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The Loving Side of Islam

Join author, Brad Tyndall, to learn about the basic tenets of Islam. He will share his many stories of life-threatening brushes with Muslim extremists, as well as stories of loving experiences. He calls attention to the many beautiful verses of the Qur’an and will read some beautiful Sufi (Muslim mystic) poetry. This event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at the Rifle Branch Library. For more information call 970-625-3471.

Support for Survivors After Suicide

Anyone who has suffered the loss of a friend or loved one through suicide is welcome at HEARTBEAT, a support group for Survivors After Suicide.

The Glenwood Springs Chapter of HEARTBEAT: Support for Survivors After Suicide will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13.

HEARTBEAT is open to anyone who has been touched by suicide — no matter how long ago. This peer group does not provide or replace therapy; it is a safe place where mutual support can be found with others who share this unique pain. We all survive one heartbeat at a time.

HEARTBEAT meets 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

Martin Luther King Evening 2015

The Garfield County Democrats present an evening honoring Dr. Martin Luther King starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue Dinner Theater, 915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Call the Box Office at 970-945-9699 for reservations. Cost is $25 for the show, with dinner and drinks extra from the GVR menu. Buy an extra ticket with dinner and engage a potential voter for this fun-filled evening. Two young Democrats who pitched in this election cycle will help make the match-up. Call or email the Garco Dems at 970-319-8088 or if interested in helping with this project.

Get financially fit

It’s a new year and now is a great time to get yourself set up financially. A local Alpine Bank representative will be present at the New Castle Branch Library at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, to discuss the different steps you can take to get your finances in order. All are welcome. 970-984-2346 or for more information.

Parents Preventing Sexual Abuse

Parents Preventing Sexual Abuse classes offer 10 tips all parents should know to protect their children from sexual abuse. These free classes are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 24, at CMC, 1402 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Garfield County Public Health, 195 14th St., Rifle; and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at River Bridge, 520 21st St., Glenwood Springs. Refreshments provided.

Presented by Meghan Hurley, LCSW, and sponsored by the Garfield County Department of Human Services and River Bridge Regional Center. For more information call 970-945-5195 or go to

Elks seek hides to help veterans

If you are a hunter, or know a hunter, the Colorado Elks Association would appreciate the donation of any animal hides collected during hunting season through the end of January. The hides will be sent to tanneries to be turned into leather, which will be made into gloves (fingerless and full-finger) for disabled vets to protect their hands while using wheelchairs or crutches. Some of the leather is also used for craft kits that are used for occupational and recreational therapy. These items are given to the vets free of charge. If you have any questions, need more information or want to help collect and salt the hides please contact Tom Regan at 970-948-9127 or at

Annual Ag Day

Annual Ag Day will be held at the New Castle Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

A few of the topics are: COAGMET — technology available to help irrigate more efficiently; Dr. George Beck will be discussing the latest and greatest on noxious weed control for jointed goatgrass, cheat grass and bulbous bluegrass; Sara Dunn will discuss the Colorado Water Plan and how to protect your water rights; and a panel discussion on wildlife damage and predator management.

Lunch is served and space is limited; reserve by Jan. 26 at the district office at 945-5494, ext. 105.

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