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The 2006 Humanitarian Service Awards dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at The Hotel Colorado. Outstanding Garfield County citizens will be honored during the program.For your convenience, the Humanitarian Committee has acquired access for more parking at the Hot Springs Pool parking lot across from the front of the Hotel Colorado.Please call Ronda at 384-9135 to make reservations for this inspiring evening.

The newly re-established nonprofit 501(c)(3) began its new year by funding local Rifle high school students participation in the Colorado Close-up Program. The program has been in existence since 1979 and provides firsthand experiences for students to converse with state government leaders in all three branches. Joining approximately 400 others from around the state, five Rifle students will leave for Denver Jan. 28 for three days of government study. Upon their return, the students will report back to Rifle City Council, Garfield Re-2 School Board and Rifle Community Foundation.

The public is invited to an open house at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Glenwood Springs Council Chambers in City Hall. Select from a list of suggestions or make your own alternatives.The event is hosted by The Downtown Development Authority and the City of Glenwood Springs.

Bring out your creativity with a beading class at The Silver Bead, located at 720 Grand Ave. in downtown Glenwood Springs. Different bead classes will be offered every month, from a beginning beading class, to wire construction to creative explosion.Classes will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on selected evenings. Call 945-5663 or pick up a schedule at The Silver Bead, and call to reserve your space.

Present openings are now available for volunteers at the Grand River Medical Center. For a chance to benefit your community while enhancing your life, consider a 4-hour shift assisting in registration either Wednesday or Friday mornings or Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday afternoons. Substitutes for the Gift Shop and Meals On Wheels set-up and/or driving is also needed. Delicious lunch provided during your break. Call Susan at 625-6423 and explore these as well as many other opportunities.

Join the Roaring Fork Group of the Sierra Club as they launch the Cool Communities Campaign to help stop global warming in local valleys. Ken Regelson, a noted renewable energy consultant, will present Colorado at the Crossroads: A Sustainable Energy Future or More Coal. Kens presentation will take a hard look at this issue, what other cities are doing to become more energy efficient, and why we may want to choose a sustainable energy future instead of more coal-fired power plants. Refreshments and free compact fluorescent bulbs will be provided. Call 947-9613 for more information.

Riverside Middle School, Kathryn Senor Elementary and Roy Moore Elementary schools are hosting Safe School Ambassador Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Riverside Middle School cafeteria. Everyone is invited.The purpose of the fundraiser is to create awareness of bullying and its effect on the students and to raise funds for the program. If you have any questions or would like to donate items for the spaghetti dinner, please contact Kerrie Melby at 625-7847 or Karen Gose at 625-7826.

Nonprofit organizations are in the business to make a positive impact to the lives of those they help, yet out of necessity, they are in the business of fundraising to give them the ability to help. The 2006 Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, Rainy Day Designs, is going to make this task easier for one Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit, and is issuing a Call for Papers for its 2007 RDD Design Grant. Applications and submission guidelines, which may be obtained at http://www.rainydaydesigns.org/designgrant_07.pdf or by e-mailing rdd@rainydaydesigns.org, are due 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, and must be mailed to Rainy Day Designs, c/o RDD Design Grant 2007, 16 North Fourth St., Carbondale, CO 81623. The grant is open to any Roaring Fork Valley nonprofit with an annual budget up to $750,000. The winning organization will be chosen on Feb. 15. The program will entitle the selected nonprofit group a year-long commitment from Rainy Day Designs to collaborate on such items as professional development of a strategic marketing plan, design of marketing collateral and literature, advertising creative, and creation of brand standards and professional identity. A complete list of services offered in the grant is available on the application form. The grant, which has assisted such groups as Mountain Valley Developmental Services and the Carbondale Clay Center, was established in 2002 to positively impact the quality of design and marketing for small, nonprofit institutions in the Roaring Fork Valley area, enabling them to more effectively reach out to current and potential donors and volunteers.

The Garfield County Democratic Party will host the third annual Martin Luther King Memorial Banquet Monday, Jan. 15 at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs. The cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.The special guest speaker will be the Imam Ibrahim Kerzooni, a native of Iraq and a Shiite cleric, who was jailed and tortured as a dissident during Saddam Husseins reign.Tickets may be purchased by calling Dana Barker at 285-9826 or Gay Moore at 945-1025.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Marketing and Publication Committee needs additional help with its efforts to recruit volunteers and increase awareness about what the organization does for the community. It is specifically looking for those who are interested in working with the media, graphic artists, budding or accomplished writers interested in designing trailhead and other signs, and website-savvy individuals. For more information and an e-mail link, please visit http://www.rfov.org and click How You Can Help, Other Volunteer Opportunities to find the committees page or call 927-8241.


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