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The Earthbeat Summer Music Camp is coming to New Castle from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 16-20 at Kathryn Senor Elementary School. Earthbeat has been in existence for 25 years in the Roaring Fork Valley. The participants will be invited to sing at Burning Mountain Festival on July 21. The normal price has been reduced. The registration form for this camp is available on the Earthbeat Choir Web site at, or contact Darlene Harrison at 984-3338, or Brian at the New Castle Recreation Department at 984-3352.

The KDNK Board of Directors will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the offices of Kathy Zentmyer, 677 Sopris Ave. in Carbondale. This meeting is open to the public. For information, contact KDNK general manager Steve Skinner at 963-0139.

Frank McSwain Sr. has declared himself a write-in candidate in YouthZones annual Kiss-n-Squeal fundraiser. Never has anyone jumped into the race as a write-in since the fundraiser began 17 years ago. Frank McSwain Sr. is director of the Valley View Hospital Foundation. YouthZones Kiss-n-Squeal fundraiser began July 5 and will continue until Aug. 9. Included in the fundraiser are a silent auction at, a raffle, and the agencys annual Uphill Challenge Race on July 21. Pledge forms are also available. Each $1 counts as a vote in the fundraiser, so everyone in the community is encouraged to give in some way to help the cause. You can send your contribution to YouthZone, 803 School St., Glenwood Springs CO 81601. Frank will go up against the following eight candidates: Lindsey Abbott, Christy Franke and Pam Ruzicka, Marie Hale, Nick Kilbourn, Marty Martinez, Mike Mercatoris and T.J. Sowieja.

An oil tank explosion in Rio Blanco County June 23, 2007, took the lives of two teens, Christopher King Fuller (son of Douglas Dwire), and Sam Hedemark.The Fuller and Hedemark Memorial Fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank or mailed to Wells Fargo Bank, attention: Irma or William, 205 E. Meadows Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.For more information, call 876-2233.

The public is encouraged to participate in community planning meetings to identify what each community wants and needs in regards to libraries, and what the libraries can do to meet those needs. Here is your chance to become involved in literacy.The Garfield County Library District has already held these meetings in Silt, Parachute and Glenwood.Meetings will be held Monday, July 16, in Carbondale; Tuesday, July 17, in Rifle; and Wednesday, July 18, in New Castle. All meetings will be held from 4-9 p.m.

A free public physics lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, in Paepcke Auditorium, behind the Music Tent in Aspen. Robert Dijkgraaf, professor of mathematics at the University of Amsterdam, will share insights on the question Can the Universe be Captured in an Equation?Professor Dijkgraaf works in string theory, quantum gravity, and the interface of mathematics and particle physics. He is active in creating more public awareness of mathematics and science and in bridging the gap between hard sciences and the arts and humanities. He offers his insights as a public speaker, a columnist for the leading Dutch newspaper The NRC Handelsblad, and he has dedicated a portion of his Spinoza Prize to developing Web sites and other learning tools to spark enthusiasm for Physics in children from primary and secondary schools.For more information, please call 925-2585.

The annual Mountain Fair Cake Contest will be held Sunday, July 29. Bakers, bring your cakes to the judging tent located on the west side of Sopris Park. Drop off cakes, tortes and exotic masterpiece(s) between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Each person may enter one cake in each category.All bakers receive a special gift, and the top three bakers in each category receive ribbons and cash prizes. Slices are sold to the public after the judging, and proceeds benefit the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. For more information, call Stacy at 927-9903.

The theme of this years Silt Heyday, to be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at Veterans Memorial Park, is Silt Outdoors. Music and entertainment will be offered all day, including bands Heart of the Rockies, Acoustic Mayhem and Rocking Horse.Booth space is still available, and more food booths are needed. Booth forms and parade entry may be picked up at Silt Town Hall or call 876-5801.

KSPN, the town of Snowmass, RFTA and participating Snowmass Village Merchants encourage the public to Ride RFTA to the Thursday night free concerts this summer. Once on the RFTA bus, riders can pick up an entry form located behind the drivers seat. Then riders can drop off the completed entry form at one of the participating merchants in Snowmass Village. Each week KSPN will draw one winner from the entry forms for a meet and greet with the featured band at the Snowmass Village Thursday night concert. Plus the winner will be automatically registered for the grand prize drawing to be held Aug. 24. The grand prize includes a pair of weekend Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival tickets, a shopping spree in Snowmass Village and bus passes from RFTA.

A life-transforming workshop will be presented by Suzanne Mark, licensed Sedona Method instructor, Aug. 10-12 at the Hotel Colorado. Free yourself from anything that limits you. It is a powerful letting-go technique that allows you to feel confident and in control in any situation. By using this method, you will enjoy a more productive, satisfying joyful life. Call (970) 274-1680 to register.

