Garfield County Council on Aging is seeking nominations for awards to be presented to seniors, individuals, businesses, agencies or organizations for their outstanding contributions and positive impact on seniors in our community. Nominations may be made in two award categories: Senior Citizen of the Year and Friend of the Seniors. Nominations are due Thursday, March 15.To request a nomination form, contact Judy Martin at 945-9191, ext. 3061, or Jumartin@garfield-county.com. Nomination forms are also online at Garfield-county.com under the "Council on Aging Awards" link.
The Denver Zoo is offering a $15 day trip from Rifle to the zoo and back on Saturday, April 28. The registration deadline is March 28.Participants will ride a charter bus to and from Denver and enjoy a day at the zoo. The price includes the bus ride, zoo admission, T-shirt and meal voucher. The trip is sponsored by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.Visitors can explore the zoo at their leisure, and they'll get a voucher to feed the lorikeets at Lorikeets Adventure and an exclusive animal presentation, including a chance to meet some of the zoo's education animals up close.The bus departs the Colorado Mountain College Rifle campus at 6:45 a.m. and will return to Rifle around 8:30 p.m. The trip is limited to those ages 6 and older. Space is limited to the 53 seats on the bus, and registration is on a first come basis.To register or for more information, contact Tara Padula at Outreach@denverzoo.org or call (720) 337-1482.
Graduates of public high schools in areas served by Alpine Bank who are seeking a business-related college degree at a college or university in Colorado are invited to apply for this $1,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Scholarships are awarded on basis of financial need. Applications must be postmarked by March 30. Download the form from the Western Colorado Community Foundation website, http://wc-cf.org/criteria.htm.
For the fifth time since the start of the economic downturn, El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs is distributing emergency funds to nonprofit organizations helping those who continue to struggle meeting basic needs. More than 150 nonprofit organizations that focus on direct human service support in Colorado will receive grants totaling $1 million over the next month, including three in the Garfield County. LIFT-UP and Mountain Family Health Centers will each receive $5,000, and Catholic Charities Western Slope Office will receive $3,000.