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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

River Center of New Castle has been awarded a grant of $3,000 by the Aspen Community Foundation, according to River Center Director Lee Price. This grant will give the River Center additional resources to attend a Leadership Training Workshop for River Center’s Team Leaders.

In a little over a year, River Center has grown from three volunteers to more than 350 volunteers and financially helped more than 1,400 people. Without community generosity, this goal would not have been possible.

Based in Aspen, the Community Foundation strives to positively impact the quality of life in our communities. River Center wants to publicly thank the Aspen Community Foundation for their generosity and help in putting together this Leadership Workshop for our volunteer leaders.

The Orchard (formerly Church at Carbondale) will again serve as a collection point for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box drive. Residents are asked to pack shoe boxes with gifts (including small toys, personal care items such as hair brushes, hair accessories, toothbrushes as well as stickers, school supplies and hard candy) that will be distributed to children in more than 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.

In 2010, the Roaring Fork valley contributed more than 850 shoe boxes to the Operation Christmas Child effort. This year organizers have set a goal to collect 1,000 shoe boxes from area families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations.

“Operation Christmas Child is a unique opportunity to do something as simple as packing a shoe box that will have a lasting impact on a child a world away,” said Rosalind Fowler, Operation Christmas Child drop-off site coordinator. .

The Orchard, in cooperation with Orange Children’s Curriculum, will host a special interactive event, beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Journey of a Shoe Box will follow “Shoe Box Charley” as he travels to Russia, Bosnia, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, where he will meet young children whose lives were changed by the gift of a shoe box.

The Orchard will also host its second annual Packing and Wrapping Party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 12, in The Gathering Center, 110 Snowmass Drive.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, The Orchard will host a trip to volunteer at the Regional Processing Center in Denver.

The Orchard also serves as a Regional Collection Center for other area churches, civic organizations, schools and businesses. Delivery dates and times are:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 14, 16 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 15 and 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20 from noon to 3 p.m.

All shoe boxes will be packed and shipped on Sunday, Nov. 20. The Property Shop is generously donating its moving truck again this year to transport all the boxes to Grand Junction, where they will be sent to the distribution center in Denver and then repacked to be shipped all over the world.

For more information on any of these activities contact The Orchard at 963-8773, ext. 104.

The Garfield County Libraries are pleased to announce the selection of a Roaring Fork Valley based team of consultants to provide architectural and engineering services for the new Carbondale Branch Library. The new library will be 13,000 square feet at the southeast corner of Third Street and Sopris Avenue adjacent to Bridges High School. The Carbondale Branch Library represents the sixth library expansion and/or new construction project for the Library District.

The design team will be led by the Aspen architecture firm of Willis Pember Architects (WPA). WPA is a highly acclaimed design firm currently leading the design of an expansion to the Pitkin County Library and is a key member of the design team for the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. The WPA team is led by Tony Major as project architect, a 16-year resident of Carbondale. He will be supported by Carbondale firms of Land+Shelter as associate architect; DHM Design as the landscape architect; Crystal Springs Builders for cost estimating; and Carbondale residents Dan Richardson providing civil engineering and sustainability consulting and Mark Chain for planning and entitlement expertise. The selection of this team of design consultants with direct roots to Carbondale ensures the project will be highly reflective of the needs and interests of the community. In addition, the inclusion of Humphries Poli Architects as library consultants will bring national library expertise with nearly 60 library facilities designed in the US.

It is anticipated the new library will break ground in Spring 2012 with completion scheduled in Fall 2013. The design process proposed by the team will include numerous community meetings and design charrettes to further reach out to users and non-users of the library to ensure the building is highly representative of the community of Carbondale. Invitations to future community meetings will be forthcoming.

Questions should be directed to Jerry Morris, Facilities Manager for the Garfield County Libraries. He can be reached at 970-625-4270 or by email at

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Advocate Safehouse Project needs volunteers to support survivors of domestic violence. A free volunteer training begins Oct. 25. If you are interested in learning more, contact Whitney at 945-2632, ext. 107, or email to

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts invites artists and crafters to exhibit and sell artful holiday creations in the 20th annual Winterfest. Participating artists will have the chance to sell artful gifts and holiday items from Nov. 9 through Jan. 3.

Applications and table space RSVP’s are due by Nov. 1. Artwork accepted Nov. 3. For an application, call 970-945-2414 or visit

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