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Carbondale

Crystal Theatre holding thank-you party

The Crystal Theatre is hosting a digital Donor Appreciation party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the theater, located at 427 Main St. in Carbondale.

The party is to recognize those who donated to the recent digital cinema fundraising campaign. Owners Bob and Kathy Ezra needed help from friends and fans of their theater to raise about $70,000 needed for the conversion from 35-millimeter film to digital equipment. The effort was successful.

There will be drawings for various prizes including several dinner-and-a-movie packages compliments of MiCasita, Russets, the Pour House, Phat Thai and Town; movie posters from Searching for Sugar Man, Midnight in Paris and The Hunger Games; and much more.

There will a background trailer show of past movies, food and beverages, and donors pick up their perks. For details and to RSVP, visit the website at http://www.crystaltheatrecarbondale.com or call 963-1745.

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Redstone

Celebration for end of dam threat

A party will be held in Redstone Sunday, Aug. 25, to celebrate the end of a plan for dams in the Crystal River Valley.

"End of the Dam Affair" will be held at Redstone Park from 3 to 5 p.m. with music "and a free-flowing river," the announcement said.

U.S. Congress, in the 1950s, authorized the construction of two dams on the Crystal River, one that would have flooded Redstone and another further upstream that would have submerged one of the most ecologically valuable wetlands in the valley. Another part of the project would have diverted water from the river at Avalanche Creek.

The purpose of the projects was to supply water to the West Divide area, south of Rifle and Silt.

"Finally, after years of resistance, the prospect of dams on the Crystal has been defeated," the party announcement said. The West Divide District, which held the authorization to build the dams, abandoned its water rights as well as its right to dam or divert the Crystal River.

An effort is underway to have the river designated as "wild and scenic" to prevent future efforts to dam or divert it. There will be a presentation in the Osgood Room of the Redstone Inn at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 to talk about use of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to protect the Crystal River.

The celebration is sponsored by Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Crystal River Caucus, the Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club and the Redstone Community Association.

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