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The Carbondale Chamber will host its annual business conference on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Thunder River Theater in downtown Carbondale. This year’s theme is: What are the economic trends in the Roaring Fork Valley, and how do they affect you and your business? Presenters include Brian Vogt from Gov. Owens’ office, speaking about the forecast for Colorado’s economy; state Representative Kathleen Curry on Western Slope issues; and Bob Spuhler from Colorado Mountain College on work-force issues in the Roaring Fork Valley. There will also be panel discussions by the county commissioners on transportation and housing as well as expert views on resource efficiency and green development. Lunch is included. Following the presentations and panel there will be a wine and cheese reception and presentation of the Chamber Business of the Year award. Advance tickets are $65 for chamber members, $80 for non-members, and $15 for students. For tickets call the Carbondale Chamber at 963-1890 or register online at http://www.carbondale.com.

Chili’s Grill & Bar will donate 100 percent of today’s profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of its campaign to raise more than $3 million for the world-renowned pediatric cancer research center. The September campaign honors National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Through the end of September, Chili’s will continue to promote its month-long Create A Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer campaign, during which restaurant guests may donate $1 or more to color a pinup of Chili’s signature pepper. In addition, supporters can visit http://www.createapepper.com to purchase Create A Pepper T-shirts that can be customized with permanent marker to fit their individual style. New this year are Create A Pepper Gift Cards, which offer a means of giving to those you love while giving back. Chili’s will donate $1 to St. Jude for every $25 purchased in Create A Pepper Gift Cards, which can be customized with permanent marker or crayon.

The Redstone Inn, along with eight galleries, shops and cafes, are participating in Redstone’s fifth annual art walk as a multimedia celebration “Honoring our Landscape.” Walking guides are available at the Redstone Inn and participating businesses – Come walk with us. Daily through Oct. 30.


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