Local Briefs, March 30, 2013

AARP offers to assist taxpayers of all ages

AARP Tax-Aide group will continue to prepare 2012 income tax returns through mid-April, at four locations.

Taxpayers of all ages can have their taxes prepared at no charge at: 

■ US Bank: 422 Grand Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, through April 15

■ Wells Fargo Bank: 2808 North Ave., 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays,  and Saturdays, through April 13

■ Alpine Bank: 125 N. Park Square, Fruita, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, through April 12

■ Goodwill Industries:  630 24 1/2 Road, 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, though April 12

Botanical Gardens back to regular hours


The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, South Seventh Street and Riverside Parkway, will convert from winter hours to regular hours April 2. 

The gardens will be open through the end of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The gardens are closed on Monday. 

The public is invited to an early Earth Day/Arbor Day open house celebration at the Gardens on April 14.

New this year is Botanical Bucks Day —  admission will be $1 the first Friday of every month,

Call 245-9030 or visit http://www.wcbotanic.org for information.

County food program gets cash infusion


Mesa County has been awarded $10,000 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program for the purpose of supplementing existing emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

These funds are under the National Board Reallocation and made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Program. United Way of Mesa County acts as administrator for the award and is soliciting applications from local programs that deliver emergency food and/or shelter.

To be eligible to receive funding, an organization must be a non-profit, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to administer emergency food and/or shelter programs, and have a volunteer board of directors.  A local, volunteer board will determine how the funds awarded to Mesa County are to be distributed.

Deadline for application submission is April 12. Organizations interested in applying for the funds must call Julie Hinkson or Abby Landmeier, United Way of Mesa County, 243-5364, for an application.

Hubbard Mesa cleanup next Saturday


Volunteers are needed April 6 for the annual community cleanup at Hubbard Mesa north of Rifle.

High Country Four Wheelers, White River Trail Runners, the Bureau of Land Management and a variety of other local businesses and off-highway vehicle groups are sponsoring the cleanup of the popular off-highway vehicle area.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Hubbard Mesa Trailhead. To reach the trailhead, travel north from Rifle on Fravert Reservoir Road for 1.5 miles. Keep right on County Road 290 for another mile to the parking lot.

Volunteers should come dressed in long pants, sturdy work shoes and leather gloves and bring rakes and shovels if possible. Lunch will be provided by High Country Four Wheelers. The cleanup should be completed by 3 p.m.

This year, the event features the grand opening of the trailhead for the Hubbard Mesa OHV Area. The newly completed Hubbard Mesa Trailhead has three open shade structures with picnic tables, a double vault style restroom, and informational kiosks. In addition, a 12-foot-wide, fenced motocross track has been constructed adjacent to the parking area.

For more information, call Greg Noss, (970) 366-2237 or Dan Alvis, (970) 309-5368.

Birdhouses needed for library auction


The Friends of the Mesa County Libraries are seeking donations of newly finished, creatively built, and attractively decorated birdhouses for a silent auction fundraiser.

Artists, crafters, woodworkers, and others are invited to donate birdhouses for the silent auction, which will be conducted in conjunction with the grand reopening of the Central Library later this spring. Finished birdhouses will be displayed during the silent auction at the Central Library and the public can place bids on the birdhouses at that time. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to Friends of the Mesa County Libraries to support the library.

Donated birdhouses may be functional or art pieces. Artist contact information will be prominently displayed.

Deadline for submissions is May 22. Birdhouses can be dropped off at the Friends of the Mesa County Libraries Book Depository, 1425 N. Fifth St., on the west side of the First Congregational Church, across from Grand Junction High School.

Call 201-0868 to arrange your drop-off, and identify your piece by attaching a card with your full name and phone number.

Call Maggie Lopez at 201-0868 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Parenting programs planned at library


Three sessions remain in the Mindful Parenting Series, a lineup of informative and thought-provoking programs exploring important issues facing today’s parents. 

The programs are facilitated by Elizabeth Clark, LPC, a mental health therapist who works with adolescents and writes on the topic of teen sexuality; Nancy Tanner, MSW, a mental health therapist who works mainly with younger children; and Dr. Matthew Burson, a child psychiatrist who works for Colorado West Mental Health.

The series aims to provide information, tips, and discussion about how to help kids navigate the cyberworld, how to keep relationships with kids warm, how to best monitor kids’ activities, and how influential parents’ values are on teens’ decisions.

The sessions take place at 6:30 p.m., at the Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, First Street and Gunnison Avenue.

■  Thursday, April 4 — Monitoring Behavior: Who, What, When and Where

■ Thursday, April 18 — Encouraging Children’s Mastery and Perseverance

■ Thursday, May 2 — Summertime: Making it Great!

All programs are open to the public at no charge.

Philanthropy Days registration opens


Online registration will open April 1 for Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days, that will take place June 17–19, in Ouray.

Western Slope nonprofits will have the opportunity to connect with more than 30 Colorado foundations at the conference. Nonprofits, government, business and community leaders from Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties are invited to attend.

There will be guest speakers, food and entertainment, Taste of Western Colorado with local food, vintners and brewery tastings, roundtable discussions and workshops with funders and government officiations.

Visit westernrpd.org for more information and to register.


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