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Community news & notes

This years theme of the 2008 Garfield County Fair Parade is Yesterdays Memories, Tomorrows Dreams. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, in Rifle.The fun will begin at 10 a.m., when the parade will travel down Railroad Avenue from 16th to Third street. Float entry winners will be announced during the parade. Potential parade participants may contact the Rifle Chamber at 625-2085 ext. 4, or go online at to register. This event would not be possible without the Cornerstone and Special Event sponsors, EnCana Oil and Gas, Wal-Mart, Alpine Bank, Wells Fargo, Bank of Colorado, Mountain Air Mechanical, American National Bank and Canyon Insurance LLC.

Crystal Fly Shop is again offering free beginners fly fishing clinics at 5 p.m. every Tuesday and at 1 p.m. every Sunday through July 1. Clinics are two hours in length, and topics include casting, entomology, fishing tactics, rigging, etc. Space is limited, so please call the shop at 963-5741 to reserve a space.

A free public lecture, Reaching for a Sustainable and Attainable Energy Future, with Robert Rosner, Director of Argonne National Laboratory, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, in Paepcke Auditorium.Dr. Rosners talk will focus on the question: Taking as a given that global climate changes sufficient to seriously impact world-wide land use and agriculture will occur within this century, what is the mix of feasible strategies to mitigate the impacts on our quality of life?For more information, please call 925-2585.

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting for the CRMS Solar Array from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the facility in Carbondale.Food, drinks, beer, music and educational displays will be part of the festivities. Guest speakers beginning at 3:30 p.m. include Michael Kennedy, CRMS board president; Governor Bill Ritter; Senator Ken Salazar; Jim Crown, Henry Crown and Company; and Mike Kaplan, Aspen Skiing Company president/CEO. Honored attendees include State Senator Gail Schwartz; Rep. Kathleen Curry (invited); and Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig.For more information, call 963-4873.

The seventh annual Music and Lobster Fest celebration will start at 5 p.m. Friday, June 27, with 35 musical acts coming to seven venues in downtown Carbondale. Most of the live music is offered free of charge thanks to the town of Carbondale, Steves Guitars and the generous musicians that love to play for their friends and neighbors. At the Town Plaza (Fourth and Main streets), fresh Maine lobster with drink and dessert will be devoured. Call town hall or drop by the new Rec Center to purchase tickets. Listen to some of the best musicians in the valley while you eat a luscious lobster. The 5K and 10K races presented by the CRMS preschool begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. At 11 a.m., the annual Lobster Crawl will begin with adorable little racers, running to the music of Chariots of Fire. Check out the silent auction items, too. A farmers market will also be part of the Saturday activities, as well as a dunk tank, jump castle, and hot dogs and drinks for the little ones.

Come join the community for an evening of free food, games, swimming, music and free admission into the Snowmass Recreation Facility from 47 p.m. Friday. June 27. Free food provided by Weinerdog Kids Toys; and all-you-can-drink beer and wine for a small fee.For more information, call 922-2240.

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