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Medicare open enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is here. Until Dec. 7, people can compare Medicare benefits for the next year and change their prescription drug plan, Medicare D, or Medicare Advantage Plan. Trained counselors from High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) are available to help with free, unbiased assistance. Call High Country RSVP at 970-384-8744 and a volunteer will call to schedule an appointment.

KDNK board of directors meeting

The KDNK board of directors will hold its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the offices of KDNK, 76 S. Second St. in Carbondale. The meeting is open to the public. An agenda is posted at the KDNK office and at or call 963-0139.

CPAC call for entries for Art aRound Town

Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) is seeking 14 new sculptures for its Art aRound Town exhibition. Submissions for entry are available through the CaFÉ (Call for Entry) website at The deadline for entries is Feb. 7.

Art aRound Town is a year-long street exhibition showcasing outdoor sculptures in highly visible places around the town of Carbondale.

Selected artists will be paid a $500 honorarium to defray travel costs and are offered home hospitality for the reception within the community. Participating artists will have the opportunity to sell their work during the exhibition period and are eligible for a $1,000 award for “Best in Show.” Participants are also invited to an artist appreciation reception and a public art walk to speak about their work.

The show opens June 3, and install will take place the last week of May by the town’s experienced crew. Sculptures will be on display for one year.

Please read the call description on the website carefully as there are specific requirements.

Libraries closing for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Rifle, New Castle and Carbondale branch libraries will be closing early at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Then, all six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27. The libraries will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Battlement Mesa Metro celebrates water plant’s solar array

The Battlement Mesa Metro District, Sunsense Solar and Garfield Clean Energy will celebrate the installation of a solar array at the district’s water treatment plant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the plant, 850 Riverbluff Road in Battlement Mesa. Everyone is invited to attend.

The array of 1,422 solar panels will power 100 percent of the water treatment plant’s electric usage on an annual basis. It’s rated to generate nearly 700,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year – comparable to the electricity used in a year by 97 homes. Speakers for the ribbon-cutting include Metro District General Manager Steve Rippy, Metro District Board President Bill Nelson, Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson, and Scott Ely, president of Sunsense Solar.

Holiday support for survivors of suicide loss

The upcoming holiday season will be one of anticipation and happiness for many. For others, it will bring difficult emotions while facing cherished traditions that have been forever changed.

The Glenwood Springs Chapter of HEARTBEAT – Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss – is meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, to address the holiday season and lend strength and ideas to each other during this coming season. HEARTBEAT is open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide, no matter how long ago. This peer group does not provide or replace therapy; it is simply a safe place where mutual support can be found with others who share this unique pain.

HEARTBEAT meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Use the Bethel Chapel entrance of the church located at 824 Cooper Ave.

For more information, call Pam Szédelyi at (970) 945-1398 or email at

Food and craft vendors wanted

Apply now for booth space in the fourth annual El Jebel Winter Market at Eagle Crest Nursery, 0400 Gillespie Drive in El Jebel. The market occurs every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 through March 12. There are different booth sizes and options for participants. Vendors may leave booths set up for the duration of the season, and there are electric hook ups. Contact Maria at 970-963-1173, or

Weekly meet-up for vets

All veterans and their families are invited for coffee and donuts at the Glenwood Springs Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday. Event is free and provides a great way for vets to connect with other vets. Hosted by the Western Slope Veterans Coalition with generous support from Alpine Bank. Visit for more information.

Symphony in the Valley seeks members

Symphony in the Valley is a volunteer organization comprising local musicians making music for the communities here in the valley. Musicians of all ages who play an orchestra instrument are invited to join. High school students are welcome with a teacher’s recommendation. Visit the Contact Us page at for ways to reach us. The symphony will be meeting on Wednesday for fall practice.

New Castle Cub Scouts looking for leaders, scouts

Cub Scout Pack 221 is looking for boys in first to fifth grade that are looking for more adventure in their lives: camping, crafts, building Pinewood Derby Race Cars, archery, and go-and-sees, just to name a few. We are also in need of adults 21 or older to help with our pack. For more information, contact John Harcourt 970-984-0288.

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