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The Congregational Church of the Valley is hosting a special service on Saturday, Sept. 11. “A Time to Remember – A Time to Pray Peace,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the church, Sixth and Home streets in Silt. The Latino Rayo-De-Luz (Lighting the Light) congregation has been invited to participate. Members of the Mountain Sounds Barbershop Chorus will add to the service. A covered dish dinner will precede the service at 6 p.m. Please call the Rev. Jim Warn at 625-4320 for more details.•••••In celebration of Literacy Awareness Month, Literacy Outreach and the Garfield County Public Libraries are sponsoring a “Why I Love to Read” contest. Enter by putting into a few words the most important thing you learned from reading. Everyone is welcome to participate, and prizes will be awarded for the best responses received from both adults and kids. Literacy Outreach, a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College, is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to combating adult illiteracy. They provide free, one-on-one tutoring services to adults with reading skills below the fourth-grade level. Since 1986, Literacy Outreach has served Garfield County by helping more than 1,200 students reach literacy goals.Share your thoughts on the most important thing you learned and let the community know the value of reading. Entries are due Sept. 22. Entry forms are available at your local library or by contacting the Literacy Outreach office at 945-5282.••••• New Castle Family Fitness continues to be a great facility and a nonintimidating environment. New fitness opportunities to try include jazz, tap and ballet classes offered by the Academy of Dance and Gymnastics on Wednesdays for children aged 3-17.Megan George, a new yoga instructor, brings seven years of teaching yoga in Boulder. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.The fitness center is still offering Pilates, Jazzercise lite, water aerobics, FitClass, circuits, kids karate, adult self-defense and clogging classes. Thirty-minute classes will get you in and out in a jiffy.Lorraine Zance offers Weight Watchers meetings on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the fitness center.Something exciting for yoga enthusiasts is a tai-yoga workshop scheduled for Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jean Welder of Lifetime Fitness will be instructing the workshop. Welder developed the workshop to combine the flowing movements of tai chi with yoga’s stretching and strengthening postures. Register by Oct. 1.Seven professional personal trainers can help you reach your health and fitness goals, and two new massage therapists offer treatments in the fitness center’s spa. Annie Stensland is taking appointments for anti-stress massage and body treatments including salt glows and body wraps. Rhonda Williams uses spontaneous muscle release technique to release tension, mobilize joints and release ligaments without discomfort. Williams also brings a pregnancy table so that she can work on mothers-to-be. Child care is now free to New Castle Family Fitness members. The fitness center is open at 5 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays for everyone wanting to workout before going to the office. Call the fitness center at 984-3200 to schedule a tour.••••• The New Castle Recreation Department offers several activities for both adults and children. For more information on any of these programs or classes, please either call the recreation department at 984-3352 or get online at, and click on “Recreation.” The After School program runs Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The cost of this program is $2/day or $30/semester.Tae kwon do classes are being offered through New Castle Rec for kids aged 3-5, 6-8, and 9-13 from Sept. 21 through Dec. 16 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.An adult self-defense class is also being offered from Oct. 2 through Nov. 6. Kay Vasilakis’ column “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call Kay at 984-2308.Kay Vasilakis’ column “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call Kay at 984-2308.

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