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The Silt Branch Library is proud to present Historian Andrew Gulliford to talk about the history, present and future of Colorado oil shale at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Gulliford will present an illustrated slide lecture on the history of Colorado oil shale from its bright future in the early 1920s through the roller coaster ride of boom and bust in the early 1980s. Gulliford will also discuss the future prospects for oil shale development and the impacts such development would have on the Western Slope’s water supplies, air quality, and public land amenities. Gulliford invites the audience to participate in this conversation by bringing photos, stories, memorabilia, or anything else to share about the oil shale boom and the bust.

The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary is looking for men and women that not only care but are willing to do something about it. The auxiliary is seeking new members with an interest and desire to join them in serving the hospital community. The group’s mission is to help patients, families, friends, and staff have a little easier time coping with often difficult situations. There are many volunteer positions, some of which involve patient contact. Anyone interested in becoming an auxiliary member or a volunteer at the hospital, or for more information, contact Michele Orton, Valley View Hospital volunteer coordinator, at 384-6656 or at

The winds o’ March be blowin’ soon, and it’ll be all hands on deck when H.M.S. Hotel Colorado weighs anchor on Friday, March 1, at 6 p.m. The Literacy Outreach and CMC Learning Lab crews be always sailing for the treasure of adult literacy and call all ye able-bodied sea dogs and wenches to man the voyage … arr! Spellebration is back at the Hotel Colorado on March 1. The theme this year is “Literacy on the Bounty,” if you haven’t guessed it yet. So, me buckos, don’t be a landlubber, join the crew of H.M.S. Hotel Colorado for a swashbuckling evening full o’ rollickin’ high spirits, valuable loot … and spelling … if ye be partial to it. Fair winds to ye. We be obliged for yer support.

The Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers is offering the six-week Love and Logic parenting series, which teaches simple and practical techniques to help parents experience less stress and have more fun while raising responsible children. All classes will meet at the Glenwood Springs Middle School from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evenings, Feb. 13 through March 2. Preregistration is required. Cost for this program for RFSD area parents is $60 per couple or $35 per individual. Child care is available for $5 per child per night or $25 per child for the series. Parents that live outside of the RFSD area are also welcome for $120 per couple or $75 per individual. Child care rates for out of district children are $10 per child per night or $50 per child for the series. Scholarships are available prior to classes beginning. For more details on course content please call or email Katie Marshall, at 384-5689 or

Celebrate Garfield County Libraries’ Big Read and revisit the 1930s and learn the science and skills needed for homebrewing beer. Classes will be taught by a local, award-winning homebrewer who serves as president of the High Altitude Mashers homebrewing club. Demonstrations will cover the creation of a popular beer style from start to finish. Garfield County Libraries will offer this class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library; and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Rifle Branch Library. All participants must be at least 21 years of age and show identification. Classes are limited to 30 people, so preregistration is required. To register, stop by the library branch or call the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 945-5958 and the Rifle Branch Library at 625-3471.

On Valentine’s Day the Post Independent will publish its popular Valentine “Love Notes.” Again this year the first 20 words are free for each note when you use our web form to place the note. Just go to for more info or to place your note. Or for a small fee you can call it in- 945-9937 or e-mail it to The deadline is 4 p.m. Feb. 13.

Budget Travel is running a contest to name America’s Coolest Small Towns, and Glenwood Springs is now officially one of 15 finalists, according to local publicist Mandy Gauldin of Peak Communications.To support Glenwood Springs in the contest, supporters can vote once a day at this site:,14/The finalists are concentrated in eastern states. Glenwood Springs and Quincy, Calif., are the only Western towns on the list of finalists.Current voting has Glenwood Springs in last place, but there is time to catch up. Voting continues through Feb. 14.

Garfield County Libraries presents “The Dust Bowl” exhibit at the New Castle Branch Library from Feb. 1-14 and at the Parachute Branch Library from Feb. 15-28. This exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Striking during the depths of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl blasted the hopes and hard work of people living in the Great Plains. For those who lived through it, the experience was unmatched as an example of ecological calamity and a test of personal will. “The Dust Bowl” tells an eloquent tale of human fortitude through unforgettable images of strength and despair in the face of catastrophe, as well as contemporary photographs and survivor interviews.

Celebrity chef Susie Jimenez hosts IMAGINE, a benefit for three nonprofits that focus on children’s well-being. Susie was Next Food Network Star’s 2011 runner-up, runs her own catering company “Spice It Up.” IMAGINE, the fundraiser for River Bridge Regional Center, Cooking Matters and Early Childhood Network, will be from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 16, at The Orchard in Carbondale. Event-goers will experience a delicious menu of Susie’s, drinks, live music, prizes and silent auction. For more information about IMAGINE, please contact River Bridge Regional Center at 970-945-5195 or To purchase tickets for this event, please visit

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