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Everyone interested in biking and pedestrian trail development is invited to attend this mini-summit hosted by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER, CDOT, RFTA, Rifle, New Castle and Glenwood Springs. The agenda includes updates on regional trail efforts from Aspen to Rifle, presentation of CDOT’s new statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan, and setting goals for future work. The summit is set for 9-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Rifle Library, 207 East Ave. Info: Cathy Tuttle, 274-1875.

Effective Nov. 19, the Glenwood Springs Social Security office is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. Also, on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, all Social Security field offices will be closed to the public. Beginning Jan. 2, 2013, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

For most people, the holidays are a wonderful time of the year full of family and hope. However, for those struggling with depression, the holidays can create increased feelings of anxiety, loneliness and loss.

The Garfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Aspen Hope Center are offering two QPR classes for the community in Garfield County. QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

QPR will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Garfield County Commissioners Hearing Room, 108 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs; and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Rifle Branch Library, at 207 East Ave.

For more information, call Garfield County Public Health at 970-319-3430.

The Rifle, New Castle, and Gordon Cooper Branch Libraries will be closing early at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, in celebration of Thanksgiving. All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23. The libraries will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24. Call 625-4270 with questions.

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