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Mountain Family Health Centers will conduct free health screenings throughout the region in February. They are open to the public and anyone may attend. Free screening includes cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index, and a heart disease risk assessment. Fasting is Ideal, but not required, and no appointment is necessary. Area businesses may arrange for free screenings at the workplace. Contact Sharla Gallegos at 618-3159 for more information. Screenings will be offered at the following locations and times:Aspen: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, Aspen Community Health Services, 0405 Castle Creek Rd. Suite 6 (across the street from Aspen Valley Hospital)Carbondale: 2-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 La Perla, 1018 Hwy. 133; 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 Gordon Cooper Library, 76 S. Fourth St. Glenwood Springs: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 Glenwood Springs Library, 413 Ninth St.; noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 Glenwood Springs Mall, 51027 US Hwy. 6; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 Mountain Family Health Center, 1905 Blake Ave., Suite 101; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 Glenwood Springs Health Department (WIC Office), 2014 Blake ARifle: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 Rifle Public Health Department (WIC), 195 W.14th St.; 2:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 Rifle Public Library, 107 E. Second St.; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 Rifle Public Health Department (WIC).

A benefit account has been set up at local Alpine Banks for the family of Emily Ann Johnson, a Coal Ridge High School junior, who was recently killed in a an ATV accident. Emily was born and raised in this area, and was a very vivacious, outgoing, and caring young woman, who in her short life had touched the lives of so many. Her parents and sister reside in Silt, and are now facing large medical bills incurred while Emily was in critical care. Their insurance coverage was not 100 percent.For more information, call Jane at 618-8914.

Angus Graham and Leslie Benson of Studio for Arts and Works in Carbondale are hosting an opening reception at SAW from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 6 First Friday. The exhibition runs from Feb. 6 through March 4.For more information, contact Angus at 207-329-1317 or Leslie Benson at 618-6437.

The Sustainable Living Series returns with organic gardening and residential energy savings sessions, as well as new classes in green building, solar photovoltaic systems and how to support the local clean energy economy.Dan Richardson, a senior consultant in clean energy solutions for Schmueser Gordon Meyer, will present Investing in a Clean Energy Economy at 6-9 p.m. Feb. 5 at the CMC Glenwood Center on Blake Avenue; and then again March 12 at the CMC Lappala Center in Carbondale. Introduction to Green Building, taught by Carbondale architect Donna Riley, will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Lappala Center. Learn how to incorporate green building aspects into remodeling projects and new home construction.Residential Energy Savings will be taught by professional energy auditors Eileen Wysocki and Craig Tate from Holy Cross Energy at 7-9 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Lappala Center. Learn how best to save money on energy bills and track home energy use. Solar technician Chris Ellis will present Introduction to Photovoltaics at 6-9 p.m. April 9 at the Glenwood Center. Green living consultant Lynn Ruoff will teach Planning an Organic Garden, to be held from 6-9 p.m. April 27 at the Glenwood Center; followed by Hands-On Organic Gardening 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at a garden in Carbondale. The workshops are designed for people who have an interest in green living and want to learn more. To register, call 945-7486 or 963-2172.

Lilly’s Finer Consignor and many local ladies have generously come together to hold Dress For Success from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7 at the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church in Rifle. This event will be held to assist working women in Garfield County find quality clothing to wear to work, and for them to look and feel successful. All clothing, shoes and apparel are free. donations are still being accepted. Please call Lori at 876-2970 for directions or donations.

The New Castle Chamber is getting a jump start on planning for the Burning Mountain Festival with an organizational meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Pattis Coffee House in downtown New Castle. The Chamber is open to new ideas, input and new energy. Be a part of the process. Coffee and drinks provided.The state of the New Castle Chamber and other plans for 2009 are also on the agenda

Put on your Mardi Gras costume and head to the Red Brick Recreation Center from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23 to celebrate. Plenty of masks, beads and climbing games will make for a festive evening. Call 970-920-5140 for more information.

The Vagina Monologues will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 12-14 at the CMC Spring Valley Campus New Space Theatre. Mature subject and language.For tickets, call 947-8252. Proceeds from the production will benefit the Advocate Safehouse Project, Childhelp River Bridge Center, V-day Spotlight Campaign, and women in the Dominican Republic of Congo.

Dr. Jay Heim and Dr. Corey Johnson are participating in the nationwide Give Kids A Smile donated dental services day Feb. 6. The dentists will be seeing kids from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.For more information, call 945-9119.

Death Star! A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the next topic for the free Physics Caf at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, tells the story of the universe, with Luigi Stella from the Astronomical Observatory of Rome and Anna Watts from the Astronomical Institute at the University of Amsterdam.Physics Cafs are designed for middle/high school students and adults. Visit the website at for more information, or call 970-300-4784.

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