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Suicide Prevention Coalition of Garfield County Fall Connections Campaign

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Garfield County is hosting a series of fall events to bring together the greater Garfield County community around the promotion of good mental and behavioral wellness. These events will run August through November.

The first event is the free Youth Mental Health First Aid training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the Glenwood Springs Library Community Room. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach adults how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge, or who is in crisis. To register, go to For more information contact Sonja Linman, Roaring Fork School District prevention specialist, at; or Courtney Dunn, Aspen School District prevention specialist, at

Salt Dough Factory

Participants can roll, cut, shape, bake and paint their creations at the Salt Dough Factory at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the New Castle Community Center. There will be hundreds of cookie cutters and more salt dough than anyone could ever wish for. The event is designed for kids ages 2 and older. Register online for $10 at Registration is required to ensure that there will be enough dough for everyone.

Ag Expo

Ag Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and is presented by Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts, Garfield CSU Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Keynote speakers are Dr. Fred Provenza, who is a world-renowned expert on animal health, and Mike and Erin Galloway, of “Our Wyoming Life,” who are Wyoming ranchers that will share their family story. Other topics include tractor maintenance, hoop house gardening, how to market your produce and meat, hemp pests, veterinarians’ panel and much more. Scheduled activities at the Kids’ Corner will keep kids busy while parents attend breakout sessions. Lunch is included with registration of $20 for single or $30 for couple. For more information and full agenda or for a registration form call the district office at 404-3439 or Online registration is available at

Sunshine mixed media painting on canvas

Adults and youth (ages 9 and older) can make a mixed media painting on canvas with a sunshine theme from 1–3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the New Castle Community Center. Register for $30 by Feb. 20 at

Applications available for Strawberry Days arts & crafts show and food fair

Applications for the 123rd annual Strawberry Days arts & crafts show and food fair are now available at The deadline for applications is March 6, and both aspects of the festival will be juried. The festival will take place June 19–21 at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs.

The arts & crafts show represents artists and crafters from all over the United States selling hand-made, one-of-a-kind items. The food fair features traditional favorites and international delights.

For more information, visit or call the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 970-945-6589.

Make and take workshops for caregivers

These workshops will teach family, friend and neighbor caregivers the simple ways to read, write, sing, talk and play with children in their care and provide tools to use (literal tools made in class and taken home to use with children) to get them ready for their first day of school. The workshops will be held monthly from January through May at each of the Garfield County Libraries in partnership with Early Childhood Network. For a full schedule of workshops in English or workshops in Spanish visit the nearest library or

High Country RSVP seeks volunteers

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is looking for volunteers age 55 and older to serve with one of 45 different nonprofit organizations in Garfield County. The mission of RSVP is to enrich the lives of individuals age 55 and older through meaningful volunteer opportunities that use their skills, abilities and life experiences in service to their communities. RSVP is a national Senior Corps organization and has been sponsored by Colorado Mountain College, serving Garfield County, for more than 40 years. Each year, volunteers collectively serve over 20,000 hours with local organizations and impact and enrich the lives of Garfield County residents. For more information, contact Mary Moon at 970-947-8462 or

Inspirational Word for 2020 painted on wood

Pick an inspirational word for 2020 and paint it on wood, with Lynne Cassidy of Inky Hands Studio, from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the New Castle Community Center. Adults can register for $40 online at

Meet the Author: Stephen Trimble

For 12,000 years, people have left a rich record of their experiences in Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park. In the new book “The Capitol Reef Reader,” award-winning author and photographer Stephen Trimble has put together 160 years’ worth of words by 50 writers, capturing the spirit of the park and its surrounding landscape through personal narratives, philosophical riffs, and historic and scientific records. The narrative is anchored by more than 100 photographs, including pictures from Trimble’s 45 years of hiking the park. Trimble will share some of these photos and stories as well as anecdotes from his detective work at two events at the libraries. The first event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Glenwood Springs Library, and the second event will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Silt Library. Both are free and open to all. For more information visit

Harry Potter Festival

The Harry Potter Festival is a free event of games, crafting, prizes and food at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Parachute Library. This year will feature face painting for the kids by Michelle Zander, potion making, and the return of Chocolate Frogs. Costumes are welcome. For more information call the library at 970-285-9870.

Mental Health First Aid

Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Learn more at Mental Health First Aid from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Glenwood Springs Library to learn risk factors and warning signs, strategies and where to turn for help. This free event is part of the library’s 360 Health series, and presented in partnership with Mind Springs Health. The library requests registration in advance. For more information call the library at 970-945-5958.


Zumbini is an interactive class designed for kids up to age 4 and their caregivers that combines music, dance and educational tools for 45-minutes of can’t stop, won’t stop bonding and fun. Classes will be 9–10 a.m. every Wednesday Jan. 22 through March 18 at the Community Art Center, 601 E. Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs. Price is $90, which includes all nine sessions, a Zumbini book, and a toy to go with the class theme. Registration can be completed at or call 970-384-6301 for more info.

Job Fairs

The Glenwood Springs and Parachute libraries will each be hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Connect with local businesses that are hiring in the area. Printed resume and interview attire encouraged. Free and open to all, these events are part of the “Working Communities” series at the Garfield County Libraries and presented in partnership with the Colorado Workforce Center, city of Glenwood Springs and town of Parachute. For more information visit

Chinese New Year Celebration

Visit the Parachute Library to celebrate the Chinese New Year with various paper crafts, Chinese character writing, games and more starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Free and open to all. For more information call 970-285-9870.

