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Community Briefs

Contra Dance

The first Glenwood Springs Contra Dance of the 2014-15 season is this Saturday, Oct. 4, at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, 915 School St. The dance starts at 7 p.m., with a beginner walk-through and casual instruction, and goes until 10 p.m. All dances are taught, no experience is necessary, and no partner is needed. Come just to listen to great, live, old-time music and stay for the dance. $8 at the door. Dances continue the first Saturdays through May (except second Saturday in January). For information call 970-379-2822

Great Ski Swap set for Oct. 4

The Great Ski Swap, which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Orrison Distributing, three miles south of Glenwood on Highway 82, raises money for two nonprofits, the Sunlight Volunteer Ski Patrol and the Sunlight Winter Sports Club (which runs the Sunlight Ski Team and Buddy Werner racing program). Deep discounts will be available on skis, boots, boards, poles, gloves, goggles, helmets and all kinds of winter clothing.

Season passes to Sunlight Mountain Resort will be available as well. Admission is $1 per person. Early bird admission at 8 a.m. is $10.

Those who want to sell gear at the Swap should drop off at Orrison between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. For more information, send a text message to 987-1227, or email

Annual Harvest Festival at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The Annual Harvest Festival is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Grand Avenue across from Sayre Park. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. with fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee; and lunch starts at 11 a.m. with homemade soups, rolls, desserts and drinks. This is a special time of sharing food and conversation with our friends and neighbors. Shop for homemade jellies, pies, candies, fresh produce, etc., and the donated ‘’something old and something new” items in “Grandma’s Attic.” All members of the community are invited; many community organizations continue to benefit financially from the money earned at this event.

Sunshine Farms Annual Garlic Class

Learn how to plant, harvest, cure and eat garlic. This annual class will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, and again on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Sunshine Farms, 38487 Highway 6, in New Castle. For more information, call Pat at 984-3320.

American Legion Post 100 celebrates 50 years

The American Legion Post 100 in Carbondale is celebrating 50 years (1964-2014). All are invited to a celebration party at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Legion Post. There will be a pig roast, music by Rick Rock and the Roosters, and all the good stuff, drink specials.

For more information, please call 963-2381.

Food Drive for LIFT-UP at Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch

Bring a nonperishable food item to help LIFT-UP and receive an extra ticket for the Pumpkinator (ticket is good for two launches) Oct. 3-5. Then enjoy more than a dozen fun activities for the entire family including hay rides, straw maze and the new lava pit. Local Girl Scout Troop 2013 will be selling snacks as a fundraiser. Admission: 2 and under, free; ages 3-5, $5; ages 6-59 $8; seniors (60 and over) $7. Come have lots of fun with your family while you help our neighbors through LIFT-UP and support Girl Scout Troop 2013. Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located at 6501 County Road 214 in New Castle. Call 984-3850 for information.

Registration open for SecondShift after-school classes

ACCESS Roaring Fork will be offering “SecondShift” after-school classes for middle-school-aged students in the Re-1 and Re-2 school districts starting the week of Oct. 6. Classes are enriching, supportive, fun and affordable. For information or to register visit, or pick up a form at your local middle school. For more information contact ACCESS at (970) 963-4402 or

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