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Contributed PhotoLiteracy Outreach has a home of its own at 1127 School St. in Glenwood Springs after the building was gifted by an anonymous donor.

An anonymous donor has gifted Literacy Outreach with a new downtown Glenwood Springs building that will open in March. When the organization moves to 1127 School St., the nonprofit will be able to accommodate all of its tutors, staff and students for the first time in its 26-year history.

According to Martha Fredendall, executive director for Literacy Outreach, many of the students in the organization’s programs fill construction and service industry jobs, which are essential to growth in our community.

For more information about Literacy Outreach, go to

The CMC ArtShare Gallery will feature some of the best work produced by both alumni and current students in Colorado Mountain College’s professional photography program in an exhibit on display during February.

The exhibit includes portraiture, commercial, illustration, scenic, journalism and other pieces either produced in a CMC class or from the artists’ personal collections.

The photographs will be on display from Feb. 1 to March 2 at the CMC ArtShare Gallery at 802 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. An opening reception is set to take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. The reception is free and open to the public.

The ArtShare Gallery is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 947-8367 or visit

LIFT-UP has received a $30,000 grant from Aspen Community Foundation to help the organization provide emergency food for needy individuals and families from Aspen to Parachute.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous funding from the Aspen Community Foundation, and for their continued support over the years,” said LIFT-UP’s executive director, Mike Powell. “We increased the amount of food we give out to families last year from three days worth of food to four, so we ended up distributing more than 50,000 bags of food in 2012 – a 51 percent increase over 2011 – so this grant helps us tremendously,” Powell added.

Now in its 31st year of service, LIFT-UP is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing essential humanitarian assistance in the communities it serves, with seven area food pantries in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Rifle and Parachute. LIFT-UP also operates soup kitchens in Glenwood Springs and Rifle, along with thrift stores in Rifle and Parachute.

For anyone suffering from lower back, neck or shoulder pain, Karen Church is giving multi-media presentations on the simple anatomy of common injuries and effective strategies that heal. Her digital images enhance visual learning and inspiration for optimal health. The presentations are 4-5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 (back), and Tuesday, Feb. 12 (neck and shoulder), both at the Hotel Denver, Cooper Room. Cost is $10 per session. RSVP to Karen Church at, 945-6971 or 710 Cooper Ave. #100, Glenwood Springs.

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. The only way to know if radon is a problem in your home is to test. Free test coupons are available in February at the Glenwood and Rifle Public Health offices, town and city halls throughout Garfield County, the CLEER office in Carbondale, or by calling 970-665-6383.

Cripple Creek Backcountry in Carbondale is hosting a free avalanche talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Light refreshments will be served, and Brian McCall, local avalanche forecaster with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, will discuss area snowpack conditions. Other topics will include planning and preparing for backcountry travel, recognizing avalanche terrain, decision making and group dynamics in the backcountry, as well as basic search and rescue with beacons, shovels and probes. An open forum will follow the presentation.

Space at the event is limited. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP at

Advocate Safehouse Project presents the 12th annual LUNAFEST at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hotel Colorado. Proceeds benefit Advocate Safehouse Project and the Breast Cancer Fund.

LunaFest connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of diverse, talented women filmmakers, with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.

Advance tickets, adults $15 and students $10, can be purchased at The Blend in Carbondale, Treadz in Glenwood Springs, and The Midland Art Company in Rifle. For more information, contact Emma at 945-2632, ext. 107.

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