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2015 Turkey Trot

Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal guilt free after you participate in the 2015 Turkey Trot. All proceeds benefit the GSHS swim teams, the GSHS cross country team and the Sopris Barracuda swim team. You can purchase your bibs before race day for $15 from the following businesses: Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Independence Run & Hike and Defiance CrossFit or from any member of the swim or cross country teams. Race day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be $20. The race has moved back to the Glenwood Springs Golf Club. After the race enjoy a “Taste of Thanksgiving” with turkey, pie and lots more.

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.

Mountain Madrigals’ ‘Christmas Memories’

Mountain Madrigals present “Christmas Memories” at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 (matinee) and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 13 and 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. The concert is free, donations are accepted. Babysitting is provided. For more information go to

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.

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

CASA fundraiser

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District will be holding its second annual CASA at the Grind event on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Join us after work in downtown Glenwood for music, appetizers, drinks and a silent auction. The event will be held at Grind, 701 Grand Ave. from 5-8 p.m. and is sponsored by First Bank and includes music by Defiance String Band. For more information about the work of CASA or to purchase tickets, go to

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