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Local Lit Festival

Mingle with friends and meet local authors over holiday cookies and treats at the Carbondale Library at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. This is a wonderful opportunity for writers and readers to connect with one another and get some holiday shopping done at the same time. Book sales will be featured onsite throughout the event, and the authors will be available for book signing. A wide array of genres and authors will be featured including Linda Flynn, Clark Heckert, DJ Hill, Casey Hoffmaster, Corrie Karnan, Helen Kline, Larry Rynearson, David Wall and Duane Ziegler. The event is free and open to all. For more information call the library at 970-963-2889.

Blood drive

The St. Mary's bloodmobile will be at the Rifle Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, for a blood drive. One donation can help as many as four people, and the St. Mary's Regional Blood Center supplies all hospitals on the Western Slope. It is safe, fast and the easiest way to save a life. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information call 970-625-3471.

7th annual Epic Experience Hearts and Hope Gala

On Feb. 9, Epic Experience is hosting its seventh annual Hearts and Hope Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver to help support the adult cancer community. This event celebrates cancer thrivers and raises money to send more thrivers to camp for an unforgettable week at the 7W Ranch in Sweetwater. The event program includes an inspiring presentation from an Epic camper, live auction, dancing and photo booth. Price of tickets is $175 per person, and any cancer survivor can attend for $125. Epic Experience is a Colorado nonprofit that offers free week-long adventure camps to adult cancer survivors. Through the outdoor activities and group discussions, Epic seeks to support survivors physically and emotionally as they move beyond their cancer diagnosis. For more information, go to

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2018 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Contest

The 13th annual Roaring Fork Watershed Photo Contest is now underway. Roaring Fork Conservancy is looking for amateur and professional photographers to capture the beauty of the streams, lakes, meadows, peaks and lifestyles in the Roaring Fork Watershed, as well as highlight the conservancy's new River Center in Basalt. 2018 photo categories are Roaring Fork Water (photos must be taken in the Roaring Fork Watershed and should focus on water, rivers, snow, wetlands, riparian wildlife, etc.); and the River Center (photos of the River Center may be taken inside or outside, though photos taken outside must include at least a portion of the building). 2018 awards include Professional Division: Best Roaring Fork Water Photo and Best River Center Photo; Amateur Division: Best Roaring Fork Water Photo and Best River Center Photo; and People's Choice Award. Photos must be uploaded by Nov. 19. Learn how to submit your photographs at For information contact Kristen Doyle, watershed educator, at 970–927-1290.

NaNoWriMo space for writers at the library

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing with the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is an official "Come Write In" location, and every afternoon in November starting at 3 p.m. a room will be set aside for people participating in NaNoWriMo. Writers are welcome to drop in any time to use tables, outlets and wifi. For more information call the library at 970-945-5958.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment runs until Dec. 7 and is the time to compare your current plan with all your options for 2019. By carefully comparing, you may find better coverage, higher quality or lower cost. This is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can make changes to their health care and prescription drug plans for the next year. Get free personalized health insurance counseling by calling your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP): High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) at 970-384-8744.

Glenwood Springs Garden Club planning 2019 Garden Tour

Glenwood Springs Garden Club is planning its 2019 Garden Tour, which will take placeJune 29. The Garden Tour committee is looking for gardens in the Glenwood Springs area to be included. All types of gardens could be included from a free form garden, a herb garden, an exotic vegetable garden or a garden sanctuary for birds. The tour raises funds for the club's monthly speakers and to help with expanding garden projects in the Glenwood Springs area. This past year, Garden Club provided funding for a greenhouse at Glenwood Springs Elementary. Anyone interested in being considered for the 2019 Garden Tour can call Soraya Burg at 970-930-5776.

Veterans Day Chapel at Ambleside at Skylark

The students and staff at Ambleside at Skylark, 2195 County Road 154 in Glenwood Springs, invite the community to join them at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, as they voice their appreciation for the veterans who have and are serving our country. Refreshments served immediately following. For more information call 970-930-1804.

Get published

Writers interested in publishing a book are invited to attend a presentation by Alyssa Ohnmacht of Light of the Moon Inc. co-sponsored by the Carbondale Writer's Group and Carbondale Library at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the library. Light of the Moon helps writers tell their story and bring their work to publication using different options or a combination of their services. Attendees can meet other authors and writers from around the valley and learn if Light of the Moon Inc. is a resource to help advance ther writing. For more information about this free event call the library at 970-963-2889.

