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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.



Toastmasters members from clubs in Summit County to Grand Junction are coming to Glenwood Springs for their Area F1 International and Table Topics Speech contests Saturday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Library, 413 Ninth St. The event is free and open to the public.

Each year, Toastmasters worldwide compete in the International and Table Topics speech contests. Competition begins with club contests and representatives continue competing through the area, division and district levels. The International competition has two additional levels – semifinal and international, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., this year.



International Speech Contest speakers deliver five- to seven-minute presentations on inspirational and motivational topics. Speakers are judged on content, organization and delivery.

Table Topics Contest speakers have 1-2 minutes to answer a random question on the spot with no advanced preparation. All contestants answer the same question so that they can be judged fairly against each other. This contest puts their quick thinking and improvisational skills to the test.

Winners of the F1 Area contest will go on to represent these clubs at the Foothills Division Speech Contests on April 21 in Lakewood.

This event is not sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Public Library. For more information, contact Toastmasters F1 Area Governor Yvonne Bryant at 210-887-3937 or F11112@d26leaders.org.

Volunteers are needed for the 13th annual Mother’s Day Mile from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 13. This one mile race is a fundraiser for the domestic and sexual violence programs of the Advocate Safehouse Project of Garfield County. Volunteers are needed for race course marshals, set-up, clean-up, registration, refreshment serving, finish line, green team, massage, kids activities, silent auction and much more. To join the MDM Volunteer Team and receive a Mother’s Day Mile T-shirt contact Nancy Reinisch at nrein@rof.net or Julie Olson at 945-2632 or advocatesafehouse.org.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association invites interested musicians, dancers and other talent to apply for the 115th annual Strawberry Days to be held June 15, 16 and 17. This year’s theme is “Most Fun Town in America.” Interested entertainers, dancers and musicians should fill out the Local Band Interest Form at http://www.strawberrydaysfestival.com.

Musicians should send electronic press kits or music examples to lorie@glenwoodchamber.com. Other performers should send a video link or a detailed performance description with photos to lorie@glenwoodchamber.com. The deadline to apply is April 15.

Applications will be reviewed by the Strawberry Days Entertainment Committee. Those who are interested in serving on the committee should contact Lorie Courier at (970) 948-3827.

For more information, please the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at (970) 945-6589 or visit strawberrydaysfestival.com.

The New Castle Recreation Department, in partnership with New Castle Family Fitness, is offering new Zumba, Zumbatomic, and Yoga/Pilates fitness classes at the Community Center beginning in April.

Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness party that’s moving millions of people towards joy and health. Zumba classes are being offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m.

Zumbatomic classes are designed exclusively for kids ages 4-12, and are rockin’ high-energy fitness parties packed with specially choreographed, kid friendly routines, and all the music kid’s love. Classes are held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Yoga/Pilates is understandable, and doable, by individuals at any level, and classes will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 7 p.m.

Preregistration is required for these new fitness classes, and can be done in person at the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St., online at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org/recreation, or by phone at (970) 984-3352.

For the 15th straight year, the Feinstein Foundation is conducting its annual campaign to fight hunger in America. Allen Shawn Feinstein of Rhode Island is offering $1 million to hunger fighting organizations such as LIFT-UP, based upon the amount of money and food they raise in March and April.

Every dollar or food item donated to LIFT-UP by April 30 will be eligible for additional funding from the Feinstein Foundation, up to $35,000.

“The needs are just as pressing at this time of year,” said Mike Powell, executive director of LIFT-UP. About 2,500 people per month are receiving assistance from LIFT-UP’s seven area food pantries, and The Extended Table Soup Kitchen is serving more than 1,100 meals each month, he said.

The Feinstein Challenge encourages support for local organizations that are tackling hunger. Last year the Feinstein Challenge prompted close to $250 million in giving to more than 2,000 hunger-fighting agencies nationwide.

Monetary donations may be made online at http://www.liftup.org or sent to P.O. Box 1928, Rifle, CO. 81650. Drop off nonperishable food items at any LIFT-UP food pantry from Parachute to Carbondale.


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