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Mountain Family Health Centers will be conducting free health screenings throughout the region in January. They are open to the public, anyone may attend, and no appointments are necessary. Free screening includes cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index, and heart disease risk assessment. Fasting is desirable but not required. Free screenings are also available at your place of business for 10 or more employees. Contact Sharla Gallegos at 618-3159 for more information and scheduling. Screenings will be offered at the following times and locations:12-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 Glenwood Springs Mall, 51027 U.S. Hwy. 6 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 Rifle Public Health Department (WIC), 195 W. 14th St.9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan.11 Mountain Family Health Center, 1905 Blake Ave., Suite 10112:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 Rifle Public Library, 107 E. Second St.2:30 – 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 – Gordon Cooper Library, 76 S. Fourth St., Carbondale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 Rifle Public Health Department (WIC),195 W. 14th St.9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 Glenwood Springs Health Department (WIC Office), 2014 Blake Ave.

Cathy Miller of Rifle has been diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and does not have medical insurance. She worked in Eagle at Dr. Adairs office.Donations can be made at any Alpine Bank in the account, For the benefit of Cathy Miller. For more information, call 970-379-9391.

Sign up for skating lessons with the town of Carbondale. These lessons will focus on basic to intermediate skills, and will be held Wednesdays from Jan. 9 until Jan. 30. A big Community Ice Skate Party will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the Carbondale ice rink. If you dont skate, you can sit around the bonfire, drink hot chocolate, and roast hot dogs and marshmallows. The whole event is free fun for the family. For more information on these events, call Becky at 704-4116.

The Rifle Community Foundation is a nonprofit granting organization that provides funding to local nonprofit causes. Although the foundation is based in Rifle, its giving territory extends from South Canyon to DeBeque Canyon.Past recipients of Rifle Community Foundation funding include the Rifle Animal Shelter, the Family Visitor Program, Advocate Safehouse and other worthwhile groups.Donors may specify a particular cause or project for money to be directed to, or make a general contribution to where the money is most needed, as determined by the RCF board of directors.Those wishing to give to projects within RCFs boundaries may send donations payable to the Rifle Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1234, Rifle, CO 81650. All donations postmarked by Dec. 31 will be considered tax-deductible contributions for the year 2007 as applicable by law.

Rhythms of the Heart presents a beginning and intermediate African-inspired hand drumming, rhythm and song workshop from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Pyramid Peaks Center, 65 N. Fourth St., Suite 3, in Carbondale. Focus will be on basic hand drumming technique and an African-inspired song with multi-part rhythms and vocals, how to play in a synchronized fashion with other drummers and musicians, and improvisational techniques for individual and group drumming, closing with a community-style drum circle. No experience needed. Pre-registration is appreciated, and required for drum reservation. For more information, call Laurie Loeb at 963-2798.

Free pre-licensing training for starting up home-based child care will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, in Glenwood Springs. Learn about the process, fees and regulations for licensing your home. Sponsored by the Garfield County Department of Human Services. Register by Jan. 14 at 945-9191, ext. 3066.

Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Jan. 16 to explore Emma Open Space by moonlight on snowshoes. Bring your own snowshoes or use a pair provided by the Roaring Fork Club. Emma Open Space boasts lush wetlands, snowy fields, and a critical migration corridor for deer and elk to move across the valley. Meet at the Emma Schoolhouse parking lot. This event is part of Roaring Fork Conservancys 2008 Watershed Explorations, and is sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails, the Roaring Fork Club, and Roaring Fork Conservancy. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at For more information, call 927-1290.

The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the Rifle Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 2515 W. Centennial (West Rifle UMTRA Site). City officials will make the dedication of the plant to the citizens of Rifle.

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is hosting its next volunteer meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Eagle County building in El Jebel. The valley-wide organization is all-volunteer and exists to find happy and permanent homes for homeless pets. There are numerous opportunities available to help and any effort is appreciated. For more information, visit or call 963-4562.

Starting Jan. 1, people needing assistance with the cost of spay, neuter and vaccination for pets may call Aimee Chappelle with the Garfield County Sheriffs Office at 945-1377, ext. 5364.

Linda Jenks, pianist and Doctor of Musical Arts, will present the first concert in Rifles 2008 St. Mary Performance Series at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Seventh and Birch streets in Rifle. This opening concert will showcase Beethovens monumental Waldstein Piano Sonata.Refreshments will be served after the concert. For more information, call 625-2333.

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