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The Heart of the Valley 5K Race/Walk coordinators are looking for volunteer course marshals and traffic controllers along with additional helpers for Family Fitness Day setup, registration, food and drink distribution, fitness station facilitation, herding children, awarding prizes and cleanup after the race from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 24, at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. The committee is also looking for a volunteer photographer to take publicity shots of the events for use in future promotional pieces. All volunteers will receive a commemorative Heart of the Valley T-shirt for participating.To volunteer, contact race volunteer coordinator Michelle Lefebvre at 384-0027 or goodseiken

Free public lectures and dialogues in the Heinz R. Pagels Memorial Lecture Series will be held in Aspen at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Paepcke Auditorium behind the music tent and at 5:30 Thursdays at the Physics Center at Sixth and Gillespie. Topics are as follows: Thursday, June 21 Dialogue on the Accelerating Universe with Josh Frieman, Fermi Lab and Adam Riess, Space Telescope Science Institute; Wednesday, June 27 Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe, Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley.These popular talks are designed for a general audience, and the speakers are available for discussion after their presentations. The Aspen Center for Physics is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation whose programs are supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA and private donations.For more information, call 925-2585.

The story of a young Italian boy, crossing the ocean alone in 1904 and taking the train to Glenwood Springs at the age of 12 is just one of the personal stories of immigrants, past and present, included in Immigrant Stories. The oral history project presented by the Community Integration Initiative and debuting on KDNK beginning June 27 and broadcast 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday.Immigrant Stories is debuting with six stories told by residents from Aspen to Parachute. In the next six weeks listeners will hear the stories of Hank Bosco, Alexandra Yajko, Stephen Bershenyi, Hanya Gottardo, Ashton Durrett and Abraham Baeza.Residents from Parachute to Aspen are invited to tell their stories. Interested storytellers prerecord recollections in a relaxed setting with project coordinator Walter Gallacher. Immigrant Stories is a project of Community Integration Initiative Aspen to Parachute and KDNK. The purpose of the initiative is to help immigrants and established residents become more connected to their communities by fostering increased understanding of cultural differences and similarities. The Community Integration Initiative is supported by the Colorado Trust, with additional funding provided by the North Central Regional Council of the El Pomar Foundation.KDNK Community Radio can be found at 88.1 FM in Carbondale, Glenwood and Rifle; at 88.3 FM in Aspen and Snowmass Village; at 88.5 FM in Basalt, El Jebel and Redstone, at 94.9 FM in Thomasville and 94.7 FM in Old Snowmass. For more information about the Community Integration Initiative or Immigrant Stories, contact Hanya Gottardo at 319-1677 or

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is soliciting artists who would like to be considered for the 2008 Bike Month poster project. Bike Month is a celebration of the bicycle as a healthy, efficient and fun transportation alternative. Each year, CDOT procures an artist to create a new poster that reflects the fun and freedom that bicycle commuting provides.CDOT is requesting samples of existing art. Artists interested in the project are not expected to create a bike month poster as part of the selection process. The selected artist will be developing a theme and design based on specific criteria. Interested artists over the age of 18 should submit samples of their artwork on a CD before 5 p.m. Monday, July 23, to Adam Rolstad with CDOTs Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, 4201 E. Arkansas Ave. DTD, Shumate Building, Denver, CO 80222. A panel consisting of local transportation agencies will determine which artist will be selected by Aug. 29, 2007. Entries become CDOT property.For more information, contact the CDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian program at bicycleinfo@dot.state.

The Aspen Global Change Institute will present a free public lecture, Hurricanes and Global Warming: Mixing Science and Politics, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Given Lecture Hall, 100 E. Francis St. in Aspen. The lecture will be given by Dr. Greg Holland, director of the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Dr. Holland will address the uncertainties in the historical data on hurricanes with an emphasis on the North Atlantic, and discuss natural variability and the manner in which hurricanes react to and potentially influence the climate. He will conclude by providing a perspective on how climate change has already influenced hurricanes, and where the future may take us.For more information, please contact the Aspen Global Change Institute at (970) 925-7376, or visit

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