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A fundraiser for Akim Henry Gama will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Rivers Restaurant. Live music will be provided by Cowboy Attitude and there is no cover change.Gama is a 29-year-old from Zimbabwe who came here to escape the turmoil in his home country. He has been living and working in Glenwood Springs for six years. He visited several schools discussing Africa and the troubles of his homeland. Gama is currently facing deportation and several community members are banding together to try and keep him in the United States. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Gamas legal fees and financial help if he is deported. An account has been established in Gamas name at Alpine Bank.

Basalt Girl Scout Troop 262 is providing babysitting services at the Basalt Community United Methodist Church for parents attending the Taste of Basalt event on Saturday, Nov. 3. Babysitting is offered for children from two years old and older from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The donation includes pizza and snacks. The church is located at 0165 Holland Hills Road. Please RSVP by Oct. 30 to Val Wahlstrom at 704-1081.

The Academy of Western Slope Artists and Musicians (AWSAM) will present two evenings of rollicking cabaret entertainment at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, at St. Mary Church, Seventh and Birch streets in Rifle. The seasoned corps of dancers from the Grizzly Creek Theater Company will sing and high-step to the music of George Gershwin. Cabaret veteran Frank Breslin and French Canadian chanteuse Chris Sullivan will sing in both Italian and French. Performers from the Hispanic community will round out the international flavor of the evening with numbers in the Spanish language. Daryl and Noelle Gingrich, Sandy Vaccarro, Stephen Piker, and Linda Jenks will contribute to the evenings revelry.Desserts and beverages will be served to attendees at their individual Cabaret tables. Season ticket holders from AWSAMs 2006-2007 season will be admitted free of charge, and all patrons will be able to preview the 2007-2008 series and purchase up-coming season tickets. For more information, call 625-2333.



Continuing a service it has provided for decades, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) again is offering flu shots to people who have any of more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.Muscle wasting diseases can damage muscles involved with breathing. Catching the flu is particularly hazardous for those with muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrigs disease).Individuals affected by a neuromuscular disease should consult their MDA clinic physicians or primary care doctors before receiving the influenza vaccine. For information, contact the nearest MDA office; call (800) 572-1717; or visit http://www.mda.org.

Tickets are on sale for Aspen Community Theatres fall production, She Loves Me. This romantic musical premiered on Broadway in 1963 with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harrick, the songwriting team behind Fiddler on the Roof. The story centers on Georg and Amalia, two feuding shop workers who are unaware that they are romantic pen pals. Performances will be held at the Wheeler Opera House at 7 p.m. Nov. 810 and Nov. 1417, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets can be purchased at Aspen Show Tickets 920-5770 or http://www.aspenshowtickets.com.



The eighth annual Culinary Arts, Wine and Brewfest will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Hotel Colorado. Call the Center for the Arts at 945-2414 for tickets.

The Glenwood Springs cheer squad is sponsoring its annual cheerleader mini clinic from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 19, at the Glenwood Springs High School gymnasium. Registration will be held from 9-9:30 a.m.All girls will be given the chance to stunt with the squad members and perform at halftime during the Glenwood football game versus Steamboat.

A new theater organization, Grizzly Creek Productions Inc. will be putting on the Broadway musical Crazy For You at the new Roaring Fork High School tonight and Saturday. The show starts 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Symphony in the Valley will begin its 2007-08 concert season this weekend with a lighthearted adventure into the downright silly side of classical music with the concert, Comedy Tonight.The concerts will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Grand Valley High School in Parachute, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.The concert also features the premiere performance of Symphony Sampler, by Glenwood Springs composer James Belling. Tickets are available at the door. Season tickets good for Symphony in the Valleys concerts in October, December and May will also be sold at the door.


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