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Families Anonymous, a twelve-step, self-help support group for parents, grandparents, relatives and friends who are concerned about and affected by the substance abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one meet at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the lower level boardroom in Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.No dues or fees are required, and advanced notice is not necessary to attend a meeting. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 379-9098.

The Bald Eagle family of the Cheyenne River Reservation in Rapid City, South Dakota need help. The breadwinner was laid off and they have nothing for utilities or Christmas toys. The familys children include sons aged 6, 8, 10, 17, 18 and 19. The fundraising effort is accepting jeans, shirts, fleece, jackets warm clothing and cash to pay for utilities.The Bald Eagle family performed traditional drumming at True Nature and KDNK this summer.Please respond by Dec. 20 by dropping off items at The Corner gourmet at Eighth and Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Locals Bob (927-9903) and Darla (963-5555) will deliver the items and donations before the Christmas holiday.

Drop off donations for CARE, Operation Vacation and LIFT-UP and other local food banks at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 2014 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. The Post Independent will distribute the items to the appropriate agency.



Join the American Legion in celebrating the holiday season at the holiday dinner dance starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the American Legion Hall, 97 N. Third Street in Carbondale.For more information, call JoEllen Maynard at 945-0604.

Frying Pan Anglers is offering a Fly Tying Class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, and a free Entomology class at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Participants will go to the river and identify bugs and relate fly tying materials to actual bugs. Sign up at Frying Pan Anglers in downtown Basalt or call 927-3441.



The 11th annual Ice Fishing Tournament-Rifle Gap State Park will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17th and 18th.The fishing begins at 8 a.m. The event is free to children 17 and younger. Fees will apply to adults.Each participant must complete and sign a registration form and read the 2009 official rules and regulations for this years Ice Fishing Tournament. Go to http://www.riflechamber.com for more information or call (970) 625-2085 ext. 4.

The Glenwood Elks Lodge #2286, located in West Glenwood, is hosting its 23rd annual Memorial Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. All elderly, disabled and those in need of a nice hot meal and a friendly face are invited to join the Elks for turkey, ham, stuffing and other trimmings.For more information, please call Pam Regan at 274-1575.

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.

The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation is inviting the community to a larger Celebration of Giving this year at 5 p.m. Dec. 17, at the Grand Ballroom in the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. Please note we are asking attendees to bring non-perishable food items, diapers, and new unwrapped toys, which will be distributed to local nonprofits. RSVP to info@avmfaspen.org.

If you have been a good little boy or girl, let Santa know what you would like for Christmas. Write a letter or draw a picture and address it to Santa at the North Pole. Drop it off at either Santas mailbox in front of City Market, or at the Recreation Center from now to Dec. 20. The letters will then be delivered to Santa at the North Pole. Make sure to sign your name and address, so Santa can write back. Calling all kids 7-12 years! Come to the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Climbing will be offered from 5-7 p.m., pizza and drinks in the activity room with climbing specific DVDs afterward. Bring your preschooler (ages 1-6 years) to a catered lunch and enjoy a visit from Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. Call the CRCC at 704-4190 for more information about any of these activities.

Roaring Fork Conservancys Morning Snowshoeing at James H. Smith Northstar Open Space will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 8.Bring your own snowshoes or use a provided pair. James H. Smith Northstar Open Space boasts lush wetlands, snowy fields, and a critical migration corridor for deer and elk to move across the valley. This event is part of Roaring Fork Conservancys 2009 Watershed Explorations and is sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails, the Roaring Fork Club, and Roaring Fork Conservancy. Space is limited. Please register online at http://www.roaringfork.org/events. For more information, call 927-1290.

Tune into KAJX at noon Saturday, Dec. 13th to listen to Germaine Dietsch, Spellbinder’s Founder, share stories and discuss ideas for enriching your holidays through story sharing. Germaine, and other Aspen Community members, are being featured on Cross Currents, Aspen Public Radio’s new locally-produced public/cultural affairs program.


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