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The Garfield County Libraries announce the first-ever Library Fines Amnesty Program. On Feb. 1, all fines on the library system will be erased. The amnesty will run from Feb. 1 through Valentines Day, including all past fines and current overdue materials. The amnesty does not credit customers accounts for past-due fines (see story, page A2).With the recent passage of a permanent funding stream for the Garfield County Library District, officials and employees are working on programs to deliver even more useful and modern products and services. Please call your nearest Garfield County Library for further details.

The 2007 Mid-Valley Business Workshop Series, sponsored by Alpine Banks, Colorado Lending Source, Aspen Daily News and Post Independent, needs workshop sponsors. Individual workshop host sponsorships are $400 and limited to three sponsors. For the hosted workshop, hosts receive their company name on all promotional materials, a free ticket, and their promotional materials and banner displayed at the event. Workshop hosts are also introduced at their workshop and given a few minutes to welcome the group. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call Heather now at 963-1890 or e-mail heather@carbondale.com.

The Retried Senior Volunteer Program provides both federal and state income tax assistance by trained volunteers at no cost to you, if you qualify under federal guidelines. Services are available by appointment in Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley, Rifle, and Parachute from Feb. 5 to April 13.Call 384-8740 to arrange your appointment.



The Zach Schwartz Benefit Concert will be held from 7-11 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 3, at Coal Ridge High School will feature musical entertainment by hip-hop band 2-Real-4-da-Mind, new country band Cowboy Attitude and new rock band The Missing Links. A silent auction will be in place all day during the basketball games until 9 p.m. Featured items include Camel Rides for Two at the C2K Ranch in Rifle, a one-hour flight over the valley, a one-week house rental in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, four rounds of golf at Aspen Glen, and much, much more! All proceeds will benefit the Zach Schwartz Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Kelley Cox at (970) 984-0332 or kcox@postindependent.com.

The Aspen/Glenwood Choral Society choirs will combine forces to present J.S. Bachs mighty Cantata #80, Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott. Music Director Ray Adams is pleased to announce performances in both Aspen Saturday, March 31, in the Harris Concert Hall; and in Glenwood Springs Friday, March 30, at the United Methodist Church. The concert marks the first time the spring concert will travel and serve the entire Roaring Fork Valley.There is no audition required. All interested singers are welcome to attend and join the fun that is live performing. Rehearsals will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the Aspen Community Church; and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church.Please call Ray Adams at 925-3685 for additional information.



The Glenwood Springs MS Walk is looking for organizers and volunteers for the Glenwood Walk on Saturday, May 19. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of the people living in your community with multiple sclerosis join us 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at 909 Colorado Avenue. If you cant make this meeting and would still like to help, call 970-241-8975.

The next meeting of the Carbondale Economic Localization (CEL) group will take place from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Days Inn Motel in Carbondale. Newcomers are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for orientation. The meeting is free and open to all valley residents.

A program entitled The Water Mysteries of Mesa Verde will be presented by Kenneth Wright at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Glenwood Springs Library. This is the second event in the annual Winter Lecture Series, sponsored by the Frontier Historical Society and the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Library. The lecture is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 945-5958 or 945-4448.

KidsCamps.com is helping a dozen lucky families take a bite out of summer camp costs. In honor of its twelfth anniversary, the company is offering 12 tuition prizes, six in the amount of $500 and six in the amount of $250, toward camp fees.To enter, parents simply need to visit http://www.KidsCamps.com and click on the Summer 2007 Camp Tuition Giveaway link on the site. Read the official rules and fill out the registration form before midnight April 15 to qualify for a prize. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Winners will be notified on or about May 1. All prizes will be paid directly to the camps and must be used before Sept. 1.

Dr. Jay Heim and Dr. Corey Johnson will be providing free dental services today to low-income children to help raise awareness about the importance of access to dental care for uninsured populations. Last year, more than 40,000 dentists and other volunteers nationwide participated in Give Kids a Smile Day. This year in Colorado, dentists have united to give uninsured children the oral health care that they desperately need and deserve. Give Kids a Smile programs are happening across the state.For more information on Give Kids a Smile Day, contact Molly Osberg at the Colorado Dental Association at 303-996-2844, by cell phone at 303-619-8874, or e-mail molly@cdaonline.org.

Childrens Mini College is hosting its annual Chocolate Extravaganza from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the CMC Glenwood Campus Senior Center.The annual event features dessert, a drawing for an Aspen getaway, and a silent auction featuring more than 100 items. Funds raised will help the Mini College continue to provide local children with enriching, affordable preschool programs. Businesses from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley have pitched in to donate items, including golf at Aspen Glen or Ironbridge, a private catered dinner for four, preseason Bronco tickets, original artwork and numerous gift certificates. The Grand Prize this year is an Aspen weekend getaway for two that includes lodging, dinner at the St. Regis Hotel, and two ski passes.

The Garfield County Republican Central Committee Organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the County Commissioners Meeting Room, Garfield County Court House Plaza, 108 E. Eighth St., Glenwood Springs. The purpose of this meeting is to elect officers, select a vacancy committee, and discuss Lincoln Day Dinner plans. Please plan to attend this important meeting.

Exclamation Point Restaurant, located at the top of Iron Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, is closed until March 1 for remodeling. The restaurant will continue to provide drink service during the remodeling, including hot chocolate, coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. The banquet facilities are open and all scheduled events will be held as planned. For information about banquets, parties and meetings, call 945-4228, ext. 117.

Climb aboard the Wild West Adventure Wagon at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and travel back in time to the days when cowboys and Conestoga wagons roamed the mountains. Riders feel the wagon bouncing on the bumpy trail and the wind rushing by as the narrator describes the journey. The surround sound system enhances the experience with a sound track so realistic that riders just might duck when they hear bandits approaching. This five-minute simulated wagon experience is suitable for all ages, and costs $3 per person.

For this Valentines Day, we want to publish your love stories. First date, marriage memories, how you met, fun stories, unique stories, even bad date stories. We want them all.Put your thoughts and memories down on paper and submit a 200- to 500-word love story essay to the Post Independent. We will post the stories online at postindependent.com and publish what we have space for in the print version on the big day Feb. 14.Have fun, keep it clean and tell us your love story.Submit stories, and photos if you want, to news@postindependent.com; or drop off/mail to 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.Call 384-9110 for more information.

Michael Shuman, noted economist, attorney, and author will give a free public presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Carbondale Town Hall. The one-hour talk will be followed by up to an hour of questions and answers. In follow-up from 8-9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, Shuman will meet privately with Carbondale Town Trustees, interested members of the business community and Chamber of Commerce at the Carbondale Town Hall.


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