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The Strawberry Shortcut, a staple of Strawberry Days weekend for more than 30 years, will return to the streets of Glenwood Springs on Sunday, June 21.Runners can participate in either a 10K, 5K, or one-mile fun run. The 5K and 10K cost $20 to enter and the fun run is $18. Run both the 5K and 10K and pay $25. A family entry fetches $50.Visit to register and for more information.

Wednesday, June 24, is bike to work day. Citizens are encouraged to ride their bikes to work and stop at one of several stations for snacks, gifts, and prize drawings. Stations will be set up in Glenwood Springs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Centennial Park; in Basalt from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lion’s Park; in Aspen from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 4th and Hopkins, East Hopkins Pedestrian Bridge, Roundabout Underpass, and the Rio Grande Skate Park; in New Castle from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Burning Mountain Park; and in Rifle from 7 a.m. at the Rifle City Hall. For more information, call (970) 384-4985.

SHIP is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program that assists Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers to make informed health care choices. High Country RSVP provides this service in Garfield County, with the help of a group of trained volunteers. The service is provided without charge. It helps Medicare recipients and their caregivers organize, understand, and process medical bills, assists with private health insurance claims, identifies gaps in Medicare coverage and options to fill them, assists with enrollment in Medicare’s Prescription Drug Plan, evaluates Medicare supplement insurance options, and helps people to understand hospital bills and Medicare rights.To request an appointment, call 384-8774. To volunteer to be a SHIP counselor, call 947-8462.

New Castle’s summer irrigation restrictions are in effect. Residents with street addresses ending in odd numbers may irrigate only on odd-numbered calendar days, and residents with addresses ending in even numbers may irrigate only on even-numbered calendar days. Watering is limited to a maximum of four hours on the allotted day. No watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. These restrictions are in effect through Sept. 30. Limited exemptions are available; call Code Administrator/Planning Technician Tim Cain at 984-2311.

Members of the recently formed Tea Party Patriots are dedicated to preserving the constitution and upholding historic American freedoms and liberties.The goal is to educate everyone involved on the fundamentals of governing systems, look at elected leaders and what they do in their positions. Participants strive to do what they can in a peaceful way and stay informed. If interested in upcoming events, contact 928-7578 or 945-3950 for more information, or visit our booth at Strawberry Days.

To sign up for the first-ever Burning Mountain Festival Baby Back Rib Cook-Off scheduled for July 18, e-mail Steve Higgs at, or call 379-7076.

Two upcoming Carbondale community events, the July 4 Boogie in Bonedale celebration and the Carbondale Mountain Fair, are seeking volunteers.Volunteers who put in four hours at any CCAH event with have their name entered in a drawing for a New Belgium cruiser bike. Mountain Fair volunteers will also receive a 2009 Mountain Fair t-shirt.Duties include the cantina, ambassadors, Green Team and set-up/break down.The July 4 celebration begins at 4 p.m. on Main Street with the kids parade, followed by a variety of activities in Sopris Park and music by Aphrodisia.The 38th Carbondale Mountain Fair takes place July 24-26, featuring arts and crafts vendors, entertainment and competitions.Sign up to volunteer online at, or call 963-1680.

The 40th anniversary celebration is Aug. 1, with a theme of “Remembering the ’60s,” and organizers are now looking for volunteers, parade entries and booth applicants.”We hope to make this an even better event than previous years, declared organizer Betsy Swank in a press release on the event.This year live music will be provided by Heart of the Rockies at breakfast, The Strolling Scones in the afternoon, and regional favorite The Johnny O Band in the evening.Forms for booth spaces and parade entries have been mailed to those who participated in previous years, and can be picked up at Silt Town Hall, 231 N. 7th St., and anyone interested in volunteering can call 876-5801.

Alpine Legal Services is holding two new events this month. The first is a “Do it Yourself Divorce Class,” on June 18 in the Garfield County Courthouse. At 1 p.m., information will be given about managing divorce cases and divorce proceeding documentation will be provided. Attendants are asked to preregister and bring a small donation, though no services will be denied based on lack of ability to pay.The next week, they will present the Thursday Night Bar, where people can ask questions about legal issues. The event is 5 pm on June 18. Attendants will be received in order of appearance for 15 minute private consultations with volunteer attorneys, regarding matters like divorce, custody, renters’ rights, and more. Case documentation including leases, contracts, and court papers should be brought. This event occurs the third Thursday of every month. Once more, a small donation is requested but not required.For further information about either of these events, Alpine Legal Services can be contacted at their Glenwood office (945-8858).

