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The Carbondale Rotary Club, through its nonprofit Roaring Fork Rotary Foundation, is seeking business sponsorships for the 12th annual Happening fundraiser, taking place on Saturday, July 9, at the Gathering Center in Carbondale.

The Happening is a gala evening featuring a gourmet dinner, drinks and dancing to a local band for a ticket price of $125 per person. There is also a live and silent auction with a variety of donated goods and services. Proceeds from the event go to support the local grant programs and humanitarian projects of the Carbondale Rotary Club.

The Rotary Foundation has sponsorship levels of $500, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000, $2,500, $3,000, $4,000 and $5,000. Each sponsor will have their name and logo included on the program, in event advertising and on banners hung at the event. Sponsors will also receive two guest tickets to the event for each $1,000 donated.

For more information, contact Frank McSwain at (970) 948-3469, or Tim Whitsitt at (970) 963-6363.

Grand River Hospital District will hold its second spring health fair in Rifle.

The Rifle 9Health Fair will be held from 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle and offers low cost blood tests and free screenings, including prostate, skin, lung function, a limited number of mammograms for qualified women, and more.

Pap smears will not be offered at this year’s health fair, but women will be able to get enrolled in programs that can assist them in getting valuable women’s health screenings. Grand River partners with 9Health Fair, a statewide organization, to offer this health fair to the community.

Garfield County Public Health will be offering discounted adult immunizations at the Rifle 9Health Fair. Vaccines will be available for $10 each for any adults 19 years of age or older. Vaccines available include TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis/whooping cough), Meningitis, and HPV (human papilloma virus vaccine for men and women). Please bring immunizations records if they are available. Cash or checks will only be accepted for this service.

There are four pre-registration dates for the 9Health Fair:

Monday, March 28, and Wednesday, March 30, from 4 – 6 p.m. at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center.

Tuesday, March 29, and Thursday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rifle Senior Center. Participants are reminded to fast for 12 hours before getting blood tests to ensure the most accurate results.

For more information about the Rifle 9Health Fair, call (970) 625-6439.

For more information about the 9Health Fair organization and a more detailed list of blood tests, visit or call 1 (800) 332-3078.

As of March 1 town crews have been cleaning and burning irrigation ditches throughout Carbondale. Be advised there may be smoke in your neighborhood when the crew is working near your home. Please keep access open, inspect the ditch condition and remove any debris and plant growth that has accumulated since last year. We anticipate the ditches will be turned on April 15.

In preparation for this year’s irrigation season, please make appropriate adjustments to your pump intakes to allow for low flow conditions that appear toward the end of the season.

The low flow conditions in the Crystal River will pre-empt calls by the Colorado Water Conservation Board to reduce diversion amounts throughout the Crystal River basin as appropriate for minimum stream flow. These calls will reduce the depth of the irrigation ditches throughout town.

If you have questions call the town Utility Department at 963-3140.

Jim Setterberg, president of the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club Foundation, has announced that arrangements have been concluded for ensuring a continuous source of future funding for the goals of the Kiwanis.

A permanent endowment fund has been established with the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) for the express purpose of supporting scholarships and educational grants, community improvements, and children’s programs. Jim acknowledged that the “hands on” projects of Kiwanis that are so visible throughout our community would continue each year. This new fund, however – responsibly managed for growth and return by WCCF – should provide a continuous source of distributions over time to be used for the stated purposes.

Pam Szedelyi is the Garfield County Outreach Coordinator for WCCF and has assisted the Kiwanis in establishing their new fund.

“The Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club has been working toward this goal for some time,” said Szedelyi. “They have the foresight to recognize that they want their good work in our community to outlive them, and this is definitely a way to accomplish that mission.”

WCCF is a public charitable foundation established 15 years ago to promote charitable giving and to build and manage endowment funds for community good. It serves a seven-county region of Western Colorado and provide affiliate services to 2 Rivers Community Foundation in Glenwood Springs and Rifle Community Foundation in Rifle.

Anne Wenzel, executive director of WCCF, states, “We are delighted to welcome the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis into our family of funds. They join many other service organizations throughout the Western Slope of Colorado who have chosen WCCF to shepherd their funds in perpetuity.”

More information about WCCF can be found at or by contacting Pam Szedelyi in Glenwood Springs at 945-0105.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association invites interested food vendors, farmers market vendors and artisans to apply for the 114th annual Strawberry Days to be held June 17, 18 and 19. Food and farmers market applications are available at or by calling the chamber at (970) 945-6589. Interested artisans may apply at The application deadline has been extended to March 31.

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