Community News & Notes
The Carbondale Rotary Club is currently accepting grant applications from organizations whose missions focus on the greater Carbondale and Roaring Fork Valley community.All applications will be reviewed, but those projects that have a direct, immediate and identifiable long-range benefit to the quality of life in the midvalley area of Carbondale, El Jebel and Basalt and coincide with Rotary International’s goals of literacy, health, hunger prevention, water management and youth services will receive greater consideration.Rotary funds are to be used for the purchase of physical or tangible items for these projects.The application deadline is April 28. Grants will be awarded June 2. Applications are available at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., by calling Andy White at 274-2157, and on the Carbondale Rotary website at http://www.rotarycarbondale.org.
Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale is hosting kindergarten tours at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday through March at the school, located at 160 Snowmass Drive.There will be a kinder orientation April 8, and kinder registration is April 13. For more information, call 384-5620.
The Colorado Department of Wildlife will hold a hunter education class on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Glenwood Springs. If you were born after Jan. 1, 1949, you will need a hunter education card to purchase a hunting license in Colorado. Call (970) 947-2920 for information and location. Preregistration is required. RFOV crew leader eventRoaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will host a crew leader kick-off event for community members to meet other volunteers who have worked to improve the valley’s trails, helped lead conservation projects, and who share an appreciation for the outdoors. The evening also will include a preview of the nonprofit’s 2010 trail and conservation work project season that includes 18 trail work days and conservation projects on public lands in the Colorado River, Roaring Fork River and Crystal River valleys. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at The Village Smithy, 26 S. Third St., Carbondale; RSVP: 927-8241 or email@example.com.
For area senior citizens who could use a little help with their income taxes, High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and Colorado Mountain College will sponsor free VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) tax preparation for basic federal and state tax returns.This service is provided at no charge for seniors, disabled individuals and low income clients from Aspen to Parachute/Battlement Mesa. Organizers will arrange appointments from Feb. 15, 2009, to April 9, 2009, and interested seniors can call 384-8740 and leave their name, telephone number, and the city of residence. A volunteer will return the call and schedule an appointment.
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Suicide Awareness Education for Prevention and Survivors is available for any school setting, business, service club and all public venues. Classes scheduled by calling Donnalyne LaGiglia at 945-6222.Disabled equestrians riding instituteRiding Institute for Disabled Equestrians, a nonprofit equine therapy program, is priming up to begin the new year. Registration for the summer is now open. There is limited space. The program gives students a feeling of independence and freedom through horse activity. Please call and sign up as soon as possible. In March the RIDE ponies will be at various schools demonstrating the connection between horse and rider. Another program being offered is our summer fundraiser-RIDE Riders Round Up – this is for able-bodied students to have lessons twice a week Tuesday and Thursday all summer. Limited to 8 students. They will learn to ride ponies and will obtain horse management skills needed for future equestrians. It is filling up fast and registration is going on now. Please call 876-2987.
Downtown Glenwood Springs giftshop La V. Gifts is looking for unique art work to display.Artwork needs to represent the theme of “Celebrating the Art of Nature.”It will be on consignment with a fair deal and will be featured with a “Gallery Show” this spring. The shop is also looking for pottery, artwork from any medium, glass work, and other handcrafted pieces. No photography or jewelry art is needed.Artwork needs to be advertised by the artist as well as word of mouth; getting it in a shop is just the first step.The shop is located in The King Mall at 720 Grand Ave.Please call to set up an appointment with Laura at 945-1153 or bring in a sample of your Art Work by March 31 (Tuesday through Saturday 10 am. to 5 p.m).
The Sounds of Praise choir, a valleywide ecumenical choir directed by Laura Porterfield, will be performing a Good Friday concert, “My Savior, My Lord – An Easter Celebration,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, at the Glenwood Springs United Methodist Church. The public is invited. For more information, call 945-5253.
The Rifle area chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be holding its annual fund-raising banquet and auction on Saturday, April 17, at the Battlement Mesa community center. Doors open at 5 p.m. for games and social activities with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by the auction. For more info, or if you are interested in helping the committee, please call Al at 285-2319 or Chris at 285-6234.Ducks Unlimited is a 503 nonprofit organization.
Internationally known women’s self-defense expert Kym Rock will be hosting free “Fight Like a Girl Seminars” for two nights only, April 9 and 16, in recognition of “Sexual Violence Awareness Month” at James Lee’s Karate School in Glenwood Springs. Sign in at 6 p.m.,seminar starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. Women and girls can learn how to defend themselves for free, Amazing free drawings. Unleash the powerful potential of children and women held back by abusers; prevent, protect and save people from personal oppression and attacks. You must preregister as space is limited. To preregister call (970) 401-1558 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, go to http://www.kymrock.com or look for Fight Like a Girl Page on Facebook.
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Bridges High School graduates took part in a special ritual for their ceremony, each placing a rock in the center of the ring as their names and a few words were read.