Briefs for Nov. 17, 2011: CMS hosts food drive through Dec. 9

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A canned food drive takes place at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., through Dec. 9.

The drive is open to students and community members, and cash donations also will be accepted. Canned food and donations can be dropped off at the CMS front office during regular school hours.

Middle school students can earn $1 off the entry fee to Friday’s CMS school dance by bringing in two cans of food for the drive.

Last year, the school collected about 1,800 cans of food, CMS social studies teacher Justin Folley wrote in an email.

“Any kind of community support would be greatly appreciated,” he added.

For more information, call the school at 824-3289 and ask for Folley, or call Assistant Principal Jill Hafey 826-6358 or CMS counselor Michelle Henderson at 826-6362.

VNA hosts Celebration of Life

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting the fifth annual Celebration of Life Tree event on Dec. 15 at the VNA, 745 Russell St.

The event includes ornament decorating in memory of a loved one at 4:30 p.m. and a reading and story-sharing at 5:15 p.m. Ornaments will be placed on the tree and can be taken home after the holidays.

Refreshments will be served. Ornaments and decorations will be provided.

For more information, call 871-7682.

Chamber mixer to be held at Mathers

The next Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors’ Business After-Hours Mixer is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. today at Mathers Bar, 420 Yampa Ave.

Mathers Bar and the Yampa Valley APA Pool League host the free event.

RSVP by calling 824-5689 or emailing office@craig-chamber.com.

CMS survey available online until Friday

Craig Middle School administrators are asking parents to complete an online survey about the school.

The survey can be found at www.moffatsd.org and contains 14 questions on topics ranging from instructional quality to staff and administrators. Parents also can leave comments at the end of the survey, which is anonymous.

The survey will be available until Friday, and results are expected by early next week, CMS counselor Michelle Henderson said.

The survey offers “a snapshot of how the parents feel we’re doing,” she said. She added, “We want to make sure that the parents are happy with what we’re doing here at CMS and that … we’re meeting parents’ needs as well as students’ needs.”

For more information, call CMS at 824-3289.

Cattlewomen to meet today

The next meeting of the Moffat County Cattlewomen is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the Moffat County School District bus garage on Rose Street.

The Moving Wall of Brands is on display at Quality Plus One Hour Photo through November and will be at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in December.

YVMC to host free orthopedic presentation

Yampa Valley Medical Center will host a free presentation at 6 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colo. Highway 13.

Dr. Jerry Wiedel, YVMC orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the New Mobility Joint and Spine Center, and Tamara Floyd, New Mobility coordinator, will present about joint replacement surgery for knees and hips.

For more information, call 875-2613 or visit www.yvmc.org/newmobility.

Donations accepted for Christmas project

Donations will be accepted this month for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, in Craig.

During National Collection Week, donations are accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

Donations include shoe boxes filled with school supplies, toys, necessity items and a letter of encouragement. Packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.com/occ.

Other volunteers to process donations are also welcome.

For more information, call Julie Grobe at 824-4940.

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