Do you want to vote in the presidential election this year? Are you registered? Have you not voted because you can't get to the polling place or read the ballot and are embarrassed to ask for help? Have you not voted because you don't know where or how to register or where or how to vote?
The Independent Life Center can help you register and help you vote. We remove the barriers to voting. If you want help with voting, call Dave at 826-0833. We can help in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.
From 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the Independent Living Center, 483 Yampa Ave., in Craig, Faith Gross of the Legal Center for People with Disabilities will give a presentation on the voting rights of people with disabilities.
Our van will take people in the Craig area who wish to attend. County clerks, elected officials and anyone else interested in knowing more about voting rights are invited.
There is no charge for this presentation.
Call 826-0833 to schedule van transportation.
Haughey Road will be closed beginning Monday
The city of Craig Road and Bridge Department will do its final preparation work for the paving of Haughey Road beginning Monday through Sept. 28. Haughey Road will be closed to through traffic to prevent excessive road damage.
Elam Construction will start paving Haughey Road on Sept. 29 through Sept. 30. The road will be closed while it is being paved and will remain closed until the asphalt has had time to set.
Golden Leaf Festival
features recipe contest
The event will be hosted by the Serendipity Coffee Shop for the Golden Leaf Festival in historic downtown Craig on Saturday. For an entry fee of $5 you can bring your entry and recipe to the Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Tables, chairs and shade will be provided. Electricity is available if you need to heat or fry your entry. The entry must contain green tomatoes. Please provide enough to allow 100 people to taste one tablespoon. The tasters will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tasting cups can be purchased for $1. Tasters can sample the entries and cast one vote for their favorite green tomato recipe. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m. in the music tent. First prize is $50, and second prize is a $25 gift certificate to Serendipity. Call 824-5846.
Enter 'biggest green tomato' contest Saturday
Bring your biggest green tomato to the Kitchen Shop, 577 Yampa Ave., between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday. It will be weighed and the winner will be announced in the music tent at 1 p.m. First prize will be $25.
Call Nadine at the Kitchen Shop at 824-8148.
Business training offered for area veterans
The Veterans Corp., a federally funded, nonprofit organization, will host the Veterans Entrepreneurial Training program Saturday at the University of Denver to help Rocky Mountain veterans and members of the active duty military, National Guard and Reserve start and expand small businesses.
The VET Program is a 40-hour comprehensive training program that offers two education tracks: New Venture, which is for individuals contemplating a business venture or starting a new company, and Planning, which is for individuals who have been in business for a while. Both courses are sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which is a philanthropy devoted to entrepreneurship. Upon successful course completion, veteran graduates receive $675 in Gateway gift cards.
The Veterans Corporation provides the nation's 24 million veterans and service veterans with disabilities the tools needed to start and expand small businesses with access to training, business markets, financial capital, service and networking. For more information, call (303) 909-8440 or visit www.VeteransCorp.org/Training or www.FastTrac.org.
Crisis Support Services seeks on-call volunteers
Advocates -- Crisis Support Services is looking for on-call hotline volunteers for the domestic violence and sexual assault program. Forty hours of training are required and will start Oct. 4.
If you want to make a difference, call Karen at 824-9709.
Sunrise Kids offers free lead posioning workshop
Sunrise Kids LLC Preschool and Child Care is hosting a free workshop to address the dangers and prevention of childhood lead poisoning from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at 700 School St. David Willer, environmental protection specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will speak about the symptoms of lead poisoning, its effects and prevention measures.
Children are more vulnerable to lead poisoning than adults, and it is estimated that as many as one child in every classroom has elevated blood- lead levels.
Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
At very high levels, seizures, comas and even death can result. There is evidence that effects may persist beyond childhood.
The good news is that lead poisoning is entirely preventable. To learn how to prevent lead poisoning, attend the workshop.
Craig Gun and Sport Show scheduled Oct. 2, 3
The Craig Gun and Sport Show is Oct. 2 and 3 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 702 E. Victory Way.
The event is sponsored by the Bears Ears Sportsman Club of Craig and will feature expanded exhibits on guns and ammunition, cowboy and American Indian items, military items, coins, knives, holsters and cases and more.
Admission is $2. Children younger than 12 get in free if accompanied by parents.
The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3.
For table reservations or information, call Jake Garcia at 824-8376, Chuck Woods at 824-1777 or Kevin Schnider at 826-2665.
Craig Rotary Club seeks homes for holiday tour
The Craig Rotary Club is looking for five homes to be showcased during the annual Holiday Home Tour fund-raiser. This year's tour will be from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 11.
Home Tour homes should have unique, elaborate or otherwise appealing decorations in the holiday spirit.
This is a chance for the community to view your home, get ideas for their homes and see what others are doing for the holidays.
Participating home owners will have a Rotary member host who will ensure that visiting guests leave their shoes at the door and treat the homes with care.
Call Penny Krump at 824-6130.
Church offers 'Secrets of the Vine' video series
Have you ever wanted to know what "good works" or "gifts" are? First Congregational Church announcees that it will begin offering "The Secrets of the Vine" and "The Life God Rewards" video series by Bruce Wilkinson, author of "The Prayer of Jabez."
The "Secrets of the Vine" series will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and "The Life God Rewards" will begin at 6 p.m. Oct 12 These are eight-week courses.
Call 824-6836 or 824-4266 to sign up for the classes.
Funds available for
The Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project has funds available through the end of the year to help pay for mammograms or breast cancer treatment for women who cannot afford such services. Call 879-1632.
Arbor Day Foundation gives trees to members
Ten free trees will be given to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during September. The trees are part of the foundation's Trees for America campaign.
The trees are the American redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin oak, red maple, birch, silver maple, redoak and Colorado blue spruce.
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10 with planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410 by Sept. 30 or join online at arborday.org.
Churches offer weekly Awana club sessions
First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St., in Craig, hosts Awana for children ages 3 through sixth grade at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Seventh- and eighth-graders meet at 6 p.m. Sundays. Call Pastor Brian Haynes at 824-5926.
Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. in Craig, hosts Awana clubs for children ages 3 to 12th grade at 5 p.m. Sundays.
Call Pastor Rod Compton at 824-5222.