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Beginning Feb. 7, people living with depression or bipolar disorder will have a new place to find hope and support. A support group is hosting regular, confidential, peer-led, non-religion based, self-help support group meetings from 6-7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at Pioneer Faith Community (the old Nazarene Church), located on the corner of 10th and Blake in Glenwood Springs.The group is open to those who are diagnosed with a mood disorder, has a family member or friend who is diagnosed, or who thinks they might have depression or bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression). The group is not run by a professional, but instead offers peer-to-peer support, which is an important component of recovery from mental illness for many people. For more information, contact Matt by phone at (970) 274-4380 or send an e-mail to Heather at gypsysoul68@yahoo.com.

Tom and Karen Cochran will be performing from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the upper lobby of Valley View Hospital. The public is invited to enjoy their acoustic Celtic blends of instrument and song. Lunch will be available.

The Garfield County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Buffalo Valley Inn in Glenwood Springs. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer.Call 984-2595 or 618-6968 for tickets. More information at http://www.garfieldgop.org.



Childrens Mini College, which has provided preschool education to hundreds of Glenwood Springs children over the past 30 years, is hosting its annual Chocolate Extravaganza from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the CMC Glenwood Campus Senior Center.The annual event features dessert, a drawing for an Aspen getaway, and a silent auction featuring more than 100 items. Funds raised will help the Mini College continue to provide local children with enriching, affordable preschool programs. Businesses from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley have donated items including this years grand prize of an Aspen weekend getaway for two including lodging at the Little Nell, dinner at the St. Regis Hotel, and two ski passes. The auction items include multiple golf packages, private catered dinners for four, original artwork, numerous gift certificates and many other items.The CMC Glenwood Campus Senior Center is located at 1402 Blake Ave.

A Sweetheart Ball will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Carbondale Fire Headquarters, 301 Meadowood Road in Carbondale. The event is a fundraiser to help send Kasie Burtard to India on a Trip of Hope.The evenings festivities include music by Heart of the Rockies, food by Big Mama Catering and local chefs, and a silent auction. Advanced tickets can be obtained at Aspen/Sothebys International Realty, Carbondale Fire Headquarters, The American Legion Auxiliary, Big Mamas Catering, Claddaugh Irish Pub, The Pour House and Sounds Easy.To make a donation or donate an item to the silent auction, please call Aspen/Sothebys International Realty at 963-5177.



The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) will host an orientation meeting for anyone interested in helping with several upcoming projects. The session will also serve as an orientation/interview session for volunteers interested in serving on the area Wildlife Rescue Team. The orientation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Rifle Fire District Conference Room C, 1850 Railroad Ave. The Wildlife Rescue Team assists the DOW by responding to calls regarding orphaned and injured wildlife. The animals are transported to wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, or to the local DOW office. Capture and transport equipment and training are provided, but volunteers must have a dependable vehicle. Volunteers can also learn about habitat enhancement projects, animal trap-and-transplant operations and other upcoming wildlife activities where help is needed.Please RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 5, to confirm your attendance or to get more information regarding these or other volunteer opportunities. Contact Linda Edwards, DOW volunteer coordinator at (970) 255-6145, linda.edwards@state.co.us.

A three-week nutrition program will be held March 19, 26 and May 2 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Topics to be covered include the new food guide pyramid, reading food labels, creating healthy snacks, nutrient information and a cooking demonstration and taste testing. For more information, contact 970-384-6312 or http://www.glenwoodrec.com.

Mountain Family Health Centers will be conducting free health screenings throughout the region in February. Screenings are open to the public and anyone may attend. No appointment is 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 locations:Glenwood Springs:12:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 Glenwood Springs Mall, 51027 US Highway 6 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 Glenwood Springs Library, 413 Ninth St.1-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 Mountain Family Health Center, 1905 Blake Ave., Suite 1019 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 Glenwood Springs Health Department (WIC Office), 2014 Blake Ave. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 Mountain Family Health Center, 1905 Blake Ave., Suite 101Rifle:9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 Rifle Public Health Department (WIC), 195 W. 14th St.9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 Rifle City Market, 1320 Railroad Ave.9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 Rifle Public Health Department (WIC), 195 W. 14th St.1-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 Rifle Public Library, 107 E. Second St.Carbondale:3:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 Gordon Cooper Library, 76 South Fourth St. 2-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 La Perla, 1018 Highway 133 Please contact Sharla Gallegos, Outreach Coordinator of MFHC, for additional information: 970-618-3159.


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