The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) will be beginning its 2011-12 Winter Season this Saturday, Dec. 10. RFTA’s Winter Season runs from Dec. 10 through April 8. Go to http://www.rfta.com to see if your bus schedule has changed. Changes will occur on the Valley, Hogback, Aspen and Snowmass routes. Additionally the Four Mountain Connector bus will begin servicing the four upvalley ski mountains. For additional information, call 970-925-8484.
The death of a loved one can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. For a teen with family members overcome with their own experience of grief, it can be isolating, confusing, life-altering and devastating. This new peer-based support group will allow teens, ages 12-18, to connect with other teens who have lost a loved one to death and learn healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with grief. This free group, sponsored by Pathfinders, will meet Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 through March 1 at Coal Ridge High School. Limited to 10 teens. Registration is required. Please call Lindsay Patterson, MA with questions or to register, 970-456-8924.
This year, Mountain Valley is collecting books and cash donations to give to the children of families served by the Children and Families Services Department. We are seeking books for children up to 3 years old. Gently used books or older books for siblings would be appreciated as well. Cash donations would be used to purchase any books needed for additional children/families who don’t have enough, or to provide gift cards for some of the needier families served.If you would like to donate, please bring your donations by Mountain Valley Developmental Services (700 Mount Sopris Drive) and give them to Janet Jesse in the front office by Friday, Dec. 16, or arrangement scan be made for pickup.
If you are low on cash, but overloaded with stuff, you can make a donation to The Defiance Thrift Store and still be eligible for a 2011 tax deduction. Defiance is a 501C3 nonprofit organization, so these tax incentives are available for both individuals and businesses.Items needed at the store include winter wear, household goods, furniture … just about everything. Currently, there is a coat drive so that needy residents can stay warm this winter. All profits from The Defiance Thrift Store are distributed to LIFT-UP Food Pantry and the Family Visitor Programs, plus Defiance participates in a voucher program for clients of Catholic Charities, Advocate Safehouse, and other human service groups. Donations are accepted at Defiance’s new home at 2412 S. Glen (Highway 82), Glenwood Springs between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more info call 970-945-0234. Follow Defiance on FaceBook, too. Volunteers always welcomed and Defiance is a great place to work off your community service hours.
In case you missed it, you can still come and shop for handmade items for Christmas gifts and decor at the Senior Housing Activity Center, 201 Castle Valley Blvd., New Castle, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Dec. 24 or by appointment. Call 984-2088.
The First United Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs at 824 Cooper Ave. presents The Original Christmas Tree Lane. Celebrating its third year running and now open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, as well as during special events and services through December. Come walk through magical Christmas Tree Lane featuring local nonprofit organizations. A pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Special guest Santa Claus will make an appearance so bring a wish list. Donations will be accepted during the entire event and the proceeds will go directly to the participants of Christmas Tree Lane. Call 945-6232 for questions.
Nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award for 2011 are now being accepted through Dec. 15. The award is intended to honor an individual (or in particular instances a married couple) who makes a substantial contribution to Glenwood Springs. As a result of the nominee’s efforts, the community receives notable benefits and becomes a better place to live and work.All nominees should be involved in active civic participation in the areas of health or human services, education, recreation, arts or cultural improvements, economic development, or community based organizations that contribute to the quality of life in the community.Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the community and are encouraged from all clubs and organizations. Nominees will be judged in all categories on the basis of community involvement and leadership. The winning citizen will be announced at the chamber’s Annual Ball scheduled for Jan. 28, 2012.Nomination forms are posted on the chamber website at glenwoodchamber.com/citizen-of-the-year-award and must be submitted by Dec. 15. For more information, call the chamber at (970) 945-6589.
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Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon closed around 9 p.m. Thursday for a flash flood warning.