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The Monarch Center is looking for individuals, families, groups of friends, school classes, amateurs, professionals and anyone else interested in creating a chalk art drawing.We will provide the chalkboards and chalk. You provide the inspiration and artwork.Chalk art will be displayed on July 4th in Sopris Park and then for two months following in the Carbondale Recreation Center.Any questions, call Dave Ventimiglia at (720) 412-3335.

Garfield Clean Energy is conducting a survey and wants local residents and business owners to participate. The survey is designed to help GCE develop effective financing tools to make energy improvements and renewable energy more affordable to area homeowners and businesses.Feedback from local residents and business owners is valuable and will be used to improve future financing programs. Participants in this survey will be entered in a lottery for a chance to win a free energy audit and six compact fluorescent lightbulbs.To access the survey, please visit survey.html. To be entered in the lottery, please complete the contact information at the end of the survey.If you have any questions relating to the survey, please contact Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) at 704-9200.

Bookcliff, Mount Sopris & South Side Conservation Districts and Garfield County Vegetative Management will provide cost share to treat Garfield County’s noxious weeds. An onsite visit is required by the conservation district to help identify your weeds, address resource issues and develop a weed management plan. The deadline for spring application is July 15. Applications for the program are available at the district office by calling 945-5494, ext. 105, or go to to download an application.

Leadership Connect, a program of Roaring Fork Leadership, has become a reality and is ready for you to create a profile and find an opportunity to extend your leadership skills to a worthy cause in the valley. Leadership Connect is designed as an online matching system for volunteer board positions in nonprofit and municipal organizations. The purpose is to help align community members’ skills and interests with relevant long-term volunteer leadership opportunities made available by area non-profits and local municipalities. It is a free Roaring Fork Leadership program for interested individuals and can be accessed at The system includes a bulletin board feature with position postings, as well as a matching service to align interested users with opportunities in the valley via email notifications. During its first year (until December 2011) it is also free for nonprofit and municipal organizations to apply and use this exceptional new matching technology to find qualified long-term volunteer board members.

Suicide Prevention is a community responsibility. Help educate and take a stand with those who are experiencing depression or suicide ideation or who are currently in a crisis. Are you willing to present this education in your place of business to help protect those who maybe suffering? By learning about the myths and facts that surround depression and suicide ideation, as a community we can stop the most preventable kind of death. People don’t want to die by their own hand, they want to stop the pain that has completely engulfed their everyday ability to function. By bringing the topic of suicide into the open, we as a community can cleave together and make a difference for a healthy way of life for one another in Garfield County. To schedule your presentation, call Donnalyne LaGiglia, chair/suicide prevention education at 948-6108.

Mark your calendars, Silt Heyday is coming. This year we again have had to change the date due to the Garfield County Fair. Silt Heyday is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 with the Silt Heyday Car show planned for Sunday July 31. Booth and Parade forms will be mailed soon. If you need additional information, please call 970-876-5861. If you leave a message we will get back to you.

The Garfield County Landfill has provided an electronic recycling program to the citizens of Garfield County for several years. In order to maintain and continue this event, it has become necessary to incorporate a fee structure to sustain this service. Beginning June 1, the following fee structure will be charged for electronic waste.• TV: small (up to 15″) $10;medium (15″ to 32″) $20; large (larger than 32″) $30• PCs $10• CRT Monitors $10• Laptops & Flatscreen Monitors $5• Printers & Faxes $3• Large Copiers $50• Misc cords, keyboards, mouse will be accepted free of charge.Drop off Locations are West Garfield County Landfill, 0075 CR 246A, Rifle anytime during regular business hours; and the Road and Bridge shop at 7330 Highway 82 in Glenwood Springs on the second Thursday of each month from 1 – 3 p.m.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is pleased to announce a new celebration of talent at the upcoming Strawberry Days Festival with the introduction of Glenwood Idol.An expert panel of judges will host preliminary auditions at Glenwood Springs Middle School on Tuesday, June 14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Talented hopefuls, ages 15 and up, are invited to audition with the possibility of making it to the top 10. The top 10 performers will audition Saturday afternoon, June 18, from 12:30-2 p.m., in front of supportive crowds at the FamilyFest Stage at Sayre Park. The winner of Glenwood Idol will perform Saturday, June 18, at 6:45 p.m. on the JackFM Main Stage at Sayre Park to kick off the headliner band from Las Vegas, Sina and the Big Bang.So begin preparations for your chance at local stardom. Get those accompaniment tracks, prepare your songs and fine-tune your pipes. For more information, contact the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 945-6589 or visit

The Garfield School District Re-2 will participate in the Summer Food Service Program this summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federal nutrition program designed to replace school meals during the summer.The program runs through Thursday, July 21, at Wamsley Elementary School in Rifle. Any child ages 1 – 18 can come to Wamsley Elementary between noon and 1 p.m. and receive a meal at no charge regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Parents who come with their children may pay $3 for lunch.The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Colorado Department of Education. Summer Food Service Program sites serve nutritionally balanced meals that meet USDA guidelines. All lunches, for example, include a serving of milk, two servings of fruits and/or vegetables, a serving of grains, and at least one serving of protein.”We believe that there is a real need for a program like this locally” said Garfield Re-2 Nutritional Services Coordinator Lori VanSlyke. “The Colorado Summer Food Service Program provides a great opportunity for the families of the district.”A light snack will also be available between 10 and 10:15 a.m. (e.g. fruit, muffins, granola bar, or cheese).For additional information contact Lori VanSlyke 665-7697.

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