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Community News & Notes

The Rifle Branch of the Garfield County Public Library District will be hosting a Teen Advisory Board game night at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. All interested teens, please bring a suggestion for the library, title of a favorite book, name of a favorite author, or idea for an event. Pizza, refreshments and fun will be provided.Please bring a game (example, Chinese Checkers, Battleship, or Simpsons Clue). Please call Emily at 625-3471 with any questions.

The fourth annual District Eight Honor Jazz Band, sponsored by Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS), will return to Carbondale Feb. 16-17, with over fifty teenage jazz musicians in attendance. Students representing middle and high schools from Aspen, Carbondale, Eagle, Summit County, Steamboat Springs and Soroco will participate in two days of intensive jazz training with a faculty of professional musicians chosen by JAS.The Honor Jazz faculty will be performing for the public at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Dos Gringos in Carbondale. The public is invited to a performance from the Honor Jazz students at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Carbondale High School. Both performances are free. All are encouraged to come out and support jazz music in the Roaring Fork Valley.For more information, please contact Jazz Aspen Snowmass at 920-4996 or visit

Crystal River Elementary School second-grade students invite you to attend their free musical performance of My Town, My World! This performance discusses the importance of building community, promoting peace and taking care of our planet. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Crystal River Elementary School, 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. For more information, contact Amber Henke at 384-5637.

Students of Rifle High School will present a Coffee House at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the RHS auditorium. The night will feature a variety of acts, including vocals, instrumentals and dance, as well as desserts and beverages.

Join the communities of Sopris Elementary and Glenwood Springs Elementary Schools in a combined effort to promote reading and family activities. The fun begins at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Sopris Elementary School. Everyone is invited to enjoy a spaghetti dinner with their children from 5 until 6:15 p.m. After dinner, take the opportunity to attend two of 15 classes scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Teachers, administrators and professionals from the community will teach about informative, fun and interactive things to do with kids at home. The kids will have a book exchange and a raffle drawing for a new snowboard.

Moes Southwest Grill at Glenwood Meadows shopping center is hosting a fundraiser for Glenwood Springs Cub Scout Pack 225 Feb. 15. Ten percent of the proceeds that day will go to the pack.

Center for the Arts is hosting tap dance icon Tony Coppola, who will be conducting four workshops and one performance. This special event, funded in part by the Target Young Audience Grant, will be held Saturday, Feb. 24. Call 945-2414 to sign up for a class and to save your place for the performance.Classes will include childrens (6+) rhythm & percussion, childrens (8+) tap and jazz, intermediate (9+) tap master class and advanced tap master class (13+). The performance will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 24.

Aspen Community Theatre (ACT) and Symphony in the Valley will celebrate 30 years of wonderful musical theatre at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 25. Symphony in the Valleys 65-piece orchestra and over 60 of ACTs original cast members will be performing their hits on stage at the Aspen District Theatre. Tickets on sale at the Wheeler Box Office: 920-5770.

A beginning scuba class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Please register at the community center by Thursday, Feb. 15. Call Dars Divers for more information at 984-2820.

Roaring Fork Volvo and Sunlight Mountain Resort will present free live music, extreme competitions, delicious grub and fun for all ages at its 40th Annual Ski Spree through Feb. 11. The fun continues on Sunday with the Bumps Race, the Need for Speed Race, a Big-Air Contest and even more live music from Frank Martin. The weekend ends with an awards ceremony dedicated to all of Sunlights local athletes. For more information, visit or call Sunlights guest services department at 945-7491.

The deadline for artists, nonprofits or vendors interested in a booth at the 36th Carbondale Mountain Fair, July 27-29, is March 2 for artists, healing arts and childrens booths, and April 11 for food. Applications must be postmarked by March 2 to be considered for this years fair. An artist or craftsperson must exhibit their own handmade works of art.The Carbondale Mountain Fair features 130 artisans from around the country, as well as food and entertainment. Over 20,000 people attend the Mountain Fair over the three-day period. Proceeds from the fair benefit the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. Applications can be downloaded at or call 970-963-1680 to have one mailed.

The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, has grants available to allow local businesses to upgrade energy efficiency of their buildings and/or install renewables. This program is designed to be used for direct application of renewable energy for the purpose of delivering energy systems, or for providing energy efficiency to the commercial facility of a small business in rural Colorado, or a farm or ranch. It is targeted to private enterprise applicants.Local training will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at La Quinta Hotel in Rifle. Space is limited, so please register in advance by calling the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (970)625.1723.

RSVP will be selling daffodils from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, inside the Glenwood Springs City Market. To pre-order daffodils, call 947-8462.Money raised will go to the American Cancer Society to fund research, prevention and patient services.

Architects, builders, developers and construction tradespeople, your input is needed for a new building code for the town of Carbondale. Please attend a Green Building workshop session from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Carbondale Town Hall. For questions, call Joani Matranga at 704-1528.

St. Stephens Catholic School is hosting a Folklorico Show and Dance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The dinner dance begins with an authentic Mexican taco dinner. At 7 p.m., Aspen Santa Fe Ballets Folklorico Mexicano will perform followed by the live band, Alva. Tickets include dinner and the entertainment, or if you come after dinner and dont plan to eat, a discounted price will be available. All proceeds benefit St. Stephens Catholic School by providing scholarships to needy students and keeping tuition costs down. For more information, contact Adde at 984-9812.

Public Health reminds the public that parents and their child(ren) may be due for shots, no matter what age.There are new Colorado Board of Health requirements for children in child care settings and schools beginning in the 2007/2008 school year. There are also many new vaccines that protect against various diseases, for example, the new cervical cancer prevention vaccine for HPV GARDASIL. Garfield County Public Health has these vaccines available. Please call either the Rifle or Glenwood Springs Public Health offices for an appointment. Rifle: 195 W 14th St. 625-5200; and Glenwood: 2014 Blake Ave. 945-6614

Teams are forming for the annual Rifle Area Relay For Life. Information for the 2007 event will be provided at the Relay Kickoff event at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, at the Garfield Re-2 Learning Opportunities Center, 839 Whiteriver Ave. in Rifle. This years relay will be held June 8 and 9 at Rifle High School. Relay For Life is a unique volunteer-driven community event that allows cancer survivors, families, friends, corporations, civic organizations, schools, churches and concerned community members to join together in the fight against cancer. Relay For Life is an overnight celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance, and take turns walking or running around a track relay style. At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminary candles around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease. To find out how to build a Relay For Life team, call Theresa Hamilton at 379-4942 or Debbie Zemlock at 625-3189.

The Garfield County Department of Human Services Childcare Program is offering free pre-licensing training for starting up your own business of home-based child care. Learn about the process, fees and regulations for licensing your home to care for children.Register by March 23 at 945-9191, ext. 3066. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Mar. 30 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Mar.31 in Glenwood Springs. Both days are required

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