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The Preventing Sexual Abuse call will be presented by Meghan Hurley, LCSW, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Crystal River Elementary School, 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. Learn 10 things every parent should know to protect their child from sexual abuse. This is a free event.

Stop by and see the current Glenwood Springs Art Guild local shows. Eve Booth’s paintings can be seen at Flower Mart, 210 Sixth St., Glenwood Springs. Liz Parsons Vath is displaying her paintings at Bullock Hinkey Real Estate, 3110 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. These shows can be viewed during business hours through the end of March.

Scot Gerdes, the photo lab technician for the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Spring Valley, will display his photographs in an exhibit in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Gerdes will be retiring this spring, and to honor his 17 years of service at the college, the ArtShare Gallery in Glenwood Springs will show some of his personal work, starting March 8. The exhibit, titled “Crossroads,” features three different bodies of his work: images of Mt. Sopris, photo illustrations of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and photographs of Japan.

The exhibit will be on display March 8 to April 29 at the CMC ArtShare Gallery at 802 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. An opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 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

Rifle High School presents “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, through Saturday, March 2, with an additional 2 p.m. show on Saturday.

Garfield County Libraries presents award-winning author Teague Bohlen for The Big Read. Bohlen is an esteemed author whose 2006 Great Depression novel, “The Pull of the Earth,” won the Colorado Book Award for fiction. Attend Bohlen’s writing workshop to learn how to transform your family stories into fiction. All ages and levels are invited to attend the writing workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the New Castle Branch Library and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Silt Branch Library. These programs are free and open to the public.

Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) is offering the Master Food Safety Advisor (MFSA) program for people who have an interest in food safety and food science or love to preserve food. CSUE is offering regional training on food safety and prevention of foodborne illness, methods of canning, pickling, freezing and dehydrating. Master Food Safety Advisors must apply for selection to be in the program, must attend all trainings, work cooperatively with other volunteers and give a minimum of 20 hours of service to the community by sharing their knowledge and teaching others.

Training will be conducted on Thursdays, March 14, 21, and 28, with a Local Planning Day on April 4 for Garfield County volunteers. The training is held at the Garfield County Extension Office, Event Hall, 1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle (at the Fairgrounds). Openings in the Master Food Safety Advisor program are limited. The cost of the training is $125 with a commitment of 20 hours of volunteer service. Applications are available at the Garfield County Extension Office at 1001 Railroad Ave. or on the website Applications are due March 7. For more information on becoming a Master Food Safety Advisor volunteer, contact Glenda Wentworth at or 970-328-8630 or Rhonda Follman or 970-244-1834.

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) is seeking 12 new sculptures for its popular 10th anniversary edition of the Art aRound Town exhibition. Submissions for entry are available through the CaFE (Call for Entry) website at The deadline for entries is Feb. 28. Notification of final selections will be made on March 15. Artists must submit two views of of the piece being submitted for potential exhibition designated “Proposal Image,” along with three additional support images showing other examples of their work.

Carbondale Community School is hosting an Architecture Fair from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the school, 1505 Delores Way in Carbondale. CCS seventh- and eighth-graders built and designed models of passive solar, straw-bale construction 2,000-square-foot houses. The students have studied and worked with sustainable building practices for the last three months. First they learned about construction practices, concepts and skills to consider when designing a building, and sustainable practices already available and those still being researched. Then they designed their own buildings, using multiple math skills and following a prescribed set of criteria. Finally, they constructed models, using various materials and a scale of 1.25 inches to 3 feet.

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