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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Even Start in Glenwood Springs is having an open house from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.

Even Start is located at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, 915 School St., in the long red module to the right of the front entrance.

The program is a half-day bilingual program for 3- to 5-year-olds held Monday through Thursday. Spaces are available for Fall 2009 for both English- and Spanish-speaking children.

An additional benefit to all parents is the weekly free Parent Education Workshops, discussing a wide range of issues such as discipline, kindergarten readiness, the importance of play, dental care, etc.

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Parents who qualify and are interested may also enroll in English as a Second Language or work on their GED in classes at CMC Blake Center while children are in the program. Home visits supporting family literacy skills in the home are also available.

For more information, contact Carrie Podl Haberern at 704-1374.

Alpine Christian Academy will host an open house for prospective and current students and their families from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

Alpine Christian Academy is located at 20449 Highway 82, midway between Basalt and El Jebel and directly across from the Willits subdivision. Alpine Christian Fellowship is adjacent to the academy. For more information, call 927-9106.

Yampah Mountain High School is accepting applications for the 2009-10 school year. Please call Molly at 945-9463 or stop by 695 Red Mountain Drive in Glenwood Springs.

Crystal River Elementary School students will present their annual free Earth Day performance of “Update Earth!” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at CRES in Carbondale. Students have been learning about the importance of going “green.”

For more information, contact Amber Henke at 384-5637.

The Grand Valley High School Key Club is hosting its third annual community carnival at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1. Carnival games, cotton candy, dunk tank, hot dog plates, bump ‘n’ jumps, and more. All proceeds benefit the Key Club and are used to support the various community service projects the club implements as well as leadership training and conventions for Key Club members.

For more information, call 285-5705.

The Elks Club and Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation are joining forces to provide a free dance for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Supervision will be provided by the Elks Club.

For more information, call 384-6311.

Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is looking for top-quality applicants interested in being a high school exchange student for the academic year 2010-11. Local Rotary Clubs interview and sponsor students abroad in this renowned program. Foreign Rotary Clubs host the student, providing volunteer host families, schooling and monthly stipend. Informational meeting to be held in May. Interested students/parents please contact Rotary District RYE Committee member Trish Kramer at 945-9874.

The Mount Sopris Conservation District and the Bookcliff Conservation District are offering $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors considering a career in agriculture, conservation or resource management.

The Mount Sopris Conservation District’s scholarship is available to students living in the Mount Sopris District ” Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, El Jebel and Aspen ” with a GPA of 2.5. Applications are online at, or call the office at 945-5494, ext. 105.

The Bookcliff Conservation District’s scholarship is available to students living in the Bookcliff Conservation District ” New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute ” with a GPA of 2.5. Applications are online at, or call the office at 945-5494, ext. 105.

Locals interested in pursuing new or continuing careers in health care professions are invited to apply for scholarship programs administered by the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation (AVMF). The next deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Subsequent 2009 deadlines are July 21 and Nov. 17. Applications are reviewed for funding consideration by the Education Committee.

In remembrance of Dr. Rodney Kirk, a highly respected orthopedic surgeon who practiced medicine for 20 years in Aspen, the annual Dr. Rodney E. Kirk Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding local individual pursuing a degree or certification in a health-related career.

Scholarships for EMTs are offered through the Audrey Owings Memorial Scholarships. The family and friends of Ms. Owings established this fund after her death to further her passion for improving emergency services in Aspen.

Nursing scholarships are open to Roaring Fork Valley residents currently enrolled in state-accredited schools of nursing. These scholarships are offered four times a year. Qualified prenursing students must be enrolled in college or university programs designed as preparation for entrance into a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Application guidelines and forms are available at the AVMF office located within Aspen Valley Hospital, or on the AVMF website, For further information, call Arna Einarsdottir at (970) 544-7371.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation announces the availability of college and vocational school scholarships from various funds. Genevieve Clough Fellowships are available to students graduating from Coal Ridge, Rifle, and Grand Valley high schools. J. Robert Young Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors in areas served by Alpine Bank. Nontraditional students who have completed at least 15 college credit hours may apply for the Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship.

During the current school year, 58 students have received a total of nearly $200,000 of scholarship support through scholarships funds held at the Western Colorado Community Foundation. More information about eligibility guidelines, deadlines and application requirements for 2009-10 scholarships is available on the Western Colorado Community Foundation website,, or by calling (970) 243-3767.

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