The Colorado Mountain College Learning Labs in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale help individuals raise their skill levels in English and math. Learning Lab classes are open to students over the age of 17 who wish to prepare for the GED exam or who want to upgrade their basic academic skills to advance to college-level classes or into better jobs.Classes are held in Carbondale in the evenings (Monday and Wednesday) and in the mornings (Tuesday and Thursday). Classes are held in Glenwood Springs in the mornings (Monday through Thursday) and in the evenings (Tuesday and Thursday).Students must attend a registration session prior to enrolling. In Carbondale, sessions are held at noon Sept. 4 and at 6 p.m. Sept. 5. In Glenwood Springs, sessions are held at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 5. Details about the classes, cost and sign-up will be covered. CMC is located at 690 Colorado Ave. in Carbondale and at 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Contact Jane at 947-8259 with any questions.
The Aspen Hope Center received a $10,000 grant award from the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention to support its Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention trainings. For the second year during September’s Suicide Prevention month, the Hope Center will offer two trainings each Tuesday from Aspen to Rifle. Training is offered at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Sept. 4 at the Rifle Library; Sept. 11 at the Basalt Library and at 108 Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs; Sept. 18 at the Carbondale Fire Department and at the New Castle Library; and Sept. 25 at 108 Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs. To RSVP, call 544-1298.
Matthew Lepore, the new director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, will be speaking on COGCC regulatory processes and his priorities for the agency at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Rifle Library 2nd Floor conference room. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com for meal-planning purposes.
Alpine Hospice is hosting its second annual Car Wash & Bake Sale for A Cause from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at 1517 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. 100 percent of all proceeds benefit the local Alzheimer’s Association Western Slope Chapter.
New library hours in New Castle and RifleThe New Castle and Rifle branch libraries have switched their late nights to Monday and Wednesday as of Sept. 1. This change allows for library service to be available Monday and Wednesday evenings in Carbondale, New Castle and Rifle, and Tuesdays and Thursday evenings in Glenwood Springs, Silt and Parachute. This change offers better library access throughout the county. For a full listing of Garfield County Libraries’ hours of operation, check out gcpld.org/content/branch-hours-locations.
Aspen Valley Land Trust’s ninth annual Save the Land Dance will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Tybar Ranch, on Prince Creek Road near Carbondale. The evening includes dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and the release of “Our Place, Too: People and Conservation in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.” The hardcover coffee table book showcases photos and stories of 46 landowners and families who have conserved their land. The event is to recognize all landowners of conserved properties and features dinner by the Hickory House and dancing to the neo-country music of the Whittingtons Band. Tickets are $75. To buy tickets or for info contact Aspen Valley Land Trust at avlt.org or 963-8440
Sunday School classes at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, for ages 5 and up. Bring Mom and Dad because adult Sunday School is also offered during the same time. Free nursery is also available. Call Toni at 970-948-5831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The Miner’s Claim Restaurant in conjunction with Executive Chef Kurt Boucher, Southern Wine Distributing and Silt Discount Liquor present an evening of food and wine at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.Executive Chef Kurt Boucher of the Legendary Pine Creek Cookhouse in Aspen, owner chef of the Butcher’s Table in Salida and currently private cheffing nationally, and who appeared on the series “Iron Chef America,” will be presenting along with Chef Oscar Sanchez. Offered will be a five course, five wine tasting menu, highlighting selected dishes from his critically acclaimed menus. The price per person is $69 will include, all five courses paired with the five tastings of wine. Call 876-5372 for reservations or with any questions.
Bring your family to Filoha Meadows near Redstone and explore beaver ponds, learn about the local bat population, and go on a scavenger hunt to discover the uniqueness of this special place. There are two trips, from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Also learn about the other larger hooved animals that call Filoha home. Appropriate for families with children of all ages and their parents. Please dress appropriately; the tour will happen rain or shine. This free event is underwritten by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails. Registration is required at. http://www.roaringfork.org/events. Call 970-927-1290 with questions.
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Former Carbondale trustee Katrina Byars said she wants to bring a voice of environmental sustainability to the commission, and believes her opponent has served long enough.