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Suicide Prevention Coalition of Garfield County Fall Connections Campaign

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Garfield County is hosting a series of fall events to bring together the greater Garfield County community around the promotion of good mental and behavioral wellness. These events will run August through November.

The first event is the free Youth Mental Health First Aid training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the Glenwood Springs Library Community Room. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach adults how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge, or who is in crisis. To register, go to For more information contact Sonja Linman, Roaring Fork School District prevention specialist, at; or Courtney Dunn, Aspen School District prevention specialist, at

Local Lit Fest

Mingle with friends and meet local authors over holiday cookies and treats at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Carbondale Library. Featured authors include David A. Aguilar, Corrie Karnan, David Wall, Clark Heckert, Pam Heckert, Linda L. Flynn, Charlotte Graham and Darrell Munsell. This free event will be an opportunity for writers and readers to connect. Book sales will be featured on-site with authors available for signing. For more information call the library at 970-963-2889.

Holiday Craft Fair

The New Castle Chamber will be hosting its annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St. Vendors will have a variety of items for sale including baked goods, jewelry, and holiday items.

Toy Trains and Christmas

There is a long and colorful association between toy trains and the traditions of Christmas. Amateur railroad historian and model railroader Pat Thrasher will give an illustrated presentation at three of the Garfield County Libraries and explore the role of trains in our Christmas traditions. The first event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Silt Library, followed by one on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Parachute Library, with the final event on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Rifle Library. Each event will begin at 2 p.m. where would-be engineers of all ages will have an opportunity to operate toy trains and learn firsthand about them. The talks by Thrasher will then begin at 3 p.m. each date. Free and presented in partnership with the Grand Valley Historical Society, Rifle Heritage Center, Silt Historical Park and Garfield County Libraries. For more information visit

Dundee Charity Dog Wash

A Dundee Charity Dog Wash will be held from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at High Tails, 50633 Highway 6 in West Glenwood, to raise funds for Rari, a local senior dog whose mysterious illness has exhausted his owner’s savings. He needs ongoing supportive medicine and further diagnostics, but he’s a trouper, determined to get well. A $15 donation gets a dog washed and nails trimmed. All funds go to help Rari get well.

Muggle Mystery Escape Room

Lord Voldemort has broken in to the Muggle Mystery Escape Room and left the most revealing of secrets. Teams of four to eight muggles (ages fifth grade and up) are encouraged to try to decipher the clues and BreakOut. The Escape Room will be available for sessions between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Silt Library, but advance sign-up is required to secure a time. For more information about this free event call the library at 970-876-5500.

S.T.E.M. Tuesdays

AmeriCorps presents S.T.E.M.-based activities inspired by popular children’s books at the Carbondale Library. Prepare to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover at 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 10. Call the library at 970-963-2889 to register for these free events.

Libraries closed for Thanksgiving holiday

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closing early at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Patrons can still browse and request books, movies, and more at, during the closure.

Medicare open enrollment

The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2020 prescription drug plans continues until Dec. 7 for a Jan. 1 effective date. High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers can help navigate the Medicare Part D system and the new Plan Finder to select the best plan to meet individual needs.

RSVP can also help those confused about Medicare and who need help understanding options, making informed choices, knowing their rights and saving money. Volunteers offer one-on-one, personalized service for each person’s unique situation and are trained in all parts of Medicare, including supplement plans and additional money saving programs. To schedule an appointment call 384-8744.

Provide Christmas for a family in need

The 2019 Salvation Army Christmas Adopt-a-Family campaign is underway. Those interested in information on adopting a family can contact coordinator Jill Wentling at 379-4075, or Karen at the Salvation Army office at 945-6976.

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 and 970-925-9775.

Operation Christmas Child

Now is the time to pack an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts with love and prayer for children in need around the world. Samaritan’s Purse has opened the local drop-off location at The Orchard Church, 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. The Orchard will be collecting shoeboxes from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24; and 8–10 am. Monday, Nov. 25. For more information, visit or contact Roz Fowler at 970-618-9739 or Shoeboxes can be packed with school supplies, hygiene items and toys, and include $9 for shipping.

Free Thompson House Museum tours

Learn about Carbondale’s Thompson-Holland pioneer family and see the artifacts preserved in this historical treasure during a free tour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Thompson House Museum, 301 Lewies Lane in Carbondale. The tour will be given by the Ross Montessori Junior Docents. Call Bonnie Williams, docent coordinator, at 970-640-9214 to reserve a spot.

Pamper Yourself Beauty Day / Consientete en un día de Belleza

Free haircuts for seniors will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the New Castle Library presented in partnership with Visión Latina. Registration required. To register, or for more information, call the library at 970-984-2346. Corte de cabello gratis para personas de la tercera edad de 11 a.m. a 3 p.m. el jueves 21 de noviembre en la biblioteca de New Castle. Presentado en colaboración con la biblioteca y Visión Latina. Se requiere registro. Para más información llame al 970-984-2346.

Wildlife photography workshop with Robin Henry

New Castle Recreation presents a wildlife photography workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the New Castle Community Center. The workshop is targeted towards amateur photographers who already have a basic understanding of photography and are reasonably accomplished with the equipment they are using. It is not a beginner photography class but rather is aimed at helping other photographers improve their success in the field of wildlife photography and will involve a discussion of equipment, techniques, shooting locations, ethics and more. Each participant is asked to submit a small selection of images that could be used to evaluate their skills and offer input on ways to improve those skills. Cost is $80.

Book Bingo

Kids and teens are invited to the Parachute Library on Monday, Nov. 25, to play bingo, take home a book to give as a gift, and even wrap it. Book Bingo will begin at 2 p.m. and is free to play. For more information call the library at 970-285-9870.

Paint Your Pet

Paint Your Pet is designed for all pet lovers. Create a custom portrait of a dog, cat, chicken, fish, pig, turtle, whatever. Participants will email a clear image (jpeg) of their pet to two days before class. Class is from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the New Castle Community Center. Cost: $45 ($5 from each registration will go to the Rifle Animal Shelter). Register at



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

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 

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

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