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Advocate Safehouse a community resource

Domestic violence and sexual assault are serious problems in Garfield County. By the end of March of this year, the Advocate Safehouse Project provided 285 nights of shelter to 10 families.The Advocate Safehouse Project is a private, nonprofit, community resource with a mission to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault in Garfield County. It provides a wide range of programs to clients in the shelter as well as to clients living in the community. The 24-hour help line (945-4439 or 285-0209) is free and confidential to anyone who needs help and information about domestic violence or sexual assault.The Advocate Safehouse offers free weekly women’s support groups in Rifle and Glenwood Springs. Any group interested in hearing more about the Advocate Safehouse Project can contact the organization for outreach and education, about how to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, and about how to help victims. To find out more about a group presentation or about how you can become a volunteer advocate, call 945-2632.-Local businesses are being asked to help sponsor the New Castle trails workday on Saturday, Sept. 20. Castle Valley Trail Project Team members and other local residents will be starting work on a new public loop trail north of the Castle Valley Ranch subdivision.The trail includes a spur to an overlook at 6,615 feet. Project coordinators hope to complete the eastern leg of the loop, extending off Mustang Trail, to allow locals to access the overlook. The project team invites New Castle citizens to meet at the Mustang Trail trailhead on Sept. 20 for the workday. To sign up, call Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers toll free at 877-662-5220 or e-mail rfov@sopris.net.Brenda Simonson and her mother, Judy Gordon, are teaching an acting class for children ages 6-12. “Kids and Company” will meet at Burning Mountain Park on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. starting June 9, and continue until the Burning Mountain Festival. The young actors will pick a date and perform for their parents prior to the date of the Festival, and present a short performance at the Kids Court during Burning Mountain Festival.Director Simonson will use a portable gazebo to set the stage for her acting classes, which will include spoofs of fairy tales. “It’s just adorable, it looks just like fairies are dancing around it,” said Simonson.-If you can’t get your pet on David Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks, here’s the next best thing! The Salvation Army’s Pet Olympics will be held this Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs. Organizers have planned a pet parade, best pet costume and most unique pet contests, as well as a pet/owner look-alike contest. And, of course, there will be best dog and cat tricks, most obedient dog, most playful cat and most unique cat competitions. Only one pet per adult will be allowed, and all animal participants must have current vaccination records. Pets must be restrained on leash or carrier. Participation in this event is just $15/pet, which includes a gift bag.Pet specialists will provide advice and valuable services at the Pet Olympics. After a dog wash and a pedicure, your dog will be ready for a portrait you can cherish for years.-The New Castle Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 18. Ventriloquist Wayne Francis and Wingnut begin the Take Flight and Read summer program with lots of laughs. Reading logs will be handed out, and children will be encouraged to read at least 20 minutes per day.The Aspen Valley Community Foundation funds the Town of New Castle and the Friends of the Library to make this reading program free to all children.-The menu for the CMC Senior Nutrition Luncheon at the New Castle Community Center on Monday, June 16, will be scalloped potatoes and ham, seasoned spinach with vinegar, tomato spoon salad, pineapple upside down cake and a rye roll.Please call me at 984-2308 if you have any New Castle news to share.


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