Community News & Notes
Narrow gauge slide showThe May 4 meeting of the National Railway Historical Society’s Western Colorado chapter will feature a slide show of the long-gone Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge line that connected Chama, N.M., and Durango. The guest speaker will be Bill Pratt of Grand Junction who took the pictures in 1960-61 between Alamosa and Antonito, on Marshal Pass, and on a three-day D&RGW narrow-gauge trip from Alamosa to Silverton and back. This free program is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Railroad Museum, located in the east end of the Amtrak station. To reach the museum after hours entrance, use the west outside stairway down to the loading platform, then proceed east to the large, white open door. For more information, call Jan or Pat at 928-8721.Silt ChautauquaA chautauqua will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 and 6 at the Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave., Silt. Demonstrations will include flint knapping, blacksmithing, spinning & weaving, candle and soap making and baking bread.2006 NARFE convention in Grand JunctionThe 44th annual National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) state convention will be held from May 8-10 at Country Inns of America, 718 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction. Major legislative issues will be discussed as they pertain to active and retired federal employees, as well as Social Security issues.Miss Strawberry Days applicationsApplications currently are being accepted for the 2006 Miss Strawberry Days Scholarship Contest with a total of $4,500 in college funds up for grabs to three local young women. The annual contest is open to Garfield County residents aged 16-20. The scholarship award is distributed directly to the recipients college of choice. Contest applicants participate in a variety of events before and during Strawberry Days, such as serving ice cream and visiting with residents at Glen Valley Care Center, participating in a fashion show at the Hotel Colorado, riding in the parade, and dressing in prom attire for a final judging activity on the main stage at Sayre Park on Friday, June 16.Scholarship applications are available at area high school offices and at the Glenwood Springs Chamber office at 1102 Grand Ave. Applications must be returned to the chamber office by May 19.The Chamber also is seeking funding sponsorships for this years competition. To contribute, contact Joni Bates at the Chamber, 945-6589; or firstname.lastname@example.org. Each contestant also seeks a local business sponsor ($200 sponsorship fee).Contributions to the scholarship fund, contestant sponsorships or applications for Miss Strawberry Days can be obtained by contacting Joni at 945-6589, or Tonja LaFrenz at (970) 930-0068.Oak Meadows Water Association annual meetingOak Meadows Water Association, Filing II, is holding its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, Meeting Room Sopris C.The water association is making an application for federal funding to the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, regarding the Water System Improvement Project. All association members are requested to attend.If you have any questions please contact Teri at 945-7266.Magic! Magic! Magic! ShowThe Glenwood Springs Police Department Crime Prevention and Youth Activities Programs announce their 15th annual fundraiser, the Magic! Magic! Magic! show, to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.Funds raised from the program will go towards youth-oriented projects such as the bike rodeo and winter skating party, the annual scholarship for graduating seniors, and will help with the National Night Out and neighborhood watch programs.Local businesses and residents will be contacted by phone in the upcoming weeks to purchase children and senior citizen tickets or advertising posters for the program.For more information, call 1-800-813-7560 or the Glenwood Springs Police Department at 384-6500 and ask for Sgt. Levy Burris or Officer Margaret Wierenga.
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