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ASPEN – The trustees of El Pomar Foundation have selected the Aspen-based Buddy Program as a finalist for the 2010 Awards for Excellence in the youth development category. The Awards for Excellence selection commission recognizes the Buddy Program as one of the three best among all similar nonprofits in Colorado. As a finalist, the Buddy Program is slated to receive a $7,500 award. Should the trustees decide the Buddy Program is the best of the three nominees, it will receive a total award of $15,000. Of the thirty-three nominees in 11 categories, one will receive a $50,000 award as the best nonprofit in Colorado this fall. In early November, Buddy Program staff will travel to the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs to find out if they’ve won. “We are incredibly excited to be recognized as one of the very best nonprofits serving youth in the state of Colorado,” said Catherine Anne Provine, executive director, in a press release. “El Pomar is one of the largest foundations in the state, and this is a tremendous honor. We’ve received this award by fulfilling our mission to strengthen our community by guiding and inspiring youth through mentoring. We accomplish this by serving more than 450 youth annually through one-on-one and experiential group mentoring from Aspen through Parachute. “Every year for the past 37 years, we have become a greater driving force in getting at-risk youth on a more productive, healthier path to adulthood. Our mentoring programs give youth, ages 6-17, the opportunity, knowledge and support to achieve success. We are so very pleased to receive this award.”El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West. It contributes $25 million annually through direct grants and community stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives.

CARBONDALE – The new Main Street Market and Artist Bazaar, held in downtown Carbondale at the 4th Street Plaza & Park, continues from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7. The market and bazaar feature more than 30 artists, home and farm garden produce and food and drink vendors selling their homemade works and food products.Each week during the market, from 5-8 p.m., a local musician is scheduled to perform on the town’s Main Street Market center stage. Next week’s featured entertainment is longtime Aspen musician Dave Taylor.For information on the Carbondale Main Street Market & Artist Bazaar, or to get involved as a market vendor, call the Carbondale Recreation Department at 704-4148.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Andrew Romanoff, Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Colorado, will be appearing at a home in the Canyon Creek area near Glenwood Springs at noon on Monday.The event is to be held at the home of Henry and Janice Nordsiek, 46157 Highway 6 (the frontage road that parallels Interstate 70). Canyon Creek is at exit 109 on I-70, about 5 miles west of Glenwood Springs.For more information or to request precise directions, call the residence at 947-1933.