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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Rifle Community Garden plots available for third year Garden plots, 8-feet-by-20-feet, for available for $40, including the 2011 Rifle Community Garden plot and membership in the Bookcliffs Council on the Arts and Humanities. Additional plots are $20 pending availability. Meeting space, water and compost are provided by BCAH. Former gardeners have first choice of plots. BCAH is located at Sunrise Art Park in Rifle on the corner of 16th and Birch. For application information call 379-5299 or 625-3043.

The Carbondale Rotary Club, through its nonprofit Roaring Fork Rotary Foundation, is seeking business sponsorships for the 12th annual Happening fundraiser, taking place on Saturday, July 9, at the Gathering Center in Carbondale. The Happening is a gala evening featuring a gourmet dinner, drinks and dancing to a local band for a ticket price of $125 per person. There is also a live and silent auction with a variety of donated goods and services. Proceeds from the event go to support the local grant programs and humanitarian projects of the Carbondale Rotary Club. The Rotary Foundation has sponsorship levels of $500, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000, $2,500, $3,000, $4,000 and $5,000. Each sponsor will have their name and logo included on the program, in event advertising and on banners hung at the event. Sponsors will also receive two guest tickets to the event for each $1,000 donated. For more information, contact Frank McSwain at (970) 948-3469, or Tim Whitsitt at (970) 963-6363.

Roaring Fork Valley women 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.

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