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Come join Anvil Pints Quilt Guild and Rifle librarian Judy Martens as she gets us ready for our second favorite summer pastime – reading. Judy will be presenting quilt-themed fiction Tuesday, July 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lovell Building, 200 E. Fourth St., Rifle. Everyone is welcome.

A new chapter of HEARTBEAT – Support for Survivors After Suicide – is now available to Valley residents. Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide is welcome. This group does not provide or replace therapy; it is a safe place where mutual support can be found from others who share this unique pain. HEARTBEAT meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Use the Bethel Chapel entrance of the church located at 824 Cooper Street. For more information, please call Pam Szedelyi at (970) 945-1398 or email at

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo presents a special performance at the Thursday, July 2, rodeo by Lynn Payne of the One Arm Bandit & Co.Payne will entertain the crowd with his trained horse and give a demonstration of herding techniques with several steers.This is the third year Payne has performed at the Carbondale rodeo. His act was awarded the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Specialty Act of the Year eight years running from 1989-96 and again in 2008.Grand entry for the Wild West Rodeo is at 7:30 p.m. at the Gus Darien arena east of Carbondale on County Road 100. Admission is $8 per person (children under 10 free), or $25 for a carload up to six people.

Heinz R. Pagels Public Lectures on Thursday, July 2, at 5:30: Zelijko Ivezic, University of Washington Physics Center, 6th and Gillespie The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope: Space Movies and Killer Asteroids. These popular talks are designed for a general audience.Inquiries at, or 925-2585.

A Tea Party will be held on Friday, July 3, on the lawn of the Garfield County Courthouse on Eighth Street at 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be 9th Judicial District Attorney and Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, Martin Beeson.Please bring your own signs. Call 945-3950 or 928-7578 for more information.

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 4th of July and enjoy a rousing concert and a fantastic fireworks display. Both events are sponsored by the City of Glenwood Springs.

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.

West Garfield County Landfill will be closed Saturday, July 4, for Independence Day. It will reopoen Sunday, July 5. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.

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 Aphrodesia.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.

On Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. the Glenwood Springs Branch library will host a Thunder River Theatre Company Literary Night about the author Francois Rabelais. TRTC Associate Artistic Director Valerie Haugen will present the program celebrating the licentious, boozy, and lusty appetites of Rabelais. Biting and bawdy, smart and smutty, lofty and low, Rabelais’ masterpiece “Gargantua and Pantagruel” is fantasy on the grandest of scales, told with an unquenchable thirst for all of human experience. Rabelais’ vigorous examination of the life of his times is one of the great comic masterpieces of literature. The Literary Night is free and open to the public with light refreshments served. For more information please call 945-5958.

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