Briefs for Dec. 29, 2011: Auditions for children’s performance set for Jan. 17 |

Briefs for Dec. 29, 2011: Auditions for children’s performance set for Jan. 17

A touring theater is seeking children in kindergarten through fifth grade to audition for its production of “The Tortoise Versus the Hare.”

Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. No advance preparation for the audition is necessary.

The group is seeking more than 50 local children to participate. There are no guarantees that everyone who auditions for the play will be cast.

Rehearsals will take place every day from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Jan. 18 through Jan. 20 at the MCHS auditorium. Additional rehearsals will be scheduled Jan. 21, or the day of the performances.

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Not all cast members will be needed at each session, but children who audition must have a clear schedule for the entire week and be able to attend all rehearsals required for their roles.

The Memorial Hospital and The Memorial Hospital Foundation are bringing the performance to Craig.

For more information, call Jennifer Riley at 826-3109 or Michele Chalmers at 824-5522.

Pottery workshop scheduled for Jan. 21 and 22

A two-day pottery workshop with instructor Rosie McDonald will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22 in the ceramics studio at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.

The class is open to all ability levels. Participants will hand-build large bowls and create high- and low-relief drawings on them. Templates will be provided for students who wish to use them.

“Students will learn unique techniques that can be generalized to almost any kind of clay work,” the college reported in a news release.

The cost to attend the class is $125 and includes all materials and firings.

Participants must register through the Craig campus by calling 824-1101. For more information, call Barb at 871-4615 or Roberta at 824-7214.

Parenting class to begin in January

Registrations are being accepted for a free parenting class scheduled to begin in January.

The class takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 10 through March 27 at the Moffat County School District administration building, 775 Yampa Ave.

Dinner will be served during the weekly event, and activities will be provided for children. Classes also are open to grandparents raising children.

Participants must register for the class, and space is limited. The registration deadline is Jan. 6.

For more information or to get a registration form, call Sandy Beran at 871-7682.

VNA offering free smoking cessation materials

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is providing free self-service “cessation stations” at its Craig office, 745 Russell St., and its Steamboat Springs office, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, throughout the holiday season.

The stations offer materials for adults, teens, pregnant women, smokers and smokeless tobacco users. Other tobacco information also is available.

For more information, contact Vicki Barron, VNA community health educator, at 875-1883 or

Post offices open New Year’s Eve, closed Monday

All post offices across the country will be open New Year’s Eve, the U.S. Postal Service reported in a news release. Normal Saturday hours at individual locations will apply.

Post offices will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday. There will be no delivery on these days, with the exception of Express Mail.

For more information, call the Craig post office at 824-8506 or call 800-ASK-USPS or visit

Economic Development Council meets Jan. 4

The Yampa Valley Economic Development Council will meet at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Dinner is served 5:45 p.m.

The event includes speakers from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Department of Local Affairs. Sen. Jean White also is scheduled to speak.

There is no cost to attend the meeting or hear the speakers. Dinner will be available for $15. To RSVP, contact Ginger Scott at or 871-8215.

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