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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

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.

Glenwood Springs Art Guild members exhibit

Inspiration, talent and expertise combine in Glenwood Springs Art Guild members exhibit at Artists’ Mercantile Gallery, 720 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs. The exhibit runs through Oct. 4.

Pollinator conservation

Master Gardener Abi Saeed teaches about the pollinators in our area, what they do for us, and what we can do to encourage them and provide food and habitat that will keep them in our landscapes at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Silt Library. It’s free, open to the public and presented in partnership with the CSU Extension Office and Garfield County Libraries. For more information call the library at 970-876-5500.

Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Library

Come into the Carbondale Library for a swashbuckling good time on Thursday, Sept. 19, aka Talk Like a Pirate Day. Give your best “Argh, Matey” to any staff member to receive a prize. Discover your pirate name and even make your own eye patch and parrot before you leave. Free and open to all. For more information call the library at 970-963-2889.

Dental health clinics

The Garfield County Libraries host dental treatment provided by licensed dentists from Dental HouseCalls. Treatments are individualized and can include diagnostic and preventative care, extractions and restorative treatment, dentures and relines. Clinics will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Parachute Library. Next will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Carbondale Branch Library, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the New Castle Library. Then from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Glenwood Springs Library, and finally from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at the Rifle Library. Services provided free to Medicaid patients and those who qualify. Make an appointment for any location by calling Jill Marshall at 801-310-5536. Walk-ins accepted based on time availability. For more information visit

Vegetarian cooking classes

Michelle of New Castle Gardens presents Garden-to-Table Vegetarian Cooking in the New Castle Community Center Kitchen. Classes are $20 per session and are for teens and adults. Registration is required at least two days before class at Classes include: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 — saag (popular dish from India) with roasted cauliflower and Indian spiced dressing.

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ben Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old, and it was his first trial. Watch the documentary “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz,” that covers Ferencz, the trial, and how his fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Rifle Library or at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Parachute Library to. A discussion of the documentary will follow the screening. These events are free, open to all, and presented by the Garfield County Libraries in conjunction with Colorado Mountain College’s Common Reader. For more information

Mental health first aid

Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Learn risk factors and warning signs, strategies and where to turn for help from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, at the Rifle Library. For more information call the library at 970-625-3471.

Nyibol Bior: Walking to Freedom

When she was just a child, Nyibol Bior’s world was turned upside down when her country of Sudan descended into civil war. She and her family were forced to leave their home and walk hundreds of miles in search of safety. Hear the rest of her inspiring story and find out how Bior is able to keep a positive outlook in her life despite all she has overcome at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Carbondale Library or Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Silt Library. The events are free, open to all, and presented by the Garfield County Libraries in conjunction with Colorado Mountain College’s Common Reader. For more information visit

Enjoy Optimal Health

Dr. Greg Feinsinger, author of “Enjoy Optimal Health: 98 Health Tips from a Family Doctor,” will discuss lifestyle changes that get to the root of health concerns in order to maintain a better quality of life and longevity at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at the Glenwood Springs Library. After the talk, which is free and open to the public, Dr. Feinsinger’s book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information call your local library or visit



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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