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The Defiance Thrift Store has provided more than $6,000 worth of clothing to nearly 550 adults and children in 2012. Now that winter has come, there is a bigger demand for snow boots, long underwear and gloves than what Defiance can deliver. Children’s coats and adult large to XX-large winter and ski coats are also in short supply. The holidays are a great time to go through your closets and storage units to make room for your new gifts. Plus, with the end of the year coming up, all donations to Defiance are tax-deductible. Defiance accepts almost everything – call 945-0234 for more info.

All first- through fifth-graders are invited to sled and learn about scouting Saturday, Dec. 22, from 1-3 p.m. at Sayre Park.

Meet at the volleyball court shelter next to the playground by Blake Avenue. Helmets are mandatory. Free hot chocolate and treats provided.

Garfield County Libraries has selected four artists through a call for artists process to complete artisan pieces in the new Carbondale Branch Library. Travis Fulton will create a sculptural light form for the service desk. Mark Cesark will craft collage panels for the service desk cladding. John Hoffman will build an after-hours gate and bike racks. Finally, Shannon Muse is leading a community art project, “Pillars of Light/Pillares de Luz,” that will culminate in seven front porch mosaic columns. Contact Shannon at for information on how to participate in glass lessons or internship opportunities, or to learn how to contribute input into the mosaic itself. The Carbondale Branch Library project is currently under construction and is slated for completion in the summer of 2013. Contact Executive Director Amelia Shelley if you have questions about this project or about the available donor opportunities.

The Colorado River District is accepting grant applications for projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region, which includes all watersheds of the Colorado River within western Colorado, except those that drain to the San Juan River or to the Dolores River upstream of the Mesa County line.

Successful grantees can receive up to $150,000 (or approximately 25 percent of the total project cost; in the case of smaller projects, this percentage may be slightly higher) for their project. Application deadline is Jan. 31.

For guidelines and policies, visit For more information, contact Dave Kanzer, P.E., or Alesha Frederick; Colorado River District, P.O. Box 1120, Glenwood Springs, CO 80601; 945-8522; or

Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), which provides financial assistance with home heating bills, will accept applications starting Nov. 1 and continuing until April 30, 2013.

LEAP is a federally funded program that helps families and individuals pay a portion of winter home heating costs. Applicant income cannot be more than 150 percent of the federal poverty index, which equates to $2,882 per month for a family of four.

According to Aggie Berens, manager of LEAP, the average LEAP benefit is estimated to be $302 per household. Last winter, more than 125,000 Coloradans applied for LEAP, and 100,794 households received an average benefit of $344.

To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of rent; be a permanent legal resident of the United States and Colorado or have household members who are U.S. citizens.

Call 1-866-432-8435 to have an application mailed; visit Garfield County Human Services in Glenwood Springs or Rifle; or online at

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