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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 http://www.aspencore.org and 970-925-9775.

Out of This World Crafts: Night Sky in a Jar

Teens are invited to make a constellation jar to fill their room at night with lovely stars. This free event begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Rifle Library. All materials will be provided. Spaces are limited so reserve a spot by calling the library at 970-625-3471.

Moving Through Space

For the final Summer Reading event for children at the Garfield County Libraries, Aspen Dance Connection presents Engagement Movement Arts in a fun and humorous look at choreography and what it takes to create a dance. Dancers will perform, and then the audience will be encouraged to try movements focusing on space, time and energy. The first events in the series will be held Tuesday, July 23, at 11:30 a.m. at the Carbondale Library and then at 2:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Library. The second day of events will be Wednesday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Silt Branch Library and then at 2:30 p.m. at the New Castle Library. The third and final day of events will be on Thursday, July 25, and begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Rifle Library and at 2:30 p.m. at the Parachute Library. All events are free and open to the public. Visit http://www.gcpld.org/summer-reading for more information.

Astronomy from Story to Science

Teens are invited to enjoy a full planetarium experience without having to travel hundreds or thousands of miles. The Garfield County Libraries are partnering with Mountain BOCES to bring a StarLab inflatable planetarium to the libraries. During each event, Maya Hunt from the Aspen Science Center will tell stories used to explain the world in the past, illustrate how astronomy pushed the human knowledge base forward through science, and pose the biggest questions scientists are still working to answer. The events will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at the Silt Library, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the New Castle Library, at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 29, at the Glenwood Springs Library, and finally at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, at the Carbondale Library. All events are free and open to all teens, but space is limited and registration is required. All events are part of the Summer Reading event series for teens. To register, or for more information visit your local library.

Book Discussion Series

The Rifle Library will lead a discussion of two book “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. Copies are available at the library. For more information call 970-625-3471.

Drums & Space

Join Jessie Lehmann and friends for an exploration of drums, space and African rhythm at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Carbondale Library as part of the Summer Reading Program. There will be music, the opportunity to learn and join the rhythm, and a community percussion jam to finish the night. Free and open to all ages. Limited rhythm instruments will be provided for audience participation so attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own drum. For more information call the library at 970-963-2889.

Astronomy for Kids

The Glenwood Springs Library will have an inflatable planetarium at 1 p.m. Monday, July 29. Kids age 5-11 will hear stories used to explain the world in the past, learn how astronomy pushed human knowledge forward, and learn about the biggest questions scientists are still working to answer. Maya Hunt with the Aspen Science Center will lead the discussion inside the planetarium. Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 970-945-5958 or visit the library.

Parachute Landing Party

The Parachute Library presents a special storytime party as it comes in for a landing from A Universe of Stories at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31. All ages are welcome for food and fun. For more information call the library at 970-285-9870.

Rosybelle Mobile Maker Bus

The Rifle Library presents two classes that will explore art and digital music with the Rosybelle Mobile Maker Bus. The second class will feature a class on digital music at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Space is limited for these free children’s classes, so registration is required. For more information, or to register, call the library at 970-625-3471.

New Castle Landing Party

The New Castle Library invites patrons to celebrate the end of Summer Reading at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. It’s a chance to tell the library how this year’s program went while enjoying snacks and live music from Burning Mountain Ukuleles. Free and open to all ages. For more information call the library at 970-984-2346.

Glenwood Springs Landing Party

The Glenwood Springs Library invites patrons to celebrate the end of Summer Reading at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. It’s a chance to tell the library how this year’s program went while enjoying snacks and live music from Let Them Roar. Those interested can even try their hand at kid, teen, or adult-level space trivia for the chance to win a gift certificate to a local business. Free and open to all. For more information call the library at 970-945-5958.

Let Them Roar in Concert

Carbondale’s Let Them Roar conjures the universe of stories that unite all through song. Let Them Roar weaves a tapestry of progressive-folk from threads of tradition into a musical story that reflects their home nestled deep in the heart of the Elk Mountains. The Carbondale Library presents a special series of concerts titled “I See My Light: the light and power of the stars shines within us all.” The final show starts at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Glenwood Springs Library. The concerts are free to attend as part of the Summer Reading event series for adults. Visit http://www.gcpld.org/summer-reading for more information.

Early literacy storytimes

Family, friend and neighbor caregivers are invited to share fresh ideas in incorporating early literacy into child care. Gain connections with others who can provide support — all while enjoying food, new ideas and special storytimes. This is a four-part series; the final event is at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the Carbondale Library. They are part of the Growing Readers Together initiative, and a storytime, snack and craft activity will be provided for the children in attendance. As the library will be closed when the events start, use the after-hours entrance to the Calaway Room, located by the parking lot. For more information call the library at 970-963-2889.

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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.

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.


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