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5 new and ongoing educational opportunities in Craig

Craig Press staff report

Workshop helps adolescents make healthy decisions

Building a Healthy You is a free educational series designed help pre-teens gain the knowledge and confidence to make good choices for their health and well-being. The five-part series for middle school students begins with a session for parents, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Craig Middle School.

Sessions for students are from 3:45 to 4:45 pm March 6, 8, 13 and 15. There will be prize drawings at each session. Building a Healthy You is a collaboration of community health, wellness and safety organizations.

For more information, call 970-314-8539 or email craigyouthforchange@gmail.com.

4-H member, leader enrollment ends Feb. 28

It's time to re-enroll in 4-H to be eligible for completion of 2018 projects. Each member in Moffat County must be enrolled in a community club, unless the extension agent has approved independent membership. Leaders need to enroll online. For students, enrollment forms are due by Feb. 28. Add/drop for projects ends May 1.

For more information and to drop off applications, visit the Extension Office at 539 Barclay Street, or call 970-824-9180.

Fair queen applications due March 1

Moffat County Fair Board has reinstated the fair queen program for the fair and rodeo. The board plans to fill four positions:

• Junior queen and attendant, for age 8 to 13
• Senior queen and attendant, for age 14 to 18

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Application packets are available at the Moffat County Extension Office and are due back to the office by March 1.  For more information and to drop off applications, visit the Extension Office at 539 Barclay Street, or call 970-824-9180.

Mental health first aid class open to public

An estimated one in four Americans has suffered from a mental health problem. That's more people than affected by heart disease, lung disease and cancer combined. Learn how to help people facing such issues with new training provided by Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership and Mental Health First Aid Colorado.

The certification qualifies participants as mental health first aid providers. Students will learn how to respond to someone facing a mental health challenge, including depression, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, eating disorders and panic attacks. Learn the signs, the evidence-based actions to take and how to connect those in crisis to support systems that can help them recover.

The class is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7 in Room 175 in the CNCC Academic /Student Service building, 2801 W. Ninth St.
Register online at mhfacp.org/findclass/attend/250.
For more information, email Sarah Valentino at svalentino@ncchealthpartnership.org.   

Positive Solutions for Families class begins in March

Positive Solutions for Families is a free, six-week class that promotes social and emotional development and helps reduce challenging behavior. Free childcare is available during class. The class is provided by Connections4Kids, and the next class starts in March. To learn more and register, call 970-824-1081 or email parented@connections4kids.org.

Professional development program continues at college

CRAIG — Colorado Northwestern Community College faculty and staff, with the help of local elected officials and nonprofit and business leaders, are holding a professional development series titled The Big Wig.

The series will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the following days.

• March 13 — How to Powder Your Wig, a lesson about professional presentation, will be given by Desiree Moore in Room 113 of the Academic Building.

• April 3 — Don’t Wig Out, a presentation about managing stress and office politics, will be given by Jennifer Holloway in Room 113 of the Academic Building.

• April 17 — How to be a Big Wig, a panel discussion including elected officials, nonprofit and business leaders, will answer questions about what it takes to become a leader in a profession in the Library of the Academic Building.

Food will be provided at all Big Wig presentations on the Craig Campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

Applications available for Rotary Youth Leadership Camp

Applications are available for camp for Rotary Youth Leadership for current high school sophomores or juniors and Young Rotary Youth Leadership for current seventh graders.

The Craig Rotary Club will sponsor four high-school students for RYLA and four seventh-grade students to YRYLA to camp this summer. RYLA camp is held at the YMCA in Estes Park, and YRYLA is held at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center in Larkspur.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 23. For more information, contact Renee Campbell at rcampbell@craigdailypress.com or 970-875-1788.

Readopoly: Winter Reading Program January through March

Moffat County Library is offering a winter reading program that began Jan. 2 with game nights, new family story times, a youth winter book club and new themes for preschool story times.

• Game nights at Village Inn

Village Inn and Moffat County Libraries will host multiple events the second Monday of January, February and March with Kids Eat Free Family Game Night at Village Inn.
Children age 10 and younger eat free, and they and their families can enjoy games and activities with plenty of prizes, including titles that will be part of the library's Winter Book Club. Seating is open house, first-come, first-served.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. March 12
Where: Village Inn, 1103 W. Victory Way
Cost: Children age 10 and younger eat free

More information: 970-824-9600 or vicraig@lovevi.com

• Family Story Time, with stories and activities for the whole family, will be held at 3:45 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

Themes are as follows.

March 15  – The Power of Poetry

• Winter Book Club meets at 11 a.m. for readers age 10 and older.  Readers will read a book before the club meets, then share thoughts about the book and participate in an activity.

Book selections are as follows.

Feb. 24 – “I'll Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives,” by Caitlin Alfirenka
March 31 ­– “The Bone Thief,” by Alyson Noel

* Book signing: Local author Jessica Prather will visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 to talk about her new junior fiction book series, “The Traitor's Crux,” and will sign copies of her books. Prather grew up in Craig, where she spent her time immersed in reading, filling notebooks with fiction and enjoying the outdoors. She graduated from Moffat County High School and currently resides in Utah.

• Story times at the Moffat County Library in Craig are scheduled for 10:30 and 11 Thursdays in the Craig branch of the library, 570 Green Street. Librarians ask parents to arrive early, as entering late causes distractions.

Dates and themes are as follows.

Feb. 22 – Arctic Animals
March 1 – Dr. Seuss
March 8 – Let's Be Silly
March 15 – St. Patrick's Day
March 22 – Spring
March 29 – Riddles and Rhymes Poetry