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Free Radon Test Kits are available at Garfield County Public Health. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. Fifty percent of homes tested in Garfield County have elevated levels of Radon. Pick up your free coupon from Public Health or call (970) 665-6383.

Events at Carnahan’s Tavern this weekend are as follows:Friday, Jan. 21Hood RatzSaturday, Jan. 22DisiplesRock/Reggae

The free Naturalist Nights winter speaker series continues this Wednesday and Thursday with a multimedia presentation by Jeffrey Parrish, executive director of Freedom to Roam. The presentation will take the audience on a tour of conservation efforts to reconnect wildlife habitat for species that roam hundreds of miles across North America.”Freedom to Roam: A New Model for Landscape Protection” takes place Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, starting at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will be repeated on Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), starting at 7:30 p.m. Parrish will report on the current state of conservation science and strategies to protect wildlife from the dual threats of climate change and habitat fragmentation – from local efforts to create wildlife corridors across I-70 to much larger-scale initiatives to connect wildlands along the spine of the continent.The Naturalist Nights series is jointly presented by the Wilderness Workshop and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. For more information, contact the Wilderness Workshop at 963-3977.

Senior Matters is hosting a community gathering on Friday, Jan. 21, from 4-6 p.m. Visit behind the scenes of this group and get to know who matters and why. Highlighted by the sight of our beautiful Mount Sopris and tucked in the middle of our little town of Carbondale is a budding nonprofit dynamo that is focusing on the continuing health and growth of this valley’s senior citizens. The Senior Matters team is expanding its event calendar of programs, activities and assistance for seniors. Senior citizens are the grassroots of this wonderful community and valley. Share stories, or concerns for the seniors that matter in your life or just stop by and say hello, bring a friend. We need your ideas, help us help you.

Has someone you know been touched by cancer?Help us celebrate those who have beaten cancer, remember those who have lost their battle, and fight back against cancer.Join us for the 2011 Rifle Area Relay For Life Kickoff event on Jan. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. at Grand River Medical Center at 501 Airport Road in Rifle.Learn about Relay For Life, form a team, join a team, help raise money to find a cure.For more information contact Donna Swyers at (970) 366-1720 or Theresa Hamilton at (970) 366-6683. For survivor or caregiver information contact Tiffany Ottosen at (970) 618-0469.

Join the Rock Bottom Ranch staff on an Evening Wildlife Walk. Get a chance to see beavers swimming in the pond, elk grazing in the meadows and hear the hoot of a Great Horned Owl all under a full moon. Tea and hot chocolate will warm you up following the walk. Arrive at 4:45 p.m. and the walk is from 5-6 p.m. Jan. 19. Admission is free, and no registration is necessary. Ages 12 and up welcome.

Colorado Mountain College Theatre will hold open auditions for “All in the Timing” on Jan. 23 and 24 at 6 p.m. in the New Space Theatre at the Spring Valley Center, located at 3000 County Road 114 in Glenwood Springs.”All in the Timing” is a collection of one-act comedies written by David Ives. The CMC production will include five acts and will be directed by Wendy S. Moore. Performance dates are April 21-23 and April 28 through May 1. Those auditioning should prepare a one- to two-minute comedic monologue of their choice and also be ready to read from the script. Scripts are available for reading at the CMC Spring Valley Quigley Library or the CMC Glenwood Center (1402 Blake Ave.).Auditions will be videotaped. Since the audition will involve active movement, all are encouraged to dress comfortably. If auditioning, please call the theatre department in advance at 947-8252 to declare your intent to audition or to ask any further questions.

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.

Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle will host a grief and bereavement support group on Jan. 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.

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