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Knitters and crocheters of all ages and skill levels are invited to Mountain Valley Textiles & Gifts in Glenwood Springs for a monthly social get together. Bring a project and a friend the first Thursday of every month from 4-7 p.m.

On Saturday, June 27, the Roaring Fork Audubon chapter leads a field trip to the Black Canyon/Crawford Reservoir, a region with varied habitats and scenery. The Crawford State Park, which requires a parks pass, has breeding waterfowl. The surrounding wetlands, scrublands, and pinyon/juniper hills have many bird species. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which also requires a parks pass, has Dusky Grouse, swifts, swallows, and nesting Peregrine Falcons. The trip lasts all day, and meets 7 a.m. at the Carbondale CMC center. For more information, contact Tom McConnell at 379-7356 or Linda Vidal at 704-9950.

The public is invited to attend the official grand opening celebration for LIFT-UP’s new Parachute Thrift Store, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 27.The new store is located in the former Hideout building, 201 E. First St., Parachute. The store will be open for shopping, and free refreshments will be provided.Regular store hours will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. All proceeds from sales are used to fund LIFT-UP’s mission to feed hungry families throughout the local region.LIFT-UP’s Parachute food pantry is still located at 112 N. Fisher Ave.

There will be an open house for the new Roaring Fork Business Resource Center (RFBRC) from 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at 817 Colorado Ave., #107, Glenwood Springs.The RFBRC has just finished implementing its virtual technology services and is now looking for businesses interested in becoming sponsors, mentors to other businesses, or members of the advisory council. There will be more information about these opportunities at the open house.The RFBRC will open to clients around Sept. 1 and is currently developing its client services. To find out more, visit the website at

Art and Allison Daily, authors of “Out of the Canyon: A True Story of Loss and Love,” will have a book signing from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Pour House restaurant, 351 Main St., Carbondale.”Out of the Canyon” is the story of the tragic accident a number of years ago when a boulder tumbled from the cliffs in Glenwood Canyon, smashing into the Daily family’s car, killing Art Daily’s wife, Kathy, and two sons, Tanner and Shea, but sparing him. The book is about the reawakening of love and healing of two broken lives. More about their story can be found at

Majid Kahhak will paint live as part of Carbondale’s First Friday art walk celebration, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main StThe painting will be in celebration of Independence Day. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 704-0622.

Mountain Valley Textiles & Gifts is a non-profit store operating under Mountain Valley Development Services. The store features beautiful hand woven items that are produced on site. To see the weavers in action, visit the store Monday through Friday from 10:30-2:30 p.m. For more information call, 928-0774.

The public is invited to observe and join in as local ham radio operators participate in a nationwide emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration from noon Saturday, June 27, until noon Sunday, June 28. Stations will be set up in a field using emergency power and portable radios and antennas. If you have ever considered becoming a ham radio operator, you are invited to visit the site and experience ham radio first hand. The event takes place in Missouri Heights. Please see for directions to the site. Call (970) 379-3488 for more information.

Master magician and wildlife biologist Greg Carter aka Safari Greg will participate with his magic and snakes in a benefit performance for the Glenwood Springs High School cheerleaders June 27. The show starts at 10 a.m., at the Glenwood Springs High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8. For five years in a row, Safari Greg has been voted Nashville’s number one family entertainer by Parents magazine, according to These family-friendly shows have been proven to entertain and delight children of all ages – and their parents, too. Combining magic with alligators, jokes, snakes and porcupines is all in a day’s work for Safari Greg.Tickets are available from any Glenwood Springs High School cheerleader or by calling Lynn Goluba at 379-1848 or Jody Jordan at 618-6691.

Ecological Gardening Series is a nine-week program that teaches the basics of natural and organic gardening techniques that are in unison with nature. Participants will learn to grow their own food and care for their garden system using entirely self-made and locally available products and holistic techniques. Courses will be in the form of “hands on” workshops at Rock Bottom Ranch every other Saturday.June 27:Home made remedies – fertilizers and pest deterrents.Contact Rock Bottom Ranch at 927-6760 or visit to register.

