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The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is hosting an Angler Roundtable at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Ramada Inn, 752 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction. Angler Roundtables are public meetings designed to provide people who fish with the opportunity to hear about DOW management and to ask questions and provide suggestions. The roundtable will feature management information on waters in northwest Colorado. Scheduled presentations will provide information on potential changes in regulatory definitions of bait and artificial fly and lure, and recent efforts to enhance area fisheries and fish habitat. The Colorado Division of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for managing wildlife and its habitat, as well as providing wildlife-related recreation. The Division is funded through hunting and fishing license fees, federal grants and Colorado Lottery proceeds through Great Outdoors Colorado.

Glenwood Springs parents, are you interested in a grade 1-8 private Christian school for your child that doesnt charge tuition? Columbine Christian School offers small class sizes and is academically challenging, yet has individualized education to suit your childs needs. A friendly, certified teacher teaches academic subjects and non-denominational Bible classes. Children of all faiths are accepted, and are tuition-free. School expenses are met by voluntary contributions from the church and school community. For more information, call Dr. Wing at (970) 390-5933 or

Boy Scout Troop #242 is hosting a car wash and bake sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28, at Alpine Bank in El Jebel to help the Jacobson family, who recently lost their house and all belongings to a fire.Please call Mark Murphy at 927-1515 with questions or to help.

A hospice volunteer training class begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The class will meet for three Tuesday evenings, July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.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.

The local production of award-winning West Side Story featuring local school-aged children, will be held Aug. 1-5, at the Basalt Middle School theater.Tickets for this timeless production are available at the door for the 7 p.m. evening performances Aug. 1-4, and the 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 matinees.For more information about West Side Story or the local production of Annie, July 25-28, at 7 p.m., and July 28-29 at 1:30 p.m., also at Basalt Middle School theater, call Jayne Gottlieb at 927-0555.

Family fun night kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Carbondales Roller Hockey Rink Park. The event includes an in-line skating obstacle course, BMX bike races for all ages and free food. For more information call Becky at 704-4116.

Coffee Talk is an informal open forum to express ideas, opinions, and aspirations for the town of Basalt. The public is invited to speak with Mayor Leroy Duroux and Town Manager Bill Efting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Two Rivers Caf, 156 Midland Ave., Basalt.

The opening reception for Rust, a new exhibit at Roadside Gallery in Carbondale, will take place from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 3 in conjunction with Carbondales First Fridays gallery walk. The exhibit features photographs of rusting cars, old buildings and aged signs found along Americas old byways. Roadside Gallery is located at 320 East Main Street in Carbondale.

Sustainable Settings Harvest Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18, and from 4-9 p.m. Aug. 19 at 6107 Highway 133 in Carbondale. The festival will celebrate local organic agriculture with speakers and a harvest benefit dinner and dance on Sunday. Call 963-6107 to reserve your tickets, or register online at

Piermaria Oddone, director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will discuss The Future of Particle Physics during a free public physics lecture at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Paepcke Auditorium, behind the Music Tent in Aspen.Fermilab advances the understanding of matter, energy, space and time through the study of elementary particle physics. It provides cutting-edge particle accelerators and detectors to qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of particle physics and related disciplines. Fermilab also has a vital program in particle astrophysics and cosmology, linking the physics of elementary particles to the evolution and fate of the Universe.Michael Turner, from the University of Chicago, will lead a free informal public dialogue, Before the Big Bang at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Aspen Center for Physics, Sixth and Gillespie, Aspen.The big bang theory is not actually a theory about the big bang itself, but rather it is a detailed and tested account of evolution of the Universe since the big bang. The question of how the Universe actually began has until recently been beyond the reach of cosmology. Professor Turner will explore some of these ideas and how they might be tested over the next decade. Bring your questions to this informal discussion.

Renick Stevenson, local muralist and artist-in-residence at the Glenwood Center for the Arts, is asking the Glenwood community for drawings, photos, and writings that represent different views and perspectives of our town past, present, and future. Those images will be arranged on ten 8-foot panels and then painted with the help of community volunteers. The finished mural panels will grace the walls of the library and be a tribute to everyone who has lived in this community, as well as, to those who will someday be a part of this community.If you have images or writings to submit, or if youd like to know more about the mural project, drop by the library between 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, visit Renick Stevenson at his studio located at the Glenwood Center for the Arts, or contact Pam at 945-5958 for more information.

