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The city of Glenwood Springs and its contractor for the Donegan reconstruction project will be closing the road to through traffic on Donegan immediately east of its intersection with Soccer Field Road. The closure started the afternoon of July 30, and will remain closed until the morning of Aug. 3.The reason for the closure is to facilitate the construction of a concrete pedestrian crossing. This is the first of two crossings to be constructed in this phase. The next closure will be following the completion of this one. Once the availability of concrete is known, residents will be notified of that closure. The second pedestrian crossing will be immediately west of the intersection of Stoneridge Court and Donegan. The concrete cant be poured at the same time because the residents of Gamba Drive would have no public outlet.

The Eagles Club sponsors $500 progressive bingo first and third Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles Club is located at 312 Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs. For more information, call 945-8295.

The deadline for nonprofit grant applications for 2008 funding from Pitkin County and the city of Aspen is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. Pitkin County and the city of Aspen offer financial support to nonprofit agencies that provide vibrancy and texture to the quality of life in the Roaring Fork Valley. There is a common application for requests to both the city of Aspen and Pitkin County. Information and application materials are available online at http://www.aspenpitkin.com/grants. While the city of Aspen and Pitkin County share a common application, each governmental entity has separate funding sources and grant review processes. Pitkin Countys grant program is supported by The Healthy Community Fund, a dedicated property tax that generates $1,250,000 to support area nonprofits providing services for seniors, support for victims of domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse counseling, services for adults and children with developmental disabilities, public health services, programs for children, youth and families, and programs that conserve a healthy environment. In 2007, $1,155,144 was distributed to 53 nonprofits. For more information on the Pitkin County grant program, contact Susan Berdahl, contract manager for Pitkin County Health & Human Services, at 920-5766, or by e-mail at susanb@co.pitkin.co.us. For information about the city of Aspen grant program, contact Sheila Babbie, city of Aspen Finance Department, at 920-5040, or by e-mail at sheilab@ci.aspen.co.us.



The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork will host a play group for parents and children from 9:30-11:30 a.m. every Friday in August. The play group will be hosted by early childhood educators and will include organized and free play. For more information, contact Julie at 963-1960.The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork is an independent preschool through eighth-grade school, and its eco-campus is located upvalley of the Catherine Store on old Highway 82.

Volunteers are needed Saturday, Aug. 4, to help Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV), the city of Aspen and others create a new urban wetland at the Jennie Adair pond in Aspen. This new wetland has two significant purposes. The first is to increase and enhance riparian habitat along the Roaring Fork River essential to over 80 percent of Colorados wildlife. The second is to improve water quality in the upper Roaring Fork River by reducing the pollutants entering the river from the storm-water runoff from Aspens streets. The wetland is the final filter in this new state-of-the-art filtration system, as the wetland plants will absorb and metabolize the remaining pollutants.Join RFOV to plant native wetland and upland shrubs on this historic site in Aspen. This is a great project for families.



Jeannie Ritter, first lady of Colorado and wife of Gov. Bill Ritter, will attend the 2007 Mental Health Convocation sponsored by the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation (AVMF) on Thursday, Aug. 2, in Aspen. The first ladys visit is part of her statewide listening tour to assess the most pressing mental health needs in Colorado and learn of the innovative programs that are meeting those needs.The AVMF Mental Health Convocation is an interactive afternoon gathering of local mental health professionals with the purpose of discussing local needs and mutual interests and concerns. The event will feature remarks by Ritter and a keynote address by Robert Freedman, chair of the University of Colorados Department of Psychiatry. Local professionals will then have the opportunity to bring the ideas presented by Ritter and Freedman into a local context.For information on the AVMF Mental Health Convocation or the CU-AVMF Annual Psychiatry Conference, please contact Ashley Harder at 544-1241.

All Kids Dental will hold Toothprint Day, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at their Glenwood Springs office, 2624 Grand Ave., Suite 200. Toothprint, a thermoplastic wafer that records the size and shape of a childs teeth, can serve as an accurate method of identification for law enforcement or other community-sponsored child identification programs. Dr. Robert Henry plans to see 500 children for free toothprint impressions. The event is open to all children ages 3-6, and reservations must be made by calling All Kids Dental at 928-9500.

All Oak Creek, Yampa and Soroco high school alumni are invited to attend an all-alumni reunion Sept. 2 in Oak Creek. For more information e-mail alumnireunion07@cs.com. Deadline is Aug. 15.

The YouthZone Kiss-n-Squeal online auction (www.youthzone.com) has 168 items and lots of great buys. The auction ends at noon Aug. 6. All proceeds benefit YouthZone and local youth.


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