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Marc Brownings fifth-grade class has started a school-wide recycling program at Sopris Elementary School. The recycling program will be featured on The Sopris County Show, broadcast at 8 and 9 a.m.; and 5 and 6 p.m. Nov. 23-25 on Comcast Channel 20.

The fifth Writing the Sacred, a womens contemplative retreat, will be held by Sandra Dorr Jan. 2-6 at St. Benedicts Monastery in Snowmass. Morning writing meetings; daily yoga sessions, hiking or skiing on monastery grounds, optional vespers, masses, and meditation. Some free lodging and cooking scholarships available.To register, contact Carol DiMarcello, St. Benedicts, at coc@sopris.net or (970) 927-9376; deadline is Nov. 29.

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.



A two-day Marketing for a Small Business workshop will be held 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 proposed Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park, to be located at the Midland Avenue Bridge in West Glenwood on the Colorado River, will need approximately $275,000 in additional funding to begin construction in December 2007.Organizers plan to request additional funding from the Glenwood Springs City Council at the regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 16. Preliminary indications show that funds may be available in the citys Acquisitions & Improvements fund, and that financial reserves will not need to be accessed in order to construct the $920,000 project.The city of Glenwood Springs has already committed $500,000 to the Whitewater Park. Garfield County pledged $100,000. Alpine Bank and the Hot Springs Lodge & Pool have each pledged $20,000.To give an opinion to the City Council on this issue, please plan to attend the council meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.



Any citizens or organizations with an interest in the future uses for the area known as The Crown are invited to attend a series of public meetings. The Crown is located southeast of Carbondale and is managed by the BLM. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is facilitating these meetings to provide citizen input into the revision of the BLMs land use plan for this area, with three to four meetings likely before the Feb. 1, 2008 deadline. All neighbors and users are encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the El Jebel Fire Station. For more information or meeting materials, contact RFOV at 927-8241 or rfov@sopris.net.

The Roaring Fork Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology 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 entitled, 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.

The first local screening of The Last Ridge, a PBS documentary by 10th Mountain descendant Abbie Kealy, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.The Aspen Historical Society has partnered with volunteers of the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project to create this special fundraising event to benefit the continued recording of veterans oral histories. It will feature local oral histories and a discussion with the filmmaker.A lobby reception with 10th Mtn. Hut display, vintage ski memorabilia and photo opportunities will be held following the fundraiser. The event is free to the public, but contributions are encouraged. Sponsorship information is available by calling Kip Hubbard at 925-3721.

Carbondale Town Trustees passed a motion to enter into an agreement to purchase Green power for the Carbondale Recreation Center. The 50 kW photovoltaic system to be installed on the recreation center roof will be owned by Rockwell Financial Group and installed by Sol Energy, a Carbondale-based company specializing in solar electric and solar hot water system installations. The system is expected to produce 60 percent of the electricity needed to operate the recreation center and will be operational by spring 2008. The Town Trustees have been committed to designing an energy-efficient building from the very first planning stages and have been working closely with the architect and builder to ensure the construction of a LEED accredited building. With the addition of a large photovoltaic system, it is hoped that the final design will warrant a Gold standard LEED accreditation.

Holiday Boutique & Fine Art MarketFine art by Laurel Astor and Betsy Blackard. Also pottery, jewelry, knitted hats and scarves, handmade Santas, hand-painted ornaments, handmade soaps, potpourri, specialty baked goods and much more. Tuesdays through Fridays 4-8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Red Canyon Plaza, 3768 Highway 82, Suite 205, across from Holy Cross Energy.For more information, call 945-0905.

During the week of Thanksgiving, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21, 23, 24 and 25, including the Iron Mountain Tramway, 70-minute guided Cave Tours, the Canyon Flyer, the Lookout Grille, and Gift Shop. The park will be closed Thanksgiving Day so our employees can spend the holiday with their families.Please call 945-4228, ext. 117, for more information about group discounts, to book a holiday party and special events.

The Basalt Chamber is offering sponsorship opportunities for the 2007 Peace Tree Lighting ceremony to be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. In exchange for sponsorship, your name will be listed in all advertising for the event and your banner displayed in the park the night of the event. Call 927-4031 or e-mail info@basaltchamber.com for more information.

Symphony in Valley, the community orchestra for the Roaring Fork Valley, will presents its annual Holiday Concerts Dec. 1-2. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Snowmass Chapel, 5307 Owl Creek Road in Snowmass Village. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs.The program includes orchestrated holiday favorites, including Carol of the Bells, Coventry Carol and Joy to the World, followed by the opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, with a cast of 16 singers.Tickets at the door.

Hotel Colorado General Manager Larry MacDonald and his team are gearing up for the winter holidays.The highlight of the season will be the annual Pageant of Lights from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 23. More than 200,000 lights on the building and common areas, and themed decorations honoring the birth of Jesus, children, the message of The Polar Express Story, Colorado Winter, and Santa will have his first public appearance of the season at the Hotel Colorado lighting ceremony. The ceremony will also feature seasonal music, with national recording artist and sax player Brian Savage; local duet Michelle and Kelli, the Gabossi Sisters; and vocalist Jon Chandler.The hotels chef has developed a fall menu taking full advantage of fall harvest produce. On Thanksgiving Day, holidaymakers can partake of a menu featuring ham, turkey, or beef with a cornucopia of accompanying appetizers and side dishes.


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