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Aspen Chapel performance Sunday

Five students from a Tibetan boarding school in Kathmandu, Nepal, will perform at the Aspen Chapel at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The performance comes after Aspenites Shereen and Jack Sarick traveled around the world in 2012-13 and lived and worked at Marshyangdi School for two months. The mother and son wanted to bring the students back to Aspen to perform, which they will do at the free event.

Animals to be blessed today

Aspen Community Church will hold its Blessing of the Animals at 11 a.m. today.

"St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals, and it is customary for churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day, which is Oct. 4," said the Rev. Mike Nickerson, pastor at the church.

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The blessing will take place on the church's new patio, and animals of all species and faiths (and their owners) are welcome.

Professional photographer John Kelly will be on hand to take free photographs of owners with their pets.

For more information, contact the church office at 970-925-1571.

Aspen Community Church is located at 200 E. Bleeker St.

Chicken workshop is today

The Pitkin County Landfill will hold a Living Lab Workshop today that will help break down what it takes to raise chickens with a session called "Yard Tractors — Raising Chickens for Fun and Food."

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. until noon at the landfill with local chicken expert Shana Miller. Miller will discuss requirements for raising layer hens and broilers at altitude. Other topics include raising pullets, protection from predators, feed requirement, breed selection, roosters and how to create a happy coop.