Moffat County news round-up for Sept. 8, 2012: Art'n the Park'n Lot set for today

Art’n the Park’n Lot, sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads, will take place in the parking lot just West of JW Snacks throughout the day today.

There will be music, arts and craft vendors, great food, a beer garden, and a silent auction.

Proceeds from this fun event will benefit music in the schools and other worthy causes.

There is no admission fee to attend. For more information, call Beth Gilchrist at (970) 824-3986 or visit http://www.nwcoloradoparrotheads.com.

Legion bingo slated at Elks Lodge

American Legion bingo will take place today at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 5:45 p.m.

DAR to host monthly meeting

The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of Daughters if the American Revolution will host it's monthly meeting at 10 a.m. today in the basement of the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Guests are welcome.

For more information, call Shannan at 824-9518.

Second Chance Saturday this weekend

Humane Society is sponsoring "Second Chance Saturday" discount adopt-a-thon from 9 a.m. to Noon today at the Bear Creek Animal Hospital.

All shelter animals are $60 to adopt. The regular price is $115.

This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations and Feline Leukemia test for cats

For information, call 824-7235 and leave a message.

Museum open house today

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society and White River Museum Lighting Project Open House and Celebration is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. today at the museum, 565 Park St. in Meeker.

The event celebrates the completion of the first phase of the Lighting Project.

Ellene Meece, RBCHS president, welcomes the Meeker community and Meeker Sheep Dog Classic guests to join in the celebration and tour the Museum to appreciate the exceptional effort of new state-of-the-art Museum lighting technology.

Refreshments will be served.

Jackson Lake State Park Hosts Dutch Oven and Chili Cook-off

Jackson's Lake State Park's Second Annual Dutch & Chili cook-off takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Anyone who wants to enjoy good food and have fun is invited to enter the contest and enjoy the lake's recreational opportunities.

All vehicles must have a $7 daily pass. Entries must be received by today.

For registration forms and more information, visit www.parks.state.co.us/parks/jacksonlake, call (970) 645-2551, or email darby.shanks@state.co.us.

Humane society to meet

The next Humane Society of Moffat County meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at the Golden Cavy Restaurant.

Please consider attending to learn more about the organization.

Call Ann at 620-2014 for more information.

PAC meeting slated

The Moffat County High School Parent Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday inside the library at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

For more information, call MCHS at 824-7036.

'Skype-A-Lawyer Night' slated

Anyone needing help or information with a civil legal problem is invited to “Skype-A-Lawyer Night” sponsored by The NW Colorado Legal Services Project and The Memorial Hospital.

The event is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of The Memorial Hospital.

Qualified clients will have a 20-30 minute private consultation with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association.

“Skype-A-Lawyer Night” is a free service for low-income residents. To prequalify or for further information, call 276-2161 or 1-800-521-6968.

Drop-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed an appointment.

Book club to meet

The Craig Book Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at First Congregational Church at 630 Green St.

Susie Begam-Violette will review and lead the discussion of “A Buddha in the Attic,” by Juli Otsuka.

New members are welcome.

Call Audrey at 824-3590 for more information.

TGIG mixer slated

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are hosting a TGIF Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the CNCC Bell Tower, 50 College Drive.

This mixer is the grand opening for the Marianna Raftopoulos Small Business Incubator.

RSVP by Sept. 13 to the Craig Chamber of Commerce at (970) 824-5689 or email office@craig-camber.com.

Golf tourney, ball drop to benefit Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will be the beneficiary of the 13th Annual Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop, set to take place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 15.

Every golf ball purchased will be dropped from an airplane onto the 18th hole at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Prizes will be awarded to the sponsor of the balls that land closest to the hole. And for those of you who say "I could never be that lucky ," there is a furthest from the hole prize too.

Local businesses have donated over $10,000 worth of prizes to the event. Each ball is a chance to win and participants do not need to be present to win.

Contestants can purchase one white ball for $10, five white ball and one bonus red ball for $50, or 12 white balls and three bonus red balls for $100. Different colored balls qualify for a different set of prizs.

To purchase a ticket, please call or stop by the Boys & Girls Blub, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40, or send a check with your contact information to P.O. Box 1251,

Craig, CO., 81625.

2012 CNCC Foundation Dinner scheduled

This fun evening will be filled with live music, by Anthony Tremaine, dinner, drinks and auctions, all to support the CNCC foundation.

The CNCC Foundation is an organization with the sole mission to garner funds from other sources to promote higher education.

The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15 at the CNCC Craig Campus Commons, 2801 W. 9th St.

The dinner will be catered by Tin Cup Grill and there will be valet parking. Tickets are $30 per person.

Tickets may be purchased at The Merc (bookstore at CNCC), The Foundation office, from Foundation members or at the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call (970) 824-1124

Free summer dance

The public is invited to a free summer dance, with country music provided by the John Wayne Band, Sept. 15 at Lodore Hall in Brown's Park.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the dance begins around 6:30 p.m.

Cake Walks, a cake drawing, auction, and door prizes are activities planned for the evening. Food is also available.

The dance is sponsored by the Brown's Hole Homemakers' Club, a non-profit community organization, and all donations support Lodore Hall and community events.

To get there, drive west on U.S. Highway 40 through Maybell, turn right on Highway 318 to Brown's Park. Turn toward Historic Lodore Hall (County Road 114).

For more information, call (970) 269-3000, or (970) 272-3213.

Taste of Zucchini participants needed

Contestants are wanted for the "Taste of Zucchini," set for 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in downtown Craig.

