Craig briefs: VNA offers free, confidential clinic

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VNA offers free, confidential clinic

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St., is scheduled to host a drop-in sexually transmitted disease clinic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The clinic is free and confidential and will include screening for various sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call the VNA at 824-8233.

Picnic to honor retiring preschool educator

All former students of St. Mark's Preschool and friends of Rosie Crosthwaite are invited to attend a free picnic, scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the preschool.

The picnic is to celebrate Crosthwaite's 27 years at the preschool. Her tenure ended a few weeks ago.

Members of the Lutheran Church of Grace and St. Mark's will be serving lunch and hosting Crosthwaite at the picnic.

Lunch will include grilled hot dogs, chili, sauerkraut, chips and ice cream. There also will be a large card for visitors to sign for Crosthwaite.

Health Institute offers workshop about maps

The Colorado Health Institute will offer a July 29 workshop in Craig about how to display health or population data about communities or regions in map format.

The workshop is one of several being offered across the state.

Health professionals, grant writers, policymakers and others interested in visually displaying data about their communities are invited to register for this one-day, hands-on session in Geographic Information Systems. The training will take attendees through the basics of GIS mapping to create layered maps of health and population data from CHI's growing inventory of community-level indicators.

This is a beginner workshop introducing participants to the basics of using GIS software; no pre-existing knowledge of GIS is needed.

A working understanding of Microsoft Windows is desirable.

The workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Bell Tower at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 50 College Drive.

The cost is $100 per student registrant, $200 per registrant from a nonprofit organization or government agency and $400 per registrant from a private business. Three or more representatives from one organization or business receive a 20 percent discount (not applicable for students).

To register or get more information, see www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/GIS, or call Todd Hockenberry, senior GIS specialist, at 303-831-4200, extension 219, or e-mail him at hockenberryt@ColoradoHealthInstitute.org.

EDP meeting to be held 11:30 a.m. on June 18

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is scheduled to meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

The agenda includes a presentation from Yampa Valley Electric Association; adoption of update bylaws; and review of a memorandum of understanding for a joint location between the Moffat County Tourism Association, Craig Chamber of Commerce and EDP.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, call EDP director Darcy Trask at 826-2039.

Farmers market opens downtown June 18

The first farmers market of the year is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. June 18 at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig.

The market features regionally homegrown and handmade products for sale.

For more information, call Kay at 620-4917.

Intro to Public Health offered this month

Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials is offering Introduction to Public Health in Colorado from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 and 8:30 a.m. to noon June 19 at The Haven Community Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane in Hayden.

Topics include public health history, the structure of Colorado's public health system, health disparities, the 10 essential public health services, emergency preparedness, chronic disease, environmental health and health statistics.

This course is a must-have for any person new to the field of public health or those who have worked in only one aspect of public health and would like to learn more.

The cost of $40 per person includes all materials, a light breakfast each day, lunch on day one and beverages. Register online at events.publichealthalliance.org.

American Legion pool closed for summer

The American Legion's open swimming now is closed for the summer.

The Legion does not have a lifeguard to staff the pool this summer, the organization said in a news release.

Senior swimming will be closed from June 8 to 19 for pool maintenance. It will reopen June 22.

VNA offering vaccines on a sliding fee scale

Parents, now is the time to take a look at school immunization requirements and recommendations, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Some colleges require the meningococcal vaccine for entering freshmen. Other recommended vaccines include Hepatitis A and HPV (females only).

Other school requirements for fall 2009 are as follows: Tdap for students entering sixth and 10th grades and for students who did not previously receive a Tdap in seventh, eighth, 11th or 12th grade. DTaP, Polio, MMR and Varicella (chicken pox) are required for students entering kindergarten (additional immunizations may be required if your child is not up to date).

VNA provides immunizations for children from no charge to $14; the VNA will never refuse a vaccination to a child because of an inability to pay. For more information call 824-8233.

Services available to disabled, elderly

Adult Day Services now now available at The Haven Assisting Living Center in Hayden for any disabled person older than 18 or any elderly person who is looking for daily activities where oversight is provided.

Services are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Meals, medication administration, activities, assistance with bathing and wellness assessments are available.

For more information or to register, call Diane Girty at 875-1891.

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