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CCAH is actively seeking three board members who have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy or the nonprofit sector. Board meetings are held monthly with a focus on arts education, community planning, overall discussions on arts economy and outreach. Prospective candidates will serve as trusted advisors to the executive staff and will approve the annual budget. If service on CCAH’s board of directors interest you, contact Amy Kimberly, executive director CCAH, at 970-963-1680 or Also visit

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will hold a public open house on from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, to present the results of the third level of alternatives evaluation conducted for the State Highway 82 Grand Avenue Bridge Environmental Assessment. There will be no formal presentation at this event. Based on public feedback from the June public open house, the project team has conducted further analysis on the remaining two alignment alternatives and their options. The new information and findings of the analysis will be the focus of the exhibits at the upcoming open house. The public will be asked for comments on land use, urban design and visual considerations, pedestrian/bicycle connectivity, and traffic operations. There will be new visualizations and traffic simulations to help describe how the different alternatives will look and operate. Representatives from CDOT and the project team will be on hand to answer questions and record the feedback that will help the team identify the preferred alignment and options that will be further refined and evaluated as part of the Environmental Assessment process.

The American Cancer Society provides cancer patients, survivors and caregivers with free and up-to-date information and support through the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center.The Cancer Resource Center, located in Valley View Hospital, is staffed by trained volunteers who link those affected by cancer to information, services and local resources. The society’s Cancer Resource Center also provides guidance to help cancer patients, survivors and caregivers navigate their cancer journey.More volunteers are currently needed to prepare for the opening of the new facility late in the summer of 2012. If you are interested in volunteering, can spare 8-12 hours per month and are interested in helping others in this community contact Judy Morehouse at 970-254-5582.In addition, drivers are needed in Garfield and Pitkin County to assist patients receiving cancer treatment at Valley View Hospital, who are unable to get to their appointments on their own. The American Cancer Society facilitates this program called Road to Recovery, and local volunteers become certified to join the unique group of individuals who are ready to help whenever the need arises. If you are interested in volunteering and could spare a few hours occasionally contact Robin Bennett your local Road to Recovery Coordinator at 945-1010 or

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).

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, along with presenting sponsors Alpine Bank and Wally and Peppy Dallenbach, will host the “Cowboy and Cowgirl Golf” event from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Dallenbach Ranch, in the Fryingpan River Valley, two miles above Basalt.”This is not your typical golf outing. We have abandoned all golf etiquette,” said event chair Mary Gould. “So leave your clubs, golf shoes, and polo shirts at home, wear your cowboy garb, and come help us raise money for Hospice of the Valley.”There will be a silent auction and live music by Twirp Anderson, who is also the live auctioneer, and the event will be catered by Aspen Caterers. All proceeds from the event will be used to provide Hospice care in the area.For more information on the event, sponsorship opportunities, or to register, call (970) 927-6650 or e-mail Tickets are $125 for golf and dinner or $100 for dinner only. Golf starts at 3 p.m. and cocktails begin at 5 p.m.

St. Stephen’s Festival of Diversity takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs.The event features ethnic foods, live music, beer and wine garden, children’s rides and games, craft and baked goods bazaar, and a raffle.

The Slow Money movement, cited by as “one of the top five trends in finance in 2011,” is coming to Carbondale Sept. 1. Bringing together thought leaders, investors, philanthropists, food entrepreneurs, farmers and the general public, Slow Money’s first Rocky Mountain Regional Gathering will be held at Sustainable Settings, an organic farm and educational center located on Highway 133. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features Woody Tasch, the founder of Slow Money; Gary Nabhan, world renowned conservation biologist and MacArthur Fellow; Joel Benson, mayor of Buena Vista; Michael Brownlee of Localization Partners in Boulder; and Kris Holstrom of EcoAction Partners in Telluride; as well as Slow Money leaders from Austin, Texas, and San Francisco. They will be joined by small food entrepreneurs, farmers and investors from the region, who will offer their views on what is needed to rebuild local food systems. Cost is $75. Afterwards, Sustainable Settings is holding its annual Harvest Festival farm dinner and entertainment, for which additional registration is required. Further details and registration for both events can be found online at

Get your first glimpse of the new Silt Branch Library while helping librarians get ready for opening day. The library will soon need volunteers to form a “book brigade” to help move books from the old library to the new library. All ages are welcome, and there will be flexible shifts – so even an hour’s work will be helpful. The library needs volunteers who can move books a section at a time by way of a hand-to-hand chain from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the library at 876-5500.

Mesa and Montrose counties have been designated a disaster area due to freezing temperatures that occurred in April 7 and April 8, 2012. Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Ouray, Pitkin and San Miguel counties are included as contiguous counties that are eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loans. Low interest emergency loans are available to operators of family size farms/ranches that are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. Loans are based on production losses caused by the disaster. Producers must file an application for an emergency loan through the Farm Service Agency by March 25, 2013. Each application will be considered on its own merit, taking into account the extent of losses, security available, repayment ability and other eligibility requirements. For more information about emergency loans contact Laurie Neilson, at (970) 242-9133, ext. 2.

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