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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 http://www.basaltriverdays .com, e-mail or call 927-4031.

Photography from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia by Susie Strode is on display through August at the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale. The library is open Tuesday through Saturday. For hours, please call 963-2889.

Preschool Storytime will resume at the New Castle Branch Library at 10:30 a.m Wednesday, Aug. 23. Toddler Storytime continues at 10:30 Fridays. Join us for stories, songs and crafts. Call 984-2346 for more information.

The Glenwood Springs Community Center will be offering an American Red Cross Lifeguarding class from Aug. 27 through Sept. 7. Anyone 15 years of age and older is eligible to take the class, after passing the precourse swimming skills test. The pre-course test includes swimming 500 yards using the front crawl and breaststroke, retrieving a 10-pound brick in 10 feet of water and swimming 20 yards with it to the shallow end. Mandatory attendance at all classes is required. Pre-registration is required, and the cost for the class is $115 for Glenwood Springs residents and $125 for non-residents. This fee includes an ARC Lifeguard Training Manual and certificates upon successful completion of the class. These certificates include a three-year (renewable) certificate in ARC Lifeguarding and First Aid, a one-year (renewable) certificate in CPR, AED and Oxygen Administration. The city of Glenwood Springs accepts applications for lifeguard employment from any ARC certified lifeguard. Positions are currently open. For further information please contact Mary Russell, ARC lifeguard trainer, at 618-1450.

Tickets are now on sale for the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest, a fundraiser for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The festival takes place from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the historic Hotel Colorado. The event is a popular gathering of valley restaurants, microbreweries, wineries, silent auction, live music, culinary demonstrations and much more. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 the day of the event, and can be purchased by calling 945-2414.

True Media Foundations presentation of History Under the Stars debuts at dusk Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Centennial Park. The documentary celebrates the lives and livelihood of Garfield County pioneers individuals and families who helped create and shape the areas communities. The video follows Glenwoods farmers market at the park. History Under the Stars is a project of True Media Foundation, a nonprofit organization that mentors area youth. A crucial aspect of this summer project is the youth who have worked on this video, learning all aspects of film production while creating a historical legacy of the region. A production crew of about 14 youth from Carbondale to Rifle have spent their summer working on the historical presentation.

No Strings Theatre Company, of New Mexico, presents the one-man play Doc Holliday and the Angel of Mercy, at 8 p.m. Aug. 25-26 at the Blue Acacia Theatre in the Masonic Temple. Tickets are $10: 379-6041. Patrick Payne plays the lead, and he has performed Doc Holliday and the Angel of Mercy throughout the West. He was particularly interested in playing Doc Holliday in Glenwood Springs because it is where Doc died and is said to be buried.

The husband-and-wife team of Joyce Bulifant and Roger Perry, veterans of stage, screen and television, will perform their original musical production, Life Upon the Wicked Stage, at 8 p.m. Aug. 25-26 at the Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. Proceeds support River Bridge, the childrens advocacy center to be built near Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Launched by local supporters and the Carbondale/Aspen Glen Rotary Club, River Bridge will provide a child-friendly center for young victims of abuse and neglect. Tickets for the Aug. 25 show are $100 per person and include a gala champagne and dessert reception. Tickets for the Aug. 26 show are $25 (performance only). Tickets are tax deductible and available at Sounds Easy in Carbondale, 963-1303, and Glenwood Travel King in Glenwood Springs, 945-9500. Those wishing to participate as sponsors, or for more information, call Connie McCrudden at 963-3136.

The 20th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials hosts 120 of North Americas top dog/handler teams vying for a $20,000 purse Sept. 6-10 in Meeker. Craft fair, art contest, petting farm, barbecues and more. Tickets at the gate. Five-day pass: adult, $30; ages 8-16, $15. One-day pass: adult, $10; ages 8-16, $5; under 8 free daily. No pets please. Details at or call (970) 878-5510.

SHARE Colorado (Self Help and Resource Exchange), a nonprofit organization, is a monthly food distributor that offers grocery packages at half the retail price to everyone. Every package you buy for yourself helps to put food on the table for another family in your community. To order from SHARE please visit the Eagles Lodge at 312 Seventh St. on Sept. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. For more information on the SHARE program call 1-800-933-7427 or visit

A one-week ballet intensive will be led by master guest teacher Nathalie LeVine at the Glenwood Dance Academy Aug. 21-25. LeVine, who trained under Slavenska, Nijinska and the Royal Ballet School, has taught and choreographed ballet for 50 years, mainly in California and in the St. Louis area. LeVines students have gone on to dance with the American Ballet Theater, the National Ballet of Canada, the Kansas City Ballet, the Geneva Ballet, the Memphis Ballet and many other well-established companies. LeVine will teach intermediate- and advanced-level ballet classes, as well as pointe classes during this week. For more information or to register, call 945-2717.

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