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Live local music, a luminaria ceremony of hope, a midnight quesadilla party, a catered breakfast, a yoga hour, contests and other entertainment will highlight the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life of the Roaring Fork Valley from 6 p.m. Friday, Aug.11, to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug.12, at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. This fun-filled overnight event is a celebration of life that brings the community together in a unified effort to fight cancer. Teams of eight to 15 circle the track relay-style through the night. Participants camp out at the high school, and when they are not taking their turn walking or running, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment. Former and current cancer patients, their families and friends, businesses, civic organizations, and the general public are invited to the relay, which is themed Move and Groove for a Cure. Each team will choose a team name and theme based on a song, musical genre, band or other musical concept. Volunteer to be part of the cure. For information about how to form a team or to become involved in Relay For Life, contact Lauren Gueriera at (970) 384-2490. For more information about cancer, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit

Eagles Club bingo starts at 7 p.m. on first and third Wednesdays of the month. A new Progressive Bingo has started. Food and pull tabs will be available. For more information, please call 945-8295. Bring a friend and receive a free special sheet.

The Defiance Community Players fall musical production of Sweet Charity by Neil Simon will be holding auditions in August for ages needed 14 and older. Actors, dancers, musicians, set crew, set builders, lighting and sound help are needed. For more information call the director, Marc Anderton 309-3889 or the producer, Jacquie Meitler at 945-2174.

The Glenwood Springs Police Department Crime Prevention and Youth Activities Programs announce their 15th annual fundraiser, the Magic! Magic! Magic! show, to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.Funds raised from the program will go towards youth-oriented projects such as the bike rodeo and winter skating party, the annual scholarship for graduating seniors, and will help with the National Night Out and neighborhood watch programs.Local businesses and residents will be contacted by phone in the upcoming weeks to purchase children and senior citizen tickets or advertising posters for the program.For more information, call 1-800-813-7560 or the Glenwood Springs Police Department at 384-6500 and ask for Sgt. Levy Burris or Officer Margaret Wierenga.

Primary election: The Garfield County primary election will be held Aug. 8. General election: The Garfield County general election will be held Nov. 7. October 10 is the last day to register. Early voting will be held from Oct. 23 through Nov. 3. The last day to apply for absentee ballot if mailed is Oct. 31, and the last day to apply for absentee ballot if not mailed, is Nov. 3.

Habitat for Humanity for the Roaring Fork Valley (HFHRFV) is holding its inaugural charity golf tournament at the Roaring Fork Club on Sept. 25 to raise funds for building additional homes for local low-income families. Players are encouraged to register early for the event, which includes golf, cart, golf shirt, lunch and cocktail party/dinner. Chaffin/Light Real Estate is sponsoring the event, and other sponsorships are available.Since its inception in 2000, the local Habitat affiliate has built two homes for needy families. Currently, a duplex in Carbondale is under construction to house two more partner families. Partner families own their homes by repaying a 30-year interest-free mortgage. The families must complete 250 to 500 sweat equity hours on the home during construction. HFHRFV relies upon volunteers, as well as in-kind and cash donations to attain its mission to eliminate substandard housing. For more information about the local Habitat for Humanity, to register for the golf tournament, or learn more about tournament sponsorship opportunities, please call 963-8555 or e-mail:

The Frontier Historical Museum in Glenwood Springs utilizes desk volunteers to greet visitors, take admission and sell items from the gift shop. Volunteers are needed to fill several two and a half hours time slots once per week during the summer season, which runs from May 1 through Sept. 30. Please call 945-4448 for more information.

Meals on Wheels has several volunteer opportunities, including the gift shop, Web site, and events for ages 14 and up. Call Susan at 625-6423.Meals on Wheels serves Parachute, Rifle, Silt and New Castle with tasty, nutritious meals to homebound and home-limited friends and family. For inquiries, please call the number above.

The National Weather Service is looking for a volunteer weather observer to take, record and transmit daily weather readings in Rifle.You will be supplied with a digital thermometer to record high and low temperatures, and a rain gauge to record precipitation. Snow measurements are also needed. Your observations will continue the official records for Rifle which began in 1915.Call John at (970) 243-7007, ext. 327, or e-mail to

The Roaring Fork Valley Studio Tour, presented by the Aspen and Carbondale community schools, is accepting applications from local visual artists through June 30 for the fourth annual studio tour, to be held Oct. 14 and 15, with an opening reception Friday, Oct. 13. The tour will be limited to 50 studios throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Artists who would like to open their studios to visitors during the tour should call the Carbondale Community School at 963-9647 or e-mail to receive an application.

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