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Susan and Larry Marx, the Aspen Community Foundation, City Market and Food Bank of the Rockies collaborated to fund a special project to benefit local families in need.Freezers were purchased for each of LIFT-UPs five area offices. The freezers will be used for perishable food including meat from local City Markets, to be given to families in need. The food was previously trucked to Food Bank of the Rockies in Grand Junction, and distributed. To minimize transportation time and expense, Food Bank of the Rockies has opted to have the food delivered directly to LIFT-UP.

The second RooftopComedy Festival in Aspen is scheduled to take place June 11 through 14.The festival will include the semi-finals and finals for the nationwide Campus Comedy Competition, which will pit teams of new comics from American universities and colleges against each other.Passes for the festival are now on sale. For Roaring Fork Valley residents with proof of residency, a special early-bird price will be good through April 17. Passes must be purchased in person or by phone through the Wheelers Aspen Show Tickets box office. Single tickets for all shows will go on sale June 1.For more information, please call Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gram Slaton at 920-5790, or e-mail gram.slaton@ci.aspen.co.us.

Help the Coal Ridge National Honor Society help out the community by bringing in used semi-formal or formal dresses to Coal Ridge High Schools main office. These dresses will be sold at 75-80 percent off the original purchase price, and the money will be used for gift certificates for the A Dream Come True raffle, which will go toward a dinner out in Glenwood Springs, a manicure or pedicure, a free up-do for prom, or two corsages for some lucky girl and her date. This raffle will be drawn at the actual Dress Sale from 7-8:30 p.m. April 3 at Coal Ridge High School. For more information, call Craig Park, Coal Ridge National Honor Society advisor, at 665-6738.



Due to large demand, Colorado Mountain College and High Country RSVP are offering an additional AARP driver session from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 25 and 26 at the CMC Glenwood Springs Center, 1402 Blake Ave. This AARP driver refresher course is designed for drivers 50 and over. Most automobile insurance companies in Colorado offer a discount to those completing the course.For more information or to enroll, call 384-8747. Leave name, phone number and the preferred class. A volunteer will call back and confirm.

The Garfield County Department of Human Services Child Care Program is getting ready for its annual Provider Appreciation brunch to honor child care providers and preschool teachers in the valley. The brunch will be held from noon-2 p.m. April 26 at the Hotel Colorado. Providers will be recognized for excellence. The department and would appreciate nominations from the community. To receive a nomination form, please call Amellia Richardson Dress at 945-9191, ext. 3065.



A group of Waldorf School eighth graders will present reports which will be the culmination of months of research and mentoring from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Waldorf theatre hall. Students will share their experiences of what its been like to delve into an area of pursuit with the help of an adult mentor from the Roaring Fork Valley.The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork is an independent pre-K through 8th grade school located 1⁄2 mile up valley from the Catherine Store on Old Highway 82 in Carbondale. Please visit www. waldorfcarbondale.org.

Registration is open for the summer training program of the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team 2009.Registration forms and information can be found at http://www.roaringforktriteam.com. Registration is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. A Question and Answer Orientation Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the lobby of Glenwood Medical Associates, at 1830 Blake St. in Glenwood Springs. The fourteen-week program will begin Wednesday, May 6 and continue through August 2, culminating the Tri for the Cure Triathlon in Denver. The team promotes fitness, fun, and philanthropy, by learning the basics of swimming, cycling, and run/walking. Varied abilities welcome. Functional fitness necessary.For more information review the website or contact Judy Haynes at johnnys@rof.net or Nancy Reinisch at nrein@rof.net.

Experience the vibrancy of African-inspired rhythms and the joy of playing harmoniously with others in three hand-drumming workshops for beginning and intermediate players. All events take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 18, May 16 and June 13, at the Carbondale Community School on Dolores Way.The beginners workshop will be held April 18. Drum rental and/or sale will be available for those who don’t yet have their own djembe or ashiko. Drum rental must be reserved in advance.The intermediate workshops will be held May 16 and June 13. Participants must have their own djembe or ashiko, good command of the three basic djembe strokes, and experience playing multi-part rhythms. In addition to djembe, participants will also play dunun, shekere, and cowbell. Advance registration at least one week prior to workshop date is required by calling Laurie Loeb at 970-963-2798.


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