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Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. is offering free, interactive workshops in Grand Junction and Rifle for western Colorado teachers to explore energy resources. Encana is partnering with National Energy Education Development (NEED) to present the workshop curriculum and training opportunities.The Grand Junction workshop will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center & Avalon Theatre on Nov. 15, and the Rifle workshop will be held at the Colorado Mountain College – West Garfield Campus on Dec. 2. Registration for all K-12 teachers is now available online at Attendance is limited to 40 teachers per workshop, and the sessions are free to educators.All teachers attending the workshop will receive more than $500 worth of curricula and hands-on teacher kits provided by Encana. The curriculum and kits explore the forms of energy and energy transformations, Colorado energy sources, the natural gas process, energy conservation and how to integrate energy education into the classroom.Encana’s sponsorship also covers reimbursement to school districts for substitute costs, as well as breakfast and lunch for those participating in the workshop. Registration for the Grand Junction workshops is required by Nov. 5, and by Nov. 22 for the Rifle workshop. To register and view the workshop agendas, visit, or call 800-875-5029.

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 Salvation Army is partnering this year with the River Center and Canyon Cleaners to collect and distribute coats for the needy.They will accept gently used (or new) coats, hoodies, hats, gloves/mittens, snow boots, and any other donated outer winter wear for men, women and children through Nov. 4. Collection locations include: Schools: Elk Creek Elementary, Kathryn Senor Elementary, Riverside MS, Coal Ridge HS, Cactus Valley Elementary, The Garden School; businesses/restaurants: American National Bank, Glenwood Springs, American National Bank, Carbondale, American National Bank, Rifle, Alpine Bank, New Castle, City Market, New Castle, New Castle Diner, Patti’s Main Street Coffee House, Elk Creek Mining Co., Mr. T’s, River Center, Canyon Cleaners in Sil, Silt Town Hall, and Cheryl & Co. in Rifle.Distribution will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Riverside Middle School Cafeteria, New Castle.Volunteers are still needed to pick up the donations and help at the distribution Center. To volunteer or for more information, please call Deb Bonkiewicz of the River Center at 970-302-7385.

You dreamed… we listened and were inspired. Learn more about the design of the new Glenwood Springs Branch Library. The meeting with library officials and project architects Dennis Humphries and Willis Pember is at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, at the current library, 413 Ninth St., Glenwood Springs. Info: 945-5958.

All military veterans and federal employees are eligible for free flu shots at the Glenwood Springs Veteran’s Administration Telehealth Clinic. Veterans do not need to be registered in the VA system to be eligible. Federal employees must bring their employee badge. Appointments are not necessary; drop in anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The clinic is at 2425 S. Grand Ave., Suite 101, in Glenwood Springs. For information, call 945-1007.

In-town residents of Carbondale may bring their leaves and small branches to the parking lot at the northeast corner of Colorado Avenue and Main Street through Nov. 20. All leaves must be removed from bags prior to being placed in the container. There are separate containers for leaves and small branches. Leaves are recycled to make compost, so please do not contaminate the containers with other materials. Absolutely no trash, no bags, no other material of any kind (including vegetation). No commercial dumping. Questions, call 963-1307. Sponsored by the Town of Carbondale and InterMountain Waste.

Sopris Therapy Services (STS) announces the expansion of its Physical Therapy (PT) department in Carbondale specializing in outpatient orthopedic PT and Pilates Rehabilitation. STS founder and Physical Therapist Belinda Brownell has recently returned to Carbondale and has been hired as the STS program director. In addition to the Traditional and Equine Assisted Rehabilitational programs that STS has been providing for the past 17 years, Belinda now treats patients with various orthopedic and neurological disorders in the new “hands on” year-round onsite PT and Pilates clinic. Belinda is a native of the Roaring Fork Valley and has been an Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine PT for the past 26 years. In addition to being board certified and having her advanced masters in Orthopedic PT, she is also a personal trainer and has her certification in Polestar Rehab Pilates. STS treats patients from age 6 months to 95 years old with all types of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays, traumatic brain injury, Down’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, total joint replacements, etc.STS is offering free mini-evaluations for any new patient in our new PT Department through Nov. 15. The PT department at STS is open year-round Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 970-704-1037 for a free mini evaluation or to schedule an appointment.

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