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Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization, Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E.), needs a few more local host families. The students are between the ages of 15 and 18, English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance, and are anxious to share their cultural experiences with American families.Garfield County area families interested in learning more about student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community representative may call P.I.E., toll-free, at 1-866-546-1402. The agency also has travel/study program opportunities available for American high school students, as well as possibilities for community volunteers to assist and work with area host families, students and schools.

A free community forum, Regulating Air Quality in Garfield County, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at the West Garfield Colorado Mountain College Campus in Rifle. For Garfield County citizens concerned about the quality of the air they breathe, this is an opportunity to speak out. This is the fourth and final Smart Citizens Series on Air Quality designed to inform the public on issues related to air pollution. Air Pollution Control Specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Ray Mohr will be answering questions about how air quality in Garfield County is regulated, if those regulations are truly enforced, and what communities can do to manage air pollution. The forum on May 15th will also inform citizens of what types of facilities must obtain emission permits, whether or not they have been compliant and what penalties have been issued for local violations. For more information contact Jim Rada, Environmental Health Manager for Garfield County at 625-5200.

The Frontier Historical Society will host its annual pre-Memorial Day clean-up at Linwood Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17th. Meet at the trailhead at 12th and Bennett streets at 10: a.m. Bring your love of history, a sense of community service, gardening tools, hat, and sunscreen and help us ready the cemetery for the busy summer season. Lunch will be provided. Groups are welcome, but please RSVP. For more information, contact us at 945-4448.

Carbondale Clay Center’s 10th annual fundraising extravaganza, Cajun Clay Night, will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17. Net proceeds support CCC’s year-round ceramic arts & education programming. the event includes a kids fair, dinner, dancing, costume and limbo contests, dessert and more.Pre-sale tickets available through Friday, May 16th. Call 963-2529 to purchase today.

A presentation on bullying will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the Roaring Fork High School auditorium, Highway 133 on the south end of Carbondale. The Pan and Fork 4-H Club will provide refreshments for a half-hour hour social following the presentation. All welcome and encouraged to attend. Nationally-recognized child psychologist Dr. William Porter will be the keynote speaker. He is the founder of Creating Caring Communities in Denver, and the co-author of the Bully-Proofing Your School, Elementary Version. The event is in need of interpreters. Any help would be appreciated.Questions can be directed to John at 970-379-7808. Please call before 9 p.m.

Rifle Animal Shelter is teaming up with Valley Veterinarian Clinic for a low-cost vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Rifle Animal Shelter. For questions, please contact Heather at 625-8808

CARE is partnering up with local businesses and shelters to provide a day of fun beginning a 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2801 County Road 114, Glenwood Springs, with live music, food, discounted adoptions, and free training advice from the professionals. Take home a deserving dog or cat.For more information, call 947-9173.

The public is invited to the Roaring Fork Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1016 Cooper Ave., in Glenwood. The program will be a video titled, The Silk Road The Dark Castle, which follows the travels of Marco Polo linking the riches of China with the European markets of the Middle Ages.For information, call Cynthia at 524-7981.

The 10th annual Silt on Sale event, sponsored by the Silt Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14th. This is a community wide yard sale with free listings on the Silt Area Map. Silt residents may set up at your home or at Veteran’s Park. Chamber representatives will be handing out Sale Location Maps at the gazebo at Veteran’s Park.Call Dave Bartlett at 876-1920 to list your sale items and sale location or go to for more information.

The Roaring Fork Valley Relay for Life and Glenwood Meadows Mall merchants are teaming up from 10 a.m. to closing Friday, June 6, to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Market Street will be alive with raffles, giveaways, free samples, and happy hour specials. KMTS radio will be doing a live feed from 4-6 p.m. with Moes Restaurant providing live music.This event is being made possible by the ongoing support of Valley View Hospital, The Glenwood Springs Post Independent and KMTS radio.For more information, contact Julia Spencer at 927-3774, 948-6350 or by e-mail at

The next New Castle Garden Clubs meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at OZ, The Artists Workshop in downtown New Castle.For more information, call Molly at 948-7824.

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