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Skylark School benefit

Skylark School is hosting a benefit dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Russo's Pizza in Glenwood Meadows. Enjoy pizza and salad for $13 per person, $23 per couple and $30 per family. Dairy Queen Coupons will be provided by Dairy Queen's own mascot. Proceeds will benefit Skylark School's tuition assistance program and operational costs.

Donation site for accident victim

Earlier this year, James Philben, who was born and raised in the valley, was in an accident. He was life-flighted to Denver and received emergency surgery and is now facing rehab at the Craig Center for paraplegia. A donation site has been set up that includes his progress, and accounts at local banks for his recovery fund:

Suicide prevention classes

The Aspen Hope Center is offering suicide prevention classes at locations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. They are part of the national QPR Suicide Prevention program designed to be easy to teach and learn. QPR stands for question, persuade and refer — three steps that can prevent a suicide, according to the QPR website. The free classes will teach students how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question the person, then persuade them to seek help and refer them to professionals.

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The classes last about one hour. Following is the schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Basalt at the Midvalley Health Institute.

Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. The class will be taught in Spanish at Carbondale's St. Mary's.

For more information or to register, call 925-5858.

DIY: Photo Editing Fun

Do you see all those edited photos online and wonder how you can do that, too? Join the Garfield Public Libraries as they explore basic photo editing skills utilizing free online programs and smartphone apps to enhance your photos with cool filters and trendy techniques. Bring your laptop, smartphone or tablet if you would like hands-on practice with our tech specialist. The last class is at 5 p.m. Feb. 27, at the Carbondale Branch Library. For more information about these free community events, visit

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