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The Roaring Fork School District on Wednesday approved the school-year calendar for 2006-07 and announced that classes will begin and end one week later than normal.Fall classes for next year will start on Tuesday, Sept. 5, after the Labor Day holiday, and continue one week later into the spring, with the last day of school scheduled for June 7 with a noon release. The delayed calendar start is necessary to accommodate school construction projects this summer, according to the administration.The holiday break for students next school year will be from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. Spring break will be during the last week in March. High school graduations will be May 26, 2007, during the Memorial Day weekend.The entire Roaring Fork School District 2006-07 calendar will be online at http://www.rfsd.org and will be sent home to parents later this spring.

State wildlife officials need volunteers in the Roaring Fork Valley to help prevent human-bear conflicts.The Colorado Division of Wildlife is accepting applications for volunteers for the Roaring Fork Bear Aware Program. The volunteers provide information to residents about how to avoid bear conflicts.Volunteers receive training on bear behavior, removing things that attract bears and handling bear conflicts. They do not handle bears directly.To volunteer or get more information, contact Sonia Marzec, DOW district wildlife manager, as soon as possible at (970) 947-2920. Interviews will take place at the end of March, and training will begin in April.

Aspen Valley Hospital, the Given Institute of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Aspen Given Foundation are joining forces to present two lectures to the community in late March and early April.Psychiatrist Alan Nelson will present “Depression: What it is, What it’s Not, and How to Treat It” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The topics will include the difference between clinical depression and “the blues,” when to be concerned, when to seek treatment, self-help strategies, and the role of medications.Nelson will discuss healthy marriages and the fact that as many as 50 percent of U.S. marriages end in divorce, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 5.Nelson is a board-certified psychiatrist and medical director of mental and behavioral health at Aspen Valley Hospital.Both programs are free and open to the public. They will be at the Given Institute, 100 E. Francis St.For more information, call 544-1296 or 925-1057.


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