Craig briefs: Community college to offer free film tonight

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Colorado Northwestern Community College’s International Cinema program will host a free screening of “The Seventh Seal” at 7 p.m. today in Room 175 of the Craig campus. Anyone who is interested in viewing this classic drama is invited to come.

“The Seventh Seal” is a 1957 Swedish drama-fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Set in medieval Sweden during the Black Death, it tells of the journey homeward of a knight. “The Seventh Seal” established Bergman as a world-renowned director and contains scenes that have become iconic through parodies and homages.

For more information about the screening, call 970-824-1114.

Black tie Saturday at the Diamonds & Spurs event

The Rotary Club of Craig will once again host its annual Diamonds and Spurs event from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The black tie event features delicious food, drinks, a silent auction, dancing and music. Tickets cost $60 per individual, $480 for an eight-person table and $600 for a 10-person table. All proceeds help fund Craig Rotary. To purchase a ticket, or for more information, call Randy Looper at 970-826-4444.

Community calendar available: print, online

The Craig Daily Press has a robust and thorough community calendar that can be found on page 5 of the Craig Daily Press or online at www.CraigDailyPress.com/events. Check out the newspaper’s calendar for your event needs. If you’d like to submit a calendar event, email your listing to editor@CraigDailyPress.com or call 970-875-1790.

Bella Voce Chorus seeks new members

The Bella Voce Chorus members of Sweet Adelines International are searching for women singers in the Craig, Meeker, Steamboat and Baggs areas. The group wants to grow its chorus. Celebrating its 30th year, the Bella Voce Chorus, formerly the “Yampa Valley Chorus” was founded in Craig in 1983. Now led by the group’s new director, Jeana Womble, the women range from 11-year-olds to grandmothers and all are from diverse backgrounds. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to attend the chorus’ weekly rehearsal at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Craig Middle School auditorium. The internationally renowned Bella Voce Chorus is one of the hundreds of Sweet Adelines International choruses that make up this worldwide organization of women who sing four-part a cappella harmony.

Musical knowledge is not necessary to join — every rehearsal is like a voice lesson. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, will find a part that fits her voice range. For more information, contact Jeana Womble at 970-824-6472 or gladiam@live.com.

Ice safety tips courtesy of Parks and Wildlife

Colorado’s early winter blast has brought freezing temperatures and ice to the state. But despite the chill, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding people that lakes, ponds and streams still may not be ready for winter activity, according to a release.

Always assume that unsafe ice conditions may exist, and remember that ice thickness will vary from place to place and day to day. Four inches of ice is generally considered safe for ice fishing and ice skating. However, off-highway vehicles need at least 5 inches of ice thickness. Whenever there is any question about thickness or conditions, the best advice is to stay off the ice.

Look for signs of unsafe conditions, including ice of different colors, water on top of the ice, cracks, pressure ridges, open water and bubbles in the ice. Also, beware of ice covered with snow. Sometimes the snow serves as insulation, keeping the ice from melting. Other times, the snow has the opposite effect, insulating the surface from freezing. Also be aware that water levels can fluctuate in reservoirs, which can affect ice stability.

Closures to protect elk near Emerald Mountain

The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people to observe seasonal closures that began Dec. 1 at Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs to protect wintering and calving elk, according to a press release.

All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM’s Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area are closed to public entry through June 30 to protect elk during their sensitive winter and calving seasons. This includes the Beall Trail and Kemry Draw. This closure corresponds with Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands to the east of the SRMA and the Humble Ranch property to the southeast.

For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000 or log on to http://on.doi.gov/14Q6KTz.

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