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The Glenwood Springs High School track and field program is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Glenwood Springs Middle School at 6 p.m. this Friday.

The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old.

There will be a special guest appearance by John Register, a paralympic athlete and motivational speaker.



Colorado River Valley Little League is holding sign-ups/skill evaluation sessions this Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Deerfield Park.

Players will need to have a birth certificate and three proofs of residency. Colorado River Valley Little League is for players from Rifle, New Castle, Silt, Parachute, Meeker and De Beque. Call 625-3394 for more information.



Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club Nordic athletes Keegan and Hailey Swirbul were named to the 2012 Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior National Team following the final junior qualifying events held Feb. 24-26 in Durango.

Both of the Swirbuls, who are from Carbondale, cemented their places on the team with impressive performances in the classic sprint qualifier and Saturday’s 10K and 5K freestyle races held at the Durango Nordic Center in fast, spring-like conditions.

Keegan, 16, skied to a strong third-place finish in the J1 men’s final heat of the 1.4K classic sprints, followed by a fourth place showing in Saturday’s 10K distance skate race.

Younger sister Hailey, not to be outdone, notched silver finishes both days of J2 women’s action, an impressive feat given that the 13 year-old is a J3 who skied up a class and raced against 15- and 16-year-olds in the final four qualifying races of the season.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s Lena Sutro, a fellow J2 skier who was also named to the team, will join the Swirbuls.

The 13th annual Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk will take place this Saturday at 3 p.m. The race starts and finishes at the base of Mitchell Creek Road in West Glenwood Springs.

The cost to enter is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt, Valley Dog Rescue in Carbondale, Colorado Animal Rescue in Glenwood and the Rifle Animal Shelter. Registration begins at 2 p.m. on race day.

Sequoia Glen is the first of six races in the 2012 Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series.

For more information, call 945-0979.

The Independence Pass Foundation is now taking registrations for the 2012 Ride for the Pass online.

The Ride is the foundation’s major annual fundraiser and is now in its 18th year. The Ride starts at the winter gate east of Aspen on Highway 82 and ascends 10 miles to the Independence Ghost Town. It will be held on Saturday, May 19, as part of the May 18-20 Aspen Cycling Festival weekend, which will include a series of races in downtown Aspen on May 20.

Registration for the Ride is available at http://www.active.com or via a link on the Independence Pass Foundation website, which is http://www.independencepass.org.

The cost is $40 for individuals and $70 for families, with those prices going up to $50 for individuals and $80 for families on May 1. Ridership this year is limited to 600 participants, so interested cyclists are encouraged to sign up early. If the event limit is reached prior to race day, there will be no race-day registration.

The Ride will start with a competitive wave at 9 a.m. and a recreational start 15 minutes later. The course is closed at noon, with an after-party at the Sky Hotel scheduled for 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Mark Fuller at 963-4959 or at fulcon@comcast.net. For more information on the Aspen Cycling Festival, go to http://www.aspenrecreation.com and search for Aspen Cycling Festival.


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