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March Programs At The Estes Valley Library

Marsha Yelick (center) leads financial workshops.

Library events this March include continuing financial education workshops, made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. In addition, Fridays will see a new series called Astounding Stories, and the Great Decisions discussion group will explore the issue of U.S. National Security.

Common Cents Counts in March

Free workshops held on Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Library, led by financial professional Marsha Yelick. Register at the Events Calendar at

March 5: “Retirement Savings Vehicles.” Retirement planning is for adults of all ages, not just those close to retirement age. This workshop offers strategies of saving for a comfortable transition.

March 12: “Common Investment Types”. Stocks, bonds, cash equivalents-this seminar offers insights into the complex and often confusing world of investments.

March 19: “Managing Money during Retirement.” A down-to-earth workshop for anyone who is struggling with the retirement conundrum of managing assets to last through a comfortable retirement.

Special St. Patrick’s Day “Green Money” Event

March 17: “Outsmarting Investor Fraud” at 7:00 p.m. Investor fraud can happen…and it could happen to you. This seminar exposes persuasion tactics that con artists use to defraud their victims and how investors can guard against them.

Astounding Stories: Dramatic Readings

This new series kicks off with a Colorado history theme. Librarian and local actor Kurtis Kelly serves as the reader. Admission is free. Brown bag lunch optional. Each Friday program is 45 minutes, and will be held in the Library’s Hondius Room.

March 4 at 12:15 p.m.: “Joe Mills in the Mountain of Dreams.” Enoch “Joe” Mills (brother of Enos and builder of the Crags Lodge) held a passion for the life’s adventures in early Estes Park. This reading features excerpts from his book “A Mountain Boyhood”, compiling stories first published in 1926.

March 11 at 12:15 p.m.: “Abner Sprague Trapped in Snow.” It was a sunny day in September 1896 when homesteader Sprague, his wife, and their camping party set out for a camping trip to Grand Lake and back. Before their trip was done, they would find themselves lost in a blizzard above timberline.

March 18 at 12:15 p.m.: “Doomed in the San Juans.” The grisly tale of Alfred Packer and his party lost in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains is well-known. Few authors have told this story with such intrigue as Gene Fowler in his book, “Timber Line.”

March 25 at 7:00 p.m.: “F.O. Stanley: a Life Well Lived.” Kurtis Kelly presents a living-history re-enactment of Freelan Oscar Stanley, his New England heritage, his family’s successful ventures into the photography and steam car business, and his 38 summers spent in Estes Park.

Great Decisions Discussion

This monthly discussion group, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Estes Park, meets monthly to discuss topics on the Foreign Policy Association’s “Great Decision” series. Newcomers are welcome.

March 15 at 11:30 a.m.: “U.S. National Security”. U.S. national security priorities were expanded after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to include waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, tightening border security, pursuing cyberthreats, halting nuclear proliferation and attempting to snuff out homegrown terrorism. How has the U.S. national security agenda evolved since 9/11? In what ways will this agenda shape the American way of life in the future?

For information on this or any Library event, call (970) 586-8116 or visit

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