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An Italian dinner, silent auction and some of the best musicians in the valley is planned as a fundraiser for Kelly Michel, who underwent emergency surgery last August, and was later hospitalized for life-threatening complications.The event will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Two Rivers Caf in Basalt.For questions, call Kimberly at 925-8683.

Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers are offering free one-night parent workshops from 6-8 p.m. at all locations: Tuesday, April 15 at Glenwood Springs Elementary School (Bolitho building); Wednesday, April 16 at Crystal River Elementary School (preschool/A wing); and Thursday, April 17 at Basalt Elementary School (library).Aprils topic will be Smooth Sailing Into a New School: Plan for and Prepare Yourself and Your Child for the Transition to Kindergarten, Middle and High School. A panel of school staff from each school at each workshop will answer questions and put parents minds at ease.Free pizza and free child care. Please call 384-5694 to register for child care.

Eagles Club bingo, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 312 Seventh St., Glenwood Springs. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.For more information, call 945-5506 or 945-8295.

Jared Paul with Otem Rellik and special guests members of the LTD Crew E. B. J. and Sam the Wise will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Eagles Lodge. All ages welcome.

Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club Stars of Tomorrow 2008 Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4th, at the Roaring Fork High School Auditoria in Carbondale. For information, call Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow Chairman Rolf Hermanson at 947-9009.

The Roaring Fork Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Christ Community Church, just west of Basalt on Highway 82. TCF is a national, nonprofit support organization which offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees. For more information, or call Cindy at (970) 261-4789.

Crystal River Elementary School second-graders invite you to attend their performance of Jose Luis Orozco songs. This famous bilingual musician is coming to the Roaring Fork Valley Friday, April 11th, and CRES students would like to give the community a preview of his music.This special fundraising event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4th, at in the Crystal River Elementary School auditorium, located at 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. The performance is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Amber Henke at 384-5637.

The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary is looking for new members with an interest and desire to serve the hospital community. Many rewarding volunteer positions are available, some involving patient contact and some do not. Both men and women are sought with a little time to give and who care enough to do something about it. For more information, call Becca Schickling at 384-6656.

The seventh annual Scandinavian Smorgasbord will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1630 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. The event will feature lutefisk, lefse, Swedish meatballs and plenty of desserts. RSVP to Rolf at 947-9009 or 618-2886. Call for more information or if you would like to help out. Proceeds to benefit Youth Group and kitchen improvement fund.

All females entering Glenwood Springs High School grades 9-12 are invited to tryouts for the 2008-09 Glenwood Springs High School cheerleading squad from 6-8 p.m. April 7 and 8; and beginning at 5 p.m. April 10. For more information, contact Lynn at 379-1848.

Alpine Legal Services presents the Do it Yourself Divorce Class at 1 p.m. April 17, at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Those that attend will be provided with all of the necessary documentation required to complete the divorce process along with all of the necessary information about how to manage the case start to finish. A small donation is requested for this service, but no one will be denied services for lack of ability to pay.This clinic is supported by grants from Aspen Valley Community Foundation. For further information, please contact the Glenwood office at 945-8858.

Join local bird experts from the community and do some early morning birding from 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 at Wilton Jaffee Park in Woody Creek. This birding morning will introduce participants to local riparian birds and their habitats. Feel free to bring a pair of binoculars. Please dress appropriately for being outside the entire time. This walk is free and open to the public, however, space is limited, and registration is required. Sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails and Roaring Fork Conservancy. To register, visit

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.

A Safe School Ambassadors recognition lunch with a special presentation featuring Olympic Snowboarder Chris Klug, speaking on To the Edge and Back, will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10th at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.To RSVP, call 888-920-4750 or e-mail

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.

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