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Craig breifs: Arts Council seeks public input

The current proposal for the state’s budget balancing plan includes a 50 percent reduction for the Colorado Council on the Arts.

Such a cut would seriously impact the agency’s ability to continue to provide grants and services for artists, community organizations, schools, creative businesses and government agencies at its current level.

The agency has scheduled a Listening Tour through Feb. 10 to gather public feedback regarding the “critical areas in which state investment is essential to support our state’s creative economy,” the Council on Arts reported in a news release.

“Public feedback is vital as the agency determines its future budget priorities,” the council stated in the news release.

Because of the budget uncertainty, the council has decided to postpone its March 12 grant deadline for the 2009-10 Grants to Artists and Organizations, and Success through Art, StART Schools, grants.

Artists, community groups, creative businesses, educators and municipal leaders are encouraged to attend a Listening Tour session and to invite their colleagues, the council stated in the news release.

The Listening Tour schedule is listed below and posted on the Council’s web site at http://www.coloarts.org. Additional sessions may be added. If you have questions about the tour, e-mail coloarts@state.co.us.

The Council also has posted an online survey on the Web site.

“This will only take a few minutes and will provide important input regarding the role of state funding for arts activities and creative enterprises in communities around the state,” the council reported.

The Listening Tour will travel to several cities:

• 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver

• 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Serendipity Coffee Shop, 576 Yampa Ave., Craig

• 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St., Steamboat Springs

• 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St., Glenwood Springs

• 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Montrose School District, Board Room, 126 S. Fifth Street, Montrose

Six-session class health begins Wednesday

A new class starting this month is designed to “provide strategies for managing the challenges of chronic health conditions,” according to a news release.

The “Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions” class is a six-session workshop that will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday at the American Legion post, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Classes begin Wednesday and run through March 11.

For more information about the class, call the Aging Well Information Line at 871-7676. Registration is through Colorado Northwestern Community College, and the college can be reached at 824-1100.

Taste of Chocolate winner to earn $100

Entries are needed for The Taste of Chocolate scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 in downtown Craig.

There is no entry fee.

Participants need to prepare 100 samples of their work for ticket holders. The winning entry earns $100.

To enter, or for more information, call The Kitchen Shop of Craig, 577 Yampa Ave., at 824-8148.

4-H/FFA weigh-in and tagging is Sunday

The Moffat County 4-H/FFA market beef mandatory weigh-in and tagging is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

To show or sell a market beef animal at the 2009 Moffat County Fair, it must be weighed in and tagged on this date. For more information, call the Moffat County Extension Office at 824-9180.