Community Briefs

St. Patrick’s Crafts for Kids

The New Castle Community Center on Main Street presents St. Patrick’s Crafts for Kids from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 15. There will be multiple craft project stations set up for kids ages 3–13.

Children registered online before March 14 can participate in all stations for a fee of $15 per child. Drop-ins are welcome to participate for a fee of $5 per station.

Book Bingo

Kids and teens are invited to celebrate the start of spring break with a fun-filled afternoon of Book Bingo. Every bingo wins a book. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The fun will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at the New Castle Library. For more information call 970-984-2346.

Popcorn and a Movie

The Carbondale Library presents a screening of the Oscar-nominated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22. The movie is rated PG. Refreshments will be provided, and it is free to attend and open to all. For more information call the library at 970-963-2889.

Popcorn and a Movie: Mary Poppins Marathon

The New Castle Library presents a Mary Poppins movie marathon starting at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, with the classic “Mary Poppins,” followed by “Saving Mr. Banks” and finishing with the new “Mary Poppins Returns.” Free and open to all. Popcorn and drinks provided. For more information call 970-984-2346.

Spring Lecture Series: The Road to Wounded Knee

As Americans poured west and inundated the land and devoured resources, the plains exploded in a tumultuous firestorm of incidents and reprisals between Native American warriors and U.S. Army troops. Steve Adelson will examine the confrontations, battles, massacres and the controversies that surround them. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Glenwood Springs Library. It is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 970-945-5958.

Meet the Author: Kids Storytime Edition

Author Walker Jeans Mills will read her new book, “The Good Dog,” for a special Storytime at the Carbondale Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28. There will be a visit from a very special guest, Charlie the dog. The event is free and open to the public, but since the library will be closed when it begins use the after-hours entrance to the Calaway Room located by the parking lot. For more information call the library at 970-963-2889.

Sing-A-Long with “Oklahoma!”

The Parachute Library presents the 1955 classic movie “Oklahoma!” and sing-a-long at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 29. Refreshments will be served, and costumes are encouraged. It will be an evening of music and merriment. For more information call 970-285-9870.

Walk MS: Glenwood Springs & 5K Run committee members needed

Walk MS is looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping the National MS Society prepare for the 2019 Walk MS: Glenwood Springs & 5K Run which will take place Saturday, May 11. Duties of the planning committee are to ensure a successful event including: coordinating the pancake breakfast, managing the silent auction by helping with item donations and pre-event set-up (ie. bid sheets), promoting the event within Glenwood Springs and surrounding communities, and anything else that would make Walk MS: Glenwood Springs & 5K Run the favorite community event of the year. Contact Suzie Reel for more information at 970-263-4393 or

Updated cash-back rebates for energy improvements from CORE

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency is offering new and updated cash-back rebates to incentivize energy efficiency improvements in 2019 to help the Roaring Fork Valley save energy and cut carbon. The annual program includes 19 rebates offering up to $500-2,500 each for energy projects in: electricity, renewables, hot water, heating and cooling, and home envelope. New this year, homeowners and renters can tap into $2,500 for fuel-switching, while businesses can increase their EV charging capacity. Residents from Aspen to Glenwood Springs can access CORE rebates all year long for their home or business. More information, a downloadable rebate brochure and free technical advising are available at and 970-925-9775.

Free legal clinic at Basalt Library

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Basalt Regional Library at 14 Midland Ave. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner

The American Legion Post 100 in Carbondale, 97 N. Third St., is hosting a traditional corned beef & cabbage dinner from 1–4 p.m. Sunday, March 17. This event is open to the public; attendees do not need to be a member of the legion to attend. Cost is $10.

Early literacy make & take workshops

Family, friend and neighbor caregivers are invited to the Rifle Library for fresh ideas to make early literacy and learning fun. Gain connections with others who can support you – all while enjoying food, new ideas, and early literacy activities to make and take home. A storytime, snack and craft activity will be provided for the children in attendance. There will be three workshops in this series, and participants can attend all or just one: Mondays, March 18, April 22, and May 20. Each event will begin at 2 p.m. and is free and open to all. For more information call the Rifle Library at 970-625-3471.

Hands-Only CPR Classes

Effective CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Landon Churchill of Big Red Fire Training will be holding hourly sessions of basic hands-only CPR at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the main library area of the Rifle Library. While this is not a certificate earning class, learning the basics could be a lifesaver. For more information call the library at 970-625-3471.

Infant CPR and Safety Class

The Infant CPR and Safety Class is designed to give new parents the skills to keep their children safe and respond quickly to emergencies. Taught by Landon Churchill of Big Red Fire Training, the class will cover principles of correct and safe car seat installation as well as infant choking and infant CPR. The class begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Rifle Library. It is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is encouraged. For more information or to register call the library at 970-625-3471.

