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Helping Hands for Seniors may be able to help Glenwood Springs area senior citizens (or disabled) who need assistance with basic yard and household maintenance.This new service program sponsored by High Country RSVP can help with basic yard work, basic maintenance, and basic home repair.Please call 384-8746. Someone will call you back and try to match you up with skilled volunteers and other community resources and get your job done.Also call if you want to volunteer to help in this program.

Due to large demand, Colorado Mountain College and High Country RSVP are offering an additional AARP driver session from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 25 and 26; and one full-day session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 21. Both will be held at the CMC Glenwood Springs Center, 1402 Blake Avenue. This AARP driver refresher course is designed for drivers 50 and over. Most automobile insurance companies in Colorado offer a discount to those completing the course.For more information or to enroll, call 384-8747. Leave name, phone number and the preferred class. A volunteer will call back and confirm.

The Garfield County Public Library District is sponsoring a Black & White Gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at the Hotel Colorado. The event features New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box and jazz music with the Walt Smith Trio. Tickets can be purchased at any Garfield County Library or at the door, with discounts available for Friends of the Library members. All proceeds benefit the Garfield County Public Library Foundation. For more information, please contact 625-4270.



For the 19th consecutive year, High Country RSVP will sponsor free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) consultations for basic federal and state tax returns. This service is provided at no charge for low- to moderate-income clients, seniors, and disabled individuals from Aspen to Parachute/Battlement Mesa. Appointments will be arranged from Feb. 6 to April 6.All locations will be happy to arrange an appointment. Call 384-8740 and leave name, address, telephone number, and the preferred location. Services are offered in Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley, Rifle, and Parachute/Battlement Mesa. A volunteer will return the call and schedule an appointment.

Those interested in growing your own food but don’t have a garden space may attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the community garden site 16th Street and Birch Ave. in Rifle. After looking at the site, interested members will convene at Rifle City Hall, 202 Railroad Avenue.For more information or questions, contact Erin Sims, deputy city clerk at Rifle City Hall at 625-6237.



The Carbondale Community Food Co-op, 559 Main St., will be open on Sundays starting March 15.Saturday hours are changing as well. Beginning March 14, the co-op will open and close one hour later, to reflect customer preferences. The new Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.The Carbondale Community Food Co-op is a grocery store dedicated to providing organic, locally grown foods to its customers.Call the co-op at 963-1375.

The Rifle Branch Library and DiVine Family Theatre are sponsoring the play Death by Chocolate as part of its Big Read celebration, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20; and at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the CMC West Garfield Campus. The play features a Sam Spade-like private eye, and a cup of coffee so delicious its deadly. Before the play and at intermission, the Friends of the Rifle Library will host a Chocolate Friend-zy, featuring delectable chocolate creations. Tickets are available at the Rifle and Silt branch libraries, as well as at the door. For questions and/or tickets, call 625-3471.

The Carbondale Council of Arts and Humanities and the Gordon Cooper Branch Library will be exhibiting the Valley Visual Art Show during the month of March. Original art produced by artists from all over the valley will be on display in the library during regular library hours March 6 through March 31. This is an unjuried show, giving local artists an opportunity to not only show their work, but to sell pieces through the Arts Council.Attention detectives, sleuths, and all-around fourth to eighth-grade mystery solvers! The Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale will host a Whodunit Mystery Scavenger Hunt during the entire month of March. Come into the library and see if you can solve the mystery. No registration is required. In conjunction with the Big Read and Garfield County Library District, members of the Thunder River Theatre Company will present a free Literary Night spotlighting Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Thunder River Theater in Carbondale. The program will be comprised of a brief biography, anecdotes, readings from Hammetts books, and a brief history of the making of the movie. Refreshments will be available at the concession stand. For more information, please call the Gordon Cooper Branch Library at 963-2889.


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