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Community Briefs

Parents’ Night Out

The next Parents’ Night Out takes place from 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the First United Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs. Have a night on the town and the kids (age 3 and older, must be potty trained) will be well taken care of with dinner, games, crafts and a movie, “Rio 2.” Cost of $10 per child covers an evening full of food, fun and feathers. Reservations are required as space is limited. Email or call/text 970-948-5831.

Call for gardens

The Glenwood Springs Garden Club is putting a call out for potential gardens for the 2015 Glenwood Springs Garden Tour. The club is looking for eight gardens in Glenwood and the surrounding area. Gardens will be chosen for their educational value, variety, beauty and creativity. If you are interested in sharing the beauty surrounding your home with fellow garden enthusiasts contact Michele for details at 970-948-5820.

Redstone Historic Society membership drive

The Redstone Historic Society hosts its annual membership drive from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Redstone Castle. The event features Mead Metcalf, founder of the Crystal Palace, and Stephanie Askew, a member of the Redstone Historic Band & Redstone Rubies, performing opera and musical favorites. The event is open to the public and is an opportunity for RHS members to renew their memberships, which start at $25. For more information contact Sue McEvoy at 970-704-1843.

Saint Stephen’s Festival of Diversity

Join Saint Stephen’s for food, fun, and family from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Sayre Park, 1702 Grand in Glenwood Springs. There will be games, a bounce house and a water slide for the kids; South American, Mexican, Polish, Greek, and Italian food; wine and beer for adults; Sweet Shoppe for desserts; soft drinks and snow cones for kids; and music and entertainment including the popular band Missing Link.

Mass in the Park will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, with a pancake breakfast and mimosas to follow.

Raffle tickets are for sale with the drawing at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 in Sayre Park.

What every cyclist should know (and it’s NOT about the bike)

Are you really thick-headed? (Find out about your skull.) What item should you never cycle without? What item can you easily carry that could make the difference between life and death?

Answers to these questions and more from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Glenwood Springs Library. There will be participation from Glenwood Springs EMT and police. Come, share and learn from fellow riders.

Libraries closed for Labor Day

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The libraries will resume normal hours at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. You can still browse and request books, movies and more on our website,, during the closure. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Community Meetings

The Garfield County Libraries are offering community meetings throughout the county to hear what residents want from their library today and in the future. Dinner will be provided. Meetings will be held at the Silt Branch Library on Tuesday, Aug. 26; and the Carbondale Branch Library on Wednesday, Aug. 27. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. For more information visit

Colorado Trappers Convention/Rendezvous

Learn how to call a coyote, trap a bobcat and support Colorado furharvesting at the 38th Colorado Trappers Convention/Rendezvous Aug. 29-31 at the Garfield Creek State Wildlife Area near New Castle. Fun for the whole family, experience the outdoors and pick up a new pastime. Demos, vendors, contests, auction, barbecue and more. Sponsored by Cabelas, Sportsmans Warehouse, Big D Motorsports, Columbine Ford, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Bookcliffs Fur, and others. Contact Dan Gates at 719-275-4077, Kandy Herrman at 970-379-6024 or go to for information.

An Alaskan Life of High Adventure

Jim Hale was born in the Territory of Alaska prior to statehood. He was one of the earliest mountain guides on Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest mountain. Along the way, he led an expedition that hauled four hang gliders to the summit and successfully launched three. Jim will be presenting a digital slide show of his adventures at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Rifle Branch Library; and also at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. His book “An Alaskan Life of High Adventure,” will be for sale at this event. For more information, call 970-625-3471.

Glenwood Insurance Agency launches “The Thousand Can Drive”

For the second year, Glenwood Insurance will attempt to raise 1,000 cans and nonperishable food items to donate to LIFT-UP at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s final Music on the Mountain concert series. Drop donations by Glenwood Insurance Agency at 1605 Grand Ave., next to Glenwood Springs High School, by Sept. 19. Glenwood Insurance will bring the donations to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Sept. 20 for the final count and to enjoy The Missing Link Band at Music on the Mountain.

Support One Book One Town

The Carbondale Branch Library is aiming to raise $2,000 for its 11th annual One Book One Town event. This will help cover travel costs, lodging, classroom sets for local schools, and refreshments for the event. Donations of all sizes are welcome. You can check the fundraising progress on the library’s Facebook page or stop by the library.

This year the library brings young adult author Franny Billingsly to Carbondale. The book selection is “Chime,” a National Book Award Finalist. The First Wednesday Book Club sponsored by the library has selected “Chime” as its October book and will be discussing it at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. Franny will be presenting writers’ workshops at the Carbondale Middle School, Roaring Fork High School and Bridges High School, as well as speaking at the library at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17.

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