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The Spring Swim Lessons are now open for enrollment. Parent and Child, Preschool Aquatics and Levels 1-4 are offered at various times and days. Check out the full description at www.snowmassrecreation.com or call 922 2240. Space is limited. Look out for the Summer Lessons - out soon.

The new American Red Cross Standards are being taught in this 25 hour class at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center. Become a certified lifeguard, certification is valid for 2 years. Class is held Thursdays May 3rd and 10th and Saturdays May 5th and 12th. Space is limited to 8 participants. Students must be 15 years of age before the final day of the class and successfully complete the 3 pre-requisite skills prior to the class commencing. Check out the full description at www.snowmassrecreation.com or call 922 2240.

Challenge Aspen will present a special screening of "The Movement, One Man Joins an Uprising" at the Wheeler Opera House on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. The film was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and is narrated by Robert Redford and Warren Miller. The film highlights five individuals from all walks of life who have faced their respective disabilities and found the inspiration to overcome many obstacles. Through skiing, each of them has discovered or rediscovered the freedom of movement. The pure joy of playing with gravity has carried into the rest of their lives. Their experiences in the mountains serves as a metaphor for leaping over the hurdles created by living with a disability.

One of the five individuals is Rick Finkelstein was paralyzed in a ski accident on Aspen Mountain in 2004. With a severed spine and severe internal trauma, he wasn't expected to live. Six years, nine surgeries and a lifetime of rehab later, cameras captured his dramatic return to Aspen and skiing. Challenge Aspen instructors Ryan Latham and Nicole Marx were instrumental in helping Finkelstein ski again in addition to helping produce the film at Snowmass Ski Area.

Producer and Director Kurt Miller, along with Challenge Aspen instructors Ryan Latham and Nicole Marx will be in attendance.

Tickets are available at the Wheeler Box Office or online at Aspenshowtix.com.

• March 15

• 4 -7:30 p.m.

• Capitol Creek Ranch Conservation Easement

• Meet at Highway 82 Park and Ride, Old Snowmass

Join Paul Holsinger, Open Space Land Officer, Steve Child, and Roaring Fork Conservancy staff on snowshoes through the Capitol Creek Ranch riparian area, by beaver ponds, through aspen forests while also exploring the history of the property. Capitol Creek Ranch, an iconic property that is protected by conservation easement within the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program was originally owned by the late Bob Child who was integral in many significant conservation efforts in the Roaring Fork Valley starting in the 1960s. Bob Child's book "My Life as a Child" will be available for purchase for $10. Snowshoes are required (please note if you need to borrow a pair). Please bring a snack and a hot drink thermos if you wish. This program is appropriate for ages 12 years and older.

Please dress appropriately; the hike will happen snow or shine. The event is free and underwritten by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.

Registration is required and can be done by visiting: www.roaringfork.org/events. Please call (970) 927-1290 with questions.

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