Dr. Seuss' (Theodor Geisel's) birthday is today.
When he was 50 years old, he created his first and maybe most famous book - "The Cat in the Hat" - after a publisher challenged Dr. Seuss to use 250 of the most important words for children to learn.
Dr. Seuss used 220 of those words in "The Cat in the Hat," which was an instant success.
Now, 55 years after the first publication of the "The Cat in the Hat," children and adults still love to hear the fun rhythm of Dr. Seuss' jaunty stories.
To celebrate Dr. Seuss' contribution to children's literature, Downtown Books and The Print Shop invite all Moffat County elementary students (kindergarten through fourth grade) to create a new Dr. Seuss character.
Students should submit their original artwork and words that reflect all the silly, funny and fun things they love about Dr. Seuss and his books.
The first-place winner will receive $25, the second-place winner will receive $15, and the third-place winner will receive $10 (all in Craig Spree Bucks).
All elementary students may enter one time. Applications are available at Ridgeview, Sunset and East elementary school libraries, the Boys & Girls Club, Downtown Books, The Print Shop and the Moffat County Library.
Winners will be honored at a special Dr. Seuss party at 4 p.m. March 9 at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.
For more information, call 824-5343.
VNA offers screening for STDs Friday
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St., offers a drop-in sexually transmitted disease clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. 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 824-8233.
Open swim resumes at American Legion Post 62
Nearly seven months of searching has come to a close.
The American Legion Post 62, 1055 County Road 7, resumed its daily open swim sessions, thanks to the hiring of two new lifeguards.
The pool is available to the public from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Admission is $3.50 per person.
Because of the two new lifeguards, children are welcome without being accompanied by a parent.
The pool also is available for private parties.
The fee is $50 to rent the pool and an additional $3.50 per person.
For more information, contact Post 62 Commander Mel Shockley at 824-3625.
Relay for Life seeks volunteers for 2009
The Craig Relay for Life committee is seeking chairpersons and team captains for the 2009 event.
Team captains can register for $75 now through March 11, the event's kickoff, at www.craigrelayforlife.com.
Craig Relay For Life is looking for an event chair, team recruitment chairs and a sponsorship chair. Anyone interested should call Jeremiah Herman at 970-254-5584.
Queeda Mantle Walker releases second book
"Last Ranch in Hell's Canyon" by Queeda Mantle Walker now is available in Craig. In this second book, Walker describes the further adventures of her family led by her parents, Charley and Evelyn Mantle.
With enough detail to keep readers moving, she describes marriages, children, careers and her father's adventures in Brazil and Australia.
It is a personal story that is a sequel to her first book published in 2005, "The Mantle Ranch."
Walker will visit Craig in May to sign copies of her book. Copies are available for $15.95 at Downtown Books, Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Wyman Museum.
Support group open to grieving adults
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a Grief and Mourning Support & Education Group at noon every Tuesday at the Craig VNA office, 745 Russell St.
The group, which has begun meeting, is open to any adult grieving the death of a loved one.
For more information, call Neil Folks at 871-7660.