The Grief Recovery Method |

The Grief Recovery Method

Jennifer Bouchet, MSW, a certified grief recovery specialist, is now offering the Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program for individuals and groups in the Roaring Fork Valley. The program provides action choices that help people move beyond the pain caused by loss.From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, a Grief Recovery Method group begins. It will meet at the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church, 385 S. Second St., and run for 11 consecutive Tuesday evenings, with the final meeting on March 19. For information or to reserve a spot in the coming group, please call Jennifer at 970-456-7026.

Have you left the Catholic Church? Whether you stopped attending Mass one year ago or 40 years ago, we miss you and invite you to explore full communion with Jesus Christ and his church. If you would like to explore this possibility, consider attending a six-part series at St. Stephen Catholic Church after the new year. No commitments are required, just openness. Call the parish office at 945-6673 for more details and to register.

Got a new tech toy for Christmas and not quite sure what to do with it? Starting on Dec. 26, book a librarian or tech specialist to assist one-on-one with setting up and utilizing new devices. Appointments will be held at the Rifle Branch Library on Dec. 27 and 29 and Jan. 3 in half-hour sessions during the library’s regular business hours. Stop by the front desk of the library to sign up. Slots are limited.Call 625-3471 for more information.

Stop by these local businesses during business hours to view the current Glenwood Springs Art Guild exhibits. Tara Vetter will be at Flower Mart, 210 Sixth St., Glenwood Springs, and Nancy Martin will be Bullock Hinkey Real Estate, 311 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. These exhibits are ongoing through December.

Garfield County parents are invited to register their families for the 15-week Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) starting in January. The class enhances empathy, self worth, empowerment, and discipline as parents and children have fun and grow closer as a family. Space is limited, and the program is offered at no cost to participants.For more information and to register, contact Joyce Christensen at 625-5282, ext. 3261, or e-mail

Read a Book. Rate a Book. Redeem your Reward. Rinse & Repeat! This opportunity is for teens throughout the entire month of January at the Rifle Branch Library. Not only do participants get to read new books and receive prizes for doing so, but they will be helping others learn about great reads, as all reviews will be posted on the library website and on the book itself.

The Colorado River District is accepting grant applications for projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region, which includes all watersheds of the Colorado River within western Colorado, except those that drain to the San Juan River or to the Dolores River upstream of the Mesa County line. Successful grantees can receive up to $150,000 (or approximately 25% of the total project cost; in the case of smaller projects, this percentage may be slightly higher) for their project. Application deadline is Jan. 31.For application, guidelines and policies, visit For more information, contact Dave Kanzer, P.E., or Alesha Frederick; Colorado River District, P.O. Box 1120, Glenwood Springs, CO 80601; 945-8522; or

Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which provides financial assistance with home heating bills, will accept applications starting Nov. 1 and continuing until April 30, 2013. LEAP is a federally funded program that helps families and individuals pay a portion of winter home heating costs. Applicant income cannot be more than 150 percent of the federal poverty index, which equates to $2,882 per month for a family of four.According to Aggie Berens, manager of LEAP, the average LEAP benefit is estimated to be $302 per household. Last winter, more than 125,000 Coloradans applied for LEAP, and 100,794 households received an average benefit of $344.To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of rent; be a permanent legal resident of the United States and Colorado or have household members who are U.S. citizens. Info: 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) to have an application mailed; visit Garfield County Human Services in Glenwood Springs or Rifle; or go online to to download and print an application form.

The 2012-2013 Annual Community Greeting Card is now available through the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. The card is a reproduction of an original painting by Mary Pilon, titled “Glenwood Springs, Colorado.” It was selected as the winner of the 2011 Community Greeting Card contest at the 49th annual Fall Art Festival. The cost of this exclusive card is $15 per package of 12. Imprinting is available, and previous year’s cards are also available by special order. To purchase your cards, contact Angie at the chamber at 945-0784 or visit Proceeds from the sale of greeting cards fund the chamber’s patronage of the annual Fall Art Festival.

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