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Holiday vacation stop/starts for Glenwood Springs Post Independent home deliveries must be called in by Wednesday, Dec. 23, by calling 945-8515, ext. 16139, or e-mail

Cut out the Rifle Bucks coupon in today’s Glenwood Springs Post Independent and save $20 for every $60 spent in participating Rifle stores. The coupon is valid through Thursday, Dec. 24. One coupon per person, per shopping trip.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Melody family of New Castle. Frank Melody lost his seven-month battle with Pancreatic Cancer on Dec. 10. He leaves behind his wife, Leslie, and three children. The overwhelming medical expenses and loss of income during the illness has created a tremendous hardship on the family. If you would like to help, you can send donations to any Alpine Bank c/o Frank Melody Memorial Fund. Thank you!

Join the 2010 Fitness Challenge at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Sponsored by Fitness Systems Inc. and the WIN Health Institute, the challenge can help motivate you with your fitness resolutions. This program offers fitness assessments, group “personal training” classes, an online support message board, a comprehensive final fitness challenge/healthy potluck and more. Use this challenge to increase your level of personal fitness, awareness and knowledge, not to mention the fabulous prizes you can earn.Participants must be at least 18 years old, register by Jan. 3 and the start date is Jan. 4. The fee is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.Visit or call 384-6301 for more information.

Join the Glenwood Springs Community Center for a series of free informational classes covering various topics relevant to wellness. No preregistration required. For class descriptions and speaker information visit or call 384-6301.January’s classes:Heart Attack/ Stroke Prevention: Jan. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.Behavior Change and Motivational Strategies: Jan. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.A Naturopathic Perspective on the Flu: Jan. 20, 6-7 p.m.Prevent Diabetes? Yes you can! Jan. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.Alkalize & Energize, Learn How To Control pH: Jan. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Throughout the month of December, the dental office of Dr. Jay Heim and Dr. Corey Johnson will be collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to LIFT-UP. For every donated item, participants will be able to enter a drawing for a SoniCare FlexCare toothbrush. Address: 2425 S. Grand Ave., Suite 109, in Glenwood Springs.Contact: 945-9119;

It’s time to register for classes in the arts, music and dance at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.Our winter catalogue is available online at The Winter Session begins Jan. 11. Drop into your first class for free.Affordable classes for all ages and skill levels. Nurture your inner artist, and support the Arts by registering for an art, pottery, silversmithing, piano, guitar or dance class. (970) 945- 2414 or Gift certificates available.

Medicare D Open Enrollment continues through Dec. 30. All those on Medicare should have a Medicare D (Prescription) Plan, and make sure to have the best plan for them, as both costs and drug coverage change yearly.High Country RSVP is the state contracted information center for Garfield County. As a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provider, High Country RSVP assists Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers to make informed health care choices. High Country RSVP has a group of trained volunteers and is always looking for more. This service is provided without charge.The State Health Insurance Assistance Program identifies Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and assists with enrollment; helps organize, understand and process medical bills; assists with private health insurance claims; identifies gaps in Medicare coverage and options to fill them; evaluates Medicare supplement insurance options; and helps seniors understand hospital bills and Medicare rights.To request a SHIP client appointment, please call 384-8744.

The Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge is proud to once again sponsor the Americanism Essay Contest. This contest is for students enrolled in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade at the time of the contest. The subject of this years contest is “The American Dream: What Is It?” Essays are not to exceed 250 words. Last year we had two local winners whose essays made it to the state level. The local winners are also invited to read their essay at the Elks Lodge Flag Day Celebration in Centennial Park downtown Glenwood Springs. The prizes are given in the form of U.S. Savings Bonds to the children that make it into the state and national finals. Flyers and entry forms for the contest have been delivered to local schools, and the final submission date is Jan. 10, 2010. For entry forms and more information contact Erin Galbreath, Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge, (970) 379-3822. Entry forms can also be e-mailed directly.

There will be a “Pay it Forward” Santa visit on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Russo’s Pizza in Glenwood Meadows from 3-6 p.m. Kids will talk to santa and give him their wish list , and they will get a free slice of pizza and small soda. In return they will be asked to bring a gift for kids in need or kids who are in the hospital and the Advocacy House, and Santa will distribute them the next day. This is a great opportunity to teach kids the blessing of giving as well as receiving.

Ongoing throughout the winter are guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm. Special holiday tours: Dec. 25 & 28 and Jan. 1. Tickets are available at Tiffany of Redstone and the Redstone General Store. $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/children over 5 years. More info: 963-9656 or

The Two Rivers Art Project is looking for high quality sculptures for the 2010/2011 year-long public art display. The exhibit is open to professional and amateur artists of all backgrounds. Each artist may enter up to two works. There are no limitations on the dimensions. A selection committee will review all entries and choose up to 10 pieces based on the originality of the piece, its durability and suitability for the outdoors and safety for the public. The application deadline is March 12, 2010. Artisans, upon acceptance into the year-long display, must be able to deliver their works by May 27-28, 2010, to the designated installation site. Applications are available online at or

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