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Community Briefs, 7/18/13

Go do some cob building

The public is invited to learn about cob building from Laura Bartels and Dave Kodama from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 100 N. Third St. on July 19-21. Cob is a mixture of clay, sand and straw used to create organic shapes for benches, ovens, homes and other structures, according to a press release. Bartels and Weaver will be working on True Terana Peace Park (located north of True Nature Healing Arts) and creating earthen couches around a stone fire pit. “Come for an hour or stay and play for the day,” Bartels said. “No experience necessary but dress to be in the mud.” For more information call True Nature Healing Arts at 963-9900 or GreenWeaver at 379-6779.

Hike the Middle Thompson

Wilderness Workshop is leading a free hike in the Middle Thompson Creek area on July 27. This moderate hike travels through the diverse landscape of the Thompson Divide and will visit one or more natural gas well sites proposed by SG Interests. There will be opportunities for “ground truthing” (looking for sensitive vegetation and wildlife to help with Wilderness Workshop’s legal work to protect the Thompson Divide from gas development) and discussion of threats to the area posed by proposed gas development. Info: wildernessworkshop .org or 963-3977.

Town still looking for commissioners

The town of Carbondale is seeking members for the Planning & Zoning Commission, Tree Board, Environmental Board, Historic Preservation Commission and the Parks & Recreation Commission. The deadline to apply is July 31. To learn more about each board and commission, or to submit an application, visit carbondalegov.org or call Janet Buck at 510-1208.

Aspen offering childcare help

The city of Aspen and Kids First are offering financial aid to help defray the cost of childcare for working families, according to a press release. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1 for assistance to being on Sept. 1. Only new families need to apply. For details, call 920-5769.

Library offers Universal Class

The Garfield County Library District is offering Universal Class, a free online learning resource that offers hundreds of classes covering hundreds of topics. For details, go to gcpld.org.

Inward Bound starts July 29

Nannette Weinhold and teachers from Naropa University’s MA program are offering a mindfulness retreat for tweens and teens at Carbondale Community School from July 29 through Aug. 2. There’ll be hip-hop dance, poetry, creative writing, performances, expressive art, nature hikes and yoga. For details, call 970-765-6057.

Pro bike race seeks volunteers

The USA Pro Cycle Challenge rolls through Aspen and Snowmass on Aug. 19-20 and volunteers are needed. For details, go to aspenupcc.com.

Sportsmen’s caucus slated for Eagle

Colorado Parks and Wildlife holds its first Sportsmen’s Roundtable at the town of Eagle public library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 25. For details, go to cpw.state.co.us.