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The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is now accepting applications for event funding grants for the promotion of special events in Glenwood Springs in 2006. The grant applications are available by contacting Stephanie Keister at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. She can be reached by e-mail at stephanie@glenwoodchamber.com or by phone at (970) 945-6589. Applications must be received by Monday, Feb. 6. Awardees will be notified in March.A total of $10,000 is available for working capital to host successful events. The money is derived from tourism marketing funds generated by the city of Glenwood Springs accommodations tax, which is utilized to promote Glenwood Springs as a premier vacation destination. The grants are awarded based on event quality, media appeal, projected attendance by nonresidents, and long-range and additional sponsorship potential. Funding will be split between all applicants that meet the criteria, but funding is not guaranteed. Applications will be reviewed by the Tourism Board.

Writing the Sacred, a womens contemplative retreat, will be held by writer Sandra Dorr at St. Benedicts retreat house, Old Snowmass, from Jan. 5-8, 2005. Participants will have hours alone and in a group to work on writing exercises and discuss readings of ancient and modern literature inspired by the sacred. All faiths and writing levels welcome.Writers may also meet with the resident monks, and attend vespers, mass, or the morning yoga class, taught by Yoga West instructor Susan Crosby, as part of the retreat.Dorr, a Grand Junction award-winning author of nonfiction books, poems and short stories, has taught extensively at Western universities. This is her third womens retreat at St. Benedicts. For information and registration, call 257-1498.

The Basalt sophomore class is conducting a fundraiser to help pay for the 2006 prom and graduation. Class members will pick up Christmas trees in Willits, Blue Lake and Elk Run on Jan. 7 and 14. Call Seann Goodman at 384-5918 for more details.



Four of Thunder River Theatre Co.s building founders believe that it is important for TRTC to open their new theatre debt-free. To that end local philanthropist Jim Calaway, Alpine Bank CEO Bob Young, TRTC Board Member Dick Stephenson, and the Kruidenier Charitable Foundation teamed up and pledged an additional $50,000 each. The goal behind their additional pledges is a simple one establish a challenge grant for TRTC to take to the community, have it matched, and open debt free. TRTC needs to raise approximately $400,000 to pay for everything, including land and all the expenses associated with opening this facility. This generous $200,000 challenge needs to be matched by the community by April 1. Starting today, every dollar donated to TRTC is really worth $2. There are many ways to donate. Visit http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com or call 309-5398 for information.


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