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Farm Bureau Insurance is sponsoring a food drive for the Rifle and Glenwood Springs LIFT-UP. The drive will run until Aug. 31. Please drop any canned or boxed item off at either Farm Bureau Insurance office in Rifle, at 443 East Ave., or Glenwood Springs, at 51241 Highway 6, Suite 2.Farm Bureau Insurance will also have a booth at the Garfield County Fair, Aug. 5-8, and will be accepting donations there as well.For more information contact Kristen Hodgden, Victoria Diguglielmo, or Gina Long in Rifle at 625-1496, or in Glenwood at 945-9165.

The Sonlight Foursquare Church in West Glenwood at 355 Mitchell Creek Road will hold a Vacation Bible School on Monday, Aug. 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.It’s free of charge and open to third graders through 12 years old. Call 945-9657 for more information.

The Western Colorado Independent Electrical Contractors are accepting student registration for its 2009-10 school year. Classes begin the week of Aug. 10. This 36-week apprenticeship program is a four-year program. The apprenticeship program is for those who are looking to become an electrician. The tuition cost are from $450 to $950 a semester. There will a book charge depending on the year the student is in. This apprenticeship program is a nationally recognized curriculum. Deadline for registration is Aug. 5. Visit for more info or e-mail, or call 984-3280.

At the Aug. 5 meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter, National Railway Historical Society we will welcome back Gretchen Weber, RN who worked for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad from 1969-71. She was employed on the Super Chief and El Capitan trains (Chicago-Los Angeles) as a courier nurse. Gretchen inherited her interest in railroads from her grandfather, a locomotive engineer, and has never lost it. When Amtrak eliminated the program she returned to nursing in Basalt, at Roaring Fork Dermatology.She promises to bring her uniform, some videos and other memorabilia to share with us. The 7 p.m. meeting at the Glenwood Railroad Museum (413 Seventh St.) is free and open to the public. Because the Amtrak station is closed at that hour, use the west stairs down to the passenger platform, then proceed east to the museum door. Questions can be directed to

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens is hosting a free art installation as part of the Free First Sunday at the WCBG, Sunday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. The botanical gardens are located at 655 Struthers in Grand Junction.The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens and The Art Center teamed up to create a unique art installation. Students from The Art Center’s Summer Art Camp created butterflies that will hang in The Butterfly House at the WCBG. The butterflies are created from stone paper and feature a fun fact about butterflies on one side and a butterfly artwork on the other. The stone paper is an innovative paper that is water resistant and perfect for humid environments that are found in the butterfly house. The paper was donated by Colorado Printing.For more information contact Rachel Egelston at 243-7337, ext. 7.

New Hopeful Heart, a nonprofit drop-in center for people in recovery from drug abuse, brain disorders and mental health issues, is looking for new candidates for its board of directors. This is a volunteer position, and people who have dealt with issues in the communities we serve, are strongly encouraged to apply. Please call 625-5761, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday for information.

Local Yoga instructor Ganesha is holding free Yoga sessions at Two Rivers Park, every Monday for as long as the weather is warm. The session is a multi level class and is a fusion of yoga postures, breath work, and relaxing meditations. Classes meet at the stage at 5:45 p.m., classes are from 6-7:30 p.m. every Monday.For more information contact Ganesha at 772-532-9377.

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