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The Ninth Annual Basalt River Days is coming to Lions Park Aug. 18-19. All events take place in the historic downtown area. This years Saturday events in Lions Park are packed with favorite community activities such as tug-o-war, fly-casting, pie-baking, and Midland Avenue Depots MAD Dog-eating contests, and the Kiss the Trout competition. For more information, see, e-mail or call 927-4031.

Incoming Coal Ridge freshmen are invited to attend orientation on Thursday, Aug. 10, in the Coal Ridge main gym. Students will play games and get to know other Coal Ridge students from 12:30-5 p.m. The booster club is then hosting a pizza party for all freshmen from 5-6 p.m. Parents are invited to join their students and meet the teachers following a mock schedule from 6-8 p.m. Buses will pick up students and bring them to Coal Ridge if needed (Appletree park, 11:45 a.m.; KSE, noon; Riverside, 12:10 p.m.; Roy Moore, noon). Call Carrie Wieder at 625-6734 for more information.

The Second Annual River Days Scarecrow Gathering for the Basalt River Days Parade will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19. The event is sponsored by the Pardon My Garden Club and Wyly Community Arts. Open to all ages. Bring your gardens scarecrow or create a new one.There will be Scarecrow workshops to create your scarecrow at the Wyly Community Arts Studios Aug. 1517 from 5-7 p.m. Create the scarecrow of your dreams (or nightmares)! Bring some old clothing, large buttons, and join in the fun. Escort your scarecrow in the River Days Parade on Aug. 19. A $20 donation per scarecrow is collected at the door.For information contact Wyly Community Arts, 927-4123.

The Garfield County Human Services Commission has volunteer openings for human services representatives. One position each is available to represent Valley View Hospital; public safety (including fire, police, first responders); citizen representative; and for an agency in the human services field. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon and rotate between Rifle and Glenwood Springs. To receive an application please contact Nancy Reinisch at or Jane McCollor at 945-4752. Applications are due by August 30.

Join a team of dedicated volunteers and staff at the Advocate Safehouse Project and make a difference in your community. Advocate Safehouse is currently taking applications for our next training, which will be held in September.The free 30-hour training prepares participants to respond to calls on the Advocate Safehouse Projects 24-hour help line. Classes will be presented by community professionals.Training dates are two evenings per week from 6-9 p.m., beginning Sept. 29 through Oct. 19. The schedule also includes one Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bilingual Spanish/English volunteers are needed. Space is limited.Ask for Kathy at 945-2632 ext. 104 if you have questions or would like to participate in training.

Thunder River Theatre Companys successful spring production of Desperate Affection is being brought back for three encore performances. Bring friends and share the joy of Bruce Grahams comic gem. Desperate Affection runs for three nights only: Aug. 11-13. Curtain times are 8 p.m., except Sunday, 6:30 p.m. The comedy features TRTCs Valerie Haugen and Lon Winston. The new Thunder River Theatre Company is in downtown Carbondale at 67 Promenade. Tickets are available at 963-8200 or online at

The Carbondale Clay Center invites the public to its annual August benefit dinner at Restaurant six89, 689 Main St., Carbondale on Monday, Aug. 21. Support the centers year-round educational and cultural programs, including the summer kids clay camps, while enjoying fine food, art and music. Enjoy cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, prepared by chef Mark Fischer, served at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve seating, contact the CCC office at 963-2529. Tickets are $100, and reservations must be made by Aug. 17, $125 thereafter. Contact Lauren Kearns or Lea Tyler at 963-2529, e-mail at or online at

The 11th annual Redstone Art Foundation Art Show opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 on the grounds of the Redstone Inn. The show continues on from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4. The show features local, area and invited guest artists in a variety of media. Call 963-6417 for more information.

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