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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 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

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 Christmas concert series. 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.

Carbondale special event meeting

There will be a special event meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Carbondale Town Hall. The agenda is: 4:30-5 p.m. Task Force Review of Last Year Events; 5-5:15 p.m. Street Closures for 2015; and 5:15-6:15 p.m. Review of the 2015 Calendar and Public Input.

What to Do When Someone Dies

Have you lost a loved one recently? Do you have questions on how to administer their estate? The Glenwood Springs Branch Library will host an informational workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. This workshop, presented by a representative from Brown & Brown PC, will cover topics such as probate vs. nonprobate, how and when to distribute the assets, what taxes may be owed, creditor claims, what if there isn’t a will, what happens if the family starts fighting, and does the court need to be involved. Space is limited and registration is recommended. To register, call 970-945-1241 or visit You may also register by calling the library at 970-945-5958.

Libraries Closing for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Rifle, New Castle and Carbondale branch libraries will be closing early at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Then, all six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28. The libraries will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Annual Elegant Auction & Luncheon

The 22nd annual Elegant Auction & Luncheon hosted by Glenwood Springs Chapter AO of P.E.O. will be held on Dec. 5 at the Hotel Colorado. P.E.O. is a woman’s organization that was founded in 1869 to promote education and philanthropic activities for women. The Glenwood Springs chapter was organized in 1917. The proceeds from the Elegant Auction will go towards book scholarships, the Girl Scouts and a River Bridge. Viewing of the auction items will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Colorado Room, followed by lunch and live auction in the Devereux Room. All of the auction items are made or gathered by the members of AO. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at A La Carte on Grand Avenue.

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 Contact Diane at 818-800-1092 with any questions.

Elks celebrate Veterans Day

The public is invited to attend a patriotic celebration of Veterans Day at 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Glenwood Springs BPOE Elks Lodge at 51939 Highway 6. Snacks and an open bar will be provided. The evening will include talks about the significance of Veterans Day and to thank veterans and active duty military for their service to the nation. For more information contact Dave Whitman at (970) 531-2684.

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale seeks vendors

The Glenwood Springs Elks, 51939 US Highway 6, will hold their 2014 Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 6. Call Janet Lee at (970) 201-6159 for vendor space reservations.

Elks seek hides to help veterans

If you are a hunter, or know a hunter, the Colorado Elks Association would appreciate the donation of any animal hides collected during hunting season through the end of January. The hides will be sent to tanneries to be turned into leather, which will be made into gloves (fingerless and full-finger) for disabled vets to protect their hands while using wheelchairs or crutches. Some of the leather is also used for craft kits that are used for occupational and recreational therapy. These items are given to the vets free of charge. If you have any questions, need more information or want to help collect and salt the hides please contact Tom Regan at (970) 948-9127 or at

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