Craig briefs: Stargazing event is Saturday in Hayden |

Craig briefs: Stargazing event is Saturday in Hayden

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting all amateur astronomers to Yampa River State Park, located 2 miles west of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40, to enjoy an evening of stargazing at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The nighttime skies above the park, far from the glare of city lights, provide the perfect opportunity to learn how to find the North Star, identify constellations and recognize the differences between stars and planets.

Local astronomer Jimmy Westlake will guide everyone through the maze of celestial bodies and pass along his knowledge of the Milky Way. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own telescope; however, a telescope will be available.

Assemble in the parking lot in front of the Group Picnic Area pavilion, behind the Camper Services building near the park’s headquarters. The event is free; however, a seven dollar daily pass or a $70 yearly pass is required to enter the park.

Bring a lawn chair, warm clothes, snacks, water, insect repellent and a flashlight with a red filter. Unfiltered flashlights are discouraged.

For more information, call Yampa River State Park at 970-276-2061, or visit

Sponsor an American flag with Craig Rotary

Craig Rotary is selling sponsorships for its American flag program. Each contribution sponsors a flag that will be placed along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue for patriotic holidays through the year. As the sponsorships grows, so does the number of flags. Sponsorship costs $75 per flag. To sponsor a flag, call Bob Johnson at 970-846-3647 or Randy Morton at 970-620-1326.

Sunset Meadows seeks funds for senior gardens

Sunset Meadows tenants are trying to raise $4,000 for six aeroponic gardens. With the soil-free system, seniors will be able to grow and harvest their own organic fruit, vegetables and herbs year-round.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be mailed to Sunset Meadows I at 633 Ledford St., Craig, CO 81625.

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