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AARP Driver Safety for 50+ Class

The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the CMC Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave., in Glenwood Springs. The class is directed towards drivers 50 and over and covers the following driving topics: how to compensate for changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time; how to handle problem situations such as left turns, right of way, freeway traffic, trucks, and blind spots while driving; what to do if confronted by an aggressive driver; how medications may affect driving; how to properly use anti-lock brakes, air bags and safety belts; and how to assess your own and others' driving abilities with a Personal Driving Capability Index.

Most Colorado auto insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the course. There is a $15 fee for AARP members and a $20 fee for nonmembers for the workbook and handouts payable to the instructor. AARP Driver Safety Classes are sponsored by High Country RSVP and taught by RSVP volunteers. To register go online at http://www.coloradomtn.edu/classes or register at the front desk in the CMC Glenwood Center.

New human resources group meeting

Cura HR is launching a Glenwood-area group to discuss human resources issues, starting Thursday, Jan. 17, from 9-10:30 a.m.

Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Membership is free, and each session includes an opportunity to network with other local HR professionals, take part in "Knowledge Share" trainings on relevant topics, and break-out discussion groups.

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To register and for more details, email Jessica Junker at JJunker@CuraHR.com.

Literacy Outreach hosting information sessions for volunteer tutors

Literacy Outreach, a local nonprofit, will be hosting information sessions throughout January about volunteering to tutor adults who lack basic literacy skills. The schedule for these sessions is: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Parachute Library, 244 Grand Valley Way; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, Carbondale Library, 320 Sopris Ave.; and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Literacy Outreach Office, 1127 School St., Glenwood Springs.

Musical Storytime with Ms. Holly

Caregivers and their young children are invited to a joyous musical Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Carbondale Library. It will include a movement circle, many songs, and a story in celebration of winter. Ms. Holly is a preschool teacher from the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, with over 20 years experience in teaching Waldorf education, from parent child classes to eighth grade. Participants can hear the live music of Ms. Holly's ukulele, flute and fairy harp and will be invited to skip, jump, sing and maybe even whistle. For more information call 970-963-2889.

Welcome Linn Kight home

Fighting a seven-month battle for survival after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke from a brain aneurysm, Linn Kight is coming home to Glenwood Springs, where she worked for 30 years as a caring nurse. The surprise welcome will be at Rivers Restaurant at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Any whose lives she touched whether as a friend or patient are invited to help welcome her home after her miraculous recovery.

Canine Outreach and Rescue Give Us A Paw fundraiser

Nonprofit Canine Outreach and Rescue is hosting the Give Us A Paw fundraiser from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at J & C Event Center, 51241 Highway 6 & 24 in Glenwood Springs. The event includes bounce houses, board games, prizes, face painting and other surprises. Learn how to potty train effectively. how to keep your dog healthy and how and when to groom your furry friend. Food includes Taqueria El Yaquis with tacos, seafood and more; hen stew; and dessert of Jello and Ice cream. Participants can bring their own beer. A $7 donation includes general access to games, drawings and an ice cream cone. To donate go to https://squareup.com/store/canine-outreach-care-and-rescue or call 366-6084.

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.

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 http://www.epicexperience.org.

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 http://www.gsconcertassn.org, or call Darrell Mount at 303-646-7634.

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UNDATED ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 mpmoon@coloradomtn.edu.

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 http://www.mountsopriscd.org 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 officemanager@liftup.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 http://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 history@rof.net.

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.