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An Evening of Acoustic Old-Time and Celtic Music with The Crowlin Ferlies and friends will be offered from 7:30-10 p.m. Sunday, March 30 at The Pour House, 351 Main St., Carbondale. For more information, call 963-3553

Literacy Outreach is looking for volunteer tutors to help people eager to improve English-speaking skills or improve reading, writing or basic math skills. Volunteers just need a desire to help, the ability to read and speak English, and at least two hours per week to work one-on-one with an adult.Volunteer information sessions will be held at 6 p.m. March 31 and April 3 in Carbondale at Roaring Fork High School; and in Glenwood Springs at 1 p.m. April 1 at Starbucks in Glenwood Meadows. These informal, brief presentations will provide details about Literacy Outreachs volunteer tutoring program and allow for questions. A nine-hour training session will take place in Carbondale later in April. For additional information, please call Literacy Outreach at 945-5282.

Free breast exams done by a nurse practitioner will be offered for women age 55 and older through the Columbine Home Health Wellness Clinics from 1-4 p.m. April 3 at Mesa Vista Assisted Living in Battlement Mesa. Call 618-3606 to schedule an appointment.



Public Health will be offering free, confidential STD and HIV testing from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rifle Public Health office, 195 W. 14th Street 625-5200; or from 1-4 p.m. at the Glenwood Public Health office, 2014 Blake Ave. Wednesday, April 2 and May 7. No appointment needed. For more information, call 945-6614.

The town of Basalt will begin construction activities April 2 on its new recycle center, to be located adjacent to Midland Spur and Two Rivers Road (just east of the present location). Work entails construction of a new recycle site with a street and bike path. Construction activities will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. During construction, the site will be closed and various parking spots on Midland Spur will be unavailable on a daily basis. Please use caution when driving or walking in this area. The recycle containers will be temporarily relocated on April 1 to the vacant lot immediately north of the post office.



The Redstone Community Association presents: A Cowboys Tale to Tell at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Redstone Inn. Local outfitter Randy Melton and Idaho buckaroo Reride Smith will recite western tales and cowboy poetry. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sue at 704-1843.

A three-session training workshop will be held for new Valley Spellbinders volunteers from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 8; Thursday, April 10; and Tuesday, April 15, at a downvalley location. Spellbinders trains volunteers in the oral tradition of storytelling for schools, libraries and other facilities serving children in the Roaring Fork Valley. All three sessions must be attended. For more information, call 544-2389.

Carbondales Hendrick Dog Park on Holland Drive will be closed Tuesday, April 1, through Monday, April 7, for fence construction. Please use the towns other dog park, Glassier Park, on Weant Blvd. during this time. For questions, call 963-1307.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is pleased to present The Rat Pack in Concert. Local Glenwood Springs singers and musicians will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Center for the Arts. Big Band sounds of the Rat Pack, featuring Eileen Martin, Jennetta Meitler-Howell, Jacquie Meitler, Brad Vierheller, Dave Gardner, Jimmy Coates and Carl Meitler. Call 945-2414 for tickets.

The Rifle Moose Lodge is hosting a prime rib dinner membership and fundraising drive Saturday April 5. This event is open to the general public. Cocktails will be served between 4 and 5 p.m., and dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m. Dinner includes baked potato, salad and desert and choice of petite cut or cattleman’s cut.Advance tickets are encouraged to reserve your prime rib dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the Moose Lodge, 133 E Third St. in Rifle, or phone: 625-5508.

Challenge Aspen staff and volunteers are organizing the fifth annual Vince Gill and Amy Grant Golf Classic to be held August 4 and 5. Aspen/Snowmass will offer a beautiful backdrop to the popular golf, food and entertainment event, providing another round of great golf, support and fundraising for individuals with disabilities served by Challenge Aspen.All proceeds benefit Challenge Aspen, providing year-round recreational, cultural and competition experiences for anyone with a disability. Golf enthusiasts, fans and serious players are invited to the annual Golf Classic, beginning with the August 4 dinner concert at the Doerr-Hosier Center in the Aspen Meadows Resort. Tuesday will include golf with Fred Funk and other PGA professionals, National Amputee Golfers Association players and their guests at The Snowmass Club.For more information and online registration, visit http://www.challengeaspen.org/golf-tournament.cfm, or contact Geneva Templeton at 970-923-0578 ext 220.

