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Free legal clinic

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Basalt Regional Library at 14 Midland Ave. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Robin Jackson fundraiser

The women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion in Carbondale will be hosting a fundraiser for longtime resident Robin Jackson from Carbondale starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the legion, 97 N. Third in Carbondale. Robin has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing chemo and radiation.

The event features a Halloween costume party, silent auction, music, piñata, guessing games and food. Food includes a variety of appetizers, chicken wings, pulled pork sandwiches, sloppy joes, meatballs, deviled eggs and much more for $10.

Silent auction items include a golfing foursome at Aspen Glen, homemade gift basket of canned and baked goods, a pair of custom area rugs, a pair of homemade Broncos shirts, Broncos light and much more.

Call 963-2381 or Julie 309-5417 for more information.

Ten Tips Every Parent Should Know to Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse

Meghan Hurley, LCSW, will present a free abuse prevention class from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Grand River Health, Colorado River Room, Rifle. Hurley has been the mental health therapist at the local children’s advocacy center, River Bridge Regional Center, since it opened in 2007. She has taught “Ten Tips” since 2011, as a way to help parents increase comfort and knowledge about speaking to children about sexual abuse and body safety. Meghan offers this interactive workshop to help empower adults with effective strategies for communicating with children on this difficult topic. Her extensive training related to sexual abuse victimization, as well as her work with survivors and their families, allow her to pass on knowledge that is essential for everyone to have.


Be part of a world record food donation

The New Castle Cub Scout Pack 221 is planning to set a world record.

Pack 221 has received authorization from the Guinness Book of World Records to try to establish a world record for the most food donated by a community in 24 hours, per capita. The attempt will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and will end 24 hours later.

During the previous weekend, Nov. 5-6, the scouts will distribute bags to New Castle households, then collect them during the record-setting weekend. The major collection point, however, will be at New Castle’s City Market, where scouts and volunteers will gather donations.

New Castle has a current population of 4,500, and the goal is to collect at least 14,000 pounds of food for the local LIFT-UP food bank. The cubs will be assisted by Boy Scout Troop 221 as well as by adult volunteers. To assist in the collection process, contact John Harcourt at 303-548-5881 or

Mini Medical School

In collaboration with Western Colorado Area Health Education Center and University of Colorado Medical School, the Garfield County Libraries are hosting a free, eight-class series: Mini Medical School. Students may attend one or all sessions, and anyone who attends six or more will receive a diploma for graduating. Appropriate for lifelong learners, medical students or high school students. Classes offered at the Rifle Branch Library, New Castle Branch Library and Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 7 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 7 through Nov. 2, or go to for a full schedule.

One Book One Town: Author Talk

Louisa Hall’s “Speak” is the selection for the 13th annual Carbondale Branch Library One Book One Town event. Hall will give a presentation at the library at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Community Room. A book signing with refreshments will follow the presentation. “Speak” is available now for checkout at your local library. For more information, call 970-963-2889 or go to

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