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The Silt Chamber of Commerce invites the public to enter its photo contest. This years directory cover was donated by Belinda Caldwell. The photo of Sammy Caldwell and Thing 2 on the Gill Ranch in Silt won first place in the people category and overall champion at the 2006 Garfield County Fair.Photos representing the valley and businesses may be awarded a place on the 2008 directory cover. Submit your photos to the Silt Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 921 Silt, CO 81652; or by e-mail to: The deadline for submissions is Dec. 10.

The Silt Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Business After Hours event from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Star Precast Concrete, 369 Mosher Ave. in Parachute. For more information, call Teri and Lee Kirk at 970-989-5176.

Speaker of the House, Andrew Romanoff will be in Glenwood Springs Friday, Oct. 26, for a summit, and will be touring Glenwood Springs Elementary School facilities at 12:30 p.m.

The West Garfield County Landfill will be back to winter hours starting Nov. 4. Closed Sundays, and reopen at 9 a.m. Mondays. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The landfill will also be closed Monday, Nov. 12, to observe Veterans Day, and will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The Pass the Buck Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation will host its seventh annual banquet at 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Tickets purchased before Oct. 26 will be eligible for an early bird drawing, with the winner receiving a choice of Weatherby Vanguard rifle or Redhead gunsafe.For more information, call Lori at 970-876-0123.

The Cool Communities Committee and Roaring Fork Sierra Club Group will offer a free home energy saving event called Go Green Save Green from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Carol Tombari from the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden will be the featured speaker, outlining the need for energy efficiency and renewable energy now. Later, a panel of experts in renewable energy and energy conservation will share their experiences and answer questions. The environmental efforts of mayors in the valley will also be acknowledged.A variety of exhibitors will present information and demonstrate products and services that are available to assist residents with energy-saving and alternative energy source projects. Hybrid and electric vehicles and renewable energy buses will be on display. Additional information, including funding and rebate availability and incentives for various projects and products will be available. Bring your children, there will be an area for children age 5 through 12 to create a poster relating to energy savings. Prizes will be given for posters that best describe energy saving issues or solutions. Free energy saving gifts, refreshments and snacks will be available.Visit the Cool Communities Web site at, or contact Bob Millette at 970-947-9613 for more information.

A fraud prevention workshop will be held from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at CMC Lappala Center, 690 Colorado Avenue in Carbondale.U.S. companies lose hundreds of billions of dollars each year to fraud and small businesses are the most common target. Learn how to prevent fraud and save your business.To register, e-mail or call the Chamber at 963-1890.

Leaders from Colorados 11 Spellbinders chapters met in Denver last week to strategize plans for doubling the number of chapters in Colorado over the next four years as the result of a $235,000 grant to Spellbinders from The Colorado Trusts Healthy Aging Initiative. The Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders chapter reported telling stories to an audience of over 6,500 children in 221 school classrooms in the Valley last year, 177 in the Roaring Fork District, the rest in the Aspen School District. The chapter is seeking more volunteers for storytelling in Carbondale and Glenwood schools in particular. The next training workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7; Friday, Nov. 9 and Monday, Nov. 11, in Carbondale or Glenwood Springs, location to be announced. Most Spellbinders tell stories once a month on a flexible schedule that is worked out with the classroom teacher. Storytelling by a new Spellbinders chapter in Parachute that will serve the Grand Valley started last month. The eleven newly-trained Spellbinders there will serve in schools, libraries and senior facilities. Call 970-922-1444 for more information about becoming a Spellbinders volunteer.

The Candy Cane Wonderland craft show benefiting Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3708 CR 214 Peach Valley Acres in Silt. Many beautiful handcrafted and new donated items will be available for people and pets. Call -876-2717 with questions.

Chapter AO, P.E.O. will be hosting its 15th annual Elegant Auction and Luncheon at the Hotel Colorado Friday, Dec. 1. Tickets are on sale now at The Mountain Peddler, 821 Grand Ave., or call 945-9301.

The New Castle Recreation Department will be holding its third annual Volunteer Appreciation and Sports Award Ceremony from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 3, at Coal Ridge High School. New Castle citizens are invited to honor volunteers as well as cheer on the youth sport award recipients. Tickets can be purchased at the New Castle Community Center, call 984-3352. All proceeds benefit Your Friends For Life who support, nurture, and encourage cancer patients from Rifle to Aspen.

Mount Sopris, Bookcliff and South Side Conservation districts and Natural Resources Conservation Service will be hosting its annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Hotel Colorado. The meeting is held for those who would like to know more about the accomplishments and current projects of the conservation districts and Natural Resources Conservation Service, and for landowners who have worked with the agency in the past.Please call the district office at 945-5494, ext. 101 for reservations by Nov. 5.

The KDNK Talent Show will be held at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, at the Carbondale Fire House. Mike Speer will be Master of Ceremonies and the theme is The Human Race.A Lil Willies Tail Gator Party with beer and horse derves will be offered at 7 p.m. Call KDNK at 963-0139 or check out for more information.

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