Community News & Notes
The fifth annual Pooch Parade is set for Sunday, May 23, at Two Rivers Park. Registration is from 1-2 p.m. with the parade starting at 2 p.m.The event will be a fundraiser for Beth Byerly, who sadly passed away in April after a bout with cancer.The benefit will be a celebration of Byerly’s life with proceeds helping pay for her medical expenses.The event will be held rain or shine, and a $15 donation is suggested for an entry fee. Events include goofball agility, doggie fitness booth, doggie IQ test, photos of you and your pooch, canine good citizen massage, contests for best dressed, trick contest, cutest and more.There will also be a silent auction and support for breast cancer awareness.The event is sponsored by Heeling Partners, Roaring Fork Kennel Club, Colorado Animal Rescue and Rifle Animal shelters.Byerly owned and operated High Tails Dog and Cat Outfitters in West Glenwood with her partner Laurie Raymond. The two have run the business since Valentine’s Day 2004.
There will be a job fair at the Glenwood Springs Workforce Center on Thursday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring the Aspen Skiing Co. It was recently named one of Outside Magazine’s Top Ten “Best Places to Work.” More than 75 hospitality positions available. Come and interview with a representative for Aspen Skiing Co. The Colorado Workforce Center in Glenwood Springs is located at The Glenwood Springs Mall.
Glenwood Music is conducting a Food Drive for LIFT-UP on Saturday, May 22, to help our neighbors in need during this period of high demand. Bring 10 non-perishable food items for LIFT-UP and receive a free guitar re-stringing ($35 value), or 10 percent off a purchase. The Takamine/Sabian rep will be on site, and special prices will be in effect all day from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Glenwood Music is located at 745 Cooper Ave. Call 928-8628 for more information.
The Frontier Historical Society Museum will hold its annual cleanup day at Linwood Cemetery (Glenwood’s Pioneer Cemetery) on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help us ready the cemetery for Memorial Day and the busy summer tourist season. Lunch will be provided. Suggested items to bring include gardening tools, sunscreen, work gloves and a hat. For more information, call 945-4448.
A new community garden has been started on the grounds of the Carbondale United Methodist Church. The fresh organic produce will be given to LIFT-UP for needy families in the community. While United Methodist Churches have been active in community gardens nationally, this will be the first in our valley. The church volunteers are excited and hope to keep expanding the garden yearly. Planting day is scheduled for May 22. Those interested in volunteering or donating, please call Rae Ann Hunter at 701-1861.Our mission statement: Tending the Earth to Nurture Our Community.
The public is invited to stop by one of the open houses hosted by Garfield County Public Health to comment on the Community Action for Responsible Environmental Solutions (C.A.R.E.S.) Project.Input will be compiled into 44 health issues that affect the public, including food safety, emissions from gas drilling operations, clean drinking water, pest-borne diseases, dust, smoke, indoor air quality, soil and water contamination from hydraulic fracturing, workplace safety, and driver inattention due to distractions like cell phones. Attendees at the open house will be asked to place a marker on the various posters highlighting the five issues of most importance to them. Or, citizens can e-mail thoughts directly at http://www.GarfieldCountyCARES.comThe schedule for the remaining open houses is as follows:Wednesday, May 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.Wednesday, May 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m., New Castle Recreation Center, 450 W. Main St.Thursday, May 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Silt Fire Station, 611 Main St.Thursday, May 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Rifle, Health & Human Services Building, 195 W. 14th St.
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