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Community news & notes

The last weekend to see the Defiance Community Players performance of Disneys High School Musical, will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21; 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Nov. 22; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Advance ticket outlets in Glenwood Springs are Mountain Valley Textiles & Gifts and the Glenwood Chamber Office. Credit cards sales will be taken at the door, or call 945-2174.

To give staff members the opportunity to attend services for Emily Johnson on Friday, Coal Ridge High School canceled Fridays November social.

Jerry Gasau, classical guitarist, will play eclectic music from 6:30-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21 at Atmosphere Restaurant, 817 Grand Ave., for Eric the Chefs last night at the French bistro.For more information, call 945-6644.

Target is hosting a special event for seniors and guests with disabilities from 8-10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2. The store will offer personal holiday shopping assistance, free refreshments, gift wrapping and a special coupon.

Writing the Sacred, a womens contemplative retreat, will be held by Colorado author Sandra Dorr at St. Benedicts Monastery, Snowmass, January 1-4. The retreat is open to all levels of writers, who will have hours to write alone and together, join in women’s yoga, meditations or vespers, and hear both ancient and modern literature. For more information about the retreat and five available scholarships, call (970) 257-1498, e-mail, or see To register, contact Carol DiMarcello, St. Benedicts, at or (970) 927-9376. The scholarship deadline is Nov. 25; registration deadline is Dec. 1.

Medicare D Open Enrollment has begun and will continue through Dec. 31. Check coverage and costs before Dec. 15 to be ready to use the prescription plan Jan. 1. High Country RSVP is offering individual counseling by trained volunteers. Please call 384-8744 and leave contact numbers and town of residence. There are a very limited number of volunteers this year, so please have patience. A call back will be made as soon as possible.

Symphony in the Valley will take A Tour of Europe with a program of exciting classical music by eight European composers.The two concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Glenwood Springs High School; and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Grand Valley High School in Parachute. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Music students will be admitted free.The concert samples music from England, Finland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, offering a wide variety of musical styles.Symphony in the Valley is a volunteer community orchestra based in Glenwood Springs. For more information on the upcoming concerts, visit

Majid Kahhak will paint live from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5, (First Friday), at Kahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St., Carbondale. The painting will be an early winter landscape. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please call 704-0622 for more information.

Seven homes in Rifle are getting ready for Christmas Homes on Parade. The homes are located in Rifle Creek Estates, North Homestead, North Pastures, Highlands East, Homestead and Old Rifle. Everyone is busy decorating trees and preparing to welcome guests into their homes Dec. 7. Tickets are available at Whimsical Wagon in Silt, Karylett’s Country Store and Mary’s Wondrous Things in Rifle. For more information, please contact Karen Rhoades at 625-5473 or Gail Loughry at 625-5622. Preceptor Beta Kappa hosts this tour and our funds go back into the community for those in need.

The Garfield County Human Services Commission has openings for human service representatives.Positions are open for individuals to represent specific areas as a liaison to the Human Services Commission and for information sharing. One position each is open for a representative from the following areas: Public Safety, Minority Services, Employment Services, School District 16 and School District Re-2.Meetings are held each second Wednesday of the month alternating between Rifle and Glenwood Springs. For an application, contact Jane McCollor at 945-4752 or Applications are due Dec. 9.

The Grand Valley Model Railroad Club Christmas Train Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays Dec. 13, 20, 27 and Jan. 3; and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays Dec. 14, 21, 28 and Jan. 4.The model railroad show will take place at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road in Grand Junction. The display depicts the Rio Grande Railroad as it traveled from Denver to Salt Lake City with special emphasis on the railroads in the mountains of the Western Slope.For more information, call (970) 245-3273.

Loving Tree, an annual valley-wide event, will take place at locations from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, benefiting the new Hospice of the Valley. Make a contribution to Hospice of the Valley and receive a beautiful handmade ornament to place on the tree at one of the event locations, in memory of your special loved one. Events are held simultaneously throughout the valley Dec. 9, each hosted by a board member of Hospice of the Valley: 5:30 p.m., Aspen, The Little Nell, hosted by Kris Marsh 4:30 p.m. Snowmass Village, The Silvertree Hotel, hosted by Sue Smedstad 5:30 p.m. Basalt, Roaring Fork Club, hosted by Jean Moore 5:30 p.m. Carbondale, Fire House, hosted by Denise Jurgens 5:30 p.m. Glenwood Springs, The Hotel Colorado, hosted by Pam Szedelyi Hospice of the Valley will offer comprehensive in-home services to people from Aspen to Rifle. The emerging independent nonprofit organization will be in the Aspen Basalt Health Care Center located at 234 Cody Lane in Basalt. Hospice of the Valley will have a full compliment of professional staff and a large member of volunteers who will provide exceptional services to patients and their families. For more information, contact Arna at 544-7371, Donations are being accepted by AVMF for Hospice of the Valley, and can be sent to: AVMF/Hospice, PO Box 1639, Aspen, CO 81612.

Four local stand-up comedians plan to warm hearts and bodies at the first Comedy for Coats benefit at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale. Free admission in exchange for the donation of a warm, clean winter coat. For those who don’t have a coat to donate but want to enjoy a night of local laughter, a small fee will gain entry to the evening’s performances. The lineup includes talented locals Beth Brandon, Stacy Feinberg, Bob Richmond and Mark Thomas. Mark, Beth and Bob are all veterans of the now-defunct Laugh Your Aspen Off comedy troupe. Tickets for the Comedy for Coats event are available in advance at Sounds Easy Video in Carbondale, or at the door the night of the show. Seating is limited to approximately 55 people, so attendees are encouraged to arrive no later than 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.Steve’s Guitars is located on Fourth Street just off Main Street in Carbondale.Collected coats will be distributed through one or more local charitable organizations who assist men, women and children in need in the Roaring Fork Valley.

This years Turkey Day 5K race is set for Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 27) at 10 a.m. at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course. Registration begins at 9 a.m.Registration for the race includes a scenic race course, a post-race party, friend and community camaraderie and metabolism. Proceeds benefit the Carbondale Community School.Pre-registration is encouraged by visiting the school or calling Karen or Jim at 945-2026.

Questions associated with skiing injuries will be answered In the first educational lecture at Eagle County Barbell. At the end of the lecture, participants will understand why injuries occur, pitfalls in common ski conditioning, and how to prevent injuries. Skiing is about controlling momentum and inertia: are you sure youre ready?Pete Holman: M.S.P.T., C.S.C.S, a licensed physical therapist, strength coach and three-time US National TaeKwon-DO champion, will conduct the lecture.For more information, call 920-4151.

Roaring Fork Conservancy invites all photographers to enter the 2008 Roaring Fork Watershed Photography Competition. Categories include an amateur category and a professional photographer. Organizers are looking for striking digital images of the rivers, streams, wetlands people of the Roaring Fork Watershed, which includes the Fryingpan, Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers, as well as their tributaries. Deadline for entries is Dec. 31. For more information and contest rules, visit

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