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ONE BOOK ONE VALLEY
The Eagle Public Library invites members of the public to an event announing the 2015 One Book, One Valley book selection.
The announcement will be made Monday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at the library.
Local officials will be on hand for the official proclamation of this year’s community read. Refreshments and book club will follow.
Tickets are on sale now for the Porchlight Players dinner theater production of “Young Frankenstein” Friday, Saturday and Sunday Feb. 13-15 and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21.
Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of mad scientist Victor von Frankenstein, is ashamed to be a Frankenstein. He insists that his name be pronounced “Fronkensteen” and that he is not a madman but a scientist. When his infamous grandfather dies in Transylvania Heights, Frederick must go to settle family affairs. In a dream, Victor convinces Frederick to “join the family business,” and with the help of Igor, Inga and Frau Blucher, Frederick decides to carry on the experiments in the reanimation of the dead, and hilarity and mayhem ensues.
Event tickets are $50 and include dinner catered by Fork Art Catering of Eagle with a choice of three entrees, a dessert tray served tableside, three drinks (beer, wine or soft drinks), complimentary coffee and tea service, and the show.
Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and dinner service starts at 6 p.m. Curtain at 7 p.m., with dessert and coffee or tea served at intermission. Tickets must be purchased through our website at least 48 hours in advance
To purchase tickets visit http://www.porchlightplayers.com.
Volunteers Needed for FREE Tax Program
Tax season is right around the corner and that means that High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is gearing up to prepare and file 2013 Federal and State Income Taxes.
This free service helps seniors, disabled individuals and persons with low to moderate income prepare and electronically file their income taxes.
It is helpful if volunteers have a background in accounting or business, but not required. Anyone who has completed his or her own taxes can help. RSVP will provide training, materials, and technology and will help volunteers complete training and testing to succeed at being an RSVP AARP Tax-aide volunteer.
Training is planned Thursday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CMC Glenwood Center Computer Lab I (Room 106). Call Patty Daniells, RSVP Program Director at 970-947-8461 for further information..
In what has become a January tradition, the Eagle Library is again hosting its Russian literature reading program.
This year’s selection is ‘The Funeral Party’ by Lyudmila Ulitskaya. Ulitskaya has been awarded multiple prizes for her short stories and novels, including the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2014. While not well-known in the United States, the former geneticist’s works have been translated into many foreign languages. She has recently been attacked in the Russian press for her position against the war in Ukraine.
After completing the book, readers will gather on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library for celebratory zakuski (hors d’hoeuvres) and discussion.
Register your email with Jaci Spuhler (email@example.com) before Feb.1 to receive daily facts about the selection and its author. Copies of “The Funeral Party” are available at the circulation desk at the Eagle Public Library. For more information, call Jaci at 328-8800.
Public Health Well and Wise program recognized as Program of Excellence
Eagle County Public Health and Environment’s Well and Wise program has been recognized as a Program of Excellence by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Well and Wise is a falls prevention and chronic disease self-management program for adults 55 and over in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties. With support from the Colorado Health Foundation, Eagle County Public Health and the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness have trained local advocates in the evidence-based classes of Matter of Balance, N’ Balance and Tai Chi for Health.
According to Eagle County Public Health and Environment Director Jennifer Ludwig, the goal of this program is to improve health outcomes for seniors in the three-county region by improving balance and decreasing fall-related injuries through falls prevention classes and education on how best to manage chronic conditions.
“This leads to the ultimate goal of helping our older adults independently age in place for as long as they wish to do so,” said Ludwig.
For more information about the Well and Wise Program and Healthy Aging, contact Healthy Aging Program Coordinator Carly Rietmann at 970-328-8896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado Educators Invited to Apply for Free Seedling Trees
The Colorado State Forest Service is accepting applications from all Project Learning Tree-trained educators to receive free seedling trees from its Fort Collins nursery.
Interested teachers may request seedlings for planting projects on public or private land, or as awards to students for events and contests.
The purpose of the Free Seedlings for Teachers Program is to encourage Colorado teachers to utilize PLT activities while promoting student involvement in tree planting and forest health projects.
“Our 2014 Free Seedlings for Teachers Program was so successful that we are offering the opportunity again this year. Last year, 13 schools, from preschools to colleges, were awarded nearly 2,000 trees through the program,” said Shawna Crocker, PLT coordinator for the Colorado State Forest Service. “By utilizing the program, educators receive relevant professional development that supports state education standards, and can then put their PLT certification to work by engaging students in an environmental education activity or planting project.”
Teachers may request up to 200 seedling trees from the CSFS Nursery, which will be delivered in time for 2015 plantings. CSFS foresters will be available to offer awardees advice on species selection, planting methods and long-term tree care.
Successful applicants must have attended a PLT workshop in the past 8 years, or must attend a workshop in 2015. Upcoming workshops are listed online at the Colorado PLT website, and also may be requested at a place and time convenient for teachers. Applicants also must agree to promote the proposed planting projects throughout their school districts and community.
Completed applications must be submitted by e-mail and received no later than 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Applications will be reviewed by a CSFS committee, and successful applicants will be notified by Feb. 20.
History Colorado Grant Roundtable
The History Colorado State Historical Fund is bringing one of its grant roundtable events to Glenwood Springs next month.
The discussion is planned Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Garfiled County Courthouse.
The History Colorado State Historical Fund is gearing up for its spring 2015 grants and is actively soliciting historic preservation grant applications for educational programming, community planning, documentation and survey, and acquisition and physical rehabilitation historic properties. Community roundtables are being planned and scheduled for interested parties to learn how to apply and win a grant.
“Historic preservation projects can culturally, economically and aesthetically transform a town,” says Steve Turner, Director, History Colorado State Historical Fund. ”We know from experience that preservation creates opportunities for innovation and is an investment that yields tremendous returns with a ripple effect that strengthens a community.”
For many organizations, preserving a historic property can feel like a financial burden that leaves fewer funds available for carrying out their mission. But a grant from the State Historical Fund allows an organization or community to rehabilitate historic properties properly so that existing funds are applied to achieve a collective idea, mission or sense of community pride.
Since 1993, the State Historical Fund has awarded 4,102 grants, totaling more than $265 million. In FY2014 alone, the State Historical Fund awarded more than $8.8 million dollars to nonprofit organizations and public entities throughout Colorado.
Want to learn how to get a grant? Connect with State Historical Fund staff at Community Roundtables happening around Colorado. The Roundtables guide participants in the proper way to apply for a grant. They also showcase current and past grant recipients and applicants in each market to share best practices as well as provide direct access with staff to plan a strong preservation project. The next deadline for grant application submission is April 1, 2015.
For additional information, to register for a workshop or to submit an application, go to http://www.coloradoplt.org.
The graduates of Vail Mountain School’s class of 2019 will be off to far-flung destinations next fall, set to enter college in one of 16 different states or explore the world on a gap year. One grad is even attending college in Canada.