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The 21st annual historic Emma Schoolhouse Holiday Bazaar has a few openings for artisans interested in selling their wares. Bazaar dates are Friday evening, Nov.18 and Saturday, Nov.19. For more information, call 923-3347.

To help raise children who are more respectful and responsible, YouthZone is offering the following parenting classes. Call 945-9300 for more information or to sign up.- No I wont…and you cant make me! Redirecting power struggles – Redirecting Childrens Behavior – Parenting with Love and Logic- Parenting Teens through Moods and Attitudes

The Garfield County Clerk and Recorder is hosting a demonstration of ES&S Voting Equipment. The equipment is compatible with the ES&S 650 Optical Scanner that Garfield County currently uses for counting ballots.The demonstration will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Courthouse Plaza Commissioner Meeting Room 100 at 108 Eighth St.. in Glenwood Springs.



VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) will be having a special meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the WestStar Bank Community Room (next to Safeway) in Glenwood Springs. The meeting will address the short- and long-term needs of hurricane evacuees who have moved into the Garfield County/Roaring Fork area.Any organization, church or business that can help with hurricane relief for these new residents is welcome to participate, or organizations can contact United Way of Garfield County with their offer of assistance. Permanent single-family house rentals are especially needed.

Glenwood Springs High School has been advised that local businesses have received calls from a company in Texas representing themselves as providing a calendar for the school. They are selling advertisements. This is not a program GSHS is sponsoring, and the school asks businesses not to place an ad with any company claiming to be affiliated with the school.



The Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library will hold a Used Book Sale Oct. 1-8. The sale will be held in the basement of the library, located at 413 Ninth St. Call 945-5958 for more information.

The Town of Carbondales notice of a zoning violation at the Crystal River Development property is being contested by Eric Gross, the attorney for land owner Brian Huster.Gross is appealing the towns decision to its Board of Adjustment.The town sent a letter to Gross and Greg Casteel, the owner of the eight sheep living on the CRD property on Highway 133, saying agricultural uses violate the propertys commercial zoning.Town attorney Mark Hamilton said the town hasnt taken action yet on Gross request for a Board of Adjustment hearing. Both Huster and Casteel are implicated in the violation.I think the issues presented by introducing the sheep to the property are related to the factual issues that will be presented in the disconnection case if it comes back, Hamilton said regarding a case under appeal by CRD to have the property de-annexed from the Town of Carbondale.

Carbondale trustees on Tuesday passed a resolution to officially ask Garfield County to contribute to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.The resolution states that Carbondale, Glenwood and New Castle are Garfield County communities that support RFTA, and that hundreds of thousands of rides are given to citizens living in town limits, as well as in unincorporated areas of the county. Carbondale is interested in increasing the frequency of bus service to every half hour, something thats been promised by RFTA for five years.Trustees believe a contribution by Garfield County would help make that happen, and are urging the county commissioners to invest at least $150,000 in regional RFTA transit services for 2006.

The Bookcliffs Council on Arts and Humanities of Rifle is sponsoring the Big Mama Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8., at Sunrise Art Park 955 County Rd. 955, (16th and Birch)in Rifle.Volunteers are needed for Oct. 3-9. Call BCAH 625-3043 if you can help. The response has been so great, we are unable to accept anymore donations.

The Valley Potters Dinnerware Show continues through Oct. 26 at the Carbondale Clay Center. The show features unique, handmade dinnerware from 20 ceramic artists.Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, or to make an appointment, call 963-2529.The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

Crystal River Elementary School and the Carbondale Community School will be collecting Coins for Katrina through Friday. Coin collection jars are located in both schools. Proceeds will go the Red Cross.

The City of Glenwood Springs has received a grant form the Colorado State Forest Service to hire contractors to perform fuel reduction efforts along the citys Three Mile Creek open space corridor. Standing and down dead timbers will be chipped and dispersed on site or removed, and thinning of low growing vegetation will also be performed. Work is expected to begin Tuesday and will continue for approximately three days. Equipment will be on the path and pedestrians are urged to use caution. For further information, call 384-6366.

Glenwood Springs Southern Comfort Benefit kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Devereux Room of the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. Local bands Soulfeel and Frank Martin & the Red Dirt Gang will provide dance music. Jack Green will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which includes a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds will go toward Habit for Humanitys Hurricane Recovery. Admission is $10. For more information or to make a donation, call 928-9347.

A local sage-grouse population work group meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Fire Protection Dist. Building, 1810 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.The Colorado Division of Wildlife is completing a conservation plan for Greater Sage-Grouse in the central and western Roan Plateau area of Garfield, Rio Blanco, and Mesa Counties. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has precluded listing this bird because of the effort to address impacts. The CDOW desire is to have this plan reflect local conditions for this bird and provide a means for local representation from a diversity of people and interests.To RSVP or for questions, call John Toolen at 255-6192, or email john.toolen@state.co.us

Potato Day is Saturday in downtown Carbondale and features a parade, a celebration in the park, a farmers market, barbecue and vendors.The Potato Day Tater/Fossil Trot will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Hendrick Ranch Soccer Field and Senior Housing.Pre-race sign-up for the 5K/1 mile race will be at the Red Rock Diner, 155 Highway 133 in Carbondale or at the senior housing office. Race day sign-up will be at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hendrick soccer field, Highway 133 and Hendrick Drive by Senior Housing.The Mount Sopris Historical Society is looking for photographs of old Potato Day celebrations in Carbondale. Call Toni Cerise at 963-1940 or Linda Criswell at 963-9371 if you have photos you can donate or loan.


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