Briefs for Feb. 10 |

Briefs for Feb. 10

Operation APO (Army Post Office) Ship Free, a fund set up to ship packages to military personnel serving overseas, is low on funds, and organizer Jim Stoddard is seeking donations.

“We’ve still got a lot of guys over there, and they’re still getting shot at, so it’s the least we can do,” Stoddard said.

He owns PackCenter Shipping and operates the fund from his store. He said he recently received sizable donations from Western United Realty, Country Living Realty, American Northwest Realty, All Star Realty and Holiday Inn of Craig.

Stoddard said the program started in October 2004 and that the number of boxes being sent overseas is still steady. He said he ships about six boxes a week through the program.

The most popular items to send are snacks and toiletries. Some friends and family members send CDs, DVDs and clothing items.

To donate to the fund, call 824-7957, or go to PackCenter Shipping, 509 Yampa Ave. or First National Bank of Rockies, 600 Yampa Ave. The bank has an account named Operation APO Ship Free.

11th annual Artwalk set for Saturday

The Downtown Business Association’s 11th annual Artwalk is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at many local shops.

Residents are invited to stroll the streets of historic downtown Craig to meet local artists and see their work.

Organizers said they expect 16 artists to participate in the event. Many will offer their work for sale.

A popular display sponsored by the Colorado Northwestern Community College pottery students will return to The Center of Craig. Students sell chili and hot chocolate, and the buyer gets to keep the handmade bowl or cup it comes in. Proceeds help support the pottery program.

New to this year’s event, KS Kreations will offer cookie decorating.

For information about Artwalk, call Karen Brown at 824-7898.

Craig Elks Lodge holds craft sale

Crafts ranging from beadwork to quilts and rope baskets will be on sale this weekend at the Craig Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way. At least two bake-sales and the Elks snack bar will provide nourishment for shoppers and the 15 exhibitors that will be displaying items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information about the craft sale call Dora Watson at 824-2251.

Free spruce trees available this month

Ten free Colorado blue spruce trees will be given to each person who joins the Notional Arbor Day Foundation during February.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

“Colorado blue spruces, with their silver blue-green color and attractive conical shape, will give year-round beauty to homes in Colorado,” said John Rosenow, Arbor Day Foundation president. “They can be used as individual ornamentals, an energy-saving windbreak, a privacy screen or as living Christmas trees.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between March 1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The six- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members also receive a subscription to the foundation’s bimonthly publication, “Arbor Day” and “The Tree Book” with information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the foundation and receive the free trees, visit or send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Colorado Blue Spruce Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 by Feb. 28.

Church speakers set for February

February speakers at the Maybell Interdenominational Church are:

Feb. 12: Dwayne Lougee

Feb. 19: The Rev. Linda Taylor

Feb. 26: Roger DeJong.

Everyone is welcome to attend services at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Bible study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is on the west edge of Maybell, at 60054 U.S. Highway 40.

Women’s hockey team hosts tournament

The Craig Puck Ewes women’s hockey team is hosting the fourth annual Mardi Gras hockey tournament today through Sunday at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena.

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