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ASPEN – The public is invited to the Aspen School District Bus Barn today to get their cars washed and help Aspen Middle School students raise money for Charity Water.

Charity Water provides clean and safe water to developing countries. As part of the AMS Service Learning Day, all fifth- through eighth-grade Basecamp classes choose a project to better their world. Said seventh-grader Cole Bond, “Everyone deserves clean water.”

The car wash runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recommended donation is $7-10, depending on the size of vehicle. All proceeds go to

ASPEN – Cycling supporters in Aspen have a chance to put their dollars where their hearts are and bolster the sport in their own backyard. A fundraiser to benefit the Aspen/Snowmass Women’s Pro Stage Race and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge ASPEN – Aspen Queen Stage will be held next Thursday and Friday.

Tejay Van Garderen, a member of team HTC High Road and a USA Pro Cycling Challenge contender, will host a dinner, as well as a VIP breakfast, clinic and ride. Van Garderen was the fifth-place finisher in the 2011 Tour of California and was also named “best young rider” in the competition. Co-hosting the dinner is Aspen’s own Jessica Phillips, a two-time national champion and organizer of the Aspen/Snowmass Women’s Pro Stage Race.

The fundraising dinner will be at Ajax Tavern on Thursday starting at 6 p.m. It will feature time with Van Garderen and Phillips, silent and live auctions with a VIP ride in the HTC Team Car during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, autographed jerseys and more. The dinner is $75 and includes dinner, beer and wine. RSVPs are encouraged, as space is limited. Send an email to or call (970) 920-6332 for reservations.

On Friday, Van Garderen will host a VIP breakfast clinic and ride. A maximum of 10 participants will be able to participate in this exclusive clinic, which will focus on industry secrets, nutrition, time-trial techniques and more. Call (970) 920-6332 for pricing and more information.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Aspen/Snowmass Women’s Pro Stage Race and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Aspen Stage.

The Aspen/Snowmass Women’s Pro Stage Race, Aug. 22-24, will be a women’s professional/elite stage race, including a time trial from the base of Aspen Highlands to the scenic and iconic Maroon Bells; a circuit race through the rolling hills of Snowmass Village; and a criterium race through the streets of downtown Aspen. Between 50 and 70 top riders from around the world are expected to participate. Proceeds from the race will be used to support young women’s athletic programs in the Aspen/Snowmass area.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, to be held Aug. 22-28, is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. On Aug. 24, Aspen will host the “Queen Stage” of the 600-mile route, with riders coming over Independence Pass and into town.

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