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The Orchard, located at 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale, will be offering a special seminar for couples called The Art of Marriage. The seminar will take place from 7 – 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

The Art of Marriage is a fresh and unique approach to helping couples in their marriage by bringing together some of the most respected and influential experts on marriage and family in one setting. This video event weaves together several elements that help the principles come to life including; engaging stories, real-life testimonies, man-on-the-street interviews and humorous vignettes.

The cost of $45 per couple covers the cost of the seminar and the seminar manual. This manual is designed to be used during and after the event and offers articles, date night ideas, and useful tips for continuing to strengthen the couple’s marriage. Child care will be available on-site for a nominal charge.

For more information or to register contact 970-945-8940 or

Rifle’s Ducks Unlimited (DU) area chapter will hold its 35th annual dinner event on Saturday, April 28, at Grand River Hospital, 501 Airport Road. Doors will open for games and cocktails at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by an auction at 8 p.m. Tickets are available to the general public and can be purchased at Hy-Way Feed and Ranch Supply in Silt, or by calling Brock Hedberg at 970-309-5731 or Brett Long at 970-379-3037.

Ticket prices are as follows: $55 (individual), $85 (couple), $25 (youth), $325 (sponsor), $350 (sponsor couple), or $800 (corporate table). All DU donations are tax-deductible.

The Rifle Chapter has consistently been a top fundraiser in the state for DU. DU is North America’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wetlands and waterfowl. Since it’s founding, DU programs have worked to conserve and improve nearly 10 million acres of critical wetland habitat. DU is a volunteered-based organization, and totals nearly 700,000 members.

Carbondale’s Wild West Rodeo is looking for cowgirls to try out for the 2012 Rodeo Royalty on May 7. Categories are princess (ages 10-13), queen attendant (ages 13-15) and queen (15-21). For application or information, contact Diane Teague, 379-7673 or letsrodeo10@yahoo. com. Application deadline is May 1.

People who could not attend the community meetings held April 16-18 can still go online to the town of Carbondale website,, and select “Goals and Strategies Survey.” The survey is an opportunity for community members to rate their support of the draft goals and strategies in the comprehensive plan. The survey runs from now until May 4. Call Gabe Preston at RPI Consulting, 970-382-9886, with questions.

Encana’s Energy Expo is celebrating 10 years of educating western Colorado residents about natural gas development in the Piceance Basin. During the free public event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle, attendees will be able to visit with industry experts and see firsthand the technological advancements the energy industry has made in developing Colorado’s natural resources.

With more than 90 companies and organizations at the event, the Energy Expo offers attendees a unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with natural gas operators and service companies; local, state and federal governmental agencies; and community and state university representatives. Interactive exhibits and equipment displays will show attendees how companies drill for natural gas, how the hydraulic fracturing process works; how oil shale is developed; and what new environmental technologies are being used to protect groundwater and reduce air emissions. The expo will also showcase local alternative energy companies and natural gas powered vehicles.

To celebrate Arbor Day, the city of Rifle Parks Department is sponsoring a Tree Care Seminar and seedling tree giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 27, at the Rifle Library, 207 East Ave. Call 970-665-6480 to register, there is no charge.

Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Green Key Grant Program. Green Key Grants are made possible through the Aspen/Pitkin Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP).

Green Key Grants provide funding to support projects that focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Priority will be given to community-based projects that deal with the following issues: affordable housing, cost effectiveness, public visibility, education, environmental benefits, energy efficiency, leverage, unique opportunity, new technologies, and green design.

Details and an application are available on the website of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, http://www.aspencore. org. Applications are due May 1. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Jason Haber in advance at 970-963-1090.

Literacy Outreach needs your help teaching basic literacy skills to adults including basic reading, writing and math to native English speakers and oral English skills to non-native speakers. Volunteers do not need to speak a foreign language or have prior teaching experience, just a desire to help, the ability to read and speak English and three hours of time per week to work with an adult.

Literacy Outreach will provide interested volunteers with more information regarding the requirements and rewards at a volunteer informational session at 6 p.m. May 7 at the Gordon Cooper Library Branch Library or at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

Literacy Outreach is a local nonprofit teaching essential literacy skills to adults one word at a time. Call 970-945-5282 for more information.

Thompson Creek Family Exploration

Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy on a free family-friendly hike to the confluence of Thompson Creek and the Crystal River from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5. We’ll search for signs of animals large and small and learn why animals like to live near the river. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy spring-time along the river. Appropriate for kids of all ages and their parents. Registration is required at Call 970-927-1290 with questions.

The Orchard is accepting requests for its second annual Bring Life Sunday, which is coming up on Sunday, May 6. Bring Life Sunday is an opportunity for The Orchard’s members to engage in meaningful service to the community.

Last year more than 200 people went into the Carbondale community and planted flowers, mowed lawns, performed general maintenance and collected nonperishable food for Feed My Sheep. This year, teams will be in Basalt (El Jebel), Carbondale and Glenwood Springs performing the same kind of tasks.

In addition, new this year will be a mini “health clinic” at The Orchard where adults and children can meet with doctors, dentists and nurses for blood pressure checks, general check-ups, and dental checks.

Anyone in the community who needs help with general maintenance, home repair work or yard work are asked to please make a request by May 1. Call 970-963-8773, ext. 104, or click the Bring Life Sunday link on The Orchard’s website,

The Orchard is located at 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. For more information, contact Melissa Miller at 963-8773, ext. 104, or

Silt Heyday is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, with the Silt Heyday Car show planned for Sunday, July 29. Booth and parade forms will be mailed soon. For additional information, call 970-876-5861. Messages will be answered.

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