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Abe Lincoln Alive

What was Abe Lincoln really like? Performance artist John Voehl will bring our nation’s 16th president to life at the Garfield County Libraries for two nights only. The New Castle Branch Library will host this event at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, and the Glenwood Springs Branch Library will host at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. This special event brought to you in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s presidency. For more information, visit

AARP Smart Driver Program

RSVP is sponsoring the four-hour AARP Smart Driver Program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the at the CMC Lappala Building in Carbondale. There is a $15 fee for AARP members and a $20 for nonmembers to cover class materials. Most automobile insurance companies in Colorado offer a discount to those completing the course, which is directed towards drivers 50 and over.

The program covers the following driving topics: How to compensate for changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time; How to handle problem situations such as left turns, right of way, freeway traffic, trucks, and blind spots while driving; What to do if confronted by an aggressive driver; When to use a car phone; How medications may affect driving; How to properly use anti-lock brakes, air bags, and safety belts; How to assess one’s own and others’ driving abilities via a “Personal Driving Capability Index.

For more information or to enroll call the RSVP/CMC Senior Center 384-8747

River Bridge benefit

River Bridge Regional Center, a child advocacy center located in Glenwood Springs, presents speaker Marilyn Van Derbur at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Van Derbur was crowned Miss America in 1958 while she was a student at the University of Colorado. A childhood incest survivor who did not speak publicly about her abuse until 35 years later, Marilyn has devoted much of her adult life to raising national awareness and understanding of sexual abuse and its long-term effects. The evening includes Marilyn’s inspirational presentation, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, book signing and cash bar. RSVP for this free event at or 970-945-5195.

Blessing of the Animals

Colorado Animal Rescue and the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists present the third annual Blessing of the Animals, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18, at Colorado Animal Rescue. This is a special blessing ceremony where the community can gather to honor and remember the dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, snakes, wildlife, etc. that have passed. We encourage you to bring your crated feline friend or well-socialized, leashed dog. Other pets or a photo of your pet is also welcome. The blessing of the animals will be accompanied by music, food and fun.

This event will also honor the shelter animals in need of adoption and who currently reside at Colorado Animal Rescue. Suggested donation for our shelter animals: a small bag of dog or cat food, canned kitten food or a cash contribution is always appreciated.

This is an outside event and will take place rain or shine, please dress for the conditions.

2014 Ghost Walk

The Frontier Historical Society presents its 15th annual Historic Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery in Glenwood Springs on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 1. Tours each night will lead you up the hill by lantern light to the old cemetery where costumed actors portray pioneers from Glenwood Springs’ past, including Doc Holliday and Kid Curry.

Tours are at 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Tours are limited to 30 people each and are recommended for children school age and up.

Participants need to carry lanterns or flashlights for the moderately strenuous 1/3 mile hike up to the cemetery. Lanterns will be available for purchase for $10 before each tour. Please be advised that once up at the cemetery, the terrain is hilly and mildly strenuous. Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for possible inclement weather. Please do not attempt the hike if you have any type of physical limitations.

Tickets are $18 per person for all ages. Frontier Historical Society members’ tickets are $10. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets are available at the Frontier Historical Museum and may be reserved with a Visa or MasterCard by calling the museum at (970) 945-4448.

Homemade cookies and hot apple cider will be served at the bottom of the hill after each tour.

For more information, call the museum at (970) 945-4448 or e-mail

Culinary Arts, Wine & Brewfest

Culinary Arts, Wine & Brewfest, a fundraiser for the Glenwood Spring Center for the Arts, takes place from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Ramada Inn. There will be hundreds of wines and microbrews, signature dishes presented by many of the valley’s favorite restaurants, a new “Wine 101 Basics” experience, music from Chris Bank and Mark Johnson, and a silent auction. Tickets for members are $35 for one or $60 for two; and for nonmembers are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

Hudson Shad concert

The unique entertainment of Hudson Shad, a male vocal quintet, will be presented by Glenwood’s Community Concert Association at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Jeannie Miller Theater in Glenwood Springs High School. Described as elegant, funny and imaginative, the group exhibits flawless musicianship as they sing familiar tunes along with some classical pieces. They focus on American hits ranging from the ’20s to the ’70s, including songs from the Mills Brothers, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles. Admission is by membership in the association.

Information on becoming a member is available by calling 970-945-5384. The Association will present three additional events in February, March and April to complete the season. See

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