Community News & Notes
For the 20th consecutive year, High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and Colorado Mountain College will sponsor free VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)/TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) tax preparation for basic federal and state tax returns. We will prepare forms: 1040 A with schedule 1, 2, 3 & EIC; 1040 with schedule A, B, EIC & R; 1040 – V; 1040 – ES; 2441 (child and dependent care credit ; 8863 ( education credits); and 8812 (additional child tax credit). This service is provided at no charge for seniors, disabled individuals and low income clients from Aspen to Parachute/Battlement Mesa. We will arrange appointments through April 8.Call 384-8740 and leave your name, address, telephone number, and the location where you would like your taxes prepared. Our services are offered in Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute/Battlement Mesa. A volunteer will return your call and schedule an appointment to take care of your tax filing needs.
The Puppet Masters from Riverside Middle School and Legend Dairy from Coal Ridge High School have placed first in their challenges at the regional Destination Imagination tournament and have advanced to the state tournament in Denver. We are asking for community support to raise money to help both teams with expenses.Thursday, April 8, please stop by Moe’s Southwest Grille any time for food and drinks. Located at 35 Market St. in Glenwood. Teams will receive a percentage of Moe’s proceeds.On Saturday, April 10, there will be a bake sale at the New Castle City Market shopping plaza from noon to 4 p.m.
The Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library announce their Spring Book Sale, Thursday, April 8, through Monday, April 19, at the Carbondale library. Everyone is invited to come browse the amazing collection of books donated to the library since the fall book sale. All proceeds from the book sale are used by the friends to enhance the library’s collection and expand the programming budget in Carbondale. The sale is open during library hours.If you have any questions or wish to volunteer to help with the sale, call 963-2889.
Registration for the 2010 Summer Kid Kamp will be Thursday, April 8, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.Call 384-6301 or visit http://www.glenwoodrec.com for more information.
Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten is holding an open house from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, for parents interested in enrolling their children for the 2010-11 school year or to just see what the school is all about. The school is at 652 E. Fifth St. in Rifle. For information, call 625-4978 or 625-2369.
Parents and children are invited to meet the teachers, learn about kinder programs, and ask questions at the Crystal River Elementary School Kindergarten Information Night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 8 at the school, 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale. Registration packets will be available that evening. Children must be 5 years old by Oct. 1, 2010, in order to attend kindergarten in fall 2010. Registration day for preschool and kindergarten will be from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13. Bring the student’s birth certificate, immunization card and deposit for full-time only.Call 384-5620 to observe kinder classes and for further information.
Rifle Women’s Connection will host Gardening 101 featuring Scott Niemann of Niemann’s Gardens on April 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Fiesta Guadalajara in Rifle.The speaker will be Rachael Crabb “Thorns on the Roses in Your Garden.”Dinner and program is $15, with children’s dinner $5 (ages 2-10). Child care available with reservation. For reservations call Linda at (970) 618-1699 or e-mail email@example.com.Rifle Women’s Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.
Friday, April 9, is a big day for the arts in our valley – scholarship winners for the Glenwood Springs Art Guild annual competition will be announced and celebrated in conjunction with the opening reception for the “All Members Spring Exhibit” at the Center for the Arts beginning at 6 p.m. Come support our high school seniors for this grand event, and enjoy the plethora of quality art displayed by the Art Guild members. All works are for sale, and proceeds will support our local Center for the Arts. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Come celebrate the arts and join the Art Guild on April 9, 6-9 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Glenwood Springs.
Registration for kindergarten classes for the 2010-2011 school year will begin Friday, April 9, and run through Friday, April 16. Registration packets and information can be picked up at the office in the main building at Glenwood Springs Elementary School.The child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations, and emergency contact numbers are required. Children must be 5 years old by Oct. 1. Parents need to indicate if they wish to enroll the child in full-day or half-day classes. There is a tuition payment required for the full-day class with a nonrefundable deposit of $333 required at time of registration.There will be an open house in the kinder classrooms on Thursday, April 8, from 6-6:30 p.m. followed by an informational meeting for parents in the library from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Child care will be provided.Call 384-5450 for more information.
State District 61 Rep. Kathleen Curry will hold a pair of Garfield County events on Saturday, April 10.She will be in Carbondale for a meet & greet forum from 11 a.m. to noon at River Valley Ranch Clubhouse, 444 River Valley Ranch Drive. Carbondale residents can stop by and ask questions on legislative matters or her decision to change her party affiliation, or with concerns and ideas.Curry will then head to New Castle for another meet & greet forum from 2-3 p.m. at Patti’s Main Street Coffee House 285 W. Main St. For more information go to kathleencurry.org or call 963-1492.
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