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Community Briefs

Symphony in the Valley seeks members

Symphony in the Valley is looking for volunteer musicians to join this community orchestra. Practices are currently under way for the Symphony Swing concert, and rehearsal for the spring concert will begin in February. Symphony in the Valley is a volunteer organization comprising local musicians of all ages who play an orchestra instrument. High school students are welcome with a teacher’s recommendation. For more information, contact music director Kelly Thompson at 970-984-8833 or, or go to for times and locations of rehearsals.

‘Calendar Girls’ comes to life in

Pathfinders fundraiser

Snowmass Chapel’s winter theater production this year is “Calendar Girls,” a play based on the movie about the true story of women posing nude (but discreetly so) in a calendar to raise funds for cancer research.

In order to bring that success story to life on the Western Slope, the cast members of Snowmass’ “Calendar Girls” have posed nude for a calendar that is being sold to raise funds for Pathfinders. All proceeds from the calendar sales will go to Pathfinders.

Calendars can be purchased at Book Train, the gift shop at the Calaway Young Cancer Center, Explore Booksellers, Carl’s Pharmacy, Peaches Corner Cafe, the Red Brick Center for the Arts and Emporium and Flying Circus.

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 970-945-5494, ext. 105.

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 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

Painting Pages at the library

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Glenwood Springs Library invite you to participate in their collaborative Art and Literacy project, “Painting Pages,” which will be offered at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. This project will run from January until May. Elementary school-aged children are invited to come enjoy live storytelling and create a work of art that expresses them and the story that they enjoyed.

For information, call 970-945-2414.

Enjoying Poetry: A Four-Part Series

for Beginners

Local author Claudia Putnam will teach four classes about poetry at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library on the first and third Tuesdays in February and March at 6 p.m. From old-fashioned to free verse, to the poetry of today, learn how to read and enjoy poetry during one or all of these classes.

CASA volunteer training

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 9th Judicial District will be holding a volunteer training in Glenwood Springs beginning Feb. 16. Volunteers must be 21 years old, have an interest in making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children, have excellent writing skills, be computer literate, pass a rigorous background check, and be able to participate in a 30-hour training. If you are interested in this opportunity to advocate for children involved in the Dependency and Neglect Court System in Garfield, Pitkin or Rio Blanco counties and you have a flexible schedule to attend meetings and hearings please contact Barb Corcoran at, 970-987-4332, or for more information check out

S’now Win Reading Contest

Calling all teens in grades 5-12: The New Castle Branch Library will be hosting a reading contest beginning Feb. 1 to get you out of your reading funk. Read as many books as you can in 28 days, write up short summaries, and submit them to the library. The top three readers will win a prize. All entries are due at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

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