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Community Briefs

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Sunday, Jan. 1, to celebrate the New Year’s holiday. The libraries will resume normal hours at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2.

Music Together enrolling All Valley Music Together is enrolling now for Winter “Bells” Music Together classes beginning Jan. 9. These are music and creative movement classes for parents with their young children (infants to age 5). Early registration discount until Dec. 30 at Call 963-1482 for info.

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.

Suicide prevention is a community responsibility. Help educate and take a stand with those who are experiencing depression, suicide ideation or currently in a crisis. Are you willing to present this education in your place of business to help protect those who maybe suffering? By learning about the myths and facts that surround depression and suicide ideation, as a community we can stop the most preventable kind of death. People don’t want to die by their own hand, they want to stop the pain that has completely engulfed their everyday ability to function. By bringing the topic of suicide into the open, we as a community can cleave together and make a difference for a healthy way of life for one another in Garfield County. To schedule your presentation, call Donnalyne LaGiglia, chair/suicide prevention education at 970-948-6108.

The River Center is a community outreach center that provides support and offers relief services for families in our area. These services include assistance programs for students at local schools, senior networking, special events such as The Angel Tree, and emergency assistance outreach to families.

Daybreak Construction Specialties Inc. will match any new donations to the River Center during the month of December. This match applies to donations made by individuals, businesses, and churches up to $2,000. This is your opportunity to double your contribution and the gift of sharing with those less fortunate in your community. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations may be placed by contacting the River Center at rivercenternc@gmail. com, or by mail to P. O. Box 272 New Castle, CO 81647. Be sure to mention the matching funds opportunity. Credit card donations and electronic funds transfers are accepted for this pledge matching opportunity. Please call the River Center at 984-4333. To learn more about the River Center visit

The owner of Daybreak Construction Specialties Inc., Dana Yerian, and the directors, Joan Drake and Nicholas Yerian encourage any person or business large or small to take advantage of this opportunity to make a donation that will make a difference to an individual or family in crisis in our community.

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. 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.

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