Garfield County Libraries presents “The Dust Bowl” exhibit 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase tickets for this event, please visit http://imaginefundraiser.eventbrite.com.
Author Joyce Yoder from Glenwood Springs recently had her book “Memories from Grandma’s Playhouse” published by AuthorHouse. Raised on a small farm in northern Lower Michigan, Joyce learned the value of working together as a family and the importance of the community and church pulling together during difficult times. She shares a poignant tale of her youth that may cause you to chuckle or bring tears to your eyes as you read about the good, the bad, the funny, the sad, and the mundane experiences that profoundly formed her character and identity. Childhood memories will be stirred in older readers, and children and younger readers will be amused at and educated in the reality of a simpler life and the lessons learned. “Memories from Grandma’s Playhouse” is available for purchase from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. A book signing will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Church at Redstone, where the book will be available for purchase at a discounted price of $20. A book signing will also be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Valley View Hospital in the upper lobby.
If you want to get smart about money management in 2013, come see what the Bible has to say about principles of finance through the Financial Peace University. Crossroads Baptist Church, 719 Garden Lane, Rifle, is sponsoring the Financial Peace University class beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. The cost for the class is $95, and further info is available at email@example.com or 970-618-6556.
Mae Peshlakai, a well-known Navajo silversmith, will share stories of her life and work at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn. Mae will also be available to chat and answer questions following the presentation. For those interested, some of her silver work available for purchase. Admission is free.
The Silt Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC) invites everyone with an area business to a free event featuring information on the New Health Care Reform and Impacts For You and Your Business at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at The Holiday Inn Express, located at exit 97 off I-70 in Silt. Keynote speaker Jim Coombs, CEO of Grand River Hospital District, will address rural health care needs within the new rules. Also speaking will be CPA Mark L. Groves of Dalby, Wendland & Co. who as been with the Glenwood Springs office since 2004. He will speak on the importance of financial planning in relation to managing health care costs within the new Health Care Reform rules.
The Winter Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, with Author Robert Silbernagel talking about his book, “Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of the Utes from Colorado.” When U.S. Cavalry troops rode onto the Ute Indian Reservation in northwestern Colorado on Sept. 29, 1879, they triggered a chain of events that cost the Utes their homeland. Silbernagel casts new light on this history, and using details from historical documents, newspaper articles, and Ute oral histories, Silbernagel tracks what occurred with the Utes immediately after the events of Sept. 29, and in the months leading up to their removal from Colorado. A resident of western Colorado for 39 years, Silbernagel has been a journalist for 35 of those years, and for the past 17, he has been the editorial page editor of The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction. This program will be held at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 413 Ninth St. For more information, please call 945-5958 or 945-4448.
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 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Rifle Branch Library. All participants must be at least 21 years of age and show identification. Class is limited to 30 people, so preregistration is required. To register, stop by the library branch or call the Rifle Branch Library at 625-3471.
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.
Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails as we explore these 74 acres of open space by moonlight on snowshoes from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Emma Open Space boasts lush wetlands, snowy fields, and a critical migration corridor for deer and elk to move across the valley. Meet at the Emma Schoolhouse parking lot. Event is free, but registration is required http://www.roaringfork.org/events. For info call (970) 927-1290.
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Former Carbondale trustee Katrina Byars said she wants to bring a voice of environmental sustainability to the commission, and believes her opponent has served long enough.