Taxpayers who filed 2006 Colorado income tax returns, had a balance due on their return and did not submit a payment are receiving a balance due notice in the mail. In all cases where there is a delay in payment, penalty and interest will be charged on the amount due. When the balance due notice is received, taxpayers have the option of paying the full balance due or setting up an installment plan.If the taxpayer wishes to pay the full balance due, payment must be made by the due date printed on the balance due notice to avoid further late fees. Payment must be attached to the notice and mailed to: Colorado Department of Revenue, 1375 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80261-0004.If the taxpayer is unable to pay the balance due in full, the taxpayer can apply for an Agreement to Pay (ATP). Additional penalty will not be assessed after the installment plan is set up, but interest will be added.If taxpayers disagree with the balance due notice, they may protest the amount due. To protest the notice, send a letter to the executive director for a hearing to present the facts and arguments. This written application must be filed within 30 days from the date of the notice.For information on protest procedures, visit; or for more information, contact the tax information line at (303) 238-7378.

Bike, hike or run to the top of Iron Mountain (Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park) from Two Rivers Park in over 1,300 feet elevation gain July 21. Bikers begin at 8 a.m., and hikers and runners start at 8:30 a.m. at Two Rivers Park. Race day registration and race packet pickup begins at 7 a.m.Prizes will be given to all age groups.For more information or to volunteer, contact YouthZone at 945-9300 or Robin Tolan at 379-1365.

20/20 EyeCares Style Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at 20/20 EyeCare in the Roaring Fork Marketplace in Glenwood Springs. The show will be presented by four stylists and 20/20 EyeCare opticians who will feature the best of both prescription glasses and designer sunglasses from Fendi, Coach, Calvin Klein, Ck, Flexton, Silhouette, Adidas, the new line from Sean John and 20/20s exclusive line Daniel Swarovski. Participants are invited to meet with stylists individually and discuss what look is best for them. For more information about the eyeglass boutique or to schedule an appointment, call 945-2020.

The Mount Sopris Montessori School is celebrating 25 years of early childhood education and kicking off a capital campaign to raise funds for two new classrooms at the school. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the River Valley Ranch sales barn. It is an adult-only celebration with drinks and appetizers provided. RSVP to 963-3506.

Carbondale Business After Hours offers a summer cookout with grilled chicken, hamburgers, brats, ice-cold beer, chilled wine, and more from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at 1121 Village Road in Carbondale, across from Alpine Bank and Heritage Park look for the balloons.Hosted by: daVincis Glass and Stoneworks, Red Rock Detailing, Handcrafterd Carpets, Blue Tent Marketing, and Big Mamas Home Cookin.RSVP to the Chamber at 963-1890 or

Downtown Glenwoods fourth annual Classic Car Show will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21, on Ninth Street between Grand and Cooper avenues. Approximately 100 classic cars, trucks and trailers are expected to take part in this years event. The show starts with a cruise night at 6 p.m. Friday, July 20, from the CharcoalBurger Drive-In located in West Glenwood Springs. Everyone is asked to come down and vote for their favorite classic automobile. Enjoy American Graffiti free at 4:30 p.m. July 21, at the Springs Theatre. To enter a car or for more information, call Dennis Bader at 945-5971. Volunteers are still needed to help with this very popular downtown event. Special thanks to the Flower Mart, CharcoalBurger, the Springs Theatre, city of Glenwood Springs, the DBA, Gran Farnum Printing and Alpine Bank.

On Thursday, July 19, local horse trainer, performer, historian, author, and breast cancer survivor Anita Witt will add Rodeo Queen to the long list of achievements over her 68 years. The Aspen Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has named longtime local and new survivor, Anita Witt, as its Rodeo Queen at the 2007 Tough Enough To Wear Pink Rodeo.The 6:30 p.m. July 19 reception for all valley survivors and their families at the Gus Darien Riding Arena on Catherine Store Road in Carbondale will include food, drink, and pink bandannas. The Grand Entry starts at 7:30 p.m. with a wagonload of special survivors including Honorary Survivor Chair Boots Barnett Warrick led by Anita Witt and Komen Aspen founder and survivor, Sandy Israel. Anita will perform in the survivor tent during the reception.For more information about the 17th annual Komen Aspen Race for the Cure events, the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo event sponsored by Charles Cunniffe Architects and the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, or to volunteer, please call the Race Hotline, (970) 920-0250,, or visit

Green Line Architects will co-sponsor a Designing Low-Energy Buildings with Energy-10 workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, with a bonus, optional afternoon session at the Carbondale Town Hall. A laptop computer is recommended for the workshop.The morning workshop will focus on the residential side of designing energy-efficient buildings. The afternoon session will delve into tools for small commercial and institutional buildings. Besides learning the basics of energy efficient and passive solar/climate-responsive design principals, workshop participants will also learn how the Energy-10 software program can optimize overall design and aid in determining the most cost-effective alternatives for meeting project goals.Co-sponsored locally by Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), the U.S. Department of Energys Office of the Solar Energy Technology Program, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the workshop will be led by Greg Franta, FAIA, principal architect and team leader at the Rocky Mountain Institute Built Environment Team.For more information about Green Line Architects, call 963-6689 or e-mail

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