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Community Briefs

Golf requires flexibility, strength and endurance. Top level golfers work out in an attempt to improve their level of fitness, thus improving their game. The pros know that core strength and flexibility are essential to success on the course.

Nate Rand, New Castle Family Fitness personal trainer and Titleist Performance Expert, can help golfers by analyzing their swing, identifying weaknesses, and by prescribing a corrective strengthening and flexibility program.

Rand will be demonstrating the benefits of Titleist Performance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at The Sports Authority in Glenwood Springs. Call 984-3200 for details.

Alpine Legal Services has been awarded a grant of $40,000 by Aspen Community Foundation, according to Jonathan Shamis, executive director of Alpine Legal Services.

Shamis said the grant will be used to provide legal services in Pitkin, Garfield and Western Eagle counties for victims of crimes, seniors and low-income individuals and families.

“This grant includes a $5,000 match, which Alpine is soliciting from new individual and business donors. If you are interested in helping us meet this goal please visit, to donate,” Shamis said.

Alpine Legal Services is the only organization that offers legal advice, representation and educational opportunities, while collaborating with other area nonprofits in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“The grant from Aspen Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds will give us additional resources to provide quality legal services to eligible clients, develop new programs and create organizational efficiencies. We recognize the importance of community support through unrestricted grantmaking, field of interest funds, and donor advised funds,” Shamis said.

There are many residents of the Roaring Fork valley who need legal assistance to secure and maintain health care, housing, custody, safety or other necessities that do not have the financial means to obtain legal counsel. Alpine Legal Services provides access to the court system and justice to low-income individuals, crime victims, seniors, and youth. For more information, visit or call 970-945-8858.

The New Castle Recreation Department, in partnership with Rocky Mountain Martial Arts, is offering new martial arts classes beginning in April.

Traditional Korean Martial Art offers practitioners the opportunity to learn practical self defense while conditioning the body, mind and spirit. Benefits include increased flexibility, discipline, confidence, reduced stress and improved awareness. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. for ages 8-12 and at 7 p.m. for ages 13 and older, including adults. The introductory fee is $79 for the first eight classes and includes a uniform. Subsequent classes are $110 a month.

Preregistration is required for these new martial art classes, and can be done in person at the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St., online at, or by phone at (970) 984-3352.

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