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Read to a child

Local volunteers are needed to “do lunch” with second-graders to help emphasize the importance of reading in daily life. Mentor volunteers bring a sack lunch or pick up a school lunch and read with an elementary school student from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. one day a week at Carbondale Elementary School. Information and to volunteer: Kim Hamilton, 704-1915, or

Brown Bag lunch

Every Wednesday in October parents are invited for a series of Brown Bag lunches at noon at Growing Years Preschool at St. Peter’s Church, 200 Elk Run Drive in Basalt, with informal discussion on a variety of parenting topics, facilitated by Redirecting Children’s Behavior of the Roaring Fork Valley. This week’s topic is “Power Struggles,” a discussion about how to minimize the power struggles in the home. Information: Charla Belinski, 927-9094.

Masons meet

The Glenwood Springs Masons will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Glenwood Masonic Lodge.

Free natural health seminar

Free natural health seminar on natural approaches to treating disease and weight management featuring Ricki McKenna, licensed nutritionist, from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Mid-Valley Wellness Center, 24451 Highway 82, Basalt. Information: 927-3701.

Two Rivers MOPS meets

The Two Rivers MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet from 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Mountain View Church (next to Buffalo Valley). Ronda Knuth will speak on “Weathering Life’s Storms.” Child care provided from infant to 5 years old.

Tickets going fast

Tickets for the annual Frontier Historical Society and Museum Ghost Walk in Linwood Cemetery are selling fast. Tours are Fridays-Sundays, Oct. 17-19 and 24-26, at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 and 8 p.m. on Sundays. $10 for society members and $15 for nonmembers, available at the museum and Through the Looking Glass bookstore. Information: 945-4448.

Play poker

Poker players and poker students are invited to play poker for fun. All ages and playing levels welcome. Katie Kitchen will teach the game at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Crystal Meadows Senior Housing, 1230 Hendrick Drive in Carbondale. Information: 704-1572.

MOPS Harvest Luncheon

The annual Mothers of Preschoolers Harvest Luncheon at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. $6, includes a bowl of chili or soup, salad, a drink and a piece of homemade pie. Whole pies, as well as craft items, will also be for sale. Proceeds benefit Sopris Mops, a nonprofit group supporting local moms. “To go” orders will be available, as will the pies. Children under 3 eat free.

Halloween at the Caverns

Halloween is happening at Glenwood Caverns. Oct. 24-30, tour the Caverns by lantern every day from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31, show up in costume from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and ride the Iron Mountain Tramway for free. At the top, follow the Trick-or-Treat Trail for tricks and treats, and continue to the Witch’s Cavern for lots of goodies and Halloween fun. Stay for dinner at Exclamation Point Restaurant. Information: Glenwood Caverns, 945-4228.

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