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On Dec. 6, local nonprofits will participate in Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour period of online giving. Donations can be made at http://www.givingfirst.org. All donations received online any time on Dec. 6 will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund. Solar Energy International and the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation are participating.Donations will help support SEI’s outreach including Solar In the Schools, Native American, and Women’s programs, and to help HERA provide for scientific research grants, as well as community grants to raise awareness about the disease. On Dec. 6, SEI staff will be on-hand in Carbondale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bonfire Coffee, 433 Main St., and 3-9 p.m. at Mi Casita, 580 Main St. Secure laptop computers will be available at both locations for in-person online donations. Solar Energy International was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization to help others to use renewable energy resources and sustainable building technologies through education and technical assistance. Call 963-8855 for more information.The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation was established in 2002 by Sean Patrick of Carbondale. The mission of the foundation is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research and Awareness. More information is available at http://www.herafoundation.org.Those not in Carbondale or at a computer on Colorado Gives Day can visit http://www.givingfirst.org/solarenergy to set up a donation to post on Dec. 6.

Nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award for 2011 are now being accepted through Dec. 15. The award is intended to honor an individual (or in particular instances a married couple) who makes a substantial contribution to Glenwood Springs. As a result of the nominee’s efforts, the community receives notable benefits and becomes a better place to live and work.All nominees should be involved in active civic participation in the areas of health or human services, education, recreation, arts or cultural improvements, economic development, or community based organizations that contribute to the quality of life in the community.Nominations may be submitted by anyone in the community and are encouraged from all clubs and organizations. Nominees will be judged in all categories on the basis of community involvement and leadership. The winning citizen will be announced at the chamber’s Annual Ball scheduled for Jan. 28, 2012.Nomination forms are posted on the chamber website at glenwoodchamber.com/citizen-of-the-year-award and must be submitted by Dec. 15. For more information, call the chamber at (970) 945-6589.

The First United Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs at 824 Cooper Ave. presents The Original Christmas Tree Lane. Celebrating its third year running and now open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, as well as during special events and services through December. Come walk through magical Christmas Tree Lane featuring local nonprofit organizations. A pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Special guest Santa Claus will make an appearance so bring a wish list. Donations will be accepted during the entire event and the proceeds will go directly to the participants of Christmas Tree Lane. Call 945-6232 for questions.



The Frontier Historical Society’s 2012 calendar, Hunks & Honeys of History, is on sale now. Only $10, it is full of the beautiful people from Glenwood’s historical past. The calendar is available at the Frontier Historical Museum, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and many downtown businesses. Thank you to our sponsors: The Hotel Denver, Bank of Colorado, High Country Gems & Minerals, The Property Shop, Gran Farnum Printing, Downtown Drug, Juicy Lucy’s, Glenwood’s Downtown Market, The Book Train, Glenwood Sew, Glenwood Springs Downtown Partnership and Personality. The calendars make great stocking stuffers and holiday gifts. For more information, contact us at 945-4448 or history@rof.net.

GoToWorkshops@YourLibrary are computer development programs that teach adults basic computer and job-seeking skills necessary to acquire and maintain steady, well-paid employment. Workshops will be held at all Garfield County Libraries for both English and English as a Second Language learners. They will start in December and run through July (except in New Castle, which will start holding workshops after the new library building is open). “Computers for Beginners” and “Job Searching” workshops will be held in December, with additional topics in the coming months. Contact your local library for dates and times or visit http://www.gcpld.org for a complete calendar.



“Water Law in a Nutshell” will be held at the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. This class has filled to capacity but we will take names for a waiting list or possibly an additional class at a later date. Call 945-5494, ext. 105, for more information.

As of Dec. 1, the Colorado River District is accepting grant applications for projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. The Colorado River District includes all watersheds of the Colorado River within western Colorado, except those that drain to the San Juan River. Projects eligible for the grant program must achieve one or more of the following objectives: develop a new water supply; improve an existing system; improve instream water quality; increase water use efficiency; reduce sediment loading; implement a watershed management action; control tamarisk; or protect pre-1922 Colorado River Compact water rights. Each project will be ranked based upon its own merits in accordance with published ranking criteria. Successful grantees can receive up to a maximum of $150,000 (or approximately 25 percent of the total project cost whichever is less; in the case of smaller projects, this percentage may be slightly higher) for their project. The total amount available for the 2012 competitive grant program is $250,000. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.To access the Water Resources Grant Program application, guidelines and policies, please visit http://www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org/page_193. For additional information please contact Alesha Frederick at 970-945-8522; Colorado River District, 201 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, CO 80601 or e-mail grantinfo@crwcd.org.


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