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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The fourth annual Rocky Mountain Teacher Job Fair will be held on April 7 at Glenwood Springs High School. Five Districts, including Aspen School District, Eagle County School District, Garfield County School District, Roaring Fork School District and Summit County School District are sponsoring this job fair.

Nikki Jost, Human Resources Director for the Roaring Fork School District says, “This is a great opportunity for our Districts to work together to recruit talented teachers and special service providers to our region. Having a centralized job fair with these five districts not only provides us an opportunity to promote the region, but to help our communities find the best teachers and special education staff to work with our students.”

This job fair is a great opportunity for candidates to learn tips to getting a job as a teacher and gives them a chance to talk with HR directors and principals regarding the teacher profession.

Staff at Solar Energy International will show off their new digs at eco-friendly Third Street Center in Carbondale, with a First Friday open house from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 6.

The public is welcome to stop by the SEI office, just off Third Street’s Round Room, tour the renovated space, enjoy refreshments, view SEI’s new video series, and take part in SEI’s donation-driven renewable energy book sale/give-away. A Carbondale Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 7 p.m.

SEI’s renovated space, previously two classrooms in the former elementary school just off the facility’s Round Room, features architectural design by Carbondale architect and SEI Board Member Jeff Dickinson, and his associate Angela Loughry of Energy and Sustainable Design Inc.; interior woodworking by Terralink Structures’ Keith Brand, an SEI alumnus who served as the project’s general contractor; and interior design work by Andi Korber, of Land + Shelter and future SEI alumna.

The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation (AVMF) announces the availability for health and human service nonprofits to apply for a grant through AVMF’s 2012 Community Grantmaking Process. The application is due by 3 p.m. April 6. The application is located at

The AVMF Community Grantmaking Process seeks to support services and programs impacting the growing health and human service needs in the Roaring Fork Valley through its leadership and grantmaking process. In 2011, AVMF provided $414,833 to 29 Roaring Fork Valley health and human service nonprofits.

The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation provides two types of grants: partnership grants offer funding over a period of three years and affiliate grants offer funding on a year-to-year basis. Affiliate funding is appropriate for new applicant organizations, or funding for a time-limited project.

For information about the 2012 Community Grantmaking Process, contact Cristina Gair, program officer, at 970-544-7375 or

Local conservation districts can cost share smaller irrigation projects and range projects up to $3,500 or 50 percent cost share. Applicants must live in Garfield County, and the project must be approved by review committee and inspected by the district or NRCS staff. The program is intended for headgates, structures, pipeline, and/or sprinkler systems, stock water tanks, stock pipelines, etc. Spring application is due April 15. Call the district office at 945-5494, ext. 105, for more information or to receive an application.

The State Highway 13 and Whiteriver Avenue interchange in Rifle will be closed April 12-19 for construction activities. Through traffic on State Highway 6 and State Highway 13 will continue.

New Castle Branch Library grand re-opening celebration

The newly remodeled New Castle Branch Library opens its doors on Saturday, April 14. There will be guest speakers at 10 a.m. After the ribbon cutting there will be refreshments, giveaways and music with the Smuggler Mountain Boys to celebrate this momentous day. The building features a cozy fireplace, local history room, teen area, interactive children’s area, and new community room. The building also connects the community to the past. Pieces of history are prominently displayed, with old photos from the area on the walls, and there’s a window mural along Fourth Street. The mural previously on the outside of the library (facing Main Street) can now be seen in the community room.

Then on Tuesday, April 24, enjoy an evening with best-selling author C.J. Box. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Garfield County Public Library Foundation, which promotes and supports the Garfield County Libraries. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the libraries. For more information visit

Glenwood Springs Elementary School presents Pasta La Vista, a family fun night on Friday, April 13, from 4:30-8 p.m. Enjoy a hearty pasta dinner, and find entertainment at the Family Fun Fair, where you can try your luck at the wheel of fortune, bingo and cupcake walk, show your talent at the Wii dance off and karaoke booths, and tap into your silly side with face painting and fun races. Entry into the fair is $1 per child, adults are free. Bid on fabulous silent auction items, such as Rockies, Nuggets and Avalanche tickets, a round of golf at Aspen Glen, restaurant certificates, gift baskets and more. Proceeds benefit GSES technology improvements and wish list items.

Dinner tickets can be purchased in advance at the GSES front office located on 915 School St.; advance dinner tickets are $5 per person or $25 for families of five or more; at the door $7 per person or $30 for families of five or more. For more information, call GSES at 970-384-5450 or visit

The city of Glenwood Springs will host a household hazardous waste collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Glenwood Springs Recycling Center, 1015 School St.

Hazardous waste will be accepted from private parties only. No commercial waste will be accepted. No waste oil or tires.

This service will be free, for most items, to people living within the Glenwood Springs city limits. People living outside the city limits will be charged a $25 fee.

There is a limit of 20 gallons of paint for no fee – over the limit will be charged $2 per gallon. Please no containers larger than 5 gallons.

Call 945-5375 for an appointment or information on what is accepted and what is not.

The Friends of the Gordon Cooper Branch Library will be hosting the Spring Book Sale April 13-23. The sale will run during regular library hours. Your donated dollars will benefit the Friends of the Gordon Cooper Branch Library. The friends use the money collected at these sales to support library programs, materials and eventually even the new library building. Volunteers are also needed to help with the sale. If you are interested in helping please sign up at the library. For more information (including library hours) please visit

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild sponsors two new local art exhibits running April 1 through June 30. Joe Llewellyn’s work can be viewed at Flower Mart, 210 Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs, and Darlene Cook is showing at Bullock Hinkey Real Estate, 311 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Shows are open during business hours. For more information, call 404-1208.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, at 601 E. Sixth St., is featuring the Glenwood Springs Art Guild Spring Exhibit from April 13 through May 28. For more information, call 945-2414.

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