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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is proud to present the 17th annual production of Dancers Dancing 2008 at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. More than 175 dancers, between 3 and 50 years old, will twirl, jump and tap. Special appearances of the elite junior and senior dance companies will be featured. Call 945-2414 to reserve tickets.

Due to large turnout for previous testings, Public Health will be offering free, confidential STD and HIV testing the first Wednesday of each month. In Rifle, from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 7th at the Rifle Public Health office, 195 W. 14th Street 625-5200; or in Glenwood, from 1-4 p.m. at the Glenwood Public Health office, 2014 Blake Ave. Wednesday, May 7. No appointment needed. Must be 14 years or older. Those who are in a new relationship or have never been tested are encouraged to be tested. For more information, call 945-6614.

The sixth annual Yagatta Regatta will be held Saturday, May 24th at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. This event benefits Operation Vacation, a nonprofit organization which promotes vacations in various regions of the country for U.S. troops and their families. The Yagatta Regatta is a special event including a downriver raft race (costumes encouraged), beer tasting, and music festival; with special activities for families and kiddos.For more information, contact bob@vlgrealtors.com; or info@operationvacation.org.

Carnival Days at Ross Montessori School are planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10th, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11th at 407 Merrill Street, two blocks north of Main Street in Carbondale. Fun for the whole family with carnival rides, kids activities, cash raffle, live music, beer tent, and great food. Call 963-7199 for more information.

Join Blue Lake Preschool for a fundraiser from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, May 2nd at the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt. Admission includes appetizers, a fajita bar, two drink tickets, a silent auction, door prizes, and live music. All money raised will support the preschool. A date drawing will be held at 9 p.m. Grand prize is a weeks stay in Spain plus $500 cash. For more information, contact Michelle or Melissa at 963-4380.

The Glenwood Springs Lions Club will host a free vision fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3 at the U.S. Bank, 1901 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.Participants will be checked for blood pressure, eye pressure, and eye health, and will receive a vision evaluation. Doctor and bilingual interpreters will be on-site.The Lions also collect used prescription eyeglasses which are then recycled, catalogued and dispensed free to those in need in Third World countries. Bring glasses which are no longer needed to the collection box at the fair.For more information, please call Lion Darrell Stanaley at 618-0596.

Registration is now open for the Mothers Day Mile, a one-mile run/walk to benefit the programs of the Advocate Safehouse Project of Garfield County. The race begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the Glenwood Medical Associates parking lot. Registration and information can be found at http://www.glenwoodmedical.com; or in the lobby of Glenwood Medical Associates, 1830 Blake St., Glenwood Springs. Early registrants will receive a reusable cloth shopping bag, an environmentally-friendly travel mug, and other race goodies. Again this year will be the tented Gift Basket Silent Auction. New this year will be handmade race awards from the women of the Imani Workshop of Eldoret, Kenya. For more information or to volunteer at the race, contact Nancy Reinisch at nrein@rof.net or call 945-2632, ext 101.

Grand and Garfield county Comcast employees, family members and friends will volunteer at two community organizations as part of Comcasts seventh annual Comcast Cares Day, Saturday, May 3.

The Glenwood Springs High School choirs will host a first-ever Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13th. The Varsity, Concert, and Men’s choirs will perform several individual songs, as well as a medley of songs from Wicked and from musicals by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Several choir students will also perform individually or as part of ensembles, ensuring a fun night.Admission includes dessert, beverages, and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the choirs, and go toward important choir items like dresses and tuxedos, clinics, and festival opportunities. The coffeehouse will be in the Glenwood Springs High School (1521 Grand Avenue) in the lobby. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time by calling Trena Hendricks at 384-5554. Call Cailey Arensman, 366-2976, with questions.

The 2008 Strawberry Days Festival, to be held June 20-22, is looking for volunteers for the information booth, the parade, the beer garden, artisan set-up and more. All volunteers will get a free Strawberry Days commemorative t-shirt and will automatically be entered into a drawing for 2008-2009 Sunlight Mountain Resort season passes, lift tickets and family horseback rides. This year’s Alice in Wonderland themed festival includes a parade, live music, KidsFest, food, artisan fair, carnival and classic car show. For more information, visit strawberrydaysfestival.com or contact the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 945-6589.

The Battlement Mesa Activity Center will host its annual community-wide yard sale from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10. A shoppers catalog listing items for sale and location of sales will be available at the activity center th week of May 3rd.For more information, call 285-9480.

Dr. Andrew Gulliford of Ft. Lewis College will present a talk and slide show at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Whitman Educational Center, Fourth and Ute Ave., in Grand Junction. The free presentation will focus on the archaeological and historic preservation issues facing segments of the Ute Trail in Colorado. This sacred site illustrates a number of common struggles, values and processes in historic preservation and archaeology.For more information, contact Kay Fiegel at 970-261-8137.

The Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale will host its Spring Book Sale Friday, May 16th through Saturday May 24th, during library hours. Donations are being accepted at the library. Now is the time to clean out your bookshelves. Also, if you would like to help with the book sale, stop by the library to volunteer.For questions, please call 963-2889.

Thursday, May 1, 2008, marks the 57th Annual National Day of Prayer. Mountain View Church invites you to help honor and celebrate the freedom of faith in this country. Join the group Thursday on the Garfield County Courthouse lawn (Eighth and Colorado) from noon-12:30 p.m. for a brief and informal time of prayer. Be part of this for a few minutes or the entire half hour for prayer for the leaders, Colorado, and Gods blessing on the U.S.A. For more information, please call the MVC Office at 945-8328.

A guitar clinic for beginner guitarists of any age, with regionally renowned performer and teacher Melody Hartman from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at Glenwood Music, 715 Cooper Ave. Bring your accoustic guitar and tuner.

The Roaring Fork Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 5 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, visit the TCF website at http://www.compassionatefriends.org, or call Cindy at (970) 261-4789.

Join the BLM, Hi-Country 4-Wheelers, town of Silt and Waste Solutions, to clean up Silt Mesa BLM property from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10. Bring gloves, sack lunch and water.If you would like to sponsor or donate equipment time, call Greg at 963-6084 . Info: Call town of Silt at 876-2353.


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