Craig briefs for Feb. 1

Wild Turkey dinner Feb. 9 at Fairgrounds Pavilion

— The National Wild Turkey Federation will host its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Feb. 9 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner follows at 7 p.m.

Anyone who purchases a ticket before Feb. 2 will be put into a drawing for a gun. A special prize also will be awarded to children.

Tickets cost $50 for a single, $70 for a couple and $15 for youths ages 17 and younger. Tickets are available at B&B Welding and Northwest Pawn.

For more information, call Pam at 824-6811 or Scott at 824-4910.

Rotary Club seeking scholarship applicants

The Craig Rotary Club is taking applications for an Ambassadorial Scholarship, which enables a student to study abroad for one year, while supporting the vision of Rotary International to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace.

During the study period, scholars are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country through numerous public appearances, according to a press release. After studying, scholars share their experience with people in their home country.

Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work or must have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years when the scholarship begins. Applicants must be legal residents of Moffat County, and have no Rotary familial connections.

The scholarship is for one academic year's study abroad at an institution assigned by The Rotary Foundation Trustees. It provides a flat grant of $23,000. Club-endorsed candidates will complete at the district level, and one scholarship will be awarded.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Craig Rotary Club no later than March 15. Successful applicants at the club level must attend in an interview April 12 and 13 in Cheyenne, Wyo. To request an application and obtain further information, call Bill Muldoon at 970-824-7100.

City-adopted Alcohol Toolkits available

The Youth Wellness Initiative has created an Alcohol Retailer Toolkit to aid in reducing underage drinking among youths.

The toolkit will automatically be sent to alcohol purveyors as part of their liquor license renewal packet in 2008.

The toolkit includes a copy of Colorado liquor laws, policies and procedures that retailers are encouraged to adopt, a responsible alcohol server agreement for employers to have staff members sign, warning stickers and signs, an ID checking guide and a list of available training resources.

Liquor license holders who do not want to wait until their liquor licenses are renewed to receive an Alcohol Retailer Toolkit are encouraged to call Grand Futures Prevention Coalition at 879-6188.

Packets available to combat teen drinking

An informational packet designed to help parents learn about the dangers of youth alcohol use is now available through the Youth Wellness Initiative.

The took kit includes tips on how to engage teens in conversations about drinking and gives suggestions about how parents can increase monitoring of teens' activities in order to decrease access to alcohol.

Strategies are given for building a healthy support structure for children to better enable them to withstand peer pressure and make good choices.

Parents can request a kit by calling Grand Futures Prevention Coalition at 879-6188.

Second Annual Taste of Chocolate Feb. 9

Chocolate temptations will be featured at various Downtown businesses in conjunction with the Art Walk.

Competitors will prepare 100 small servings of their creation. This could be hot chocolate, cakes, cookies and candy - as long as the featured flavor is chocolate. Entry forms are available at The Kitchen Shop. Contestants need to be present to hand out samples.

The samples go to ticket holders only.

Ticket holders will be voting for their favorite chocolate. The winner will be announced Feb. 11 and will receive $100 in Downtown Bucks.

There is no entry fee. The competitor collecting the most votes will win $100.

Chocolate tasters will need to purchase a ticket at The Kitchen Shop or other Downtown businesses. The tickets cost $10, and entitle you to a sample of each chocolate creation. The ticket also is your ballot. Ballot boxes will be located along the route. Candy boxes will be provided to ticket holders. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

Steamboat writing workshop upcoming

Fort Collins author Teresa Funke, who has coached and critiqued writers for more than 12 years, will host a writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at The Ranch at Steamboat, 1800 Ranch Road in Steamboat Springs.

The workshop lasts six hours and costs $175.

It includes lunch, a workbook, 80 pages of additional information, links to resources and writing exercises.

Funke is the author of three books for children and adults. Her articles, essays and short stories have appeared in national and regional publications.

Her workshop will include how to get started writing a book, revise and find an agent/editor.

For more information, visit www.ncwc.biz or contact kerrie@ncwc.biz or 970-282-7754.

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