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How would you like to start out 2011 by having less pain? Healing Group for Chronic Pain Sufferers. The intention for this group is to educate pain sufferers on the power of unique self-help techniques and treat the emotional causes of somatic complaints to relieve chronic pain. The group meets Tuesday evenings starting Feb. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. for four weeks at 214 Eighth St., Suite 300, Glenwood Springs. Cost is $20 per session or only $80 for four treatments. Contact Shay Davis, MA, at 948-0063 for more information.

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.

Friendship Force International, Western Colorado Chapter’s next regular monthly meeting will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at Community Hospital’s Lower Conference Room at 2021 N. 12th St. in Grand Junction. Club members will present a report of their recent Exchange to Australia. Visitors are welcome. FFI is a nonprofit worldwide travel/cultural exchange program with 285 chapters in 56 countries. Call 241-9122 or 243-5456 for information or visit us at

Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails as we explore the 74 acres of Emma Open Space by moonlight on snowshoes 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 18, 2011. Bring your own snowshoes or use a pair provided by the Roaring Fork Club. Emma Open Space boasts lush wetlands, snowy fields and a critical migration corridor for deer and elk to move across the valley. Meet at the Emma Schoolhouse parking lot. This free event is underwritten by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails. Registration is required at More info: call (970) 927-1290.

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. Preregistration is required at 384-6300.

On Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Silt Branch Library will to host the talented classical guitarist Javier de los Santos. Javier holds a Masters of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Denver. He has performed with the Symphony in the Valley and the Mesa State College Symphony Orchestra, at the Aspen Music Festival, and many other venues in the United States and Mexico. Javier is bilingual and will perform music from a variety of cultural traditions. For more information please call 876-5500.

Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails on Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at James H. Smith Northstar Open Space, as we explore these amazing riparian wetlands on snowshoes. Bring your own snowshoes or use a pair provided by the Roaring Fork Club. James H. Smith Northstar Open Space protects critical river and wetlands habitat and a migration corridor for deer and elk as they move across the valley. This free event is underwritten by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails. Registration is required at More info, call (970) 927-1290. Roaring Fork Conservancy is the watershed conservation organization in the Roaring Fork Valley that brings people together to protect our rivers. Celebrating more than 10 years of watershed conservation, Roaring Fork Conservancy focuses on keeping water in our rivers, keeping our rivers healthy, and keeping our riparian habitat intact. For more information call 927-1290 or visit

Chevron and Colorado Mountain College will present the second of three free PBS Community Cinema movies, “For Once in My Life,” Friday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Clough Auditorium of the college’s campus in Rifle, 3695 Airport Road.”For Once in My Life” follows the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band while they prepare for the concert of a lifetime. As they navigate daily life, these 28 musicians and singers, all with a wide range of severe mental and physical disabilities, display talent, humor and tenacity. For more information, go to To see a video clip of this extraordinary band, go to watch?v=KF4FlkpfQuE.A 20-minute discussion period and a reception will follow the movie at approximately 8:30 p.m. The movie and reception are free and open to the public.

On Jan. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Creative Spark Studio at 3rd Street Center, Carbondale, an introduction to a creative cancer support group will be led by Sheri Gaynor, LCSW, registered expressive arts therapist. For anyone whose life has been touched by illness or cancer. Creative writing, poetry and collage. Absolutely no art experience needed.Ongoing sessions will be held on Tuesdays at noon in the Valley View Hospital Cancer Center. To register, call Sheri at (970) 618-0561 or e-mail

On Saturday, Jan. 15, only at Hotel Colorado, from 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. or 3-6 p.m. Instructor: Pamela Whittington with Brian Mable Karate. Call for reservations, 379-1881. $15 fee.

A Suicide Prevention Education Awareness class is being presented for anyone, lay or professional, who wants to understand the nature of depression and the signs and symptoms in behavior that lead to suicide ideation. Loved ones don’t want to die, they want to get rid of the pain and restore hope. Meet at the Rifle Sheriff’s Department at 106 County Road 333A, Rifle. This class will meet on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. These classes are free, donations accepted. Call Donnalyne LaGiglia, chair/suicide prevention education for further information at (970) 948-6108.

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