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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The big day – the first day of kindergarten – will be here sooner than you think.The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 wants families to feel comfortable and is holding kindergarten information meetings and registration events scheduled in the district’s elementary schools.Glenwood Springs Elementary School will host a Kindergarten Parent Information Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at GSES at 915 School St. Sopris Elementary School Kindergarten Parent Information Night will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at SES at 1150 Mount Sopris Drive in south Glenwood.The Kindergarten Roundup Day for actual registration in Glenwood Springs will take place Friday, April 13. Roundup times are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at GSES and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SES. In the mid-valley, Crystal River Elementary School will host a Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at CRES, located at 160 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale.Carbondale Community School serves students from across the Roaring Fork School District, and the deadline for the new student lottery is Friday, April 20.Basalt Elementary School hosted a Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Wednesday, March 14. Free childcare is provided during parent information meetings. Kindergarten program tours are available at the schools by appointment. For questions, call your local elementary school.

The Conservation Districts and Garfield County will be hosting the annual spring weed meeting at the Silt Fire Station on Thursday, April 12, from 7-9 p.m. This year’s meeting will focus on the control of cheatgrass. The guest speaker will be Mike Carrigan from the BASF Company. Carrigan will discuss cheatgrass control with a focus on timing, rates, and suggestions for restoration. BASF is the manufacturer of the herbicides Journey and Plateau.Dennis Davidson and Stephen Jaouen, resource conservationists with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, will discuss steps you can take after you apply herbicides for cheatgrass. This will include species selection, seedbed preparation, timing of seeding and care of grass seedlings.Steve Anthony, Garfield County Vegetation Manager, will review programs for noxious weeds, cheatgrass and tamarisk and Russian olive removal. There are new programs this year that will be introduced at this meeting. Each program will have different deadlines and reimbursement methods. The Conservation Districts and Garfield County have offered this cost share program for seven years to assist landowners in treating noxious weeds and it continues to grow each year, treating thousands of acres for noxious weeds.To register for the free workshop please call 945-5494, ext. 101.

Operation Vacation founder Bob Johnson of Glenwood Springs, and soldier Johnny Deneen will appear on the Fox and Friends segment on Fox News Saturday, April 7. The two will discuss Operation Vacation, which brings soldiers and their families to Glenwood Springs for a weekend vacation. The popular program has brought nearly 20 soldiers and their families to the area since it started in August 2005.Johnson and Deneen’s 15-minute interview is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. The interview will be filmed in Denver.Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado


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