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Innisfree expands

If you’ve been to Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café recently, you may have noticed that they have quietly expanded their once-cramped digs at 1203 13th St. into the space next door. They are celebrating the move and National Poetry Month with a second grand opening ceremony on April 23.

Mark Glenn, co-founder of the Conscious Coffee brand served in the store, will give a talk about his company’s fair trade-oriented business model.

Conscious Coffee is delivered via bicycle in reusable containers, and the owners take strides to form relationships with the farmers who grow the coffee beans used by the company.

At 1 p.m., Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal will read from his new book, Origin of the Species. Dayanaa Sevilla will sing as part of the introduction. Cardenal has published more than 35 books and now lives in the Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, and many consider him to be the greatest living Latin American poet.

At 2:30 p.m., members of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will read selections from Shakespeare’s sonnets and monologues. The Boulder Renaissance Consort will play music as part of the CSF readings, and there will be an open mic after the reading for visitors to share their favorite Shakespeare lines.

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Lawmakers host meetings

Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and Rep. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, will host a meeting about the progress of the 2011 legislative session in Louisville on Monday, April 25.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Louisville Public Library at 951 Spruce St.

In addition, Shaffer, Jones and Rep. Deb Gardner, D-Longmont, will host a similar meeting in Longmont on Tuesday, April 26.

The event, which will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., will be held at Abbondanza Pizza, at 461 Main St.

What to do with yard waste

City of Boulder officials are reminding residents that there is no longer a city-sponsored spring cleanup program.

The program has been replaced by the residential curbside compost collection service. Yard waste is collected in curbside compost carts every other week, throughout the year. The city requests that residents do not place their yard waste by the curb. Loose piles of yard waste that are left on the curb may incur additional charges.

City residents may dispose of excess yard waste by using trash hauler-provided compost carts; placing up to three additional compostable bags of leaves and three bundles of branches beside their compost carts on collection days (at no additional charge); or bringing it to the Yard Waste Drop-off center (free to city residents) located at Western Disposal, 5880 Butte Mill Road. (For more information on the Yard Waste Drop-off site, visit

Customers may also subscribe to larger compost carts on an annual or seasonal basis. Contact your trash hauler for more information on the curbside compost collection service.

For additional information, contact the Local Environmental Action Division at 303-441-4900, or visit

EnergySmart offering new rebates

A new round of rebates for energy efficiency upgrades are available to Boulder County businesses and commercial property owners.

Through its EnergySmart program, Boulder County is offering $450,000 in rebates to businesses until the end of the year or until funds are committed. Rebates are for qualifying projects in lighting, heating and cooling, roof insulation, refrigeration, food service, motors and drives, air compressors, server virtualization and more.

Rebate applications are available at Payments will be made upon completion of projects on a first-come, first-served basis.

The $450,000 is available in addition to existing utility rebates and can be applied to both lighting and nonlighting measures. Rebates of nearly $130,000 have been distributed to 57 local businesses for lighting upgrades since the program launched in 2010. Due to success in 2010 and ongoing demand, lighting rebates will continue to be offered through 2011, subject to available funding.

For more information and to check eligibility requirements, call an EnergySmart advisor at 877-505-6722 or visit the website.