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Libraries closed for Independence Day

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The libraries will resume normal hours on Wednesday, July 5. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on our website,, during the closure.

Foundation celebrates 20 Years with $20,000 impact grants

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) plans to make a number of $20,000 grants available for nonprofit initiatives across the western Colorado region.

The 20th Anniversary Fund grants are made possible through a $50,000 challenge grant from the Boettcher Foundation with matching funds from WCCF donors and community members. The goal of the 20th Anniversary Fund is to support innovative projects in western Colorado where organizations collaborate to address unmet community needs.

Interested organizations should submit a brief letter of interest (LOI) by June 30. Full information and LOIs are available at or by emailing Tedi Gillespie, grants and community outreach director at

1977 GSHS class reunion

The Glenwood Springs High School Class of 1977 is holding its 40th reunion in July. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, July 7, enjoy live music, drinks and food at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, barbecue, drinks and live music are planned at Veltus Park.

RSVP to Kent Heftle at For information contact Karen (Berry) Barbee at or Rochelle Spencer Lawton at

Let’s Talk Life

Join us for an engaging, interactive discussion and presentation by HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley about how we want to live until we die. On Monday, July 24, at 6 p.m. at the Rifle Library participants will hear stories, tell stories, and get tools and resources for bringing family together to talk about future medical care. All forms, including a Medical Power of Attorney, are provided for free. Let’s Talk Life is a program funded by a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to promote the importance of Advance Care Planning by providing free education, resources, coaching, and tools. For more information about this free event call the library at 970-625-3471.

Art in the Stacks featuring Rifle Shots

Rifle Shots members Jennifer Bartels, Brenda Brandenburg, Dawn Hayes and Gail Zentmyer have been brought together by photography, and work to inspire and push each other’s art. Join them for an artist reception from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, at the Rifle Library. Their photography will be on display at the library in July and August. For more information call the library at 970-625-3471.

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