Craig Briefs: Golf tourney for Cory Pike tees off Saturday

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The Wakonda Cup Fore Fat Cor golf tournament will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The event is a four-person scramble to honor Cory Pike who lost his battle with lymphoma in November 2009.

The proceeds from the tournament will help fund a scholarship in his name. Registration is $100 per person for 18 holes, a golf cart, prizes, a shirt or hat and dinner. Hawaiian attire is suggested at the dinner.

As part of this year’s tournament, representatives of The Memorial Hospital also will be seeking to enlist participants and anyone else interested in the National Marrow Donor Program to help benefit patients with leukemia, lymphoma and similar ailments requiring bone marrow transplants. For more information, contact Dave Pike after 7 p.m. at 970-629-9061.

Free flu shots offered to veterans in Routt

American Legion Post 44, VFW Post 4264 and the VA Telehealth Clinic in Craig will be providing free flu shots for Routt County veterans from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Veterans needing flu shots should plan on getting their shots at this time. Not only do veterans get the flu shots free, there also will be an opportunity to learn about and sign up for VA health care. This is important, as VA health care meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act, so veterans enrolled in VA health care will not have to take additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards.

The flu shots are free to all veterans, and no appointment is needed at the walk-in clinic. Also, you don’t need to be enrolled in the VA health care system. However, veterans should bring proof of military service or an American Legion or VFW membership card. Those serving in the Reserves or National Guard also are eligible for free shots if their units were deployed to a war zone during a military conflict.

For more information on the flu shots or VA health care, call Mike Condie, Routt County veterans service officer, at 970-879-5489.

Children’s oral health education event offered

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is hosting a children’s oral health education opportunity this month in Rangely for families and care providers, according to a press release.

Ashley Moon, registered dental hygienist and Cavity-Free at Three trainer, will present the workshop. Attendees will learn that children need healthy teeth and gums for talking, eating and smiling. There are simple things parents can do to help their children take good care of their teeth and have a healthy mouth now and in the future.

The workshop is offered for parents and care providers of children of all ages from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Weiss Conference Room at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 500 Kennedy Drive in Rangely.

The event includes a free meal, giveaways and continuing education hours for early childhood providers. Connections 4 Kids also is offering training to preschool teachers in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Those who wish to attend the workshop need to register by calling Amanda Arnold at 970-824-1036.

Bird walk area near Hayden open all year

The 921-acre Carpenter Ranch, located 3 miles east of downtown Hayden, is one of two local sites protected by The Nature Conservancy in Colorado and designated as Important Bird Areas by the National Audubon Society. The other site near Hayden is the 329-acre Yampa River Preserve, which is open to the public year-round for birding, fishing and hiking. The preserve includes one of the largest remaining examples of a rare riparian forest dominated by narrow leaf cottonwood, box elder and red osier dogwood, according to The Nature Conservancy.

For questions about the birding walks, call Betsy Blakeslee, Carpenter Ranch facilities manager, at 970-276-4626. More information about the Carpenter Ranch and the Yampa River Preserve can be found by searching The Nature Conservancy website at www.nature.org.

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