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Briefs for May 12: Special Olympics set for today

Special Olympics set for today

The Western Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games take place today in Craig.

The event begins at 7 a.m. with a breakfast at McDonald’s, 1080 W. Victory Way, and athlete and volunteer registration takes place from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

A torch run begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot, 1295 W. Victory Way, and continues to MCHS. Opening ceremonies take place at 9 a.m. at the high school track.

The event includes track and field events, aquatics in the MCHS swimming pool, and powerlifting in the MCHS weight room.

Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m., followed by an awards ceremony in the high school gym.

Lunch is free to all athletes, coaches and volunteers.

For more information, call Julie Fite at (970) 319-0901.

Community barbecue today

The Memorial Hospital will sponsor a free community barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Park.

The event, which recognizes National Emergency Medical Services Week, is open to the public.

Live music and games will be provided. For more information, call Tracey Gunn at 826-3290.

Preschool accepting applications

Craig Head Start Preschool is accepting applications for the 2012-13 program year.

Applications are open to parents of children who will turn 3 or 4 on or before Aug. 31.

Space is limited.

For more information, call Adriana at 824-9307 or the main office at 1-800-659-4970.

Dance school performance tonight

Just Dance, 500 Yampa Ave., will present the second night of its annual May recital at 5 p.m. today in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

About 165 students from ages 3 through 18 will perform dances of various styles ranging from tap to ballet to hip-hop, Just Dance owner and teacher Jennifer Giedd said.

The theme for this year’s recital is “Dancing Through Time,” and each class will present a routine representing a different time period, ending with the future, Giedd said.

Admission is $5 and proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship program designed to give underprivileged children in Craig the chance to attend classes at the studio.

For more information, call Just Dance at 629-2651.

Adopt-a-thon today at Animal Shelter

The Humane Society of Moffat County will sponsor “Second-Chance Saturday,” a discount adopt-a-thon, from 9 a.m. to noon today at Bear Creek Animal Hospital/Craig Animal Shelter, 2430 E. Victory Way.

All shelter animals cost $60 to adopt during the event.

The regular price is $115.

The cost includes spay/neuter operations, vaccinations and feline leukemia tests.

For more information, call Ann at 620-2014.

PAC meeting Monday

Craig Middle School will host the final Parent Advisory Committee meeting of the 2011-12 school year at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the CMS library, 915 Yampa Ave.

Parents and guardians of CMS students, including incoming sixth-grade students, are encouraged to attend.

Humane Society meeting Monday

The Humane Society of Moffat County will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave.

Residents interested in learning more about the organization are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Ann at 620-2014.

Measles cases on the rise

The Centers for Disease Control warns that a high number of measles cases have been reported in the U.S., largely due to international travel, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reported in a news release.

“Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing,” according to the news release.

“After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains contagious for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air.”

Measles can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and may cause death.

More than 200 confirmed cases of measles were reported to the CDC last year, making it the highest reported number since 1996, according to the news release.

About 140 cases were associated with importations from countries where measles is endemic or where large outbreaks occurred.

Measles vaccinations are available at the VNA’s Craig office, 745 Russell St.

For more information, call 824-8233.

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