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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

St. Mary Catholic Church at 761 Birch St. in Rifle has recently installed a 17-foot-by-10-foot leaded glass panel dividing its main sanctuary from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The glass is meant to focus attention on the presence of the Lord reserved in the Tabernacle. Geometry, color and symbolism were the tools used to depict this awareness. Father Robert Hehn conceived the idea, and Paradise Art Glass along with participation from members of the church interpreted and refined the concept to be dynamic and harmonious with the space. A blessing ceremony will take place in the sanctuary at 7 pm. Sunday, Feb. 19. The St. Mary Choir, under the direction of Lorrie Beattie Courier and accompanied by Vicki Hamilton on piano, will provide some musical selections. Guest pianist Laurel Karlik Sheehan will be performing several Bach pieces as well.

The Glenwood Springs Chapter of HEARTBEAT – Support for Survivors After Suicide will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.HEARTBEAT is open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide, no matter how long ago. This peer group does not provide or replace therapy; it is a safe place where mutual support can be found with others who share this unique pain. We all survive one heartbeat at a time.HEARTBEAT meets at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Use the Bethel Chapel entrance of the church located at 824 Cooper Ave.For more information, call Pam Szdelyi at (970) 945-1398 or email

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association “Business After Hours” is being held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Edward Jones, 2550 Highway 82, Suite A216 in Glenwood Springs . This is event is hosted by Edward Jones and co-hosted by Roaring Fork Liquors and Peppino’s Pizza. Food will be provided by Peppino’s, and beverages will be provided by Roaring Fork Liquors. The theme for this networking event is Valentine’s Day, so please bring your sweetheart and your business cards.There is no charge and no reason to RSVP.If your business is interested in hosting a Business After Hours, contact Joni Bates at 970-945-6589, ext. 104, or e-mail her at

Across the valley, teachers have requested Junior Achievement classes so their students can learn important principles of business and economics, financial literacy and workforce readiness. While many volunteers have both enjoyed and completed teaching their JA class, there are more classes to teach and more students to inspire. Volunteering is easy: only five visits to the classroom at approximately 45 minutes per visit. All materials are provided and simple to use. Volunteers need not have taught in a classroom setting before to make a big difference in the valley. Volunteers are needed for Basalt Elementary, Sopris Elementary, Glenwood Springs Elementary, Glenwood Springs Middle, Elk Creek Elementary, Kathryn Senor Elementary, Cactus Valley Elementary and Wamsley Elementary. Call Sharon Brady, JA district manager, at 404-7722 or to learn more.

On Valentine’s Day the Post Independent will publish its popular Valentine “Love Notes.” This year the first 20 words are free for each note when you use our web form to place the note. Just go to for more info or to place your note. Or for a small fee you can call it in (945-9937) or e-mail it to The deadline is Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate and Cornerstone Mortgage Co. are joining together to offer a free first-time home-buyer education class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. The focus will be on learning and understanding the steps involved in the home-buying process. Learn about different financing programs available including 96.5 percent and 100 percent loans. Prospective buyers can see how much of a loan they might qualify for. Learn about short sales and foreclosures. Understand commonly used real estate terms. Learn how to determine what price to offer. Class will be in the Coldwell Banker Mason Morse building at 0290 Highway 133, Carbondale. Call 970-274-1765 to reserve a spot today.

The Garfield County Libraries announce that the Food for Fines program has returned for the month of February. Bring in nonperishable food items to any of the six branch libraries to receive credit on library card accounts. Each item donated earns a $1 credit toward current overdue fines (not lost materials or fees). All items donated will be given to the local LIFT-UP. Last February there were 3,297 items collected by the libraries.This program is the perfect opportunity to take care of those pesky fines, while also helping out the community. For information call 625-4270 or stop by any local branch library.

Come get your questions answered regarding all aspects of your retirement needs, including tax-smart strategies and long-term care, at a Senior Expo at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.Offering their expertise during this Senior Expo will be Frank J. Danzo III, estate planning attorney with Chayet & Danzo of Denver, Vail & Aspen; Andrea Uliano, life care planning specialist of iheartolderpeople in the Rockies; Chandra Mortensen of the Rifle Funeral Home; and Amy Fetterhoff, financial advisor with Edward Jones. Call Allison at 928-0585 to reserve a seat for this free event.

The PTAC at Kathryn Senor Elementary will be holding its annual Parent’s Night fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 2. This year it will be the “Las Vegas” theme again with casino style games, silent auction and dinner. Child care is provided for an additional cost, which includes dinner.Funds raised go towards classroom and school technology, playground equipment, etc. There are four levels of business sponsorship ranging from $25 to $100 donations. For more information on sponsorships, contact Heather Paulson at 970-984-2453.Tickets to the event are $15/adult and $5/child if purchased in advanced or $20/adult and $10/child if purchased at the door. An adult ticket must be purchased with child tickets. To purchase tickets, contact Paulson.

Enjoy a great night out at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue and support the Elk Creek Elementary PTAC. At ECE’s Parent’s Night Out Fundraiser and Silent Auction, enjoy professional talent performing a variety of skits, jokes and high energy dance numbers guaranteed to get you laughing. Tickets now available for the show on Friday, Feb. 10. Doors open at 6 p.m., and show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, and are available at Elk Creek Elementary in New Castle or by calling Amy Luetke at 618-4956.

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