Community News & Notes
Free HIV testing is available at Public Health for anyone 13 years and older. Results are available in 10 minutes. HIV testing is available Sept. 14 in Rifle and Sept. 28 in Glenwood Springs from 1-4 p.m. Testing will continue to be offered the second Tuesday of each month in Rifle and the fourth Tuesday of the month in Glenwood Springs from 1-4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Parental consent is not required.
Dance classes are starting this week at Crystal River Ballet School. Creative dance, ballet and jazz classes for ages 3 to adult. Free registration during the month of September. New Saturday preballet class. New adult classes. Contemporary jazz for middle- and high-schooler. Students must be enrolled by Oct. 1 to participate in our annual full length production of the Nutcracker. Visit http://www.crystalriverballet.com for full class schedule or call Ms. Jeni at (970) 379-8085.
Garfield County Public Health is providing dental fluoride varnishes for children ages 1-12 years old. Fluoride varnish is “painted” onto teeth as a protective coating that helps prevent cavities (and helps stop cavities that have already started). The varnish takes only minutes to apply and dries almost immediately. Fluoride varnishing clinics will begin Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Rifle and Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Glenwood Springs from 8:30-11 a.m. Clinics will continue to be held the first Tuesday of the month in Rifle and the third Tuesday of the month in Glenwood Springs from 8:30-11 a.m. No appointment is necessary. The cost for a fluoride varnish is $5.
Parents and their children are invited to attend the Nurturing Parent Program. This 15-week series of classes starts Tuesday, Sept. 7, and goes from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It will be presented by the Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers at Glenwood Springs Elementary School.This program is designed to increase communication, cooperation, closeness and respect. Parents and children learn to handle feelings, communicate needs, understand each other better, take charge of their own behavior, feel good about themselves and have fun together. Practical, effective techniques are taught for handling challenging behavior and conflicts.This family-centered program is evidence-based and proven to be effective in building healthy and caring families. Cost for the program is $125 per couple or $75 per individual. Child care is included at no extra charge.Call Katie Marshall at 384-5689 for more information or to enroll.
Grand River Hospital District is hosting is “A Grand Wine Affair” on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 5-8 p.m., at the Grand River Hospital & Medical Center, 501 Airport Road, Rifle.Tickets are $25. There will be wine and beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music and silent auction. You can purchase tickets in advance at Choice Liquors, Grand River Hospital Medical Center or call 625-6439.This event is co-sponsored by Choice Liquors and Grand River Volunteer Association. Proceeds for the evening go toward renovations and improvements at E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s 24th annual Issues and Answers Night will be on Tuesday, Sept. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs City Hall. The community will have the opportunity to hear from Garfield County Commissioner candidates Trsi Houpt and Tom Jankovsky; Garfield County Assessor candidates John Gorman and Jim Yellico; and Garfield County Sheriff candidates Thomas Dalessandri and Lou Vallario.Kathleen Curry, Luke Korkowski and Roger Wilson – candidates for Colorado House District 61- will be in attendance. Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes will provide a brief statement. The public is invited to attend, and the event will also be broadcast live on Cable Channel 12. Ron Milhorn, news director of Colorado West Broadcasting/KMTS Radio, will moderate.The event is co-sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Cable Channel 12, Colorado West Broadcasting (KMTS) and local State Farm Insurance agents, Jeff Leonard and Dee McCown.
Local photographers will continue the journey through the wonderful world of digital photography with the Digital Camera Club. Join in the discussions on lighting, focus, color, angles, lenses, software, and all aspects of turning a photo into art. The club will meet at the New Castle Branch Library on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Please remember your camera and recent photos (either printed or stored). If you have questions contact the library at 984-2346.
The first Constitution-signing rally in the area will be held the at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10. All incumbents, candidates and nominees affecting Garfield County offices are invited to sign the Constitution, along with our Founding Fathers, friends, families and organizations, by personally attending or emailing their signed proxy. Attorney General for Colorado, John W. Suthers, will present his stance on how current federal legislation affects the Constitution and the freedom of choice for its citizens. Colorado singer/songwriter, Joyce Shaffer, will perform songs from her CDs and Colorado author Mike Holler whose book “The Constitution Made Easy.” has enlightened families and schools everywhere about our country’s governing document, will have these affordably priced books available for purchase.The public is welcome and veterans, students and their schools, patriotic organizations, churches, businesses etc., are encouraged to be a part of this “bringing America together” event by e-mailing their ideas to email@example.com.
Join us on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Valley View Hospital, 1906 Blake Ave., for a free Safety and Health Fair for kids ages newborn to teen. More than 25 booths will be available, car seat safety checks, bike helmet safety, bike rodeo, fire prevention, jungle mobile, little people’s hospital, sun safety, face painting and much more. $5 hamburger or hot dog with chips and drink available by the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis.
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State department of transportation crews are well on their way to clearing Highway 82 to Independence Pass, which should open on schedule May 27 at noon.