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Winter is the perfect time to learn to knit. Every Thursday in January the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale will present a Children’s Knitting program from 4-5 p.m. Come join Elizabeth Yates of Yarn Garden and June Fox as they teach knitting basics to those in fifth grade and above. Registration is required, but the programs are free. For more information please call 963-2889.

Weight Loss Challenge Starting Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m. in Rifle. Please Call Becki at (970) 462-3825 for more information and details.

The Mount Sopris Rotary Club of Carbondale (Formerly the Aspen Glenwood Rotary Club) is now holding its weekly meetings on Thursday at noon at the Mi Casita restaurant at Main and Weant in downtown Carbondale. Meetings are open to the public for anyone who would like to explore the opportunity of membership in Rotary. The programs for the month of January are:1. Jan. 13: Kirk Carlson, manager, of the Roaring Fork Valley Co-op.2. Jan. 20: Amy Kimberly, director of the annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, and the Carbondale Council of Arts and Humanities.3. Jan. 27: Jody Ensign, director of the Carbondale Third Street Center.

The Glenwood Springs Branch Library invites all teens age 13-18 to a Teen Book Club meeting Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 3:30 p.m. Join us for fun, snacks, and a great discussion with your friends. If you have questions please call 945-5958.

The 2011 Winter Lecture Series kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 20, with a screening of “Last of the Cowboys,” a locally produced documentary in which historian and producer Anita Witt interviews some of the last of the old-time cowboys in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. The program will be held at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 413 Ninth St. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information please call 945-5958.

Financial Peace University is a 13-week financial management class, taking place from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 1 at St. Mary Parish, 761 Birch Ave., Rifle.The class will offer ways to get out of debt and stay out of debt. Cost is $100 per couple. Space is limited, so RSVP no later than Jan. 17 by calling (970) 876-5992, or by e-mail to

Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle will host a grief and bereavement support group on Jan. 11, 18 and 25, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Rifle Creek conference room. Reserve a seat by calling (970) 544-1568. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, or food will be available to purchase in the Grand River Caf.

The New Lunch Bunch at the Glenwood Springs Community Center allows parents to take some time for yourself while your children ages 3-6 years old mix fun and learning between the gym and our preschool room from noon to 2 p.m. on Jan. 13. Pre-registration is required at 384-6300.

The Artist’s Mercantile & Gallery will host an artist’s reception for Kyle Samuelson from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at 720 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. This landscape artist developed his delicate and unique artistic style as a way to display his love of his native Colorado’s beauty. Kyle’s works are realistic expressions of the scenery and wildlife that has captured his heart and imagination. His show runs Jan. 8 through Feb. 5. For more information, contact the Artist’s Mercantile & Gallery at 947-0947.

Annual Ag Day will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the New Castle Community Center. This event is always a success where local landowners request information to be addressed during the presentation. This is a perfect opportunity to meet our partner staff from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency. Our resource professionals can help you with your conservation goals. The program will begin at 9 a.m., lunch will be served at noon, with program concluding at 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included, so reservations are required by Jan. 24 by calling 945-5494, ext. 105.

Frank Shaw, from Rifle recycling, will talk about what things can be recycled and how it’s done from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Rifle Creek Conference Room at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle. This presentation is free to attend, and a light lunch will be served, but you must RSVP to reserve a spot by calling 625-6200. Health & Happiness is a monthly educational series sponsored by Grand River Hospital District focused on improving health and well-being.

Colorado Mountain College now offers a 10-week “Green Building Through the LEED Rating System” course. The course gives a broad and technical foundation in green building through the lens of the LEED for New Construction Rating System and is a great first step in pursuing or updating LEED professional credentials. All the major LEED categories will be reviewed, with a specific focus on integrated design and the financial costs and benefits of green building.While appropriate for anyone in the building construction or design industry, it is also open to anyone looking for a career change.Instructor Ashley Muse, M.A., says, “A working knowledge of LEED is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage. LEED is now an important brand in the private sector and we are seeing more and more local, state, and federal regulations modeled after LEED requirements. The LEED system will continue to evolve to push environmental standards within the market, as the current LEED standards become business as usual.”Muse has taught a similar course for Boston Architectural College’s Sustainability Institute certificate program.At the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Boulder office, Muse was a sustainable design consultant and served as the primary consultant for over 20 LEED projects including the new visitor centers in Lassen Volcanic and Denali National Parks, the first federally funded LEED Platinum Rated buildings. Locally, she consulted for the Aspen Institute’s new LEED Gold Doerr-Hosier Center.This noncredit class will be held Thursday evenings, 6-9 p.m., Jan. 20 through Mar. 31 at the Colorado Mountain College Lappala Center in Carbondale (690 Colorado Ave.).For more information, please call Muse at (303) 877-3235. To register, please call CMC at 963-2172.

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