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Community News & Notes

River Valley Ranch is selling seasonal public memberships to the Ranch House beginning Sept. 1, and ending May 23, 2008. Members will have access to the exercise room, any exercise classes, the lap pool, steam room, hot tubs and its seasonal tennis program. If you sign up by Sept. 15 and pay for the complete nine months in advance, the cost will be discounted. Questions regarding this information may be addressed to Chris Schappaugh at 963-6300 or

The Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department is still accepting registration forms for its Cabaret Dinner Theater Trip Sunday, Aug. 12. The trip is for ages 50 and older and includes dinner and a showing of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Transportation is provided and a waitlist is available. The trip departs at 9:45 a.m. from the Glenwood Springs Community Center; 10 a.m. from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs; and 10:30 a.m. from New Castle City Market location. Call 384-6301 for more program information, or visit

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.

Storytimes at the New Castle Branch Library will resume at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, for preschoolers; and Friday, Aug. 10, for toddlers. For more information, call 984-2346.

A barbecue at the McCabe Ranch in Old Snowmass will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. It is a fundraiser for the CSU Polo Club. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 927-3577.

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.

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, Rick Aluise, Acoustic Mayhem and Rocking Horse.A parade, kids games, vintage base ball, contests and games, and an outdoor quilt show will keep the family entertained. Door prizes every hour.

That shoulder still sore from pouring beer? Achy low back from all that boogying? Stiff neck after garbage sorting? Dr. Scott and his staff of massage therapists at Sopris Chiropractic are donating a day of free chiropractic and massage for Mountain Fair volunteers Friday, Aug. 10. Sopris Chiropractic is located on Fourth Street across from Steves Guitars in Carbondale. Call 927-9204 and make an appointment soon, as there are only so many slots available.

The 2007 Roaring Fork Valley Arthritis Walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. Choose from a three-mile or one-mile walk route; write an inspirational message on the Wall of Heroes; wear a blue hero hat if you have arthritis, and enjoy the fun, festivities and free health information.To register, visit

The Glenwood Springs High School Class of 1997 will be holding its 10-year class reunion Aug. 3-5. All classmates interested in attending the planned events are asked to register on the class Web site at For more information, visit the Web site or contact Jason Franke at 970-319-7150.

The Hotel Colorado will host the Devereux Polo Cup with a meet-the-players event starting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18. The reception will include hors doeuvres, live music by Jon Chandler & The Wichitones, and the presentation of the Devereux Cup to the hotel for its custodianship. Sunday, Aug. 19, the weekend festivities begin at 11a.m. with polo at the home of the Roaring Fork Polo Club, 2000 Baldy Creek Road in New Castle. The consolation match, final consolations, and finals will be played. Trophy presentation will follow at the club to the winners of the tournament, who will also have their names inscribed on the Devereux Cup. The cup will be on display at the Hotel Colorado. The weekend events are free and open to the public.For more information contact Larry MacDonald, general manager at 800-544-3998, ext 112; or Pamela Hoffer, director of sales and marketing at 303-952-0824.

Registration for classes at Colorado Mountain Colleges Roaring Fork Campus is under way, with most classes starting the week of Aug. 27. Courses this fall include a variety of credit and noncredit classes.Students who have taken classes at CMC within the past 10 months can sign up by mail, phone, fax, or online at New students to CMCs Roaring Fork campus and students who have not taken classes within the past 10 months need to register in person at the Lappala Center in Carbondale, the Glenwood Center or the Spring Valley Center. Call 945-7481 for more information.

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

A car wash will be held at the Glenwood Springs McDonalds Saturday, Aug. 4. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. a percent of the proceeds on all purchases of Big Macs will be donated to Kiss-n-Squeal.

The first class was so popular, Glenwood Sewing is offering it again. Introduce kids 9 and up to the pleasures of sewing in the Kids Can Sew class. Learn to use a sewing machine, and cut, press, pin, and sew fun stuff. The class will be held from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 14-16 at the store, located at 822 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. For more information, call 945-5900.

The Inaugural Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour takes place from Aug. 511, riding through Carbondale on Monday/Tuesday, Aug. 6/7. If you would like to welcome 100 riders, staff and friends by welcoming them in Sopris Park, please contact Eric Brendlinger at the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Department at 704-4115. Also, you can go to for complete event information.

The New Castle-Glenwood Springs-Rifle Freecycle Network is open to all individuals who want to recycle an item rather than throw it away or sell it. Its also available if youre looking to acquire something yourself free.Join the group online at For questions, please call Georgene Jackson at 876-0339.

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 well as 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 city of Rifle was awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development for a feasibility study for a renewable energy park.Congressman John Salazar will present representatives from the city with a check for $50,000 at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Rifle City Hall, 202 Railroad Avenue in Rifle.

The YouthZone Kiss-n-Squeal online auction ( has 168 items and lots of great buys. The auction ends at noon Aug. 6. All proceeds benefit YouthZone and local youth.

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