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A new program, LIFESTEPS, offered by Glenwood Medical Associates helps you emphasize what you are doing right to help lose weight.The LIFESTEPS Weight Management Program teaches small groups of adults to successfully take gradual steps toward changing their eating and physical activity behaviors. Participants learn about nutrient needs, portion sizes, the benefits of moderate physical activity, and how to manage high-risk eating situations. The leader, a trained health professional, assists the participants in designing eating and physical activity plans they can live with. In addition to the weekly group sessions, each participant receives a workbook and other materials.The program is designed for individuals who are committed to taking positive steps toward better health and weight management based on sound nutrition principles.For more information on the LIFESTEPS Weight Management Program at GMA, contact Jeanne Luetke at 309-0784. An orientation session for the next class will be held at GMA at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29, and again at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5. Classes start Jan. 12.

Tom Bentons art studio opening, from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, will support the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by donating a portion of proceeds from the art studios opening to the organization.Original Aspen wall posters, local campaign posters, political posters, fine silkscreen prints and vintage ski posters will be on sale, as well as Hunter Thompson for Sheriff posters.For more information, call 970-932-8522.

JVA Consulting has been awarded a continuation grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services compassion Capital Fund to provide monetary grants, training and technical assistance to grassroots faith-based and community organizations across Colorado which serve baby boomers and older adults.JVA is now accepting applications for the Colorado Compassion Initiative (CCI) funding cycle of Feb. 20 through Sept. 30. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 30.To find out more about the CCI grants, how to register for a Jan. 7 or Jan. 8 pre-application workshop (mandatory for new applicants) and to download documents, go to

The first free lecture in the free Maggie and Nick DeWolf lecture series at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen will be Biophysics: Nature’s Exquisite Nanomachines: The Dynamic and Varied City Plan of Living Cells, by James A. Spudich of Stanford University, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7.It was once thought a cell is a membrane-bound bag of enzymes, relatively unstructured. We now know the components of a cell are highly organized, with dozens of different kinds of molecular motors moving along filamentous highways carrying vital components to specific cellular locations. Dr. Spudich has studied how the protein motor myosin drives motility, cell division, and muscle contraction for thirty years.For more information, call 925-2585.

The opening reception for the Creamer and Sugar Invitational will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jhan. 9 at the Carbondale Clay Center. the invitational exhibition created by Kelly McKibben, Mark Harro, Alex Watson and Lauren Mabry, all current CCC resident artists. The exhibition dates are Jan. 5 through 31.The next six-week session of classes begins Monday, Jan. 5 for the session which runs to Feb. 9. Spaces are filling fast. Please call CCC office to register, 963-2529. Family Valentines drop-ins – Decorate your own Valentine Bowl, for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult helper.Finished bowls will be fired and ready for pick-up between Feb. 9th-13th.All day drop-in, no appointment necessary, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, with Sandie Gardner, CCC artist.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 4 for holiday fun. tart with a scenic ride on the Iron Mountain Tramway and enjoy panoramic views of snow-capped mountains. At the top, take a guided tour of Glenwood Caverns & Historic Fairy Caves which are always a comfortable 52 degrees inside and a ride on the Canyon Flyer, Colorados only alpine coaster. Next, make your way to the Lookout Grille for a cozy lunch by the fire, including soups served in bread bowls, chili, salads and daily specials.Call 945-4228 or 800-530-1635, ext. 111, or visit for more information.

The Independence Pass Foundation is hosting a Wild & Scenic Environmental Filmfest to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. The subjects of the nine award-winning short documentaries in the filmfest range from the nationwide bee hive crisis to climate change and from oil and water to the restoration of Owens Lake. Attendees will have the chance to win giveaways, including a pair of cross country skis and two nights at the Hotel Jerome, donated by businesses and individuals. This special event will benefit restoration and revegetation work on Independence Pass. Tickets are on sale now at the Wheeler and Ute Mountaineer.

The 2009 Naturalist Nights speaker series kicks off with Colorado’s Red Rock Canyon Country at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7 at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale. Dinner and drinks can be purchased before the free slide show, hosted by the Wilderness Workshop.The show will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.Presenter Kate Graham of the Colorado Environmental Coalition will lead a photographic journey into the beautiful sights, rich history, and current efforts to protect the red rock of Colorado’s Dominguez Canyons and Dolores River Basin. For more information, contact 963-3977.

Teens and tweens between the ages of 8 to 14 are welcome to join a free puppet workshop from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the Glenwood Springs Library. Create puppets, write skits or select scripts, and help perform a future puppet show for preschoolers. Materials will be provided.For more information, contact 945-5958.

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