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Help out Basalt River DaysGet ready for the sixth annual Basalt River Days, Aug. 16-17, which organizers are saying will be bigger and better than ever. Activities include food and crafts booths, a half marathon, pancake breakfasts, Kids’ Island, a parade, beer garden, live music, an interactive river ecology display, pie baking contest, and of course, the ever-popular Kiss the Trout contest. Plus, for you old timers, the local `70’s band Starwood will rock Basalt. Volunteers are needed for all this frivolity. Call 927-4031 if you’d like to lend a hand. Investing strategiesAl Kaufman, a financial advisor with A.G. Edwards & Sons, will be presenting a free workshop, Learn how your money can work harder for you. Information: 970-241-0600.Workers’ Comp seminarPinnacol Assurance is sponsoring a workers’ compensation seminar on cost containment issues at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. The session will help local businesses develop effective safety and return-to-work programs and assist with achieving cost containment certifications. The seminar, including a continental breakfast, is free for Pinnacol Assurance policy holders and $15 for others. For information or to register, call Rachel Morley at 303-361-4776. Health care videoconferenceWhat are the most pressing health care funding needs in Colorado? At 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, Valley View Hospital will host a two-hour interactive video conference that will link 17 Colorado communities together to discuss health services. A nonprofit organization, Caring for Colorado, will analyze the results of the video conference. “We will be looking for honest input from local community leaders and the general public to help identify how and where the foundation should put its resources,” said Chris Wiant, Caring for Colorado’s president and CEO. Information: Nan Sundeen, 379-2954. Volunteer to tutorThe Adult Literacy program of the Basalt Regional Library is holding an orientation training for new volunteer tutors from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, July 26. The Adult Literacy Program provides individualized tutoring to mid-valley residents, and helps students acquire English language skills needed to function more effectively as members of our community. Information: Julie Fox-Rubin,, 927-9745.30-year planAn open house to present the preliminary results of Garfield County’s 30-year transportation plan will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, in the Board of County Commissioners conference room, in the Courthouse Plaza building, 108 8th St., Room 100, Glenwood Springs. Information: Penny Hoffman, 945-5004.Teens only!The Outdoor Club presents a teen-only adventure. Glenwood Springs Parks and Rec is organizing a vehicle-supported overnight mountain bike hut trip to a 10th Mountain Division hut July 29-30. Participants will do maintenance work on the Peter Estin Hut in exchange for reduced hut fees. $60/resident teens, $72/non-resident teens. Mandatory pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 28, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Information: Eric Brendlinger, 384-6311. Viva ItalianoIf you’re of Italian descent, reserve Sunday, Aug. 3, for the annual Friends of Italy picnic at Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs. Festivities start at 1 p.m. and will continue through the afternoon with food, drink, music and bocce ball. Those attending need only bring a lawn chair, table service and an appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert. The picnic committee will provide main dishes and beverages. Call Emma Blanc at 945-6407 or Rose Pilati at 945-5073 with an RSVP and for more information. If you’d like to help the organizing committee, call Pete Moscon at 945-5115.

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