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Rachel Rausch was diagnosed with stage IV lymphoma which has metastasized into her bone marrow. Rachel is currently undergoing chemotherapy and is getting ready to have her stem cells harvested to later be transplanted.Organizers are trying to help the Rausch family with a fundraiser to be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at Bumps at Buttermilk.People may also contribute to the Rachel Rausch Medical Fund at any Alpine Bank.For more information, contact Craig Chalmers at 923-0540, Susan Mouse Carollo at 923-8639 or Amity Ludlow at 923-0550.

The New Castle Branch Library will be hosting Teddy Bear Storytime at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Eva Fitzwater will be telling stories and presenting a puppet show. Kids are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring their teddy bears to share in the fun. For further information, contact the library at 984-2346.

Kathryn Senor and Elk Creek Elementary schools are hosting the annual food drive for LIFT-UP. To kick off the event on Halloween, students, faculty and staff will dress up like favorite literature characters and donate canned food items to the LIFT-UP food drive.The LIFT-UP food drive runs from Oct. 27th through Nov. 12th. Donations will be accepted in the lobbies of each school.

The Grand Valley Kiwanis will conduct its 20th annual community-wide food drive in Parachute and Battlement Mesa Saturday, Nov. 8. Collecting boxes and cans of non-perishable food items, volunteers will sweep neighborhoods throughout Parachute and Battlement Mesa, beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Each residence will be passed by only once. For homeowners, leaving donations where they can be seen from the street is strongly suggested, but collection crews will spot donations on the doorsteps of apartments. Donors should avoid super-sizes and packaging likely to be damaged by rough and repeated handling. Non-food items, while appreciated, should not be donated because of limited storage space. Suggested items for donation are all types of canned goods, cereal, dry and evaporated milk, coffee, boxed potatoes, jelly, stuffing, pancake mix, syrup, hamburger-helper, pasta, cake mixes, frosting, pie filling, cranberry sauce, gelatin and puddings.In the event the pickup is missed, donations may be left in the lobby of City Market from Saturday, Nov. 8 until Tuesday, Nov. 11th.

All six branches of the Garfield County Public Library District will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. All regular programs and storytimes will be canceled for that day. The libraries will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12th and resume normal library hours and programming.

Theres a new place to gather in Carbondale, at the Church at Carbondales Gathering Center on Snowmass Drive, offering a new facility for community events, church programs or just general socializing any day of the week. The community will have a chance to take a peak at the new 11,000 square-foot Gathering Center and the churchs new entryway at a public open house, from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. There will be refreshments, tours and music during the open house.The new Gathering Center features a large, open lodge-style area with Mt. Sopris views and a large stone gas fireplace, a performance stage, an outdoor amphitheatre and gas fire pit for outdoor gatherings, two conference rooms, a commercial kitchen, and coffee bar, Common Grounds. The open house kicks off a series of weekend events, continuing with the regular Saturday Church at Nite at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Center; and on Sunday, Nov. 2 with the regular 9 a.m. Sunday School and first service, and 10:15 a.m. Family Church and second service.Church at Carbondale is pleased to make the Gathering Center available to rent for public events and private parties, conferences, meetings and seminars, in addition to its use for the various adult and youth ministry programs offered by the church.

Patti’s Main Street Coffee House in New Castle is featuring a different artist every month. In November, the unique works of Winnie Johnson and Jacquetta Green will be on display. Meet these two local artists at the opening from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Johnson will be displaying her plaster-on-canvas and Green will be showing her oil-on-canvas art.

Ladies, you can bring friends, husbands, boyfriends, neighbors, all are invited from 6:30-8 P.M. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Les Mergelman of Cedaredge will share the thrill of the out west wagontrain tail and round up. An authentic chuckwagon dinner will be served.Bob Boylan of Carbondale will do a presentation and Bobs wife Linda will provide musical entertainment.Any questions you can call Sally at 945-2285 or e-mail Jean at pinkynjm@rof.net.

Locals are invited to thank the most noteworthy fellow citizen of 2008 through the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Associations Citizen of the Year Award. Nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award for 2008 are now being accepted. The award is intended to honor an individual who makes a substantial contribution to Glenwood Springs. All nominees should be involved in active civic participation in the areas of health or human services, education, recreation, arts or cultural improvements, economic development, or community based organizations that contribute to the quality of life in the community. Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the community and are encouraged from all clubs and organizations. Nominees will be judged in all categories on the basis of community involvement and leadership. The winning citizen of 2008 will be announced at the chambers Annual Ball and Auction scheduled for Jan. 31, 2009. Nomination forms are posted on the chamber web site at glenwoodchamber.com/citizenoftheyear and must be submitted by Dec. 12.


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