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Volunteers are need for this years Hogback Hustle 5K race, to be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, in New Castle. The race proceeds benefit Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. Volunteers are asked to show up at 7:45 a.m. in front of the City Market. Volunteers will receive a goodie bag, T-shirt and free breakfast.

The Roaring Fork Kennel Club is hosting its annual AKC-approved all-breed dog show starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 14, and at 8 a.m. July 15 in the new Eagle County Fairgrounds pavilion. Approximately 1,000 dogs are entered each day. For more information, visit

A hospice volunteer training class begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The class will meet for three Tuesday evenings, July 28, Aug. 7, and Aug. 14th.The training is an in-depth look at hospice services and the critical role volunteers can play in the end of life journey for hospice patients.If you want to learn more about hospice care, or if you are interested in being a hospice volunteer, please contact Sean Jeung at 384-7531.

Fireflies in Colorado? You bet! Join Lisa Tasker, a plant biologist with E.M. Ecological LLC, and staff from Pitkin County Open Space & Trails and Roaring Fork Conservancy at 7:30 p.m. July 11 for an evening guided walk on Filoha Meadows. Filoha, Ethiopian for hot water, includes hot springs that host one of the few firefly populations in our valley and is home to rare orchid species. Please dress appropriately; walks will happen rain or shine. This walk is free and open to the public, however, space is limited, and registration is required. To register, visit For more information call Roaring Fork Conservancy at 927-1290. Sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails, E.M. Ecological LLC, and Roaring Fork Conservancy.

A 30th high school reunion for the Glenwood Springs class of 1977 will be held July 6-8. Please go to to sign up for the events, or call Corinne Diemoz-DeRaddo at 970-379-7088 for more information.Look forward to seeing all of you there.

The Carbondale Chamber Business of the Year will be awarded at the Carbondale Chambers Annual Business Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The award honors the business member that best exemplifies entrepreneurship, customer service, sustainability, productivity, and effort. Criteria: The spirit of the award is to recognize the business that has a history of outstanding business practices in the Carbondale community. The business must be a Carbondale Chamber member in good standing and locally owned and operated. To request a nomination form, call the Chamber at 963-1890, or e-mail The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 31.

New Castles new community park will be unveiled in fall 2007, and the town is looking for help from the community to name it. The new 10-acre park, informally called North Park, is under construction northeast of Kathryn Senor Elementary School. With a multi-purpose athletic field, landscaped picnic and play areas, and a looped trail, the park will offer something for everyone. Park naming contest entry forms are available at Town Hall at 450 West Main Street, and on the town Web site, Contestants can drop off entry forms at Town Hall, or submit them by mail to P. O. Box 90, New Castle, CO 81647; by fax to 984-2716; or by e-mail to Entries will also be accepted at the Burning Mountain Festival in New Castle. Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Saturday, July 21.The New Castle Town Council will select the winning entry. There will be a drawing of prizes for returned entries, with a grand prize awarded for the name chosen.

Join the staff from Pitkin County Open Space & Trails and Roaring Fork Conservancy in their Exploring North Star Preserve by Water event starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 14. Bring your canoe, kayak, or ducky and float the gentle Roaring Fork River through some of the most important wetlands in the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Staff members will give the history of North Star Preserve, point out wildlife, and discuss recent restoration activities along this mild two-hour float. Please dress appropriately life jackets are required; the float will happen rain or shine, but is dependent on river flows and may be cancelled due to extremely high or low flows. This event is free and open to the public, however, space is limited, and registration is required. Please visit to register and call 927-1290 with questions. Sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails and Roaring Fork Conservancy.

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