Briefs for May 23

Auction benefits rancher

The Charlie Cordova Last Chance Benefit Auction on Saturday night raised $23,000 for the cowboy battling a brain tumor, organizer Mike Long said.

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"Charlie and Kristy and the kids were there," he said. "His mom came out from Walsenburg and his dad, Louie, and brother Bill were here for the auction."

Cordova, a Little Snake River area rancher and rodeo stock contractor, was diagnosed with a tumor and underwent an operation in March.

A Benefit auction was held on Saturday evening at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Craig.

Concert Association seeks membership

What will performers from Germany, New York and Tucson, Ariz., be doing in Craig? Appearing on the 2007-08 Craig Concert Association series.

Each year the Craig Concert Association has provided world-class entertainment for the Yampa Valley, according to a press release. Membership to the concert association is open to the public, but admission to the series is by purchasing a season ticket.

Season memberships are offered at $30 for adults, $10 for students or $70 for a family of four. A season ticket gets the purchaser into six performances.

This year the Craig Concert Association is featuring acts such as the Santa Cruz River Band, scheduled for February. This group from Arizona has a Southwestern flair and will perform a variety of songs from "La Bamba" to "Don't Be Cruel."

Humorist Michel Lauziere performs in March. He has performed on the American Comedy Awards, the Arsenio Hall Show and many half-time shows at NBA games.

There is also a local talent show. The Craig Concert Association holds auditions for this annual event, which showcases your neighbors, from our grade-school violinists to that garage band down the street.

To join, watch Saturday's Craig Daily Press for a membership form, or send your check, made payable to Craig Concert Association to PO Box 364, Craig, CO 81626. You have until May 31 to send in your membership. For more information, call Gail Petch at 824-6654.

Kids and Cops Fishing Day on Wednesday

The annual Kids and Cops Fishing Day will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 23, at the Little Rascals Fishing Pond behind the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St.

Hot dogs and chips will be provided, with prizes for the catching the biggest fish. For more information, call Sheriff Tim Jantz at 824-4495.

Shuttles available for graduation

In an effort to help parents, family members and community members with a smoother arrival and additional parking space for commencement exercises this year, the Moffat County School District, in cooperation Craig K-Mart, will be offering free shuttles from the K-Mart parking lot on graduation day, May 26.

Starting at 9 a.m., the MCSD transportation department will begin running shuttles between the high school's front entrance and the K-Mart parking lot. An area for parking will be designated at K-Mart for this event, and shuttles will run every few minutes until the designated parking area is full.

Following commencement exercises, shuttles will run for 30 minutes to take patrons back to their cars.

For information, contact Jim Baptist, transportation director, at 824-5511 or Mike Taylor, maintenance director, at 824-5522.

Tobacco-free quit kits available

Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the VNA office in Steamboat at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 and in Craig at 745 Russell Street.

The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process. Research shows you are seven times more likely to end your tobacco habit with the QUITLINE than if you are trying to quit on your own. Eight weeks of free nicotine patches are available, a $200 value. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or the VNA at 871-7639 for further assistance.


Pianist sought

Hayden Congregational United Church of Christ is seeking a pianist to accompany the choir and to fill in for Sunday services as needed. Call Julie at 276-2027 or the church at 276-3510 for more information.

SHARE Craig registration on June 6

SHARE Craig, which offers low-cost groceries to residents, has registration day from 5 to 7 p.m. June 6 at St. Michael Catholic Church 768 School St.

Every package customers purchase also helps to put food on the table for another family in the community.

To order from SHARE, visit Craig SHARE on 678 School St. in St. Michaels Catholic Church on June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-933-7427 or you can order online at www.sharecolorado.com

Clinic offers free sports physicals

The Moffat County Family Clinic is offering free sports physicals for all Moffat County, Hayden and Baggs athletes. Appointments are available until July 31.

For more information, call 824-3252.

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