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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

Medicare open enrollment

The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2020 prescription drug plans continues until Dec. 7 for a Jan. 1 effective date. High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers can help navigate the Medicare Part D system and the new Plan Finder to select the best plan to meet individual needs.

RSVP can also help those confused about Medicare and who need help understanding options, making informed choices, knowing their rights and saving money. Volunteers offer one-on-one, personalized service for each person’s unique situation and are trained in all parts of Medicare, including supplement plans and additional money saving programs. To schedule an appointment call 384-8744.

Updated cash-back rebates for energy improvements from CORE

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency is offering new and updated cash-back rebates to incentivize energy efficiency improvements in 2019 to help the Roaring Fork Valley save energy and cut carbon. The annual program includes 19 rebates offering up to $500-2,500 each for energy projects in: electricity, renewables, hot water, heating and cooling, and home envelope. New this year, homeowners and renters can tap into $2,500 for fuel-switching, while businesses can increase their EV charging capacity. Residents from Aspen to Glenwood Springs can access CORE rebates all year long for their home or business. More information, a downloadable rebate brochure and free technical advising are available at and 970-925-9775.

Free Thompson House Museum tours

Learn about Carbondale’s Thompson-Holland pioneer family and see the artifacts preserved in this historical treasure during free tours from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 21 at the Thompson House Museum, 301 Lewies Lane in Carbondale. Tours will be given by the Ross Montessori Junior Docents. Call Bonnie Williams, docent coordinator, at 970-640-9214 to reserve a spot.

‘Space: Then & Now’

The Rifle Heritage Center will present “Space: Then & Now” by Tom Collins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Rifle Library. Collins will discuss his 33 years at Kennedy Space Center, where he worked as a fluids engineer, payloads engineer, and manager of all satellite mechanical operations. Collins was witness to all of the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle flights during his career, and he was the lead mechanical engineer on numerous shuttle flights including Challenger and Hubble Space Telescope.. Co-hosted by the Rifle Branch Library. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call the library at 970-625-3471.

Family & Friends Paint Night

Join Lynne of Inky Hands Studio in a fun family paint night activity (“Grateful Pumpkins” or “Let It Snowman”) from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the New Castle Community Center. Cost is $25 per person or $35 for an adult plus one child (age 5+). Register at

Happy Hiking and More

Join Ron Olson from the Battlement Mesa Hiking Group at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Parachute Library for a presentation about the hiking group and hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing in our area. This event is part of the Explore Our Outdoors event series at the Garfield County Libraries and is free and open to all. For more information call the library at 970-285-9870.

Musical Storytime with Ms. Holly

Ms. Holly, a preschool teacher with over 20 years experience, will lead young children and their caregivers in a joyous musical storytime that includes a movement circle, songs, lap games and a story, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Glenwood Springs Library. Expect to dance, jump, and sing along with live music at this free event. For more information call the library at 970-945-5958.

Coffee with the library director

Brett Lear, executive director of the Garfield County Libraries, would like to hear from residents. Join him at the Parachute Library at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, to chat about the community, the libraries, and how to collaborate on a bright future. Featuring free coffee and pastries from The Little Coffee Shack. For more information call the library at 970-285-9870.

Book Bingo

Kids and teens are invited to the Parachute Library on Monday, Nov. 25, to play bingo, take home a book to give as a gift, and even wrap it. Book Bingo will begin at 2 p.m. and is free to play. For more information call the library at 970-285-9870.



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

High Country RSVP

Want to have more meaning in your life? Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community? Would you like to meet new people? Are you 55 or older? High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) needs you. RSVP’s mission is to enrich the lives of men and women, age 55 and older, through meaningful volunteer opportunities that use their skills, abilities, and life experiences in service to their communities. High Country RSVP is a national Senior Corps organization under the Corporation for National and Community Service and was started here in Glenwood Springs in 1973.

Our objectives are to meet the critical needs in our communities through volunteer recruitment and management and meet the needs of the growing base of seniors in our communities, enabling them to continue to live independently (age in place).

As our new year begins please consider contacting RSVP’s professional volunteer manager Elisabeth Worrell, 970-947-8460, who will help you determine where your skills, abilities, and interests are and make a connection with one of the 36 volunteer stations we partner with.

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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