Craig briefs: Church brings hip-hop to Craig

Church brings hip-hop to Craig

— Music artist SOULJA, whose name is an acronym for Serving Only Under Lord Jesus Amen, plans to put on two shows this weekend in Craig.

The first starts at 7 p.m. Friday in the Moffat County High School gymnasium, with a second show at 2 p.m. Saturday at Craig City Park.

Guest speaker Matt Roberts, a Utah pastor, will speak before each performance.

Both events are sponsored by the Ridgeview Church of God youth group and are free and open to the public, though donations are appreciated.

For more information, call youth leaders Michael or Michelle Cramer at 629-8281.

Workshop centers on planning for the future

The Moffat County Work and Life Skills Coalition is partnering with Craig Middle School to offer a "Parents Workshop," from 6 to 9 p.m. today. The workshop is designed to help parents work with their seventh- or eighth-grade student to effectively plan for the future.

The workshop takes place at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. The workshop, valued at $50 a person, is being paid for by a grant from Moffat County Social Services. Call 321-7271 to reserve a space.

CNCC sponsoring New England learning trip

Colorado Northwestern Community College is sponsoring an adult learning adventure trip to Vermont from Sept. 19 to 25.

In Vermont, students will view shipwrecks from the 1800s in Lake Champlain, go to museums, Revolutionary War sites, a seventh-generation maple farm and many other historic sites.

The group also will tour Boston, including Beacon Hill and the Old North Church.

Registration for the tour is limited. For more information or to register, call Mary Morris at 824-1135.

AAA Colorado enters swine flu discussion

AAA Colorado is aiding travelers by closely monitoring reports from government agencies regarding the swine flu outbreak.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swine influenza should not discourage people from traveling to or within the United States. The World Health Organization is not recommending travel restrictions and border closures to fight swine flu, calling such steps ineffective.

At this point, it is still too early to know the severity of the problem or the risk it may pose for travelers. Travelers, like all other Americans, should heed the health advisories and precautions being issued by the Centers for Disease Control and others to help prevent the spread of the virus.

"AAA Colorado recommends that travelers to Mexico, where swine flu has been reported, should speak with their travel professional for updates regarding the area they plan to visit," said Sandra Barnes, AAA director of travel services. "Travelers can then make informed decisions about any travel plans they have."

More information can be found on AAA's Web site at www.aaa.com.

Letter carriers to make food drive collections

The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, will be collecting nonperishable food items such as canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice May 9.

The food will help families in the community.

Residents can donate by placing food donations at their mailboxes May 9 before their letter carrier arrives. It will be taken to the post office and then delivered to local food banks and pantries. Do not include items that have expired or those in glass containers.

5th annual Cinco de Mayo festival Saturday

Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada will host the fifth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, two miles east of Craig. The event is open to the public.

Some of the offerings available Saturday are a Mariachi band, food, beer, salsa cook off, piñata contest, soccer, ice cones, cotton candy and face painting.

Respiratory screenings available through VNA

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is now offering free screenings for patients who have been experiencing breathing problems or have been diagnosed with asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or other related respiratory illnesses in Moffat, Routt and Jackson counties.

Spirometry testing, pulmonary functions studies, prescription medications and disease management are available at a reduced charge based on income.

For more information or to schedule a screening, call registered nurse Victoria Barron, Community Health Educator, at 970-875-1883.

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