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The Rhodes family of Rifle lost their entire home, garage and truck in a devastating fire Oct. 16. They literally escaped with only the clothes they were wearing and the family pets. A fund has been established at Alpine Bank for those wishing to donate to The Rhodes Family Foundation. Donations can be made at any area Alpine Bank. Tim, Ronnie and Chris Rhodes offer their deepest appreciation.

Local citizens are being asked to donate winter wear to help the clients of LIFT-UP, Catholic Charities, Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers, the Family Visitor Programs and other local nonprofit agencies in the valley through Christmas. The Defiance Thrift Store is the new main collection center for donated winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots at their new location at 2412 S. Glen (next to Domino’s Pizza) in Glenwood Springs, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or by special appointment. Donations are tax-deductible for individuals and businesses. Other donation boxes will be set up soon at Valley View Hospital and Alpine Banks in Glenwood and Carbondale.Those needing winter-coat vouchers please register at a participating agency first. Vouchers are redeemable at the Defiance Thrift Store. For more information about vouchers call Catholic Charities at 384-2060.

The professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley is participating in the worldwide Help-Portrait movement. Local photographers will provide free portraits to area families in need on Friday, Dec. 2, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Students in the college’s portrait photography class, taught by associate professor Steven G. Smith, will handle all equipment and logistics, as well as learn from working with professional photographers.Help-Portrait began in 2009 as a movement to provide free portraits to families who are struggling, disadvantaged or homeless. Over the past two years, more than 101,000 portraits have been given to families by 10,000 photographers and 12,000 volunteers. Help-Portrait is now a global phenomenon, with participants in more than a thousand locations in 54 countries.This is the second year CMC photography students have participated. Last year in Carbondale, about 50 families received their portraits.Contact Smith at 948-8228, 618-5584 or with any questions about the local photo sessions, or go to for more information.

Woodworker, designer and builder David Rasmussen lost everything in a fire that took his studio up Thompson Creek Road, and he had no insurance.A benefit account has been established at Alpine Bank, Carbondale branch. Donations can be made to the “David Rasmussen Woodshop Benefit Account” ending in 4334. Or simply send contribution via Paypal to

Carbondale families are participating in the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind-Operation Christmas Child-an effort that has hand-delivered 86 million gifts to kids worldwide since 1993. This year-round project of Samaritan’s Purse is coming to its peak, as local businesses, churches and schools prepare to collect gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21. Participants can drop off their shoe box gifts at Church at Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Drive, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to1 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 970-858-9873 or visit

Roaring Fork Liquors in Glenwood Springs owner Ken Robinson has announced that all gross profits from sales on “Black Friday,” Nov. 25, will be donated to LIFT-UP.LIFT-UP food pantries serve more than 2,600 people every month from Aspen to Parachute. The current economic climate has seen the numbers swell, and more people are using the services of this nonprofit organization.”I know that so many of our neighbors are in some dire economic circumstances.” said Robinson. “I encourage everyone that can to give to a charity of their choice. Whether it’s to LIFT-UP through us or by other means, please help your less fortunate neighbors.”Roaring Fork Liquors will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and is located in the Roaring Fork Marketplace next to Walmart in Glenwood Springs.

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. is offering free, interactive workshop in 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 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 workshop is required by Nov. 22. To register and view the workshop agenda, visit, or call 800-875-5029.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and there’s no better place for holiday shopping either. Chamber Checks are an easy way to ensure the gift you give is spent here in Glenwood Springs. Chamber checks are also perfect for employers to give as incentive rewards or Christmas bonuses. Just like regular checks, Chamber Checks can be cashed in at any restaurant, store or bank where checks are accepted – but only in Glenwood Springs. There is no charge for Chamber Checks. They can be written dollar for dollar in any amount, and they are perfect for holiday gifts.To purchase your checks, stop by the Glenwood Springs Chamber at 1102 Grand Ave. or call 945-6589 for more information.

Attention all artisans, crafters, cooks and farmers. Two new markets are slated for this fall in the valley. Artisan Winter Market is an indoor market featuring live music, creative arts, unique gifts, and foods that are fresh, local, organic or fantastic. Booth fee is $30 before the deadline, and quality vendors are invited to participate in the markets on Nov. 26 in Basalt and Dec. 10 in Glenwood Springs. The Pregnancy Resource Center, a local nonprofit, is hosting the events and will offer lunches as well as have a booth selling beautiful hand blown glass ornaments, candles, cookies, cranberry bread and more. This is also a great opportunity for artisans and other nonprofit organizations to have a booth and sell one of-a-kind items during the holiday season.For a vendor application or more information contact Jan at 948-5056, email or visit

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