Youthentity (formerly Computers for Kids) hosts a Cuban cuisine-themed fundraiser, including a pig roast, beer and whiskey tasting, music and silent auction, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Aspen Glen Club, 545 Bald Eagle Way, Carbondale.Carl Gould, founder and direct of CMT, and Larry Bangs of Bangs Business Coaching, will speak about Youthentity’s Partnering for Success Program.Tickets are $100 each or $175 per couple. For information, contact Morgan at (970) 379-5608.Or, to donate separately, mail a check to: Youthentity d.b.a. C4K, P.O. Box 1989, Carbondale, CO, 81623. Youthentity is a 501(c)(3) organization, and a portion of the ticket cost is tax-deductible.

The Last Minute String Band invites you to a free acoustic concert of Old Time, Celtic, and American Hoedown music in the lobby of the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs on Saturday, June 27, from 7:30-10 p.m.For more information contact: or call 945-0350;

Cowboy Up Carbondale is a Roaring Fork Valley Community western barbecue and street dance held in downtown Carbondale. The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.The event is a charity benefit celebrating the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. The event is designed to celebrate last year’s Rodeo division winners along with Carbondale’s cowboy heritage, and family friendly environment.The event will include a video tribute to the 2008 belt buckle champions, a live auction, barbecue and street dance featuring live music from Adam Ashley and the Gunslingers.Ticket cost $35 for the barbecue and dance, $15 for kids barbecue, and $10 for the dance only, and can be purchased at Alpine Bank locations, the Roaring Fork Valley Co-op, The Pour House and Aspen Equestrian Center.

Literacy Outreach is looking for volunteers to tutor people who are eager to improve their reading, writing, math, or English speaking skills. Volunteers need at least two hours of time per week to work one-on-one with an adult; the ability to read and speak English and the desire to help someone who wants to learn required.Volunteer information sessions will on held June 30 and July 2 at Rifle Branch Library at 6 p.m., and on July 1 at the Parachute Branch Library at 10 a.m. and at the Silt Branch library at noon. Call Literacy Outreach at (970) 945-5282 for more information.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities will have its annual membership meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Sopris Park, followed by the first concert in the CCAH Summer of Music series with BooCoo and Friends.Regular business will include an election of one new member to the CCAH board of directors, a financial report and ratification of the bylaws.CCAH is seeking nominations for the board position, specifically someone who is interested in heading up the membership committee. For information, call Ro at 963-1680 or e-mail (veggie included), wine and beer will be served for all active CCAH members.The free concert is open to the public, featuring the Jazz Aspen Summer Class Recital followed by BooCoo and Friends, with Chris Bank, Joe Kelly, Chris Goplerud and a host of valley musicians.

The Western Slope Stompers offer clogging lessons to beginners. The new adult class is held on Wednesdays starting on July 1 at the Apple Tree Community Room in New Castle from 7-7:45 p.m.Contact Shonna at 984-2265 or with any questions.

Symphony in the Valley presents a free one-hour concert of Americana and patriotic favorites at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs to celebrate the 4th of July. Immediately after the concert, the city of Glenwood Springs will present its annual 4th of July fireworks show.Conductor Carlos Elias will lead the orchestra in a musical tribute to Independence Day, performing “America, the Beautiful,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “The Washington Post March.”Two guest conductors will lead the orchestra for rousing marches composed by John Philip Sousa. Barbara Chaplin of Silt will conduct “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and Monique Merritt of Glenwood Springs, who plays bassoon with the orchestra, will conduct “El Capitan March.” They were the successful bidders for the opportunity to conduct the orchestra offered in an auction at the orchestra’s Symphony Swing concerts in March.The three winning entries in the orchestra’s “America the Beautiful” poetry and essay contest will also be performed. The winning writers are Caleigh Smith of Rifle, Jan Hadwen Hubbell of Snowmass, and Rosalie McLearn of Rifle.Bring a blanket to Two Rivers Park on the evening of July 4 and enjoy a rousing concert and a fantastic fireworks display. Both events are sponsored by the City of Glenwood Springs.

Thursday’s through the end of the summer, New Castle will hold its farmers’ market at Burning Mountain Park. The market will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening. For more information, call Paula Troobnick at (970) 984-3695.

The city of Glenwood Springs’ recycle center has switched to its summer schedule: Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The New Castle Community Garden still has garden plots available for this year to grow your own vegetables. Call Debby at 230-0479 for information on the community garden.

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