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This year the New Castle Girl Scouts, Troop 1114, have teamed up with the local Cub Scout Pack 221 to collect food donations for our local Lift-Up. Starting on Saturday, Nov. 6, the kids will be dropping off empty bags at all the houses in New Castle. They’ll return on the morning of Nov. 13, a week later, to pick up the goodies for those in need. Please leave your donation to Lift-Up on your porch in a highly visible area. If you have any questions, concerns, or know an elementary school student that would like to get involved with scouting, Please contact John Harcourt, (970)-984-0288, or Cynthia Wheeler, (970)-309-0669.

A Potlatch for Pets will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, from noon to 4 p.m., at High Tails Dog & Cat Outfitters, located at 50633 Highway 6 in West Glenwood Springs. Crates, carriers, exercise pens, beds, bowls, leashes, collars, harnesses, scratching posts, grooming tools, toys – all could really help out a family with a new puppy or adopted pet. Here’s how our potlatch will work:1. Donors, bring used pet items to High Tails on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. until noon.2. If you need equipment or supplies for your pets, come to High Tails between noon and 4 p.m.3. All items are free.4. If you can, make a donation to one of the local animal welfare organizations who will have donation boxes on site.5. If you want to reclaim donated items that are not taken, come at 5 and do so. Otherwise all leftover items will be taken to Defiance Thrift Store.Questions? Call High Tails, 947-0014.

Come join a community Contra Dance on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8:-10:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. Listen and dance to lively, Old Time Music performed by the Last Minute String Band. This month’s caller is John Unger. He’ll teach square, contra, and line dances, as well as the polka and waltzes. It’s fun, non-alcoholic, aerobic and no partner is necessary.Beginners should arrive by 7:30 p.m. for a 30-minute dance walk-through. The school is located at 915 School Street in Glenwood Springs, two blocks west of the Post Office. Admission is $8. Contact: Don Paine, (970) 945-0350.

The Rifle American Legion will be retiring old American flags with a ceremonial burning, starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.If you have an old flag, bring it to the Veterans Memorial north of Rifle at the entrance to Deerfield Park. No charge.Also, the American Legion will be placing 76 new names on the Memorial and making 26 corrections in preparation for the Nov. 11 Veterans’ Day remembrance. The old Citizen Telegram Committee has also placed a bronze statue of a man and two children just east of the memorial.

Parenting Through Divorce Class will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Carbondale. The class is designed to equip parents with the skills to raise healthy, well-adjusted children despite the challenges of divorce. It is required to finalize divorces with children in Colorado. To register, call Tammy Perry at 963-1010.

LUNAFEST is a film festival featuring award-winning short films by, for, and about women. The 2010 LUNAFEST will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. The showing begins at 7 p.m.Student tickets are $10 in advance and $15 tickets at the door with a student ID. All other tickets are $15 in advance and $20 tickets at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Advocate Safehouse Project (970) 945-2632, ext. 104, or at the door.

Rehearsals have begun for the Aspen Choral Society’s 33rd annual holiday performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”Glenwood Springs chorus rehearsals will be on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. Aspen rehearsals will be on Sundays beginning Nov. 7, from 4-6 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church on Main Street in Aspen.All singers are invited; there is no audition.Concerts will be Dec. 7 and 8 in Glenwood Springs and Dec. 10 and 11 in Aspen. For more information, call Ray Adams at 925-3685.

Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Club is holding a Pet Pantry Food Drive throughout November to collect canned or bagged dog or cat food of any kind. Local veterinary clinics have agreed to host collection boxes at their facilities. The club has decided to divide the donated food equally between three animal shelters: Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE), the Rifle Animal Shelter and the Eagle Animal Shelter. Donations of pet food will be accepted at the following clinics: in Carbondale – Alpine Animal Hospital, Carbondale Animal Hospital and Red Hill Animal Health Center; in Glenwood Springs – All Dogs & Cats Veterinary Hospital, Gentle Friends Veterinary Hospital and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic; in New Castle – New Castle Veterinary Clinic; in Silt – Divide Creek Animal Hospital and in Rifle – Valley Veterinary Clinic and Town & Country Veterinary Hospital. For more information, call Cole at 309-4753.

Local hunters have the opportunity to stretch out a helping hand to veterans in need. Colorado Elks Lodges are collecting deer, elk and other animal hides which will be tanned and distributed for recreational and occupational therapy throughout the Veterans Administration health-care system. Some of the tanned leather is also cut and sewn into specially designed fingerless gloves, which are furnished to Veterans confined to wheelchairs to protect their hands during movement.The drive is part of a nationwide leather program that the Elks have been operating since 1948. The motto of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission is: “So Long As There Are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Will Never Forget Them.”Once donated, volunteers clean, salt, fold and stack the hides. They are then transported to tanneries for processing. After cleaning and tanning, the leather is made available in craft kits to veterans to make wallets, clothing, belts and moccasins for personal use or to enter in arts and crafts shows. The program is totally funded by the Elks at no cost to veterans or the government. In fact, “Elks Leather” has become a national by-word among veteran patients everywhere. Our veterans responded willingly to our call, and now it is only fitting that we respond to their needs.Visit the Elks Veterans Leather website at:

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