Community Visioning public meetings will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12; and from 4-6:30 pm. Saturday, April 19 at the New Castle Community Center.Join friends and neighbors for a fun and interactive session to help develop future visions for New Castle as part of the comprehensive planning process. These meetings are open to the public, both in and out of town. The events are presented by Davis Farrar, Western Slope Consulting LLC – 963-7172; and Mark Fuller, Fuller Consulting Services – 963-4959.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is offering the Glenwood Caverns Begin a New Adventure Scholarship. To support its employees interest in furthering their education, the Park will grant two $1,000 scholarships to students in pursuit of post-high school education. Applicants must have worked at the park at least 200 hours during the previous calendar year. The scholarships will be granted based on merit, with consideration given for number of years of employment with the park and dedication to its mission: making people smile. The first scholarships will be granted in 2009. Applications will be available online at glenwoodcaverns.com or at the Parks tram base beginning January 2009 and will be due March 1, 2009. The park is now hiring for full- and part-time positions, including cave tour guides. Applications, which can be downloaded from http://www.glenwoodcaverns.com/ngc_jobs.html, are being accepted at the tram base or by fax at 945-2051.

Aspen ShortsFest films will be held at the Crystal Theatre at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, April 4; 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5; and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

Bring your rod and learn about the world-class fly fishing on the Roaring Fork River with Roaring Fork Conservancy from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 9. Avid angler, Kirk Webb, manager of Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt, will lead this two-hour introduction to fly fishing at Old Pond Park on Two Rivers Road in Basalt. The program will include an overview of Old Pond Park, practical entomology, reading the water, and a casting tune-up. Please dress appropriately; the event will happen rain or shine. This event is free; however, space is limited and reservations are required. Please call (970) 927-1290 to register. Sponsored by Taylor Creek Fly Shop and Roaring Fork Conservancy.

Learn how to save energy and money while conserving the earths resources from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the New Castle Community Center. The event will include refreshments, prizes, information, displays, advice from local experts, childrens activities.Sponsored by the New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee.

The Advocate Safehouse Project, offering assistance for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, needs volunteers to register for 30 hours of volunteer training beginning April 9.Classes on the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, crisis intervention skills and community resources information. Upon completion of training, volunteer advocates will staff the agencys 24-hour Help Line and provide on-going victim support and advocacy.For more information or to register for training, call 945-2632, ext. 107.

The Lake Christine Shooting Range in Basalt will be closed to the public as authorized by the Colorado Division of Wildlife between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day March 31-April 3, for the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Venue of pistol and shotgun shooting. The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Roaring Fork Valley Sportsman Association and local Elks organization volunteers in conjunction with the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.The public is invited to support this event. Contact Bob Perigo at 963-7310.

Glenwood Springs MIddle School eighth-graders Alida Eide and Dara Chase have started a project to help give back to the Glenwood Springs community. They are making a chain of $1 bills to stretch the length of a football field, which amounts to a $6,000 donation to Operation Vacation to support the troops.During their Dollar Chain Campaign, Alida and Dara will approach the community for donations of dollar bills to make the football-field-length chain. The project requires $20 for each foot. There are 300 feet in a football field. Donations are being accepted by the inch, foot, yard or total field. Donations can be sent to Glenwood Springs Middle School, 120 Soccer Field Road, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, Attn: PEAC Project/Operation Vacation. Checks should be made payable to Operation Vacation. Additional information can also be found at http://www.operationvacation.org.

Sopris County TV 20 features whats happening at the Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter, and the history and construction of the Hanging Lake Tunnel. The show will air at 8 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30 on Comcast Channel 20.

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.

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.

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 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3rd 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.


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