Prizes also will b awarded for longest zucchini and the heaviest zucchini.

Please call Kitchen Shop of Craig 824-8148 for details.

Junk box build-off slated

Contestants are needed for the Junk Box Build-Off.

Entries are due Sept. 15.

Participants purchase a box full of materials and have 24 hours create something from those materials.

Call Karen at the Community Budget Center for details at 824-7898

Upcycle contest scheduled

Upcycle Craig Contest is slated Sept. 15 in downtown Craig.

The contest judges what participants can make out of materials that would normally be thrown away.

Contact Karen at The Community Budget Center for entry forms at 824-7898.

Crane festival slated for September

Inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival will take place Sept. 16-19 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

Four days of free events surrounding the region's magnificent Sand hill Cranes have been scheduled.

Sand hill Cranes are an iconic species of the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado. For years, a group of enthusiastic birders and nature lovers has gathered each fall at a small ranch near Hayden to watch the cranes – both the adults and their young – forage for food, dance in the fields and practice flying in anticipation of their grand migration south to warmer wintering territory.

The sights and sounds of these spectacular birds on their fall staging ground in the Yampa Valley led some to dream about an event in which locals and tourists would gather together to learn about this population of cranes and to celebrate their presence in Northwest Colorado.

The festival will feature crane viewing, expert speakers, films, family activities, a photography workshop, a crane art show and more. All scheduled events are open to the public and free.

For a day-by-day schedule of festival events, go to www.coloradocranes.org.

USDA food distribution set

The Moffat County Department of Social Services will be having a U.S.D.A. Food Supplement distribution in Craig from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 18 at 595 Breeze Street, north east alley entrance only.

The distribution in Maybell is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Maybell Community Center. The distribution in Dinosaur is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the County Office in Dinosaur.

All households that receive Food Supplement must be recertified at the first of each year. Verification includes proof of the household's gross monthly income, current address and picture I.D.

For more information contact Tammie Hart at the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282 ext 11.

EDP annual meeting set

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership will hold its 2012 annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spt. 19 in the main floor conference room of the Moffat County Courthouse.

All members in good standing are eligible to vote for members of the Board of Directors or to run for a position. There are currently 3 officer positions open, each with a 3-year term.

Ballots will be cast in person at the annual meeting. If you are interested in a position or need more information, please contact director@cmedp.com or call 620-4370.

Northwest Colorado Viz-Abilities meeting set

Viz-Abilities, a group supporting those with low vision, meets at 1 p.m. Sept. 24 in the second floor library at Sunset Meadows I.

Discussion will include evacuation plans and emergency preparedness.

Call 826-0833 for a ride.

Career guidance C+CTE collaborative slated

The inaugural no cost, and un-biased, gathering with structured best practice sharing, technique trading, update providing, resource collaborating and creating career guidance processes with regional colleagues will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at Colorado Northwest Community College.

The essence is to focus on meaningful processes for students in addition to learning/sharing about these processes.

Girl Scout Smore event planned

Any girl interested in joining Girl Scouts is invited to Loudy-Simpson Park from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

Bring 2 non-perishable items to donate to Love INC.

Adult Volunteers also are being sought.

Come and make a difference to a girl. Registration papers will be available.

Any questions, call Tammi at 620-2886 or Jackie at 620-5120

CASA volunteers sought

Northwest Rocky Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocates is now recruiting volunteers to become advocates in court for abused and neglected children in Routt, Moffat and Grand Counties.

Training begins in October and applications are available online at www.nwrmcasa.org.

CASA provides abused children a voice in court to assist in assuring all children are placed in a safe, permanent home and that their social, emotional, educational and medical needs are met.

CASA provides needed information to judges and coordinate with parties in a case with emphasis on the child's needs.

To become a CASA volunteer, a person must be passionate about helping children and a good communicator. 32 hours of training is required and interested individuals must complete an application and interview.

For more information about the program, process or if becoming a CASA volunteer is right for you, please call 970-819-6233.

Support group meets twice a month

A support group for those living with cancer meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month upstairs at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St.

For more information call Joan 701-9085.

Fire officials appreciative of public's response

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit issued a news release last month thanking area residents who have reported wildlife fires.

"Having the public reporting fires allows us to respond quicker and work to keep the incidents small," said Colt Mortenson, Bureau of Land Management fire manager officer. "There are smoke key pieces of information that help us respond more efficiently."

Fire management officials request residents follow these guidelines when reporting a fire: • Call 911.

• Move out of the fire area and monitor, account for others and move them safely.

• State your name and phone number in case more information is needed.

• Report the location from where you're seeing fire or smoke, and state the location of the fire, including where you are standing and nearby roads, highways, or landmarks.

• Note fuels burning, such as sagebrush, grass or trees, and estimate the size of the fire in acres or football fields.

• Public safety is of the utmost importance, fire officials said. Fires can spread quicker than expected, so never attempt to extinguish a blaze.

VNA offering low-cost testing

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association's Community Health Center 745 Russell St., will offer confidential, low-cost, drop-in STD testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.

For more information, call the health center at 824-8233.

New organization seeking board members

Freedom Hooves, an organization promoting therapeutic riding in Northwest Colorado, is looking for people to serve on the group's board of directors.

Anyone interested should send a letter stating their interests and what they can bring to the board.

Letters may be emailed to freedomhooves@gmail.com, or mailed to P.O. Box 832, Hayden, CO, 81639.

For more information, call 757-0331, 701-9085 or 629-5761.

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