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A backpacking program for girls 13 to 17 offers fun, challenging, educational trips all summer to awesome places like high mountain deserts, the Flat Tops, lakes, caves, fourteeners and more. Make new friends, get fit and experience magnificent western Colorado. Sponsored by the Basalt Girl Scouts and the Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council. For information, contact Cindy Zajac 963-0413

The new Carbondale Efficient Building Code goes into effect June 8, 2007. After this date, all residential building permits must comply with the new code. There will be a code workshop from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Town Hall. For a limited time, contractors may receive free assistance regarding code compliance. Call Joani Matranga at 704-1528 to schedule an appointment.

A benefit concert, Remember Jeannie, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Mountain View Baptist Church in Glenwood Springs. All proceeds go to the Jeannie Miller Memorial Scholarship FundJeannie was the Glenwood Springs High School music teacher for 20 years, retiring in 2005. She was also the musical director for the Defiance Community Players and the choir director for the Mountain View Baptist Church.If you are interested in singing in the choir, please contact Lorie Courier at 876-0177 or; or Jacquie Meitler at 945-2174 or All who would like to sing in the choir are encouraged to attend rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 and 10 a.m. Friday morning, June 15. The soloists, who have already been selected, will rehearse at noon Friday.

The Thunder River Theatre Company is conducting a 3.1 mile (5K) run/walk June 2 to benefit its educational outreach programs. The run will begin at 8 a.m. with on-site registration taking place at the new theater in downtown Carbondale between 6:30-7:30 a.m. The course runs through town and onto the bike path at the south end of town. The out-and-back course will finish on the trail with participants walking back to the theatre for the awards ceremony and prize drawing. Its flat and fast and will allow for record times.The event will have several prize categories including teams with the most registered participants. You do not have to participate in the run in order to register and count as a team member. Run entries can be picked up at the Post Independent newspaper offices in Glenwood Springs, Sue Hess and Aspen Land and Homes Realty at Aspen Glen, Independence Run and Hike at the Cowen Center in Carbondale, and the Ute Mountaineer in Aspen. Everyone entered in the event is eligible for a prize drawing to be held immediately following the event. For questions, call Independence Run and Hike at 704-0909.

The Pardon My Garden Club is having its 15th annual Plant and Garden Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 2, by the Basalt Library/Caboose. Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, tools, baked goods, crafts and more will be available. This year, music will be provided by Bobby Mason.The Pardon My Garden Club is a nonprofit organization of the Roaring Fork Valley, and all proceeds are donated to local valley community garden projects.

The Rifle Branch Library will host a Teen Advisory Group meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, discussing how to make the library better for teens. Please call Emily at 625-3471 with any questions.

The Glenwood Springs Tourism Board and the Glenwood springs Chamber Resort Association is kicking off the summer season at noon Thursday, May 31, at Rivers Restaurant. The new Glenwood Springs Brand will be unveiled, a new online reservations and call center will be launched, the Official Guide to Glenwood Springs magazine will be premiered, and a presentation from the Colorado Tourism Organization will be made.Reservations are required. Call 945-6589 or reserve online at and click on the luncheon reservation button.

The Garfield County Commissioners proclaimed June to be officially designated Garfield County Volunteer Appreciation Month, particularly recognizing all RSVP volunteers.

Donated homemade pies are needed for the Coal Country Feud, to be held June 9 at the New Castle Community Center. Please contact Shannon Bailey at

A family fishing day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the pond at Rivendell Sod Farm (above CMC Spring Valley Campus, left fork).Bring your own fishing gear. No fishing license required. Lunch will be held under the tent.Children will have the opportunity to fish first. If you return the fish to the pond unhurt, your fishing time will be free. If you wish, you may keep two fish per family by paying for the fish.This family time is brought to you by the Christian Sportsman Fellowship. To learn more, call Don Markley at 947-1234.

The Ferdinand Hayden Chapter of Trout Unlimited Womens Outreach Group is sponsoring a ladies fishing clinic, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Coryell Ranch Fishing Cabin and ponds.Sessions will include instruction on basics of fly fishing, fly casting, fishing knots, entomology, equipment and fishing safety. Clinic participants are limited to 24 ladies.A donation will be asked to benefit Casting for Recovery, a national nonprofit support and educational program for women who have had breast cancer.For more information, call 963-3051.

Meet cowboys. Stand out in a bright yellow western shirt. See the action for free. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is seeking volunteers to help at the front gate and with parking. Volunteers are needed from 5-7:30 p.m. every Thursday, June 7-Aug. 23. Organizers ask you to volunteer for multiple rodeos. Call Eric Small at 970-309-0888 to sign up. For more information, please visit

The Garfield County Public Library District wants to involve as many residents as possible to help determine the appropriate services and facilities for the libraries.The first meetings to start the process will be held at 7 p.m. on the following dates and locations: May 29 at the Parachute Town Hall; May 30 at Glenwood Springs City Hall; May 31 at Carbondale Town Hall and June 1 at the Silt Town Hall.The purpose of the meetings is to explain the process that will be followed, and the time table and outline of the work program. At the meeting, organizers will ask for a representative from each of the various stakeholder groups and individuals to commit to serve on the Community Planning Committee for each community.Please call the library administration at 625-4270 with questions.

The opening of the town of Basalts swimming pool, located at Arbaney Park, which was originally scheduled to open on Sunday, May 27, for the Memorial Day weekend, will be delayed until further notice due to an equipment problem. The town will issue a press release as to the date of opening as soon as this problem is corrected.

Join the Stomparillaz at 6:30 a.m. every other Friday mornings beginning June 1 for a breakfast ride to Basalt, Glenwood Springs or Redstone. Riders should meet at Dos Gringos and bring money for breakfast. If you have any questions, please contact Becky at 704-4116.

Donated homemade pies are needed for the Coal Country Feud, to be held June 9 at the New Castle Community Center. Please contact Shannon Bailey at

Volunteers across the country will be celebrating the 15th annual National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, and 100 or more volunteers are needed to work on three local trails projects in New Castle, Basalt and Aspen.Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) will sponsor three work days to help improve local community trails, including the Mount Medearis Trail in New Castle, the new Ponderosa nature trail in Basalt and the Ute Trail in Aspen.Volunteers will be treated to training, good exercise and fellowship, breakfast snacks, dinner, T-shirts and the chance at prizes donated by local businesses. To sign up, contact RFOV at 970-927-8241, or

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