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Glenwoods Downtown Market is hosting its second annual soup contest Tuesday in Centennial park at Ninth Street and Grand Avenue. Caf Corner, Maple Table, 8th Street Deli, Magoos, Riveria, The Bayou and Rosis are just a taste of the areas restaurants entered in the contest. For $5 per person, sample all the soups the winner will be decided by peoples choice. A portion of the proceeds go to Cooper Corner Adult Center. The Downtown Market opens for business at 4 p.m. and the soup contest begins at 5 p.m. The Last Minute String Band performs at 5:30 p.m. Contact Jan Harr at 618-7842 to enter or for more information.

Town Center Booksellers in downtown Basalt is hosting a presentation and book signing for Mari Pintkowski, author of Embarking on the Mariposa Trail at 7 p.m. Wednesday. She passionately describes living the dream she and her husband shared to buy property on the Caribbean Coast, build a bed and breakfast and immerse themselves into a different culture. Pintkowski, also known as Moe Mulrooney, is a retired preschool teacher and shares her experience with information and tips on how to do business south of the border in Mexico. Call 927-2665 for more information.

Colorado Council on the Arts has awarded a grant to the Carbondale Center on the Arts and Humanities to provide support for Strike the Hammer, an art show and demonstration celebrating blacksmithing in the Roaring Fork Valley. The show opens Friday, Oct. 6, as part of the First Friday art walk. Blacksmithing demonstrations take place Saturday, Oct. 7, in Sopris Park as part of Carbondales Potato Day celebration. All area blacksmiths are invited to participate in the event. Call Ro at 963-1680 or Donna at 963-7207 for more information or to apply.

The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation is hosting a fundraising gala at the Aspen Glen clubhouse from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The Rhinestone Cowboy event features barbecue, entertainment, dancing, auctions and great fun for all of those interested in contributing to quality public education in the valley. Join in the fun with square dancing, a performance by Missouri Heights cowgirl Anita Witt and the opportunity to put your favorite buckaroo in jail. Tickets are available until Saturday for $100 per person, and may be purchased at Midland Shoe in Basalt, Sounds Easy in Carbondale, Through the Looking Glass in Glenwood or by phone at 963-3306.

The Redstone Inn, along with eight galleries, shops and cafs, are participating in Redstones fifth annual art walk as a multimedia celebration Honoring our Landscape. Walking guides are available at the Redstone Inn and participating businesses Come walk with us. Daily through Oct. 30.

The Roaring Fork Peace Coalition is showing the newly released, prize-winning documentary Sir! No Sir!: The Suppressed Story of the GI Movement To End The War in Vietnam as a fundraiser for SPC Mark Wilkerson at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Yampah Mountain High School in Glenwood Springs. Mark was raised in Colorado Springs, and when he turned 18, joined the military. He participated in the initial invasion of Iraq. He returned from Iraq, believing the war was illegal and immoral, and requested that he be reclassified as a conscientious objector. When his request was denied and he faced a return to Iraq, he went AWOL.Mark has been active in the antiwar movement since that time and has been to the Roaring Fork Valley twice to present for the Peace Coalition and do counter-recruiting in local schools. He helped form Vets4Peace and was featured in the documentary, The Cost of War. He turned himself in at Ft. Hood last month and faces court martial. Any donations raised at this event will go to Marks defense fund. In the event more money is raised than he needs, the money will be given to other soldiers who are facing similar circumstances.

Thunder River Theatre Company opens its 2006-07 season with The Complete History of America, Abridged, by Long, Martin, and Tichenor. In this zany farce, Groucho Marx meets George Washington, Lewis and Clark dance on as Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, and Lucille Ball falls for Sam Spade. The wacky scenes keep the actors spinning and the audience disarmed. The play opens with a special, reduced-price Thursday preview Oct. 5, and continues Oct. 6 7, 13-15 and 20, 21. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday matinee on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. For information about single tickets or season tickets please call 963-8200 or visit

The KDNK Fall Membership Drive is on air Sept. 27Oct. 6. The goal is $45,000. This is a chance for listeners to show their support for independent, local radio by pledging a yearly membership. Membership monies help to bring programming like NPR and Democracy Now! to the airwaves, and to upgrade equipment. It also allows KDNK to keep in tune with its communities through free public service announcements, and nonprofit and local affair programming.KDNK is listener supported and depends on membership, grants and underwriting to bring independent music and media to the Roaring Fork Valley. For more information on how to support KDNK go to or call 963.0139.

A benefit dance will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Riverside Middle School. The money raised will be given to three local families who have recently been struck with cancer. The dance is being sponsored by Robert, Colby and McCade Cox for their grandmother; Sheila Masias, Tessa, Cody and Cauy Walls for their grandfather, Buddy Walls; and Korbyn Brown for close family friend, Jackie Nicely. With Rockin DJ Dorsey, kids grades five through eight wont want to miss this event. All kids must be checked in and out by a parent. Any other donations will be appreciated and can be sent to Sam Walls, 350 Rainbow Dr., Silt, CO 81652. For information please call Sam Walls at 876-2963.

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