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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Come share in this year’s Dandelion Day and Arbor Day on May 12, at Sopris Park in Carbondale. The festival is a creative community celebration of sustainability and environmental consciousness.

Everything at the festival is local. There will be food, music, compost, beer and priceless lessons in backyard chickens, beekeeping and companion planting. Dandelion Day and Arbor Day is a fun celebration full of life and rejuvenation.

If interested in donating your valuable time to volunteer, please contact Lacy King at: for more details.

The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts have had a successful noxious weed cost share program for the last 12 years. This program is a partnership between Garfield County, the local conservation districts, and landowners. The noxious weed program benefits landowners, managers and users by reducing the threat of ecosystem disruption, habitat loss, forage loss for livestock and wildlife, soil erosion, increased weed management costs, and property devaluation through elimination and control of noxious weeds within the area.

Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts have staff that will conduct site visits to help landowners identify weeds and map them. The conservation districts and Garfield County can financially assist with treatment plans with the cost share program.

Call the district office at 945-5494, ext. 105, to set up an appointment for an on site visit or Steve Anthony, Garfield County, at 625-8601.

The family of 7-year-old Jayden Palm has organized a yard sale fundraiser for May 11-13 to help with travel expenses to and from Children’s Hospital in Denver to visit Jayden. The yard sale will take place at 455 Elm Ave. in Rifle, beginning at 8 a.m. each day. It is being organized by the boy’s father, Scott Palm, and stepmother, Caitlin Palm.

Jayden is recovering at the Denver hospital, where he was admitted last month after developing a blood clot in his leg. He was also diagnosed with a rare type of staph infection.

Donations of items to include in the yard sale are also being accepted. To donate, or for more information, call Caitlin at (970) 456-3663 or Scott at (970) 456-3600.

A donation account to help the family with ongoing medical expenses has also been set up at Alpine Bank, account No. 2021344004, under the name of Victor Rung.

To learn more about Jayden and his progress, visit his Children’s Hospital CarePage at: http://www.carepages. com/carepages/JaydenPalm.

The New Castle Cub Scout Pack #221 is hosting a free fishing derby for children ages 3-15 on Saturday, May 12, at Grand River Park.

The Fishing Derby, sponsored by Mr. T’s Hardware, in conjunction with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. for children ages 3-9 and from 2:30-4 p.m. for those 10-15. A limited number of fishing poles will be provided by the DOW, and awards will be given for each age group.

Preregistration by Friday, May 11, is required, and can be done online at, by phone at (970) 984-3352, or in person at Mr. T’s Hardware or the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St.

There will be a voter registration drive, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in front of the El Jebel City Market. Remember to bring your driver’s license. If you would like to volunteer to register voters, call 704-9535.

Farmers Insurance Loter Agency is holding a Community Yard Sale to benefit the March of Dimes from 7 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The sale will include furniture, appliances, clothing, etc. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the local March of Dimes. The sale takes place in the agency’s parking lot at 1850 Enterprise Court in Rifle.

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