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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a Bow Hunter Education class 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area near Fruita.Bow Hunting Education is not required in Colorado, but students must possess a regular Hunter Education card to be eligible for the class.Considered an accelerated hunter education class, topics will focus on bow hunting strategies, safety, ethics and is open to beginners or experienced bow hunters.Class fee is $10 payable on the day of the class, and all students must bring a signed consent form available on the registration site. Anyone under 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the form. To register, visit or call 970-255-6100.

"Flash Fiction & the Essence of Story," a writing workshop for adults and college students, will be taught by novelists Sandra Dorr and Linda Sheader at the Western Colorado Writers' Forum, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 800 Colorado Ave. in downtown G.J. Cost is $45/adults ($40 WF members) and $10/students. To register, contact Vanessa at or call 970-256-4662.

Dr. Jeffrey Nakano, an orthopaedic surgeon with Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, was recently named the 2013 St. Mary's Hospital Physician of the Year, an honor bestowed on physicians who exemplify dedication to medicine.Physician peers selected Dr. Nakano for his dedication to patients, their families, and the overall health of the community. Doctors who practice at St. Mary's Hospital make up the Physicians Advisory Committee which chooses each year's recipients.Part of what contributed to Dr. Nakano earning this award was his work with Operation Walk USA. Along with two other RMOA doctors, Dr. Nakano donated his services performing free knee and hip replacements to three Grand Junction-area residents, giving them their mobility back and relieving their pain.

On Saturday, March 16, the Associated Student Government of Colorado Mesa University will host its annual Remembrance Day, an event to remember and honor fallen Mavericks, students who have passed away. The event will be at 2 p.m. on Mesa Field, the field on the east side of Grand Mesa Residence Hall, 1200 Houston Ave.The community is invited to the event, which will host speakers and a ceremonial remembrance act at the conclusion of the event. Refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Rebecca Glasser with Canyon Creek Plastic Surgery will be joined by Dr. Joyce Sekharan as part of the Ladies' Night series at the Fruita Community Center. The docs will discuss what women need to know about breast cancer and what options there are in treatment and breast reconstruction 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at 324 N. Coulson in Fruita, in the peach meeting room.Ladies' Night is held the second Tuesday of every month through April providing women the opportunity to learn, socialize and enjoy light refreshments. The event is free, but space is limited; RSVP by calling 970-858-0360. Dr. Sekharan is part of the surgical team at General Surgeons of Western Colorado. And Dr. Glasser is one of the only female plastic surgeons on the West Slope.

The Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival is returning for its fifth year June 14-16. Last year ticket numbers doubled and camping spaces swelled. As the festival continues to expand, so does the need for volunteers. The committee is looking for energetic, bluegrass lovin' volunteers to assist with ticket taking, parking, merchandising, and shuttling of festival goers. Volunteers are also needed to help with security, the campground and the children's area. Volunteers must fill out an application in advance to be considered. Festival volunteers working a minimum of 4 hours will receive a day pass and can receive a weekend pass by working 8 or more hours. If interested, call 970-464-5602.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife 2013 big-game brochures are now available and limited license applications are being accepted for this fall's big-game hunts. License applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat and bear are due Tuesday, April 2.CPW wants hunters to apply for licenses online. In 2012, more than 474,000 applications were received, and more than 80 percent of those were filled out using the easy online system.The biggest change that hunters should be aware of this year is a modification to the youth late-season elk hunting program. In 2013, youth with an unfilled limited cow or either-sex elk license will be able to hunt late seasons in the general area of their original license, but in smaller areas than previously allowed.Info and to apply for licenses:

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