Laurel Dewey, author of “Protector,” will be signing her exciting new book, “Redemption,” at the Book Train book store on Friday, June 19, from 5-7 p.m. The Book Train is located at 723 Grand Ave. in downtown Glenwood Springs. For more information call 945-7045.

What would Strawberry Days be like without those delicious home-baked pies on “Pie Day”? The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary members do this to raise money for their projects to benefit the Nurse Residency Program at Valley View Hospital. Join us at the Methodist Church at 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs on Friday, June 19, at 9 a.m. until the pies are gone. Slices of pie with coffee or a cold drink will be served and whole pies will be sold beginning at 10 a.m. Come join the fun, and support the Valley View Hospital Auxiliary project.

A & B Custom Kitchens Plus, at 1838 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, is getting creative in its efforts to ride out the economic recession with a new business-supporting-the-arts program.Known for its exclusive design of cabinetry representing Bertch Cabinetry, A & B will now be inviting residents to participate in Colorado vineyard wine tasting art openings, showing primarily fine art by Roaring Fork Valley artists.”Presented for the public will be accoutrements for the Valley’s already-gracious homes,” said A & B owner and 25-year Valley resident Cathy Anderson Skutley. “Art provides a positive affirmation for an existing business where creativity is its very foundation, in the designing of sophisticated cabinetry designs. “In this venture, business will be attempting to keep the rich culture of the Valley alive and thriving,” she said.Included will be paintings by Skutley, as well as by Holly Wolf and distinguished southern painter, Linda Trappey Dautreuil. Also showing her work will be noted marble sculptor Sherrill Stone.There will also be hand-made tapestry, table and kitchen island runners, batik dinner napkins, hand-painted furniture, wall clocks, kitchen utensils, ceramic bowls and vases, and more.Regular evening wine tasting events are being planned, while creating a venue of networking for Valley business people. For more information, call 945-6604.

The Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club is sponsoring an outing to view bighorn sheep near Basalt, at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 20. The outing is free of charge and membership in the Sierra Club is not required. The area wildlife manager will provide information about the animals and their habitat and behavior. Bring water, binoculars and/or spotting scopes, lunch for the afternoon and something to sit on while waiting to see the animals. Wear suitable clothing for protection from sun and inclement weather. Participants will walk about one mile up a slight grade on a road to a large meadow. Altitude at the start is about 7,500 feet, and participants will gain 500 feet of elevation during both walks to two different meadows.Only 12 participants will be accepted. If interested, contact Mike LaVigne at (970) 984-2055 or email at

Carolyn Williams of Colorado Educational Consulting will offer a free workshop to help students and their families strategize ways to pay for college in the current economy. The workshop takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center, 567 Colorado Ave, in Carbondale.The goal of the workshop is to help families, regardless of income, better understand the college cost landscape and maximize their opportunities for scholarships and financial aid. For more information, contact Carolyn Williams at

Ms. Kwei, author of the young adult novel “Intrigue in the House of Wong,” will be at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 413 9th St, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18. She will present a discussion of Chinese culture, particularly with regard to the differences in the philosophy of child rearing between American and Chinese families.There will be a book signing following the discussion and audience members will be given the chance to try calligraphy. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 945-5958.

Allen Ringle of the Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company and Tim O’Keefe of the Roaring Fork Conservancy will give a presentation about how water is collected from the headwaters of the Roaring Fork River and diverted under the Continental Divide. The tour will visit Lost Man Reservoir, the Roaring Fork collection dam and tunnel, the Grizzly Reservoir, and the Twin Lake tunnel that brings water to the eastern slope. The tour goes from 10 to 4 p.m. on June 20. Participants should bring a lunch and weather appropriate clothing, and meet at Lost Man Creek Campground (CO 82 Mile Marker 55, east of Aspen). The tour is free, but registration is required, either online at or by phone at 927-1290.

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