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Community news & notes

Snowmass Village officials canceled the June 14-15 La Sportiva Trail Race Trifecta, which was expected to use trails high up the mountain. Additionally, the Burlingame chairlift, which had been expected to open June 6, has been delayed in opening until the weekend of June 14.

Garfield County Library branches are planning an array of free programs and entertainment, designed to encourage people of all ages to visit libraries and read during the summer. Children, teens and adults may sign up to read and win prizes beginning June 2. Library branches are located in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute. For more information, call your local library, or log on to

Sign up for the 11th annual Rifle Moose Round-Up Horseback Poker Ride. Participants will take off at 8 a.m. June 14 from the JQS trail in Rifle. A Western style barbecue dinner may be purchased after the trail ride. Water will be available. No racing or dogs allowed during the ride. This is an annual fundraiser for Rifle Moose Lodge #1345 benefiting Moose charities. Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun. You can bring your own horse or rent one. To sign up, to reserve a horse, or for further information, call 625-5508. The deadline for signing up is June 9.

The next Energy Advisory Board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 5, in the large conference room at the Garfield County Health and Human Services Building in Rifle.

The Glenwood Springs Kiwanis club has begun selling tickets for the sixth annual Kiwanis Ball Race at City Market (Glenwood Springs, Rifle and New Castle), Wal-Mart (Rifle), Lowes and Safeway. Tickets will also be available during the Strawberry Days Festival.All proceeds to benefit local community projects. Visit for more information.

The Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest is just a week away, and local chili and homebrew aficionados are invited to test out their best recipes Sunday, June 8, at the fifth annual Chili Pepper & Brew Fest.The Peoples Choice chili/homebrew tastings and voting take place at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon on the Snowmass Village Mall. Chili participants must make a minimum of four gallons of chili, while brewers must bring enough brew for at least 30 4-ounce samplers. First-place winners will receive a cash prize and bragging rights as the best Chili Head or Homebrewer in the Roaring Fork Valley. Second- and third-place prizes will be awarded. All entrants receive one free weekend party pass for the entire weekends festivities.Sunday is free and open to the public with tastings on a first-come, first-served basis. Jess Grew will be performing starting at 1 p.m.For information or to sign up for the Peoples Choice Chili Competition, contact Vanessa at 925-1663. For information or to sign up for the Peoples Choice Homebrew Competition, contact Jacqie at 925-1663.

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