News briefs for Sept. 17

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After a successful summer program, the Boys and Girls Club of Craig will resume activities and programs for children 6 to 12 on Monday. Because of the renovations being done at the Boys and Girls Club building, programs will be offered at East Elementary School from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Parents are asked to arrange transportation for children to and from East Elementary. An after-school snack will be provided for the children.
"We're looking forward to working with our existing members and adding new members" said Jonathan Godes, executive director. Because the club will be serving just first- through fourth-graders, Godes urged parents of fifth- and sixth-graders to take advantage of the RAD after-school program being offered at Craig Intermediate School. RAD is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 27.
Godes said that renovations on the Boys and Girls Club building would be completed by early November. "Once we're in our building, we will serve children ages 6 through 18," he said.
Families of current members can expect to receive information from the club by the end of this week. Families interested in information regarding club memberships may e-mail bgcc@bresnan.net or call 826-0411. The annual membership fee is $10 per child and scholarships are available through the Chapman Automotive Scholarship Fund if families cannot afford the annual fee. New member parents need to attend a Club orientation within one month of member registration and all parents of current members need to attend an orientation before Oct. 20. Orientations will be at the Boys and Girls Club Building,1324 E. Highway 40, every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Craig Elks host 'Back
to the Future' dance
On Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m., youths ages 12 to 18 are invited to a dance hosted by the Craig Elks at the Craig Elks lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. Enter from Victory Way and go upstairs. This is a come as you are dance with a "Back to the Future" theme. Eclipse with Bill Richards will provide the disc jockey. The cost will be $2 a person or $3 for two people. This is strictly a no-alcohol, no-smoking no-drugs event. Call Robin at 824-0323.

Presentation, discussion hosted on Chechnya
Militant Labor Forum hosts a presentation and open discussion on the self-determination for Chechnya at the Militant Labor Forum Hall and Pathfinder Books, 11 West Victory Way, Suite 205 in Craig at 7:30 p.m.
The 10-year occupation of Chechnya by Russia and the demolishing of the capital city of Chechnya are actions that are thought to be at the root of the hostage crisis that has resulted in many deaths. There is a requested donation of $5 to attend. For more information, call 824-6380.

Craig Women's Hockey meets to discuss season
Craig Women's Hockey is a nonprofit organization that welcomes women of all ages, from beginners to seasoned skaters, to join the lively team. To join, come to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at 826 Valley View Drive in Craig or call Gayle at 824-8048 or Julie at 824-5251.

Habitat for Humanity group meets Sunday
A Habitat for Humanity meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St., in Craig. The film, "Briars in the Cotton Patch," which explores the story of the Koinonia Farm, a community in rural Georgia founded on principles of nonviolence and the Christian faith will be shown. Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, derived much of his inspiration for the program from attending a retreat there.
For more than 25 years, Habitat for Humanity has helped low-income families reach their dreams of a place to call home. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat constructs and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner-partner families. Homeowners and volunteers build the houses under trained supervision.
Habitat houses are sold to these families at no profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses.
More than 175,000 houses have been built, and 900,000 people live in safe, decent, Habitat Houses. Call Pastor Dave Barnes at 824-6836.

Volunteers sought for
crisis support services
Advocates -- Crisis Support Services is looking for on-call hotline volunteers for the domestic violence and sexual assault program. Forty hours of training is required and will start Oct. 4.
If you are someone who wants to make a difference, call Karen at 824-9709.

Sunrise Kids hosting
lead-poisoning workshop
Sunrise Kids, LLC, Preschool and Child Care is hosting a free workshop to address the dangers and prevention of childhood lead poisoning on Tuesday, Oct 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. at 700 School St. David Willer, environmental protection specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will speak on the symptoms of lead poisoning, the effects over time and prevention measures that can be taken.
Children are more vulnerable to lead poisoning than adults ,and it is estimated that as many as one in every classroom have elevated blood lead levels.
Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
At very high levels, seizures, coma and even death can result. There is evidence that effects may persist beyond childhood.
The good news is lead poisoning is entirely preventable. To learn how to prevent lead poisoning, attend the workshop.
Call 824-9307.

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