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A soup dinner to raise hunger awareness and money to be donated to LIFT-UP will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the commons area of Coal Ridge High School. Everyone is welcome. For a small fee, event-goers may chose a handmade pottery bowl made by Coal Ridge High School art students, and receive one serving of soup and a roll, and keep the bowl. A silent art auction will also be held, and members of the Coal Ridge choir will perform.

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) of the Rifle Branch Library is sponsoring a writing contest for 13- to 19-year-olds.Three rounds of the contest include introduction, body, and ending.In the first round, submit the most original and captivating story introduction possible. In the second round, the entry that best continues the story of the winning introduction will win. In the third round, the best ending for the story will be selected. The winning introduction, body, and ending will be published in The Glenwood Springs Post Independent and The Citizen Telegram. The winner from each round will also receive a certificate for free bowling from the Rifle Fireside Lanes, and a pizza or calzone from Corner Pizza in Rifle.The first round will begin March 4.All introductions must be received by the library by March 31 , and must include your name, phone number, address, and age. All entries for every round must be 350 words or less. Make a copy of your work, because no entries will be returned.You can drop story introductions to the Rifle Branch Library, or mail them to: Rifle Branch Library, 107 E. Second St., Rifle, CO 81650. Call 625-3471 for more information.

Rifle High School will be presenting Gilbert and Sullivans Pirates of Penzance Feb. 28, 29, March 1, 7 and 8. Tickets are now on sale, please purchase your ticket from a cast member or e-mail Daryl Gingrich for tickets dgingrich@garfieldre2.k12.co.us.



The Valley View Hospital Cancer Center will be offering a new Coffee Walk and Talk Group at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, in the VVH upper lobby.This informal group will meet every Thursday to walk outside, enjoy conversation, and return for lattes, coffee or tea in the lobby. The group is open to survivors of cancer and those presently in treatment. Family members are welcome to walk as well. Wear walking shoes and warm, comfortable clothing. Varied distances for varied abilities. No charge. Contact Cindy Webb LCSW at 384-7582 or Nancy Reinisch, LCSW at nrein@rof.net.

The Carbondale LUNAFEST will be held Saturday, March 15. It is a film festival featuring award-winning short films by, for, and about women. This unique film program highlights the richness of womens stories, illustrated through short films. LUNAFEST will be held at the Thunder River Theatre in Downtown Carbondale at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15; and a special showing at 7 p.m. March 15 with a pre-showing reception at 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Alpine Banks and the proceeds benefit the Advocate Safehouse Project and the Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets may be purchased at Harris Hall in Aspen, Sounds Easy in Carbondale, Glenwood Music in Glenwood Springs or call 945-2632.



Free, confidential, HIV testing will be available on Wednesday March 5, April 2 and May 7. Testing is available at the Rifle Public Health Department from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 195 W. 14th St. and at the Glenwood Public Health Department from 1-4 p.m. at 2014 Blake Ave. Testing available these days only. No appointments necessary.

The Business Womens Network will meet from 7:30-9 a.m. today, Feb. 27, at U.S. Bank in Glenwood Springs.Pat Maliszewski and Sherry Long with EnCana will present EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., Piceance Basin Facts, Community outreach/partners/investments. They will take questions from the members.BWN is a committee of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.For more information, contact Joni at 945-6589, ext. 103.

The New Castle Lions Club induction banquet will be held 6:30 p.m. today, Feb. 27, at the New Castle Caf in downtown New Castle.Vice-District Governor Walter Lemmon will attend from the Grand Junction area to perform the induction ceremony for new members Janine High, Kevin Gibson and Mary Johnson. A brief history of the club, a summary of projects in the past and whats going on in the future will also be part of the evening, as well as members statements of why they enjoy Lionism.Those Interested in Lions Club and helping better the New Castle community are invited to attend. 618-1975.Walnut-orange chicken and glazed pork tenderloin are on the menu, and Lions Club members bringing potluck and a cash bar.

This weeks presentation in the Wednesday Naturalist Nights speaker series in Carbondale will spotlight the growing problem of air pollution from Colorados gas fields.Jeremy Nichols, director of the Denver-based nonprofit Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action, will present a free slide show titled Safeguarding Clean Air: Taking on the Threat of Rampant Oil and Gas Drilling.The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 27, at Dos Gringos Burritos, 588 Highway 133. Food and drink can be purchased beforehand.Nichols, warns that air pollution from oil and gas drilling in Colorado is taking a toll on health, wildlands, communities and even the climate. But the slide show will also look at how the energy boom is fueling unprecedented action for clean air in Colorado.For more information, contact the Wilderness Workshop at 963-3977.

Once again the Miners Claim will feature its annual Alaskan King Crab Bake Saturday, March 1, featuring thick, hearty crab and corn chowder, 11⁄2 lbs. Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo baked potato, sweet corn cob and an assortment of mini French desserts. Over 120 pounds of crab will be flown in for the event, which in years in the past has sold out quickly. Reservations highly recommended, call 876-5372. The Miners Claim is located at 740 Main Street in Silt.

The bell choir from the Intermountain Christian Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., in Glenwood Springs. For more information, please call Sharon Jensen at the church, 945-6232.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash, an intensively researched new film drills deep into the realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Yampah Mountain High School, 695 Red Mountain Drive in Glenwood Springs. Amidst a dark and disturbing vision of our future, the film hints at a humbler way of life built around sustainability and alternative energy. Call 984-3161 for more information. Sponsored by Roaring Fork Peace Coalition.


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