Valley locals booth applications
Applications are now available and due May 24 for the 2019 Valley Artists’ Booth at the 48th annual Mountain Fair in Carbondale on July 26-28. The booth allows local artists to exhibit and sell their artwork in a cooperative, inexpensive way. Gallery space is limited, and artwork will be juried. Applicants must be current members of Carbondale Arts and reside in an “816” ZIP code area. Submissions must be the artist’s own handmade (not manufactured, not imported) work. Criteria for judging include quality and uniqueness of items. Artists are required to assist with set-up and breakdown, and to work shifts during the fair. Carbondale Arts will provide the tent, pro panels and pedestals. Artists are responsible for their own display. Carbondale Arts will handle the accounting and collect sales tax. Fees due upon acceptance. Questions? Email email@example.com. Applications are available online at www.carbondalearts.com.
Help paying for prescription drugs
Those on Medicare with individual income under $1,550 per month may be eligible for financial help paying for prescription drugs. For a married couple, the joint amount is $2,100. Any who think they might qualify can call High Country RSVP for assistance at 970-384-8744.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.aspencore.org and 970-925-9775.
Spring Lecture Series: Mexican American Identity in World War II
CU Boulder postdoctoral research associate Natalie Mendoza, Ph.D., will discuss how Mexican-American leaders in the U.S. Southwest used World War II, the Good Neighbor Policy, and historical narrative to broaden the meaning of who is an American. On Wednesday, April 24, at the Glenwood Springs Library, Mendoza will explain how reimagining American identity and civil rights priorities in the midst of the wartime emergency prompted the government to create a federal program focused, for the first time, on the needs of Mexican-Americans. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to all. For more information call the library at 970-945-5958.
Staff work day closure
All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Thursday, April 25, for a staff training day. The libraries will resume normal hours on Friday, April 26. Patrons can still browse and request books, movies and more at www.gcpld.org during the closure.
Art journal mini workshop
Create a personalized work of art on a journal-notebook at the art journal mini workshop from 10–11 a.m. Friday, April 26, at the New Castle Community Center. Register online for $15 at newcastlerec.com.
River Bridge’s annual fundraiser
Imagine 7, River Bridge’s annual fundraiser, takes place from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Old Thompson Barn at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale. Cost is $75 per person and includes complimentary food, drinks and music.
Social Security: Learn from an Insider
Learn about Social Security through a webinar presented by Josh Weller of the Denver Regional Communications Office of Social Security from 4–5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Carbondale Library. Specific topics discussed include retirement as well as spousal, ex-spousal, survivor, child and disability benefits. Attendees will have time at the end to ask questions. Free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with Danielle Howard of Wealth by Design. For more information visit www.gcpld.org.
Open mic night: celebrate through poetry
Share prose with others, listen to live performances, cheer on local writers, and celebrate literary expression and National Poetry Month at the library. Alice Bedard-Voorhees will MC these free events, which will include featured poet DJ Hill. The Glenwood Springs Library will host on Wednesday, May 1, and the series will wrap up on Thursday, May 9, at the Carbondale Library. Each event will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and attendees are invited to listen and/or take a turn at the mic. For more information visit www.gcpld.org.
Divide Creek Union Cemetery Annual Board Meeting
The Divide Creek Union Cemetery annual board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the Silt Library meeting room. All family and/or deed owners are invited to attend.
Kids’ crafts for Mother’s Day
Here’s a chance to make something for Mom at the kids crafting session from 10–11 a.m. Friday, May 10, at the New Castle Community Center. Activities are designed for kids ages 5 and older.
Children ages 3-7 can make a needle-laced felt hand puppet from 9-9:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, at the New Castle Community Center on Main Street. Youngsters will use a plastic dull-pointed needle to “sew” a pre-cut, pre-punched puppet. Parents of children under 5 must stay on site. Register for $10 online at newcastlerec.com.
Early literacy make & take workshops
The Rifle Library invites family, friend and neighbor caregivers for fresh ideas to make early literacy and learning fun starting at 2 p.m. Monday, May 20. Gain connections with a support network, 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. Free and open to all. For more information call the Rifle Library at 970-625-3471.
Make a mixed-media keepsake-box
Adults and kids ages 9 and older can make a unique mixed-media keepsake-box at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the New Castle Community Center. Mother’s Day is coming up, so this could make a good gift. Register online before May 28 for $20 at newcastlerec.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.palgroup.org 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 email@example.com.
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 sitv.org.