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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – The city of Aspen provides a financial aid program, Kids First, to help defray the expense of child care for working families. The deadline for applications from families that will be new to the program is Aug. 1, with assistance to begin Sept. 1.

Only new families need to apply at this time, according to a city news release.

Applications are available through all Pitkin County licensed child care programs, the Kids First office in the Yellow Brick Building at 215 N. Garmisch St. in Aspen or via

For more information, call (970) 920-5769 or send an email to

ASPEN – The new Bicycles for Humanity-Aspen Roaring Fork chapter is holding two open meetings for volunteers for its projects this summer.

The group is collecting donated bikes to send to Africa this fall, and conducting a fundraiser during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Aug. 24. Volunteer opportunities will be outlined at the two meetings, where there will be screenings of short films and refreshments. All are welcome.

Meetings are set for 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the Red Brick Center, 110 E. Hallam St., Aspen; and from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Dos Gringos, 588 Highway 133, Carbondale.

For more details, contact Mark Stevens at (970) 948-3097 or

ASPEN – Pitkin County Library will host a book-signing and reading event featuring Aspen native author Jill Vannice Burchmore and her most recent book, “Groovin’ In the Canyon,” at noon Friday.

The book is Burchmore’s account of her seven-day trip in 2009 with her husband John and sons Jake and Leland, which brought her into a deeper understanding of herself and her life’s direction.

“My second-grade teacher at Aspen Elementary School, Mrs. Wall, always told me I’d be a writer,” Burchmore said. “As cliche as it may sound, the Grand Canyon provided enough inspiration for me to live up to her prediction.”

The event will include a reading and short slideshow.

SNOWMASS RODEO – There will be a benefit for local Cash Burnaman at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Snowmass Rodeo Grounds, as part of the Wild West Show.

Last year, Burnaman journeyed to India for stem cell treatment: He was 5, and couldn’t walk. He has a rare chromosomal disorder that includes autism. After two months of treatment, Cash returned to Aspen and began to walk.

This weekend’s benefit includes an authentic Wild West show about the history of the Roaring Fork Valley, including a pioneer village, mountain men, Ute Indian dancing, bronco riding, butter churning, a cattle roundup, forging, farriers, broom and candle making, and more.

Tickets at the gate are $18 for adults, $10 for children, kids 5 and younger are free. The Hickory House will serve food and the Dan Ford country band will provide music. The fundraiser will help send Cash back to India for more treatment.

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