The 36th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair takes place at 4 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27-29, in Sopris Park in Carbondale. This free event brings over 125 unique arts and crafts vendors, an array of international food, competitions and live music to benefit the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. Competitions are open to all and include: limbo, horseshoes, woodsplitting and pie and cake baking. Saturday morning hosts the Mount Sopris Run-Off, a sixteen-mile race from Basalt to Carbondale; and Sunday is the Porcupine Loop Bike Race at the base of Mount Sopris. For more information, go to or call 963-0139.

From July 30 until approximately Aug. 13, Two Rivers Road (Old Highway 82) will be closed from the stoplight at Aspen Junction to the four-way stop at Midland Avenue in Basalt. The closure is due to the Division of Wildlifes project at Lake Christine. RFTA bus stops at Aspen Junction (east and west) will be on Highway 82 near the stoplight. The downtown stop will be closed with riders being asked to use the Highway 82 Park and Ride. Updated road closure information will be published immediately upon receipt.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Ancient Excursions are offering a spectacular trip to Paris in June of 2008. This trip will take you to the Louvre, along with a stop in Atlanta to view the Louvre Atlanta Antiquities Exhibit. Louvre Atlanta is an unprecedented partnership between the High Museum of Art and the Musee du Louvre in Paris, bringing hundreds of works of art from the Louvres collections to Atlanta. Call Gayle Mortell at 945-2414 to book a trip soon, as there is limited availability.

The Garfield County Fair, to be held from Aug. 3-12, boasts two new events during its week-long schedule of events. This year, the fair will include a horse whisperer and a hunter/jumper show in addition to its already-brimming schedule of Western horse shows, 4-H and FFA exhibitions, junior livestock auction, CPRA rodeo and junior and kids rodeos. It wraps up with Tracy Byrd and Little River Band in concert. A full event schedule is available online at, as are entry forms for all events, details on open classes and 4-H /FFA projects and information for concert tickets.

Learn how to take care of your pet dog or cat Aug. 15 at Carbondales Town Hall. The course starts off with participants learn how to approach a sick dog or cat, followed by rescue breathing and CPR. Please do not bring your own pets; skills will be practiced on Fluffy and Jerry, our stuffed mannequins. For more information, call Becky at 704-4116 or sign up for this class by filling out a registration form at town hall.

The Colorado Web site, a new player in the fast-expanding world of real estate technology, announced that for the first time in 30 years, closing costs have trended downward in residential real estate. With its comprehensive database, has the ability to track rates for Colorado consumers and real estate professionals, making it easier to see what title companies are charging for closing costs and title insurance services in their area.Since Feb. 16, the seven title insurance companies that make up over 85 percent of the market in Colorado, have increased their title discounts programs, essentially lowering the cost of title insurance to consumers, with savings that can reach $900 or more. Title insurance and closing services are necessary for any real estate transaction, and real estate professionals and consumers should compare costs, asking questions and watching the industry, as significant price differentials will continue to exist between companies.

The first annual Shane Porter Memorial Adult Softball Tournament will be held, Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29, in Carbondale. This is a benefit tournament for the family of Shane Porter, a local who was killed in a car accident this past winter. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 26. Any interested mens and coed teams can contact Steve Groom at 963-4212.

Citizens of Italian descent, set aside 1 p.m. Aug. 5 on your schedule. The Amici dItalia Picnic in the Park will celebrate its 12th anniversary, bringing together friends and families whose ethnic roots can be traced to Val dAosta, Trentino or any number of other Italian provinces.Festivities will be held at Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs. Those attending are asked to bring an Italian appetizer, side dish, salad or dessert as well as an extra lawn chair or two. Main dishes and beverages will be provided by the picnic committee. Parking will be limited to the upper parking lot or city/county parking lots along Seventh Street. The lower Veltus parking lot will be restricted to handicapped access.To assist the picnic chefs in their planning, please RSVP by calling Emma Blanc at 945-6407. For questions or additional information, please contact Ashton Durrett at 945-6422 or Dennis Pretti at 970-263-4473.

Lorna Meadens workshop will explore ways to create pots that have a generous sense of volume and fluidity of line with wheel-thrown and altered porcelain.The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Carbondale Clay Center. A potluck and slide lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 12. Call 963-2529.

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