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New Castle citizens are invited to a Meet the Town Administrator Finalists event, from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the New Castle Caf, 219 W. Main St.

Singer/songwriter Frank Martin will entertain for the lunch Wednesday, March 26, in the lobby concert at Valley View Hospital. The public is welcome, and lunch is available.

The sixth annual Peace Jam benefit for the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition, with live music by The Sirens and The Natives, and comedy by Mark Thomas, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Thunder River Theater in Carbondale.An evening of fun, laughter, dancing, and music in support of Peace and Justice. Tickets available at KDNK and Sounds Easy in Carbondale and Through the Looking Glass in Glenwood Springs.For more information, call 618-1849.

Symphony in the Valley will present its 15th annual Mothers Day concerts at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Roaring Fork High School and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. The concerts will feature winners of the 2008 Young Artists Concerto Competition in an all-classical concert.Tickets can be purchased at the door, music students admitted free.This will be the final formal concert for Symphony in the Valleys conductor and artistic director, Wendy Larson, who is stepping down after 14 years on the podium.

The town of Gypsum will host an open house beginning at at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the towns recently opened Town Hall Annex Building to celebrate the opening of the new space, which now houses the towns Building Department, assistant town manager and Special Projects Department. Appetizers and beverages will be served.For more information on the open house, call Annie Esbenshade or Ashley King at (970) 524-7688.

Glenwood Dance Academy will now have two boys stomp classes on Wednesday, one at 4 p.m. taught by Solomon Liston, and another at 5 p.m. taught by the newest member of the academy staff, Adrian Casados, who will also teach a breakin and poplock class at 7 p.m. and an adult hip-hop class at 6 p.m. Friday. Casados has been dancing since the age of 9 and is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, ballroom, breakdance, hip-hop, poplock and tumbling. He has taught for public school systems, YMCA, Head Start and martial arts studios.Casados will be performing in the Danse Arts Theatre Companys performance of A Rodeo at the Glenwood Springs High School June 13, 14 and 15.

The Spanish-speaking community is invited to a book discussion of Bless Me, Ultima, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale. Bless Me Ultima is the Roaring Fork Valley Big Read selection. Communities from Aspen to Glenwood will be reading this book during April and participating in various events related to the book. Carlos Hererra will lead the discussion in Spanish. Hispanic culture has survived and been integrated in the Roaring Fork Valley. Cultural features from the book are practiced among our Latino community, and a topic for discussion could be to share various customs and beliefs.Bendiceme Ultima is available for checkout at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in English and Spanish.For more information, call 963-2889.This event is presented in partnership with the Aspen Writers Foundation and the Pitkin County Library, presenters of The Big Read Roaring Fork Valley.

Many kids from Carbondale to Parachute grades K-8 are waiting for a Pal mentor. Matches are based on similar interests, where the volunteer and child live, and preferences of both. Mentors range in age from high school to seniors. For more information, call the Glenwood office at 945-9300 or the Rifle office at 625-3141.

Join Operation Vacation as a volunteer for the sixth annual Colorado Yagatta Regatta, a one-of-a-kind rafting flotilla and costume contest which brings together Glenwood Springs locals and visitors for a fun, family-friendly day on the Colorado River and Two Rivers Park. The event, taking place from noon-9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, features river rafting, microbrew tasting, live music, food, fireworks, kids activities and more.Operation Vacation is looking to recruit 100 volunteers for the Colorado Yagatta Regatta. Those who volunteer for at least two hours receive free admission to Saturdays events including music, contests and activities. To sign up or for more information, contact Karl Oelke and/or Phil Nyland at Operation Vacation at Volunteers should include their names, phone numbers and e-mail address so they can be assigned positions and time slots. The Colorado Yagatta Regatta is the largest fundraiser for Operation Vacation, a national program based in Glenwood Springs which provides all-expenses-paid vacations for soldiers and their families to Glenwood Springs and Grand County in Colorado, and Dallas and Austin in Texas. For more information, visit

Teams are in full gear for the Rifle Area Relay For Life and beginning to host a variety of fundraising events. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to turn hope into a cure. The Community Banks of Rifle team, The Grinch who Stole Cancer, is sponsoring a hairstyles and facials event beginning at 1 p.m. March 29 at Community Banks in Rifle. Besides hairstyling and facials, the event includes lots of samples, giveaways, and food and drink. Hair styling will begin at 3 p.m. Appointments are preferred, and walk-ins are welcome. Call (970) 274-1075 and ask for Samantha for more details.Moes Southwestern Grill in Glenwood Springs will be hosting a fundraiser for Team Shrek, Happily Ever Laughter, April 10. Eat at Moes and 15 percent of the days profits will be donated to Team Shrek.For more information about the Rifle Area Relay For Life, contact Theresa Hamilton at 379-4942.

Last call for awards applications, deadline is March 28. Applications also available at Talk of the Town on the new for DECA Entrepreneur of the Year, Bosco Tourism Business of the Year, Athena Award, Athena Young Professional, Green Business of the Year, Top Brass Awards, and Large and Small Philanthropic Businesses of the Year and the Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

Family fun all day Saturday, April 26, at Two Rivers Park at the Great Family Trek will include a 5K run, activity booths, food, music, and entertainment. Proceeds to benefit Sopris and Medaris Mothers of Preschoolers, a support group for mothers and parents in the community.For more information, call 984-2379 or 984-1500

Join local Plein Air Painter, Mary Noone and Certified AnusaraYoga Instructor, Nova Loverro Sprick in Moab for a weekend of art and yoga April 1113. All Levels Anusara Yoga will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday and again from 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Mary Noone will instruct an outdoor painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost of the painting workshop includes canvas and paints. Register no later than April 1. For information and to register, contact Nova at 945-9515 or Mary at 309-6900.

The Grief and Creativity Workshop, held at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts from Friday, February 22 to Sunday, February 24, will help people of all ages cope with profound loss through expressive art. Facilitated by Artist-in-Residence Renick Stevenson, this workshop is free to the public and welcomes donations only. Renick has years of experience in grief and loss training, and has worked with internationally renown singer/songwriter Beth Nielson Chapman in conducting grief workshops for children and adults. Beth will be donating her music CDs to be given to the participants of this workshop. Participants must agree and commit to attending all three days of the workshop: from 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 28; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29; and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30.If you would like to explore new skills to cope with pain, call Renick at (989) 529-3965 or (970) 945-2414 to save your spot in this workshop at the Arts Center.

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