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Caprock student enrollment infoCaprock Academy's kindergarten open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year begins Monday, Feb. 4. Completed enrollment packets will be accepted Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the administration office. Deadline is 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Caprock Academy, a tuition-free public charter school, is located at 714 24 1/2 Road.Enrollment for first through 11th grade begins Monday, Feb. 4, and continues through Jan. 24, 2014. Info meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11, April 8, and May 6 at Caprock Academy. For more information, call 970-243-1771 or visit Nat'l Monument program presenters soughtThe Colorado National Monument Association is scheduling programs for the CNM's Spring 2013 Walks & Talks programs. The CNMA is seeking subject experts willing to volunteer their time in April and May. Programs can be hikes, lectures, or workshops on a wide variety of topics that have a connection to the monument. Past programs have covered geology, plants, wildlife, art, photography, and history of the Monument. If you have an idea for a monument-related program, hike, presentation, or partnership suggestion, contact Denise at 970-858-3617, ext. 308 or --------------------Let's talk gardensGarden Talk classes at the W. Colo. Botanical Gardens are offered monthly from noon to 1 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch.Upcoming classes include:• Orchids 101, Feb. 20• Backyard Bee Keeping, March 20• Landscaping with Lavender and General Garden Design, April 17• Aquaponics, May 15Preregistration is encouraged by contacting GJ Parks and Rec at 970-254-3866, but drop-ins are welcome. There is a $5 charge for the class with a portion of the proceeds going to the botanical gardens.--------------------Guest speaker on Waldorf curriculumJuniper Ridge Community School, a tuition-free, art- and nature-based charter school opening in GJ in fall 2013, is hosting a guest speaker, Rainbow Rosenbloom, a national Waldorf consultant.The event is 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the old Riverside School building (Dual Immersion Academy), 552 W. Main St. Rosenbloom will be speaking about the Waldorf curriculum and how it can benefit children. For more information, call 970-639-0884 or visit homeowners have recently reported being contacted in their homes by salespeople asking to sample and test their water.Neither the City of Grand Junction Water, Ute Water Conservancy District, nor Clifton Water District are doing any water testing of this nature. This is simply a company that would like to sell some type of product to customers, and is not sponsored or endorsed in any manner by any of the area water providers. If contacted by someone coming door to door, always ask for identification. Employees of any of the three area water providers would be using an official company vehicle and would be wearing company clothing or have a picture ID to identify themselves as an employee. --------------------Free medical clinicThe Good Samaritan Clinic will be seeing patients 10 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2470 Patterson Road.Good Sam is a free medical clinic which operates with volunteer medical staff. Patients are not required to qualify financially in order to be seen. The clinic runs solely on donations and is a mission of the Downtown Vineyard Church.The clinic offers: Basic medical care, basic labs, free flu shots, chiropractic care, physical therapy services, mental health care, and a diabetic specialists.For more information, visit't let your pipes freezeThe City of Grand Junction, Ute Water, and Clifton Water have all had an increase in calls from customers regarding water problems related to the prolonged cold snap. Here are some suggestions for keeping your water service operating in the cold: • Close garage doors. Many homeowners leave garage doors open slightly for pets, but in this cold weather, you should keep pets indoors as well. • Open the cabinet doors below sinks to let heated air from the room into that space, especially if water pipes are in outside walls. • Allow a reduced stream of water to flow through faucets, particularly faucets on exterior walls.• Make sure that all heated areas, zones and plumbing are working properly. • Install heat tape and insulation around exposed plumbing. • Mark your main shut-off valve. Knowing where this valve is located could save your home from costly damage due to a broken waterline. • Customers should not forcefully heat their waterlines, like with a torch. Allow the lines to thaw naturally or by applying moderate heat, like a space heater.

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