The AARP Driver Safety Class, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the CMC Glenwood Center, Room 307, is directed towards drivers 50 and over. Most Colorado auto insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the course. There is a $12 fee for AARP members and a $14 fee for nonmembers for the workbook and handouts payable to the instructor.
The new four-hour 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; when to use a car phone; 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.
Register by calling 970-384-8747.
All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Monday, Oct. 10, for a staff training day. Normal library hours will resume at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on the website, http://www.gcpld.org, during the closure.
Veronica Lechuga is fighting breast cancer and needs help with medical expenses. There will be a benefit for her Saturday, Oct. 1, at American Legion, 97 N. Third St. in Carbondale. Food will be served from 4-7 p.m. There will also be live music and a raffle. Donations may also be sent to American National Bank, 409 Delores Way, Carbondale. Call (970) 704-1012 for more information.
Thunder River Theatre Company is preparing to open its 2011-2012 season with John Guare’s hilarious, irreverent and quirky love story “The House of Blue Leaves.” It won the Drama Desk Award and Obie Award for Best American Play in 1971, and in 1986, the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, along with just about every other category. It just closed yet another revival this past summer with Ben Stiller and Edie Falco, the latter nominated for Best Featured Actress.
“The House of Blue Leaves” is part of that long-standing genre known as “Dark Comedy.” Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film “Dr. Stangelove” starring Peter Sellers, and the 1971 film sensation M*A*S*H* directed by Robert Altman are perfect examples of unmistakably dark humor. M*A*S*H* became one of the biggest hit films of the early ’70s, especially during the Vietnam War era. It inspired the popular and critically acclaimed television series MASH, which ran from 1972 to 1983. M*A*S*H* was deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
Under the direction of Artistic Director Lon Winston, “The House of Blue Leaves” is sure to bring this time-tested humor to the stage without losing the balance between comedy and pathos in what distinguishes a black comedy from more traditional comedies. TRTC has assembled a talented cast that features Lee Sullivan, Valerie Haugen and Jennifer Michaud, and supported by Richard Lyon, Sean Warnecke, Logan Carter, with Sharon Brady, Myra Ramirez, Alta Millard, Brad Moore and Nicolas Liuzzi.
The play opens Friday, Sept. 30, and continues Oct. 1, 7-9, 13-15. Tickets and further information are available online at thunderrivertheatre.com or by calling 970-963-8200. Season tickets are also available online. All show times are at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday matinee, 2 p.m. The theatre is located in downtown Carbondale at 67 Promenade. “The House of Blue Leaves” contains adult themes.
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