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Community briefs for Nov. 10

AARP Driver Safety Class

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the CMC Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. The class is directed towards drivers 50 and over. The class covers the following driving topics: how to compensate for changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time; how to handle problem situations such as left turns, right of way, freeway traffic, trucks, and blind spots while driving; what to do if confronted by an aggressive driver; how medications may affect driving; how to properly use anti-lock brakes, air bags, and safety belts; and how to assess your own and others’ driving abilities with a Personal Driving Capability Index. Most Colorado auto insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the course. There is a $15 fee for AARP members and a $20 fee for non-members for the workbook and handouts payable to the instructor. Walk-ins welcome.

Learn about energy leadership

Learn how the different filters or lenses we look through affect what you experience in life. Energy leadership raises your awareness to be the best version of you, your business, your relationships, your productivity, your health and your wealth. Learn about this life-changing process and how you can create a better life through raising your awareness in energy from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at 1401 Walz Ave. in Glenwood Springs. A $15 donation will benefit “Look Good Feel Better” cancer patient support. Limited seating. Reserve your space at 970-948-8612.

Operation Christmas Child

Hundreds of Roaring Fork residents are on a mission to make a lasting impact on children in need. They are looking beyond their own wish lists and packing shoeboxes for boys and girls around the world — for many of the children, it will be the first gift they have ever received. Residents are transforming 1,000 empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, will deliver these shoebox gifts to children overseas living in extreme poverty or affected by war, disease and natural disaster.

Important dates to remember:

Sunday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.: seventh annual packing and wrapping party & fundraiser lunch at The Gathering Center at The Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive.

Tuesday, Dec. 6: The Orchard will host a trip to volunteer at the Regional Processing Center in Denver.

Nov. 14-21: National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts.

Regional center drop-off hours at The Orchard:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16

5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

8-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, The Orchard will receive last minute boxes. All shoe boxes will be packed and shipped. The Property Shop is donating its moving truck again this year to transport all the boxes to Edwards where they will be sent to the distribution center in Denver and then shipped all over the world.

For more information on any of these activities please contact Roz Fowler, Rocky Mountain Region area coordinator, at 970-945-8940 or roz.fowler@msn.com.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 970-945-8940 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. By going online to give the suggested donation of $7 per shoebox gift, participants can follow their box to discover where in the world it will be delivered. They can also pack a shoebox gift online and even upload a photo and note of encouragement.


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