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Starting this Monday, Roaring Fork Valley women will have a safe, supportive and confidential setting in which to express their concerns and challenges and to embrace their successes with the debut of the Women’s Support and Empowerment Group. The group will be held on Mondays at Creative Spark Studio, Third Street Center, in Carbondale, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. “The idea is to provide a safe place for women to come to discuss a broad range of topics and address the unique issues relevant to women,” said Janet Gordon, a licensed professional counselor, who will lead the discussion. She said that she expects the topics to vary from week-to-week, but she does anticipate that work, parenting, financial issues, self-esteem, and relationships will be discussed. Another focus of the group will be to learn healthy strategies for coping with stress and life. Gordon said that a big focus will be on promoting self-care. The group is designed to happen weekly to offer a consistent resource for women when they need it. The Women’s Support and Empowerment Group is sponsored by The Aspen Hope Center, a referral and crisis center in the Roaring Fork Valley, which is a project of The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation. “As women, we face very different issues than men,” said Carrie Marsh, community outreach coordinator of The Aspen Hope Center. “The Hope Center is pleased to give women of the Roaring Fork Valley a resource for support and empowerment.” The group is offered to women for free. A $10 donation is suggested but not required. For more information and to register, please call the Aspen Hope Center at 925-5858 or Janet at 379-4983. Janet Gordon is a licensed professional counselor who has a private practice in Carbondale. She specializes in life transitions, grief and loss, trauma recovery, and equine-assisted psychotherapy.

Bookcliff, Mount Sopris & South Side Conservation Districts and Garfield County Vegetative Management will provide cost share to treat Garfield County’s noxious weeds. An onsite visit is required by the conservation district to help identify your weeds, address resource issues and develop a weed management plan. The deadline for spring application is July 15. Applications for the program are available at the district office by calling 945-5494, ext. 105, or go to to download an application.

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