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Community Briefs

Natural Soda Inc. has launched its 2012 Community Support Program and is seeking grant applications from community, charity and sporting nonprofit organizations in northwestern Colorado. The 2012 program continues Natural Soda’s goal of broadening its relationships with the community and enhancing the economic, social and cultural vibrancy of northwestern Colorado. Last year, Natural Soda provided community grants to the Rangely Food Bank, Project 1.27 Outreach Ministry to Orphans, Meeker Volunteer Fire and Rescue District, Meeker Chamber and Rifle Chamber.Information about the 2012 grant program and an online grant application are available at Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by Aug. 22. Interested applicants may direct questions and inquiries to Bill Ray at 303-885-1881 or

Artists interested in entering the Fall Art Festival may pick up a registration form at Gallery 809, Main Street Gallery, Artists Mercantile, the Community Center, the Chamber of Commerce and the Ramada Inn. A printable version is available at the website Registration forms must be in no later than Aug. 22, no exceptions. For further information call Sheila Jennings (384-2993) or Carol Dickson (334-714-1943).

The Garfield County Public Library Foundation is holding a public meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, to inform the residents of Garfield County that it is the intent of the Garfield County Public Library Foundation to request funds from the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service. The funds are to be used for 10 new laptops for the new Silt Branch Library. This is a public meeting and is to give the citizenry an opportunity to become acquainted with the proposed project to comment on such items as economic and environmental impact, service area, and alternatives to the project or any other issues. This meeting will be held at the Silt Branch Library. Call 625-4270 for more information.Roe Family Bluegrass Band concertSunnyside Retirement Center presents a free concert by the award-winning Roe Family Bluegrass Band at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The concert takes place in Sunnyside’s first floor meeting room, 601 21st St. in Glenwood Springs. For information, call 945-7225.

The New Castle and Rifle branch libraries will be switching their late nights to Monday and Wednesday as of Sept. 1. This change allows for library service to be available Monday and Wednesday evenings in Carbondale, New Castle and Rifle, and Tuesdays and Thursday evenings in Glenwood Springs, Silt and Parachute. This change offers better library access throughout the county. For a full listing of Garfield County Libraries’ hours of operation, check out

Join us for a community read and get to know your neighbor through a book. “Nothing Daunted” by Dorothy Wickenden is available for checkout at Garfield County Libraries. Start reading now, and plan to attend Dorothy Wickenden’s author visit in October. Call 963-2889 for more information.

“Past, Present and Future” is the theme of the Colorado River District’s Annual Water Seminar set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. The cost to attend is $25 and includes morning coffee, pastries and a lunch.Anne Castle, assistant secretary for Water and Science, Department of the Interior, is the keynote speaker. Seminar topics start with the 75-year history of the Colorado River District and a new book on the organization by author George Sibley, “Water Wranglers.” Other topics to be covered during the day are the drought, the Bureau of Reclamation/7 States Colorado River Basin Study results and a look at the November elections. A full agenda, press release and registration form is attached. After the seminar, starting at 4 p.m., the Colorado River District is holding an Ice Cream Social and Open House at the Two Rivers Convention Center to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

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