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Volunteers are needed to help from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18 (National Citizenship Day), at Glenwood Springs Middle School, 120 Soccer Field Road, Glenwood Springs. This is a free citizenship workshop for lawful permanent residents eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.Volunteers are needed to help applicants fill out N-400 forms; make copies of applicants documents; and help people throughout the day of the workshop to explain the process and answer questions.For more information, call 319-1677.

Bring your rod and learn about the world-class fly-fishing on the Roaring Fork River. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 8. Local fly fishing guide Cam Scott, from the Taylor Creek Fly Shop, will lead this free two-hour introduction to fly-fishing at Old Pond Park. The program will include an overview of practical entomology, reading the water, and a casting tune-up. Taylor Creek Fly Shop will provide fly rods and reels for instruction. Please dress appropriately; the event will happen rain or shine. This event is part of Roaring Fork Conservancys 2009 Watershed Explorations and is sponsored by Taylor Creek Fly Shop and Roaring Fork Conservancy. Space is limited, and reservations are required at

Bring your family (kids age 8 and up) and for a free tour of the Crystal River Hatchery, 2.5 miles south of Carbondale on Highway 133, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 1. No other hatchery in the state of Colorado produces as many eggs each year as the Crystal River Hatchery. Dress appropriately the tour will happen rain or shine. Space is limited, and registration is required. This event is part of Roaring Fork Conservancys 2009 Watershed Explorations and is sponsored by Colorado Division of Wildlife and Roaring Fork Conservancy.

Two more Rifle Relay For Life fundraisers are planned for Saturday, March 28. A yard and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank in Rifle. A bake sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Battlement Mesa City Market.All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.For more information, call Wells Fargo Team Captain Vera Vasquez at 625-6330 or Battlement Mesa Team Captain Bonnie Strong at 379-9151.

Small business owners, farmers and ranchers can learn about two U.S. Department of Agriculture clean energy grant and loan programs at a series of upcoming workshops. The grants and loans can help pay for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations on the production side of farms and ranches and for small businesses.An overview workshop will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The basics of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grant and Loan Program, and the Value-Added Agricultural Production Grant Program will be explained.Property owners must fill out the grant application themselves, and the grants are judged in a national competition. To help local farmers, ranchers and small business owners fill out competitive applications, and follow-up workshops will be held in April.The grant application workshop for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency program will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.The grant application workshop for the Value-Added Ag Production program will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.For more information and to RSVP for the March 31 overview workshop, visit

A special read-aloud story time for children (and children at heart) at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26; Thursday, April 23; and Thursday, May 21, in the upper lobby of Valley View Hospital.Enjoy a treat and a tale, brought to you by the Valley View Hospital volunteers and the Delaney Medical Library.For more information, call 384-6951.

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