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Community Integration Initiative, La Tribuna, and Congregations and Schools Empowered in association with American Immigration Lawyers Association and Ya es Hora Ciudadania are bringing the first free citizenship workshop for lawful permanent residents eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Saint Stephens Catholic Church, 1885 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. Call 303-995-9662 to register. Walk-ins will not be accepted. All interested lawful permanent residents (or green card holders) should call to determine their eligibility for this event and register for this great opportunity to obtain support and legal assistance with their naturalization application.For more information, call Jennifer Smith at 945-2261.

The Aspen Chapels newest exhibit, 10 Artists; 10 Worlds, a show of contemporary art, is now open at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. This exhibition will run through May 11. The Aspen Chapel Gallery, located in the Aspen Chapel, features year-round changing exhibitions of Roaring Fork Valley artists. To get to the Aspen Chapel, use the Castle Creek Road exit from the roundabout to Meadowood Drive. For more information please phone Gallery Directors Tom Ward, at 925-8367 or Carol Loewenstern, at 925-1919, the Aspen Chapel at 925-7184.

Thunder River Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for the musical Quilters, the first production of TRTCs 2008-2009 theatre season. Quilters is being directed by Sue Lavin, who last directed The Complete History of America for TRTC in 2006. Auditions are being held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 20; and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Women from the ages of 20 – 50 are being sought. Rehearsals will begin in mid-August. Please prepare one contemporary monologue, no longer than two minutes, and one song that is comfortable in your range. All levels of experience are encouraged to audition. Please bring a resume. For questions or further information, please call Sue Lavin at 947-9194 or e-mail

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Rifle for a game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Rifle High School. The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines. They’re committed to giving the fans in each community quality entertainment and serving as positive role models for area youth.The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play. The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other Harlem-style basketball teams by working with local nonprofit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events. For Rifle’s event, the Ambassadors have partnered with the Rifle Rotary Club to help raise funds for the club’s charitable programs. Tickets are available at Rifle Middle School, Rifle High School, the Bank of Colorado in Rifle, Tim’s Tools in Silt, Riverside School in New Castle, and St John’s Middle School in Parachute.

The Rifle Moose Lodge is hosting a prime rib dinner membership and fundraising drive Saturday, April 5. 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 cattlemans 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.

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 that 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.

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

Thunder River Theatre Company presents a free literary night at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7. During this special evening, featuring Rudolfo Anaya, TRTC is participating in The Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. From April 4 through May 5, in partnership with the Aspen Writers Foundation (AWF) and the Pitkin County Library, TRTC will take part in this community-based reading campaign that aims to get as many people as possible in a given area reading and talking about the same book at the same time, Anayas Bless Me, Ultima. For more information, call 963-8200, or visit

A Spring Fling and square dance is planned from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, located at 385 S. Second St. in Carbondale. Tom Paxton will be the square dance caller and the event promises to be a fun time for the whole family. Delicious appetizers and drinks will be served. For more information, call 963-4461 or Dorothy at 704-1575.

Renick Stevenson, artist-in-residence at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, and one of the original beat poets from California, will be hosting Renick Stevensons Circle of Friendship: Poetry and Music at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6. This gathering is a reading and sharing of poetry, prose, music, and song, both original and classic, by creative people from all over Colorado. Renick will be facilitating this free event. Donations are welcome. Bring poetry, musical instruments, and an artistic mind. Call 945-2414 for more information.

The Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) will offer two wilderness-certification courses in early June at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 1493 County Road 106 in Carbondale. Wilderness First Aid: This intensive introductory course meets all established standards for Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training. Participants will gain the confidence and skills to make sound medical decisions in remote settings. The curriculum includes dislocation reduction, focused spine assessment, and epinephrine administration, and is offered June 2 and 3. Participants are advised to register early, the class is expected to fill up well in advance of the course date. Wilderness First Responder: In this 10-day course from June 5-14, designed for outdoor professionals, youll gain the skills and confidence to make complex medical decisions in remote environments.To register for either class, or for more information, please contact Tom Penzel at CRMS at 963-2562.

The next New Castle Garden Club meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the New Castle Library. Topics to be discussed will be an update of the community garden, xeriscape garden, senior apartments and the New Castle Girl Scout container gardening project, as well as ideas for new projects. For more information, call Molly Kehoe at 948-7824.

Absentee ballots for the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District election scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, 2008, may be requested by calling the district office at 876-5738. Please note: since this is not a county election, the county’s Permanent Mail-In/ Absentee list does not apply; all persons desiring an absentee ballot must request one by April, 29, 2008, to have it mailed to you; or May 2, 2008 if you wish to pick it up in person. Districts residents may vote in person from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 611 Main St. Silt.Two candidates are running for two open positions on the District Board of Directors. The ballot also asks whether the district should eliminate term limits for directors.

YouthZone Executive Director Debbie Wilde, was recently appointed to the Colorado Restorative Justice Coordinating Council.The Council has the responsibility to support the development of restorative justice programs, serve as a central repository for information, assist in the development and provision of related education and training, and provide technical assistance to entities engaged in or wishing to develop restorative justice programs. Wilde was nominated by Peter A. Weir, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Safety.

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, along with EnCana, Wal-Mart, Alpine Bank, Mountain Air Mechanical, Bank of Colorado, Williams Energy, Commonwealth Title Company and Weiss and Associates host this year’s 29th Annual Vivian Raymond Memorial Rifle Chamber Golf Tournament with a 9 a.m. shotgun start Friday, May 9, at the Rifle Creek Golf Course.Lunch will be catered by Columbine Restaurant. Prizes will be awarded to winners and a Hole-in-One chance to win a new vehicle from Elk Mountain Motors. Entry fee includes tee/cart fees and lunch.Register online at http://www.rifle or pick up a registration form at the Rifle Chamber office at 200 Lions Park Circle, Rifle; or call 625-2085 ext. 4. Registration ends May 2nd.

The Frontier Historical Society is conducting its annual membership drive in April. Help preserve Glenwood Springs past for future generations. Several levels of membership are available: Nostalgia Sponsor (sponsor a room or exhibit in the museum for a year); Historian; Antique; Pioneer; Vintage Family; Frontier; Old-Timer Couple; and Old-Timer (60+). Benefits include free admission to the museum, 10 percent discount in the museum store, discounts on Ghost Walk tickets, quarterly newsletter and an FHS magnet. Pioneer level and above also receive the walking tour guide of historic downtown, name on a plaque in the museum and a plaque for home or office. Support the preservation of the communitys history as well as the societys outreach programs.For more information, stop by the museum or call 945-4888.

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