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ASPEN – Dr. Kirk Johnson, lead scientist on the Snowmass Village fossil dig, will present a talk, “In our Backyard: Unearthing History of Mammoth Proportions,” on Thursday, June 23 at the Aspen Institute.Johnson is chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. His one-hour talk, at the institute’s Paepcke Auditorium, will take place at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those 18 years old and under, and are available for purchase at http://www.aspenshowtix.com or at the door. Johnson and his colleagues have been unearthing Ice Age fossils at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village, in what has become one of the most remarkable scientific discoveries in Colorado history. To date, museum scientists and volunteers have recovered more than 3,000 bones from mastodons, mammoths, a camel, giant bison, deer and ground sloths, among others.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – An organization that helps young residents of the Roaring Fork Valley with developmental disabilities train and compete in athletic events needs help raising funds.Roaring Fork Mountain Ninos, a Special Olympics team, will hold a benefit dinner and concert Friday, June 24 at the Eagles Club in Glenwood Springs. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for an all-you-can eat pizza and salad dinner, a silent auction and live music. The event goes until 11 p.m.The auction features a Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by John Oates and a Margarita Maker provided by Jimmy Buffett’s road manager. The bands 50/Fifty and Straightshot will perform.Matt Harrington, one of the organizers of the event, said his son Oliver has benefited from the work of Roaring Fork Mountain Ninos. Oliver participated in a regional track and field event in Grand Junction in May and took first place in the 25-meter wheelchair race and first place in the softball throw.”It wouldn’t surprise me to see this kid’s face on a box of Wheaties someday,” the father said.He credited the directors of the program for their dedication working with Special Olympians in the valley. The program gets folks from ages 8 to 21 involved in year-round sports and builds their self-esteem.For tickets to the event or to make a donation, call Matt Harrington at 948-7703.

BASALT – Total Merchant Services of Basalt and Christ Community Church will host a spaghetti dinner benefit for the victims of the recent tornadoes across the country. All proceeds will go to World Vision, which will distribute the money to the victims. Donations will be accepted.The dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, at Christ Community Church, 20351 Colorado 82, Basalt.The group is also holding a supply drive through June 21 and will be sending all supplies donated to Joplin, Mo. Contact jcristman@merchantserviceshq.com, or (970) 319-8430 or (970)-429-7560, ext. 9284, for more information.

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