Effective March 4, the Glenwood Springs Social Security office will be open to the public Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. The office will close to the public Tuesday and Thursday.The Glenwood Springs office has suffered staff losses due to attrition and an ongoing hiring freeze. Significantly reduced funding provided by Congress has left the office without the ability to replace these losses, leading to the decrease in public hours. While the remaining employees will continue to work their regular hours each day, this shorter public window will allow the reduced staff to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work. Most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office. Many services are conveniently available at http://www.socialsecurity.gov or by dialing our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. Many of our online services also are available in Spanish at http://www.segurosocial.gov.
High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) provides both federal and state income tax preparation and electronic filing if you qualify under federal guidelines. This free service is provided by IRS-certified community volunteers to seniors, disabled individuals and low- to moderate-income persons. Some of the returns RSVP can prepare include Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040; Schedules A, B, EIC (Earned Income Credit), and R; Forms 1040-V and 1040-ES; Form 2441 (Child & Dependent Care Credit); Form 5405 (Repayment of First-Time Homebuyer Credit); Form 8863 (Education Credits); Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit); Form 8888 (Direct Deposit); and Form C – EZ. This year RSVP has sites in Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Parachute and Craig. Make an appointment by calling 970-384-8740.
The Carbondale Rotary Club is taking applications from local nonprofit organizations for its annual spring community grants.Each year, the club awards grants to nonprofits and human service organizations that serve the local community. Last year, the club granted more than $44,000 to 25 different education, charity, health, community, cultural and sports-related organizations. Grant applications and other details can be found on the Carbondale Rotary website (www.rotarycarbondale.org), or contact Rotarians Lynn Kirchner at 970-379-4766, or Jim Noyes at 970-389-9997. The application deadline is March 8.Funds for the community grants come from the Carbondale Rotary Club’s annual Happening dinner/dance and auction fundraiser. This year’s event is slated for Saturday, June 8.
Jaci Spuhler will be at the New Castle Branch Library on Saturday, March 9, to teach the traditional method of creating Ukrainian Eggs for Easter. This art form is as intricate as it is beautiful. It is believed to date back to Pagan times, and has been passed through the ages between family members, and most recently from Eastern European immigrants to the United States. Jaci will be teaching two classes; the first is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the second is from 2-5 p.m. Registration is required for the classes, and a maximum of 10 participants will be in each. The classes are for adults and teens in ninth grade and up. There is a $3 fee for materials. For more information or to register call 984-2346.
James Kennedy is a seventh-grade student at Riverside Middle School in New Castle. He has been accepted into the People to People Ambassador program and will participate in a 20-day educational trip to Australia in July 2013. He is selling butter braids as a fundraiser and needs to sell 1,700 to raise enough money for his adventure. Orders are being accepted until noon on March 11 with a delivery date of Saturday, March 16. They are available in cherry, apple, cream cheese, blueberry cream cheese, cinnamon, and caramel rolls and are $12 each.Prepayment is required with checks made payable to JAK TRAVEL FUND and mailed to James Kennedy, PO Box 512, New Castle CO 81647, or pickup of pre-payment can be arranged. Orders will be delivered ranging from Eagle to De Beque. Call 970-984-7065 or 970-366-0137 to place your order.
Introduction to Buddhism, a six-week series, runs from 9-10:30 a.m. Sundays beginning March 17, at Carbondale Community School. Cost is $80 for the series, or $15 for a drop-in class. All are welcome. For information, call 970-618-1032, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.meditationroaringforkvalley.com.
The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is hosting “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.” Discover this pivotal period of American history with your community through this five-part reading and discussion series. Discussions will be held every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. between March 6 and April 10 (no discussion will be held on March 27). Sarah Swedberg, Ph.D, associate professor of American History at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, will provide background lectures and will lead the conversations on selected readings.
The Preventing Sexual Abuse call will be presented by Meghan Hurley, LCSW, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Crystal River Elementary School, 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. Learn 10 things every parent should know to protect their child from sexual abuse. This is a free event.
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