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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The city of Glenwood Springs will be conducting tours at the new Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be three tours per day at approximately two hours per tour at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors need to sign up to reserve a specific tour date and time at City Hall at 101 W. Eighth St. or call Karen Bender at 970-384-6425. Transportation will be provided by the city from the Community Center on Wulfsohn Road to and from the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. Please park in the southwest parking spaces next to the ice rink at the Community Center.

The Roaring Fork School District board of education has scheduled the following meeting for information and public input regarding the Two Rivers Expeditionary School charter application:

6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Basalt High School Library.

The Garfield County Public Library District is seeking local artisans to submit work for possible inclusion in the new Carbondale Branch Library. Artisans located in Garfield county or counties contiguous to Garfield are welcome to apply. The current competition is open for the new library’s bike racks and after hours gate. Entries are due Nov. 1. A second competition will be opened in the coming weeks for the service desk cladding and service desk lighting. All competitions are hosted by the website, where additional information and requirements can be found. For additional information about the competition process please call competition administrator Andi Korber at Land+Shelter – 970-963-0201.

Join a new book club at the New Castle Branch Library meeting at 10:30 a.m. every second Wednesday of the month. We will explore fabulous stories in the light of day. Come prepared with ideas for future titles, and share your passion for good books. Light refreshments. Info: 984-2346.

The Salvation Army is collecting winter supplies for families and individuals in need. Topping the list are blankets, sleeping bags, tents, winter gear and stuffed animals. Bring what you can between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only, to The Salvation Army office, 918 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Info: 945-6976.

Medicare recipients should look at their current prescription drug plan (Medicare D). You may find one with better coverage, higher quality or lower cost. High Country RSVP volunteer counselors are here to help you choose a plan to meet your needs. Call and let one of our experts help you review your 2013 Medicare plan, 384-8744.

AARP Driver Safety is offering free classroom courses for veterans and their dependents nationwide. Learn proven safety strategies to maintain your confidence behind the wheel.

Sessions are being offered in Glenwood Springs, Parachute and Battlement Mesa.

Glenwood Springs: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 10, at the CMC Blake Avenue Center.

Parachute: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Parachute Branch Library.

Battlement Mesa: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.

To register in advance: 384-8747 or

Pack shoe boxes with gifts such as small toys, personal care items, stickers, school supplies and hard candy to be distributed to children in more than 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine or poverty.

In 2011, the Roaring Fork Valley contributed more than 1,000 shoe boxes. This year, hope to collect 1,250 shoe boxes from area families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations by Friday, Nov. 9.

Deliver shoe boxes to The Gathering Center at The Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale.

A packing and wrapping party is set for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 10, at The Orchard.

To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at

Stop by these local businesses during business hours to view the current Glenwood Springs Art Guild exhibits. Tara Vetter will be at Flower Mart, 210 Sixth St., Glenwood Springs, and Nancy Martin will be at at Bullock Hinkey Real Estate, 311 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. These exhibits are ongoing through December.

The Eagles Lodge, 312 Seventh St., Glenwood Springs, will host its annual Christmas Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 8. Vendors are needed. Table rental is $15, all proceeds will go to the GSHS Scholarship fund. Contact Amanda Schard at 319-8753 to book a spot.

Gypsum Creek Middle School PTO is hosting its 27th annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3. The cost to participate is $40. The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include photos with Santa, face-painting, concessions, donation-based babysitting from a local girl scout troop, and lots of wonderful creations from more than 40 vendors.

If you are interested in participating, call or email Sam Gale at (970) 904-9000 or

Children are invited to come to the New Castle, Silt, and Rifle branch libraries every Friday afternoon for free engaging science classes taught by Re-2 teachers and lots of fun. Classes for kindergartners through second-graders will be held at each library from noon to 2 p.m., and classes for third- and fourth-graders will be held at each library from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Each class limited to the first 25 students to pre-register. Call the library or go online at to preregister, and visit for a complete description of each Friday’s activities.

The Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement Board of the 9th Judicial District – Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties – is seeking applications from agencies and organizations for grants to assist crime victims, to be awarded in 2013.

The board is committed to funding direct services to crime victims, scholarships for training related to the welfare of victims. Approximately $350,000 will be available for the 12-month grant cycle.

Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29.

For information, contact Steve Aurand, VALE Board Administrator, 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, at or 945-8635.

Students at Crystal River Elementary School are searching for local veterans in the community to invite to the annual Veterans Day Celebration in November. If you, or someone you know, is a veteran please email your mailing address to so CRES students can send an invitation to the program. The Veterans Day performance is at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at The Orchard (Church at Carbondale) in Carbondale.

Is there a book in you? Join Misheel Chuluun, local author of “Write a How-to Book in 7 Days” (authored under pen name Sam Sterling), at the New Castle Branch Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. She will talk about what aspiring authors can expect to face in the publishing industry. Chuluun will discuss key mistakes new authors make; the latest developments and options in the marketing industry; and new methods for marketing, researching and publishing.

The River Center School Team is busy with the Kids Totes of Hope Program, weekly packing 243 bags of nonperishable food for students in need in New Castle schools. The Food Bank of the Rockies/Nutrition Network provides the food for this program. Monetary donations welcomed and appreciated.

The second annual Winter Coat Drive is also under way in partnership with Canyon Cleaners, the Silt Chamber and the Salvation Army. Collection boxes are in local schools and businesses. Donate coats, hats, gloves, boots and other winter outerwear. Distribution will be at Riverside Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Call 984-4333 to volunteer.

Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts and Garfield County Vegetation Management are offering cost share for fall treatment on noxious weeds. A treatment plan is required and essential for success.

Call the Conservation District at 945-5494, ext. 105, for more information or to receive an application. Deadline for fall applications is Nov. 30.

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