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Community News & Notes

A new free story time, art and craft and other activities to promote preschoolers reading skills will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays at The Rascals House Pre-School and Childcare, 580 Home Ave. in Silt. Call 876-2399 or 309-2467 for more information.

Mark Lemon will be the featured artist during May and June at the Artists Mercantile & Gallery. His vivid landscape paintings are a depiction of Western life and history.An artists reception will be held 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 9, at the Artists Mercantile & Gallery, 720 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs.

Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley has partnered with Olde Towne Moving & Storage for the pick-up of donated items for their ReStore. The moving and storage company, named Habitats Official Mover, has generously donated its services for picking up donated items and offers Habitat ReStore customers a discount on the delivery of large items purchased at the ReStore. The Habitat ReStore, located between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale in the Cattle Creek Center off of Highway 82, sells gently used furniture, appliances, building supplies and home dcor. In addition to the significant cost savings to the nonprofit, this partnership offers a considerable environmental benefit. After delivering a job for a paying customer, Olde Towne uses the return trip to pick up donations for Habitat, rather than sending out an empty truck. Habitat accepts donations of good, reusable furniture, appliances, building supplies and home dcor during business hours at the ReStore location. To schedule a donation pick up, contact LeAnna Atkinson at 963-8555 or e-mail

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 7, 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 Jack Smith Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held starting with a 8:30 a.m. shotgun Sunday, June 1, at the Rifle Creek Golf Course. It is a two-person scramble. Two flights, competitive and leisure. Twenty percent of combined handicap prizes for gross and net.All proceeds go to the Jack Smith Scholarship at Rifle High School.

Wild Sage Studio is hosting a spring pottery open house from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, May 16; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18. Visit a working studio specializing in traditional country ware, handpainted terra-cotta ware and non-functional saggar, horsehair and other types of pottery.Wild Sage Studio is located 1.2 miles north of I-70 in the west end of Peach Valley. Call the studio at 876-0839 for more information.

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.For more information, call the town of Silt at 876-2353.

The Academy of Western Slope Artists and Musicians (AWSAM) will conclude its 2008 winter series with a dinner dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Columbine Restaurant at the Rifle Creek Golf Course. No-host cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The buffet dinner will offer prime rib, Seafood Newburg and Lottes famous spaetzle, beans, roll, salad, dessert coffee or tea, and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner.The Walt Smith Trio will provide the music for the dinner dance. Advance ticket purchase required and space is limited. Tickets are available at Savage Land Company, 201 Railroad in Rifle, or call 625-2333.

The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute will be hosting several upcoming workshops, beginning May 12th with a meeting to start off its CSA Farm School 2008 session. The CSA farm school is a joint venture between CRMPI, Ute City Farms, and Peach Valley Farm CSA, dedicated towards guiding interested students through the entire process of setting up and running a Community Supported Agriculture operation from planting a farm on through bringing produce to market. The school will run for five months, through the growing season until September. Spots are still available, and admissions are rolling, with spaces available up until the end of May. If helping the valley become food independent is something important to you, contact via phone 970-927-4158; or via e-mail:

Registration opened May 1 for Roaring Fork Conservancys River Float 2008, to be held at 8 a.m. June 7, at Veltus/Kiwanis Park where participants will get a shuttle to the put-in at Carbondale. This free event is an opportunity to experience our valley from the Roaring Fork Rivers perspective while learning about wildlife, water issues, conservation efforts, and having tons of fun. Intended for people of all abilities. Experienced boaters can bring their own boat, or anyone can jump on rafts provided by Blazing Adventures and Rock Gardens Rafting. After the float, everyone will be treated to a barbecue on the banks of the Roaring Fork River in Glenwood Springs. This event is open to the public (ages eight and older), but space is limited. You must register online at by June 2. Donations are welcome. For more information, please call Roaring Fork Conservancy at 927-1290.

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