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Spehar visits GlenwoodGrand Junction Mayor Jim Spehar will bring his campaign for the Democratic nomination to Congress in the Third District to the Roaring Fork Valley on Thursday. The Mesa County Democrat will meet with supporters at noon in the Commissioners hearing room at Garfield Countys Courthouse Plaza, 108 8th St. in Glenwood Springs.LIFT-UP commodity distributionJanuary distribution for LIFT-UP commodity packages will take place on Friday, Jan. 16, at LIFT-UP offices throughout the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. Goods will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Carbondale (385 2nd St., 963-1778); 10 a.m. to 3 p.m in Glenwood Springs, 601 21st St. (945-2005); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in New Castle (118 N. 4th St., 948-2115); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Parachute (112 N. Fisher, 285-7903); and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rifle (covering Rifle and Silt, 1800 Railway Ave., 625-4888). Silt library temporary closureThe Silt Branch Library will be closed Friday, Jan. 16, through Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, for recarpeting. Anticipated reopening is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20.Brush up on your art skillsKahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main St., Carbondale, offers drop-in art classes from 6-9:45 pm. every Thursday. The class emphasizes individual creativity without neglecting technical proficiency. Any medium, style, or level of proficiency. Teacher Majid Kahhak has 25 years of painting/teaching experience. Information: 704-0622.Community/Contra danceGlenwood Community/Contra Dance series continues at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Masonic Lodge, corner of 9th and Colorado. This months caller is Eleanor Farley from Buena Vista, with music by The Last Minute String Band. No partner or experience required. Kids welcome. $7 per adult. Information: Don, 945-0350.Audubon field trip to EagleThe Roaring Fork Audubon Society will be heading to the Eagle Valley on Saturday, Jan. 17. Led by veteran birder Jack Merchant, bird watchers will travel up Brush Creek to view raptors, and then visit Pat Hammons residence on a high wooded ridge to see a wide variety of winter visitors at her feeding station. The group meets at 9 a.m. at the Eagle library. Information: Linda Vidal, 704-9950, or Jack Merchant, 328-6349. Archeology buffs meetThe January meeting of the Roaring Fork Chapter of Colorado State Archeology will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Presbyterian Church in Glenwood Springs (1016 Cooper). The meeting will feature the video History on the Rocks, which profiles rock art in Southeastern Colorado. Information: Larry Scarborough, 949-0288.Clay courses beginThe Carbondale Clay Centers Winter/Spring 2004 class schedule begins on Monday, Jan. 19. Classes include figure drawing and sculpture, beginning and intermediate throwing, kids and clay and pottery on the wheel. For times, dates and fees, call 963-2529 or visit Day approachesBookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts and Natural Resources Conservation Service will be holding their annual Ag Day on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St. This years meeting will focus on conservation easements, West Nile disease and the pinon Ips beetle infestation. Reservations are required by Jan. 26. Information: 945-5494, ext. 101.Glenwood Springs Aquatic Center groundbreakingThe Glenwood Springs Aquatic Center groundbreaking ceremony will take place at noon on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, at the future site of the Aquatic Center. Attendees of the ceremony will include City Council members, Lets All Pledge representatives, Two Rivers Community Foundation members and representatives from Key Construction. Refreshments will be served in the Community Center lobby afterwards. Seeking quality child care?KIDS First remains the key to finding licensed child care from Aspen to Parachute. Call 928-7111 for details.Republican lunch setGarfield County Republicans will hold their monthly luncheon at noon Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Buffalo Valley Inn in south Glenwood Springs. Garfield County Commissioner John Martin is the featured speaker. Information: Jim Larson, 945-9456, Tom Beard, 285-9740, or Dorothy Cerise, 928-8260.Learn to better serve the publicWhen the urge to do good for the community hits you, how do you react? Take part in a one-day workshop held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Carbondale branch of Colorado Mountain College, which will help you learn how to serve on a board, either public, volunteer, or nonprofit, or an elected position. The course will cover duties, responsibilities and expectations for board members, with scenarios and role playing to help understand board skills. Board applications and information will be available. $35. Information: 963-2172.Waldorf School offers Parent and Child classThe Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork (located a half mile east of Catherine Store on Old Highway 82) will offer a Parent and Child class for parents with children aged 1 to 3 years old. The class will begin on Friday, Jan. 16, and be held from 9-11 a.m. each Friday through Feb. 13. $10, including snacks and craft supplies. Spaces are limited; contact Julie Mulcahy, 963-1960.ParentZone spring classes beginYouthZone presents ParentZone, a series of classes held throughout the spring in Basalt, Glenwood, New Castle, Rifle and Parachute. Classes include Parenting with Love and Logic, Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager and Family Tyes. Visit the YouthZone Web site ( or call 945-9300 or 625-3141 for times, dates and more information.

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