Briefs for June 17

Craig Parks & Recreation invites you to saddle up and come enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery while horseback riding through the wilderness.

They will provide the horses, saddles and everything needed for the trip. They have three different day trips and two overnight trips planned. This is for youths ages 8 to 88. The next trip is planned for July 7. The fee is $50 for a day ride and $90 for an overnight ride. Call 826-2004 for additional information on the trip dates.

Craig Pool complex

offers new amenities

Come in and check out our new pro shop. We offer goggles, swim caps, suntan lotions, water caps, shoes and much more. The concession stand is offering punch cards for snacks and rafts. You can buy a $5, $10 or $15 punch card in advance and no longer worry about sending money with your child to the pool. For more information, call 824-3015.

Free Rockies Challenge

lets youths tests skills

The Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge is an opportunity for boys and girls ages 6 to 13 to test their skills in base running, batting and throwing.

The event is free and will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Woodbury Park. You may sign up the day of the event with proof of age. Metal spikes may not be worn. For more information, call Craig Parks & Recreation at 826-2029.

Whittle the Wood at City Park through Saturday

Carvers are working on their wooden statues through Saturday at Craig City Park. Judging will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday. This year's free concert will feature Commander Cody along with the Tropical Coyotes. There will be lots of food vendors and arts and crafts. Come join the fun. For more information, call 826-2029.

The City of Craig Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help with the Whittle the Wood competition Saturday. For more information on becoming a volunteer, call 826-2029.

Out-of-state visitors

looking for lost camera

Sue Graler's friends were visiting from Ohio last weekend when they lost their disposable camera. They left the camera on the bench by the purple slide at the City Pool. When they went back to look for it three hours later, all they found was the outer cardboard wrapping. Anyone with information regarding the camera can call Graler at 824-1176.

Boys, Girls Club summer program under way

The Boys and Girls Club of Craig has begun its summer program for children ages 6 to 12.

The club will operate in a portion of East Elementary School between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Families who are interested in the summer memberships should send an e-mail to bgcc@bresnan. net, requesting a Parent Handbook. Handbooks also may be requested by calling the Craig Parks & Recreation Department at 824-8151, or a handbook may be picked up at Parks & Rec.

Junior Golf offers youths

cheap summertime fun

The Yampa Valley Junior Golf Association was created in 1994 to provide the children of Moffat County with an inexpensive introduction to the game of golf. As a nonprofit organization, the YVJGA conducts various activities throughout the golf season, providing valuable lessons in sportsmanship, honesty, self-discipline and integrity, in addition to professional golf instruction.

These programs are made possible by the generous donations of time and money by local and residents of Moffat County.

To be eligible to participate in the YVJGA programs, children must not have graduated from high school. Minimum age is 5 years old. Junior Play Days will be held Monday mornings. Please be prompt; tee-off is at 7:30 a.m. Juniors must sign up in advance to participate. The cost is $5. Clubs and balls will be provided if needed. Watch for scheduled Mondays in the Craig Daily Press Datebook section or call the Yampa Valley Golf Course Pro Shop at 824-3673.

Reading programs

under way at library

The Moffat County Library Summer Reading Program runs through July 30. Children can read 10 books or complete five hours of reading to finish each of the three levels. Prizes will be awarded for all levels. If participants continue to read past the third level, they may enter a prize drawing. Fun activity sheets will be available for children to take home. The popular treasure hunt will be offered again this year. The program will conclude with a festival at the library from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 5. Register at the library, 570 Green St. in Craig, or call 824-5116 for more information.

Kids' Summer Theater

signup through July 9

Wanted: all children ages 5 to 14 who are interested in participating in the play "Jack and the Beanstalk." This weeklong camp will produce a full-scale play of children as cast members.

Bob Woolsey, from Boulder, will be the director. He is an acting teacher, acting coach and independent filmmaker with more than 30 years of acting experience. There will be auditions for specific parts, rehearsals and a finished performance for the community. Children will be involved in painting scenery, costumes, props, makeup and some technical aspects of the production. All participating children will have lines.

The camp is designed for fun and to experience the thrill of acting on stage and being challenged with memorizing and remembering when to move and where to go.

Each child will receive a T-shirt to commemorate their participation in the camp. Actors will need to bring a sack lunch and wear sunscreen every day. There are limited costumes available. Actors may be asked to provide their own costumes, however, most often they can be derived from something already owned.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 through July 30. The fee will be $125, however scholarships may be available. For more information or to register, call 826-2004.

