Community in brief
Libraries closed for Labor Day
All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The libraries will resume normal hours at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more at http://www.gcpld.org, during the closure.
Wayne Starr named to RIT dean’s list
Wayne Starr of Rifle was named to the dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology for the spring 2014-2015 semester.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for the dean’s list if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete,” “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.
Bookcliffs Arts Center hosts art classes with Liz Waters
Liz Waters will host a variety of art classes at the Bookcliffs Arts Center in Rifle through Oct. 27.
From 4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, fifth- through eighth-graders will be able to take her Glass Art class, where they’ll learn how to make hand-painted mosaics, stained-glass suncatchers and other glass-related arts. From 7-10 p.m. on Tuesdays, adults can take the same class. From 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays, fifth- through eighth-graders can take a painting class, where they’ll learn everything there is to know about painting and how to apply it like masters. From 7-10 p.m. on Wednesdays, adults of any experience level can take a painting class.
From Aug. 20 through Oct. 29, fifth- through eighth-graders can take a 4-6 p.m. repurposed art class every Thursday. They’ll create cool art projects made from things that were previously something other than art. From 7-10 p.m. on Thursdays, adults 21 and older who want to get a kick out of art can take the class “Uncensored Art for Women who Wine.” Bring your own wine.
All classes will be participating in art shows around town. Contact Liz Waters at 970-274-3794 for information and to sign up.
Olive Ridley’s Coffee Tea & Travel to serve beer, wine
Rifle City Council unanimously approved a beer and wine license for Olive Ridley’s Coffee Tea & Travel Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Prior to approving the license, owner Natalie Wilson told council she intends on serving Colorado craft beer and wines that might be difficult to find elsewhere in town. Wilson said she expects to start serving the beverages starting in October.
Former Rifle resident awarded Pinnacol scholarship
Jocelyn Brownson, of Rifle and a current student at Colorado State University at Fort Collins was recently named one of 107 recipients of the 2015-16 Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, awarded to children of Colorado workers who were killed or seriously injured in work-related accidents.
This year the foundation is awarding nearly $400,000 in scholarships with an average value of $3,500 for the upcoming school year.
To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be the natural child, adopted child or stepchild of a worker killed or seriously injured in a compensable work-related accident while employed by a Colorado-based business. The foundation grants scholarships to students regardless of the insurance carrier. Scholarships are awarded based on the severity of the parent’s injury, financial need, academic achievement, social responsibility (including employment), recommendation letters and a personal essay. Scholarship applications are accepted annually Feb. 1 through April 15. The selection committee convenes each May to determine the awards.
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