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Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) announces its formation and invites everyone to a workshop aimed at accelerating the move to a clean energy future.Advancing the Clean Energy Economy will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 13, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Keynote speaker will be Craig Perkins, executive director of The Energy Coalition.Speakers will also include Seth Portner and Joani Matranga from the Governors Energy Office, Dan Richardson of Schmueser Gordon Meyer, Auden Schendler of the Aspen Skiing Co., and energy expert Randy Udall.To RSVP, e-mail or call 704-9200 by Wednesday, June 9.

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Carr and pianist Linda Jenks will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday evening, June 17, at St. Mary Church, Seventh and Birch streets in Rifle. The program will feature art songs from Spain, Mexico and Colombia, as well as piano works by Granados, de Falla and Ginastera. The program is funded in part by a Community Integrative Initiative Mini-Grant and by AWSAM (Academy of Western Slope Artists and Musicians.) Carr studied Spanish music in Barcelona, Spain, with the famed metropolitan Opera soprano Victoria de Los Angeles. She has also traveled to South America, where she performed at the historic Teatro Colon Opera House in Buenas Aires, Argentina. Carr is a voice faculty member at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where she now resides.Jenks has spent her piano career as a performer, teacher and arts administrator. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the Indiana University School of Music and received her doctor of musical arts from CU-Boulder, where she taught for many years. She was managing director for the Las Vegas Symphony and is now music director for The Academy of Western Slope Artists and Musicians.Child care will be provided, and a reception will follow the concert. Donations will be gratefully accepted and will be applied to costs for upcoming concerts. For more information, call 625-2333.

Melody Hartman sings folk, standards, blues and country at Carbondales opening Farmers Market, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the corner of Fourth and Main in Carbondale.

The third annual Sunset Wine Tasting Extavaganza 08 will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Columbine Restaurant in Rifle.Fine wines, port and microbrews, and gourmet cuisine from Columbine Restaurant will be served. A silent auction, live music with Acoustic Mayhem, art displays and a pastel demonstration will be part of the evening.The event is hosted by Shale Country Liquors and Columbine Restaurant, and is a benefit for Bookcliffs Council on the Arts and Humanities.Purchase tickets at Shale Country Liquors, Columbine Restaurant or MicroPlastics. Transportation available upon request.

Silt Heyday will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, in Veterans Memorial Park. This years theme is Through the eyes of children, and the bands include Heart of the Rockies, with music and entertainment all day.Watch this paper for more information.Forms for booth spaces and parade have just been mailed to those who participated in previous years. Booth forms and parade entry may be picked up at Silt Town Hall or call 876-5801.

To prepare for the summer Alpine Tower High Ropes Course programs at the Challenge Aspen Wilderness Ranch, help is needed by volunteers 18 years of age or older.From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 17 miles up the Frying Pan Road in Basalt, help is needed to clear and stack fallen trees; create trails; rake ground cover, etc. Volunteers may meet at the Basalt park-and-ride lot at 8:30 a.m. Challenge Aspen will provide transportation to and from the property. (Please call for directions if planning to join later.)Challenge Aspen will provide lunch, water, and snacks.Please bring personal water bottle; solid footwear (no sandals); work gloves; sunscreen; hat; and rain gear and fleece in case of inclement weather.Please respond to Sally OKeefe at or 923-0578, ext. 209, if you can attend this volunteer day.

The town of New Castle is seeking applications from citizens interested in volunteering for its advisory boards.The town seeks to fill one vacant position on the Climate Action Advisory Commission, which develops and provides recommendations to council on how the town can meet the goals of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. This commission meets as needed at 7 p.m. third Wednesdays. The person appointed would serve until April 2010.The Parks/Open Space/Trails Committee makes recommendations to council on developing property owned by the town into community recreation areas, with guidance from the Parks, Open Space, and Trails Master Plan. The committee meets as needed at 7 p.m. first Mondays. There are no specific terms for service on this committee.New Castle Town Council will make commission and committee appointments in July. Please submit letters of interest by June 26 to New Castle Town Clerk Lisa Cain, P.O. Box 90, New Castle, CO 81647, drop off your letter at town hall, 450 W. Main St., e-mail to Lisa@newcastlecolorado. org, or fax it to 984-2716. For more information, call Lisa at 984-2311 or visit the town website,

Burning Mountain Festival organizers are looking for craft vendors; a few spaces are open for July 18 and 19.Please call Julie 984-2646 days or Mickey 984-3530 evenings for application and any questions you may have.

Garfield County Sheriffs Office, Garfield County and the Garfield County Combined Courts staff, families and friends will be hosting a Trash and Treasures sale from 7 a.m. to noon June 28, inside at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.

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