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Community News & Notes

Several citizens have joined in a grassroots effort to send care packages to our troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, on an ongoing basis until they all come home.Those knowing of troops with local ties who are now deployed, please contact Charlene Jones (and friends) at Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Co., 819 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, or call 928-8876.

The Artists Mercantile featured artist for November is Ann Lieber, featuring new works in watercolor and oil. For more information, please call 947-0947.

The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board along with Garfield County Environmental Health and Colorado Mountain College will co-sponsor a Smart Citizen Series on air quality, educating the public on the basics of air pollution, associated risks, and how pollution is managed. Mesa State College Professor Russell Walker will speak about air pollution at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15.Mark McMillan, manager of the Environmental Problem Solving Program for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will discuss health affects of air pollution at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29.Both free events will be held at the new West Garfield CMC auditorium 3695 Airport Road in Rifle.For more information contact Jim Rada, environmental health manager for Garfield County at 625-5200.

The Rifle Branch Library is celebrating Childrens Book Week with two special events to be held at the library. Firefighters from the Rifle Fire Protection District will be at the library at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, discussing fire safety, demonstrating their protective gear, and answering questions. A Grand Valley Spellbinders storyteller will be on hand at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, to spark imaginations with a wonderful tale. The library is located at 107 E. Second St. in Rifle. Call 625-3471 for more information.

Paul Nelsons Glenwood Springs McDonalds hosted one of 40 McTeachers Nights in October, and donated to local Colorado schools during the Teachers Challenge event in October. The McDonalds Teachers Challenge is an annual regional program which enables school administrators, principals and teachers to rally their students and parents around McTeachers Nights that guarantees them 15 percent of sales. Colorado school officials often experience having to choose which programs must be taken out of the curriculum throughout the year because of budget cuts. McDonalds is partnering with the Colorado PTA to develop programs to enable schools to earn money to fill these voids and maximize current educational programs.

A Large Animal Disease Update and Ask a Vet session will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Event Hall at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle.A member of the State Veterinarians Office will answer questions and share updated information on large animal diseases and more. Food, snacks and coffee will be available. Please RSVP with Lyndsay by 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at 625-3969. Basic information and application materials for the 2008 Garfield/Eagle Counties Master Gardner classes are available at the extension office at 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle, or call the number above.

Carbondale Clay Centers annual Benefit Cup Auction will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Bidding closes at 7:30 p.m. CCC will expand the studio this year to better accommodate the liveliest silent auction of the year. View and bid on more than 100 cups donated by artists from across the country. Food and refreshments will be served, including wine tasting hosted by Grand River Winery of Grand Junction and tea samplings provided by Two Leaves and a Bud of Basalt. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call CCC directly at 963-2529.

The Danse Arts Theatre Company will perform the Enchanted Christmas Party 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8; and a matinee at 2 p.m. Dec. 8. at the Roaring Fork High School auditorium. In keeping with its commitment to give back to the community for its continued support, The Danse Arts Theatre Company will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 for area nursing homes and assisted living residents. Invitations have been sent to all. The general public is welcome to attend, but will be charged the regular ticket price and will be first-come, first-seated after the special guests.Advanced tickets are on sale from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Glenwood Dance Academy studios at 100 Midland Ave. in Glenwood Springs.Call 945-2717 or e-mail for more information.

The Roaring Fork Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1016 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs. The program will includes a video titled More Than Bows and Arrows, describing Native American technologies such as Hohokam Canals and mounds. The public is invited to attend. For information, call Cynthia at 524-7981.

Dos Gringos Burritos, 588 Highway 133 in Carbondale, will present the Stomparillaz double feature movie night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Beer specials will accompany Craig Kellys snowboarding movie, The Smoothe Groove, followed by John Cusack in Better Off Dead.Dos Gringos Burritos celebrates local film producer Rick Carlson, and presents El Inmigrante at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Discussion will follow. Call 704-0788 for more information.

A two-day Marketing for a Small Business workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 17, at the West Garfield CMC Campus. Topics to be covered will include marketing, promotion, analyzing the competition, and tips on recognizing and creating great ads. Media options and special considerations of Web site development and optimization will also be explored.Please contact CMC at 625-1871 to enroll and confirm dates and times.

The Basalt Chamber, Crave Restaurant, Names & Numbers, and The Bank of Colorado will co-host Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Bank of Colorado, 655 E. Valley Road (Highway 82 and Willits Lane). Members and prospective members are invited to this free networking event. To RSVP or for information, call 927-4031 or e-mail info@

In coordination with the Community Banks of Colorado, Community Touch Program, Community Banks of Colorado in Aspen, Basalt, Glenwood Springs and Rifle are asking the communities to bring food items to the banks. Collected goods will be distributed throughout the valley by LIFT-UP. Each of the four Community Banks of Colorado will donate $1 to LIFT-UP for each food item brought in, up to $500 per bank. For more information, contact Michele Diamond at 945-7035 or

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