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Garfield County Libraries is excited to offer the Food for Fines program again this February. Bring in nonperishable food items to any of the six branch libraries and receive credit on your library card account. For each item you donate, you will receive a $1 credit toward overdue fines that are currently on your account (not lost materials or fees). All items donated will be given to the local LIFT-UP.

As a part of its community mission, the Children’s Rocky Mountain School, a 501(c)3 early childhood education center in Carbondale, and the Family Visitor Programs are teaming up again to embark on the second annual pajama and book drive for local children and their parents in need. The Great Pajama Drive was created to foster the love of bedtime reading for underprivileged children of the Roaring Fork Valley. The school will be accepting donations of new pajamas (newborn, child and adult sizes) until Feb. 8. For every pair of pajamas donated, Family Visitor Programs will supply a matching book. The goal is to collect enough pajamas to donate to 300 local families, delivered by Valentine’s Day. Organizers are asking for community support by donating new pajamas (newborn to adult sizes) at a drop-off location: Growing Years, Alpine Bank (Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs); Blue Lake Preschool, Basalt Library (Basalt); Children’s Rocky Mountain School, Gordon Cooper Library (Carbondale); Children’s Mini College, Glenwood Springs Library, Family Visitor Programs and Early Childhood Network (Glenwood Springs).

The Colorado Department of Revenue offers a business tax class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in Glenwood Springs. The class covers the laws surrounding state sales and use taxes applicable to businesses conducting sales in Colorado. This class is for new businesses in Colorado and/or taxpayers considering opening a business, and/or those with no sales/use knowledge. Topics covered will include state sales tax license requirements, sales tax rate application, nexus, tax-exempt sales transactions, use tax liabilities, available electronic services and much more.Due to limited seating, preregistration is required. For more information and to sign up for this class or other classes offered by the Colorado Department of Revenue, visit

What if your birthplace holds keys to who you are and why you’re here? This is the subject of “The Essentials of Radical Grounding,” which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in Eagle. The course is offered by The Wholeness Project and Women’s Empowerment Workshop. Radical Grounding explores the landscapes of our birth as holding important information for whom we are and what sustains us. Calling on the indigenous wisdom of place, Kimberlie Chenoweth, MA, founder of The Wholeness Project, teaches how to reconnect with our roots in ways that will profoundly affect our life and inner knowing. Chenoweth is a board certified professional counselor, Core Transformation trainer, master NLP practitioner, and visionary with a cross-cultural initiation from the Andes, Nepal, Tuva and Ireland. Based in Glenwood Springs, she has been in private practice working with individuals and groups since 1990. To register, call (970) 618-1976 or email Kimberlie at Cost is $75.

Bookcliff, Mount Sopris & South Side Conservation Districts are hosting a workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center for small acreage landowners that are interested in backyard farming and sustainability. The workshop will address: cooperative grazing for small acreages; water wise landscaping; beekeeping in Western Colorado; On the Wild Side – wildlife rehabilitation; seed banking; ditch rights for small acreages; and fruit trees and small berries. Registration fee of $10 includes lunch. Mail to Gar-Pit CO CD, 258 Center Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 by Feb. 20. Call 945-5494, ext. 105, for more information.

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