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The Carbondale Clay Center is now registering for the new class session. Adult and children’s classes start Monday, Nov. 7. Visit for information or call (970)963-2529 to register.

Sopris Therapy Services (STS) announces the expansion of its Physical Therapy (PT) department in Carbondale specializing in outpatient orthopedic PT and Pilates Rehabilitation.

STS founder and Physical Therapist Belinda Brownell has recently returned to Carbondale and has been hired as the STS program director. In addition to the Traditional and Equine Assisted Rehabilitational programs that STS has been providing for the past 17 years, Belinda now treats patients with various orthopedic and neurological disorders in the new “hands on” year-round onsite PT and Pilates clinic.

Belinda is a native of the Roaring Fork Valley and has been an Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine PT for the past 26 years. In addition to being board certified and having her advanced masters in Orthopedic PT, she is also a personal trainer and has her certification in Polestar Rehab Pilates. STS treats patients from age 6 months to 95 years old with all types of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays, traumatic brain injury, Down’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, total joint replacements, etc.

STS is offering free mini-evaluations for any new patient in our new PT Department through Nov. 15. The PT department at STS is open year-round Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 970-704-1037 for a free mini-evaluation or to schedule an appointment.

Aspen Community Foundation awarded a $30,000 grant to LIFT-UP in October to assist their ongoing efforts to feed people in need in our local communities.

“LIFT-UP greatly appreciates the strong support we’ve received from Aspen Community Foundation over the years,” said Mike Powell, executive director for LIFT-UP. “As we move into the busy holiday season, this funding will help with our Thanksgiving and Christmas meal assistance.”

Requests for food assistance at LIFT-UP’s seven area food pantries continues to be much higher than before the economic downturn in 2008. “Support from the community and caring organizations like Aspen Community Foundation has helped us keep up with the increased demand, which is how LIFT-UP is intended to work. We’re here to serve as a channel for the community’s concern for their neighbors,” said Powell.

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