Bicycle-friendly driver courses

Become a certified bicycle-friendly driver or driver trainer at free courses offered from 5:30-7 Monday, Nov. 12, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road. Topics covered include common crashes between motorists and bicyclists and how to avoid them, legal and illegal behavior for both motorists and bicyclists, how to navigate on-street bicycle infrastructure, and why sharing the road is the safest option for both motorists and bicyclists. Basic class registration is available at, and trainer certification registration is available at

The Orchard Church collecting Operation Christmas Child gifts

The Orchard Church, 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale, will be collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse to select gifts matched to a child's specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

The Orchard's operating hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12; 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14; 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18; and 8-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Glenwood Springs Art Guild November demonstration

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild's November demonstration will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1630 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Dan Young will present "Oil Landscape." The general meeting will follow. This demonstration is presented free to the public. These demonstrations are provided by the Art Guild as a learning tool for artists of all levels and people who just want to enhance their enjoyment of art. For information call Alice at 948-3204.

A Healthy Book Club

The Glenwood Springs Library and Connie Delaney Medical Library of Valley View Hospital are partnering to present a bimonthly book club designed to bring the community together with experts around a newsworthy health topic. The club will meet next at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Glenwood Springs Library. It will feature "The Nature Fix" by Florence Williams, which explores why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative. The book club is free to attend and open to all. For more information call 970-945-5958.

'Living in the Future's Past' screening for Solar Rollers

Solar Rollers and Pitkin County Landfill present a benefit screening of the new climate change documentary "Living In the Future's Past," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. The film will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by a panel discussion with complimentary mini cocktails at Carbondale Beer Works. Presented by Jeff Bridges, the film offers a reflection on the environmental challenges facing the world today. Admission is $20 and includes film ticket, discussion and mini cocktail. Tickets available at A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit Solar Rollers, a nonprofit based in Carbondale that inspires young people to develop knowledge in the field of energy and empowers them to improve the world's energy systems.

Art in the Stacks featuring Carolyn McCann

The Rifle Library presents a reception for Rifle artist Carolyn McCann at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. McCann imbues her work with color, nature, textures and stories — all in the hope of making people pause and appreciate the beauty around them. She finds beauty in the most common of objects and creates in order to bring people joy. Her work will be on display at the library through December. For more information call 970-625-3471.

Spy School Escape Room

The Silt Library presents the Spy School Escape Room on Monday, Nov. 19. Registration is required, and there will be one-hour sessions all day. For ages 10 and up, and we recommend between four and eight spies per session. To register, or for more information, call the library at 970-876-5500.

Libraries closed for Thanksgiving holiday

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closing early at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, and remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Patrons can still browse and request books, movies, and more at during the closure.

Fun with art on the Rosybelle Mobile Maker Bus

Children are invited to register for a special hands-on art event featuring the Rosybelle Mobile Maker Bus at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Rifle Library. Rosybelle is a 72-passenger school bus that has been retrofitted and transformed into a dynamic, interactive and accessible mobile arts classroom and maker space. Space is limited to 12, so register at the library or by calling 970-625-3471.

Glenwood Community Concert Association season

Music lovers can enjoy the 71st season of performances brought to Glenwood Springs by the Community Concert Association. Memberships are available for $40 for adults, $15 for students and $90 for families. Mail a check to CCA, PO Box 214, Glenwood Springs.

The remaining shows for this season:

Feb. 12: Leon Williams, versatile baritone

March 2: Jersey Tenors, four classically trained tenors

May 4: Sons of Serendip, finalists from America's Got Talent

Sponsors who donate $1,000 receive 10 tickets while co-sponsors/donors at $500 to $999 receive six tickets. Patrons who contribute $240 to $499 receive four tickets, while friends at the $120 to $239 level receive two tickets. All revenues go toward artist fees plus administrative and technical costs.

Reciprocity is in effect with Craig, Delta and Grand Junction where concerts are also scheduled. This increases the number of performances to attend by joining the GWS association. More info is available at, or call Darrell Mount at 303-646-7634.



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.

Donate to the plate: Help is needed from October through December to put together holiday baskets for families and individuals in need. Be a part of this giving holiday tradition.

For more information, please contact Carisa at (970) 625-4496 or email at 

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