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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.

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.

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

5Point Film Festival call for entries

Submissions to the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale will be taken through Feb. 3. If you don’t have your film finished, you can submit an idea of what you’re working on.

5Point has more opportunities in 2015 than ever before for your short films to be screened in front of live audiences. Its season kicks off with the flagship event in Carbondale, and it also launches regional festivals in Asheville, North Carolina, Somerville, Massachusetts, and Bellingham, Washington, in 2015.

Reach out at for more information on becoming a candidate for a grant from the 5Point Film Fund.

A behind the scenes look at the Glenwood Railroad Museum

The February program at the Glenwood Railroad Museum will feature a behind-the-scenes tour of the Glenwood Springs Railroad Station and the collections of the Glenwood Railroad Museum. This special program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. The program is free and open to the public.

The 111-year-old Glenwood Springs Railroad Station is home to Amtrak and the Glenwood Railroad Museum. Designed by Theodore von Rosenberg, the same architect who designed the original bathhouse at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, this unique building has many stories to tell. Join members of the Western Colorado Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society as they explore the colorful history of railroads and railroading in the Glenwood Springs area as told in the Glenwood Springs Depot and the collections of the Glenwood Railroad Museum. The program will include a presentation on the history and design of the depot along with a tour of the museum collection, and end with an opportunity to as questions of museum volunteers. Refreshments will be provided.

The Glenwood Railroad Museum is located in the Glenwood Railroad Depot across the street from the Hotel Denver on Seventh Street. Entrance to the museum for this program will be from the trackside of the depot. Take the stairway located to the west of the depot and walk along the depot to the museum entrance.

Daddy – Daughter Dance

The Glenwood Springs Recreation Department invites every father (uncle, grandfather, …) to take their little girls 14 and younger out on a date they will never forget from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Join us for a magical evening of dining and dancing that will create memories to last a lifetime. A delicious buffet will be catered by Rivers restaurant. Cost is $35 per couple and $10 each additional daughter. Preregistration is required and space fills up fast; register on line at

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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