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GSES Playground Revival Community Meeting

The Glenwood Springs Elementary School Playground Revival will be hosting a community meeting from 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Community Center in the Red Mountain Room. This meeting will be a time to share the new playground model, financial status, answer questions, and receive ideas and feedback. Everyone is welcome. Come ready to give comments and eat cookies.



Keener memorial fund

A memorial fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to honor the life of Kent Keener. Kent Keener is survived by wife Jennifer Keener, a youth advocate at YouthZone, and children Chase, Austin, Greyson and Delanie. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank in the name of the Keener Family Memorial Fund. For information, call YouthZone at 970-945-9300.



Colorado Main Street Program

There will be a special Colorado Main Street Program training for New Castle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in the Rifle Library (2nd Floor Conference Room). The Colorado Main Street Program is a program to revitalize traditional downtown districts within the context of historic preservation. The program uses an approach that advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of central business districts based on their traditional assets of unique architecture, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of community.

Brews, Beverages, BBQ and Bowling Benefit for Bennett

Bennett and Jessica Bramson are each undergoing major surgeries. There will be a fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the ElJebowl Bowling alley in ElJebel. The band Poser will be playing; barbecue meats, Caesar salad, fruit salad, veggie platters, appetizers and sweets will be served; and there will be a silent auction as well as “Bowling for Dollars” to help raise money to assist Bennett and Jessica with the enormous medical fees they are facing.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the River Center from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Burning Mountain Park in New Castle. There will also be a silent auction and baked goods. $10 per person or $30 per family for spaghetti, salad and nonalcoholic drinks.

Pastor Will Hart of Global Awakening and Will Hart Ministries to speak at The Orchard

Pastor Will Hart of Global Awakening and Will Hart Ministries will speak at The Orchard at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, and at Christ Community Church at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Pastor Hart served for several years in Pemba, Mozambique, with Heidi and Rolland Baker of Iris Ministries. He also travels frequently with Randy Clark of Global Awakening, leading mission trips all around the world. After spending time with several members of The Orchard while traveling to Mozambique on a mission trip, Pastor Hart felt compelled to come to the Roaring Fork Valley to share his story. His life has been a series of adventures and encounters with personal testimony from the mission field. Everyone is invited to this talk. The Orchard is located at 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale, and Christ Community Church is located at 2789 Highway 82 in Basalt.

For more information, contact Melissa Miller at 970-963-8773, ext. 104.

Mindfulness Retreat for Tweens and Teens

Inward Bound: Mindfulness Retreat for Tweens and Teens takes place from July 29 through Aug. 2 at Carbondale Community School. Activities will include hip hop dance, poetry, creative writing, performance, expressive art, nature hikes, and yoga. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Taught by three teachers from the MA program at Naropa University. Cost is $200 for the week. Call Nannette Weinhold 970-765-6057 to preregister.

Groundbreaking Reads

This year’s theme for the Garfield County Libraries’ Adult Summer Reading program is “Groundbreaking Reads,” and the New Castle Branch Library wants to know which books have been “groundbreaking” to you. A groundbreaking read could be a book that impacted you, an important work of literary achievement, or a book you believe everyone should read — we will leave the definition up to you. Share your groundbreaking reads with us, and you could win lunch for two at a local restaurant. Just stop by the library in New Castle to fill out one or more entry forms. The winning entry will be pulled on Monday, Aug. 5.


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