Down Valley Pony Club

accepting memberships

The Down Valley Pony Club has extended membership deadline through the weekend. The Down Valley Pony Club is ready to take memberships for summer.

The club is a satellite of the Yampa Valley Pony Club. The club provides low-cost instruction to riders 8 to 21 years old. Participants should have access to a horse.

Membership forms are available on the Web site at www.ponyclub. org. For more information on fees, call Jayne Sharp, secretary-treasurer, at 824-2823 or Becky Thayer at 824-0311.

Moffat Family Clinic

offers free physicals

Moffat Family Clinic is offering free sports physicals for Moffat County High School athletes through July 30. Call 824-3252 for information or to make an appointment.

Bonfils blood drive

scheduled for Tuesday

Bonfils Blood Center has scheduled a mobile unit to be available for blood donations from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

Bonfils Blood Center is encouraging the public to remember the need for blood donations this summer. During the summer, blood donations can decrease by up to 20 percent, while patient usage typically increases. Donors are encouraged to recruit a "Bonfils Buddy" to give blood with them.

Blood donation is one of the easiest ways to volunteer, with each blood donation lasting less than an hour. Blood donors need to be in good health and at least 17 years old. Seventeen-year-olds need parent's consent. Drink plenty of fluids and have a good meal at least one hour before coming to give blood. Be aware that if you are taking medications you may be prohibited from donating blood. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Pam Thompson at 824-9411.

Girl Scouts selling

Six Flags Elitch Tickets

Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council is selling Six Flags Elitch Gardens summer tickets at a discount price. People who purchase three tickets for $20 each will receive one free ticket. Tickets can be used any day during the summer season. Tickets are available to everyone and are part of the fund-raising efforts of Girl Scouts to provide high quality programs and activities to girls who live on the Western Slope. Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council is supported by Moffat County United Way and serves more than 2,600 girls in 13 counties across the Western Slope.

Moffat County Library

offers tours, instruction

If you are a member of a group or are an individual who would like a tour of the library and instructions on using the library's automated catalog, call Donna or Sherry at 824-5116.

Farm Homemaker Guild seeks nominees

The Master Farm Homemaker Guild is seeking nominations for the 2004 Award Program to honor rural homemakers. Any homemaker is eligible who is actively involved in agriculture (or is retired from an active life in agriculture) and had derived a substantial percentage of the family income from a ranching or farming operation.

The Colorado Master Farm Homemaker's Guild seeks nominations of rural women who have given unselfish service to their families and their communities. Women must be nominated by an organization. There will be one winner from each of the nine districts in Colorado.

The Colorado Master Farm Homemaker Guild was established in 1954. The Award Program is sponsored by Colorado State University, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Cattlemen's Association, Colorado State Grange and Colorado Cattle Women Inc., along with the Colorado Master Farm Homemaker's Guild.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the Colorado University Cooperative Extension Office. Nomination forms must be returned to the Master Farm Homemaker Guild by July 15. For more information, contact Jeanne Davies, award chairman, at P.O. Box 159, Deer Trail, CO 80105.

Summer reading club

runs through July 29

Moffat County Library's Summer Reading Club for children ages 8 and older runs through July 29. The Summer Reading Club will be meeting Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Participants will choose a book by authors Ronald Dahl, Gary Paulsen or Lynne Banks. For more information, call the library at 824-5116.

Hot lunches available

for senior citizens

Sunset Meadows provides a hot lunch to senior citizens 62 or older. The lunches can be delivered to homes or are available in the dining room with other seniors from the community. The lunch is $2.50 if delivered or $2.25 if eaten in the dining room of Sunset Meadows 1. Call 824-3911 for more information.

Craig Head Start

accepting applications

Craig Head Start Preschool is accepting applications for the 2004-05 program year. If you have a child who will turn 3 or 4 years old on or before Aug. 31, call Anngie at 824-5716.

Summer hours begin

for Dinosaur Quarry

Summer hours of operation for the Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday each week. These hours will be in effect until Labor Day.

The entrance station to the Utah side of the park is also open. The charge is $10 per vehicle, which is good for seven days or $5 for individuals entering on a motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot. For residents who frequent the monument, a good buy is the $20 park pass, which is good for the rest of the year.

The Green River Campground with 88 sites is open and the nightly fee is $12. Water is available at the Echo Park, Deerlodge Park, and Gates of Lodore campgrounds and the nightly fee is $8. There is no water or camping fee for Rainbow Park Campground.

Submit your news briefs to Andy Smith at 466 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625. Call 824-7031, fax 824-6810 or e-mail asmith@craigdailypress.com.

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