If you're without a car or simply find traveling Colorado to be a hassle with all the traffic, you can pick up some helpful hints in "Travel Colorado by Bus," a presentation set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St.

Mobility manager for the Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office, Sarah Brooks, will discuss how to use the state's Bustang and Outrider services to get around the state without a car. The Colorado Department of Transportation launched Bustang and Outrider a few years ago, and those services can easily connect with other transit agencies across the state, making it easy to travel Colorado.

Brooks will present trip planning ideas, helpful hints for bus travel, and suggestions for places to stay, things to do and see, and navigating without a car.

To register or for more information, go to mesacountylibraries.org or call 243-4442.

Plant sale, tree auction this weekend

The CSU Extension Tri-River Area Master Gardeners' Annual Plant Sale and Tree Auction will be from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, behind the CSU Extension building.

The public is invited to bid on a variety of large trees and buy plants that have been donated by local greenhouses and nurseries or grown by Master Gardeners. Other items that will be available are books, lavender hydrosol, and hypertufa pots. Proceeds will support the Master Gardener Program and the Demonstration Gardens.

The sale and bidder registration starts at 9 a.m. and the tree auction starts at 10 a.m. with auctioneer Buster Cattles. Coffee, beverages and baked goods will also be for sale and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any questions.

Apply for funding from United Way

Organizations considering applying for program funding from United Way of Mesa County must complete an eligibility review to begin the process for the funding cycle that will begin July 1.

United Way dollars support programs that address human service needs in Mesa County in the areas of health, education and family supports, and self-reliance. To be considered eligible for funding, an organization must meet certain criteria:

■ Tax-exempt status under IRS 501(c)(3) and incorporated as a nonprofit for at least two years as of Oct. 1, 2019

■ Written bylaws which accurately describe the agency structure, mission and operations

■ Local board of directors or advisory board/council which governs the affairs of the organization, meeting at least four times a year, keeping minutes of its meetings

■ Policy of non-discrimination in compliance with all state and federal laws, applicable to persons served, staff employment, volunteers, and membership on its governing board

■ Annual audit or a financial review prepared by an independent certified public accountant

■ At least one staff person, salaried or unsalaried, assigned at least half time, to conduct and/or administer the activities of the organization.

To receive eligibility instructions, call 243-5364, or email lindy@uwmesacounty.org. The deadline for completion is 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Eligible organizations will have access to the program funding application beginning Nov. 4.

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