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Event to raise money for future senior centerBy Phillip YatesGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The goal is to create a senior center in Carbondale. Senior Matters, a local group focusing on senior issues, is trying to make that goal a reality. A community fundraiser the group will hold in mid-September will help the group get there.The group is set to hold its second Last Days of Summer Roundup, an all-day event, on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Gus Darien Riding Arena Rodeo near Carbondale. The arena is located on County Road 100 about two miles east of Carbondale. Activities at the event include live music, western horseback riding and a silent auction. A meal is going to be served from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., said Jean Owens, executive director of Senior Matters.Groups who will perform at the event include Anita Witt, a locally renowned western roper who is also a singer. Twirp Anderson, another locally famous singer, will also perform with his band, the Heart of the Rockies.

The Last Days of Summer Roundup is a fundraiser that will help Senior Matters, which was founded by local Virginia Sterrett, boost its operating and capital expenditure funds as the organization works toward creating a senior center in Carbondale, Owens said.”That is our ultimate goal,” she said.In 2007 it was announced that the Carbondale School site was set to be redeveloped for use by local nonprofits. Senior Matters has put forward money to possibly use that space to create its proposed senior center, Owens said. The center would serve Garfield, Pikin and Eagle counties.”Our programs (at the proposed senior center) will include a meal site, wellness clinics, lectures, community dances, card games, computer lab, art and craft classes,” a fundraising letter from Senior Matters said. “As an adjunct committee of the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission we will also be able to coordinate exercise programs, day trips and activities to benefit our community.”The Last Days of Summer Roundup is open to the public. Tickets are available at the following Carbondale locations: Sounds Easy, 0902 Highway 133, the Town of Carbondale Recreation Center and Floyd’s of Mayberry Barber Shop, 265 Main St.



Tickets for adults are $25. Tickets for senior and children under 10 are $18. If tickets are purchased in advance, there will be a $2 discount.For more information about Senior Matters or to contribute to the group contact Jean Owens at (970) 963-5664 or by e-mail at seniormatters1@sopris.net.Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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