Be proactive about MS |

Be proactive about MS

The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, a renowned provider of educational/wellness programs for people and families living with multiple sclerosis (MS), will offer a free program at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center on Sept. 30. This one-day JUMPSTART Program will introduce people with MS and their family members to the can do philosophy and disease management strategies that have made The Heuga Center a leader in the MS field.The JUMPSTART Program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the activity center, and will include a keynote speech by Dr. William Bentley regarding the latest developments in MS research, in addition to workshops relating to exercise, stress management, and dealing with cognitive issues in MS. A complimentary lunch will be offered. This program is supported by a grant from EnCana Corp.To register for this program, call The Heuga Center, 1-800-367-3101 or 970-926-1290. The program is free of charge and open to anyone who has multiple sclerosis, family members, or anyone interested in MS care.MS is a debilitating, progressive disease of the central nervous system that affects one in 650 Coloradoans, 73 percent of them women. Symptoms vary from tingling, pain and lack of coordination in the limbs, to blindness. MS is the leading neurological disease among young people. There is no known cause and there is no cure for MS. The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, an international nonprofit organization based in Edwards, serves those affected by MS through educational and wellness programs that emphasize a positive, proactive approach to managing the disease.The 2006 Annual Photography Contest is an annual event at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. The formats are: B/W, 35 mm, digital or scanned. Contest information and entry forms are available at the front desk of the activity center. All entries must be at the center by Oct. 6. The entries will be on display Oct. 7 through Oct. 21.One of the best events in our community is Oktoberfest, and it promises to be so again this year. The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Area Chamber of Commerce proudly sponsors this event, which begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Cottonwood Park in Parachute. The evening includes live music, food, and fireworks at dark. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.The Oktoberfest menu: The Works $6/choice of brat, burger, or hot dog with kraut, chips, German potato salad, cake and drink; The Dog $4/hot dog, chips, cake and drink; The Choice $3/each a brat, hot dog or burger, $1/each chips, German potato salad, cake or drink.The Grand Valley Golf Outing, to benefit the Cardinals Booster Club, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course. The event begins with a 2 p.m. shotgun start, 9 hole scramble. The entry fee is $40 per person. There will be a tee prize, awards ceremony and a cookout after play. Entry forms are available at the golf course or from me.Make Plans for Halloween with a Harvest Moon Dinner-Dance from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Music will be provided by Walt Smith & Co., food catered by Easy Cuisine and a cash bar will be available. The cost is $12.75 per person and tickets are now on sale at the activity center front desk.Trick or Treat Street at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center for kids up to sixth grade is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. The cost is $1 per child and includes prizes and surprises. Children under the age of 12 need a chaperon.Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at

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