Community Briefs: Rifle Seventh Day Adventist Church to host free vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner
Food drive at Ladybug Express
Ladybug Express at 133 W. Third St. is conducting a food drive from now until Dec. 10. Customers can bring in five cans and get 5 percent off a flower arrangement, or bring in 10 cans and get 10 percent off the flowers. The canned items will be donated to the LIFT-UP food bank in Rifle.
Ladybug Express also is one of the pick-up and drop-off sites for the Angel Tree program, which helps provide gifts to families at need. The program runs until Dec. 7. Anyone interested in participating in the food drive or making a donation to the Angel Tree program should call the store, 970-665-9243, before stopping by.
Rifle Sears store participates in holiday campaign
With the holiday season right around the corner, the Rifle Sears Hometown Store is joining more than 1,200 Sears locations nationwide in supporting the 2015 Sears Hometown and Outlet Store, Inc. holiday campaign with Make-A-Wish to help more children with life threatening medical conditions experience the powerful,. and often life changing impact of a fulfilled wish.
Through Dec. 31, customers are invited to make incremental donations of $2, $5 or $10 in support of the campaign. The Rifle store, which is located at 1900 Airport Road, also will offer the following fundraising promotions:
Donate now, save later with award cards — Customers who donate $5 to Make-A-Wish Nov. 19-22 or Dec. 10-13, will receive a $10 award card to be used toward a future purchase; valid Dec. 3-9 or Dec. 26-31.
Wednesday, Nov. 25, is wish Wednesday — Customers are encouraged to donate $5 to Make-A-Wish in order to take advantage of the location’s Thanksgiving door-busters and Black Friday deals early (5-8 p.m.).
A very merry Santa sale — Customers who donate $5 to Make-A-Wish will receive an extra 10 percent off everything storewide; valid Dec. 17-24.
Through the Season of Wishes holiday campaign; Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. will donate 100percent of customer donations who Make-A-Wish. For more information visit wish.org.
Medicare open enrollment
Medicare open enrollment is here. Until Dec. 7, people can compare Medicare benefits for the next year and change their prescription drug plan, Medicare D, or Medicare Advantage Plan. Trained counselors from High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) are available to help with free, unbiased assistance. Call High Country RSVP at 970-384-8744 and a volunteer will call to schedule an appointment.
Symphony in the Valley seeks members
Symphony in the Valley is a volunteer organization comprising local musicians making music for the communities here in the valley. Musicians of all ages who play an orchestra instrument are invited to join. High school students are welcome with a teacher’s recommendation. Visit the Contact Us page at sitv.org for ways to reach us. The symphony will be meeting on Wednesday for fall practice.
Libraries closing for Thanksgiving Holiday
The Rifle, New Castle and Carbondale branch libraries will be closing early at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Then, all six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27. The libraries will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.
MFHC honored as one of 25 Best Companies to Work For in Colorado
Mountain Family Health Centers was honored as one of 25 Best Companies to Work For in Colorado at the 10th annual Best Companies to Work For luncheon at the Westin Westminster. The award is sponsored by the Colorado Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). MFHC was in the top 10 of mid-sized companies in the state.
Glenwood High graduates searching for classmates for 50-year reunion
The Glenwood Springs High School class of 1965 will hold its 50-year class reunion Sept. 16-17, 2016.
Organizers are searching for the following classmates: Jean (Moore) Albro, Karen (Smith) Barnes, James Collier, Jim Crook, Edward Harvey “Skip” Davis, Howard Halsey, Wilbur Harrington, John Juaregui, Matthew Kapushion, Ralph Kraig, Roger Laurence, John LeCavalier, Mike McGinnis, Ken McGuire, Dale Mecham, Aaron Mitchell, George Motichka, Patty (Coryell) Ogan, Duane Palmer, Charles Prellwitz, Vicky Price, Kathy (Juaregui) Rendon, Margaret Scholz, Martie Sebastian, Tom Selhime, Jack Stortz, Gloria (Godeski) Strouse, Frederick Thompson (formerly Rick Bianco), Sharon (Yoder) Trauger, Sam Weimer and Bob West.
If you are one of these missing classmates, or have information that might help locate them, please email your contact information to Linda (Tekoucich) Fromm at: firstname.lastname@example.org; direct a personal message to Linda on Facebook; or call Dixie (Strode) McClenahan at 360-797-1622. Please include your maiden name with your contact information if you are married.
Mind Springs Health receives 2015 Gold Leaf Award
After garnering Silver Leaf Awards last year in its first year of competition, Mind Springs Health received top honors for its 2015 Community Benefits & Annual Report at the Colorado Health Communicators Gold Leaf Awards event held Oct. 29 in Denver. Hosted annually since the 1970s, the Gold Leaf Awards is Colorado’s only competition and awards ceremony dedicated exclusively to health care communications. Recipients of the prestigious Gold Leaf Awards are honored for displaying excellence in public relations, marketing and communications of local health care organizations and professionals.
Mind Springs Health’s 2015 Gold Leaf Award winner in the annual report category took a nontraditional approach to identify and demystify the continuum of care offered for mental health and substance abuse across its 10 Western Slope counties. Entries in this category were judged on effectiveness of communicating the organization’s accomplishments as well as on overall content, writing style, quality and design and layout.
Mind Springs Health team members involved in this project include Chriss Flynn, creative director and copywriter; Jen Moss, art director; Kym Foster, illustrator; and Liz Jeplawy, content marketing specialist. The 2015 Community Benefits & Annual Report was also one of only six projects nominated for the overall Grand Gold Leaf Award at this year’s event.
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