Craig briefs for Sept. 26

Take flight with CNCC program

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— Premier Helicopters, in conjunction with Colorado Northwestern Community College and Spectrum Jet Center, will offer helicopter rides beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday. The helicopter will be the same aircraft used in CNCC's helicopter program.

Introductory flights will cost $30 for five minutes. Passengers will be allowed to briefly take the flight controls.

Other rates, which also include controlling the helicopter with an instructor, are $100 for 15 minutes, $200 for 30 minutes and $385 for a full hour.

For more information, call CNCC/premier helicopter instructor Drew Mitchell at 846-0784.

Be well with program on Wednesdays

The Aging Well Program offers an all-day program, Wellness Wednesdays, each Wednesday at the American Legion Building, formerly known as the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, in Craig for adults 50 and older.

Activities are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and include art, writing and exercise classes. Today's lunchtime presentation is by Cole White, community care director for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. White will speak about access to health care.

Participants are asked to register for activities before each Wednesday.

For more information, call the Aging Well information line at 871-7676.

The search is on

for Mrs. Craig

Tricia Dampier, the Colorado director for the Mrs. America Pageant, recently announced that the search for the new Mrs. Craig has begun.

Once selected, the community representative will advance to compete in the Mrs. Colorado Pageant on May 17 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver. City and county titleholders will compete to win more than $15,000 in prizes, one of which includes an all-expenses paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant.

Interested applicants must live or work in the Craig area, must be married during the time of competition, be a resident of the state for at least six months, a United States citizen and be at least 18 years old. There is no age limit or performing talent.

In its 32nd year, the Mrs. America Pageant is the only nationally televised pageant dedicated to recognizing the person who contributes to modern family life, the American married woman. Although beauty is a key element in the competition, Mrs. Colorado contestants also are urged to voice their opinions on marriage and important issues of the day.

Interested applicants are invited to find out more about the competition at www.mrscolorado.com and can request and receive free entry information by calling Dampier at the Mrs. Colorado office at 303-904-3709.

Community Coat Drive runs until mid-October

Love INC of the Yampa Valley is sponsoring the annual Community Coat Drive. Winter coats and other outdoor apparel can be donated through Oct. 13 at the following locations:

• Loyd's Cleaners at 552 Breeze St. in Craig.

• Hayden Congregational Church at 202 Jefferson Ave. in Hayden.

• Calvary Baptist Church at 1050 Yampa Ave. in Craig.

• Love INC of the Yampa Valley at 659 School St. in Craig.

More collection sites are to be arranged.

Coats will be cleaned and distributed to anyone in the Yampa Valley who needs a coat, beginning Oct. 15 at Hayden Congregational Church.

Adult-size coats XL and XXL are needed, as are children's coats in all sizes. Children items run out first, according to a press release. Other items needed include mittens, gloves, hats, ski pants, among other winter apparel for all sizes. Love INC requests no sweaters or other clothing materials be donated for the coat drive.

For more information, call Love INC at 826-4400 between the hours of 2 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Aquatics class ongoing at Shadow Mountain

The Arthritis Foundation Aquatics class, sponsored by the Aging Well Program, is from 9 to 10 a.m. on Mondays at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse pool in Craig.

There is no fee for the class through Aging Well. American Legion Pool fees of $3.50 per class do apply. For more information call the Aging Well Line at 871-7676.

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