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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation announced it is funding 21 new conservation projects throughout Colorado this year that will make a critical difference in the organizations efforts to conserve and enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife. This years projects, which will receive additional funding from other conservation partners and will be supported with labor provided by Elk Foundation volunteers, will be supported by grants of more than $200,000 from the foundation. The Elk Foundation and its partners have completed 407 conservation projects in Colorado with a value of nearly $95 million since the organization began in 1984. These conservation efforts have had a major impact on elk and other wildlife habitat throughout the state, permanently protecting and enhancing nearly 343,000 acres. Additionally, the Elk Foundation and its partners have opened access to more than 72,000 acres for public hunting, fishing and other recreation in Colorado.Shell Exploration and Production Company funded two major projects this year in Colorado. A noxious weed control project in Garfield and Rio Blanco counties, and a prescribed burning project in Rio Blanco County.The primary goal of the initiative is to enhance habitat through projects such as water development, noxious weed control, prescribed burns, and wildlife plantings. The secondary goal is to permanently protect elk winter range and migration corridors. Child identificationAll Kids Dental will hold Toothprint Day, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at its Glenwood Springs office, 2624 Grand Avenue, Suite 200. Toothprint, a thermoplastic wafer that records the size and shape of a childs teeth, can serve as an accurate method of identification for law enforcement or other community-sponsored child identification programs. Dr. Robert Henry plans to see 500 children for free tooth print impressions. The event is open to all children ages 3 to 6, and reservations must be made by calling All Kids Dental at 928-9500.

Vying for over $20,000, 120 top international dog/handler teams confront the worlds feistiest sheep at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials Sept. 5-9 in Meeker. A craft fair, spinning/weaving demos, Lepards Team Ghost Riders, barbecues and more will entertain the family. Free horse shuttle from downtown. Tickets at the gate.No pets, please! For details visit or call 970-878-0800.

A vaccination and licensing clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Parachute Veterinary Clinic. Discounted vaccines!The clinic will also be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Cottonwood Mobile Home Park outside of Rifle.These clinics are brought to you by the Garfield County Sheriffs Office.

Meet the Rifle feasibility plan consultants and share your ideas about a new Rifle community center from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Re-2 Learning Opportunity Center, 839 Whiteriver Ave. in Rifle. This event, to gather input on what is wanted in the proposed facility, is sponsored by the Rifle Economic Development Corporation. For more information, call 625-6433.

This years Glenwood Springs Airport Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Kwanis will be offering a pancake breakfast. The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver will provide Kidspace, where a number of kid aviation related activities will be offered including simulators and making model airplanes. Local skydivers will be giving demo jumps, radio-controlled airplanes will be flown, and local pilots will be giving kids rides.For more information, please contact Airport Manager Dick Weinberg at 618-0778.

Basalt Community United Methodist Church is now taking orders for fresh frozen and pitted pie cherries from Western Slope orchards. The orders will be delivered the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 25. All proceeds benefit the ministry. Call 927-3764 to place orders by Thursday, Aug. 23.

Renick Stevenson is the Artist of the Month at The Artists Mercantile, 720 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. His exhibit, entitled forethoughts thoughts & afterthoughts is a body of acrylic paintings on canvas that features life themes such as love, loss and regret, shrouded in vivid colors and poignant, melodic quotes. Renick is also the Artist-in-Residence at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Artists reception is from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 947-0947.

Basalt Girl Scout Troop 262 will hold a carwash/bake sale from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Bank of Colorado parking lot. The girls are fundraising for travel expenses to go to Marine Lab in Florida next June.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is hosting its 2007 Summer Theater Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, through Friday, Aug. 24, for kids from ages 6 through 18. Aspiring young actors will create costumes, organize props, and perform their hearts out. The five-day camp culminates in a one-act play performed for family and friends at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.Call 945-2414 to register today.

A free public physics lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Paepcke Auditorium behind the Music Tent in Aspen. Gordon Baym, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will speak on Superconductivity and Superfluidity: Life without Friction.Professor Baym, who has shared his research in physics with the Aspen community for many years, will speak on the remarkable phenomena of superconductivity and superfluidity, in which matter flows with friction or resistance. After briefly noting the history of the discoveries of superconductors and superfluids, the lecture will discuss their applications, from practical devices to the behavior of neutron stars, as well as very recent research on new states of superfluidity in ultracold atomic gases. For more information, please call 925-2585.

Ernest Callenbach presents Tipping Points Toward a Sustainable Future, to be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel. Learn the impact of current economic systems on the environment and how more ecologically sound practices can tip the balance towards sustainable living. The dialogue will include concrete community-based actions that can be implemented immediately to help create positive change. There is a suggested donation, although all are welcome. Valley residents also have an opportunity to learn with Callenbach at a workshop entitled, Living Cheaply with Style, to be held from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Gordon Cooper library in Carbondale.Carpooling is encouraged to both events.For more information on these events, please contact Felicia Trevor at 309-3506, or Will Evans at 963-1393.

Mountain Family Health Centers is conducting free health screenings throughout the region in August. Free screening includes cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index, and computerized Framingham Risk Assessment. The screenings will be offered at the following locations: Friday, Aug. 17: La Perla in Carbondale, beginning at 10:30 a.m.; 1018 Hwy. 133 Tuesday, Aug. 21: Rifle Health Department (WIC), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 195 West 14th St. Wednesday, Aug. 22: Glenwood Springs Health Department (WIC Office), 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 2014 Blake Ave.Contact Sharla Gallegos, Outreach Coordinator of MFHC, for additional information at 618-3159.

Basalt celebrates its 10th Anniversary River Days Festival Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18, in Lions Park. An incredible lineup of music, magic, crafts and games merges traditional family fun with nationally acclaimed talent. This years headliner is singer and blues pianist Kelley Hunt, who will perform from 6-8 p.m. on the main stage in Lions Park. Slightly White, Battle of the Bands winner, kicks off the festivities at 4 p.m. Friday on center stage in Lions Park. Basalts Lady Longhorns basketball team will be serving a benefit barbecue dinner from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The music continues with the Roaring Fork Old-Time Celtic Mega Band, and Broad Band, the Valleys premier dance band at 7:30 p.m.The Handsome Little Devils, a sword-swallowing, high-flying old time theater act, will roam the town along with Doc Eason, the valleys own master magician, starting at noon Saturday. The Tenth Annual Basalt River Days Parade at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. For parade information call 927-4031.Chaffin Light Real Estate and Basalt Bike and Ski will provide participants with a free T-shirt and bicycle decorations, and a chance to win a childs bicycle on Saturday. To qualify, children must register at the decorating station at 10 a.m. (at the Old Bridge, next to 7-Eleven) and participate in the parade. The Wyly Community Arts Center invites all ages to the River of Life Workshop from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 14-16. Participants will create flora and fauna as part of a parade performance. Requirements are preregistration and participation in the parade. For details and information, contact the Basalt Chamber of Commerce at 927-4031 or online at

The Defiance Community Players will present a Dessert show featuring A Tribute to the Rat Pack classics of Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Tickets include the show, pie and coffee. Seating is limited. Advance tickets: Jacquie Meitler at 945-2174.

Non-sectarian Bible talks will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, and Wednesday, Aug. 22. Quiet, reverent, no collections. All welcome.For information, please call 719-529-9300 or 970-260-6955.

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