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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

AARP Smart Drive Program

RSVP and Colorado Mountain College are sponsoring AARP driver safety classes. The four-hour class will be given twice: from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the El Jebel Community Center, 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel; and from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Colorado Mountain College Senior Center, 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

The class will cover: how overall fitness affects driving; important strategies for staying crash-free; challenges of city vs. rural driving; tips for highway driving and driving with trucks, buses and other large vehicles; understanding a vehicle’s safety features and new vehicle technology; tips for trying other transportation options; and warning signs of unsafe driving.

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers to cover the workbook and handouts.

For information and registration, call RSVP at 384-8747 and specify which class you wish to attend.

Mountain Madrigals’ ‘Christmas Memories’

Mountain Madrigals present “Christmas Memories” at 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

CARE (Colorado Animal Rescue) Holiday Open House

Colorado Animal Rescue will be holding a holiday open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. Adoption fees waived for animals 6 months and older. The Colorado Animal Rescue shelter is at 2801 County Road 114 in Glenwood Springs across from CMC Spring Valley.

Author Talk: Jonathan Waterman

Jonathan Waterman shares his career as a journalist, filmmaker and explorer while providing details of thrilling adventures, spectacular images and bear-encounter-mosquito-attack video footage. The talk topic at the Silt and Parachute libraries is “Journey Down the Colorado River” and the topic at the Carbondale and New Castle libraries is “An Adventurer’s Lessons in Conservation.” These presentations will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Silt Branch Library; at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Carbondale Branch Library; at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Parachute Branch Library; and at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the New Castle Branch Library. Signed books available for purchase. For more information, visit

24 Day Fat Loss Contest

Custom Body Fitness’ 24 Day Fat Loss Contest starts Monday, Jan. 11, and ends Friday, Feb. 6. In last year’s contest a half dozen contestants lost an average of 4 percent body fat (up to 15 pounds). The 24-Day program includes: five days a week group training at Custom Body Fitness in Carbondale; body composition assessment; eating habits assessment and goal setting; exercise training goal setting; barrier assessment; and closing assessment to find out results. For the $79 entry fee contestants will get a program specialized according to their needs, including eating habits and exercise behaviors. Contestants’ progression will be posted on Facebook. Prizes include an acupuncture session worth $130, a $95 massage session, a $100 chiropractic adjustment, a $185 haircut/style and $200 in cash to the top two finishers. For more information, go to or call 366-6084.

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.

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