Meet the Author featuring Darrell Munsell

Join local author Darrell Munsell to discuss his new book “Protecting a Valley and Saving A River,” a success story of grassroots environmental activism in the valley. Munsell will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Rifle Library. After the discussion there will be books available for purchase and signing. This event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. Presented in partnership with the Rifle Heritage Center and Museum. For more information call the library at 970-625-3471.

Ukrainian Eggs

Jaci Spuhler will guide classes through the traditional method of creating Ukrainian Eggs at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the New Castle Library, followed by Saturday, April 6, at the Silt Library, and finally on Saturday, April 13, at the Parachute Library. Registration is required, and materials will be provided. Maximum of 10 participants in each class. Ages 14 and up. Visit or call the library at 970-984-2346 (New Castle), 970-876-5500 (Silt) or 970-285-9870 (Parachute) to reserve a spot.



Autism Support Group

This group is for all parents of children with autism or “on the spectrum” kids. Participants meet at the Silt Library and discuss issues that arise, share funny stories, and help with questions the doctors just can’t answer. Call or stop by the library to learn about upcoming dates or schedule a special session. For more information call the library at 970-876-5500.

High Country RSVP Seeks Volunteers for American Red Cross

In light of this summer’s increased wildfire activity, organizations like the American Red Cross of Colorado need additional volunteers in order to serve the community with disaster preparedness and response services. This will ensure that if ever there is an emergency, there will always be trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is looking for volunteers age 55 and older to serve with the American Red Cross of Colorado in Garfield County. There are numerous ways to volunteer with the organization, and training will be provided. For more information, contact Mary Moon, RSVP volunteer manager, at 970-947-8462 or

2018 Noxious Weeds Cost Share Program

Prevention, eradication and containment are the three essential functions in weed management. The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and Southside Conservation Districts along with Garfield County’s Vegetation Management program will provide cost sharing financial assistance to rural landowners for the control of noxious weeds on their property. An onsite visit by the Conservation District or Garfield County Vegetation Management is required and continue through November. For more information visit or contact Jonathan with the Conservation Districts at 404-3438 to schedule a site visit.

New Castle Cub Scouts seek adult leader

Would you like to get involved with a great group of kids? The New Castle Cub Scouts is looking for one or two den leaders to hold den meeting for one hour twice a month. All the meetings are preplanned for you. Minimum age is 21, and there is no maximum age. For more information, call John Harcourt at 970-984-0288.

LIFT-UP needs volunteers

Both English-speaking and bilingual volunteers are needed for a variety of LIFT-UP programs. Volunteer opportunities include:

Extended table: If you are part of a group interesting in serving and helping others or like to cook, this program is for you. LIFT-UP is looking for groups to pick a day to plan, prepare and serve the meal at Extended Table in Glenwood Springs.

Meal monkey: Be a part of the team that provides lunches to school kids on Fridays. Students, 18 and under, are served sack lunches on Fridays (since there is no school in the Re-2 school district on Fridays). Donations of snacks, funding and time are all needed.

Volunteer for veggies: Help UpRoot Colorado reduce food loss and food insecurity by helping harvest and redistribute fresh fruits and vegetables to our local pantries.

For more information, contact Renee Horton at (970) 625-4496 or email

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) is a support group of parents helping parents that meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday at River Center, 126 N. Fourth St. in New Castle, to offer education and support, at no charge, for parents who are dealing with a son or daughter suffering from addiction. PAL can also help spouses who feel they have to parent their addicted partner. PAL is open to all sober family members and friends who are 18 years and older.

For more information visit or call Diane Pfaff at 970-379-5299.

Frontier Museum seeks volunteers

Volunteers make it possible to keep the doors of the Frontier Museum open. Anyone interested in volunteering and learning about Glenwood Spring’s history can pick up a free history book. Those who like to talk with people make wonderful volunteers. For information call 970-945-4448 or email

High Country RSVP

Want to have more meaning in your life? Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community? Would you like to meet new people? Are you 55 or older? High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) needs you. RSVP’s mission is to enrich the lives of men and women, age 55 and older, through meaningful volunteer opportunities that use their skills, abilities, and life experiences in service to their communities. High Country RSVP is a national Senior Corps organization under the Corporation for National and Community Service and was started here in Glenwood Springs in 1973.

Our objectives are to meet the critical needs in our communities through volunteer recruitment and management and meet the needs of the growing base of seniors in our communities, enabling them to continue to live independently (age in place).

As our new year begins please consider contacting RSVP’s professional volunteer manager Elisabeth Worrell, 970-947-8460, who will help you determine where your skills, abilities, and interests are and make a connection with one of the 36 volunteer stations we partner with.

Symphony in the Valley

Symphony in the Valley, a volunteer organization comprising local musicians making music for the communities here in the valley, is looking for musicians of all ages who play an orchestra instrument. High school students are welcome with a teacher’s recommendation. Contact Symphony in the Valley via the Contact Us page at

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