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GHCC hopes to connect Carbondale to Parachute

In order to promote the launch of Garfield Healthy Communities Coalition (GHCC), formerly known as LiveWell Garfield County, a free event will be hosted at the Ute Theatre on Thursday, celebrating local communities and their efforts in making the county a healthier place to live. The event will include local food, local entertainment, and local speakers and will showcase some of Garfield County's most successful wellness programs.

"It's a community celebration of all of our programs," said Dana Wood, Garfield Healthy Communities Coalition coordinator. "Community leaders from all of Garfield County's different communities will be invited and it should present a great opportunity for bonding and connections to be made from Carbondale to Parachute."

Wood wants to encourage anyone and everyone to come as it is free and open to the public.

The program will include presentations from representatives of several successful Garfield County programs such as the Sopris Elementary Wellness Team, La Liga Women's Soccer, an organization of women soccer players split into at least six different teams throughout Garfield County, and the Gleaning Project, a partnership with local farmers of Garfield County to help glean produce and donate it to various organizations.

Margaret Donnelly, a member of the GHCC committee, estimated that close to 90 percent of the players in La Liga Women's Soccer are Spanish speakers.

All the presentations on Thursday night will include translations.

By inviting these organizations and the communities that take part in them, Wood and the rest of the GHCC committee hope to establish relationships that can be used to help build current programs and create new ones.

"The big thing for use is to get all the communities together and talking," said Jody Williams, member of the GHCC committee. "One way or another everyone in attendance is touched by what we do."

The purpose is to create a network throughout Garfield County to help us expand what we're doing, she added.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with presentations from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and entertainment going until 9 p.m.