November is national novel writing month. This kick-off event held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 1, is open to anyone who might be interested in attempting to write a novel in 30 days, from Nov. 1-30, and will include a short information session and registration. Previous participants will provide tips for planning and writing. Everyone is invited to stay and write until the library closes at 5 p.m. The library will provide fuel in the form of snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. All participants will earn a 2014 NaNoWriMo sticker. For more information, call 970-945-5958.
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) on Nov. 1 at Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch, 6501 County Road 214 in New Castle. 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 224 will be selling snacks for a fundraiser. Cost: 2 and under, free; ages 3-5, $5; ages 6-59, $8; seniors (60 and over), $7.
Fifth annual Diabetes Health
The fifth annual Diabetes Health Fair runs from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle, and includes educational booths and demonstrations that focus on the AADE7 Self Care Behaviors framework. Additional activities and screenings include: low-cost blood work, free foot exams, dilated eye exams, sharps take-back, health cooking demonstration and more There is a fee for certain tests: Comprehensive Metabolic Blood Chemistry ($36); A1c ($10); and Urine Micro-Albumin ($5). Remember to fast 8-12 hours prior to blood work. For information, call Grand River Health Changing Lifestyles at 970-625-6200.
Halloween candy buy back
On Halloween many children dress up in costumes and visit other homes in the neighborhood to collect candy. By the end of the night some families go home with bags of candy not knowing what to do with it all.
If you have extra Halloween candy Bring on Monday, Nov. 3, bring it all to All Kids Dental in Glenwood Springs (upstairs in the ANB Bank Building at 2624 Grand Ave.) or Rifle (900 Airport Road) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and get $1 for every pound of candy. All collected candy will be shipped to the troops overseas. Plus you can enter to win an iPod Shuffle if you bring in new items for our troops, including socks (black, brown, green or tan), energy bars, beef jerky, individually packaged razors, hand or foot warmers, beverage powder packets and knit hats and scarves or visit http://www.operationgratitude.com/get-involved/wishlist to see more item options.
There will be prizes, free goodie bags and toothbrushes.
All Kids Dental can be reached at 970-928-9500.
A Vegan Lifestyle
Thinking about going vegan? Grand River Health family physician Dr. Laurie Marbas will host informational presentations about the immense health benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Learn how to transition, to shop on a limited budget, collect new recipes, and more. Discover how simple dietary changes can improve the overall health of you and your family. All presentations will be held at 6 p.m. Attend this program at the Rifle Branch Library on Wednesday, Nov. 5; at the Parachute Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 13; or at the Silt Branch Library on Thursday, Nov. 20. For more information visit http://www.gcpld.org.
Walk for ovarian cancer awareness
At 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at 444 River Valley Ranch Road in Carbondale, walk as a “sleepwalker” in conjunction with the Run for Her in Los Angeles. Learn about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, have a snack beforehand, and enjoy a “community walk” honoring those in the battle and those who have lost their battle with this cancer. Join Dorene’s Darlings and register as a sleepwalker at http://www.runforher.com. Contact Diane at 818-800-1092 with any questions.
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Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs will present an interactive webcast, “Extreme Fire,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday as part of its free speaker series, The Gift of Education.