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The Aspen Global Change Institute will present an open house and lecture titled “Global Warming and Aspen in the 21st Century” at 5:30 p.m. today at The Given Institute.Presentations will address the Aspen Climate Change Impacts Study, a scientific study under way to understand the consequences of global warming on Aspen. The Aspen Global Change Institute is coordinating the study, part of the city of Aspen’s Canary Initiative.Dr. Jerry Meehl, a senior climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will give a lecture on recent advances in climate modeling and understanding changes to the climate of the central Rocky Mountains. Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud will make introductory remarks on Aspen’s leadership role in tackling the issue of climate change. An informal open house is scheduled for after the lecture in the lobby, featuring information tables to summarize the draft findings and methodologies used for each of the three major components of the study: climate and snowcap projections for Aspen and the surrounding area; socioeconomic impacts of climate change on the ski industry and local economy; and ecological impacts of climate change on the Roaring Fork Valley.The event is free and open to the public. Call 925-7376 for more information.

High schools in the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District this month will offer college financial aid seminars open to the public.Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale will host a public session on college financial aid at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the high school’s presentation room. For more information, call counselor Diane Corbett at 384-5758.Basalt High School will sponsor a college financial aid workshop at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the school’s media center. Colorado Mountain College financial aid director Gary Lewis will answer questions and explain the Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms. For more information, call counselor Jill Kelly-Anson at 384-5960.Glenwood Springs High School will offer a college funding session on filling out the FAFSA forms at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the library. For more information, call counselor Bob Willey at 384-5561.

The Aspen Valley Hospital Volunteers have donated $16,400 to the hospital from the proceeds of the volunteer-run AVH gift shop.The money is earmarked for a new crib for the AVH Patient Care Unit, an infant warmer for the perinatal department, and a portable oxygen tank for the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation department. The items were selected from a list of needs the hospital prepared.In addition to the monetary contribution, AVH’s 100 active volunteers donate approximately 20,000 hours to help staff and patients each year. The volunteer organization formed in 1960 and is self-governing, with its own board of directors.Several volunteers were honored for their years of service, including Terry End, Sandy Iglehart, Sandy Israel, Sue Kendig, Lois Naft, Ferne Ross and Vince Santucci for one year of service; Heather Gosda, Goldie Knurr, Connie Nostdahl and Nancy Wall for five years; Karla Bacsanyi and Mary Mendenhall for 15 years; Donna Rowlands for 20 years; Carolyn Scheer for 25 years; Jane Kessler for 30 years; and Marian Davis for more than 40 years.

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