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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is hosting a pet adoption day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Petco in Glenwood Springs.For more information about ARF and the dogs and cats available for adoption, visit or call 310-0155.

A fundraiser for longtime local Paul Russell, who suffered a debilitating auto accident last week, will be hosted at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Rivers Restaurant. Entertainment will be provided by The Frustrations from 7-11 p.m.Paul Russell is currently in the critical care unit at St. Marys Hospital. Funds are being raised to assist with the medical care associated with his injuries. Donations can be made at any U.S. Bank location to the Paul Russell Benefit Fund.For more information, call Rivers at 928-8813.

Nancy Reinisch, author of Chemosabee: A Triathletes Journey Through the First Year of Breast Cancer, will be signing copies of her book from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the upper lobby of Valley View Hospital.Nancy will introduce the book, read excerpts and show a few slides. Tours of the Cancer Center and information on cancer support groups will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Snowmass Village Recreation Centers programs including volleyball, futsal league and indoor cricket, call Woodsie at 922-2240.

Meet Husband-Head and Heidi Rice at a book signing of her new book, Skully Says SHUT IT! Life, love and laughter with Husband-Head from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Sanborn Studio, 110 E. Third St. in Rifle. Hard and soft copies of the book will be available for sale.

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Enjoy the magic of a small town Christmas celebration with holiday decorations, caroling, Santa and his reindeer, refreshments and holiday shopping at A Grand Holiday, presented by the Downtown Business Association and Glenwoods Downtown Market. The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 6, in downtown Glenwood Springs at Centennial Park. Santa and three reindeer will make a pre-Christmas appearance at the event, and kids can enjoy free reindeer cart rides and the opportunity to visit with Santa. Participants may warm up by the fire, roast marshmallows and make smores. The Mountain Harmony carolers will sing in the park before their traditional stroll through downtown, entertaining shoppers and diners. Grand Avenue will be festooned with holiday window displays, and the winner of the 2008 Window Display contest will be announced at the event.Many of the downtown businesses will be hosting open houses that evening with in-store specials, refreshments and appetizers.

It is not too late to protect against flu. Garfield County Public Health will be providing flu shots from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at two locations:Glenwood Springs Mall, 51027 Highway 6; and Rifle Health and Human Services Building, 195 W. 14th St. For more information, please call the Public Health Department in Rifle at 625-5200 or Glenwood Springs at 945-6614.

A free Duct Blaster and Blower Door Testing course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4; and a free Advanced HVAQC Design and Sizing course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Blake Street CMC facility in Glenwood Springs.Please RSVP to Lauren Martindale, Energy Star program manager, at 319-3939 or e-mail

Sponsored by the WIN Institute in Basalt, Valley Wellness Center in Glenwood Springs, The Lodge at Rivers Edge in Basalt and Glenwood Springs Recreation Department, the 2009 Glenwood Springs Community Wellness Challenge is a four-month wellness event which challenges participants to focus on your mind, body and spirit.The event is scheduled from Jan. 1 to April 30 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Registration deadline is Dec. 22. A healthy potluck and awards ceremony will be held May 9.Free seminars and prizes are included in the challenge. For more information, go to or call 384-6301.

Thunder River Theatre Company will present On Golden Pond, by Ernest Thompson, Dec. 4-6, 12-14 and 18-20. Tickets are available online at For more information, call 963-8200.

During Thanksgiving week, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26; closed Thanksgiving Day; and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-30. For more information, call 945-4228 or (800) 530-1635, ext. 111, or visit

The Mountain Madrigal Singers will perform Songs of Hope, its 28th annual Christmas Concert, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12; Sunday, Dec. 14; and Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs.The performances are free; however donations are welcome. Free child care will be provided.The program will be a blend of traditional and contemporary songs, some classical and some light.

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