Community News & Notes
There will be a PowerPoint presentation given on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Silt Town Hall during the regular Board of Trustees meeting on Silt’s future plans for a shopping center and revitalization of Main Street. Call 876-2353 if you have any questions.
Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle will host a grief and bereavement support group on Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Rifle Creek conference room. Reserve a seat by calling (970) 544-1568. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, or food will be available to purchase in the Grand River Caf.
Annual Ag Day will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the New Castle Community Center. This event is always a success where local landowners request information to be addressed during the presentation. This is a perfect opportunity to meet our partner staff from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency. Our resource professionals can help you with your conservation goals. The program will begin at 9 a.m., lunch will be served at noon, with program concluding at 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included, so reservations are required by Jan. 24 by calling 945-5494, ext. 105.
All college- and university-bound students and their parents – not just those planning on attending Colorado Mountain College – need to know the most current information available on financial aid. To learn about financial aid application procedures, deadline requirements and types of assistance available for 2011-12, attend one of Colorado Mountain College’s financial aid seminars coming to your community. For more information, contact Deb Cutter in Glenwood Springs at (970) 947-8358.The dates, times and locations of the informative sessions are: Wednesday, Jan. 26Glenwood Springs High School, 6:30 p.m.Coal Ridge High School, 7:15 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 27 Grand Valley High School, 6 p.m.Roaring Fork High School, 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Silt Branch Library will host the talented classical guitarist Javier de los Santos. Javier holds a Masters of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Denver. He has performed with the Symphony in the Valley and the Mesa State College Symphony Orchestra, at the Aspen Music Festival, and many other venues in the United States and Mexico. Javier is bilingual and will perform music from a variety of cultural traditions. For more information please call 876-5500.
Did you know that as of Aug. 1, 2010, it is a ticketable offense in Colorado not to have a child up to 8 years of age in the appropriate car/booster seat regardless of weight/height? Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional deaths of children, and 8 out of 10 child restraint devices are installed improperly. Please join Jennifer Ruehmann, Child Passenger Safety Technician, to learn everything you need to know about this important topic on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rifle Branch Library. A drawing will be held at the end of the presentation for three brand new booster seats donated by Jack Sours of Rifle Insurance Agency. For more information please call 625-3471.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association invites interested musicians, dancers and other talent to apply for the 114th Annual Strawberry Days to be held June 17, 19 and 19, 2011. Back by popular demand, the Sunday’s Local Showcase will feature local bands and entertainers who are selected by a Facebook poll, so the community can help select the artists they want to hear. Musicians should send electronic press kits or music examples to email@example.com. Other performers should send a video link or a detailed performance description with photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2011. Applications will be reviewed by the Strawberry Days Entertainment Committee. Those who are interested in serving on the committee should contact Lorie Courier at (970) 948-3827. Strawberry Days has been entertaining generations for more than 100 years. The festival is adding a “soft opening” at noon on Friday this year, a renovated FamilyFest area with interactive, entertaining and creative experiences for the kids; an arts and crafts fair and food court, an old-fashioned carnival; a parade down main street; and a full entertainment line-up. Since “everything old is new again,” we are adding a Strawberry Days farmer’s market to this mix. Of course, we’ll still serve free strawberries and ice cream on Saturday, just like we’ve been doing for the past century. For more information, please the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at (970) 945-6589 or visit strawberrydaysfestival.com.
The Habitat Partnership Program of the Colorado Division of Wildlife is accepting grant applications for projects that reduce wildlife conflicts through large-scale habitat improvements. Applications for the Habitat Improvement Grant Program are available on-line at http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/PrivateLandProgram/HPP/ or from local DOW offices. The Habitat Partnership Program was established by the Colorado General Assembly and the Colorado Wildlife Commission in 1990 with the goal of creating a partnership with landowners, land managers, sportsmen and the DOW to minimize agricultural landowner conflicts with big game animals. The program is guided by a statewide council but local committees identify, prioritize, fund and implement solutions. HPP receives 5 percent of the DOW revenue from the sale of big game hunting licenses in the areas where the local committees are established. Typical habitat improvement projects include burning, weed control, water development, fertilization, seeding and mechanical brush treatments. Other types of habitat improvement projects are welcome to apply under the grant program. To leverage other funds with the grant funding, priority will be given to projects proposed by multiple partnering individuals and/or agencies. Applications for the Habitat Improvement Grant Program must be reviewed by the local HPP committee and submitted to the State Council by April 1. Grants will be awarded by June with project completion required prior to June 30, 2012.
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