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The city of Glenwood Springs is coordinating the gathering of Christmas trees. Please remove all wires and decorations prior to the tree chipping process. After being chipped, the trees will be combined with other compost material at the South Canyon Composting site. The location for tree drop-off is at the former Rodeo Grounds on Airport Road. There are no daily closing hours, and trees will be accepted until late January. Call 384-6366 with questions.

Register today for the 12th Annual Rifle Gap Ice Fishing Tournament, Jan. 16 and 17. Early Bird Registration fee is only $30 for adults and free for kids 17 and under. Deadline for the Early Bird fee is Thursday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m. Registration fees go up to $35 from Jan. 1-9. Fees go to $50 per entry after Jan. 9 for adults until the day of the tournament. Cash prizes will be awarded to the adult classes for the first 5 places in three categories. The winner of the largest catch gets a chance to win $20,000! Don’t miss out as spaces are limited and filling fast! Go to for details rules and a registration form or call 625-2085×4

There will be a Happy New Year 2010 Relay For Life Kick-off Fundraiser event on Dec. 31.The event will be for children 12-16 years old and will be held in Rifle at the Garfield County Fairgrounds from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.Cost is $16 with refreshments, prizes games, TV, music and lots of fun.Contact: 618-3847 or 471-3059 for more information.

Ongoing throughout the winter are guided tours of the historic Redstone Castle, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Special holiday tour: 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

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.

The next 15-week session of the split-season bowling league schedule at Rifle Fireside Lanes begins on Jan. 5. In the evenings, there are openings for the Tuesday mixed league and the Thursday men’s league. During the day, seniors have a league on Thursdays, home-schooled youth have a Wednesday league for PE credits, and all youth bowlers have a Saturday league. Call 625-2231 for details and sign-up.

The Artist’s Mercantile and Gallery, 720 Cooper Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO, will host an artist’s reception on Friday, Jan. 8, from 6-8 p.m, for the featured artist of the month, Barbara Courtney. Barbara is an expressionist landscape oil painter, painting the local mountain scenery.Everyone is welcome to attend the reception and meet the artist. Snacks and beverages will be served. Her show will run from Jan. 2 through Feb. 5.For more information, call the Artist’s Mercantile & Gallery at 947-0947.

It’s not to late to submit your application for “Thrillz 2010.” All media accepted in this exciting exhibit at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. “Thrillz” runs from Jan. 8 though Feb. 7. Artwork is to be based around personal thrills in this nonjuried show – we want to know what thrills you. Accepting artist applications until Dec. 18. Call 945- 2414 for information, or go to to download an application. Call with questions, it’s time to share your artistic talent with Glenwood Springs!

Mountain Family Health will begin offering Saturday clinics beginning Jan. 9, at 1905 Blake Ave., Suite 101 in Glenwood Springs. The clinics offer a reliable, low-cost alternative to visiting hospital emergency departments for minor injuries and infections and non-life threatening illnesses like coughs, colds and flu. The Saturday clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a walk-in basis, and no appointment is necessary. Mountain Valley welcomes any person in need of care, regardless of ability to pay, accepting most private insurances, Medicare and Medicaid and offers sliding-scale programs and other assistance programs for any person who is uninsured.Mountain Valley Health Centers is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing high quality primary health care in the communities they serve, with special consideration for the medically underserved and uninsured. They have offices in Black Hawk and Glenwood Springs, with a new facility for Rifle in the planning stages. To schedule an appointment on weekdays, please call 945-2840.

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.

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