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Community Briefs

Filoha Meadows Firefly & Rare Orchid Walks

Fireflies, rare orchids and thermal wetlands are only part of what make Filoha Meadows special. Join Roaring Fork Conservancy staff to tour areas of the meadow typically closed to public access while discussing current issues surrounding Filoha Meadows and the Crystal Valley from 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1; Tuesday, July 7; Thursday, July 9; and Wednesday, July 22. Lisa Tasker, a plant ecologist with E.M. Ecological, will join the program on both July 7 and July 9 to offer her expertise on the plants we will come across. This adult program is appropriate for those 12 years and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Please dress appropriately as the program will happen rain or shine. Registration is required and opens three weeks in advance of programs at Call (970) 927-1290 with questions.

Family Filoha Fireflies, Bats, and Bugs

Stay up late for an evening to explore a special place with your family from 7:30-9:15 p.m. Monday, July 13; Tuesday, July 21; and Thursday, July 23, at Filoha Meadows Open Space, near Redstone. We’ll meet some of the local residents such as aquatic insects, Townsend’s’ big eared bats, and fireflies, too! We’ll learn about their adaptations through hands-on discovery, games and activities. Once it is dark we’ll try to catch a firefly to hold in our hands and look at closely. Appropriate for families with children of all ages and their parents. Please dress appropriately as the program will happen rain or shine. Registration is required and opens three weeks in advance of programs at Call (970) 927-1290 with questions.

Empowering Emotional Release

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The Empowering Emotional Release class takes place from 4:45-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 29 through Aug. 26, at the Glenwood Springs Library. Learn how to experience emotion with confidence and let go instantly no matter what surfaces so you never spiral out of control again. Experience expert guidance in three easy-to-learn practices to shift from stress and resistance to clarity and inner peace for holistic health minded individuals. Cost is $180, and space is limited. To register call Donna Lee at 970-274-1680.

Be Someone’s Hero

Take to the skies with comedy duo Wayne & Wingnut. This one-of-a-kind act, presented by ventriloquist Wayne Francis, has life-sized puppets, cartoon voices, jokes, music, and even a banjo made out of a frying pan! These shows will take place on Tuesday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the Carbondale Branch Library and 1:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library; on Wednesday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the New Castle Branch Library and 1:30 p.m. at the Silt Branch Library; on Thursday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Rifle Branch Library and 1:30 p.m. at the Parachute Branch Library. For more information about Summer Reading events, visit

Libraries Closed for Independence Day

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The Glenwood Springs and Rifle Branches will resume normal hours on Sunday, July 5, at 1 p.m. The rest of the libraries will resume normal hours on Monday, July 6, at 10 a.m. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on our website,, during the closure.

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