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Roaring Fork Conservancys heron, eagle and osprey watching watershed exploration will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 7. Join Jonathan Lowsky, wildlife biologist with Colorado Wildlife Science LLC, and staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy for this amazing look at big birds near the confluence of Cattle Creek and the Roaring Fork River. More than 20 nesting pairs of herons, one pair of bald eagles, and in 2005, the first recorded pair of ospreys fledged an offspring near this site. Please dress appropriately; the viewing will happen regardless of weather. This event is free; however, space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information, call 927-1290.

The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork eighth grade presents To Kill a Mockingbird at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, and at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Stephen Moore Hall. The Waldorf School is located one-half mile east of Catherine Store off of Highway 82. Call 963-1960 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.

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 Co., 201 Railroad in Rifle, or call 625-2333.

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 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.

The Mothers Day Quilt show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the historic Hotel Colorado. The quilt show is sponsored by two local quilt guilds: Needle and I of Carbondale and Quilters of the Rockies of Glenwood Springs. The featured quilter is B. Anne Greene. There is a small fee, and children will be admitted free.

Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson will welcome a small contingency of motorcycle enthusiasts participating in the Run for the Wall on the way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The group will arrive at approximately noon Sunday, May 11, at Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson, 2922 S. Glen Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Food and beverages will be served. Please come in support.This annual ride is a pilgrimage to honor those who have served in our military. The ride culminates in D.C. with more than 350,000 bikes at the memorial.Call AVHD at 928-7493 for details.

This years annual free Roaring Fork State of the Rivers Meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Eagle County Building in El Jebel. State Climatologist Nolan Doeskin will address local and statewide climate issues. Also on the agenda is a preview of a new 15-minute Roaring Fork Watershed film and an update of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan, Xcel Energy will give a presentation on its Shoshone Hydro Plant in Glenwood Canyon, and fish biologist Bill Miller will lead a discussion on the latest assessment of the Fryingpan River-Seven Castles blowout of last summer. For more information, please contact Jim Pokrandt at the Colorado River District at 945-8522, ext. 236, or e-mail This event is sponsored by the Colorado River District, the Roaring Fork Conservancy and the Ruedi Water and Power Authority.

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