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Glenwood Springs Recreation Summer Kid Kamp will be hosting an end of the summer party for all Kid Kamp participants and their families from 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Sopris Elementary School.

Jacob Russo, singer/songwriter/guitarist, will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs.

Mountain Family Health Center is set to kick off National Health Center Week 2008 (Aug. 1016), a national campaign dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of Americas Community Health Centers. The special focus for this years National Health Center Week (NHCW) is a new health center plan to create more health care homes in the future for the medically unserved, and to honor the health care heroes at existing health centers. The health care heroes are health center doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals who have chosen to serve in communities in need, helping to expand the reach of primary care and preventive health services. Mountain Family is also commemorating its 30th year of service in Colorado, with health centers in Black Hawk and Glenwood Springs. Last year, Mountain Familys Glenwood center provided medical care for 6,202 patients, which is approximately 10 percent of Garfield Countys population.An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Mountain Family Health Center, offering free health screenings, refreshments, and the opportunity to meet the providers and staff.The public is welcome to the event, located at 1905 Blake Avenue, Suite 101, across the street from Valley View Hospital.



Aspen Valleys first Jewish film festival will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the Crystal Theater in Carbondale. Showing will include Sixty-six, a UK boys dilemma: England may be in the soccer World Cup set for the same day as his Bar Mitzvah will anyone come?For advanced tickets, call 704-1827.

An informative session about noxious weeds will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Rifle Branch Library, 107 E. Second Street. Steve Anthony from the Garfield County vegetation management department will be on hand to give advice and answer questions.



The historic Hotel Colorado is pleased to once again host the annual Devereux Polo Cup Aug. 16 and 17,. The weekend events are free and open to the public. Starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, the Hotel Colorado will host a Meet the Players event. The reception will include hors doeuvres, live music by Jon Chandler and The Wichitones, and the presentation of the Devereux Cup to the Hotel for its custodianship. The cup is named after Walter Devereux, the founder of Hotel Colorado and the main reason polo found its way to the Grand Valley in the 1900s.The festivities begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug.17 at the home of the Roaring Fork Polo Club, 2000 Baldy Creek Road in New Castle. The consolation match, final consolations, and finals will be played. Trophy presentation will follow at the club to the winners of the tournament, who will also have their names inscribed on the Devereux Cup. The cup will be on display at the Hotel Colorado.

Fifty-one teams and more than 450 people will participate in the Roaring Fork Valley Relay For Life from 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 until 8 a.m. Aug. 9, all in the name of fighting cancer.Friday night will be packed with ceremonies, on-site fundraisers, and a community of participants celebrating fundraising successes. Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. with guest mayor speakers Bruce Christenson, Leroy Duroux, Michael Hassig and Doug Mercatoris. As in every relay, cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the first lap to begin the overnight event. Cancer survivors and their families are invited to attend a special reception at 7 p.m. While the relay is taking place, teams will be holding onsite fundraisers with everything from food to face painting to silent auctions. Its never too late to become involved. Visit the Carbondale school track anytime after 6:30 and visit with the participants and guests, participate in the fundraisers, or offer to walk a few laps for a team. For more information or to answer any of your questions, please contact Event Chair Julia Spencer at 948-6350.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is excited to host its annual Summer Theatre Camp for students of all skill levels between the ages 6 and 18 years. The camp will emphasize technique, self-confidence, poise and the ability to improvise and quickly think on ones feet. Creating costumes, organizing props, writing, directing and performing on stage will also be taught. This five-day camp culminates in a one-act play performed for friends and family at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.Melody Hartman is the instructor for drama, guitar and voice training at the arts center. The Summer Theatre Camp begins Monday, Aug. 18. Spaces are limited. Register today by calling 945-2414.

The KDNK Board of Directors will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the offices of Kathy Zentmyer, 677 Sopris Ave. in Carbondale. This meeting is open to the public. For information, contact KDNK General Manager Steve Skinner at 963-0139.

The Garfield Re-2 School District will open Elk Creek Elementary in New Castle on Aug. 25, one week later than the scheduled opening of school district-wide.Elk Creek Elementary is the newest Re-2 school and construction crews worked diligently throughout the summer to transform the former Riverside Middle School into an elementary school. Unforeseen delays led the school district to postpone the opening of school for a week. This decision provides the safest and best experience for Elk Creek Elementary students, parents and staff.

The 54th annual Glenwood Springs Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be held starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Ninth and Grand Avenue in downtown Glenwood Springs. Enjoy breakfast, visit with old friends and support Kiwanis projects. Major sponsors are Village Inn, True Brew Coffee Service and McDonalds.The Kiwanis Club uses the proceeds for community projects and youth scholarships.Contact any Kiwanian or call 945-2345 for advance tickets at reduced prices.

Anusara yoga basics with Sujata Stephens RYT E500 will be offered at the Glenwood Dance Academy from 910:30 a.m. Wednesdays Sept. 3 through Oct. 22. This seven-week course is a perfect progressive introduction for those new to yoga as well as a great way for those with previous yoga experience to step into the strong foundation of fundamental principles of posture, breath and awareness. For registration information, call 945-2717 ext. 2.

With the new addition of the climbing wall and bouldering cave, the Snowmass Village Parks and Recreation is looking for experienced climbers, instructors and facilitators for the new additions. The recreation department will also be looking for umpires, referees, gym supervisors and assistants for the new gym additions. Please contact Woodsie at 922 2240 for more information.

Weekly beginning and intermediate lessons with Melody Hartman will be offered at 1 and 2 p.m. Saturdays at Glenwood Music, 715 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. Call 309-5146 or 928-8626 for more information.

Friends of animals in Aspen is helping homeless animals. Donate to FAAS program c/o Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 985, Aspen, CO 81612 or call 927-1771.

The Aspen Ice Garden welcomes adult ice skaters to its summer adult skate camp. Call Je Nelson at 544-4116.

Literacy Outreach is looking for volunteers to tutor people who are eager to improve their reading, writing and math or English-speaking skills. Volunteers need at least two hours of time a week to work one-on-one with an adult and a desire to help someone who wants to learn.Volunteer information sessions will be held at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Rifle Branch Library; and again at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19. In Glenwood Springs, information sessions will be held at noon Aug. 19th and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. These informal and brief presentations will provide details about Literacy Outreachs volunteer tutoring program. Please call Literacy Outreach at 945-5282 for more information.

The Kaplan Academy of Colorado (KACO), a tuition-free online public school, will host a series of free information sessions throughout the state to provide details about the schools high school programs, and to answer questions about online education. Kaplan Virtual Education launched KACO in 2007 in partnership with the Garfield Re-2 School District in Rifle. The school offers a robust web-based curriculum, including 120 core, honors and advanced placement courses taught by certified teachers. Kaplan Virtual Education is accredited by The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).To learn more about the Kaplan Academy of Colorado, visit http://www.kaplanacademy.com/colorado.


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