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Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia calls on Coloradans to volunteer this Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16, to strengthen their local communities through service and volunteer activities.

Garcia oversees Serve Colorado – Governor’s Commission on Community Service, the state commission responsible for leading Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activities in Colorado.

“In Colorado we honor the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service as a part of the president’s national call to service – when all Coloradans, from all walks of life, can work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national and local problems,” Garcia said.

In partnership with nonprofit groups, government entities, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses, Serve Colorado is promoting more than 60 service projects in Colorado. Projects include delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children, promoting nonviolence, and more. More than 1,000 people are expected to volunteer more than 5,000 hours in service projects in 17 counties across Colorado.

Service project registration remains open through today. Adults and children can search for a project to volunteer for on the Serve Colorado website, http://www.colorado.gov/servecolorado. For more information on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, contact Jenna Hansen, at 303-866-6220 or jenna.hansen@state.co.us.

The Ute Indian Tribe will be honored during a cultural dance performance on the outside deck of Sunlight’s Day Lodge at noon Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day. In addition to the dance performance there will be a blessing of the mountain.

After skiing, the Utes will unwind in their beloved, sacred, healing Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, which the Ute Indians first shared with the settlers.

The snowdance was organized by Olympians Billy Kidd and Suzy Chaffee of Native Voices Foundation (NVF), headquartered in Aspen. The Ute Indians have been coming to Sunlight for many years, and they are welcomed every time as they bring the mountain great greetings and wishes for snow.

Snow is a highly talked about subject in the mountains of Colorado this year. “With a positive attitude and praise to Ullr, we will be blessed with an abundance of snow and great weather for the future of the 2012 ski season,” said Erin Walla, group sales manager for Sunlight Mountain Resort.

Monday, Jan. 16, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday, meaning federal offices, post office, some state offices and most banks will be closed, along with some local government offices.

Statewide, administrative offices, visitors centers and the Colorado driver’s license offices will be closed, but state parks will be open and staffed.

In Garfield County, only the municipal offices of Silt and Parachute are closed Monday, however.

All other city offices, including Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Rifle, are open, as are the offices of Garfield County.

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