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Sopris Therapy Services spokesperson Pat Horwitz is ecstatic she has signed up 200 volunteers to help with the National Disabled American Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Horwitz said, “I cannot believe it. . Well, actually I can believe it because the people in this community will come through when you need them. Just this morning I filled the last space for the 200 volunteers I needed.” Veterans from all over the country have come to this event, which is taking place April 1-4 right here in Colorado. Sopris Therapy was chosen because of their experience with disabled riders to provide 160 trail rides over 4 days as an alternate activity for the sports clinic. Horwitz said, “Some of these men have never been on a horse, and they’ve always wanted to. Some are scared, but afterwards they have such a sense of accomplishment for doing something they’ve always dreamed of. We’re even providing therapy for those who have no legs, and have been in a wheelchair for so long, and suddenly they’re walking again (on a horse). There are lots of smiles and happy faces.”Interested citizens are welcome to come and see the veterans’ smiling faces as they experience the ride of their lifetime at the Ranch at Roaring Fork in Carbondale during the remaining days, April 3 and 4. -Saturday, April 5, is the date for the 9Health Fair at Esma Lewis Elementary School in Rifle. Get your blood pressure checked and blood work done for a nominal charge. The Health Fair is conducted from 7:30 a.m. to noon.-Would you like to expand your creativity? Successful professional upvalley artist Grant Ballin, who has 30 years of experience as an inventor, and an artist in bronze and multi-media, will be giving a free presentation at OZ, the Artists’ Workshop, on Saturday, April 5. Grant’s “Magic Painting Party” is a fast, fun painting class in the abstract style. Participants can get first-hand, easy step-by-step techniques to sidestep the blocks to creativity and create a painting in about an hour. “Magic” is seeing all the hidden shapes and creatures in a wild display of color and developing them from these abstracts forms. OZ’s head honcho and chief bottle-washer Patty Ringer said, “It’s a let loose, see what you come up with kind of thing. It’s going to be fun no matter what, and even the supplies are provided.” The presentations will be held at OZ, at 331 W. Main St. in New Castle on April 5 from 1-3 p.m. and again from 7-9 p..m. Call Ringer at 984-0445 for more details. -The menu for the CMC Senior Nutrition Luncheon on Monday, April 7, at the New Castle Community Center will be salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, fluffy rice, marinated green bean salad, blueberry muffin, and chilled peaches.Please call me at 984-2308 if you have any New Castle area news or inspirations to share.

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