, 945-0350A meeting of all LoVa members and others in the community interested in the LoVa Trail will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Silt Town Hall, 231 N. Seventh St. LoVa is a local nonprofit whose mission is to plan and promote the development and use of nonmotorized transportation and recreation on trails and other designated routes connecting communities and destinations in Garfield County. Information: LoVa executive director Larry Dragon, 285-7113 or ldragon@mediate.com.Rifle Elks Lodge 2195 is sponsoring a poster contest for students grades 3-5 enrolled in Rifle, Silt, Meeker, and Parachute-Battlement Mesa schools. The subject of the contest is drug awareness, and entries in both English and Spanish will be accepted. Prizes are $50 for first, $30 for second, and $15 for third-place entries. Submit entries to Mary Romero, Elks Lodge 2195 in Rifle by Wednesday, Oct. 27. Winners will be announced Thursday, Nov. 4.Volunteers are needed to help inform hunters about big game regulations, boundaries and access, and local information from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 29, at the Rifle Chamber of Commerce Hunters Tent. Commitment is a one-day minimum. Volunteers should have a general understanding of big game regulations and enjoy talking to the public. Training provided. Information: Linda Edwards at Linda.edwards@state.co.us or (970) 255-6145.Tour Glenwood Caverns by lantern from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29-30. Tours start every 45 minutes. Show up in costume between 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, to ride the Iron Mountain Tramway for free. Follow the Trick-or-Treat Trail and continue to the Witchs Cavern for goodies and spooky Halloween family fun. Information: 945-4228 or 1-800-530-1635.The Alpine Singles group will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, for a Halloween party. Information: Barney, 945-9128, or Cindy, 618-8077.The Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority and the Small Business Development Center will offer a retailing class, Designing a Complete Sales Team on Nov. 3. The class is $20 for DDA and Chamber members, $25 for nonmembers. RSVP: 945-6589.The United Methodist Women in Rifle are seeking crafters for the sixth annual Gingerbread Crafthouse sale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Lovell Building. Information: Pat Peterson, 876-5160.Carbondale will once again collect leaves and small branches for recycling through Friday, Nov. 19. Drop-off site is 511 Colorado Ave. in the west side of the Town Hall parking lot. Residents are asked to separate leaves from branches, remove from bags, and deposit in appropriate containers. Leaf Days is sponsored by the town of Carbondale, Waste Management, and CaCaLoCo. Information: Public Works, 963-1307.


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