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Community Briefs

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.

Food For Fines

During the month of February bring in nonperishable food items to any of the six Garfield County Libraries and receive $1 credit for each item you donate. Credits can be applied only to current fines and cannot go toward lost materials or fees. Food items will be given to the local LIFT-UP and cannot be expired. Suggested donations include canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, jelly and pasta.

NAMI Roaring Fork Valley class

NAMI of the Roaring Fork Valley is offering a 12-week class for families with a family member who has mental illness. The classes meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays starting Feb. 16. For more information or to register, call Anika at 970-618-7770.

KDNK board of directors meeting

The KDNK board of directors will hold its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the offices of KDNK, 76 S. Second St. in Carbondale. The meeting is open to the public. An agenda is posted at the KDNK office. For information call 970-963-0139.

Interstate-70 Meets Glenwood Canyon

with Floyd Diemoz

A short history of the long, yet successful, battle to build a road that today is one of the most beautiful sites in all of America. Longtime local resident Floyd Diemoz will share stories of the struggle to build a four-lane road through Glenwood Canyon long before construction crews ever started work. This program will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. The program is free, open to the public, and light refreshments are served.

Colorado History 101 & Fun

Come learn about Colorado’s history starting from when gold was first struck and leading up to World War I. Larry Rynearson, author of “Colorado’s Historic Mountain Passes,” will test your knowledge of the Centennial State while making you laugh. This event will be held at the New Castle Branch Library at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.

Old West Firearms

R.W. Boyle presents a viewing and discussion of some notable Western firearms at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave. He will discuss some of the notable instances in Western history where firearms changed America and will also take a look at several of the common “workhorse” guns of the Old West and maybe a few unusual “outriders” as well. 970-618-4182, for information.

S’now Win Reading Contest

Calling all teens in grades 5-12: The New Castle Branch Library will be hosting a reading contest in the month of February 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.

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 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

Naturalist Nights 2015

Naturalist Nights, a free speaker series presented by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Wilderness Workshop, and Roaring Fork Audubon, brings experts to our region to explore environmental issues through slide shows and conversation. The free series, which includes 20 presentations through March 12, runs at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Presentations will be filmed and aired on GrassRoots TV as well as archived for free viewing on ACES’, Wilderness Workshop’s and GrassRoots’ websites. Presentation topics this year include: bears in Alaska, Greenland’s glaciers, local wilderness issues, film screenings of “DamNation” and “Ordinary Extraordinary Junco,” and more.

Presentation by Navajo artist

Mae Peshlakai, a traditional Navajo artist, will share her experiences on Navajo lifestyles, beliefs, arts and culture at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in the Colorado Rocky Mountain School barn in Carbondale. Mae started weaving at a young age helping her mother, carding wool, spinning wool into yarns and weaving into rugs. After marrying James Peshlakai, a very accomplished silver- and goldsmith, she took up silversmithing and to this day, makes jewelry every day. Mae is the daughter of a medicine man, and her mother is a medicine woman, so she incorporates her knowledge of the cultural ways into her art, silvers jewelry and weaving.

CASA volunteer training

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 9th Judicial District will be holding a volunteer training in Glenwood Springs beginning Feb. 16. Volunteers must be 21 years old, have an interest in making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children, have excellent writing skills, be computer literate, pass a rigorous background check, and be able to participate in a 30-hour training. If you are interested in this opportunity to advocate for children involved in the Dependency and Neglect Court System in Garfield, Pitkin or Rio Blanco counties and you have a flexible schedule to attend meetings and hearings please contact Barb Corcoran at, 970-987-4332, or for more information check out

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