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Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

On Valentine’s Day the Post Independent will publish its popular Valentine “Love Notes.” This year the first 20 words are free for each note when you use our web form to place the note. Just go to for more info or to place your note. Or for a small fee you can call it in (945-9937) or e-mail it to The deadline is Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a great night out at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue and support the Elk Creek Elementary PTAC. At ECE’s Parent’s Night Out Fundraiser and Silent Auction, enjoy professional talent performing a variety of skits, jokes and high energy dance numbers guaranteed to get you laughing. Tickets now available for the show on Friday, Feb. 10t. Doors open at 6 p.m., and show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, and are available at Elk Creek Elementary in New Castle or by calling Amy Luetke at 618-4956.

Karen Skelly, of Karen Skelly Photography in Rifle, is participating in the 2012 International Charity Model Search to select North America’s Cutest Kid and to raise funds for the nonprofit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation ( Participating photographers submit portraits of local kids to an international online voting gallery. Parents let friends and family know about the event and encourage them to vote for their child. Each vote is $1, and all proceeds from votes benefit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. Finalists are determined by online votes, and all finalists move to an independent judging round.The grand prize winner will be determined from a pool of the top 25 vote receivers. The winners are selected from the finalists by photography industry experts. The winning child receives a generous savings bond in addition to other prizes. The second and third place runners up each receive a savings bonds and gift card. Winning photographers also receive valuable prize packages. Prize information can be found at who want to enter their kids ages birth to 18 years into the contest may do so by calling Karen Skelly Photography at 970-625-3468. Image submission deadline is March 16, so portrait sessions are being accepted until March 14. The contest is open to residents of the US.Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization committed to assisting parents and families who experience the tragedy of an early infant loss. NILMDTS connects families with volunteer photographers and provides them with a professional portrait session and reproducible CD of the images of their baby at no cost to the family. For further information on NILMDTS, visit

The Garfield County Libraries announce that the Food for Fines program has returned for the month of February. Bring in nonperishable food items to any of the six branch libraries to receive credit on library card accounts. Each item donated earns a $1 credit toward current overdue fines (not lost materials or fees). All items donated will be given to the local LIFT-UP. Last February there were 3,297 items collected by the libraries.This program is the perfect opportunity to take care of those pesky fines, while also helping out the community. For information call 625-4270 or stop by any local branch library.

The city of Glenwood Springs is gathering input for a new study looking at ways to integrate the various transportation systems serving the community with a central transit station.There will be a public open house during two periods of time on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and again from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Colorado Mountain College Central Services building, 802 Grand Ave., on the third floor.Glenwood Springs’ Long Range Transportation Vision calls for an integrated transportation system that provides several modes of transportation to move people and goods, while preserving the quality of life and promoting a strong economy. “This facility would enable the community and visitors to transfer easily between many modes including bicycles, walking, carpool/vanpools, local buses, and regional buses. Connections may also be provided to Amtrak and Greyhound,” according to a description of the project provided on the city website ( are encouraged to offer their thoughts on transportation facility needs, potential locations and site selection criteria.For more information, contact Glenwood Springs Transportation Manager Rosa Silver at (970) 384-6437, or by email city is working with LSC Transportation Consultants on the project. Planning consultant Tangerine Almeida can also be reached at (719) 633-2868.

Come get your questions answered regarding all aspects of your retirement needs, including tax-smart strategies and long-term care, at a Senior Expo at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.Offering their expertise during this Senior Expo will be Frank J. Danzo III, estate planning attorney with Chayet & Danzo of Denver, Vail & Aspen; Andrea Uliano, life care planning specialist of iheartolderpeople in the Rockies; Chandra Mortensen of the Rifle Funeral Home; and Amy Fetterhoff, financial advisor with Edward Jones. Call Allison at 928-0585 to reserve a seat for this free event.

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