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The public is invited to the 7 p.m. Feb. 4 meeting of the Western Colorado Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, with guest speaker Steve Wareham, a Union Pacific locomotive engineer for the last 16 years, active in Operation Lifesaver Colorado and visited the area last summer with the Union Pacific/Operation Lifesaver train.Bring questions to the Glenwood Railroad Museum at the historic Glenwood Springs Railroad Depot, 413 Seventh Street. To reach the museum door, walk down the outside stairs at west end of the depot and proceed to the museum entrance in the east end of the depot.

The Needle & I Quilt Guild will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Eagle County Building located off Highway 82 in El Jebel. Please note the change in location and also the morning time. It is hoped this will enable those that could not attend during the week or at night to participate. All interested parties are invited. Contact Cil Klamper at 927-4444 if needed.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is offering a Midwinter Mountain Fair at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Carbondale Rec Center. Chicago funk band and 2008 Mountain Fair favorite, Bumpus, will perform along with the valley’s own funkmeisters, Elemenopee.Art Vendors of Love will be on hand to sell their wares which include, Megan Larsen’s yoga pants and bags and Laura Vogel’s funky and fun jewelry. Cupids will be available to deliver gifts of love to secret valentines and friends. The Interactive Bubble Sphere allows cozy interaction, as well as great projection viewing, thanks to Jammin Jim and Carolyn Cipperly and The Backstage Lounge will serve up New Belgium Beer and Mojitos.All proceeds help benefit The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. To volunteer or buy tickets call 963-1680.



Tickets are now on sale for Symphony Swing, the Symphony in the Valleys gala to benefit the community orchestra.The gala events feature the full orchestra and the Symphony in the Valley Jazz Ensemble playing the top tunes from the Big Band era, with a variety of guest vocalists, including Jeannie Walla, Debbie Dawson and the ensemble Mixed Emotion.Symphony Swing will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs and at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Grand Valley High School in Parachute.The Glenwood Springs event is a swanky dinner dance, with a full-course meal and a cash bar in the Devereux Room at the Hotel Colorado. A lodging package which includes tickets for the dinner dance and a one-night stay at the Hotel Colorado is also available.The Parachute event will be more casual, with light refreshments, bistro-style table seating and dancing in the auditorium-cafeteria at Grand Valley High School. A live auction will be held between the two music sets at both events.Seating is limited for both events, and tickets are now available. Call (970) 285-3548, or order tickets online at http://www.symphonyswing.com.

Nominations are now being taken for the Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards. Categories are youth, senior, staff and volunteer.Stop by the Glenwood Springs Post Independent or call Kay at 384-9118 for a nomination form. Forms will be published in the Post Independent and will also be posted on the http://www.postindependent.com web site.Please include as much information about your nominees many life facets so the committee has enough information to seriously consider your nominee. Completed forms are due back to Kay by 5 p.m. Feb. 13. Late nominations cannot be considered.The 20th annual Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 9 at the Hotel Colorado.For more information, please call Kay at 384-9118.



The Governors Energy Office, the city of Glenwood Springs and the Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative are offering a solar rebate program to Glenwood Springs homeowners and small businesses.A per-watt rebate is now available for installations of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes and small commercial buildings within the Glenwood Springs Electric Department service territory. The rebates are limited, and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.Funding for the rebates comes from a grant from the Governors Energy Office, with an equal local match from the Glenwood Springs Electric Department. The total in rebates will fund installation of 30 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic capacity, which will more than double the solar power generation in Glenwood Springs.The rebate application is a two-part process. Home and business owners should work with their solar installer to submit a rebate reservation application form, which will be accepted from Monday, Feb. 2, until March 20. Once the reservation is confirmed by letter, the owners have 90 days for their system to be installed, inspected and to turn in the final paperwork for the rebate.Homeowners will also be required to have a home energy audit conducted by an Energy Star-certified firm within the 90-day period, or show evidence of having such an audit within the past five years.The Garfield New Energy Communities Initiative (G-NECI) is managing the rebate program and processing the rebate application forms. The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association is managing the solar rebate program statewide. Solar PV systems must be installed by a CoSEIA-certified company to qualify for the rebate.For complete information on the limited-offer solar rebate program, all the necessary forms and a list of certified solar installers and home energy auditors, visit http://www.CleanEnergyEconomy.net, or call 704-9200.

The Floral Boutique will be participating in 1st Friday, from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6, with a portion of proceeds donated to YouthZone. Wenonah will create childrens art, and special items created by children will be in the show. Floral Art from and for kids. These items will be up for auction on Friday evening as well as storewide savings throughout The Floral Boutique. A playful atmosphere and fun for all ages will be encouraged.

Parents, drop off your children aged 3-6 years old from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Community Banks of Colorado, 1810 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, for free reading time with bankers. Get there early, space is limited.

Join the Glenwood Chamber’s 2009 Mission to China orientation meeting, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Glenwood Springs Chamber, 1102 Grand Avenue. The Chamber’s 2009 Mission to China is scheduled from Oct. 25 – Nov. 2, 2009.To learn more, call 945-6589.

Kids from 6-14 years old may play games, watch movies and have lots of fun at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center, while parents go out from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. Space is very limited, so call 922-2240 for registration. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Sweet Peas Gardens & Flowers in Silt is teaming up with volunteers from area hospice organizations. Volunteers will deliver Valentine bouquets Feb. 13 and 14. A portion of each delivery will benefit the hospice. Call 876-0285 to reserve your bouquet.

Art of Defense of 910 Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs offers a Morning Martial Arts class from 10-11 .m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for homeschool families in the area. Keep children active while teaching them valuable self-defense martial arts skills. Parents may join in a take the class.Please call 984-2109.

Metal show featuring Intertwined, Crowd The Fire and Existence will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at the Eagles Lodge, 312 Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs. Suitable for all ages.For more information, call 945-5506 or (970) 274-4228.

If you like scotch, or are even just curious about scotch, enjoy this opportunity to try the best at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Scotch comes in a wild variety of flavors, both subtle and brickbat. Scott Beach will bring his bagpipes and vast knowledge of scotch.Call 945- 2414 for tickets.

Join staff from Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 5, to explore James H. Smith Northstar Open Space on snowshoes. Bring your own snowshoes or use a provided pair. This event is part of Roaring Fork Conservancys 2009 Watershed Explorations and is sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails, the Roaring Fork Club, and Roaring Fork Conservancy. Space is limited. Please register online at http://www.roaringfork.org/events. For more information, call 927-1290.


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