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Sustainable Business Solutions Inc. will present Building Science & Energy Star for Homes: Building Better Homes on the Western Slope, a full-day workshop with Joe Lstiburek and Sam Rashkin Nov. 30 at the Two Rivers Winery and Chateau Deux Fleuves Conference Center in Grand Junction. This event is sponsored by Alpine Bank. For full information and registration, visit http://www.SustainableConferences.com.

The Rifle Branch Librarys Preschool Story Time has a special purpose Nov. 28 and 29. Preschoolers will be making crafts to send in care packages organized by Mary Jane Hughes and the Citizen Telegram. The care packages will then be sent to troops serving away from home this holiday season. Please come in for the stories, stay for the craft, and send a smile to some of our nations heroes. Preschool Story Time is held at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday at the Rifle Branch Library. For more information, call 625-3471.

The Colorado Rocky Mountain School hosts its biggest climbing-team event of the 2007-08 season from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 an American Bouldering Series (ABS)-sanctioned competition, bringing scores of climbers to CRMSs extensive climbing wall. The Dec. 8 event at the CRMS Gym is open to the public; in 2006 it drew 80 participants. Categories range from Open to Recreational; climber registration is at 5:30 p.m. It is the only local ABS climbing event of 2007, though a competition will be held in Glenwood Springs in January. The Dec. 8 competition will feature climbers with a strong chance to be competitive on a national level, including CRMS junior Hayden Kennedy (son of Climbing magazine founder and CRMS board president Michael Kennedy), who did not compete last season due to injury. CRMS is located at 1493 County Road 106, one mile from the Highway 133/7-Eleven traffic light. For more information, contact Jeremy Simon at CRMS at 963-2562.



The Roaring Fork Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the mid-valley area will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007.The annual count is fun, social, traditional, educational and valuable. Beginners are welcome.Contact Dave Clark at 963-3479 or Tom McConnell at 379-7356.

End of an Era, the last concert at the Buffalo Valley at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Walt Smith and Kurt Wigger invite you to enjoy Kurts fine dining and dancing to Walt Smith and the Valley Jazz All Stars. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or call Connie McCrudden at 963-3136 for advance tickets.Dinner reservations recommended at 945-5297.



Colorado Big Country Resource Conservation and Development, a regional nonprofit organization serving Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Summit counties, is currently accepting grant applications for their Partnership Grant Program. Applications will be accepted from county and municipal governments (and subdivisions thereof); conservation districts; water conservancy districts; school districts; and non-governmental organizations. Grant applications will be accepted in the areas of community development (including economic development and recreation related proposals); land conservation and land management; and water management (including water quality and water quantity issues). Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2007.For more grant guidelines and application forms, please send an e-mail to administrator@coloradobigcountry.org, or contact 945-5494, ext 3.

The American Legion Auxiliary #100 will be hosting a chili cook-off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Chili entries must be at the Auxiliary location, 97 North Third St. in Carbondale, by 1 p.m.For questions, please call Kim Smiens at 618-2814.

The holidays can be especially difficult for families who have lost a child to death. The Roaring Fork Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF)regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Christ Community Church, just outside of Basalt, will include a special candle-lighting ceremony in remembrance of our children. There is no religious affiliation, and there are no membership dues or fees. For more information, call Cindy at (970) 261-4789.

A ribbon-cutting for the Whitewater Park will be held at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 4, on the Devereux Road side of the park.

The Mountain Madrigal Singers will present A Perfect Christmas, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; Sunday, Dec. 9; and Saturday, Dec. 15, at First United Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Free child care will be provided.For the 27th holiday season, the Mountain Madrigal Singers will present its concert of vocal music celebrating the sounds and spirit of the holidays. The program will be a blend of traditional and contemporary songs, some classical and some light. Many in the community consider the Madrigal concerts to be the start of their Christmas season.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church presents a visit with Mayor Bruce Christensen on The Future of Glenwood Springs. The presentation is free and will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the parish hall of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Drive in glenwood Springs. For more information, call 945-6423.

Thunder River Theatre Company is looking for a couple of male actors to complete the cast for TRTCs upcoming production of Brechts Mother Courage. The necessary age range is between mid-20s to early 30s. Those interested for consideration for these roles, please contact Lon Winston at 963-8200 or e-mail lonw@sopris.net.


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