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Community News & Notes

Every year during the holidays, LIFT-UP sees a huge outpouring of generosity to help local neighbors in need. Christmas in July is LIFT-UPs way of reminding the public that the needs are just as great during the summer months as they are during the holidays. When people are unemployed and struggling to feed their families, summer can be just as difficult as the harsh winter months. Thats why LIFT-UP is busy 12 months a year, filling in the gap for folks experiencing hardship. Donations of food and financial support will make a big difference. People can drop off nonperishable food items at any of LIFT-UPs five offices (in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Parachute), or send a donation to LIFT-UP at P.O. Box 1213, Glenwood Springs, 81602; or make a secure online donation at This is an opportunity to keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year long, and help LIFT-UP provide year-round assistance for year-round needs. With the help of a caring community, LIFT-UP can make sure that everyone in our region has food to eat.

Join Maurine Taufer this July at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.Dancers will experience the discipline of learning dance technique, the creativity of improvisational problem-solving, and the joy of expression from choreographing a dance together.Dancers gain strength, flexibility, creativity and confidence as they dance together three times a week for three weeks. An informal studio performance will be presented at the end of the workshop.Dancers from age 13 and up are invited to participate in the session, which runs from 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 17 through Aug. 2.To register, please call the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts at 945-2414.

Businesses in the midvalley are invited to enroll in the first edition of the Basalt-Carbondale Green Map. Youth leaders on the Green Map committee are seeking local organic growers, green organizations and green businesses to apply for inclusion on a mid Roaring Fork Valley Green Map.The map will also identify significant green buildings and sources of renewable energy and models of sustainability. Eligibility for map consideration will be based on businesses meeting fairly strict criteria for Green Map presence. Students will visit applicant organizations, consider their practices and evaluate their activities.If you would like your business to be considered for the first edition of the Green Map, e-mail your request for an application to For information call 384-7900. No first edition Green Map applications can be accepted later than July 20. Worthy organizations may be nominated as well. The initial mapping area will be limited to Basalt and Carbondale. The Green Map is a user-friendly resource that will be available free of charge.For more information, call William Evans at 704-0124.

Christ Community Church Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 24-27, off Highway 82 between El Jebel and Basalt. School is open to children age 3 to sixth grade. To register for this free bible school, please call 927-3889.

Rifle High School will begin new student registration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2. Birth certificate and immunization records are required. Call 625-7765 to schedule an appointment.

The Roaring Fork Conservancy is celebrating 10 years of watershed conservation with the annual River Rendezvous gala, from 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, streamside in Old Snowmass. Tickets are available; call 927-1290.

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