News briefs for Aug. 21

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting speaker Isabelle Sawhill of the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution at its annual meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the VNA Building, 745 Russell St. Refreshments will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Sawhill is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She will speak on teenage pregnancy.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is a bipartisan mix of politicians, scientists and media celebrities who came together in a national campaign against teen pregnancy. In 1996, Sawhill teamed up with Sarah Brown, a researcher at the National Institute of Medicine. With help from luminaries including Whoopi Goldberg, journalist Sally Quinn and former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, the women founded the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The bipartisan coalition set out to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by one-third by 2005.

After Sawhill's brief presentation will be a question and answer session from the audience. For more information, call 824-8233 or www.teenpregnancy.org/.

GOP women hosts empowerment seminar

The Moffat County Republican Women will host a women's empowerment seminar with prominent corporate woman, Dr. Celeste Colgan, Ph.D. who will speak on her philosophy and information about women and the economy, specifically the wage gaps that women experience as working professionals, even in this century. The seminar will be held on Sept. 9 at the Craig Holiday Inn beginning at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $15. Seating is limited. Reserved seating available. Call 824-6222.

CNCC offering grant-writing class Thursday

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering a grant-writing course on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Craig campus.

The course will walk participants through defining the needs of their program, identifying and building relationships with likely grantors to writing a grant to be submitted to a grantor.

Participants will develop components of a successful grant from problem statement to project description with goals and objectives to creating successful budgets and then how to evaluate their program.

The class will meet three hours a night, one night a week beginning Sept. 7 and ending Oct. 7.

The cost for Moffat County residents is $67.05. For those participants from nonprofit groups, Moffat County United Way will reimburse the $50 for course materials upon completion of the class.

Registration is due by Sept. 1. To register, call 824-1101.

Pony club offers riding lessons for beginners

The Down Valley Pony Club will be conducting entry level riding lessons, sponsored by the City of Hayden at the Hayden Fairgrounds every Saturday beginning Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.

The fee of $20 will include pony, saddle, helmet and lesson. Immediately after the lesson the Down Valley Pony Club will hold its regular meeting from 10 a.m. to noon. Call Becky Thayer at 824-0311 or visit the Web site at www.ponyclub.org

Social Services seeks

foster parent candidates

The Moffat County Department of Social Services is seeking foster parents to provide a safe, consistent, loving atmosphere for children in need of temporary care. When children need a home, foster parents step in to provide a safe nurturing environment. Children may return home within a few days but at other times, circumstances prevent a child's return home and foster families provide a safe home for a longer period of time. Foster parents who care for children during a crisis and beyond report a satisfaction of being part of a team whose goal is to make childhood a safe positive, memorable experience.

A thorough background check and home study will be conducted on all applicants. Additionally, foster parent applicants will participate in state-sponsored training to help them understand the intricacies of foster parenting, including the legal, financial and regulatory aspects of being a foster parent. A foster parent raining will be held in Glenwood Springs on Sept. 24 and 25, though there are many other training dates and locations to choose from. Once certified, foster parents will decide what age and gender of children they think will benefit the most from their style and circumstance.

Foster parents will have access to information regarding the children's background to assist them in their decisions to provide care for a particular child or children. Foster children are covered by Medicaid and a monthly stipend is provided to cover day-to-day costs for care. Foster parents are protected by state sponsored liability insurance.

If you would like to be a part of a team dedicated to protecting and nurturing children, or just want more information on foster parenting, call Tom Dunlop or Anna Adams at Moffat County Department of Social services at 824-8282. Make a difference in a child's life today.

Sign up for Parks and Rec coed volleyball by Sept. 3

Craig Parks and Recreation Fall Co-ed Volleyball will be starting on Sept 13. The deadline to register is Sept. 3

Players wishing to play in both

leagues have the opportunity to do so with prior approval from the recreation coordinator. Players may be listed on only one semi-competitive roster and only one competitive roster. If playing on two teams you will be required to pay two player fees.

The team fee is $125. Each player also must pay a player fee of $10. Call Parks and Recreation at 826-2004.

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