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A seminar, “Navigating the Public School System: How to advocate for your child who was adopted and has special educational needs” will be held June 8 from 6-9 p.m. at the Board of County Commissioners room in the courthouse in Glenwood Springs.Trainer Renee Larson is a licensed clinical social worker. She is currently employed as a school social worker and also has a private practice providing outpatient therapy and assessment. In this workshop, participants will: learn how to advocate for adopted children in the public school system; get an overview of special education, ESL and 504 Plans; learn where to begin and how to navigate the process; learn how to work with the school team; and participate in a discussion of public schools versus schools of choice.There is no fee, and registration preference is given to families who have adopted from the child welfare system. Foster parents and professionals are welcome.For additional information contact: Tanya Hammar at 1 (800) 451-5246 or

Join us at the Community Center Pool on Friday, June 11, from 7-9 p.m. for a “dive in” movie to celebrate the arrival of summer. Bring a raft or floatie and your best friend. This event is for teens ages 12-17. The cost is $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Call 384-6301 for more information.

The Garfield County Human Services grant applications are available for county nonprofit agencies who deliver essential services to county citizens. If your agency has not previously requested funds or received funding, please call Dawn Burgess at 945-5004 to request an application.The deadline for completed applications is July 1. The review meeting for determination of grant allocations will be held in late July.Monies for grant funding are determined by a percentage of the Garfield County sales tax revenue.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church (SDA Church) invites the residents to listen about projects the church is planning for the community.The SDA Church is sponsoring a youth group from Hinsdale, Ill., that will visit the valley on community service.The SDA Church is expecting youths of various ages and seven adults to work in projects along entities like Habitat for Humanity, YouthZone, Alpine Christian Academy and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.The group from SDA Church will be arriving in the valley June 11. Also in the planning is a Vacation Bible School, for children ages 3-10, during their stay. Pastor Ruddy Vivanco, from the local Seventh Day Adventist Church, invites anyone interested in assisting with this visit to contact him at (970) 485-3613. The church is located at 2314 Blake Ave., between 23rd and 24th streets in Glenwood Springs.

The Garfield County Fair, Aug. 4-7, will host a talent competition this year. Auditions will be open to nonprofessional singers in two age groups: youth (less than 16 years old as of Aug. 1, 2010) and adult (anyone 16 or older). All auditions will be held July 10 at the Event Hall at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and will be performed a cappella. Chosen entrants will move on to perform with an instrumental accompaniment taped track of their choice Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. on the fair’s grandstand stage. A three-judge panel will select the finalists, basing their decisions on (1) singing ability, (2) professionalism, (3) appearance, and (4) audience votes. Finalists will perform again on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m., with the judges selecting a winner that evening. For more information about the 2010 Garfield County Fair or talent competition, e-mail, or call (303) 726-9070.

Catch the sewing spirit! Sign up now for beginning sewing classes, some for kids, some for adults! “Kids Can Sew” begins June 21-24 and July 12-15. “Kids Keep Sewing” has three sessions: June 21-24, July 12-15 and Thursdays, July 22 through Aug. 5. “Kids Can Quilt” takes place July 26-29. Adult beginning classes include “Modern Girls Love Retro Aprons” on June 13 and “Quilting for Beginners From Beginning to End” on Wednesday afternoons, starting June 23. Call Glenwood Sew, 945-5900 to sign up and get more details!

Mark your calendars, Silt Heyday is coming. This year we have had to change the date due to the Garfield County Fair. Silt Heyday is now scheduled for Saturday, July 31, with the Silt Heyday Car show planned for Sunday, Aug. 1. Booth and parade forms will be mailed soon. If you need additional information, please leave us a message at 876-5801, and we will get back to you.

The Garfield County Fair has launched its website for this year’s event, which is set for Aug. 4-7. The website contains lists of participants, planned activities and happenings to take place over the 4-day celebration. The fair board is excited that professional bull riding (PBR) is joining the fair’s roster of entertainment this year, as well as contests for everyone in the family.The fair’s website address is For more information, visit, e-mail or call 625-2514.

Crystal River Baptist Church will be providing transportation to Rocky Mountain Teen Camp 2010. June 21-25 2010. Limited availability, register ASAP. Contact Pastor Reeves at 963-3694.

The eighth annual Kiwanis Ball Race will be held on Sunday, June 20, at 2 p.m., during Strawberry Days. Join us on the corner of North Hyland Drive and Blake Avenue to watch the balls roll and see who wins the grand prize of $5,000. Tickets will be available for purchase from any Kiwanian or look for us at City Market. Tickets are $5 each or five balls for $20. We will also be accepting credit cards this year.Get your tickets today.

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