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The Aspen Writers Foundations Summer Words Literary Festival starts today and continues through Thursday. The festival includes workshops, seminars and discussions. Guest speakers, such as author Malachy McCourt, will also attend the festival. For more information, go to http://www.aspenwriters.org.

The Great Outdoors Colorado Board has awarded $24,000 in lottery funds to Glenwood Springs to build a playground at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.GOCO funds will enable Glenwood Springs to build a Tot Lot on the Community Center premises. The new playground, which will serve toddler and preschool-age children, has been specifically designed for young users and their special needs. It will provide hands-on activities, including native species garden panels, bird feeders, bat houses, spider-frames, sand and water play elements, low-level climbing boulders, an on-grade slide, a shade structure, and kid-sized work spaces for outdoor education purposes. A toddling path connecting the play elements will provide easy access to the natural world. The award is one of 14 local park and outdoor recreation mini-grants to which the GOCO Board gave $390,123. Mini-grants assist small communities with projects of $40,000 or less.

The first Glenwoods Downtown Market of the season was a huge success, and market managers expect it the big turnouts to continue. Every Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Centennial Park, Ninth and Grand, vendors will be selling their produce and other goodies.To accommodate the market, there will be no parking on Ninth Street between Grand Avenue and Cooper from 2-9 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Professional Case Management, a Department of Labor-enrolled provider of home nursing to chronically ill uranium miners, millers and haulers, will hold a town hall meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Ave.The meeting will provide information on how employees who became ill working with uranium can qualify for compensatory lump-sum awards and medical benefits. For more information, including details on patient eligibility for free care, call 888-886-2281.

The Glenwood Springs Police Department Crime Prevention and Youth Activities Programs will sponsor The Magic! Magic! Magic! Show at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.Local businesses and residents will be contacted by phone to purchase childrens and senior citizens tickets or advertising posters for the program in the upcoming weeks.For more information, call Sgt. Levy Burris or Officer Margaret Wierenga at 384-6500. compiled from staff reports

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