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Community news & notes

Former Majority Leader of the Colorado State Senate Ken Gordon will be the featured speaker at the Garfield County Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Dinner at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs Monday evening. A cocktail hour with cash bar will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by musical entertainment, mingling and lively conversation. The dinner hour begins 6:30 p.m.

The Garfield County Human Services Commission has an opening for a citizen representative to serve on the commission.The position is open to any individual interested in Human Services in Garfield County. The Human Services Commission reports to the Board of County Commissioners. This is a unique opportunity for a community member at large. Meetings are held between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, alternating between Rifle and Glenwood Springs. For an application or further information, contact Jane McCollor, or 945-4752. Applications are due Feb. 4.

The Rifle Friends of the Library group is hosting an ongoing book sale. Due to its popularity, the book sale will now be open during the librarys normal hours, with the exception of preschool story times (10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays), and any meetings held downstairs.For more information, please call Laura at 625-3471.

Glenwood Youth Hockey is hosting a broomball tourney at 6 p.m. Jan. 22, at the ice rink. Sign-up your team of nine at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The Hotel Colorado is hosting Battle of the Bands in the Devereaux Room on Friday, 1/23. Local bands will battle for cash and the chance to play on the main stage at the Ski Spree Celebration at Centennial Park on Saturday night.Ski Spree at Sunlight, with live music from the Laughing Bones, a Need for Speed competition, a bump-off down the face of Showdown, drink specials, and rail jam are all part of the fun.Ski Spree at Centennial Park. Bring the family for the Rotary Clubs Chili Cook-off, a jalapeno eating contest, live music from Matthew Moon, cold suds, hot cocoa, waiter and waitress games, and entertainment for the kids. For more information, call 947-5156.

Roaring Fork Audubon Societys monthly program, titled Protecting Colorados Natural Treasures, will be presented by Brian Kurzel, Colorado Natural Areas program coordinator, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served and the public is welcome.

The historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs will host the seventh annual Robert Burns Supper and Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the hotels Devereux Grand Ball Room. The event will include a four-course meal and dessert highlighting Scottish fare. Through his songs and poems, Burns captured the heart and soul of Scotland. Burns Suppers have been held in honor of his birthday for the past two centuries. The Hotel Colorado will celebrate this tradition with an elaborate evening of food, ceremonies, dancing, and entertainment hosted by Ron Young of the Celtic band, Fifth Reel. Some of the Bards more significant poems and songs will also be performed, including Auld Lang Syne. Fifth Reel will play a variety of Scottish music and guests will have the opportunity to try a couple of simple traditional dances.To make a reservation, call Rhonda at 945-6511. ext.115.

The Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), managed by CORE, received final approval to disperse over $1.3 million in grants to a variety of Valley-wide initiatives. REMP will fund programs including the installation of a ground source heat pump at ACESs Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, the implementation of the citys hydroelectric system on Castle Creek, the support of the successful Aspen Renewable Energy Day and many of Pitkin Countys Green Programs. In addition to managing the REMP grants, CORE will fund smaller grants within the Roaring Fork Valley. CORE grants will support energy audits at Colorado Mountain College, education programs through the Green Sprouts Foundation, Aspen High Schools Reusable Bag Program and solar installations at the Carbondale Community School and Solara Preschool. REMP funds will support a number of energy efficiency rebates available through CORE. Rebates support the purchase of energy efficient dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washers, pv systems, solar hot water systems and programmable thermostats. For more information on any of these programs or the Insulate Colorado program, please contact CORE at 544-9808.

The Gathering Center in Carbondale is taking Tuesday, Jan. 20 as an opportunity to become more familiar with The Church at Carbondales gift to the Roaring Fork Valley. The Gathering Center would like to invite its neighbors to view this historic event. The broadcasts will begin at 9 a.m., the swearing in will be held at exactly 10 a.m. Various performances and events will follow the swearing in and inaugural address. The Center will have coffee, cold drinks and lattes along with some brunch items. The Gathering Center is located at 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale, next to Crystal River Elementary School. For more information, call The Gathering Center at The Church at Carbondale at 963-8773.

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