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Community News and Notes

Several area nonprofits and the Aspen Skiing Co. are teaming up to present free screenings of “A Land out of Time,” a hard-hitting new documentary about the impacts of America’s current drill-everywhere energy policy on the West’s last best places ” including the Roan Plateau, north of Rifle.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Eagle County Building in El Jebel.

The film may also be coming to Glenwood Springs, Rifle and other nearby communities, so stay tuned.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Glenwood Springs Field Office will be closing several gates for the winter season beginning Dec. 1, to protect critical big game winter range and prevent road damage.

These seasonal closures occur annually from Dec. 1 to April 30 at several points in the Castle Peak area in Eagle County, East Elk Creek in Garfield County, and on Light Hill and the Crown in Pitkin County.

All of the areas continue to be open to nonmotorized recreation such as hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.

The lower gate at Transfer Trail above Glenwood Springs will also be closed Dec. 1 to maintain snow conditions for snowmobiling.

BLM’s Wolcott Campground will close Dec. 1 and reopen May 15.

For additional information or to report violations in these areas, call the Glenwood Springs Field Office, (970) 947-2800.

Donate blood and receive a free cholesterol screening in the month of December. Look for the Bloodmobile from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at the Rifle City Market.

The cholesterol screenings will be performed from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; or from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Advanced Medicine Pavilion of St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, second floor, 750 Wellington Ave., Grand Junction. Call 244-2555 for information. Photo identification is required.

Learn about the fascinating Rocky Mountain environment while you ski and snowshoe with a naturalist from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). Snowshoe tours are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from the top of Aspen Mountain and at the base of Two Creeks in Snowmass. Self-guided snowshoe walks and bird watching are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed at the center. ACES is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call ACES at 925-5756, or view the Web site, for schedules and further information.

Colorado Animal Rescue has adorable adoptables. Visit their critters. New hours: open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Call 947-9173 for more information.

Join Sheri Gaynor, licensed psychotherapist, registered expressive arts therapist and consultant, for an amazing, creative and unique experience in personal and professional transformation. “Envision The Life of Your Dreams” will help you translate your dreams into personal and professional empowerment. The six-week program will help you design a powerful picture, that will take you exactly where you want to go. Free introductory evening will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at The Valley Wellness Center, 1517 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Call (970) 618-0561 to reserve your space.

Thirty-three nonprofit organizations, one business and several community leaders throughout the state of Colorado will be honored, and $380,000 will be awarded at the 18th annual banquet to be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Carriage Museum in Colorado Springs. These organizations are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the nonprofit sector and the more than 1 million Coloradans they serve.

Thirty-three finalist nonprofit organizations will be honored, including Thunder River Theatre Company of Carbondale, nominated in the Arts and Humanities category.

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