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Chimney Rock Volunteer Open House and Rummage Sale

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) invites community members to come to the annual Chimney Rock Archaeological Area Open House and Rummage Sale at the Ross Aragon Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 9.

The purpose of this event is to acquaint the public with the varied projects and volunteer opportunities at Chimney Rock and to raise money for the preservation of this ancient archaeological area.

There will be a host of CRIA volunteers on hand who are eager to introduce guests to the varied projects and volunteer opportunities at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. Some of the volunteer opportunities include:

• Chimney Rock cabin host.

• Tour guide.

• Special events/projects.

• Trail maintenance.

• Trailhead hosts.

• Cabin hosts.

As CRIA gears up for the 2011 program schedule, organizational priorities shift toward the most important preparations for the season — that of program staffing.

Since CRIA is primarily staffed with volunteers, like those you’ll meet at the open house, it is essential to the program’s success that the volunteer corps remains strong in skills and numbers. It is not unusual to have an average annual staff of around 80 volunteers. Without the volunteers’ skills and valuable time, it would be impossible to keep this local, nonprofit, interpretive program viable and the gates to Chimney Rock open.

For more information, stop by the Chimney Rock Open House and Rummage Sale. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, have a snack, shop and chat with the volunteers. There is a welcoming committee waiting just for you.

CRIA operates in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest. For program information, view the CRIA website at www.chimneyrockco.org, or call 264-2287.

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