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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

Garfield County Extension recruiting food safety volunteers

The Garfield County Extension Office is recruiting volunteers to be trained as food preservation and safety advisors.

According to a news release participants will be asked to attend in-depth training sessions on Thursdays starting Sept. 12 and ending Oct. 3. Afterwards, they can share their knowledge by volunteering in the community.

“We are excited about offering the Master Food Safety Advisor program for adults who have an interest in food safety and food science or love to cook or preserve food,” the release states.

The intensive training will cover food safety and prevention of foodborne illness, methods of canning, pickling, freezing and dehydrating.

According to the release, Master Food Safety Advisors must apply for selection to be in the program, must attend all trainings, work cooperatively with other volunteers and give a minimum of 30 hours of service each year to the community by sharing their knowledge and teaching others.

For more information and an application, contact Carla Farrand at 970-625-3969 or The application deadline is Sept. 5.


Teens in seventh to 12th grade that are interested in meeting new people, talking about things they like to do, and deciding what goes on at the Parachute Library are invited to check out TAG. The Teen Advisory Group will meet to discuss, plan and sponsor events at the library. Snacks will be provided. The first meetings will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, and on Monday, Sept. 16; those interested can attend the one that is best for their schedule. For more information call the library at 970-285-9870.

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.

Nature storytimes

Jeff Kerber, interpreter from Rifle Gap State Park, is guest reader at the Garfield County Libraries for special storytimes. Preschoolers and their grown-ups will enjoy nature-themed stories and activities at each of the libraries. The remaining event will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Carbondale Library. All Storytimes begin at 10:30 a.m. and are free and open to the public. For more information visit

Fundamentals of Energy Healing

Those curious to know what energy healing is all about are invited to learn more from facilitator Laura Barton at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Carbondale Library. In the realm of health and wellness, Source Energy work is a rapidly growing aspect of healing — acknowledged as an effective, safe aid to healing the whole person, according to a press release. Barton will discuss Source Light Integrations and its role in seeking mental, emotional, physical and spiritual balance. For more information call the library at 970-963-2889.

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. Register is required at least two days before class at Classes include: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 — borscht with apple-walnut salad; and 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 — saag (popular dish from India).

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.



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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