Beneath the Soil: History of Oil Shale and Nahcolite in our Area

Learn how the development of nahcolite (the natural form of baking soda) and oil shale have impacted western Garfield County over the years. Led by Roger Day and Ed Cooley, the presentation will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Rifle Library. Light refreshments will be served. This free event is presented by the Rifle Heritage Center and Rifle Branch Library as part of the library’s “Keeping History Alive” series. For more information call the library at 970-625-3471.

Whimsical winter on canvas paint night with Lynne of Inky Hands Studio

Whimsical winter on canvas paint night with Lynne of Inky Hands Studio will take place from 6–8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the New Castle Community Center. Registration of $25 per person or $35 per adult with one child (age 5 and up) is required at

Emergency Training for Everyday Life

What do you do when you wake up sick but you can’t reach your mom? Or you’re in the backcountry with your friend from Ohio and they get elevation sickness? Come join a local paramedic to learn what to do in these situations and other times when you have to make that call. The event starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Glenwood Springs Library. Free and open to all teens as part of the “Adulting 101” event series at the library. For more information call 970-945-5958.

Glenwood Springs Art Guild workshop

A workshop for oil painters of all levels with Jody Ahrens, “edgy Impressionism” experimental artist (see, will be presented by the Glenwood Springs Art Guild Jan. 27-29 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenwood Springs. Cost is $300 per member and $325 for non-members. Contact or Sandy at 970-379-0469 for more information.

Excellence in the Workplace Symposium

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is sponsoring the “Excellence in the Workplace” symposium from 8:30–11:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at Morgridge Commons to help business owners, managers and supervisors go beyond training employees for work. Instead, the symposium is designed to help businesses learn how to inspire people to perform at the highest levels.

Symposium highlights include strategies to help team members become self-inspired and how to create evaluation meetings that build upon that inspiration. Other skills offered will teach participants how to draw a simple customized graph for each team member that becomes impossible to forget as it continually motivates each person. Teaching the art of simple, polite business conversations is also included as well as skills in dealing with difficult customers. The speaker and symposium facilitator is Patrick McGaughey, CPF, IOM who is president and chief consultant for For more information and to register, visit or call Tara Harman at 970-945-6589.

Silt: Then and Now

Join us for a pictorial tour of the history of Silt led by Chris Classen from the Silt Historical Society. This special event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Silt Library and is part of the “Keeping History Alive” series at the Garfield County Libraries. For more information call the library at 970-876-5500.

Roaring Fork Audubon Summer Camp

Summer Camp for kids ages 12-18. Learn about birds and nature at a free weeklong nature camp sponsored by Roaring Fork Audubon. Apply for a scholarship at Deadline is Jan. 31.



Autism Support Group

This group is for all parents of children with autism or “on the spectrum” kids. Participants meet at the Silt Library and discuss issues that arise, share funny stories, and help with questions the doctors just can’t answer. Call or stop by the library to learn about upcoming dates or schedule a special session. For more information call the library at 970-876-5500.

High Country RSVP Seeks Volunteers for American Red Cross

In light of this summer’s increased wildfire activity, organizations like the American Red Cross of Colorado need additional volunteers in order to serve the community with disaster preparedness and response services. This will ensure that if ever there is an emergency, there will always be trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is looking for volunteers age 55 and older to serve with the American Red Cross of Colorado in Garfield County. There are numerous ways to volunteer with the organization, and training will be provided. For more information, contact Mary Moon, RSVP volunteer manager, at 970-947-8462 or

LIFT-UP needs volunteers

Both English-speaking and bilingual volunteers are needed for a variety of LIFT-UP programs. Volunteer opportunities include:

Extended table: If you are part of a group interesting in serving and helping others or like to cook, this program is for you. LIFT-UP is looking for groups to pick a day to plan, prepare and serve the meal at Extended Table in Glenwood Springs.

Meal monkey: Be a part of the team that provides lunches to school kids on Fridays. Students, 18 and under, are served sack lunches on Fridays (since there is no school in the Re-2 school district on Fridays). Donations of snacks, funding and time are all needed.

Volunteer for veggies: Help UpRoot Colorado reduce food loss and food insecurity by helping harvest and redistribute fresh fruits and vegetables to our local pantries.

For more information, contact Renee Horton at (970) 625-4496 or email 

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) is a support group of parents helping parents that meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday at River Center, 126 N. Fourth St. in New Castle, to offer education and support, at no charge, for parents who are dealing with a son or daughter suffering from addiction. PAL can also help spouses who feel they have to parent their addicted partner. PAL is open to all sober family members and friends who are 18 years and older.

For more information visit or call Diane Pfaff at 970-379-5299.

Frontier Museum seeks volunteers

Volunteers make it possible to keep the doors of the Frontier Museum open. Anyone interested in volunteering and learning about Glenwood Spring’s history can pick up a free history book. Those who like to talk with people make wonderful volunteers. For information call 970-945-4448 or email

Symphony in the Valley

Symphony in the Valley, a volunteer organization comprising local musicians making music for the communities here in the valley, is looking for musicians of all ages who play an orchestra instrument. High school students are welcome with a teacher’s recommendation. Contact Symphony in the Valley via the Contact Us page at

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