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There will be an informational meeting about changing Glenwood’s chicken code at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center computer area. For more information: 309-7982 or

The Garfield County Libraries and their design team seek to engage the Carbondale community in the new Carbondale library design process. Three “open house” community input meetings are planned for the coming months to support collaboration throughout the project. The first of these meetings is on Nov. 8. The design team’s goal is to create a library that is not only in Carbondale, but of Carbondale. The Libraries’ goal for ground breaking is the summer of 2012. 1st Public Open House – Tuesday, Nov. 8, Beginning the Process: This meeting is designed to gather ideas about needs and goals from the community. 2nd Public Open House – Thursday, Nov. 17, Concept Check: This meeting is designed to check back in with the community on the conceptual direction. 3rd Public Open House – Thursday Jan. 12, Progress Check: This meeting is scheduled mid-process so that the community can see the direction that the new library facility design has developed. Meetings will be held in the Third Street Center Calaway Room. All community design open houses will take place from 4-6:30 p.m. with after-hours open house available until 8 p.m. (for those who need to come later). People are encouraged to come when they are able and jump into a lively community event. Light refreshments will be available. The design team is lead by Willis Pember Architects with support from library architect Humphries Poli, Land+Shelter, DHM Design, Schmueser Gordon Meyer, Dan Richardson, KL&A, Beaudin Ganze, Group 3 Planners, Mark Chain Consulting. Community meetings are also graciously supported by the Third Street Center.The new library will be located at the corner of 3rd Street and Sopris Avenue, currently the home of two tennis courts.Contact Andrea Korber of Land+Shelter with any questions about the community outreach process: 970-963-0201 or

Medicare open enrollment is ongoing until Dec. 7. It’s time to compare plans to make sure you have the right health and prescription drug coverage, stay with your current plan if you’re happy with it, or look for a new one with better coverage, higher quality, and lower cost. Call High Country RSVP to schedule an appointment with one of their counselors. This free service can help seniors and their families navigate the Medicare D system to select a Prescription Drug Plan for 2012. Every senior who has a Medicare D Prescription Drug Plan should have their current plan assessed because costs and coverage have changed on all plans. This will allow you to make a wise choice that will best meet your individual needs. Call 970-384-8744. Leave your name (please spell), phone number and ZIP code, and a volunteer will contact you.

Local restaurant Rib City (710 Grand Ave.) has agreed to serve as the host site for the upcoming Jail & Bail event, the March of Dimes said today. Rib City will donate space, food and beverages for approximately 25 “jailbirds,” as the event’s participants are humorously known. Jail & Bail is a community networking style event with a tongue-in-cheek theme that raises funds for March of Dimes programs to help improve maternal and infant health. Before Jail & Bail, jailbirds set their personal fundraising goal and then work to achieve it by collecting donations from family, friends and associates. At the event, jailbirds appear before the “judge,” “plead their case” (by turning in their donations) and get a souvenir picture of themselves in jailbird garb. They enjoy a free meal donated by the host site and the opportunity to win prizes, connect with other jailbirds and have a bit of fun. Anyone interested in being a jailbird or contributing to the event in other ways is encouraged to contact the March of Dimes at 970-243-0894. Jail & Bail will take place in Glenwood Springs on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In the role of judge (and the robes that go along with it), will be a well-known local face: that of Glenwood Springs mayor, Matthew Steckler. “We thank the mayor for his commitment to our cause,” said Sandy Raley, March of Dimes Western Colorado community director and Jail & Bail planner. “Without this type of help – and also that of our host site, Rib City – we could not hold the event and have the opportunity to work with the great people here.”Raley added that while the tone of Jail & Bail is lighthearted, its purpose is serious. “The donations the jailbirds collect help arrest the bad guys, if you will – such as birth defects, premature birth, low birthweight and newborn death.”

Crystal River Elementary School is looking for local veterans to honor at the annual Veterans Day Celebration. CRES students would like to send a special invitation in the mail to all veterans in our community. If you are a veteran please send your mailing address to: or call 384-5637 so we can send you an invitation to the celebration in your honor. The event will take place at CRES at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.

Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs is among the 500 community health centers across the nation to be selected to participate in the Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project to show how the patient-centered medical home model can improve quality of care, promote better health, and lower costs. This demonstration project is operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The three-year project will test the effectiveness of doctors and other health care professionals working in teams to coordinate and improve care for up to 195,000 Medicare patients, improve health and reduce costs.

The Roaring Fork School District will hold parent-teacher conferences on Nov. 10 and 11 at all schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Contact your child’s teacher for information on time and place. Contact information can be found at

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