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There will be a Parade of the Species costume-making party at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, on the basketball court next to Solar Energy International (Second and Main in Carbondale) for people to make their costumes for Saturdays Dandelion Day event.The rain date will be Thursday, same time and place. Supplies will be available, or bring your own. The Parade of the Species takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday during Dandelion Day, on Main Street. Parade participants should arrive at Second and Main streets at 10:45 a.m. with costumes. A good website to check out for inspiration is

The Glenwood Springs High School Key Club will be hosting a fundraiser Friday, May 8, 2009 at Beau Jos. Bring your family to Beau Jos for lunch or dinner, and 20 percent of sales will go the the Key Club. You must present a Key Club fundraising flyer in order for the cost of your meal to be eligible. You can e-mail or fax a request for flyer to (970) 384-5565 before Friday.

The Academy of Western Slope Artists and Musicians (AWSAM) present an encore of last years dinner-dance, featuring popular jazz pianist Walt Smith and his trio, Saturday, May 9, at Columbine Restaurant, located at Rifle Creek Golf Course.Tickets are $35 per individual or $65 per couple. Dinner includes roast beef bearnaise or chicken picatta, au gratin potato, mixed vegetables, salad, dessert and a glass of wine.Any profits from the event will help to fund AWSAMs upcoming season of events. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner is at 7.For reservations and other information, call 625-2333. Tickets may be available at the door if space permits.

The Frontier Historical Museum is closed this week for spring cleaning and exhibit changes. The museum will reopen with summer hours starting May 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.The museum is also looking for desk volunteers for the summer. To volunteer or for more information, call 945-4448.

The city of Glenwood Springs recycle center will be switching to its summer schedule on Tuesday, June 2, to the following hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Osage Gardens invites you to become a member of their first Community Supported Agriculture summer program. Support your local farmer in exchange for a share of the farms bounty in the form of a weekly box of fresh organic vegetables. June 17 through Sept. 16. Pickups in Glenwood and New Castle. To sign up or for more information call 876-0668 or visit

The public is invited to a reception for 10 retiring Roaring Fork School District teachers and staff, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in the Sopris Room at the Aspen Glen Club, located between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. The reception is hosted by the Roaring Fork School District and the Roaring Fork Community Education Association.This years retirees include: Laurie Strong, reading specialist at Sopris Elementary School; Carol Burns, transportation supervisor; Jan Giezentanner, kindergarten teacher, Sopris Elementary; Bernice Kindall, cook, Carbondale Middle School; Sheila Mincer, speech/language therapist, Crystal River Elementary School; Shirley Frank, third-grade teacher, Basalt Elementary; Marilynn Robison, American History teacher, Glenwood Middle School; Wes Burke, social studies teacher, Glenwood Springs High School; Jane Bryan, reading specialist, Carbondale Middle; and Evelyn McGill, seventh-grade teacher, Basalt Middle School.

Naturalists from the Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will lead a viewing of Great Blue Herons from 5:30-7 p.m. May 20 at the James H. Smith Northstar Open Space near Aspen.The area houses a vibrant heronry that is the home to many birds. Spotting scopes will be provided, but feel free to bring a pair of binoculars or scope.The event is free and open to the public, however space is limited and preregistration is required. To sign up, visit, or call 927-1290.

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