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Thunder River Theatre Companys inaugural season in their new theatre closes with their production of Michael Hollingers hilarious existential romp, An Empty Plate in the Caf du Grand Boeuf. This absurdist tragi-comedy celebrates the joys of cooking, sex, bullfighting and the collected works of Ernest Hemingway. The play runs June 16-18, 23-25, 30 and July 1 at TRTCs new theater at 67 Promenade in downtown Carbondale. Curtain is 8 p.m. on all nights except Sundays, which will be 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students. Sunday tickets are $22/$12. Tickets, information and directions are available at thunderrivertheatre.com or by calling 963-8200. For this final production, TRTC is offering a special ticket price for their regular theatre patrons who purchased tickets for the first two shows this season. Call the theatre at 963-8200 for this offer.

Jessica Stott is hosting a community scrapbooking event designed to raise awareness and funds for the Operation Kids network of childrens charities. The event is from 5:30-9:30 p.m. July 7 at the Parachute Senior Center, 540 N. Parachute Ave.Stotts event will allow people to contribute to Operation Kids while discovering the arts of scrapbooking, card making and preserving their memories. Attendees will learn valuable scrapbooking techniques, enjoy hours of fun and help advance a worthy cause.Preregistration is required by June 30, and the workshop fee is due upon registration. The workshop fee is $37.50 and includes the Butterfly Album kit, light refreshments and door prizes. Ten dollars will be donated to Operation Kids for each workshop attendee. To preregister, contact Jessica at 319-6620. In addition to the registration fee, attendees will have the opportunity to further contribute to Operation Kids through raffles and door prizes.

The town of Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission is seeking a new member. The commission meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month to discuss and make recommendations to staff on issues related to parks, recreation, open space and trails.Members do not need to live within Carbondale boundaries to serve on this commission. The new member appointment may be for a term up to four years. Applications are available at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., or online at http://www.carbondalegov.org/ Community Governance Boards & Commissions. For more information, call Jeff Jackel at 704-4114.



Aspen Highlands Village is accepting applications for the Third Annual Exotic Car Expo to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 1. All types of cars are welcome. Last years cars ranged from a 1947 Cadillac Sedanette to a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. Four separate awards will be given: Most Luxurious Car, Best Babe Magnet, Coolest Rims and Aspens Coolest Car. Aspen Highlands Village is also seeking event sponsors. Please call Darnauer Group PR & Marketing at (970) 925-9010 for more information and to request an application.

The community is invited to the free Miss Strawberry Days Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hotel Colorado Courtyard. Twenty-one young Garfield County residents ages 16-21 will model clothing from local retail establishments. Then Strawberry Days Fever takes over as each of the contestants models her own version of 70s disco-style clothing. Contest applicants participate in a variety of events before and during Strawberry Days, including a new fundraiser for YouthZone where contestants collect items donated by local area merchants to be displayed in gift baskets. The baskets are up for bid during the fashion show at the Hotel Colorado on Thursday, and at Sayre Strawberry Park until 4 p.m. Friday. Proceeds from basket sales go to YouthZone. Other Miss Strawberry Days events include riding in the Strawberry Days parade and the final judging in prom attire followed by the crowning of Miss Strawberry Days on the main stage at Sayre Park on Friday evening. The scholarship awards are distributed directly to the recipients college of choice in the amount of $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place.



Falun Gong, also know as Falun Dafa, will be teaching a free workshop from 1-2 p.m. Saturday in Glenwood Springs at Centennial Park on Grand Avenue and Ninth Street following the Strawberry Days Parade. Falun Gong is a self-improvement practice consisting of five easy-to-learn exercises. It is good for all ages and has a profound impact on stress relief and health, but is now being persecuted in China. Practitioners of Falun Gong are visiting small towns to create awareness of the persecution occurring in China against this peaceful practice. Falun Gong will join the Strawberry Days parade this weekend.

The historic Hotel Colorado has a special day planned just for dads starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Dad may browse the booths of local merchants featuring fly-fishing, rafting and kayaking, hunting, biking, mountain sports, motorcycles, horses, guide trips, golf, etc. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., treat Dad to a gourmet barbecue in the courtyard. Live music, raffle prizes and giveaways all day long. The fee for the barbecue and expo is $25 per person; $5 for expo only. To make reservations, call 970-945-6511.

Habitat for Humanity for the Roaring Fork Valley (HFHRFV) is holding its inaugural charity golf tournament at the Roaring Fork Club on Sept. 25 to raise funds for building additional homes for local low-income families. Players are encouraged to register early for the event, which includes golf, cart, golf shirt, lunch and cocktail party/dinner. Chaffin/Light Real Estate is sponsoring the event, and other sponsorships are available.Since its inception in 2000, the local Habitat affiliate has built two homes for needy families. Currently, a duplex in Carbondale is under construction to house two more partner families. Partner families own their homes by repaying a 30-year interest-free mortgage. The families must complete 250 to 500 sweat equity hours on the home during construction. HFHRFV relies upon volunteers as well as in-kind and cash donations to attain its mission to eliminate substandard housing. For more information about the local Habitat for Humanity, to register for the golf tournament, or learn more about tournament sponsorship opportunities, call 963-8555 or e-mail: habitatRFV@ gmail.com.


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