Community Briefs

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Study Spanish in Spain
Colorado Mountain College is offering a Spanish course in – you guessed it – Spain this summer. Students will start off with a four-day orientation session in Madrid, then head to Valencia for the four-week immersion. The course runs June 17 to July 19 and the cost is $2,850 (which includes airfare). Applications are due on April 1 and scholarship money is available. For details, contact Lauren DeAre at 319-5817 or

RSVP offers tax help
High Country RSVP volunteers help seniors, the disabled and those with household incomes less than $49,000 per year file their state and federal income taxes electronically. The service is free, according to a press release. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, call 384-8740.

Get energized with CLEER and CORE
CLEER and CORE presents the workshop “Clean Energy Progress in Carbondale” at the library from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 19. “Join us to create a clean energy future for Carbondale,” said a CLEER spokesman. For details, please see the ad on page 17.

Snowshoe up
The Thompson Divide Coalition and the Western Slope Conservation Center lead a snowshoe/cross-country ski trip atop McClure Pass on March 22. The purpose is to explain the importance of winter snowpack and safe backcountry travel. The tour is free and will be led by Derrick Wyle of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Phil Volckhausen of West Elk Mountain Rescue. RSVPs are required. For details, e-mail

Flex your creative voice
CCAH hosts a public meeting about the Carbondale Creative Plan at the Third Street Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on March 19. Land+Shelter and DHM will facilitate the open-house session, which is meant to help the town develop the Carbondale Creative Vision. The TSC Round Room will be taken over with maps and other graphics to help participants give input on Carbondale gateways, creative zones and creating a creative industries inventory. The open house is part of Carbondale’s involvement in the state-sponsored Creative Districts program. For details, call 963-1680 or go to

Big event coming
The Carbondale Community School’s 16th annual Big Event takes place at the Carbondale Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. on March 19-20. This year’s theme is “Into Africa!” Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at CCS and the Carbondale Recreation Center. For more information, call 963-9647.

Library seeks marketing proposal
The Garfield County Library District seeks proposals for a strategic vision and marketing plan to promote its library services. “The district is seeking to develop its brand identity and marketing capabilities to increase visibility and recognition of library services and programs in each of the six communities served throughout the district,” said a press release. Proposals are due by March 28 at 5 p.m. For more information, go to

Drive that blood
Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs holds its monthly blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Third Tuesday of the month. For details, call 384-6657.