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The second annual free Mr. Ts Fishing Derby will be held this Saturday, May 10. Ages 2-9 are from 9:30-10:30 a.m.; and ages 10-15 are from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pre-registration is necessary to ensure a spot. Spaces are limited and there is no cost. Register online at, click on Departments then Recreation. For more information, call 984-3352.

Operation Kidsafe, a nationwide program which provides parents with a record of their childs fingerprints and a digital photo, is making a regional stop from 1-7 p.m. today, May 9, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Glenwood Springs Ford located at 55 Storm King Road. Using a digital video camera, digital inkless fingerprint reader and specialized software, Operation Kidsafe creates a one-sheet printout parents keep to provide information to law enforcement authorities should the need arise. Operation Kidsafe does not retain any of the information; the only record is the printout for parents.In addition to Operation Kidsafe, Glenwood Springs Ford has arranged for the Colorado State Patrol to provide free child car seat safety checks to make sure parents are correctly installing the seats in their vehicles. The Glenwood Springs Fire Department also will be on hand with equipment and safety information for kids.For more information, please call Glenwood Springs Ford at 970-945-2317.

The Rifle Area chamber of Commerce Women in Business Network meeting will be held at noon Tuesday, May 20, at the Garfield Re-2 Learning Opportunities Center located on Ninth and Whiteriver in Rifle. This free meeting is open to members and future members to exchange business ideas and experience personal growth. Please bring a brown bag lunch. The Women in Business Network is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and Countrywide Home loans.

Laura Speck presents precious and semi-precious stone designs from The Silver Bead at the next Womens After Five meeting, to be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Music will be presented by local Sharon Young.Former Navy wife and medical secretary Jean Greene from Silverthorne will relate her story entitled, Moving Through Life When Roadblock Changed Her Destination.For reservations and complimentary child care, call Sally at 945-2285 or e-mail pinkynjm@rof.netCancellations appreciated by Monday, May 23.Womens After Five is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries

A benefit showing of the movie musical, Paint Your Wagon, starring Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Basalt Middle School Theatre for the whole community. All proceeds will go towards the Kate Keenan Art Scholarship, awarded each year to a graduating senior to help continue his or her studies in the arts. The event is free (donations graciously accepted) and music, concessions, and a silent auction for gift certificates to favorite local restaurants and stores will be available.

Girls aged 14 to 17 in Garfield County may take part in a new national Girl Scout program that teaches teens how to design and lead entrepreneurial projects to strengthen their own rural communities. Girl Scouts of Colorado is launching the initiative, Challenge and Change: Challenge Yourself, Change the World, in June. Girl Scouts of Colorado will kick off Challenge and Change at Colorado Mountain College, Leadville Campus. Girls will build leadership and entrepreneurship skills and identify a problem in their community, come up with a project idea to help and go back to their communities to turn the idea into reality. This program is open to registered and non-registered Girl Scouts.For more information, contact Heidi Pankow at or at 970-285-7144. Get your reservation in by mid-May to guarantee your spot at the event.

Alpine Legal Services presents the Do it Yourself Divorce Class at 1 p.m. May 15, at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs. Those who attend will be provided with all of the necessary documentation required to complete the divorce process along with all of the necessary information about how to manage the case start to finish. A small donation is requested for this service, but no one will be denied services for lack of ability to pay.This clinic is supported by grants from Aspen Valley Community Foundation. For further information, please contact the Glenwood office at 945-8858.

Western Colorado IEC presents Student Appreciation Night from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs. Students will be awarded for their hard work and accomplishments, with prizes for top student in each level, perfect attendance and Wire-Off winners.RSVP at 984-3280 by May 16.

Basalt Middle School will host a Walk-a-thon to raise money for the education assistance fund and medical clinic in Lwala, Kenya. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18, at Sopris Park In Carbondale and end at the Basalt High School parking lot. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Basalt Chambers Business After Hours will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Fleisher Home in Basalt. Fleisher Home and The Buddy Program will co-host. Contact Karen Connington at 927-4031 or

A free information session describing the revised Common Grant Application will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. May 15 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Glenwood Springs. A committee of Colorado funders and nonprofits announced the release of a new revision to Colorados CGA April 1. The CGA saves nonprofits the time and effort of creating different applications for multiple funders, while allowing grantmakers and grantseekers to work from a common set of questions that reinforces solid nonprofit practices.Advanced registration is required at

The Rat Pack Singers, singing the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Rose Mary Clooney era, will perform from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Sopris Park.For more information, call Jacquie Meitler at 945-2174.

Carnival Days at Ross Montessori School are planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 at 407 Merrill St., two blocks north of Main St. 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.

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