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Local Artist and co-owner of Local Hang-Ups Gallery and Framing, Cynthia Thomas, had the honor of painting a watercolor depicting a beautiful cardinal red lily named for Betty Ford. The lily bearing Betty Fords name was specially cultivated by Florida hybridizers to be hardy enough to grow in high altitudes and survive the Vail winters. The painting will be presented to the former first lady on Sunday in Vail, at a ceremony that will honor her numerous humanitarian contributions to society. Prints and cards of the watercolor may be purchased at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Gift Store in Vail, or at Local Hang-Ups Gallery and Framing in Glenwood Springs. A portion of the sale of the prints and cards will go to benefit the gardens.

The Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Departments annual Mountain Madness Skate, Rate, and Relate Skateboard Competition on Saturday has been postponed until noon Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Two Rivers Skate Park. Register at Glenwood Community Center, or the day of the event at Two Rivers Skate Park. For more info, call the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 384-6301.

A memorial service for Matt Jankovsky, son of Tom Jankovsky and Liz Meador, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sunlight Mountain Resort.Matt, 21, passed away Monday after suffering a severe head injury July 21 while skateboarding in Broomfield. He was surrounded by family and friends.

The Rocky Mountain Blacksmithing Conference XV continues through Sunday at the Francis Whitaker Blacksmith School, on the campus of Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. In addition to other events, the conference features a gallery and a silent auction. The public can view the work of the blacksmiths on display in the conference gallery and to participate in the silent auction. The gallery will is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the CRMS Barn. The silent auction pieces will be on display in the CRMS Barn at 9 a.m. today, and the silent auction closes at 5:30 p.m.For information about the gallery or the silent auction, call Robin at 261-0493.

Local historian Anita Witt is bringing Western talent to perform at a Wild West Show at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the old Leo Light Ranch in Old Snowmass. Follow the balloons from the Conoco on Highway 82 up to Old Snowmass. Featured at the Wild West show will be 11-year-old Cowgirl Kate, 2005 National Youth Champion Trick Rider; and 71-year-old Larry Lewis, who still participates in 15 rodeos each year, standing on two moving horses while performing rope tricks. Anita Witt and champion roper Craig Ingram will also provide entertainment.For more information, call Anita Witt at 963-2180.

The Town of New Castle and the New Castle Chamber will present the Color New Castle Celebration from 3-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Burning Mountain Park. This event is free to all; attendees should bring a blanket or chair.The event starts off with a pet costume and look-A-like Contest, sponsored by the New Castle Veterinary Clinic. The Rock Dogs will provide music from 4-6:30, and there will be free ice cream cones, compliments of City Market and Village Green.Color New Castle Awards will be presented at 5 p.m., sponsored by West Canyon Tree Farm, Mr. Ts Hardware, Alpine Gardens and Dwyer Greens & Flowers.For information, contact Pam Johnson at 984-3152

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