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Community news & notes

Citizen of the Year nominationsLocals are invited to thank the most noteworthy fellow citizen of 2008 through the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Associations Citizen of the Year Award. Nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award for 2008 are now being accepted. The award is intended to honor an individual who makes a substantial contribution to Glenwood Springs. All nominees should be involved in active civic participation in the areas of health or human services, education, recreation, arts or cultural improvements, economic development, or community based organizations that contribute to the quality of life in the community. Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the community and are encouraged from all clubs and organizations. Nominees will be judged in all categories on the basis of community involvement and leadership. The winning citizen of 2008 will be announced at the chambers Annual Ball and Auction scheduled for Jan. 31, 2009. Nomination forms are posted on the chamber web site at and must be submitted by Dec. 12.

Common ThreadCommon Thread Music and Lifestyle celebration for a cause will take place Nov. 21 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Common Thread, a musical philanthropic event will feature Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls and Amos Lee.A limited number of VIP tickets are available now at VIP ticket holders will attend a silent auction champagne reception with the artists. All proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society, American Liver Foundation, Honor the Earth, and the Music & Mentorship Program of Intercultural Services. For tickets, visit

Parent/teacher conferencesGlenwood Springs High School is hosting Parent/Teacher Conferences from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 5th and 6th. This is an excellent time to meet your child’s teachers and check on his/her progress.

Kiwanis food driveThe Grand Valley Kiwanis will conduct its 20th annual community-wide food drive in Parachute and Battlement Mesa Saturday, Nov. 8. Collecting boxes and cans of non-perishable food items, volunteers will sweep neighborhoods throughout Parachute and Battlement Mesa, beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Each residence will be passed by only once. For homeowners, leaving donations where they can be seen from the street is strongly suggested, but collection crews will spot donations on the doorsteps of apartments. Donors should avoid super-sizes and packaging likely to be damaged by rough and repeated handling. Non-food items, while appreciated, should not be donated because of limited storage space. Suggested items for donation are all types of canned goods, cereal, dry and evaporated milk, coffee, boxed potatoes, jelly, stuffing, pancake mix, syrup, hamburger-helper, pasta, cake mixes, frosting, pie filling, cranberry sauce, gelatin and puddings.In the event the pickup is missed, donations may be left in the lobby of City Market from Saturday, Nov. 8 until Tuesday, Nov. 11th.

Libraries closed to observe Veterans DayAll six branches of the Garfield County Public Library District will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. All regular programs and storytimes will be canceled for that day. The libraries will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12th and resume normal library hours and programming.

Benefit for Monique SpeakmanMonique Speakman of Rifle fell and has required three surgeries in the past few days. A fundraiser will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, at Wamsley Elementary School cafeteria at 225 E. 30th St., hosted by Title Company of the Rockies . The event will include a dinner and a silent auction. Those interested in donating a silent auction item may contact Kari Meskin at 379-1993 or; or Danette Dickey at 379-8976 or

Rausch family benefitRachel Rausch was diagnosed with stage IV lymphoma which has metastasized into her bone marrow. Rachel is currently undergoing chemotherapy and is getting ready to have her stem cells harvested to later be transplanted.Organizers are trying to help the Rausch family with a fundraiser to be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at Bumps at Buttermilk.People may also contribute to the Rachel Rausch Medical Fund at any Alpine Bank.For more information, contact Craig Chalmers at 923-0540, Susan Mouse Carollo at 923-8639 or Amity Ludlow at 923-0550.

Community Banks food driveCommunity Banks of Colorado will sponsor the Colorado Food Banks Association (CFBA) as its statewide Community Touch Partner this November and December. CFBA is an umbrella organization for the five major food banks across the state of Colorado, which distribute food to more than 1,500 nonprofits. Through these food banks, food reaches people in need through food pantries, day care centers, battered womens shelters, soup kitchens, residential treatment centers, senior and youth programs.Beginning Nov. 1, re-usable Community Banks of Colorado grocery bags can be picked up at all locations. Please consider picking up a few extra non-perishable food items when you go grocery shopping, bring them back to the bank, and they will be delivered to Lift-UP. Please contact Michele Diamond at 945-7035 with questions.

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