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The Wheeler Opera House will replace all 370 seats in the orchestra section and rearrange the new seats to provide more leg room and full-view spots.Despite being only about 26 years old, the Wheelers seating has been the No. 1 source of complaint from our user groups and audiences, said Gram Slaton, executive director of the opera house.Work will begin immediately after the Aspen Music Festival. The theaters balcony seating will not be replaced, but it will be refurbished this summer as well. The theater is considering putting the seats it is removing up for sale, as Aspen Skiing Co. did with the gondolas it retired this spring.Also in the works is a custom-designed ticketing software program that will allow patrons to purchase tickets online in real time. That program should be up and running by the end of the month.

The weekly rodeo in Snowmass Village returns Wednesday with bull riding, team roping and barrel racing, among much else in the events 34th year.Children can take roping lessons and pony rides, and tackle a mechanical bucking bronc and bull. The childrens events open at 5 p.m., and kids 10 and under get in for free. Adult tickets are $16, while the fare for children 11 to 15 is $10.There are also a calf scramble and mutton bustin events for the wee ones. A barbecue dinner also starts at 5 p.m., and a concession stand and saloon will be available, as well.The main rodeo events begin at 7 p.m. The rodeo will continue every Wednesday through Aug. 23. Tickets are available at 923-8898 and at the gate.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers needs volunteers to help create a new urban wetland at the Aspen Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, June 24.Wetlands are extremely important ecosystems that provide wildlife habitat, and improve water quality, RFOV officials stated in a news release. You can help restore these natural lands in your back yard, and help preserve a habitat essential to over 80 percent of Colorados wildlife.RFOV and its project partners the city of Aspen parks and water departments, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Aspen Sports and others will provide the tools, materials, leadership, and rewards, including a dinner at the end of the day.To volunteer or for more information, call RFOV at 927-8241 (toll-free at 877-662-5220), e-mail rfov@sopris.net or visit http://www.rfov.org.RFOV, an 11-year-old nonprofit organization, is dedicated to promoting volunteer stewardship of public lands by completing trail work and other long-lasting conservation projects.


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