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Participate this Earth Day

Dear Editor:Aspen is a beautiful community with a lot of beautiful and intelligent people, but we don’t seem to be pulling our weight in the environmental fight.Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day. Several people, with the help of the city of Aspen, Piktin County and the Aspen Skiing Co., have organized a full day of fun events that everyone (who is still in town after the lifts close) should attend!An Earth Day 10K and 4K running race begins at 9 a.m. at Paepcke Park with an entertaining quiz contest along the route of the 4K. Simultaneously, the city’s parks department will be organizing a citywide cleanup. Awards and a raffle for both the race and clean-up will be held at high noon at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies located behind the post office, followed by an Earth Day fair.The City of Aspen is hosting a film entitled “Too Hot Not to Handle” at 3 p.m. at the Given Institute, and Roaring Fork Conservancy is hosting a lecture with representative Kathleen Curry at 5:30 p.m. at Harris Hall. Culminating the day’s events is a communitywide par-tay at Bumps from 6-10 p.m., with food and drink, live music and plenty of stimulating conversation (we hope!).Registration for the race is at http://www.active.com (search Earth Day 10K), or you can pick up a flier at Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Bristlecone Sports or the Ute Mountaineer. To volunteer for the race or the event at Bumps, e-mail jackfran@comcast.net. To volunteer for the city cleanup, call the city parks department at 920-5120. For any other questions or more information, call Adam at ACES, 925-5756 or Jackie at 379-0360.Tread hard on the trail and light on the planet! Hope to see you all there!Jackie Francis TylerAspen


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