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Veterans who received combat pay between Nov. 11, 1998, and Jan. 28, 2003, and departed military service in the same time frame must enroll with the Veterans Health Administration by Thursday to ensure they remain eligible for VA provided health care. These veterans were grandfathered into a special enrollment program which will expire in January. This deadline does not apply to other benefits. Veterans in this status who are not registered by the Jan. 27 deadline can still become patients if they have a service connected disability or their gross income is below the threshold for their ZIP code. Service connected disability claims can take six months to two years to complete. Income thresholds are based on gross annual household income, number of dependants and ZIP code the veteran lives in. Only nonreimbursed medical expenses can be deducted. Combat veterans who served during this period can contact Tom Ziemann or Cathy Angelica at (970) 263-5080 or 263-5046 for details.

The Rifle Branch Library is excited to welcome Paws to Read on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. Come by and meet the wonderful trained dogs who love being read to by children. Paws to Read provides a fun, stress-free environment where children practice reading aloud. On this day, the dogs will be around to meet children and give them an idea of what the program is all about. Participants can also sign up for a future 15-minute session with one of the fabulous canines. For more information call the library at 625-3471.

The New Castle Branch Library will be closed from Feb. 1-20 to move to the new temporary facility at 820 Castle Valley Blvd. in New Castle.Please visit another Garfield County Library if you need books, movies, or computer access while we are closed. If you have items checked out from the New Castle Branch please return them to another Garfield County Library or hold onto them until the library reopens.The library will reopen at the temporary facility on Monday, Feb. 21, with the same great books, materials and services. The library will remain at that location while a remodel of the existing library building takes place. The Library District has hired B&H Construction and A4 Architects, both of Garfield County, for the project. The building, which was built in 1968, will see an additional 6,000 square feet added to its ground floor. The goals of this project include the addition of a 100-person meeting room, separate children’s area and access to the library’s local history collection. If you have questions, please call 984-2346.



The third annual Green Is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza honors the vibrant cultures and fashions that populate this planet. It will be held March 11-12, at 7 p.m. at the Carbondale Rec Center, featuring fashion that sparks the imagination, created from recycled and sustainable materials. Designers and artists, locally and globally, along with valley residents, come together to create a dynamic, alluring and highly entertaining event.Expanding to two nights due to popular demand, this year’s show called, A World Of Fashion, will travel to India, France, Africa, Mexico and more. High fashion, as well as wearable art, grace the runway with multi-media backgrounds, music and theatrics. Friday night will be a gala affair with a dessert reception before the show and a fashionably fun dance party following. New this year will be a Youth Fashion Show on Saturday night preceding the main show. Produced by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, the show raises money for year round arts programming

Need some quality mommy and daddy time? Then sign up for Date Night with Carbondale Recreation. Preregister for the program, then anytime after 5 p.m. that night, drop your kids by the Rec Center with snacks/dinner, and hit the town. Pick up is promptly at 8 p.m. (or anytime before). Two dates available for February: Saturday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 19. Fee is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional sibling. For more information, call (970) 704-4190. This program is run by our Run, Jump, and Play instructor, Danika Davis. Registration deadline is one week prior to Date Night.



St. Stephen’s students are celebrating Catholic School’s Week Jan. 26-Feb. 2. Teachers, parents and students will recognize the importance of Christian-based education with celebrations, programs and events. The week culminates with an Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 2, to invite all interested families to the school to experience academic excellence.

Enjoy a parents’ night out and drop your kids off at the community center for a fun night of supervised swimming, rock climbing, gym games, and more. Age: Kinder-12 yearsDate: Feb. 11Day & Time: Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.Fee: $20 member/$30 nonmemberMin/Max: 15/25Location: Community CenterRegister By: Wednesday, Feb. 9

Community and school experts will be on hand Wednesday night to offer all parents in the Garfield Re-2 School District an opportunity to attend “parent seminars.” A free chili dinner and free child care will be offered for parents attending the event at Coal Ridge High School. Parents will be able to select from more than 20 presentations dealing with topics such as Planning for and Financing College, Dealing with Sibling Rivalry, Computer and Cell Phone Safety, Teen Substance Use, Raising Healthy Children and Redirecting Power Struggles with your Child.During dinner, several community and club representatives will be on hand to offer information to parents on additional opportunities for their children.Dinner will start at 5:15 p.m., with child care registration during this time. The first session of presentations is from 6:15-7 p.m., the second sessions will begin at 7:15 p.m. For additional information, call Jeanie Humble at (970) 309-1593.

The Artist’s Mercantile & Gallery will host an artist’s reception for William Daniells from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, at 720 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs, (970) 947-0947. Daniells is a muralist and fine artist, whose subject matter includes people, landscapes, southwest subjects and wildlife, all brought to life in vivid color. His show, “Landscapes & Wildlife,” runs Feb. 4 through March 4. For more information, contact the Artist’s Mercantile & Gallery at 947-0947.

Come join a community Contra Dance Saturday, Feb. 5, 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 Chris Kermiet. He’ll teach square, contra and folk dances, as well as the polka and waltzes. It’s fun, nonalcoholic, 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 St. in Glenwood Springs, two blocks west of the Post Office. Admission is $8. For more information, contact Don Paine at (970) 945-0350.


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