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Community news & notes

In celebration of Childrens Book Week, local author Ann Louise Ramsey and her cocker spaniel, Honey, will present a free book reading and talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Honey is the star of Ramseys new childrens book, Just Be You. Ramsey is also the author of Me, the Tree, winner of the 2007 EVVY Book Award (through the Colorado Independent Publishers Association). Please call 945-5958 for further information.

The Frontier Historical Society Museum will be closed the week of May 5 for spring cleaning and exhibit changes. It will reopen with summer hours at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.For more information, call 945-4448.

The Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials will be the spotlighted event May 9-11. Dogs will begin working sheep at 7 a.m. each day. Individual dogs will work a small group of sheep through a variety of prescribed courses, and prizes are awarded to winners.Doug Hamilton will shear one sheep hourly beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the trials grounds, and will be available to answer questions. The Grand Mesa Harness Club will be at the gate of the trial grounds to give rides with a team and wagon driven by Dick Pierce, who will drop people off and pick them up at various activities around town. For more information, call Richard Bailey at (970) 921-7671, Dixie Luke at 872-6265 or the Hotchkiss Chamber of Commerce at 872-3226.

Anusara Yoga Oasis presents a series of three classes during the month of May for intermediate-level students wishing to advance their practice. The series meets on from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 13, 20 and 27, in Glenwood Springs. The focus will be on deepening understanding of how to perform more advanced asana through attention to Anusara Yoga Alignment Principles. Space is limited to 14 students. To register, please call Nova at 945-9515 or e-mail

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 nonfunctional 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.

The 10th annual Valley Cruisers Car Show will be held Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, in Carbondale.A poker run will start at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Sopris Park and ending at the Carbondale NAPA store for a barbecue, free to all participants, starting at 4 p.m. Cars will cruise to downtown Carbondale at 6:30 p.m., where they will be displayed until 10 p.m. Live rock n roll music will entertain. Late registration starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, displays and vendors will be available at 7 a.m., and the show starts at 9 a.m. Awards for show entrants will include peoples choice, best of show, mayors trophy, ladies choice plus the top 30 awards. A live band will rock the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with awards afterward.Call Darryl at 945-5074 or Ron at 945-1008 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 12 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 toward 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, 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 8 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.

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.

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.

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 St., 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.

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