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Freedom CelebrationThe 24th annual Apple Tree Park Freedom Celebration in New Castle will kick off Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m. with a family dance. Activities on Friday, the Fourth, will feature a cake walk, dunk tank, races, volleyball, food, and music.Veterans can marchAll military veterans and those on active duty will be recognized at Aspen’s Fourth of July Parade at 11:30 a.m. The Denver Young Marine Color Guard will lead a veteran’s tribute. For information call Hugh Roberts, 927-4194.Track & Field DayThe Glenwood Springs Recreation Department will host Tiny Tikes Track & Field Day for kids 3-6, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Sayre Park. Free. Running, jumping, and some never-before-seen track and field events. Ribbons, balloons, and a really good time will be provided. For information call Barb at 384-6302.Burning Mountain FestivalThe 30th annual Burning Mountain Festival, sponsored by the New Castle Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, July 19, at Burning Mountain Park in New Castle. Food and retail vendor applications now being accepted. For information call Janet Gordon at 984-0764 or Judy Shaffer, 384-4352, ext. 3305.Fourth of July PicnicThe Basalt Regional Heritage Society will host a Fourth of July town picnic from noon to 3 p.m. in Arbaney Park. Hot dogs, hamburgers, lemonade and watermelon. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Tug-of-rope contest, cake walk, gunny sack races, three leg races and a fly casting contest. Horseshoe pits available. Free, although donations will be used for restoring Arbaney Barn. For information call Diana Cordova Elliott, 927-4693.Caucus MeetsThe Crystal River Caucus will hold a general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Redstone Church, to present the proposed Crystal River Valley Master Plan. A second meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Flying Dog Ranch in Carbondale. Copies of the proposed plan are available for reading at Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale, the Redstone Inn and Redstone General Store in Redstone, Otak at 36 N. 4th St. in Carbondale, Avalanche Ranch on Highway 133, and online at For information call Ron Sorter at 963-1787 or Bill Fales at 963-2019.

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