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The Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club Hosts the third annual Potluck Picnic and Microbrew Tasting (Almost Summer Solstice Party) from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Sopris Park in Carbondale. Bring your friends, a dish to share and meat to grill if you wish, and enjoy great microbrews from Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company. Beer, root beer, lemonade, and music will be provided in this celebration of environmental successes. Everyone is invited, you do not need to be a Sierra Club member.

Teams are raising money and pulling together family and friends in the fight against cancer this summer by participating in the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life event. The Roaring Fork Valley Relay takes place from 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 10th until 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 11th. The next meeting will be held from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26th at the US Bank Community Room. You can be a team captain, join a team, volunteer, or just learn more about the American Cancer Society.Dinner will be served at this meeting, so RSVP now. For more information, please contact Julia Spencer at 948-6350 or jspencer@phocalpoint.com.

RFTA high season summer service is now in effect. Changes for summer 2007: Glenwood/Rifle Service: The previously scheduled 5:55 a.m. bus from Glenwood (Wal-Mart) to Rifle is now leaving Glenwood at 5:50 a.m.; previously scheduled 6:55 a.m. bus from Rifle heading upvalley leaves Rifle at 6:50 a.m. These changes were made to improve service by providing more timely connections in Glenwood. All other times along this route remain the same. Maroon Bells Service: Guided bus tours to the Maroon Bells begin on June 16th and run everyday through Labor Day, and then run on weekends (Friday Sunday) through September 30. Buses depart from Aspen Highlands every 20 minutes, starting at 9:05 a.m. until 2:05 p.m., then on the hour and half hour until 4:30 p.m. Valley-wide service: Service on all valley routes returns to high season, 30-minute frequency.You can bring your bike on the bus for a $2 fee, but there are limitations. For more detailed information, call 925-8484, or http://www.rfta.com.



The Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Youth Programs is seeking participants for a field trip to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20th. Eight spots remain for the thrilling wild tour. for ages 13-17. Please call the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 970-384-6301 to register.

Glenwood Springs High School/ Middle School Band Booster Clubs fundraiser at Strawberry Days will have a silent auction art booth at Strawberry Days. Buy-it-now prices available for those who just cant wait until the end of the day. The proceeds will help offset the cost of uniforms, instruments, sets, costumes, and costs of travel to competitions.For questions, please call 379-6238.



The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is looking for volunteers for the 110th Annual Strawberry Days Festival, June 15-17.Volunteers are needed for the information/T-shirt booth, beer garden, art booth relief crew and the Strawberry Days Parade. All volunteers earn one ticket per volunteer to Country Jam in Grand Junction, and their names will be added to the drawing to win a free season pass to Sunlight Mountain Resort for the 2007-2008 season. Businesses can also get into the act by participating in the Corporate Challenge. Corporate Challenge participants enlist four or more employees to volunteer for a three-hour shift. Their business logo or banner is displayed on the fencing surrounding the baseball field, and each person volunteering receives one Country Jam ticket.To volunteer for Strawberry Days or for more information, call the chamber at 945-6589.

Basalt Recreation Department and Polar Revolution invite contestants to the sixth annual Basalt Blow-Out Skateboard Contest at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 17. Registration begins at 9 a.m. For more information call Basalt Recreation at 927-8214.Songwriting workshopA songwriting workshop for teens will be held from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 27th at the Rifle Branch Library. This event is designed for teens entering seventh-12th grades, and is free as part of the Rifle Branch Librarys Teen Reads Program. Participants will help write lyrics for a song, practice, record and later receive a CD of the song. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, stop by the library or call 625-3471.

Toddler storytime at the New Castle Branch Library is cancelled until September. Call 984-2346 for more information.

Join the Roaring Fork H.O.G. for lunch today, June 16, and help raise money for a great cause. Stop by Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson at 2922 S. Glen Ave., in front of Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and enjoy grilled HOG dogs, chips and soft drinks. Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson is donating the food, so 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Toms Door, an interfaith outreach program serving the needy of the Roaring Fork Valley (www.tomsdoor.com). Founded in 2001, Toms Door provides emergency assistance to those in need, helping an average of 110 families per year.

The Glenwood Springs High School cheerleaders will be serving burgers, brats and breakfast burritos at the Ride the Rockies event in Sayre Park June 20 and 21. Lunch and dinner will be served to Ride participants and locals beginning at noon Wednesday, June 20 and breakfast with homemade breakfast burritos is set for 6 a.m. Thursday, June 21.The project will help pay for uniforms, attending a cheerleading camp in Fort Collins and other expenses.

Introduce your kids nine and up to the pleasures of sewing. Learn to use a sewing machine and sew fun stuff. Classes will be held from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, July 17-19. Space is limited. Follow-up classes could be scheduled.Contact Glenwood Sewing Center at 945-5900.

The Johnny O. Band will perform a benefit concert with all proceeds benefitting LIFT-UP at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Miners Claim Restaurant in Silt. Cover charge includes hor doeuvres. Doors open at 8 p.m. Seating is limited. The concert will kick off LIFT-UPs annual Christmas in July campaign. Contact LuAnne Herman at 625-2757 for more information.

Representatives from Trinidad State Junior College will be at the Glenwood Springs Workforce Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 25, to talk to interested persons wanting information regarding welding, heavy equipment operator or diesel mechanics careers. Contact Kathleen at 945-8638 for more details or to reserve your time.

The Post-News Community has chosen Literacy Outreach to receive a $5,000 grant as part of the Ride The Rockies bicycle tour. Nonprofit agencies from each of the seven host towns on the 2007 Ride The Rockies route were invited to apply for funding through the Post-News Community/Ride The Rockies grant program. One organization in each host community was selected to receive a $5,000 award. The host towns provide valuable resources in order to make the tour run smoothly. They offer lodging, food, transportation, entertainment and volunteers to support the riders during the event. This grant program allows Post-News Community to thank the host towns by providing financial support to impact the community long after the last cyclist departs from the town.

A two-hour parking limit in Basalts downtown core area takes effect Monday, June 18, and new signs have been added to designate which areas are affected. All day parking has been provided by the town at the Midland Addition (next to the post office) and across from the 7-11 bridge on Basalt Avenue. The town will be monitoring these changes over the summer to determine the success of parking changes. Please double check the area in which you park for new signage.

Beginning Monday, June 18, local artist and muralist Renick Stevenson will be available from 1 to 3 most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library to talk with people who are interested in being a part of the Great Community Mural Project. The mural panels are waiting for pictures, drawings, writings, photographs, collages, etc. from community members to represent their perspectives of Glenwood life. Stevenson will facilitate the mural-creating process by talking about their community interests, values, and perspectives, and support them in providing their own contributions to the mural. Stevenson is looking for a core group of young people (ages 9-18) to explore the past and present of Glenwood, and will facilitate discussions in identifying what they believe their communitys values have been, how those values have rewarded the valley and their cost to the valley. The group will discuss ways the valley could best address the future mental, physical and spiritual well-being of Glenwood Springs. All ages are welcome. The library is located at 413 Ninth Street. For more information, contact Pam Robinson at 945-5958.

Gonzalez Counseling Services, LLC presents new 2007 dates for Responsible living in the community, Latino immigrant workshops with the experts. The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 16, Aug. 18, Oct. 20 and Dec. 15 at the Ramada Inn Hotel in Glenwood Springs. For more information, call Gonzalez Counseling Services at 384-1384.


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