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Project Graduation celebrates 21 years in Glenwood Springs so the community knows graduating seniors will be safe on their special night May 24.PG is a drug- and alcohol-free party that involves lots of food, games and prizes galore. A game of human bingo is played for the grand prize.

The public is cordially invited to attend Aspens Annual Memorial Day Ceremonies from noon to 12:45 p.m. Monday, May 26, at the Roaring Fork Valley Veterans Memorial, 506 E. Main St., next to the Pitkin County Courthouse. Colors will be posted by the Roaring Fork Valley Veterans Honor Guard, followed by lighting of the Veterans Memorial Candle.Father Bruce McNab of Christ Episcopal Church will give the invocation and benediction. Jeannie Walla will present a vocal solo, and Richard Sundeen will play taps. Memorial expressions from those in attendance are invited following the ceremony.

Aspen Elks Lodge #224 will host a community picnic at 3 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Conner Park, next to Aspen City Hall.Congress is asking citizens to pause for the National Moment of Remembrance to recognize the sacrifice of our fallen veterans. Grassroots Community TV, Channel 12, will continuously run local veteran interviews throughout Memorial Day. These interviews are being presented by the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project in association with the Library of Congress and the Aspen Historical Society. Local veterans have placed American flags on veterans gravesites at Red Butte, Ute and Aspen Grove Cemeteries. Contact Dan Glidden at 927-4183 or Dick Merritt at 927-5178 for further information.

The Carbondale Recreation Department offers many summer recreational opportunities. For preschoolers, programs include Start Smart Baseball and jungle gym. Youth Programs include teeball, youth track, Hershey Track and Field Meet, MLS Soccer Camp, skateboard lessons and outdoor club trips.For adults, the annual Music and LobsterFest will be held June 27 and 28. A variety of activities will be available for all ages. Tickets are on sale now at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center, Sounds Easy, Steves Guitar, Carbondale Chamber, Glenwood Chamber, Basalt Chamber, Great Divide Music and Glenwood Music. Organizers are looking for individuals interested in selling arts and crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables. For additional information, call Becky at 704-4116.

The second annual Ride of Silence will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs, departing promptly at 7 p.m. This ride is an internationally organized memorial bike ride, honoring cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. This years event will celebrate its sixth anniversary.Besides paying tribute to those fallen riders, another purpose of the event is to bring a greater awareness to motorists, law enforcement and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. Another spin-off purpose is to make motorists aware summer is just around the corner, and children will be riding bicycles around our neighborhoods.Riders will ride single file in complete silence nine miles through the side streets of Glenwood Springs, following a prescribed route. It is important that riders follow all rules of the road. The route was designed for maximum exposure to the community and for its safety. The Glenwood Springs Police Department is aware of and supports the ride. Riders are asked to wear black arm bands to show support for the cause. Riders who have survived being hit by a motorist are asked to wear red arm bands. Please bring your own armbands and perhaps a few extra for others who may need one. There is no fee associated with this event. This is a memorial ride, not a fundraiser.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. for the first annual Queens Charity Golf Classic, to be held May 31 at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club. Lunch is at noon with the shotgun start at 1 p.m.The Queens Charity Golf Classic is currently seeking sponsors for the event, including sponsors for individual holes, special events, and a silent auction. A goal has been set of raising a minimum of $5,000. The QCC 08 is accepting sponsorships and auction donations, and a limited number of golf slots are still available for the event. For more details, contact Cindy Orr, 945-1478, or by e-mail at

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is looking for volunteers in the Roaring Fork Valley area to serve on local Bear Aware teams and other wildlife projects this summer. Bear Aware volunteers work to provide information to avoid potential conflicts with the areas abundant black bear population. Information about proper trash handling methods, bear behavior and more is distributed by these volunteers.Volunteers can also help with projects such as fish stocking, hunter education courses, monitoring bighorn sheep, providing State Wildlife Area assistance, serving as summer camp hosts and other wildlife activities.All DOW volunteers must attend a one-hour orientation prior to participation. The next orientation will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at CMC Aspen campus, 255 Sage Way. Bear Aware volunteers undergo an interview and, if selected for local teams, are provided a four-hour additional black bear training. Bear Aware interviews and training will immediately follow the orientation and run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the volunteers involved in the Bear Aware training.For more information or to confirm attendance, people interested in volunteering should RSVP by Friday, May 30. Contact Linda Edwards, DOW volunteer coordinator at (970) 255-6145 or

The Garfield County Sheriffs Office is offering its second annual No Way! half off neutering, including vaccinations from June 1620.he discounted vaccinations will be given at Divide Creek Animal Hospital (876-5354), Antlers Veterinary Hospital (625-2874) and Valley Veterinary Clinic (625-5035).

Basalt Elementary fourth-grade students will raft the Roaring Fork River May 23, allowing them to see the valley from the rivers perspective. Roaring Fork Conservancy educators will be on hand to enhance students on-water experience with activities and a scavenger hunt.The trip is also the finale of a week of outdoor education programs for the fourth-graders as they will travel to Snowmass to learn about local wildlife, navigate a ropes course and spend a night camping.

The West Garfield County Landfill will be closed Monday, May 26, to observe Memorial Day. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 27. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p .m. seven days per week.

GrassRoots TV12 will host its second annual Free Range Open Golf Tournament (Texas Scramble format), at 9 a.m. Friday, May 30, at the Snowmass Club. To register or for more information, call 925-8000 or visit Individuals and teams of four are encouraged to register today. Tournament fee includes cart, continental breakfast and barbecue lunch. Cash bar cart will also be available. The Texas Scramble format involves four-person teams playing four balls, but with each shot coming from the same spot the best of the four drives is chosen and all four team members hit from that spot.

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